Questions For Your Celebrant

Questions For Your Celebrant

Your wedding ceremony is the most emotionally charged part of your day, so it’s vital you choose a celebrant that complements both you and your partner. Tijan Biner speaks to Ron Gallagher and Geoff Conrau of Celebrants Victoria about what you should ask your potential marriage celebrant to ensure you get the most out of your ceremony.

“Agreat celebrant is more than just someone who just reads the prepared words of the ceremony,” say Gallagher and Conrau.

Choosing the right person to officiate your wedding ceremony can be overwhelming – they should understand what you and your partner want, and be able to create and deliver a personal ceremony.

What Are Your Qualifications?

“Choosing a celebrant who is not only qualified, but [also] competent, creative and experienced, is something that many couples worry about,” say Gallagher and Conrau.

“To conduct marriages in Australia, all celebrants must be qualified, [which means] the celebrant must have completed a Certificate IV in Marriage Celebrancy at a registered training organisation, and [they should also be] on the Attorney- General’s national list of recognised celebrants.”

Your celebrant should also know the ins and outs of marriage, and have extensive knowledge about all of the paperwork that’s required.

Will My Feedback Be Respected?

“There should be constant feedback between the couple and the celebrant from the first interview, right up until the wedding day,” say Gallagher and Conrau.

“Ongoing communication between the couple and the celebrant and vice versa is essential for a smooth and stress-free ceremony.”

Gallagher and Conrau advise couples to ensure their potential celebrant has a Code of Practice, which “outlines the responsibilities of [both] the celebrant and the couple”.

“[A Code of Practice] should contain different approaches, readings, rituals and cultural inclusions, along with various types of wedding formats that can be used as a guide for the couple in planning their ceremony,” say Gallagher and Conrau.

“Many celebrants will [also] include a service agreement in the folder. This document is signed by the celebrant, along with the bride and groom. [It’s] a written agreement [that] guarantees what was discussed between all three parties will actually take place during the ceremony. “
“A marriage is a very personal affair and demands that the information shared between the couple and the celebrant is treated in the strictest confidence.”

Your celebrant will craft a ceremony for you, and when you receive it, you should feel comfortable that your feedback will be received and acted on accordingly.

“All personal information that is included in a ceremony should be agreed upon by both the bride and the groom. Anything of a personal nature that is used by the celebrant should be directly applicable to the couple’s relationship, and the wording agreed upon prior to the wedding ceremony,” say Gallagher and Conrau.

Will You Be Conducting Any Other Weddings On The Day?

“One of the most frequently [asked] questions that many celebrants are asked by couples concerns the number of weddings a celebrant is conducting on the day that they have chosen for their wedding,” say Gallagher and Conrau.

When asked whether couples should be concerned if their celebrant will be performing more than one wedding in a single day, Gallagher and Conrau say it can depend on a number of factors.

“It all depends on the time the ceremony is to commence, whether the bride is going to arrive on time herself, [as well as] the location and the distance between venues.”

“Experienced celebrants would certainly inform you whether they thought it was a feasible idea to conduct your wedding if they had a prior engagement before or after your preferred time.”

“Ultimately it’s the couple’s choice – if you have any doubts at all about there being a problem, it’s probably better to try another celebrant.”

How Can You Personalise Our Ceremony?

A good celebrant should have creative flair, and be able to work with you and your partner to ensure the theme and style of your wedding suits your personalities.

“The most memorable weddings are those that have been well-crafted and delivered by the celebrant in such a manner [that] truly reflects the personalities of the bride and groom in a way that is authentic and natural,” say Gallagher and Conrau.

“The most obvious way to personalise the wedding ceremony is to provide some background information and tell the story of how the bride and groom came to meet, their friendship and [how] its development lead to marriage.”

Your marriage officiate should implement a range of styles that will help to craft your special day into one to remember.

“[Your] ceremony [is] unique, and [it should include] personalised touches that are only applicable to this couple marrying and no other,” say Gallagher and Conrau.

How Can You Keep Our Guests Entertained?

Your celebrant will represent you and your partner in marriage, so you want a celebrant with a wide smile, friendly manner and open heart.

“It should be clear to all present at the wedding that the celebrant they see before them genuinely believes in the joy and happiness expressed by the couple.”

“The celebrant who not only speaks at the ceremony but [also] celebrates and rejoices with the couple will help create an atmosphere in which you will be comfortable and at ease as you express your love for each other in front of your family and friends.”

You should feel comfortable to laugh and cry with your celebrant, and when the tears dry up, they should keep your guests smiling and laughing throughout the entire ceremony.

Your celebrant will be the person to bind you and your partner in marriage. They will support you on your special day, and bring your family and friends together to witness your love blossom into its next stage. Make sure you find a celebrant who resonates with you and your partner, and can fulfil all of your requirements to ensure your wedding is as magical and hassle-free as you imagined it to be.