Can you tell us a bit about being a celebrant & how you came to become one?
I have wanted to be a celebrant for such a long time but while my children were at school, my weekends were busy with their activities. When my youngest child finished school three years ago, I finally got to do my training as a celebrant.
What do you love most about being a celebrant?
It’s such a happy job. Most of my ceremonies are weddings and I think it’s wonderful that people love each other enough to commit to spending the rest of their lives together.
Where are you based and what areas do you service?
I live in Redland City, between Brisbane and the Gold Coast. I service all areas of South East Queensland – Brisbane, Redcliffe, Logan, Ipswich and the Gold and Sunshine Coasts as well as the Tweed Coast of New South Wales.
Do you have an office for couples to meet you or do you prefer to meet them elsewhere?
If people live nearby, I’m happy to meet them at my house, but usually I meet couples either at their homes or in a café near where they live.
Can you tell us a little bit about the packages you offer and rough pricings?
Each of my ceremonies is written individually after asking the couple a LOT of questions about how they would like their ceremony to be. I don’t have any one size fits all, pre written scripts. I do two types of ceremonies: a completely personalised ceremony that is written with lots of input from you and your partner that can include readings, specialised ceremonies such as sand or wine ceremonies, etc. and a shorter and simpler but still beautiful elopement style ceremony. The cost of the personalised ceremony is $550 and the elopement style is $400. These prices include travel and everything in the ceremony from completing and submitting the legal paperwork to providing a portable, battery operated sound system and a signing table and chairs so my couples won’t receive any unexpected bills from me.
Do you offer customised vow writing services?
I have lots of examples of vows and ideas for writing them that I am happy to share with my couples. Sometimes, brides and grooms choose one of my examples and add it to their vows; other times, they use my examples as inspiration for writing their own original vows. I’m also happy to sit down with brides and grooms and help them write their vows if they prefer.
What advice do you have for couples choosing their celebrant?
First impressions are important. When a couple first meets with a celebrant, is the celebrant on time? Are they well presented? Do they seem organised? Do they offer lots of options and choices for personalising your ceremony or do they offer a standard ceremony into which they will cut and paste your names? Do they have collections of examples of vows, poems, readings and verses that they will share with you? What is included in the price they quote (travel, use of PA system, signing table and chairs, etc.)?
Most importantly, do you feel that you “clicked” with the celebrant and do you feel confident that they will be able to deliver the type of ceremony you want?
Do you have a favourite love story or ceremony?
I love sand ceremonies because everyone has a really important, personal reason for choosing each specific colour of sand and which people are going to pour it. There’s always a story behind their choices.
I love challenge and variety, so any wedding that’s a little out of the ordinary always grabs my attention – whether it’s a themed wedding (I recently celebrated a superheroes themed wedding and a zombie wedding) or creating a ceremony for a couple who is looking for a ceremony that is unique and reflects their personality.
How early should couples book with you?
People book anywhere from a few weeks to three years ahead, but most people book eight to twelve months in advance. Of course, the sooner a couple books, the better chance they have of me being available on their chosen date.
What do you think are the upcoming trends for 2016/2017 weddings?
Based solely on the weddings I have celebrated recently, I think we will see more DIY weddings either at home or at venues where couples are able to provide their own catering. I have been to a couple of weddings lately where the couple had food trucks instead of a sit-down meal.
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