If you do, the results can be disastrous and the disappointment long-term.
Don’t make this common mistake.….
Couples can spend months or even years planning their “dream wedding” only to have their dream shattered by a celebrant who mispronounces or forgets the couples’ names.
Or a celebrant who makes everyone cringe with cheesy jokes and sexist comments, or has a useless PA system that prevents most guests from hearing the ceremony.
Turns out these couples failed to invest their time, effort and money into choosing a first-rate marriage celebrant.
If you’re planning to marry, you know how terrifying the thought of a celebrant ruining your “dream wedding” can be.
Assuming you’re the kind of person who values your marriage ceremony, there are solutions you can use to avoid a disastrous experience on your wedding day.
Let’s Start With Knowledge
Not “all celebrants are created equal”. A great wedding celebrant invests up to 20 hours’ work on a ceremony and 90% of that work is preparation. They are personally invested in their couples’ wedding. It’s their desire and their ability to create deep, meaningful connections with their couples that results in a fabulous wedding experience. So don’t be surprised to pay up to $2,000 for a great marriage celebrant.
Pay Attention To The Celebrant’s Style
When you search for celebrants on Google, wedding directories, Facebook or Instagram take notice of their images. Do they smile? Does their energy convey a genuine, heartfelt love of what they do? Do you like what they wear? Do they show confidence and charm?
Read The Celebrant’s Reviews
What “feeling” do the reviews convey about the celebrant? Is this the experience you want from a celebrant? Do the reviews highlight skills or qualities that you are you are looking for in a celebrant?
Assess The Celebrant’s Vibe
When you “meet” – phone, face to face or on Skype – is the celebrant’s vibe positive and helpful? How do they make you feel? Happy, valued, confident? Do you like the sound of their voice? Do they speak clearly? Do you feel natural and comfortable to discuss things openly and honestly with them?
Gauge The Professionalism Of The Celebrant
Does the celebrant provide clear communication so you know what to expect?Are their processes and organization transparent and efficient? Do they provide the use of a professional PA system plus microphones? Do they provide a script of the ceremony for review? Do they belong to a Marriage Association?
Determine The Celebrant’s Skills and Quality
Does the celebrant provide samples of their work? Does their work demonstrate their ability to style-flex and respond to the unique needs of every couple? Do you like their style of writing? Is ‘pride in their work’ evident?
Loads More Benefits
The contribution of an excellent celebrant can be measured in even more ways which I’ll write about at a later date. For now, I hope I have deepened your understanding of the value of a great marriage celebrant.
With this knowledge you are on your way to finding the perfect marriage celebrant for you that will ensure your wedding ceremony is everything – or possibly more than you imagined.
If you have any questions or comments, feel free to contact me or phone: 0413-55 523
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