One of the more interesting trends in recent years is the emergence of the wedding celebrant as opposed to the traditional church wedding. While many people still prefer a church wedding, the celebrant does have some advantages of their own.
As with planning a traditional church wedding, using a celebrant means that you will have to plan just as carefully so that your event goes off as smoothly as possible. One advantage of a celebrant is that they are usually much easier to schedule than a church and provide a number of different options as well.
What follows are the things that you should look for when picking a wedding celebrant. After all, you’ll want the best that fits your specific needs.
A good wedding celebrant should have a free initial consultation where you can discuss what you want to do, the capabilities that the celebrant provides and the price structure. Usually, such consultations will probably last 10 to 15 minutes but that should be more than enough time if you are prepared.
The Cost of the Wedding
This should not be your first consideration, but it should be one of them when you choose a wedding celebrant. You should bear in mind that you need other wedding related services such as wedding music, wedding videographer, catering etc. Overall, you should want the best quality service possible for the price that you can afford. Naturally, the more you want, the higher a celebrant will charge. However, each celebrant has their own rates so between equal choices you can pick the one that costs less.
When discussing with the celebrant the price, be sure to ask about any additional equipment that might be needed such as a PA system if it is going to be outdoors and the like.
Pick the Wedding Day as Far in Advance as Possible
If you want to get married in June, you are more likely to have it performed by a wedding celebrant than in a church. However, you will still have to schedule it as far in advance as possible. The earlier you can book the day, the better so be sure to schedule it well in advance.
List of Options
The more choices that a celebrant provides, the better they should be to meet your needs. You should be able to choose from a list of packages or you might even be able to customize your wedding without having to pay much more. Even with a package, you will need to work with the celebrant over the expectations of your wedding so that everything goes as smoothly as possible.
Be sure to look over the options that they provide and compare them to what you need. Obviously, there will be some options that you will not want, but do not choose others just because they are available. They options you choose should fit within the wedding plans you already have, so be careful about what you add on.
A little planning, preparation and consultation will help you find the right wedding celebrant who can provide the event of your dreams at a lower cost than a traditional church service.