Posts about what Celebrants do and how to choose your celebrant

Four out of five weddings in Australia are officiated by an authorised celebrant!

21 Good Reasons to Have a Celebrant Wedding

Categories: Celebrant   |  Wedding Ceremony  | 
A celebrant-led wedding gives you so much more flexibility and choice than marrying in either a religious ceremony or a registry office ceremony while not restricting the content of your ceremony ...  More

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6 Killer Questions a Recruitment Specialist would ask Your Celebrant

“How do you choose a wedding celebrant?” is one of the most common questions asked by couples getting married in Australia. These questions will help you find the celebrant who is perfect for you ... Read it

Jennifer Cram, The Inclusive Celebrant: My Commitment to Diversity and Inclusion

Categories: |  Celebrant | Inclusive Weddings |
As a secular humanist whose calling, commitment, and passion is creating and performing fun, relaxed, inclusive ceremonies, I believe with my whole heart that all people are worthy and should be equally valued and treated with equal respect. Neither diversity nor inclusion is optional ...  More ...

Dressed for the Occasion: Personal Thoughts About What the Celebrant Wears for Your Wedding

Categories: |  Celebrant |
What do I have in my celebrant wardrobe? And how do I decide what to wear on the day? These are important questions,  What your celebrant wears matters ...  More ...

Not "Just a Celebrant" (and Not "Just Half an Hour")

Categories: | Celebrant | Wedding Ceremony | Wedding Legals | Wedding Planning |
What does a celebrant do? And why do they charge for more than the half hour the ceremony takes? The easy answer is that a celebrant changes your legal status from not-married to married. which is a pretty big thing. Life-changing, in fact. And they do that by creating and performing a ceremony. But it certainly doesn't stop there. When you hire me as a celebrant, you're getting a lot more than someone who will make sure you tick a few legal boxes, stand up in front of your guests, rabbit on for a bit, and then declare that you are married. ... More ...

I Won't Judge You or Your Choices (unless the Law makes me do so)

Categories: Celebrant | Wedding Legals |
There are some things which the law, and my obligations under the law as a Marriage Celebrant, requires me to make judgements about. But there are many things that people fear being judged about that I definitely don't and won't judge you for ...    More...

Friend or Professional Celebrant?

Categories: Celebrant | Wedding Ceremony | Wedding Legals |
Would choosing a friend instead of a professional celebrant to conduct your wedding ceremony be a good option for you?  Everything you need to consider - and how you can have the best of both worlds ...    More...

Before you Meet Your Celebrant

Categories: Celebrant | Wedding Ceremony | Wedding Planning |
There are two distinct aspects to getting married - planning the ceremony and meeting the legal requirements.  Without the ceremony, your wedding will just be an expensive party. And without meeting the legal requirements you will not be legally married! Here is a list of things to decide and things to do before you meet with me. If you can tick off all of these the process will go smoothly and efficiently.  ...    More...

Is your celebrant duly authorised?      (06/08/2018)

Categories: Celebrant | Wedding Legals |
While scams involving persons who are not authorised celebrants are extremely rare in Australia, now that a celebrant can be deregistered forthwith if he or she fails to pay the annual fee celebrants are now required to pay, it is particularly important to check whether your celebrant is still registered  More...

How to choose your celebrant like you’d choose a car… (updated 14/06/2018)

Categories: Celebrant |
Just as the car you choose not only has to fit your budget but also be fit for purpose, so does your celebrant. .... More...

Behind the Scenes: What Goes on in Preparing your Ceremony (02/01/2018)

Categories: Celebrant | Wedding Budget |
It is not unusual for a celebrant to receive a request for a lowball fee on the grounds that "it is only an hour". However, what you and your guests see on the day is only a fraction of what I do to make your ceremony special and your marriage legal.  An incredible amount of work and preparation happens behind the scenes to make that hour possible. It is also not unusual for full realisation of how much behind the scenes preparation is involved to sink in only when a couple attends other weddings down the track and sees the result of some of that behind the scenes work being omitted ... More...

Civil Celebrants and Clergy - what's the difference and does it matter? (01/12/2017)

Categories: Celebrant |
The Marriage Act, along with Dean Smith's Bill currently making it's way through the Parliamentary process, differentiates between Clergy and Civil Celebrants in what they can and can't do.  So, what is the difference between civil celebrants and clergy, and, if you are planning to marry, does it matter .... More...

Your celebrant is NOT ripping you off (it is more than just half an hour) (10/07/2017)

Categories:  Celebrant | Wedding Budget | Wedding Ceremony | Wedding Planning |
There is an awful lot that goes into the half-hour the ceremony lasts - and that's what you are paying for .... More...

The Problem with Wedding Readings (17/07/2016)

Categories: Celebrant | Wedding Ceremony
Most people assume that you have to have readings in a wedding ceremony. Unfortunately, on the day they often don't work ..More...

Food, Flowers, and Furniture (updated 30/07/2018)

Categories: Celebrant | Wedding Ceremony
Every now and then, someone asks me what I supply in terms of styling and other add-ons for a wedding ... More.....