By choosing me, I know you will look back fondly and remember how you selected a celebrant who not only presented a beautiful ceremony but more importantly, genuinely cared just as much about your special day as you did yourself. Contact me now for an obligation free chat, I’m really friendly! $POA
A baby naming is essentially what the Church calls a Christening or Baptism. It is very important to celebrate the birth of your child and to officially recognise the child its name. I personalise this ceremony to be all about your child or children and also incorporate readings and rituals as required. $POA
After losing my 21-year-old son to cancer a couple of years ago, this life-changing event gives me the right to truly empathise with you and the loss of your loved one. While always sad to say goodbye, funerals should still be a wonderful heartfelt celebration of the life now departed.
THE TOP 4 REASONS CLIENTS SELECTED ME
Getting married is an occasion really worth celebrating and I want to begin that celebration at your ceremony. Yes of course ceremonies should be respectful and appropriate, but there’s no reason why that should mean dull and formulaic. So if you’re a fun loving couple up for something a bit different, then get in touch as we need to talk!
Some celebrants don’t use one, others have faulty intermittent quality or very small set-ups which are just not powerful enough for people to hear well at the back of a large gathering. I invested in the awesome, go anywhere, battery operated, wireless MIPRO 707. I wear a wireless hands-free head mic and have a wireless handheld microphone for you to use. I also bring a wired microphone as an emergency back-up.
I understand the importance of stage presence and how it will make your ceremony warm and memorable. Without it your ceremony will be cold, legal and soulless. I always aim to deliver ceremonies with a good mix of personal touches and humour that not only will enjoyed by you, but importantly will keep your guests engaged and in the moment.
I might be as old as your Dad but I’m as young as you when it comes to technology. I present using an iPad, use CRM software for my data and process documents through the Births, Deaths and Marriages online system LifeLink. This results in faster processing and less errors. Many celebrants, despite being encouraged otherwise, still prefer the ol’ pen, paper and multiple form filling method. I’m well trained and know my stuff.
A couple of case studies
The Winter sun filled the sky with its brilliance bathing us in a much welcome warm glow on what was a cool day. Romantic sea glitter shimmered off the harbour pierced only by yachts racing around energetically their spinnakers bloated for extra speed.
Now this is not something I make a habit of as I always give a 100% to any marriage I’m officiating – doing two in one day is, well… exhausting! But sometimes things just work out to make this possible. The most important aspect is to have two beautifully understanding brides like Ashrit and Maggie who were both more than happy to share me for the day.
What people are saying
Fast fun facts and tips
It will not come as any real surprise I’m sure to discover that Saturday remains the most popular day for a wedding. A whopping 62% of couples choose to marry on this day last year.
Since 1999 civil marriages have begun outnumbering religious ceremonies and the gap continues to widen every year. There are possibly many reasons for this, but one incentive would have to be the sheer convenience of getting married at the same venue as the celebration.
The easiest way to keep cost under control is cut your guest list. Half of your wedding expenses will be spent wining and dining your guests. So if that’s costing you $100 per person, removing one table of 10 can save you $1,000.
Your wedding album is how you’ll relive the cherished memories of your day, so don’t underestimate the importance of a good photographer. Research carefully and find someone who understands exactly what you want.
Take a moment to steal away together during the height of the reception for at least 10 minutes to look at each other, talk and just take it all in. You won’t be sorry and no-one will be bothered you’re missing for a few minutes.
Everything’s been agreed and arranged. Now’s it’s time to let go and simply be your own guest. It’s a lot more fun that way, and you can both really be in the moment and enjoy your special day.
Watch as I try to sensibly discuss being a celebrant – the girls however had other ideas!
Comediennes Jenna Owen and Victoria Zerbst turn a serious interview into, well… more of a comedy sketch really. This seven minute film, part Hard Chat parody part informational video, is called… yep you’ve guessed it, ‘Soft Chat’. It was my absolute pleasure to be a good sport for these up and coming very talented young women while still doing my best to provide a modicum of useful information for any prospective couple. I’m grateful to them for allowing me share it here. Enjoy!