Celebrant dilemma: pay for one or have a friend do it?

posted 2 years ago in Ceremony
Post # 2
7039 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

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
371 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2000

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
2473 posts
Buzzing bee
  • 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
494 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

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
116 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2016

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.

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