It is of upmost importance to me that you enjoy this experience from beginning to end and I will go above and beyond to make this happen.
I want you to look back on the ceremony with fond and happy memories.
This is my 10th year as a celebrant and I am still as passionate about delivering beautiful wedding ceremonies as I was the day I conducted my first wedding.
This is especially true when I connect with couples who see their ceremony as one of the highlights of the day and not just the boring legal bit before all the fun begins.
Even though your first thought may be “we don’t like being the centre of attention and we want the ceremony to be over as quickly as possible”, by the end of the ceremony, like your guests, you will feel like you’ve been a part of something special. You will be too busy enjoying the ceremony to even notice you are up the front.
I feel it’s my many years of experience that adds that level of calm to the wedding, which always helps my couples to relax and really enjoy themselves.
By the time your wedding day comes around, you will be so comfortable that you will be excited for the ceremony to start.
You will be supported every step of the way, whether it’s with music, vows, or ways to include family and friends. The ceremony is delivered with warmth and appropriate humour.During the ceremony, I am subtle and invisible when I need to be, and visible when necessary (for instance, I will always try and avoid being in the photo for that all important “first kiss” photo).
But I am right beside you when you need a tissue.
I invest a lot of time and energy getting to know you. I am about sharing your story and relationship with your family and friends. The genuine, real, quirky, sarcastic, romantic, fun and true love that you have.
If you are after a celebrant who doesn’t send you a script or who writes the ceremony a few days before, I am not your girl. (However I will keep elements of the ceremony a surprise to add to the emotion on the day) .
I pride myself on being able to deliver a heartfelt, engaging ceremony while avoiding generic, meaningless and recycled “Hallmark card” words.
I can promise your wedding ceremony will be memorable for all the right reasons.
So yes, I do legally marry people but I do so much more than that!
Being a celebrant involves a lot more than just standing up the front and talking for 25 minutes.
It’s about ensuring that everything is in order, making sure everyone is relaxed, giving a reassuring hug and having a laugh.
– fix dresses
– catch veils when the blow off
– include animals
– pin corsages
– calm nerves
– make sure the best man has remembered the rings
– stash tissues
– include children
– look after the music
– conduct rehearsals
And so much more…
My advice is that you book suppliers for your wedding that you would choose as friends. This makes a huge difference to the feel of the wedding. Surrounding yourself with people who want to make sure you have a great time.
Having a great relationship with your wedding team makes the planning fun and stress free. I want you to remember your wedding ceremony with such fond and happy memories.
It’s a moment in time – make it worth remembering.
I want to make this an effortless, smooth and a fun experience for you.
But don’t take my word for it. You can read what my wonderful clients over the last 10 years have said about me to get the real picture of how I work.
To find out more click on the Kind Words page or head straight to my google reviews
1. Finding a Celebrant
Finding a celebrant can be overwhelming as there are so many great celebrants to choose from (many of whom I am great friends with so if I am not available, I can give you some great suggestions).
The secret to finding a good celebrant is to get in early. There are only 52 Saturdays in a year, and most couples want to get married at 4pm on a Saturday. So that really limits availability. So please get in touch to see if I am available on your wedding date as soon as possible.
2. No obligation coffee & a chat
We can then organise a no obligation chat over a coffee or wine to discuss my services and your ideas.
I can offer suggestions on how we can work together to make the ceremony amazing. It is advisable if you decide to go ahead with me after having a chat, to book in as soon as possible to secure the date.
3. Completing the legal paperwork
After you have confirmed the booking and paid the deposit. It’s time to get the ball rolling. The first step is to complete the legal paperwork.
Certain legal documents are required in Australia to ensure that your wedding is legally binding. These documents required include:
- A Notice of Intention to Marry (NOIM) must be lodged with me at least one month before the wedding ceremony
- Original Birth Certificates or Passport
- Where applicable, a previous spouses Death Certificate or Decree Absolute may be required
- Prior to the wedding a signed Declaration of Marriage to confirm that you are legally free to Marry and there is no reason why the wedding can’t go ahead.
- 2 witnesses over the age of 18 years on the day at your marriage ceremony
4. Ceremony planning
Having brainstormed some ideas and given you a ceremony guide, I will give you some time to put your thoughts together. About 8 weeks before the wedding, we will catch up to create your ceremony. This is the fun bit.
5. The rehearsal
A week or two before the wedding, we will catch up to run through a few final details including checking the legal paperwork. This is a great opportunity to run through and shake off any nerves. It is not necessary to have the full wedding party in attendance as I will speak to everyone involved on the day. But it’s a great opportunity for us to get together and check in before the big day.
6. The Big day
I will arrive an hour before to ensure that everything is in order and to chat to the wedding party to explain what will happen. At this stage, everything is in place and the only thing left for you to do is to relax and enjoy yourselves.
I became a wedding celebrant in 2010 and since then many of my happy clients have shared their experience on google and easyweddings.
I have conducted hundreds of weddings, received a consistent 5 star rating and been nominated in Easyweddings Top 10 Marriage Celebrants in Melbourne.
And be sure to follow me behind the scenes on Instagram.