What my clients value
I asked a number of past clients what it was that they valued about me and the way I go about things. This is what they said.
I’m yours for the day
When you hire me to be your celebrant, I'm yours for the day. I don't take multiple bookings on a day unless there's an exceptionally good reason for it.
There are a number of motivations for this, but the most important one is that I don't want to be rushed getting to your wedding and I don't want to rush you so that I can get to another wedding. I also believe that you deserve all of the attention, energy and emotion that I have to give on your wedding day and you shouldn't have to share that with other couples.
Not having to rush off means I can wait to sign the certificates and keep music playing through my PA until after all of the group photos have been taken, hell the photographer or your MC can even use my PA to coordinate the groups for the photos. It also gives me time to do a handoff to your co-ordinator and MC (generally over a beer).
I’m a full time celebrant
This is what I do, this is all that I do. I'm not doing your wedding to boost my holiday savings or as a side hustle. My clients are my number one work priority and I don’t have to try and juggle your wedding and our relationship around my day job. I am available to you when you need me, I’m fresh and ready to go on the big day and most importantly I can give you my undivided attention.
You won’t feel like a number or that you’re just another job
As well as only doing one wedding a day, I also have a cap on the maximum number of weddings that I will do each month and each year. This is to ensure that all of my clients get the best possible service, that I’m available when my clients need me and most importantly, I can spend more time getting to know each and every client so that I can nail their ceremony.
I value your relationships
Not only do I invest the time in getting to know you, I also want to get to know the important people in your life. Some of the most insightful moments of my ceremonies start with a conversation with your Brother, Maid of Honour or your MC. I make a point of trying to have dinner or a drink with you and your family and/or bridal party in the week or so before the wedding so that we can all get to know each other and establish some rapport before the wedding.
I play well with others
I reach out to all of the other vendors that I’ll be working with before your ceremony (particularly if it’s the first time we’re working together) so that we can have a game plan and they know what to expect from me on the day. I’m also happy to do what I can at the ceremony to make their jobs easier. Does the photographer need me out of the shot? Sure, no worries, they’ll use the agreed upon signal to let me know to move. Have a videographer? They can plug into my PA system to get a direct recording of your vows. Want your band to play you down the aisle? They can use my PA so that they don’t have to move their system.
and finally, as silly as it sounds…
how i actually CONDUCT a ceremony
I’m never going to claim that I’m reinventing what being a celebrant is, but there are a lot of things that I do differently in my ceremonies that my clients love including;
where I stand (off to the side at “point”) so that you can look at me without having your side (or back) to your guests.
that my default is not to tell your couple/love story, rather, I base my ceremonies around who you are and the qualities you demonstrate (by giving anecdotes). Because, if one of your guests doesn’t know your story - why the hell are they at your wedding?!?
that I stay out of (and in many cases literally bend over backwards to make sure that I’m not in) your important photos.
how I work with your photographer and/or videographer and signal them when I’m going to say something that will likely get a reaction which will be a great photo of one of you.
that (unless you tell me otherwise) I dress the part in high quality suits that won’t look cheap in the (few) photos that I’m in.
that my custom designed and built for purpose PA system kicks the ass of any other portable PA system (and most non-portable PA systems).
how I manage the regression and the exit of your bridal party & guests to ensure that the most important people get to congratulate you first.
that we sign the documents after the ceremony and photos for a better flow of the day.
Photo: Charlotte Curd
Couple: Cait & Brad | 28 April 2018 | Brisbane City Botanic Gardens