Marlee K Bruinsma, Civil Marriage Celebrant 0438 144 269
Do you want someone who is very formal and takes charge, or someone who accommodates your ideas and thoughts and goes with the flow, a co-creator, someone professional and experienced, someone young or old, male or female, relaxed or controlled, someone alternative, someone happy and bubbly, someone creative…? Is a sense of humour important?
Find out early in the conversation if the celebrant is available on your day – this saves you time. If they aren’t available, you can move on to the next on your list. If you haven’t yet booked a venue or a time and day, or sent out invitations, and you’ve found a great celebrant, you may decide to change the day if they are not available on the day you planned.
What does the celebrant’s voice sound like on the telephone? Does the celebrant seem friendly, approachable, professional, relaxed on the phone? Do they seem interested in what you want? Ask the celebrant to tell you a little bit about themselves – look for someone who will tell you about the qualities and abilities they bring to your ceremony, their experience and what they offer. Preparing some questions to ask each celebrant makes it easier to decide if they are the best celebrant for you.
Some questions you might ask are:
Celebrants are often booked 12 to 18 months in advance. Avoid disappointment - book early.
You can download a copy of my ebook which contains extra information on choosing a marriage celebrant:
(PDF 470 kb)
I write a ceremony for you that reflects you as a couple and your relationship, one that your guests will relate to and enjoy. Together we share ideas and develop a ceremony for you based on your vows, any theme you have for your wedding, your bridal party, your venue, your style and personalities. You get to see your ceremony beforehand so that you know exactly what is going to be said and done. On the day, I dress to suit your occasion - formal or more informal, even fancy dress or themed.
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