10 reasons to hire a celebrant for your wedding

11 May 2017

Discover how a celebrant can bring your wedding ceremony to life in a way that is true to you as a couple

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If you're opting for a civil ceremony, a celebrant could be the perfect person to conduct the formalities. Here are 10 reasons why - from Lisa Siembab of Embrace the Day.

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1. Have a ceremony written especially for you

Celebrants will spend time with you, getting to know you as a couple and ask you lots of questions in order to design and craft your personalised ceremony to reflect your personalities.  

2. Build up a relationship over time

Celebrants will meet with you several times before your big day so that you can get to know each other. By the time your big day arrives you will already know them well.  

3. Include the things you want i.e. religious content and personalised readings

In this modern world with a growing number of mixed heritage couples it is becoming increasing popular to have a short religious reading to recognise a person’s heritage or to please a family member. Or you may have a poem or reading that has a significant meaning to you. With a celebrant, you can include all the elements that are important to you and your family.

4. Write your own vows

You will have the opportunity to write your own vows, with the help of your celebrant of course. They will give you lots of sample vows and vow openers to start you off. What better time to tell your partner how you really feel from the heart?

5. Unlimited time on the day

On the day of your ceremony the celebrant will be dedicated to you and be available for as long as needed. They will arrive in plenty of time to ensure all is in place and will not leave until the celebrations begin.

6. A relaxed, stress-free ceremony you can enjoy

Most couples who use a celebrant visit the registry office either on the morning of their ceremony or the day before to complete a short legal process to be legally married. Safe in the knowledge that they are already legally married and nothing can now go wrong at their ceremony, many couples comment that they are able to relax and enjoy their special day much more.

7. Have your ceremony in any venue of your choice

A registrar can only marry you in an approved premises in a specific room solemnised for marriage. Use a celebrant and you can choose any venue and any room or even have your wedding outdoors, on the beach abroad or jumping out of a plane. The possibilities are endless and only limited by your imagination.

8. Have your ceremony at the time you want

Celebrants work long hours and are available as and when you require them.  

9. Include a beautiful symbolism

There are many special ways in which you can include a symbolism, such as a unity candle, a hand fastening, a sand ceremony or love letters. Celebrants conduct ceremonies using different ways in which to mark the occasion.

10. Committed to their profession

Celebrants are not just carrying out a job, they are in a profession that they love. Conducting ceremonies is their business and they are committed to providing an excellent service, giving couples exactly the day they want. Ensure you find one that is a member of a trade organisation and are fully insured. That way, there is absolutely no risk to your special day.

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