There are over 3000 celebrants in WA, so how do you choose the right one for you and your ceremony? Do you go on first impressions? Is price the best indicator? Does more expensive = better service? How important is experience?
Some articles you read on this topic tell you to find out if the celebrant
· is properly qualified – to perform a marriage in Australia, celebrants are required to have at least a Certificate IV in Celebrancy and be approved by the Attorney General for registration – check here if you are not sure. Other non-legal ceremonies, including funerals, can be performed by anyone.
· has lots of experience – as a newly-appointed celebrant, I can guarantee that my first ceremonies will be prepared to within an inch of their lives, with not a shred of complacency or ho-hum-edness!
· belongs to a professional association – I’m not convinced that this is a measure of competency in performing ceremonies.
So what are the important considerations?
· Do you feel some affinity with the celebrant? Is s/he the type of person you like and would want officiating at your ceremony?
· Does the celebrant offer you a blank canvas on which you all design your service? I would be wary of a “here’s one I made earlier” and you just fill in the names.
· Is the celebrant flexible enough to really listen to what you want and work with you to create it?
· Is it clear exactly what the celebrant offers and the associated costs? This may include the number of meetings, a rehearsal, travel and accommodation, equipment use/hire and the amount of time allocated to you on the day of your ceremony.
Take the time to meet with prospective celebrants and put them through the 2L2F check