So you’re planning your wedding – congratulations!  There are many websites that offer good planning tools for your wedding and these can help you decide what you need to do for your special day, depending on how simple or extravagant you want it to be.

However I’ve noticed that very few of these tools place any real importance on choosing your celebrant and I find this really puzzling. Although your wedding day should be a wonderful party, it is just one day. But it is also the day when you will make a life-long commitment to the love of your life.

So although it’s important to decide on and book your reception venue, as soon as that date is locked in it’s wise to start looking for a celebrant.

It is really important to find the right person; someone that you have a rapport with, someone you feels ‘gets’ you and your fiancé and who will present you with a ceremony that reflects who you both are, as well as your hopes and dreams for the future.

Experienced celebrants are often booked a year or more in advance, so locking in your preferred person should be a priority.

While organising the reception, your wedding gown, the cake, flowers, cars, rings, choosing your hairstyle, make-up artist, photographer/videographer, etc. are all important, if you don’t end up with a ceremony that you will remember fondly forever as a true representation of you and your future husband, you will have just had a party.

Remember: without your celebrant, you won’t actually be a married.

So ask around among your friends, relatives and work colleagues if they can recommend someone. Do your own research, look for reviews on celebrants’ own websites and on social media and meet a few to make sure you find the right person for you; someone who will help you create a ceremony that will be the foundation on which you will build your marriage.

Don’t base your decision simply on price. Overall, your celebrant will probably cost less than most other items on your list and most of us will spend many hours making sure that you have the ceremony of your dreams.

One last thing: if you’ve contacted several celebrants by email, text or phone and even met a one or two, please let them know whether you want to go ahead with them or not. We know we won’t win every booking, but it is very frustrating to have had conversations with couples, either electronically or in person, and then have them simply disappear without any explanation.

It only takes a few minutes to send a quick text or email to say, ‘thank you for your response/meeting us, but we have chosen another celebrant’. You don’t have to say why, but a simple thanks for our time is most appreciated!

And I thank you for reading this post!

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