How to Choose a Celebrant

Michael Janz, Brisbane Celebrant, shares 10 tips how to choose a Celebrant.

There are many things to consider in choosing a celebrant. 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.

Here are 10 tips to help you decide the best celebrant for you.

Talk to/meet the Celebrant before choosing

The best way to choose a Celebrant is to meet them.

I offer a no obligation meeting to enable us to get to know each other. It’s important I understand your needs. You can make sure I am the right one for you. I am pleased to travel to you. This is all at no obligation/cost for you. Also, I supply a comprehensive wedding kit when we meet.

Check the Celebrant’s availability

Is the celebrant available on the date and time you have in mind? Does the celebrant conduct multiple ceremony a day? Do you want to the Celebrant being delayed at their previous ceremony?

I only conduct 1 wedding per day. I prefer to focus on making your day the best it can possibly be.

Choose the Celebrant’s with the right attitude

Does the celebrant show they’ll deliver a ceremony that meets you needs? How are they going to help to determine what you need? Does the celebrant listen to your needs, ideas and concerns? Is the celebrant keen to ensure they understand what you expect from them? It’s also important to understand what is required of you when you choose a Celebrant.

I believe you are the “stars of the show”. I’m facilitating your show.

Choose the Celebrant with a proven reputation

Does the celebrant 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. Sometimes social media may not be truly reflective of quality. See if you can observe them performing a ceremony in a video.

Easy Weddings has a rigorous checking process that ensures validity of reviews.

Bride and Groom enjoying the Brisbane Celebrant conducting the wedding
Elise and Olly’s Mount Coot-tha Wedding Ceremony

Choose the Celebrant with the right personality

Does the celebrant have a personality that you find attractive? Above all only you will know when you meet. Alternatively a  phone discussion is a pretty good start in helping to choose a Celebrant.

Choose the Celebrant who demonstrates professionalism

Choose a Celebrant that demonstrates professionalism. Does the celebrant have a professional website? Do they respond in a timely manner? Does the celebrant have appropriate professional equipment. Things such as a PA system, computer and internet facilities, appropriate clothing, a reliable car, signing table etc?

I am a full-time Brisbane Celebrant who takes pride in my professional attributes. Responding to phone calls, texts and emails in a timely manner is very important to me.

Choose a Celebrant who continually develops themselves

Is the celebrant a member of celebrant associations/networks? Has the celebrant done recent training  in celebrancy or workshops held by celebrant associations? Choose a celebrant who is always developing.

I believe in continually improving my approaches with working with couples. I never stop learning.

Choose a Celebrant with the right experience

How much experience does the celebrant have?  Above all try to gauge whether they have spent years using the same old formula. In contrast are they focused on continually learning through experience.

Choosing a Celebrant with 10 years experience doesn’t ensure quality.

Check out the Celebrant’s location

Is the celebrant within reasonable travelling distance to the venue? Do they charge for travel? Choosing a Celebrant who lives around the corner isn’t the best indicator.

I’m a Celebrant living in Brisbane. I enjoy travelling to the Gold Coast, Tamborine, Ipswich, Lockyer Valley and Toowoomba. It’s my job.  I’m happy to travel. unless I need to jump on a plane, I don’t charge extra for travel.  I’m happy to fly.

Understand the Celebrant’s fees…

Is the celebrant charging a commensurate fee.  Choose a Celebrant where the fee matches the work/service provide. Do they offer a flat fee or add on extras for  travel and extra meetings?

I offer a flat, all-inclusive fee with no surprises. I’m also happy to provide if required at no extra cost:

  • A portable, professional standard Bose PA and sound system. This ensures all of your guests clearly hear your wedding ceremony ;
  • Recorded music for playing throughout the Ceremony as required;
  • A well-presented table and chair for signing your marriage documentation if required.
Sophie and Giampoalo's Wedding Day at the Bpuevard Gardens Indooroopilly
Sophie and Giampaolo’s Wedding Day

Tamborine wedding venues

Tamborine wedding venues are  so close to Brisbane and the Gold Coast. As a Marriage Celebrant, I really enjoy marrying couples in  these delightful Mount Tamborine wedding venues. With all popular venues, don’t leave your decision too late or you’ll miss your preferred date.

Here’s several venues I enjoy visiting as a Marriage Celebrant at Tamborine:

Tamborine wedding venue: St Bernards over looking spectacular views

Tamborine wedding venue: Cedar Creek Estate Chapel with
Deb and Paulo’s Wedding Day with me, Michael Janz Celebrant

Cedar Creek Estate 

Cedar Creek Estate is a beautiful Tamborine venue for  your wedding ceremony and reception.

Choose a delightful wedding chapel adjacent to a lake or in the manicured gardens or Arbor for your wedding ceremony. There are plenty of perfect garden settings for you to  say, “I do”.

Several reception options are available for intimate celebrations through to up to 120 guests.

You’ll be assisted by a highly experienced wedding coordinator. I’m always happy to help as your Tamborine Wedding Celebrant.

St Bernards Hotel

St Bernards is an historic venue of Tamborine Mountain. Day visitors are impressed by the stunning views.  However, the stunning garden wedding setting is a wonderful surprise.

The hotel is set in beautiful rainforest gardens. The breath-taking views of the hinterland and Gold Coast are a great  backdrop for your wedding ceremony.

Receptions can be held a few steps away from the Ceremony. Choose from  either  The Grand Marquee or Siganto Room.

An experienced wedding coordinator will help your wedding day go off without a hitch. 

I’m always happy to help a no extra charge as your Tamborine Wedding Celebrant.

St Bernards  offers the Bride and bridal party a new luxurious lodge.  Edges has 3 double rooms.  What a great way to  enjoy the night and  your wedding night! Check out Edges.

Tamborine wedding venue: St Bernards over looking spectacular views

Tamborine wedding venue: St Bernards over looking spectacular views

The Old Church

Tamborine wedding venue: The Old Church

Tamborine wedding venue: The Old Church

The Old Church offers both a charming Chapel as well as well-established gardens on a 2 acre property to celebrate your wedding day.


Dating from the early 1900s, the Old Church seats 60 people. It has been kept in excellent condition. The fabulous, well established garden have several options for an outdoor ceremony.


The adjacent Old Church Restaurant can seat 90 guests. I had the pleasure attending a reception as a couple’s Tamborine Wedding Celebrant. The food, service and wines were fabulous.

It is walking distance from several accommodation options.  Mount Tamborine has limited public transport options. As a result its important to pre-plan transport for guest at Tamborine wedding venues.

Pethers Rainforest Retreat

Pethers Rainforest Retreat is set in a superb rainforest setting. This is an ideal setting for elopement style or intimate weddings of up to 70 people.
There are 10 individual and private tree houses.

The balcony of a private treehouse can be an intimate setting for an elopement style wedding ceremony. It is gorgeous and private Tamborine wedding venue.


The newly created Wedding Garden features a manicured lawn and wedding gazebo.  It comes complete with red carpet and white fold out chairs. This area is enveloped by a rainforest.  It is a perfect place for your wedding ceremony with a larger group of guests. Other ceremony options include the balcony of the Main Lodge or beside their pond and water fountain.


The stunning restaurant can cater for a reception up to 70 people banquet style or up to 100 people cocktail style.


The onsite Event Manager can assist you celebrate your wedding.

Other Mount Tamborine wedding venues worth checking out:

Albert River Wines nestled at the base of Tamborine Mountain. It has multiple ceremony venues and 3 reception venues. 

Cedar Creek Lodges can host your ceremony, reception, wedding party and guest accommodation in one rainforest Tamborine wedding venue. 

Hampton Estate Wines(previously Heritage Wines) is surrounded  by beauty of the landscape, mountain views,and the history of its majestic old building.

Tamborine Mountain Garden Weddings is home to magical gardens, comfortable cottage accommodation, stunning reception centres and friendly staff.

There are many more terrific Mountain Wedding venues, feel free to share the details.
If you’re looking for a Tamborine Marriage Celebrant, contact me, Michael Janz Celebrant.

Prerston Peak Toowoomba Sunset Wedding Picture with Brisbane Celebrant

Are you planning a video of your wedding?

Remember your special day with a wedding video. Have a look at some examples https://www.michaeljanzcelebrant.com.au/video-gallery/

Brisbane Botonical Gardens Wedding with Brisbane Celebrant

Wedding Music Ideas

There are so things to consider when planning a wedding! As a Celebrant, I find most couples like to have music at the beginning, when the signing is taking place and at the end (recessional). I provide recorded music and a separate sound system with copyright protection as part of my service. Here are a wide range of ideas.

General

All of Me by John Legend
Amazed by Lonestar
Annie’s Song by John Denver
At Last by Etta James
A Thousand Years by Christina Perri
Best Part of Me by Busby Marou
Better Together by Jack Johnson
Can’t Help Falling In Love by Elvis Presley
Come Away with Me by Norah Jones
Dog Days are Over by Florence and the Machine
Everything by Michael Buble
Everything is Awesome by Tegan and Sarah

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Wedding Ceremony Sign with Celebrant Brisbane

Wedding Ceremony Readings

Including readings in your wedding Ceremony is a great way to help tell a story about you as a couple or to illustrate things you value. It’s also a great way to enable family members or friends to be engaged. Of course the choice of whether or not to have readings is entirely up to you. Here are some special examples:

A beautiful wedding ceremony reading that can be tailored to you….

Maybe – Author Unknown

Maybe…We are supposed to meet the wrong people before meeting the right one so that, when we finally meet the right person, we will know how to be grateful for that gift

Maybe…it is true that we don’t know what we have got until we lose it, but it is also true that we don’t know what we have been missing until it arrives

Maybe…the happiest of people don’t necessarily have the best of everything; they just make the most of everything that comes along their way

Maybe…the best kind of love is the kind you can sit on a sofa together and never say a word, and then walk away feeling like it was the best conversation you’ve ever had

Maybe…you shouldn’t go for looks; they can deceive. Don’t go for wealth; even that fades away. Go for someone who makes you smile, because it takes only a smile to make a dark day seem bright.

Maybe…you should hope for enough happiness to make you sweet, enough trials to make you strong, enough sorrow to keep you human, and enough hope to make you happy

Maybe… Love is not about finding the perfect person, it’s about learning to see an imperfect person perfectly.’

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