The wedding ceremony sets the scene and tone for your big day. All the preparations are complete, the guests have gathered from far and wide, the lads are looking sharp, the ladies are a picture of beauty, the venue is laid out to perfection, the background music is playing and the nerves mixed with happy anticipation in the air is tangible. You have entrusted this significant and precious ceremony to a marriage celebrant. Let’s be honest, it’s an important decision! Here are my top five tips on choosing a celebrant for your wedding in Tauranga.
BE CLEAR ON THE TONE YOU ARE WANTING FOR YOUR CEREMONY
Your marriage celebrant is key in contributing to the tone you are dreaming of for your special ceremony. Are you wanting relaxed or formal? Religious or not? Energetic or reserved? With a spot of humour or quite proper? Personalised or more traditional? Or perhaps a balance of all of the above!
Who you choose as your marriage celebrant contributes hugely to this. The more you can know what you’re wanting, the easier it is will be to find your ‘celebrant match’. Viewing testimonials and photos will give you huge insight into the type of person they are and what you might expect from them
TALK WITH YOUR CELEBRANT AND LISTEN TO YOUR GUT FEELING
If possible, meet up with a celebrant before booking. This will give you a great idea on whether you’re going to feel at home them on your most significant day. Go with your gut – you’ll get a feel for who you feel comfortable with after a good conversation!
ENSURE IT IS CLEAR WHAT IS INCLUDED IN THEIR CELEBRANT FEE
Most celebrants offer a set fee, but it’s important to include what is specifically included in this. Do they bring their own portable sound system? Does it include a rehearsal in the days leading up to your big day? Are you limited to a set amount of meet ups? Is the travel cost to the venue for rehearsal and ceremony additional? Do they take a deposit? What happens in the unfortunate event of a cancellation? What happens if they fall ill on the day and are unable to perform your ceremony? These are all great questions to make sure you know the answer for, to avoid any unanticipated surprises
CONFIRM THEY HAVE A TOP QUALITY PORTABLE SOUND SYSTEM
Many venues have built in sound systems, but if you, like many kiwi couples are having your wedding ceremony in an outdoor setting, family home or more boutique venue you’ll need to think about how you’re going to manage your music and microphones. Having music playing adds a special meaning and atmosphere, and for your guests, being able to hear the words of ceremony ensures they feel a part of your special day. In a setting where there is background noise of water, waves a touch of wind, your ceremony can be lost, which would be a real pity.
MAKE SURE THERE ARE NO WEIRD SURPRISES
The last thing you want in your wedding ceremony are strange words, rituals or gifts you weren’t expecting. Your wedding ceremony is supposed to be about you and fiancée, not about a celebrant and their ideas or quirks. Be clear on your preferences and ensure you are 100% happy with the ceremony words they have sent through for you to review.
– Heidi Seal
These are all things I address clearly with couples who are looking to get married in Tauranga and Mount Maunganui and are looking for a young marriage celebrant. If you’re looking for a wedding celebrant and would like to chat further about your big day – get in touch!