It’s the celebrant who makes the magic happen on a wedding day. bride and groom spoke to the professionals Jen Broadbent and Katrina Kim-Worley who shared their advice to help find the right person for the job.
A celebrant will need a birth certificate, proof of identity and, in the instance of prior marriage, they will require a record of divorce before a legal marriage can happen. Couples are advised to be aware of the Marriage Act, and to fully understand the process involved before getting in touch with a celebrant.
Cover your bases
It is best to have questions ready to ask when confirming the specific details for the day. How much is their fee and what is included like travel and insurance.
Jen said there were plenty of factors to consider when booking.
“They need to know what they want,” Jen said.
“Obviously availability, experience and the fee included are all essential things to ask about.
“As well as that, they can ask what else is provided. For instance I have a PA system that I can provide as well as a back-up celebrant who I can call on if anything should happen.”
Get in quick
No matter how much time you think you have, always contact a celebrant as soon as the date is confirmed.
Jen said it was a case of acting fast when it comes to booking a celebrant.
“We require a completed Notice of Intended Marriage form at least one month before the wedding. You can give it to your celebrant up to 18 months beforehand,” she said.
There is certain level of trust in the relationship between a celebrant and a couple.
Katrina advises not to act with haste.
“You need to all get along; if there is no connection I will not get offended if someone says that I am not quite right for their wedding,” Katrina said.
“You just need to keep shopping until you find the right celebrant.”