Celebrant Ross Wright conducting a marriage ceremony for two grooms

Choosing a wedding celebrant

Congratulations, you’re engaged to be married!

One of the most important decisions you will make is the type of ceremony you both want – a non-religious humanist ceremony, a non-religious civil ceremony, or a ceremony that reflects your religious beliefs. 

If you choose a humanist ceremony, you can choose who you want to conduct your ceremony. That choice can feel daunting but here’s some pointers to make it easier!

Celebrant Suzanne Teed conducting the marriage ceremony of a bride and groom
Image credit – Simons Studio

Most couples want to find a celebrant they have a connection with as it gives them confidence that they will have the ceremony they want. Celebrants all have different styles and personalities – some bring humour, others are more reflective – so it’s worth emailing, calling, and meeting them to establish whether they are the right fit for you. 

First impressions count, but consider your head as well as your heart. Your decision needs to be practical as well as emotional. Celebrants understand that choosing who marries you is a big decision, so it’s okay to meet with a few before committing. And make sure to ask them all your ceremony-related questions. Their answers will help you decide if they’re the right celebrant for you.

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