Choosing the right Celebrant is a significant and personal decision. You need a great connection with your Celebrant who will guide you through the legal requirements and is committed to providing you with quality results for an amazing wedding ceremony and the best memories of your big day!
There are more than 3,000 Wedding celebrant sydney in NSW, and some only officiate a couple of ceremonies per year, so it’s important to ensure your Celebrant’s skills and ability will provide you with the best quality and support you dream to design your heartfelt wedding.
Here are some points and questions to ask in the planning stages:
- Have you read their testimonials and can validate they are authentic and from real couples? This is imperative, as quality feedback gives you confidence they are regularly working and importantly giving their couples the very best wedding ceremony they can!
- What are their Facebook & Instagram accounts like – are they regularly posting current weddings, and showing the love and happiness they have established with their couples?
- View their website, does it provide quality information and images?
- How responsive are they to your initial request for information?
- Ask about their business: how many weddings have they officiated, how many years have they been qualified as a celebrant, how many ceremonies have they conducted this year?
- Ask what resources and support they provide you to create a kick-ass ceremony?
- What inclusions can you have in a ceremony; can you add in rituals, remembrance of loved ones, readings and any other personal requests?
- How will the Celebrant help each of you write amazing personal vows?
- If you have children or special people you want to include, how will they help you incorporate this into your ceremony?
- Will your Celebrant email you the draft ceremony, and will they work closely with you to ensure the ceremony design speaks to your heart, and delivers everything you wanted for such a milestone moment in your lives?
- Ask them what happens on the big day? Do they provide a quality PA, and can you play your ceremony music through it? Will they have your vows printed on quality vow cards and will they also print resources for anyone doing a reading etc?
- Will the Celebrant work with your other key suppliers – photographers, videographers, stylists etc so your ceremony is beautifully captured and they assist these suppliers rather than hinder their work?
- Will they be moving out of the shot as much as possible, especially when you are saying your vows, ring exchange and importantly the kiss? Many will remain in same position, and photo bomb your shots, so this is a key focus.
- Will they greet your bridal party and guests and make everyone feel welcomed and engaged to create a great ambience for the ceremony?
- Do they have a focus of getting the staging right once the bridal party are in position (i.e. positioned in the middle of the arbour/styling arrangements, fix the brides gown so its beautifully positioned etc etc, which is imperative so when you get your photos back, you are not disappointed that you were at a weird angle to the styling, or your dress is bunched up etc.
- Can they deal with any situation which might arise during a ceremony (there are so many things that can happen…..ask them for examples) and what did they do to manage it so it was a stress free moment?
- What is each point of contact like with them – are they happy to respond quickly and provide you with the best responses to reduce your concerns, or are you going to be frustrated with their lack of communication style?
- Have they been to your venue before, and what suggestions/thoughts can they tell you about previous ceremonies there to help you with the planning of your ceremony?
- Will they register your marriage promptly and will they order your official marriage certificate etc and provide you with information to help with any name change after marriage?
- Will they dress to your required colours/theme etc so that your photos show your Celebrant focused on your needs for the special day?