Auckland celebrant Melanie Kerr will marry our Win Your Dream Wedding bride and groom. In the final days before our Dream Wedding is revealed to the public, we spoke to Melanie about her top tips for nipping wedding jitters in the bud, and her advice on how to craft a seamless ceremony.
How long should a ceremony be?
Most ceremonies take between 20 and 30 minutes.
How soon before their wedding should a couple arrange their marriage license?
A marriage license is only valid for three months from date of issue so definitely no sooner before your wedding than that!
What was something unique you’ve seen a couple do recently that made for a memorable ceremony?
I recently wed a couple that was determined to say ‘I do’ outdoors in a place that was very special to them. Unfortunately the weather wasn’t on our side, and a storm blew in during the ceremony, forcing their guests to encircle them in umbrellas as they said their vows. They weren’t going to let the bad weather stand in their way! It made for a romantic and unique ceremony, which is one that I will never forget.
Do many couples add personal touches to their ceremony?
Any ceremony will be unique because of the guests who attend and the love and atmosphere they contribute. This being said, I have witnessed sand or knot tying ceremonies, butterflies being released, special songs and gift exchanges.
What is a great way to get family members involved in the ceremony?
Readings and blessings are a great way to include your family members or close friends. If you are lucky enough to know a talented musician you could ask them to play or sing you down the aisle.
What is the general cost of a celebrant?
That is the million-dollar question! A celebrant can cost anywhere from $300 up to $1000, but don’t let price influence your decision. Your celebrant should be someone you can trust to lead you on the day, and it’s important you share a connection with him or her.
How long before the wedding should a couple write their vows?
It all depends on when your celebrant requires them. The celebrant’s role is to help you with these so don’t be afraid to ask for their help if you need a little poetic inspiration.
Any advice for brides to be?
Stop for a moment and take it all in, this is your day. You are loved and you are important, so shine baby shine!