By Stephen Lee
Sydney Marriage Celebrant | Young Modern Male | Stephen Lee Celebrancy
How do I choose the right celebrant for me?
Choosing a celebrant is a very personal choice and it’s definitely as much about personality as it is about service. You need to find someone engaging who you click with – it’s that ‘X factor’ where you feel a connection. You have to feel comfortable and confident with your celebrant. It’s very hard to do that until you meet them, so I have a lot of videos on my website so couples can see what I look and sound like. And I always offer a no obligation chat over coffee so couples can check me out and decide. Now I’m not going to be offended in the slightest if they leave it there – I’m going to be right for some couples but not for others.
What questions should you ask potential celebrants?
Find out in advance exactly what you can expect from your celebrant. Make sure you’re happy – are you getting enough time and attention? Do they have lots of ideas to share? Do you listen carefully to what YOU want? Are you going to find there are unexpected extras? For example, I always give a fully inclusive price from the outset. Some celebrants will quite a low fee, but slug you with added charges for use of their pa, signing table and chairs, travel, parking and tolls etc. But ask whatever you want – a good celebrant will be more than happy to answer any question you have.
Should price be a deciding factor?
Let’s face it – weddings are not cheap and of course we all have budgets we need to stick to. So yes, price is always going to be a factor when you’re picking a celebrant. But let’s get back to basics – your ceremony is at the very heart of your wedding day. You’ll remember the ceremony where you exchanged vows for the rest of your life. So – ask yourself where in the day you need to make compromises over cost, and choose wisely.
What’s your final advice?
Above all, relax and enjoy the experience! Planning a wedding ceremony should be hassle free and a lot of fun. Find the right celebrant and your wedding will be everything you wanted – and more.