Expert advice about celebrant

Here is a selection of Q&As from Your South Wales Wedding magazine whether it be about flowers, hair and makeup, fashion, wedding themes, health & beauty, cakes, stationery, legal advice. If you would like your question answered by our experts, please email it to


One fine day

One fine day

Q. We're thinking of hiring a celebrant for our upcoming wedding. What should we take into consideration before booking?

A. Carol Gunter says: Your wedding day is one of the most important days of your life and deciding on a type of ceremony is an essential part of this. A celebrant led service will give you lots of freedom, and most suppliers will be delighted to accommodate your wishes and preferences. Consider the following:

- Make sure they have availability on your chosen date and are willing to travel to your venue.

- Always meet your celebrant face-to-face to make sure that you connect with them and feel confident that they understand your style and approach.

- Ask how many ceremonies they conduct in one day. Most commit to only one service a day, guaranteeing you their full attention. If not, be sure to agree on extended timing to avoid feeling rushed.

- Check if they're happy to have your friends and family involved in the service.

- Ask if they offer any additional services and if you want something bespoke, see if they can help.

- Be clear about any parts of the ceremony that you want to write yourself and mention if you need help doing so.

- Find out what's included in the price and what costs extra.

- Make sure that you have the final sign off on the ceremony plan.

- Ask if they've been trained or are professionally qualified.

- Ensure they provide you with a contract that includes details of what's included, along with costs and any cancellation arrangements.

Carol Gunter,Your Special Celebration


Deck the halls

Deck the halls

Q. My hubby-to-be and I love Christmas and want to incorporate festive nods into our ceremony. Do you have any ideas of how we could do this?

A. Carol Gunter says: There are no rules or restrictions when you have a celebrant-led ceremony, which means you can build in as much or as little festive cheer as you like. Here are some ideas:

- Play Christmas music when you enter your venue, this could be an upbeat song, something romantic or a traditional carol.

- Hold your ceremony around a decorated Christmas tree. - Invite your guests to write messages on baubles and place them on the tree as keepsakes.

- Incorporate Christmas verses into the wording of your ceremony and include a candle unity ceremony.

- Have your first kiss as a married couple under a sprig of mistletoe.

- Use a machine to make it snow at the end of your ceremony and as you exit together as a married couple. Your view of festive cheer may be different from others, and that's fine. A celebrant will work with you to understand your wishes and build these into your ceremony, creating a wonderful experience and memories for you both.

Carol Gunter,Your Special Celebration


Just the two of us

Just the two of us

Q. We want a customised service and are thinking of booking a celebrant. Do you have any ideas of how we can make the day more personal?

A. Lynda Williams says: - Tie the knot in a place that has a sentimental meaning to you both. Get creative, and remember your chosen venue doesn't need to have a wedding licence. It could be at home, in a marquee, on the beach or your local pub.

- Remember you'll need to get the legal part done at a register office. There's no time limit on this. It can be done earlier the same day or a few weeks before.

- Your vows can include anything, from religious pieces, verses or poems to hand-fasting ceremonies.

Lynda Williams

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