What you NEED to know before booking your Wedding Celebrant (interview with Shannon Jeans)

July 24, 2020
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Who’s this ray of sunshine? For those of you who may not know, this is Shannon Jeans, one of the most in demand and legendary Marriage Celebrants helping couples tie the knot across Australia and around the world.

With over 10+ years of experience in the industry, you can start to see why Shannon is on the top of most couples lists when it comes to picking their dream Celebrant.

We’re going to pull the curtain back and find out some serious need to know tips about booking your wedding celebrant!

What should a couple consider when looking for their wedding celebrant?

That there is a celebrant for everyone, and it’s not necessarily the same person! Find someone you connect with, someone who can mirror your vibe, someone you can trust will have your back and someone who is as excited and invested in you and your day as you are!

It’s a jungle out there, and there are A LOT of celebrants to sift through and
consider, so utilise preferred supplier lists and other vendor. recommendations. They are your insider trading gold!!

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What are some things to consider when planning your wedding ceremony?

Be guided by the experts on things like timing, positioning, ceremony location and inclusions etc, but also don’t be afraid to think outside the square. YOU do YOU best and it’s our job of guiding and facilitating a ceremony that screams YOU!

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How far in advance do you need to book your celebrant?

Typically, celebrants can book up in peak season as far as 18 months in
advance. My advice is always prioritise which vendors are most important to you, and once you start your planning get in touch with them as soon as

Even if you don’t have a date locked in, get an indication of their availability so you can plan around that! That way, you are far less likely to be disappointed.

With COVID wiping out so much of 2020 and causing couples to reschedule into 2021 and 2022 advanced bookings are more necessary than ever (peak or non peak!) There’s so much ‘catch up’ to be done, so be sure to consider days other than Friday’s and Saturday’s which may be already bursting at the seams.

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Is it important to meet up with your celebrant before booking?

Meet up physically? No! Be in contact and regular communication: absolutely!
I work with couples ‘remotely’ all the time to plan their day and sometimes haven’t even seen them in person until their wedding day. That’s not to say we haven’t already established a fantastic relationship though. Communication and connection every step of the way is key – how that looks and feels can vary depending on circumstances!

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What advice would you give a couple about writing their vows?

I’m a big advocate for couples not hearing their partner’s vow to them until the day. There’s nothing more emotive than soaking up those words and that moment. In saying that, in order for couples to go into their day with confidence that they are on the same page, I always encourage couples shoot through their vows to me so I can check they are on the same page in length and style.

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If you could only give ONE piece of advice to a couple on their wedding day, what would it be?

Put your faith in your chosen A-team. You’ve already taken the time to research them and engage them for a reason. So come wedding day let go of the reins and let them take control so you can simply kick back and enjoy the experience of celebrating your relationship!


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How long have you been a wedding celebrant?

I’ve been a celebrant for 10 years now after basically falling into the role, and I’m still floating around in the ‘honeymoon phase’ of it all. It’s the job that keeps on giving and keeps on evolving.

What do you love about your job?

So many things …. But honestly, it’s the ability to assist in creating the
environment and the vibe a couple deserve (that often they didn’t realise was possible.) Ensuring they are well represented, comfortable and above all, excited to be there. There’s nothing better a couple telling me that the ceremony was the best part of their wedding day.

What is the experience like working with you?

It’s relaxed. It’s reassuring. It’s fun. It’s structured, yet flexible. I adapt quickly to your needs and take care of everything behind the scenes so you can literally turn up and be you!

What is one thing you wish you knew before getting married yourself?

That I could have been firmer with the guest list and not invited every man and his dog! I tell my couples who are struggling with similar scenarios to think about who they see in their future rather than those who’ve had more a historic role in their lives. Token invites are not necessary!

Interview with Shannon Jeans – Marriage Celebrant