What approved training do you have?
My qualifications and training are well above the required minimum: I have been awarded the Graduate Diploma in Arts (Civil Ceremonies) from Monash University – this is the highest standard of training available. This ensures I completely understand the Marriage Act (1961), have excellent creative writing and presentation skills and am able to integrate elements of other cultures if required. I also complete the annual mandatory ongoing professional development in order to stay up to date with the latest trends and Government regulations. Through presenting at conferences and contributing to various celebrant chat forums I also contribute to the celebrant community and assist less-experienced celebrants hone their craft. (I admit I also learn from those forums!)
Do all celebrants have the same training?
No, some celebrants have done little or no training. The minimum now required is a Certificate IV in Celebrancy (CHC42608). Professional celebrants are still concerned about cheap and poor training leading to reduced standards but you can be certain my training is of the highest calibre and my service is therefore the highest quality.
How many weddings do you do in a weekend?
As a general rule I conduct one or possibly two weddings per day depending on the location. This ensures that you get a high level of attention as I am not rushing around thinking about the next one! I consider myself a busy celebrant and do between 40- 60 weddings per year. This ensures my experience leaves nothing to chance.
How does our ceremony tell our personal story?
I pride myself on crafting a ceremony which is perfect for you. All my ceremonies are written from scratch! I use your personal information to the extent that you want and introduce any readings or other elements appropriately so your guests know why you have included them in your ceremony.
Do you hold a rehearsal with us?
Yes. Sometimes however, weddings are very small and the couple may choose not to hold a rehearsal. When children are involved I take extra care to ensure that they completely understand their roles and have ample time to practise.
How many times do you meet with us?
Usually two or three meetings are required. After the initial meeting most contact is via email until the rehearsal, however you can phone or email me as often as you need to – we work together so you feel completely comfortable with all aspects of planning your ceremony!
Is there a charge for travel?
Sometimes there is a travelling allowance based on the ATO guidelines; this will be discussed with you. Beyond 20kms most celebrants charge an additional fee.
Do you provide a P.A. System?
I have a portable Bose Sound Dock and larger MIPRO system which includes an iPod connection. You don’t have to worry about finding a separate system for your pre-recorded music. Both my systems are battery powered which makes them perfect for use in parks or on the beach. I wear a discrete personal microphone and have an additional hand-held microphone for your readers or singer.
Are there any hidden or additional costs?
No. All costs are explained at the initial meeting so that are no nasty surprises!