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Life’s celebrations are as important as living life itself.
Although it’s not difficult to find somebody authorised to conduct marriages, it's harder to find someone that you connect with, and who will ensure you remember your ceremony for all the right reasons.
I am a very experienced celebrant and I conduct ceremonies respecting how important of an occasion the wedding ceremony is to the couple. My popularity as a celebrant is recognised by the way I create personally tailored ceremonies for every couple that are sincere, authentic, engaging and full of laughs and smiles.
When I meet with couples, it is my goal to get to know you both. You don’t have to fill in questionnaires about yourself, just be prepared to sit down, relax, and I will explain how I can meet your needs.
I always keep my ceremonies “real “and my aim is to make your ceremony “the best ever seen.
Many couples don't really know what to expect when they meet me for the first time. So here is a quick rundown of the steps that I go through in preparation for a wedding:
- Responding to enquiries about ceremonies
- initial and subsequent meetings with the couple
- phone calls and emails to stay connected and exchange ideas for the ceremony
- witnessing and receiving your Notice of Intended Marriage
- checking identity documentation
- providing a wedding ceremony planning kit or resources
- discussing your ideas for the ceremony
- a rehearsal if you would like one
- preparing certificates and ceremony mementos
- attending ceremony with agreed equipment eg PA, signing table,
- conducting the ceremony on the day
- ensuring all legal requirements are met
- Same day online registration of your marriage to the appropriate Registry
- Seeking and acting on evaluative comments from couple.
Behind the scenes, as a professional celebrant I also:
- Ensure all the activities meet the Code of Practice required by the Marriage Act 1961
- need to keep up to date with the latest changes in the law and with relationship education services
- attend annual professional development sessions and/or conferences
- pay annual fees to cover the cost of the government regulation of marriage celebrants
- ensure their websites and other advertising activities meet the government's advertising Guidelines
- plan and network with other celebrants to ensure back-up systems are in place should unexpected illness or other circumstances affect their ability to proceed as your celebrant