The Celebrant has a key role in one of the most important days of your life, your wedding day; be it a large occasion on the Sunshine Coast, an elopement in Noosa, an intimate episode in the Hinterland or anything else in-between, it is a life changing momentous event when everything you have experienced and learned in life converges, you know this is where you and your love should be, and your nearest and dearest have come from near and far to share it with you both.
A good celebrant acts as a choreographer, liaises with other professionals prior to and on the big day, can recommend locations and other suppliers that will be required, will be there well ahead of the starting time with all equipment set up tested, and communicating each step of the way leading up to and after the ceremony. A quality celebrant has a rare combination of familiarity and warmth, calmness, dignity and poise, and the ability to communicate with guests knowing just the right things to say, but is also the authoritative figure to whom you can depend upon to conduct the proceedings exactly according to your wishes.
Choose the right one and you can relax and enjoy the entire process, secure in the knowledge that all legal formalities have been professionally taken care of, your records are completely secure, only used for the purpose necessary and expertly lodged with the correct departments to ensure your marriage is legally recognised. At your initial meeting you would have felt a connection with the Celebrant and a mutual trust established. Hours of work will go on behind the scenes personally tailoring your ceremony to fit exactly the two of you reflecting your journey so far and that yet to come. It is, and absolutely must be, all about you two, and should not be the focus of another person’s desire to take centre stage or inject humour just for the sake of it or share their own beliefs about marriage throughout the ceremony.
There is a wide variety of pricing as Celebrants are able to set their own fees. My advice is most definitely do not go for the least expensive, this is one area where economy could lead to disappointment and there is no second chance.
“The bitterness of poor quality remains long after the sweetness of low price is forgotten” ~ Benjamin Franklin.
As usually the least expensive part of your wedding day by far, the expense of a celebrant is actually the only aspect that results in you being legally married. You can have a gorgeous dress with accompanying makeup and hair; stunning photography to record each detail and a reception at a lavish restaurant afterwards, but this will in effect be merely an expensive party, without a celebrant.
Now, I am not suggesting that Celebrants need to raise their prices; actually for the service they offer they usually represent excellent value for money. We are sometimes a little irked when occasionally couples seem to want to bargain with our fee in a way that I am sure does not happen with other professional services, plenty of thought has gone into setting a fair fee and our expenses are far higher than most people realise with the majority of us happily working long hours to fit in at the convenience of the couple and not adhering to fixed business hours.
Couples are sometimes looking for ways to stick to a pre-determined budget, very sensibly too I might add. My earlier blog with recent couple Kirstie and Geoff’s tips to do just that can be found by following this link:
As local Sunshine Coast celebrants, we truly believe a couple finds the celebrant who is ultimately right for them but we definitely advise, do not be guided by price more by the connection you feel with the celebrant and your faith that they really will make your day perfect for you. There is only one chance so please get it right!