Home' Wedding Guide : 2009-10 Contents 20 WEDDINGS ON THE SOUTH COAST
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hoosing the right wedding celebrant should be part
of your wedding plan as the wedding celebrant will
legalise your marriage and assisting in the vows and
exchanging of the rings. Celebrants conduct the wedding
ceremony and are responsible for all the legalities associated
with a marriage ceremony.
Services that you may expect from a celebrant include assis-
tance in the design and program of the ceremony, the writing
of the vows, exchanging of the rings and the overall "feel" of
As you choose your wedding celebrant, the first element to
consider is to decide on what type of wedding ceremony you
would want to have. If it is to be held in a garden, hotel, park,
or anywhere not in a church, a secular officiant is probably
going to be a logical choice. Currently in Australia, 55 per
cent of marriages are officiated by wedding celebrants, mean-
ing that there is high demand in this industry.
As a result of this demand, finding and booking the right cele-
brant for your wedding can be a time-consuming process, so
it is highly recommended that you begin your researching well
in advance of the wedding date.
The online wedding industry is massive in Australia, with cele-
brants now listing online with their credentials and experience.
Of course, what the ultimate choice comes down to is how
you, the couple, interact with the celebrant and how they will
work with the ceremony you have in mind. For example, a
loud jovial celebrant may suit a large wedding, but if you are
after a more intimate feel with minimal guests, then a more
reserved celebrant may feel more comfortable.
The choice of celebrant should really come down to personal-
ity and the relationship between the couple and the celebrant
to dictate your choice on who you will want to play such a
large role on your wedding day.
Once you have narrowed your choice of celebrant down, it
may be prudent to complete a small background check,
almost like checking the references of a job applicant. You
may want to verify the celebrant is properly licenced and certi-
fied to conduct wedding ceremonies. Even when you meet
them for an interview, ask about their experience and their
Enquiring as to whether the celebrant uses a microphone
system, either hand-held or headset form, and can play your
chosen ceremony music, can also be important details.
celebrating your love
Traditional, modern or alternative, your wedding celebrant starts you off on the
path to wedded bliss. Here's how to select the right person for the job.
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