You’ve found the love of your life and have decided that you want to spend the rest of your lives together. Congratulations! Now it’s time to start planning for your big day so what are some of the things on your To Do list?
- The Dress
- The bridesmaids’ dresses
- The budget
- The guests – who and how many
- Who pays for what
- The venue for the ceremony
- The venue for the reception
- What type of reception do you want – cocktail party, sit-down dinner, buffet style
- The honeymoon – where will you go and how much will it cost
- How big will the bridal party be
- The cake
- The cars
- The flowers
- Will there be music at the ceremony and during the reception
- Do you want a bridal waltz and if so, do you need lessons
All these things need to be considered to end up with the wedding day you dream of, but have you noticed what’s missing?
WHO is going to perform the ceremony?
If you decide on a civil celebrant you can’t expect to find the right person at the last minute. In fact, legally you must have lodged your Notice of Intended Marriage at least one month before the date of your wedding. Good celebrants are often booked up to a year in advance, so it’s advisable to contact a few as soon as you have booked your reception to make sure you find someone you can really relate to and who is available on your date.
You should meet face-to-face to see if you have a rapport with a particular celebrant. An experienced professional celebrant will work closely with you to create a personal, meaningful ceremony that will stay with you long after the flowers have died and the cake is eaten.
Your wedding isn’t just an excuse for a big party. It is the start of your lives together as husband and wife and the words you say to each other are the foundation on which your whole marriage will be built. Your celebrant’s job is to co-create a beautiful ceremony that you will remember with happiness for years to come.
There is absolutely no better way to start the celebrations than to exchange honest heart-felt promises with each other before those magical words are spoken: “I now declare you to be husband and wife!