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What is a Celebrant?

Chantell, your dedicated Wedding & Funeral Celebrant, collaborates closely with you to design and curate a heartfelt and personalised ceremony that truly reflects your unique love story. Together, we breathe life into your vision, creating an unforgettable experience that will be etched in your memories forever.

With Celebrant-led wedding ceremonies, time is not a constraint. They can be as concise or as elaborate as you desire, and can be held at any time of the year. If you have children and wish to involve them in the ceremony, we can make that happen.

 

To ensure undivided attention and an unhurried experience, I only schedule one ceremony per day, allowing me to dedicate my time and focus entirely to you.

As your Celebrant, I have the flexibility to conduct your ceremony in any location your imagination can conjure. We meet and establish a connection, ensuring that we are the perfect fit and that you feel comfortable and at ease. I take the time to learn about your journey, your story, and your ceremonial aspirations.

I understand that not all ceremonies proceed without challenges, so we have a dedicated session to address any difficulties, sensitivities, or concerns you may have. We remain in close contact throughout the process, supporting each other as a team from our initial meeting to the exchange of vows.

On the day of your chosen ceremony, I arrive well in advance, ensuring meticulous preparation and a seamlessly executed event. I take the opportunity to meet your guests, family, and friends, and if necessary, any significant participants in the ceremony. I am there to provide reassurance and, if desired, offer a rehearsal to ensure everything runs smoothly.

My ceremonies embrace the inclusion of beautiful and unique symbolic rituals that can be incorporated to create a truly one-of-a-kind experience. From readings to songs, lighting the unity candle to a sand ceremony, the choices are endless.

 

We will work together to find elements that align with your values and resonate deeply with you. If you desire a touch of religious or cultural significance, I am delighted to infuse those elements into your ceremony.

If on the day, you need a moment to gather yourself, regain composure, or simply take a breath, I understand completely. Your ceremony will not begin until you feel 100% ready, allowing you to have your moment.

Together, let's unlock the limitless potential of our imagination and create a ceremony that breaks free from convention, surpassing all expectations.

W hat is a Registrar?

A Registrar-led wedding ceremony offers limited room for personalisation and lacks any embellishments or unique touches.

Registrars are bound by restrictions, only able to conduct ceremonies in registered venues that meet specific criteria, such as being a permanent structure with four walls and a roof.

 

Their ceremonies tend to follow a standardised, pre-written script, lasting between 10 and 30 minutes, based on a template that remains the same for every couple. Unfortunately, there is no allowance for customisation or individuality within these ceremonies.

Couples using a Registrar do not have the opportunity to spend time with them prior to the ceremony, unlike the experience with a Celebrant who fosters a connection, familiarity, and comfort.

In a Registrar-led ceremony, the couple is traditionally seated to face the Registrar, resulting in their backs being turned to their guests. Conversely, as Celebrants, we position the couple to face everyone they hold dear, ensuring that family and friends can witness and share in every smile and tear, capturing the essence of their expressions.

Photography is often restricted during Registrar-led ceremonies, and photographers are generally not allowed to capture the signing of the register.

 

However, as your Celebrant, I have a secret offering that allows you to preserve that significant moment through alternative means.

 

Due to the Registrar's tight schedule, punctuality is crucial. If a couple is late, their ceremony may be rescheduled for another date if there are subsequent ceremonies booked. In contrast, with a Celebrant, we work closely with you to ensure a relaxed and flexible timeline.

It's important to note that, despite these differences, a Registrar is still required to carry out the legally binding marriage aspect of your wedding.

To fulfil legal requirements, you only need to book the Notice of Intent to marry and complete the brief signing of the register (saving your vows and ring exchange for the Celebrant-led ceremony).

 

The register signing can be arranged either before or after your wedding day ceremony, preferably beforehand.

 

We provide comprehensive guidance, tips, and cost-effective options for navigating this process seamlessly.

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