Who's marrying who?
Finding a Celebrant
Shopping for the person who will actually perform the task of
marrying you is always either very easy or very difficult –
there's very rarely a middle ground. If you already have a church
minister or a celebrant in the family, chances are that your heart
is already set. If not – the hunt begins. Not only are you
searching for someone who will be available on your wedding day
(good celebrants and ministers are often booked a year in advance!)
but also looking for someone who you feel will perform your ceremony
the way you envision it and in line with your own beliefs/religion.
Only then can you start thinking about how to save money here!
My tips for finding an celebrant include;
- Speak to as many celebrants/ministers as you can that will
be available. Get a 'feel' of how they interact with you. Maybe
try to watch one of their past ceremonies on DVD?
- Always ask what is included in their fee or if there are extra
fees on top of the basic charge. Some celebrants charge the equivalent
of an 'appearance fee' but at times this can include the costs
of your licenses, certificates of marriage etc. Other times it
is an added expense. Knowledge is Power!
- Explain to the celebrants that you are working hard to keep
the costs of your wedding down. You will find that 99% of these
people are understanding and will then try to give you the best
quote they can do.
- If you have family that has recently married, speak to their
celebrants. Nothing like a 'bulk deal' from a big family!
- Always be upfront and truthful with information the officiant/celebrant
will need to know. Attempting to hide information such as your
different religions, previous marriages etc is a very bad idea.
You could find your wedding canceled on you if you get caught
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