An Australia wide survey of Marriage Celebrants conducted in December 2009, by Celebrante gave some surprising results:
(1) Just over 89% of marriage celebrants were appointed between 2004 & 2009.
(2) 85.6% of celebrants are part-timers with other occupations.
(3) Just over 11% of celebrants performed no weddings whatsoever in 2009 and 50.8% performed between 1 and 10 weddings in that year.
So, the end result is that it is a fact that the majority of celebrants are extremely inexperienced!
Just because you know someone "who knows a celebrant" it does not mean that celebrant will be good. Because they are a "really nice person" also does not mean that they are a good celebrant. Couples need to really do their research. You have only one chance for the ceremony to be right and well orchestrated by the celebrant.
Food for thought.