The value of an holistic approach
The ceremony is the defining ritual of your special occasion, and when crafted with care and skill, it can be a wonderful and uplifting experience for everyone. Making it personal, heartfelt, real and authentic is the key to a great ceremony and that requires a process of engagement with you and your celebrant to properly research, plan and prepare.
As a boutique & holistic celebrant, I specialise in bespoke ceremonies, custom created for every individual and couple, and unique to your needs, values, personality and style. Every ceremony I create is individually written, crafted and designed with the value placed on getting to know my clients and conducting personal interviews and questionnaires in order to authentically and genuinely represent YOU.
Working with me, you will have peace of mind that your ceremony will be professionally conducted, lovingly crafted, expertly performed and given the proper attention and focus it deserves.
Invest in experience & excellence
A ceremony or ritual is not something we often purchase. In many ways it is an ‘intangible’ – an ‘experience’ – you are investing in. Often couples have unrealistic expectations about the cost/ value of a ceremony and think all celebrants are the same and simply shop on price alone. I urge you to check out the ‘value’ in the service and the skill and calibre of the celebrant.
I can confidently say I do fabulous ceremonies…memorable ceremonies…special experience ceremonies….heart and soul ceremonies. That’s what I think every marriage occasion deserves. Given that a wedding at a Registry Office costs approx $500 in which you have no choice of ceremony, limited guests (only 12), no choice of venue, and no personalisation or spirit to the delivery of the ceremony, this should give you a benchmark of value and service you should expect against cost.
Be realistic with your budget for a celebrant and invest properly in someone with experience, someone who takes the time to know you, someone who can deliver to what you want, and a celebrant who will have an genuine personal investment in making it a fabulous experience for you and your guests. The visible role of the celebrant culminates in the delivery of the ceremony on the day, however to create the perfect ceremony for each individual and cultivate a calm, natural and confident flow of proceedings, what you see on the day is just the tip of the iceberg. The planning, preparation and delivery of a best-practice ceremony takes time, care and attention. Working with my wedding couples, I usually spend anything between 15-20 hours per couple.
A general outline of the service you will experience, (excluding traveling times):
- Initial consultation (obligation free) – 1.5 hours
- Second planning meeting/ paperwork – 1.5 hours
- Site visit – 1 hour
- Legal paperwork, administration, writing your unique ceremony, preparation of music/materials – 5 -8 hours
- Rehearsal – 1 hour
- Day of ceremony – preparation, bump-in, sound check, meet and greet, perform ceremony, afters, bump-out – 2 hours
- Completion of paperwork and evaluation – 1 hour
My fee involves all our meetings either at my offices in Gosford on the Central Coast, or at Fairlight, for Sydney-based clients. Depending on your locations and circumstances I can also meet at your home or a convenient mid-point location. For interstate and overseas clients I can conduct Skype meetings.
In addition to the meetings and writing a custom created ceremony, my service also includes a ceremony site visit and on-site rehearsal and contingency planning for bad weather.
For your ceremony I provide a quality P.A. system (with CD & iPod connectivity and wireless microphones), and table cloth and chairs for signing.
My role as your celebrant includes the responsibility of all the legal paperwork, sighting relevant documentation, timely lodgement of your Notice of Intention to Marry (NOIM) and registration of your marriage. You will receive a presentation marriage certificate and hand-made booklet of your ceremony and any reader cards. Couples must apply for & purchase their official marriage certificate from the Registry of Births Deaths and Marriages. I can provide you with the application form for this certificate and include it with the paperwork I send through to the Registry Office for processing upon the completion of your marriage and you will receive your official certificate from the Registry office in due course in the mail.
- Wedding ceremony costs range between $900 – $1100 depending on location and day of week:
- Central Coast, Sydney or Hunter Valley – Weekday $900, Weekend (or long weekend weekday) $1000.
- Regional or interstate weddings – Weekday $900, Weekend $1000 (total fee negotiated depending on travel, accommodation and time away)
- Commitment Ceremonies and Reaffirmation of Marriage Vows – Weekday $700. Weekend $800
- Namegiving Ceremony – $500.
- Motherhood Ceremony – $500
- For Funerals and individual ceremony consulting, I work on an hourly fee of $90/hr.
ABOVE LISTED FEES & COST ARE EX – GST. TOTAL AMOUNT PAYABLE WILL ALSO INCUR GST
For all ceremonies, any travel above 100kms round trip is charged at $1per/km on day of ceremony. For longer road trips, travel is charged at $50/hour after the first hour. (For rehearsal I try to organise my diary and appointments so I don’t have to charge travel. However for Hunter, Southern Sydney & beyond (regional) I can offer a 50% discount on travel for any rehearsal/site visits or for additional travel not initially specified.) For independent advice on fees and the standards of service expected of a professional celebrant, please take a look at the advice given by the leading training organisation and referral centre for celebrants Australia-wide – The International College of Celebrancy.
Additionally, I have 100% happy customers (and testimonials) who would be happy to speak with you should you feel that necessary to make your decision.