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The celebrant conundrum
Q. We are considering booking a wedding celebrant. What questions should we ask them before booking and are there any key points that we need to be made aware of?
A. Ana Kelly says: Ana says: With so many celebrants to choose from, it can be a difficult decision about which one to book for your wedding. Many couples start off only thinking about the price, which can be a mistake. Celebrants aren't all the same, so the key is finding the one that's going to make your service a memorable one. They need to connect with your sense of humour, understand the vibe you want on your special day and listen to what you wish to achieve. I recommend that you talk to a few before making your final choice and don't forget to read their reviews.
Put together a list of questions to ask them. Check whether they are happy to include your beliefs into the ceremony. If a celebrant is a humanist one, they might feel uncomfortable with any religious or spiritual elements that you might want, some are more flexible than others. An independent celebrant will usually be more open to incorporating any of your beliefs.
Ask what experience they have had at the type of wedding you want, and at your chosen venue, because every celebration has its own special considerations. For example, a rustic-inspired outdoor ceremony has logistical issues that an experienced celebrant will have tackled before. Hearing of these experiences and discussing challenges which may be encountered on your day is important. For example, what happens if it rains or if the sound quality of the outdoor PA system is compromised because of strong wind?
It's worth asking a celebrant for ideas on readings and music and also on symbolic elements, for example hand-fasting and unity candles.
You'll also need to ask how you'll rehearse the service and whether you are able to help with briefing your guests both before and after it. A good celebrant should be happy to give directions about where the confetti can be thrown and where to gather after the ceremony.