How To Choose a Wedding Celebrant

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Your Wedding Celebrant

So you’re engaged, planning your wedding, and now looking for a celebrant.

There are thousands of celebrants in NSW, so how do you choose.

If you don’t know a celebrant or haven’t seen a great celebrant at a wedding you have attended, then it can be hard to know what to look for, let alone who to book.

Selecting a wedding celebrant is as important as selecting the type of wedding you want. It is a decision that cannot be made lightly: this is the person who is going to take you through those first cherished moments of your married life together.

In this post, I list 10 key points to look for when selecting a wedding celebrant.

10 top things when choosing a celebrant.

1. You need to feel a connection with them.

It’s just like how you select your friends. Your wedding celebrant needs to have similar values to you, understand what you want from your wedding, be able to motivate and encourage you and be there to celebrate the journey to your special milestone.


2. They’re fun

A great wedding celebrant will behave ethically but will also know how to combine the seriousness of getting married with the fun side of having a wedding.



3. They’re creative

Having a creative wedding celebrant can help inspire you in new and exciting ways. They will not be constrained by the traditional but inspired by ways that are new and different. They will always be on the lookout for inspirational ideas, possibilities, and won’t see anything as impossible.


4. They know how important your wedding day is.

A great wedding celebrant won’t let you down. They will be there for you every step of the way to help make sure your ceremony is the way you envision it to be.


5. They are professional

A great celebrant will be organised with excellent time management skills; they will be able to manage any challenge that may arise. They should also be able to instill confidence that they will complete all the required marriage documents.


6. They will take the time to get to know you.

A great celebrant is one who will get to know you so that they can create a unique and special ceremony about you.


7. Ideas and Inspiration

A great wedding celebrant will provide you with lots of ideas and information on how to create a ceremony. They will provide help with writing your marriage vows, offer suggestions for askings, ring exchanges, rituals, wedding music, and readings. If you want to involve family or friends in your ceremony they will be able to suggest ways to include them. They should also be able to offer ways to add your traditions or cultural beliefs to the ceremony.



8. Lead Up To Your Ceremony

Wedding planning can be a very stressful time. A great wedding celebrant should be there to help you to enjoy the lead-up to your ceremony and to feel at ease knowing you’re in great hands. They will be there to offer experience in dealing with logistics and family dynamics.


9. They’re awesome presenters

A great wedding celebrant hosts your wedding ceremony and is able to create an awesome atmosphere. They should be a storyteller able to take everyone on a special journey. They should be fun and engaging and their confidence should be visible. They don’t rush. They know what they’re doing and they help connect the guests with the ceremony.


10. They have a great PA system

“You’re only as good as the tools you use”. This is so true. Your wedding celebrant needs to have an awesome PA system. It’s so important that ALL your guests are able to hear and enjoy your marriage ceremony.

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When choosing your celebrant

There are more than 8000 celebrants in Australia so you have a lot to choose from.

When looking for your celebrant you may get a variety of quotes as there is no benchmark for celebrant fees in Australia.

You may get fees that seem high but remember your wedding celebrant is the person who is going to be with you and help you create the very special moment when you become a married couple.

Your wedding celebrant is one of the most important people involved in your wedding day and will probably also be one of the less expensive elements.

So when selecting your wedding celebrant remember to choose the one that feels right, not the one because of their celebrant fees.

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AboutTanya McDonald
It goes without saying that being a marriage celebrant is an honour and a privilege. I have loved weddings and what they represent for as long as I can remember. Since becoming a celebrant I am able to fulfill my passion and at the same time treasure each opportunity I have to work with couples to help them bring their dreams and ideas into life through their ceremonies. I have been a fully authorised marriage celebrant since 2014 and I have helped couples enjoy thier journey to the altar since then. If you need a celebrant, I would love to discuss your ceremony with you.