What training do you have?
I was awarded the Graduate Diploma in Arts (Civil Ceremonies) from Monash University – the highest standard of training available. I therefore have excellent creative writing and presentation skills and can skillfully integrate elements of other cultures if required.
How many weddings do you do in a weekend?
Usually one or two weddings per day depending on the location. You get a high level of attention as I am not rushing around thinking about the next one!
How does our ceremony tell our story?
I pride myself on crafting a ceremony that’s perfect for you – it’s not a cut and paste version of someone else’s! We’ll work together to include what you want to share. Any readings or other elements flow appropriately so your guests aren’t bored and they enjoy YOUR wedding!
Do you hold a rehearsal with us?
Yes, but you can choose not to have one. When littlies are involved I take extra care – it’s light-hearted, so never too scary for kids. Everyone will know what to expect!
How many times do you meet with us?
Usually only two or three times. Most couples like to continue via email. You’ll feel completely comfortable planning your ceremony!
Is there a charge for travel?
Beyond 20-40kms most celebrants charge an additional fee but usually it’s included in the total.
Do you provide a P.A. System?
I have a portable BOSE Sound Dock and a battery-powered MIPRO PA system with iPod connection: no worrying about finding a system for your music! I wear a discrete “Madonna headset” and there’s an additional hand-held mic 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!
I was recently interviewed for a newspaper article about how 74% of all couples are now married by celebrants: yes, helping people celebrate their love is amazing but it’s also an awesome responsibility!
There are over 8,000 celebrants in Australia and a recent national survey found the average age is 62y. Most celebrants however, don’t conduct many weddings… sometimes only 2 or 3 a year. (Choose experience)
What about our gay friends and family?
I’m a strong supporter of marriage equality. We can’t change what must be said in a wedding ceremony, but I’ll help you find a way to respectfully acknowledge people’s thoughts, hopes and feelings.
Absolutely! Contact me for more info on how to celebrate your love and give legal power to your relationship!
We’re overseas (or interstate) – is that a problem?
Absolutely not! It’s easy to plan together via email and skype and I don’t mind calling you interstate!
How many couples have you married?
I lost count after 500!