Interview, Otago Daily Times, Spring 2016
How Did You Become a Celebrant? It all started when Sophie from Harmony Skin and Beauty in Alexandra was doing my wedding make-up and said “I hope I’m as relaxed as you when I get married” and in a moment of love for the human-race I said “I’ll help you!” And so I became their wedding planner and a year later Sophie and Sam got married in front of 130 guests – we had great fun – becoming a celebrant seemed the natural next step.
What’s Important When Choosing a Celebrant? When choosing your celebrant it’s critical you feel 100% comfortable with them. Have coffee with at least two – you’ll know pretty quickly if they are the one! A good celebrant won’t be offended if you go with someone else – they understand how critical this aspect of your wedding is.
It’s also important to understand that apart from a few legal requirements there really are no rules anymore – you can be as traditional or as modern as you want. Working with your celebrant to incorporate new ideas, family or cultural traditions is a great way to reflect your personalities. Finally, the best piece of advice my celebrant gave me was “it doesn’t have to be complicated”. And she was right – with her help we had a lovely, relaxed, happy and memorable day.
Central Otago is where I have lived most of my life. I have extensive event management experience combined with a career which involved writing numerous communication documents and public speaking experience. I hope all this adds up to a celebrant who is approachable, open-minded and works with you to create a contemporary, beautiful ceremony.