What you Should Know About… Your Celebrant
Your celebrant or officiant is the person that will be standing with you when you and your partner declare your love to each other and they will be the one to announce to your loved ones when you are married. Choosing your celebrant can be difficult so this post will give advice on finding the officiant that’s right for you and there are a few extra tips as well.
The wedding celebrant is the person who performs the marriage ceremony, and their main role is to witness the formal and legally binding consent between both persons to be in a monogamous relationship.
Finding the Celebrant That’s Right For You
Every couple is different so make sure your celebrant is suitable for you, you want them to make you feel comfortable and relaxed.
A Professional Wedding Celebrant can give you fantastic support and advice, in the lead up to your wedding and on the wedding day itself. They can incorporate any elements you want into ceremony and can provide you with the style of ceremony that you want whether that is secular or a spiritual one. Professional wedding celebrants can provide you with examples of wedding transcripts, and you can draw on their vast experience to create your own unique ceremony.
Once you have shortlisted your celebrants, meet them in person so you can find out their personality and you can see how you all get on together. Remember you need to feel relaxed and comfortable with this person on what can be one of the most stressful days of your life, so consider how you both feel in their presence. If you are looking for a unique or personalised ceremony make sure they are happy for you to personalise parts of the ceremony, if possible.
During your meeting ask your officiant if they will have other weddings to attend on your wedding date, if so how close are they to your timings. The last thing you want is to feel as if you are being rushed through your vows so they can get to their next wedding on time. Keep in mind the officiant’s fee, ask them about their fees and what is included in them e.g. a wedding rehearsal.
Finally find out how many weddings they have conducted, an experienced celebrant will be able to give you fantastic support and advice, as well as having an ability to deal with any hiccups that may arise on your wedding day.
Adapted from blog by “Tartan Rose Weddings”