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  • Writer's pictureVenita Manning

What to ask your celebrant when you first meet.

When planning your wedding, choosing the right celebrant is a crucial step. To ensure your ceremony is everything you dream of, here are some essential questions to ask during your first meeting.

There's so mnay more things to ask your celebrant but these might help kick start your list.

#1 - How can you personalise our ceremony?

Every couple is unique, and your wedding ceremony should reflect your personalities and love story. Ask your celebrant how they tailor ceremonies to individual couples. Do they offer to write your personal story, include readings or unique rituals? Understanding their approach to personalisation will help you envision how your special day will unfold.

#2 - Can you help with our Vows?

Writing your own vows can be a daunting task. Ask your celebrant if they offer assistance with crafting your vows. Whether you need help finding the right words or just some inspiration, a seasoned celebrant can provide valuable guidance and support. I'll provide you with loads of tips and tricks and some examples.

"Make sure you include an I Love You ."

#3 - What are your fees? Are they all inclusive?

It's important to get a clear understanding of the celebrant's fees upfront. Ask if their pricing is all-inclusive or if there are additional costs for travel, rehearsals, or special requests. Knowing the full scope of costs will help you budget accurately and avoid any surprises. There's no surprises with me. It's all listed out in your quote.

#4 - What happens if you're sick?

Life is unpredictable, and it's important to know what contingency plans your celebrant has in place. Ask about their backup plans if they fall ill or face an emergency on your wedding day. A professional celebrant will have a reliable network of colleagues who can step in if needed. I know I do.

#5 - What is your cancellation/refund policy?

Understanding the celebrant's cancellation and refund policy is essential in case your plans change. Ask about the conditions under which you can cancel and if any refunds are available. This clarity can provide peace of mind as you navigate the planning process.

 #6 - What do you need from us?

Ask your celebrant what they require from you to ensure a smooth and successful ceremony. This might include specific documents, information about your relationship, or preferences for the ceremony. Clear communication will help your celebrant deliver a ceremony that meets your expectations.

#7 - Do you have your own PA system? Can it play our music?

Sound quality is crucial for ensuring your guests can hear and enjoy the ceremony. Inquire if your celebrant provides their own PA system and if they can play the music for your ceremony. This can be particularly important for outdoor or large venues. I have a fabulous Bose S1 Pro system that can also play your music and videographers can also plug in to get the best audio of your ceremony.

#8 - Check their reviews / credentials

Always do a little deep dive into your celebrants review or social media platforms. You'll get a pretty good feel if they are the right fit for you.

With recent news about unqualified individuals posing as celebrants, it's important to verify your celebrant's credentials. In Australia, you can check if your celebrant is registered on the Attorney-General's website. This ensures you are working with a legitimate professional who is authorised to conduct marriages.

The right celebrant is key to making your day memorable.

Choosing the right celebrant is a key part of creating a memorable and meaningful wedding ceremony. By asking these questions, you can find a celebrant who understands your vision and can help bring your dream wedding to life.

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