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Choose Your Celebrant Wisely
The ceremony is the most important part of your day. It is the memory you make which will sustain you in the future. What you say and what is done in the ceremony seals the compact between you and your partner. It should be done with careful preparation.
You should give your ceremony considerable attention.
There are a hundred details which contribute to a good ceremony, this is the special moment in your life when you and your husband or wife-to-be, communicate and share the love and commitment you have to each other, with your friends and family. The memory of that special moment should be one that stays with you throughout your long and happy married life.
To find the best celebrant in your area, choose your state, read the websites carefully, talk to the celebrant on the phone, go through the checklist with them, then select from the many excellent celebrants represented there.
How to Find the Right Celebrant
Personal Recommendation is always the best way. Make enquiries amongst your friends and acquaintances. It is easy to find someone these days who can recommend a good celebrant, perhaps with equal importance, warn you of a bad one! It is fair to say, as in all professions, we are different, some may not have the passion and attention to detail that you may desire. Do not be swayed by cheap quotes, remember, you get what you pay for.
In the absence of official criteria for standards of service, Dally Messenger III, Principal of the International College of Celebrancy, suggests a Five Diamond approach.
You can also contact the Celebrants Centre. We will let you know the celebrants in your area. Those on our list are committed to the highest standards.
Some celebrants have also expressed a desire to assist same sex couples by providing ceremonies of distinction. Please review our Commitment/Same Sex pages for particular celebrants in all areas.
The best way to check whether a celebrant is suitable without inconveniencing anyone is to make a simple phone call. You should ask the celebrant what is their system in regard to ceremonies. Ask what resources they are prepared to provide you with, whether they are willing to do on site rehearsals, how many weddings they do etc. If this is satisfactory to you then you should ask the celebrant if they are available on the day and time you require.
Your selection can be further enhanced by arming yourself with knowledge of what a good celebrant should be like. The Celebrants Centre can supply books or brochures to read prior to contacting a celebrant. The books are designed to help you know and understand the significant contribution that a professionally trained and qualified celebrant will bring to your day. They also contain sample ceremonies and many poems and readings.
To find the best celebrant in your area, choose your state, read the one page websites carefully, then select from the excellent celebrants represented there.