Jessica Maida Marriage Celebrant

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Service Area
South Australia  View Map
Business Hours
7 Days
0432 178 338

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Is it okay to stand the opposite way at the altar?

I know the bride is meant to stand on the left in our culture (and opposite in Jewish ceremonies), but can I stand on the right?

Absolutely! For a civil ceremony you can stand wherever you like really! Thats the beauty of a civil ceremony, there are no rules except a few legal requirements. 

Do Aussie couples usually have ushers?

We don't have a bridal party but want to honour our close friends by asking them to have official roles on the day, like ushers, and doing a reading and things like that.

In terms of your friends participating in a ceremony, there are many options to consider

1. share a reading/quote/poem

2. present the wedding rings

3. Have them be your witnessess

4. They could read a section of the ceremony

Hope that is some insight for you

Do you usually have a rehearsal with the couple before the wedding day?

To be honest, I find meeting with just the couple at a cafe more effective as rehearsals can be distracting (more so from the bridal party having too much fun). I find the bridal party rush to be a the reahearsal from work and I hardly need to direct them for the rehearsal. On the day I line the groomsman up before the bride arrivs and the bridesmaids are mirror image to the boys. As long as the bride and groom know what is happening (which can be discussed in any setting) then it all runs smoothly from my experiance.

I also find most couples want a rehearsal at the venue to 'time the music' and lets face it, a friend can do that not your celebrant.

I know how important a celebrant is, but how much is too much?

One celebrant I like charges $1200, but I know a lot of celebrants charge half of that. Why is there such a difference? Is it comparable to music in that it's a "taste" thing? Or a talent thing? It's not like I can "taste test" like a cake or listen to a song.. it's hard to justify because by the time you get the service, you've LONG paid and if you're disappointed it's too late! Advice please!

You honestly get what you are paid for. There can be many factors to consider, is your wedding location 2 hours drive away then travel would be inclusive. Do you want a celebrant who presents poorly v's a celebrant who is modern and takes care in their appearance. Does your celebrant do their job part time or full time. Thats a huge factor. Full time celebrants will market themselves and refine their celebrant resources regularly. Do you like their personality and will they be flexible with your requests and visions for your ceremony. Other suppliers like videographers rely on good equipment like PA systems to capture your day. Do they have high quality PA systems? Will your guests leave laughing and with compliments about your ceremony or wondering what is for canapés? That's what you need to decide in choosing your celebrant and what you are prepared to pay.

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