Ray & Jill  Standen

Sydney City Celebrants



With Wedding Planning filling your head, all this can be quite daunting.  So to help you we have collated the Most Commonly & Frequently Asked Questions & Our Answers to assist you.

1. What is your Fee?

Find out what your celebrant’s fee is and when you need to pay. This is an important piece of information you need to plan your wedding budget, so this should be the first and most important question to ask. 

2. What does the fee include?

You also need to ask what exactly does this fee include and are there any additional costs. You may need to provide some things yourself such as audio-visual equipment.

3. Is there any mandatory paperwork that is required?

Ask your celebrant what kind of paperwork you need to prepare before the wedding and what are the deadlines for submitting them. They will need to lodge the marriage certificate after the wedding, so make sure that everything is in order. 

4. What is the cancellation policy?

It is also useful to ask about the cancellation policy in case you need to cancel or postpone your wedding ceremony. Ask them if they keep the deposit and if they offer refunds.

5. How many meetings are needed before the wedding?

While many marriage celebrants will allow you to have as many meetings and phone calls as you need to plan the perfect ceremony, others might include only 1 face to face meeting in their package. Make sure to find out how much of their time they are ready to dedicate to you. 

6. What equipment do they provide?

Most celebrants have their own PA system, but make sure to ask in advance if they do. It is also important to check if it is good quality because you may need to hire more equipment depending on your ceremony location. Some celebrants also have a signing table and chairs.

7. How can they personalise your ceremony?

Modern wedding ceremonies are all about personalisation, so you will want to make it unique and fun. From finding fabulous ceremony locations to designing the backdrop and including some romantic rituals such as hand fasting or unity candle ceremony, there are many ways your celebrant can assist. Ask them if they have any ideas. 

8. What happens if they are sick?

Ask your celebrant what happens in the event they are unable to perform the ceremony. Do they have a replacement? 

9. Can they assist you in writing your vows?

Do you want to write your own wedding vows, but not sure where to start? Ask your marriage celebrant if they have some sample samples of traditional and non-traditional vows or quotations you can use. 

10. When will they arrive on the day?

Your celebrant should arrive to the venue at least thirty minutes before the ceremony to set up the sound system and maybe even quickly brief everyone involved in the ceremony. To ensure they will arrive on time, ask them how early they usually show up at the location.