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How does a celebrant work?
What is the process and what should we expect from a Celebrant when choosing the right one.
Del Edwards - Weddingdells
If you are not going to get married in a Church, you will need a Commonwealth Registered Marriage Celebrant to conduct your wedding ceremony. When choosing your Celebrant, you should look for: (a) Someone who knows what they are doing. A Celebrant's role is to make sure your marriage is a valid one and to address all the legal requirements of the wedding ceremony. This means helping you complete all the legal documents, lodging the documents with the appropriate authorities, registering your marriage and ensuring the correct words are said during the ceremony. A Celebrant can marry you anywhere in Australia; your home, a venue, a park, a boat etc. Ask how many ceremonies they have done? (b) Someone who is willing to work with you, not dictate to you. Some brides and grooms know exactly what they want and some arrive ‘fresh’ and knowing very little about the process. A Celebrant will ask a lot of questions about you both, present you with a lot of different options and discuss the things you want (or don't want) to include in your ceremony. Together you will create a ceremony that reflects your personalities, something that will delight you and your guests. (c) Someone who is friendly. You should find a Celebrant who you like, someone who you feel comfortable with. Ask a lot of questions to see if they are your kind of person. Ask what they love about being a Celebrant? (d) Someone who is professional. Everyone's idea of a professional is different, however, I would ensure that the Celebrant has all the right equipment and insurances, will offer you a draft ceremony that you can edit, offers a rehearsal, will maintain contact with you throughout the journey to your wedding day. If you have seen the Celebrant in action, that's a bonus, however, you could ask for videos or read testimonials about the Celebrant, not only on the Celebrant's website, but on Fb and Easy Weddings!
Groom doesn't want to make a speech, what do I do?Tara S
My Groom is terrified of making a speech at our wedding and has therefore refused to do so. And i highly doubt the best man will also. The maid of honor is also scared of public speaking but is happy to over come her fear to say a little something. Suggestions to even thing out?
Del Edwards - Weddingdells
Public speaking just isn’t for everyone. The older generation may say that a speech by the groom is tradition and everyone will expect it but nowadays, weddings are more about the couple in love and the way they want to do things. (1) You could ask someone outside the wedding party to step in and take the groom’s place for this part of the ceremony. Not only could you make great fun out of this, but why not give the task to someone who will actually enjoy speaking in front of your guests. (2) Both of you could pre-record a speech or even film it. This way, you could keep it relaxed and personal or you could make a big production out of it with location shots, props, pie-charts and music. (3) You could have your speech printed and framed on each table for the guests to read or even have the speech in an envelope under each guest's plate. Whether the speeches happen or not, it doesn’t matter. What matters is you are married and happy and you get to enjoy your wedding day together.
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