Dutch Wedding Officiant Ceremony Costs You Need To Know

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Do you long for a wedding officiant ceremony or a unique celebrant-led ceremony? Whichever the case, you could be shocked at the costs of a thirty to forty-five minute ceremony. Dutch Celebrant fees range from 450 to 1200 euro’s.

In fact celebrant fees are usually the last minute wedding costs which you can budget into your total wedding planning. To be exact, here is a breakdown of celebrant rates:

FEES: Weddings €450 – €1200 | Renewal of vows €150 – €450 |Naming ceremonies €150 – €450.

Furthermore, the above charges are depending on the length of the ceremony, location, time and date of your celebrations. Although, an official marriage certificate is not issued, you design your own unique wedding. What’s more, there are no restrictions, you plan a personalised event the way you want, how you want and where you like it!

So, creating a bespoke celebrant-led wedding can add more expense to your overall wedding costs. But, isn’t it worth it? Read below the key parts, that are associated with an extra special big day!

Wedding officiant ceremony | part I

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  1. Your arrival at the venue: First, your celebrant provides you details about  your key entrance – walking up the aisle (individually, together or escorted). This commences after the prelude (optional). And then, followed by your favorite processional (instrumental) song. Sit or stand during the ceremony.
  2. The introduction: Secondly, your celebrant arrives one hour before the service to deliver your speech. On top of that, they interact naturally with you and your guests. Then, greet, welcome and thank your family and friends for being part of your special day, on your behalf. Also, we can take a moment of reflection to acknowledge the absence of a loved one and honor their memory.
  3. Share your love story: Thirdly, 2 – 4 months before the celebrations, you and your celebrant will have 2 – 3 face-to-face meetings [or Skype dates] to compose the perfect speech. Most importantly, you have control over the amount of drafts written. There job is to get it right! On the day, the celebrant shares your emotions, experiences and how much your partner means to you. Or recite a love & friendship poem, give a blessing, or read a non-religious scripture.
  4. The meeting and proposal: Next, what makes your relationship special? The celebrant will provide you with a questionaire. It contains personal questions about your first encounter and the proposal. And this can be conveyed in your personalised ceremony speech along with your love for each other, shared values and your hopes for the future.
  5. Wedding vows – yes I do: What were the important moments (setbacks and success) in your life? What does love mean to you? Express your declaration of devotion, and intent in your personal vows. Here are questions you need to ask before writing your wedding vows.

Wedding officiant ceremony | part II

  1. Confirmation:  Pronounced married, you are now husband and wife.
  2. Rings, hand-fasting or other token of love: Another thing a celebrant can help you with [included in the costs] are the exchanging of your rings, a wedding charm bracelet or  hold a hand-fasting ceremony. Otherwise, blending of sands ritual or unity candle may be a possibility. Give a gift that represents your love for one another.
  3. The kiss: After that, you kiss, handshake or hug. And this seals the ceremony of love plus confirms the joining of 2 families.
  4. The signing of marriage certificate: Third to last, a declaration of marriage certificate is issued. You and your witnesses sign a wedding certificate (symbolic) or non-certified marriage license (sentimental reminder). Live music or a soundtrack can accompany the signing.
  5. The words of well-wishes: You stand and receive your symbolic marriage certificate/license and wedding words of wisdom are read. Thereafter, a parting speech from the celebrant makes the wedding complete.
  6. Closing remarks and departure: Finally, you leave the venue and walk down aisle together as happy newlyweds. The celebrant informs your love ones to follow you both up the aisle. A recessional song can be played or sung live.

Celebrancy is a movement to provide agents to officiate at ceremonies often reserved in law to clergy, registrars or officers of the courts. source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Celebrancy

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