The Australian Federation of Civil Celebrants recently launched the Celebrant App - an effortless way for engaged couples to find reputable celebrants in their local area. Modern Wedding spoke with bride-to-be Simone about her experience with the new Celebrant App!
"When I started organising our wedding, there were so many things to consider: reception venues, the dress, shoes, flowers, suits, photographer, bridesmaids, music... The list went on and it became rather overwhelming.
When we were booking our venue we were asked who would be officiating the ceremony. I realised, then and there, that I had another important decision to add to the list. I had no idea where to start so someone at work suggested I look for 'Find a Celebrant' on my iPhone - a free-to-download app from the App Store.
My fiancé and I were able to choose from celebrants in our area and could limit the results to suit our preferences. Once we had chosen our favourites the App provided their contact details. Most celebrants had a link to their website, so we could look at their photos and read their testimonials.
It was easy to create a short list based on whether or not the celebrants fitted with our ideals. We were then able to email them directly and see whether they were available for our wedding day. What we found most reassuring was that the Celebrant App had been created by a professional celebrant association whose members adhered to a Code of Practice, were fully covered by insurance and had Copyright protection.
Most of the celebrants listed offered personalised ceremonies that would be written especially for us. Many of them also offered an initial meeting free of charge, so we could talk with them face to face before making a decision. We decided to meet with two and they were both lovely. They talked to us about what we wanted and what they could offer. They had lots of readings and poetry to choose from and they also offered sample ceremonies to inspire our own.
We chose the celebrant that we felt most comfortable with and can't wait to have her there on our wedding day."
The free Celebrant App is currently available for iPhone and iPad. It has been produced and provided by the Australian Federation of Civil Celebrants, the largest national association of professional celebrants.
Special thanks to Simone for sharing with us!
Are you planning a civil ceremony? Read our Civil Wedding Ceremony Guide.