Do you and your bride/groom-to-be wish to pen your own vows? Civil celebrant Zana Forster has sound advice for nervous couples.
Zana also offers tips on what to look for when choosing your celebrant and reveals what she loves most about her job!
What are some of the things brides and grooms should consider when they’re choosing a marriage celebrant?
The most important thing about choosing your celebrant is to find someone who you click with – someone with whom you can build a good rapport. You will remember your ceremony for the rest of your lives and you want those memories to be happy ones!
How can a bride and groom maximise their time spent when meeting with their marriage celebrant?
In this age of technology, bride and groom and Celebrant can be in contact via email whenever a question or a thought arises, so there is no need to feel any time pressure during face-to-face meetings.
Do you recommend couples writing their own vows?
The vows are the MOST important part of the wedding ceremony as they are your promises of commitment to each other. Many couples enjoy writing their own vows; some don’t even tell the other until they are standing there on the big day. This can be incredibly beautiful and emotional.
If, however the bride and groom are not comfortable writing their own vows, I am able to offer many options and ideas to help create the perfect vows for their ceremony.
What’s your advice for couples who choose to do so?
Let it come from the heart and don’t stress too much about it! Think about what you really want to say to your partner – about how and why you love them, and what your hopes for your future together are. Keep it simple as emotion may well get the better of you on the big day.
What is your favourite part about your job?
Meeting and being around such happy people! The vibe at the ceremony is always wonderful and it’s an honour to be part of the couple’s big day.
What advice would you give to brides and grooms to ensure their wedding day runs more smoothly?
Have everything organised by at least the week before the big day and then just check things off your list. Delegate to trusted friends and family if you are overwhelmed and follow up with them to ensure things get done. For the bride – don’t plan to do ANYTHING on the day except get ready!