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Finding the celebrant for you

You may have been to a wedding and struggled to hear the ceremony. You may have been underwhelmed with the celebrant. You may have gone away thinking 'not for us'. And you may have left thinking that was a fantastic wedding ceremony, we could hear everything and the celebrant was great and she really suited the couple.

Really good celebrants get booked up months in advance. So just as you need to secure your venue and photographer early on, include nailing your celebrant.

Look for one who's warm, sincere and authentic. They should be articulate and good at public speaking. Check out their background and experience. Can they show you photos and comments from couples they've married. Does the celebrant you're meeting with listen and make helpful suggestions. Do they have a sense of humour? You'll know if you're talking with the right person because you'll feel comfortable, confident and connected.

Your marriage ceremony is the heart of your wedding. Your celebrant will set the scene, the tone and together you'll create inclusiveness and love. And more importantly you'll feel safe and in great hands.

A really good celebrant discreetly multi-tasks on the day. Their antenna is up, so not only are you the centre of their attention, they'll be totally aware of what's going on around you. A really good celebrant can read situations quickly and adapt the ceremony. They'll put you at ease and have presence. A great celebrant is inclusive, gathers the focus and gently steers the helm.

A celebrant worth their salt will have training, experience and a professsional work ethic.The benefit of have a great celebrant led ceremony is that it is personalised to you.

Beautiful, authentic, amazing, meaningful, heartfelt, and life changing are some of the words that people use to describe their experience with me alongside them. Your wedding ceremony should be memorable for all the right reasons.

I'd be delighted to meet with you, listen to your ideas and share my expertise and experience.

At your service…

Jo Smith... Celebrant and member of the NZ Celebrants' Association

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