I’ve got a great job… I marry people.
I’ve married lots of women. And quite a few blokes too. I am a Commonwealth-registered Civil Celebrant.
But marrying people is much more than simply indulging in the occasional bubbly and canapé.
A good celebrant is collaborative, fastidious and creative. They must be a counsellor and a politician, expressing both gravitas and light-heartedness as and when appropriate.
I believe my job entails opening up options as well as settling the inevitable nerves. A good celebrant must demonstrate an acute eye-for-detail, be worthy of confidence and engender a high level of trust.
Some celebrants claim that they have married hundreds of people. But I tell my couples that I am marrying them for the very first time. I treat every ceremony with that ultimate level of importance, as if it is for the very first time.
I am acutely aware that any wedding is about two people only. Accordingly the celebrant is never the star of the show, but simply facilitates and brings to life the wishes of the marrying couple.
Of all my couples who have provided written feedback, 100% rate their satisfaction with my service as “extremely happy”, the highest of five categories. Likewise, 100% say they would recommend my services to others. And, 100% consider my professional fees to be either “fair” or even “cheap”.
Usually held over a coffee or wine, my first meeting is always free of charge and is at absolutely no obligation to couples.
I’m based in central Victoria’s picturesque Daylesford Hepburn Springs region, and am qualified, willing and able to perform a wide range of ceremonies across Australia.