CUSTOM TAILORED WEDDINGS

A ceremony that is written just for the two of you. As a team we discuss what it is that you want and my role is to delivery a unique and memorable ceremony. Some people use the word "bespoke" to describe this style of ceremony, to me it is a whole lot more than  

Inclusions:

  • A tailored ceremony that is carefully researched, constructed and written in a loving language which best reflects you and your partner's personalities, relationship and wishes. The first draft will be made available to you well before the wedding day and you will have time to review and change things so we get it right. 

  • Assistance with the writing of wedding vows (if you choose to write your own)

  • Appointments as necessary prior to your wedding either face to face or via Zoom/Facetime.

  • All official paperwork, legalities and submission to Births Deaths and Marriages completed.

  • Timely response via email/phone for all communication, questions, concerns regarding your ceremony.

On your wedding day:

  • Professional wireless, portable sound equipment (Chiayo Focus 505 Pro) setup to ensure all guests can hear your ceremony. Cordless microphone for Bride and Groom, headset microphone for me. The setup can also be used to play the music for your ceremony. The music can be controlled by me or a trusted guest. 

  • A signing table draped in white tablecloth to be used for the ceremony (optional)

  • Use of feather pens, LED light ring boxes, Eternity candle (for Ceremony)

  • Access of up to 10 clear umbrellas in the case of inclement weather 

  • A commemorative wedding certificate on the day (you may need to order a copy of official certificate from Births Deaths and Marriages after your wedding day, this can be used for more official things such as changing name.)

  • Your choice of what I wear. Formal, Casual or somewhere in between. You can see from all the photos that I have some fairly unique shirts, shoes and ties that I just love wearing for any ceremonies that I am honoured to be a part of. 

Your investment for me to do this starts at $700.00 and no two weddings are the same. 

Additional Services:

Master of Ceremonies

For those that book me as their Marriage Celebrant and then MC for the reception I offer a special combined rate that includes the following extras:

  • A personal guarantee that I will not book any other work on your wedding day. You will have me all to yourself on your special day as your celebrant and wedding MC.   

  • Up to 2 hours between Marriage Ceremony and reception start time without additional cost 

  • An outfit change between both commitments

Traditional Smoking Ceremonies

As a proud Gubbi Gubbi man I have been handed down the honour of being able to perform traditional smoking ceremonies.

 

MARRIAGE SOLEMNISATION

For those that require the bare bones minimum I offer a no frills weekday package in most areas I service (This package is only available for weddings with a maximum of 8 people in attendance)


Inclusions:

  • All official paperwork, legalities and submission to Births Deaths and Marriages completed.

  • A proforma legal ceremony with your own written vows incorporated into the legal structure of the ceremony.

  •  A commemorative wedding certificate on the day (you may need to order a copy of an official certificate from Births Deaths and Marriages in your State after your wedding day. This is used for more official things such as changing your name.)

My cost to provide this service is set at $ 470.00.

MASTER OF CEREMONIES

I can perform Master of Ceremony duties for any function you require. Standard inclusions for me to do this are as follows:

  • Run Sheet for the event with timings, introductions for all speakers and any other requirements as discussed that need to be delivered. 

  • Bump in/Bump out protocol – times for setting up and removing things

  • Liaise with venue with regards to evacuation procedure and assembly location in event of emergency

  • Appropriate 

  • Communication with your guests regarding amenities, venue rules and requests of the organizing parties (Bride and Groom or other event organizer as the case dictates)

  • Brief speakers on time allocation and how it will be managed (The windup)

  • Ensure a smooth running event whilst adhering to venue protocols and guidelines

  • Appropriate pitch, tone and dialogue to ensure a successful event. (It's not about me...it is all about YOU)

  • Any other requests of the Bride and Groom or other event organizer with what they would like for their event. 

  • Communication of hashtags and preferred social media platform rules pertaining to photographs or other dialogue being shared. 

Whilst I will do MC appointments independent of weddings  my preference is always to offer this service to couples that chose me as their Marriage Celebrant in the first instance. My rate to perform MC duties at an event start at $650 for up to a four hour engagement. (More than 4 hours is POA).

EXTRAS

UNDERSTANDING FUNERALS

The funeral industry traditionally builds reputation based on repeat business and high levels of grief within families. What a lot of people don't realize is that a very large percentage of funeral companies in Australia all have the one parent company that owns them, INVOCARE.

 

With three national brands (White Lady Funerals, Simplicity Funerals and Value Cremations) they also have 47 other brand names they trade under in Australia, largely through acquisition of family owned local businesses that they have kept the name of. Brands like Guardian Funerals, Liberty Funerals, Mackay Funerals and George Harnett Metropolitan Funerals are all owned by InvoCare.

 

InvoCare also own a large number of memorial gardens including Rookwood, Pinegrove and Castlebrook in NSW and Mt. Thompson and Great Southern memorial park in QLD. The company has also started acquiring pet crematoriums to add to their many other businesses.

 

The reason for including all of this information on my website is to give you an understanding of what you are dealing with when it comes to organizing funeral services. If you are shopping around with the limited time available to you when a loved one passes, be sure that you are not comparing prices from two companies that are basically the same business with a different shopfront. 

PLEASE NOTE: I DO NOT CONDUCT CEREMONIES FOR ANY ONE FUNERAL DIRECTOR OR AT ANY ONE PLACE.

There are funeral Celebrants out there that attach themselves to funeral homes so they gain some sort of exclusivity when it comes to any funerals conducted by that particular funeral home. You do not have to use a Celebrant attached to a funeral home no matter what spin of words a funeral director may try to tell you. The funeral director will not offer you this at the time as they have their tried and tested stable of Celebrants that will work with them on a regular basis churning out funeral after funeral.  

As the person paying the bill it is YOUR CHOICE for everything to do with the funeral you are organizing. 

In most cases the funerals that I get asked to do are a direct result of the person (you) telling the funeral director that they would like me to be the Celebrant for the funeral. I take the time to meet with the family and find out about the loved one they have just lost. I also ask about the family and who will be speaking, who will be organizing any tributes, readings and the eulogy.  

When it comes to funeral service options, there are four major types you will generally choose from:

  • No service, no attendance funeral (otherwise known as a direct burial / cremation or bare funeral): As the name suggests there is no service and no attendance. 

I CAN OFFER A LIFE CELEBRATIONS SERVICE OR MEMORIAL SERVICE

SHOULD YOU CHOOSE THIS OPTION FOR A FUNERAL SERVICE

  • Single service funeral: A typical single service funeral takes place at a funeral home chapel, church or other place of worship. The service includes a final committal ceremony and there is no procession to the cemetery or crematorium.

I CAN OFFER EITHER A TRADITIONAL FUNERAL OR LIFE CELEBRATIONS SERVICE

SHOULD YOU CHOOSE THIS OPTION FOR A FUNERAL SERVICE

  • Dual service funeral: A typical dual service funeral begins at a funeral home chapel, church or other place of worship and is followed by a procession to the cemetery or crematorium for a final committal ceremony. 

 

I CAN OFFER EITHER A TRADITIONAL FUNERAL OR LIFE CELEBRATIONS SERVICE

SHOULD YOU CHOOSE THIS OPTION FOR A FUNERAL SERVICE

  • Graveside service: A graveside or arrival service takes place either entirely at the graveside or crematorium chapel. In the case of burials, a graveside service may sometimes be held at the cemetery chapel followed by a very short procession to the graveside for a committal ceremony. 

I CAN OFFER EITHER A TRADITIONAL FUNERAL OR LIFE CELEBRATIONS SERVICE

SHOULD YOU CHOOSE THIS OPTION FOR A FUNERAL SERVICE