01 Nov What to Look for in Your Italy Wedding Celebrant
VIP for any wedding is the ceremony celebrant. A brief appearance that sets the mood for the whole event, choosing the right officiant to perform your wedding ceremony in Italy takes on additional meaning since you will most likely be relying on a local Italian for the job. The following tips may help you in the selection process.
THE GOLDEN RULE: Set up a Skype call before you commit. Planning an Italy destination wedding has become much easier since you can meet any local Italian vendor personally online with Skype – and it’s free for both parties so there’s no excuse not to use it!
Speaking with your celebrant directly allows you to:
- Evaluate how well s/he speaks your language. Your celebrant should be able to speak English clearly and smoothly, without a heavy accent precluding words to be understood by guests and by you.
- Hear how their voice sounds and projects. If your group is small you may not need a P.A. system as long as the celebrant’s voice can be heard (usually up to 20-30 guests)
- Ask questions spontaneously. Just like in a job interview, you may prepare some questions to ask but others may pop up along the way, so just ask them!
Questions you should ask your Italian wedding celebrant are:
- Fees, payment timings (deposit, final balance) and methods of payment as well as who pays the extra fees involved (PayPal vs bank vs cash);
- What their fees include in terms of travel expenses, resources, wedding certificate, rehearsals.
- How many hours are included before and after the ceremony;
- How long they’ve been performing weddings and/or how many weddings they have celebrated;
- How many sample ceremonies will they provide and how many revisions can they accommodate;
- How will you work together? Can you write your own vows? What are the timings for wording completion, music selection, and inclusion, assigning readings to guests, etc?
- Whether they are available to perform special rituals such as handfasting or unity candle;
- Whether they are comfortable with any religious elements;
- What their typical attire is (color suit and tie, style dress or pantsuit).
Depending on whether you have a wedding planner or not, your celebrant may give you guidance on set up, logistics, and tips for your processional/recessional.