How to Choose your Marriage Celebrant

By Merren Wilkinson, Cinta. Celebrate love

When couples take the time to find a celebrant who they feel completely comfortable with, and who they really like, they often have the most memorable ceremony.

A great celebrant will not only make sure all your legal obligations are met, but will guide you in creating a ceremony that is unique and meaningful; honours your love and commitment to each other; and will do their best to make sure you are left with happy loving memories of your special day for years to come.

Here are some helpful tips when choosing your celebrant:

  • Make sure your celebrant is an authorised Marriage Celebrant, registered with the Attorney-Generals department – if you are unsure, you can check the Government’s website where you can search all Registered Marriage Celebrants in your state or territory
  • Weddings Tasmania has a list of wonderful celebrants here.
  • Meet with your celebrant first – this should be a free service provided by celebrants… it’s nice to meet for just 30 minutes in a mutually convenient place like a café and chat about your wedding ideas.
  • Ask lots of questions about the legal requirements (there are legal obligations before, during and after your ceremony), creative ideas, how the celebrant works, what is involved in designing your ceremony, what is involved on the day of your ceremony, celebrant insurance and price – is it a one-off fee? are there extra fees involved i.e. for travel or extra meetings if required?
  • Is your celebrant fully committed to you on your wedding day? It is important to know if your celebrant facilitates any other ceremonies on your wedding day, and if you feel comfortable about this
  • Does your celebrant listen to your ideas? Make you feel cared for? Make you smile? … and do they make you feel at ease? It is super important that your celebrant helps you feel relaxed and grounded on your wedding day!
  • It is a good idea to book your celebrant as soon as possible – you will be asked to pay a deposit, and the balance remaining will be due before your ceremony.
  • Remember that your celebrant has a legal commitment to you – this is highlighted in The Marriage Act 1961 and also in the Code of Practice for Marriage Celebrants.
  • All information about getting married in Australia can be found in the Marriage section of the Attorney-General’s website https://www.ag.gov.au
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