There are a number of marriage celebrants in the Eastern Bay who can legally conduct a wedding ceremony. Like all other aspects of your special day, this is one that requires consideration.
Usually people choose a marriage celebrant from the local area, as obviously there is a cost and travel will add to the fee. Unless of course you have a family connection with a particular celebrant, then the travel factor won’t be a factor. However, before choosing a celebrant you must have a date and venue, to see if the celebrant is actually available. If you don’t have a particular celebrant that you know and want, a good place to start is by asking friends and family who they used at their wedding or who they recommend. You can also search for local marriage celebrants online and in the yellow pages. This could be a good way to check out celebrants who have been recommended, so you get a feel of what they are like, and how they conduct the service. Ultimately, you are going to want to meet up with the celebrant before you book them, and of course, well before the big day is too close.
When choosing a celebrant, there are a number of things to think about:
Male or female celebrant – do you and your partner prefer a woman or man? Or you don’t mind either way?
Religion – does the celebrant need to represent or know a certain religion or customs?
Experience – Most celebrants will show you copies of previous ceremonies that they’ve done and/or photos. It’s a good idea to do a bit of research online, as most will have images of weddings they have conducted.
Style & vibe – does this person ‘fit’ with your wedding style? Do you like them and get on well with them? Do they “get you both”. Is the meeting relaxed or do you feel on edge? Trust your gut. Do you like the celebrant’s dress sense and what they’ve worn to other weddings (this may be superficial, but they will be in your wedding photos)
Cost – celebrants can charge anything from a koha (if you know them) to upwards from $350. Make sure you agree on the cost at the initial meeting, and ask the celebrant to invoice you so there are no surprises.