Frequently asked questions
|What are your
study I undertook in celebrancy extended over a number of years - not
just a weekend course. I hold a number of celebrancy
qualifications from the International College of Celebrancy
celebrancy qualifications I hold tertiary qualifications in
English Literature, Psychology, Library and Information Science,
Education, and Management
Diploma of Marriage Celebrancy (High Distinction)
IV in Marriage Celebrancy
Diploma of General Celebrancy (High Distinction)
Diploma of Funeral Celebrancy (High Distinction)
I am a member of the Australian Federation of Civil Celebrants, a
professional association which requires assessment of skills and
qualifications as a celebrant as a condition of admission to membership.
I am also accredited by ABIA, the Australian Bridal Industry
Academy, and have been a finalist in the ABIA awards consistently since
||How do you dress when officiating at
will want your
ceremony to be picture perfect, without jarring clashing of colour and
I therefore typically wear an understated black outfit and
jewellery for commitment and renewal of vows ceremonies in
order not to stand out in the photographs or compete with
the bridal party.I definitely won't wear tarty clothing, wear
fanciful headgear, jewellery that jingles, nor do I flash long,
brightly coloured fingernails.
If your ceremony colour scheme or
cultural traditions do not include black, please don't hesitate to tell
me, and I will wear another deep understated colour, such as navy or
For naming ceremonies I add colour to the black, or wear
navy or purple.
If you request me to wear special clothing (eg mediaeval
robes) I will
accommodate you if at all possible as
long as what you are requesting does not compromise
the dignity of the occasion and if
you reimburse me for any
PLEASE DO NOT order a CORSAGE for the Celebrant.
you 'pencil me in' or 'hold the date'?
you have paid the
non-refundable deposit and completed and given me the booking
confirmation form I cannot guarantee to save the date for you. To do so
unfair to a couple who is ready to book, and I would feel bad if I was
part of a mis-understanding that could have been avoided with an actual
happens at the rehearsal for our commitment?
||There is a good
reason for the old
saying practice makes perfect. And
this is never truer than when you are having a ceremony that includes a
number of people.
At the rehearsal everyone involved (couple, parents,
attendants, readers and anyone else involved in the ceremony) practices
all the transitions in the ceremony. Transitions are when someone moves
from one spot to another, hands something to someone, or turns. There
can be 23 or more of these during the average commitment ceremony, and
you want to
make sure that every one of these flows seamlessly into the next and
that they are all done in such a way as to facilitate great photos.
Different venues require different soloutions, and
so do different
sizes and configurations of wedding parties. It is not enough to know
in theory who will enter in what order and where they will
stand when they get to the front. The whole wedding party needs
to be arranged for best visual effect and also in a way that
facilitates the smooth transition from one part of the ceremony to the
At the rehearsal (which will take about an hour) we
where everyone will stand, how the ceremony will flow, the processional
and the recessional. We will also rehearse the readers, practice
exchanging the rings, the kiss (more than once!), the signing, and any
Some venues strictly limit the time allowed for
rehearsals (in some
cases this can be 20-30 minutes) so it is important that we come to the
rehearsal with all the decisions already made.
It is also important to have the rehearsal as close
to the big day
as possible, and, for outdoor Ceremonies, as close to the same time of
day as possible so the
reality of light and shade is understood by everyone.
you stay for the reception or party afterwards?
- but no, an invitation is not expected and it would be highly
unlikely that I would be able to
accept. Although I limit the number of ceremonies I perform in a day so
I won't have another ceremony booked close to yours, I may have another
ceremony after yours or an arrangement to meet with clients,
and I often
accommodate the needs of bridal parties by scheduling rehearsals after
I have performed the last ceremony of the day.