Post # 1
My partner and I got hitched in Vegas 3 years ago, but it was just the 2 of us so we will be having our “proper” wedding next March with family and friends in Australia.
Now, we’re on a budget so we’re trying to cut all un-neccesary costs. Which brings me to a celebrant! The charge is going to be $600 for someone to do the whole thing but withuot “legal wording” as we’re already legally married. They practically won’t even need to get the paperwork done or stuff like that as it was all sorted years ago.
Now, my question is: would it be weird to not have a celebrant and have a good friend of ours host the whole thing? I’ve found heaps of wedding ceremony scripts online and I don’t think it would be hard to get done.
My partner likes the idea but thinks it’s very unusual as it’s not a common thing here in Australia.
What do you Bees think? I need some honest opinions here 🙂
Thank you all 🙂
Post # 2
Sakari87: Since you’re already legally married, I don’t see the point of a proper celebrant, especially since they’re pretty pricey here. Part of the celebrant’s job is to get the legalities right, and you don’t need that. All you need is someone who’s good at speaking, and that shouldn’t cost $600.
Post # 3
Sakari87: I don’t think I could ever bring myself to pay $600 to have a complete stranger pretend to conduct a wedding. My husband and I were also legally married overseas with just the two of us. I’m assuming that you, like us, didn’t pay anywhere close to 600 for the actual real deal (if you don’t count travel). If you’re on a budget, I see using a trusted friend as win-win. The people there on the day will be the ones who mean the most to you, and you save a nice bit of dosh! I do understand that it’s more uncommon in Australia, but so is getting married in Vegas! Celebrate what makes you and your spouse special by having a wedding that’s unique to you both and in line with what you place importance on.
Post # 4
- Wedding: April 2014 - Italian Villa
Sakari87: We did the legal stuff on the side as well, so we asked DH’s aunt to do the ceremony for us. She rocked! If you have someone creative/funny that would be good, I would do that.
Post # 5
I’d totally ask a friend or family member to do it! Funny and a good public speaker and they’ll be amazing 🙂
Post # 6
We’ve asked FI’s cousin to do that for us because we will be legally married at our wedding as well. I’m actually reallyyyy excited about it because I love his cousin and he’s super funny (and a teacher, so he doesn’t have a problem with public speaking) and this was the perfect way for us to include him in the wedding.