Thanks to Michael Janz for his insights when considering a marriage celebrant. If you are reading this blog and looking for a boudoir photographer in Perth, please contact me.
You can apply these concepts that Michael has provided when considering most wedding services, whether it be your photographer, celebrant, band/dj or anything else that you may be looking to hire when having a wedding.
There are many things to consider to find the best marriage celebrant and wedding services. Some people go on first impressions or “gut feelings”. Others choose on price – the least or most expensive.
You only want to get married once… ensure it’s what you want! Remember your celebration can’t be repeated! Apart from 5 sentences that must be stated to cover legal obligations, the rest is what you want.
Remember it’s your ceremony not your celebrant’s or your wedding suppliers.
Meet The Supplier, Company or Individual
The best way to book a wedding supplier is to meet them.
Some suppliers will offer a no obligation first meeting. It’s important the wedding supplier understands your needs and asks you the right questions.
Is the supplier keen to ensure they understand what you expect from them? It’s also important to understand what is required of you when you find the supplier. It shouldn’t take long when you meet them to determine that you have found the best suitable company or individual for you!
Check Their Availability
A couple of key questions to ask include … Is the company/individual available on the date and time you have in mind? Does the celebrant conduct multiple ceremony a day? Some celebrants conduct multiple weddings a day and it’s important understand any risks of your celebrant being delayed at their previous ceremony.
Someone With The Right Attitude
Does the company show they’ll deliver an evening that meets you needs? It is important to understand how they are going to help to determine what you need. You are wise to consider when you chat, if the supplier listens to your needs, ideas and concerns or tells you what they will do without a level of understanding.
Does the potential hire have a proven reputation? Take the time to read their reviews/testimonials. Check their website and sites that you can be confident of the validity of the reviews. Sometimes social media may not be truly reflective of quality.
Does the supplier have a personality or a service that you find attractive? Above all, only you will know when you meet them or see the service in real life. Alternatively, a phone discussion is a pretty good start in helping to you choose the right fit.
Is the supplier within reasonable travelling distance to the venue? Do they charge for travel? Choosing a compny who lives around the corner isn’t the best indicator. Some companies and individuals will travel anywhere in Australia others operate in a small region.
There are several indicators of a companies demonstrating professionalism.
Check for a professional looking website.
They should respond to calls, messages and emails in a timely manner. It worth getting an understanding that they have appropriate professional equipment.
You will be able to get a good sense based on reviews, websites, videos and your friends feedback if this particular supplier is a full-timer or just trying to make a quick buck on weekends!