Looking for the right civil celebrant to officiate at your wedding? Here’s where to start.
So you’ve said “yes” to a dress, booked your venue, ordered your cake, hired a photographer… but have you left yourself enough time to find the perfect civil celebrant to officiate at your wedding? If you’re not getting married at an official marriage registry (such as City Hall Marriage Registry or Cotton Tree Drive Marriage Registry) or licensed place of worship, this is where a celebrant would step in. Celebrants play no small role in weddings, so it’s important you take some time to find the the right one for you.
Not only do celebrants officiate your marriage, but most will also offer advice on how to write your vows, calm your nerves on the day and take care of all the legal documents that need to be signed, amongst other things. Selecting your celebrant is a highly personal decision and it helps to do a little research and have a clear idea of what sort of personality you’re looking for before you start your search. Here’s everything you need to know.
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How Do You Pick The Right Civil Celebrant?
It’s important to find a celebrant that you are comfortable with and matches your vision for the big day, so make sure you meet with them before signing any contracts. This will give you the opportunity to discuss how you want your day to play out and what you expect of them.
Ask your married friends and relatives for recommendations (see below for ours!), look online and read testimonies, and attend wedding fairs to chat with celebrants in person. Your photographer, caterer or wedding planner might have come across some memorable celebrants from other weddings they’ve been involved in, so don’t forget to ask them too!
What Does A Civil Celebrant Actually Do?
Once you’ve found “the one”, you can begin to work together on the wording of your ceremony. Most celebrants will try and get to know you and your partner better (including how you met, what you love about each other, how he/she proposed, etc.) at this point so that they can tailor your wedding ceremony to be more personal. Your celebrant will have likely performed many different type of ceremonies and should be capable of taking on a range of tones, so don’t be afraid to ask if you’re after something more serious, sentimental or humorous.
It doesn’t end there! Many celebrants can also assist you in writing your vows. This is great when you want to know what tone your partner is aiming for, without finding out exactly what the other person has written.
Yours will not be the first wedding ceremony they’ve been involved in – and celebrants are usually involved throughout the entire process – so they will have plenty of useful tips and advice to share with you. This is especially handy if you don’t have a wedding planner or if you’re the first in your friendship group to get married. At the end of the day, your chosen celebrant’s most important job is to make sure you are legally wedded to your partner, and that all the required paperwork is taken care of.
As you can see, a celebrant plays a hugely important role in your wedding, which is why it is so crucial to find the right one. Don’t leave it to the last minute because the best celebrants are in high demand.
Not sure where to begin? Here are some civil celebrants in Hong Kong who we think are worth meeting.
Civil Celebrants In Hong Kong
Since founding Civil Celebrant Service, bilingual, UK-trained wedding celebrant Francis Au Yeung (chief wedding planner and chief celebrant) has officiated over 400 local and overseas weddings. He has experience in both Western and Chinese-syle weddings, and is well known for his fun, loving, organised and bespoke wedding ceremonies. Aside from writing couples’ stories to be used on their big day, his profession has taken him high in the sky on a helicopter, sailing on a yacht and even underwater (talk about dedication!). As his one-stop wedding company’s motto states, weddings are its business, but you can certainly rely on Francis to also bring a bright and joyful energy to your special day.
Interested in Francis’ services? Head here to book or enquire.
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Looking for a skilled and friendly lawyer to officiate your wedding? Meet Amy Pan. Having lived in Europe, China and the US, she’s the perfect match for international couples and can fluently switch between English, Cantonese and Mandarin. Amy is passionate about creating personalised wedding ceremonies that incorporate fun and special moments of a couple’s journey together. She will navigate you through the entire wedding process by sharing tips and timely reminders, assisting you in writing your vows, and helping you get through rehearsals smoothly. What’s more, Amy gladly donates a portion of her fee, in your name, to a charity of your choice, making your wedding extra meaningful.
Sassy Perk: For Sassy couples who confirm their booking with Amy by Monday, 30 November, 2020, she will kindly donate an additional 10% of her fee to their preferred charity.
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Introducing your one-stop shop for marriage services in Hong Kong. Whether you’re tying the knot or renewing your vows, Celebration of Love has got you covered. Many couples were not able to get married before all of their friends and relatives due to the pandemic, and might plan to renew their vows in front of a larger audience when the situation improves. Celebration of Love is here to help with that, conducting the perfect ceremony for you and your guests in English, Cantonese or Mandarin. If you’re from overseas and wish to get married in Hong Kong, Celebration of Love will not only gladly officiate your wedding, but can also help you through the tricky legal application process, making it easier than ever to celebrate love.
Sassy Perk: Book before Thursday, 31 December, 2020 and enjoy 10% off Celebration of Love’s Civil Celebrant of Marriages services or Renewal of Vows services.
Irene has been a Civil Celebrant of Marriages for over 10 years, providing heartfelt, tailor-made wedding ceremonies conducted in English, Cantonese or Mandarin. From handling all the necessary legal documents to guiding you through your rehearsal, Irene provides a complete and stress-free wedding service. She will go the extra mile to meet with you before the big day, helping you with wedding vows and making sure you’re happy with the overall feel of the ceremony. You can count on Irene to take care of all the little details and arrangements that need to be made so that you and your partner can enjoy your special day without having to worry about a thing!
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Power couple Anthony Lam and Cana Cheng take their services as civil celebrants to the next level and help in any way they can so that you can have the stress-free wedding of your dreams. Having been solicitors and public notaries for over 20 years, the husband and wife team take special pride in their wedding services, and do all they can to ensure your big day runs smoothly. They make it a point to meet with their clients at least a month before the big day to go through every little detail. From karaoke rooms to helicopters, wherever and however you wish to get married, Anthony or Cana will be by your side every step of the way.
If you’re looking for a quick, no-fuss, low-cost wedding ceremony, choose YIP, TSE & TANG. This law firm has over 20 licensed civil celebrants and officiated more than 20,000 marriages. You can choose to solemnise your marriage at one of its 11 decorated wedding halls which are dotted around the city, including an outdoor Sky Garden in Mong Kok. What’s more, your marriage certificate or license will be issued by the firm immediately after your wedding ceremony, so you there will be no waiting required.
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