When you start
out on your search for a celebrant it is likely
you'll be browsing through celebrant websites as a
first cut to developing a short list of possibles.
And that's where things can get tricky as, though
all celebrants are definitely not equal, most make
very similar claims on their websites.
So how do you quickly and easily decide who to
cull and who to keep on your short list? Use
an old recruiter's trick - look at each from the
point of view of looking for a reason NOT to put
them on the short list and you'll find it much
easier to pare the list down to a manageable size.
Don't, however use price as your first
criterion! Leave that as the last
consideration to make sure that you are comparing
like with like.
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Once you have done that you'll have a manageable
list of celebrants to consider. Now is the time to
look at what the celebrant offers for your
ceremony - one size fits all or flexibility that
meets your specific needs. When you've done that
you'll have a good basis on which to compare
prices, as you are closer to comparing like with
like - and then it is just a matter of
prioritising what is important to you to whittle
your list down even further.
- Look at the photos on the website. A
surprising number of celebrants pad out their
sites with stock photos or photos grabbed off
other celebrants website to give the
impression that they've done more weddings
than they actually have. So look carefully at
the celebrant in the photos. Is it the same
- Read the testimonials. Are they all written
in the same style? Do the dates make sense? (I
recently stumbled across a Brisbane
celebrant's website that included a
testimonial for a wedding conducted on a date
that doesn't exist in the calendar).
- Look at the general writing style of the
site. Spelling errors? Bad grammar? Patchy -
some parts well-written, others not can be an
indicator of plagiarism or lack of capacity to
actually write an original ceremony.
One way to do this is not only to ask the 'normal'
questions of the celebrant, but to also ask
yourself lots of questions about how you feel.
You'll find these by clicking on the link below.