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Getting the right wedding celebrant for your ceremony isn’t just about finding someone who is licenced or available that day. You’ll want a wedding officiant who will take the time to get to know you as a couple, set the right tone for your special day, and guide you through this new chapter in your life.
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Top Wedding Celebrant related questions
No, you will need to register your union with your local authority. This won’t affect your celebrant-led ceremony, though. You can simply sign the register before the actual wedding ceremony. While you could certainly go straight to your local authority (e.g. city hall) for the legally binding ceremony, a celebrant-led ceremony lets you personalise the occasion. After all, you can’t exactly ask a judge or notary public if you can set up a flower wall in their office!
It depends on your local laws. In countries like Australia, the celebrant must be Commonwealth-registered officiants or religious celebrants, ministers of religion authorised by the state registries, or state and territory officers. But in other places like the UK, religious leaders can officiate a ceremony, though a registrar needs to be in attendance if they are not licenced. For civil unions, a registrar can officiate a legally binding ceremony.
Celebrants are focused on creating a personalised ceremony that considers your love story, desired location, music, and even the way you and your partner want to say your vows. These civil celebrants may or may not be registered with your local authorities, so check to see what you need to do as a couple in terms of legal paperwork. Meanwhile, registrars are focused on the technical and legal aspects of marrying you in the eyes of the law.
It depends on what you want as a couple, your wedding celebrant’s personal touch regarding scripts or spiels, and any elements you wish to include for the ceremony. For example, you might ask the Tasker to talk about your love story or your theme and venue (especially if it’s a destination wedding). They can have a reading or sermon of sorts, followed by the exchange of vows and rings, and finally the pronouncement, first kiss, and recessional.
When booking a local wedding officiant, discuss their availability for your chosen date, time, and venue. Next, talk about your love story. The officiant will be able to do a better job of customising your ceremony if you tell them about how you met, any challenges you met along the way, and even the role of your family and friends. Also, be clear about any elements you want to incorporate or avoid in your ceremony.
Simply put, it’s because couples can personalise civil ceremonies as much as they like! Unlike traditional, religious ceremonies with set-in-stone rites and rituals, civil ceremonies can be as long or as short as the couple prefers. This freedom also lets them focus their time, energy, and budget on aspects like creating a majestic wedding setup, showing their commitment through a unique exchange of vows, or spending more time with their respective families and friends.
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What do wedding celebrant services include?
When you book a Tasker to serve as your wedding celebrant, you can expect them to help you craft the wedding that best represents your love. This includes getting to know you as a couple, personalising the ceremony to fit your taste, and officiating the service. In general, you can expect a Tasker to do the following:
Getting to know the couple
The beauty of having a celebrant-officiated ceremony is that it is bespoke. To do this, the wedding officiant starts by getting to know you as a couple. They may ask how you met, your love story so far, and even how your family and friends have helped you along the way. This initial interview may take around an hour.
Preparing the ceremony script
After you and the wedding officiant have warmed up to each other, it’s time to prepare the actual wording of your marriage ceremony. If you don’t have a program flow in mind yet, the Tasker can walk you through different templates they’ve used in the past. They can also recommend a program flow that best fits your vision for your big day. Naturally, they’ll customise the spiels to suit your taste and your love story.
The Tasker may even submit the spiels to you for your approval. Should you choose to have songs and readings at your wedding but are having trouble picking the right ones, your wedding celebrant may help you select these as well.
If you want to include something unique to your ceremony, such as a tribute to a deceased family member, an out-of-the-box way to exchange vows, or a special ritual, the marriage celebrant can help you craft these parts of the program.
Assistance with writing the wedding vows
Even if your vows involve you talking to the love of your life, you may find yourself at a loss for words. The wedding officiant may help you get over your nervousness and help you develop vows that perfectly reflect how you feel.
Assistance with legal documents
While not all celebrant-officiated weddings are considered legal (this may depend on your location and the Tasker’s credentials), the celebrant may also help you make sure you get your paperwork done on time. Additionally, they see to it that your registered witnesses are there on the day itself (or during your legally binding ceremony). Sometimes, this service can include submitting the wedding licence to the authorities.
Performing the ceremony
At last, it’s your wedding day! You can usually expect the wedding celebrant to arrive early and help you prepare. They’ll perform the ceremony as agreed on, make sure everything goes as smoothly as possible, then pronounce your spouses for life.