Your day is my focus
It's my pleasure
Choosing Michele as your celebrant -
If you're not familiar with my work, you'll find lots of information in this blog about me and the service I provide as a celebrant. There are several images of me in my celebrant role, where of course I'm looking very happy because my role is such a privilege and it's all to do with love.
I welcome you to email me or phone me with any questions you may have. If you wish, we can arrange a Skype video call together to talk about your wedding and the service I can provide for you both.
On the left is a photo of me beside a bride who is totally in love with her new husband. Can you see how much I love being around a vibe like this?
2 I am very experienced. I know what I'm doing – I really know what I'm doing!
In September 2013, a couple flew from Italy to marry in my Heart Garden, then after a few days' touristing, flew back home again. My garden and I felt very honoured. Then in the spring of 2015, a couple flew from Shanghai to marry in my garden and flew back to China the next day!
If you are interstate and you plan to marry in Canberra, I can make the process as easy for you as possible. We can do so much by email, including the lodgement of your Notice so that your one-month waiting time starts sooner.
|Here I am with Cate and Terry |
at their home in Burra NSW on 20 April 2013.
This was my one thousandth wedding.
I’ve learned to greet guests in Mandarin, Thai, Japanese, Finnish, Serbian, Spanish, Portuguese, Korean, Shona, French, and Bahasa Indonesia. I’ve even read a poem in Latin during a beautiful private ceremony. I just had to hope that the pronunciations I came up with from three years of high school Latin were OK. I love the variety in this amazing job!
To my own way of thinking though, brides are never late. I personally believe that on her own day, the bride arrives in perfect 'bride time'. I also believe that that 'bride time' is not of man's world. I will always welcome the bride joyfully and lovingly.
I offer you every option in the wording for your simple ceremony that the Attorney-General allows. You will have the choice for instance, between 'solemnise' and 'legalise'.
You don't have to have the formal legalistic 'I call upon the persons here present' that you usually hear at weddings of friends and family. You can have the simple friendly option: 'I ask everyone here'.
I especially welcome the addition of 'Welcome to Country' before
|Gav and Cat began their wedding|
with a Welcome to Country.
Queanbeyan Kangaroo Club
30 April 2017
I'm also very happy to conduct a ceremony with a trainee celebrant and provide feedback.
By the time they’d got to a capital city and found a notary, and emailed the Notice to me, the month and a day took them to the day after they'd planned. It was the day that the groom’s parents were leaving Australia to fly back to England.
Sometimes I hear horror stories about celebrants who wore inappropriate clothing to a wedding, like loud clashing colours. Or people say the celebrant looked fine but her/his voice wasn't pleasant to listen to, or it wasn't clear and strong. When a celebrant stands out for all the wrong reasons in the memory of couples or their guests, it seems that these bad memories can be long lasting!
Sometimes when I know the couple well, I'm invited as a guest. This gives me the chance to wear something that’s less businesslike. (By the way, you are never expected to invite your celebrant to your reception.)
If you wish, one of your guests can plug a phone into my amplifier to play music for the bride's entrance. I have a cable to connect the earphone jack on the phone to Audio In on the amplifier. I also have an extra microphone to use if we need an interpreter.
There's more information about my fee here.
You'll receive a Personal Certificate printed in your choice of font, along with your ceremony on high quality parchment, printed in the same font. I place both these documents in a clear wallet for you to take with you when your wedding's over.
After your wedding, I send your papers to the Registrar for registration. These are your Notice of Intended Marriage and one marriage certificate. You will then need to buy an Official Certificate from the Registrar. I'll give you a sheet of information about this at our meeting.
* I will only quote extra for travel when I need to go beyond ‘city limits’ – past Watson, Lanyon, Hall or Queanbeyan. I calculate the extra for my return journey beyond these limits at $1 per kilometre (or less per km for long distances) and you'll see this extra amount in our agreement.
Of course I will travel to any other location for your wedding, whatever size. It's usually in the ACT or nearby NSW but I'm willing to travel further.
I'm also a writer on personal wellbeing. I'm usually at my computer during the day (if I haven’t been lured into the garden because the sun is shining and the garden is calling me). I'm often at my computer after dinner as well, so if you email me, expect a swift reply.
During the Simple ceremony, there's an option to read vows to each other that you've brought with you to your wedding - perhaps on small cards, perhaps on special scrolls.
I don't want you to miss a moment of your wedding. I’ll start when you each give me the nod. Because your ceremony is short and simple, there's only one A4 page for me to read!
I will speak clearly and slowly during your ceremony so everyone can take in the wording, including both of you. It's likely however, that you’ll think it all goes way too fast! You may remember your wedding as a magnificent blur!
|Jordan shares her personal vow|
with Karlo - May 2014
in their own intimate space
I am an equal opportunity celebrant and, as at April 2018, I've already married two same-sex couples, with another wedding booked for May.
I will provide you with efficient, professional, yet friendly service. I am totally committed to making your wedding fully legal, a great pleasure to take part in, and a most memorable success.
Your wedding ceremony will be a great lead-in to your celebrations, as well as an unforgettable beginning to your married life together.
Thank you for visiting this page. I hope we'll make contact again. My heart-felt congratulations and very best wishes to you both.
It's my pleasure