FAQs



Why choose me?
I am a passionate, dedicated, warm, friendly, well attired and groomed Civil Marriage Celebrant.
I am good at anything I put my mind to and being a celebrant is no exception. I love my chosen career.
I will make sure your ceremony is professional, warm and caring and I will deliver a high standard of service that every one of your guests will remark on long after your ceremony is finished. This is my promise to you

How many ceremonies have you done?
My first ceremony was in January 2007 and since then I am happy to say that I have officiated over 300.
So far this year (2012) I am up to wedding no. 42. I have officiated many Naming, Commitment and Renewal of Vows ceremonies as well as many funerals and Celebration of Life ceremonies.

What types of ceremonies do you do?
Weddings, Commitments, Renewal of Vows, Baby Naming, Funerals ……….any celebration!

Where do you officiate?
I live on the Central Coast but I travel everywhere and anywhere for my celebrations.

Why do you like being a Celebrant?
I enjoy the company of happy people. I enjoy dressing up and looking my best. I enjoy ritual. I enjoy being a public speaker. I enjoy making beautiful memories for my couples. I enjoy meeting people and there is nothing better than officiating a wedding and five years later the couple get in touch with me and ask me to officiate their son’s naming day. That is a great feeling. I have many stories like that and I am proud to say that I must be doing something right. To be still in their lives, to be their family celebrant, to be their friend as well is such a wonderful fulfilling feeling.

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Weddings

What do I have to do to get married?
The first thing to do when you get engaged is to set the date! The second thing and most important is to select a Celebrant. There cannot be a wedding without an officiate!  Once you have selected your Celebrant you can get the legalities done and then start looking for venues, flowers and outfits etc!

What is a NIM?
A “Notice of Intended Marriage” is as it reads a notice that two people are intending to get married. This form has to be filled out and signed by the couple and witnessed either by the celebrant or the authorised persons which are noted on page four of the NOIM.

When do I have to lodge the NIM?
The NOIM can be signed a month before the parties are to be married. This form once signed is valid from the date of signing up until eighteen months later.

What if I’m from another state or country?
No worries if you are from interstate or overseas. The NOIM can be downloaded or I can post it to you. Once you down load it or receive it by post take your birth certificates, dissolution of marriage and or passports (if born outside of Australia) to the prescribed authority which is noted on page four of the NOIM for them to witness your signatures. You can then scan and email me the NOIM and as soon as possible register post the NOIM plus copies of your certificates to me.

How much does a ceremony cost?
Do not choose a Celebrant by price alone. You get what you pay for! Please keep in mind that a Celebrant that charges under the registry office fee is not worth having as your Celebrant.

I am a professional and am the least expensive cost of any wedding but the only part that is really needed.
It is not all in a day’s work for me, a typical ceremony takes on average a total of 10 – 20 hours from the first meeting, to subsequent meetings, to the rehearsal, to the day of the ceremony. There are emails, printing costs, travel time and mileage, parking fees, phone calls, ceremony preparation, and paperwork. Performing the ceremony and even waiting before the ceremony. Keeping up to date with current legislation via ongoing professional development and providing a modern PA system for the ceremony – it all takes time.

My ceremony costs vary depending on location but my fees start from $520.

What’s included in the cost of the ceremony?
First up is an obligation free meeting. This will take up to two hours. We get to know each other and I show you some sample ceremonies and my photo books. If we like each other then we book another meeting to fill out the NOIM. I leave you the wedding booklet. In it there are lots of ideas to make your ceremony very special and memorable. If you like to add a special poem or have your own vows included then I will weave them into the ceremony.

We have up to three meetings which also includes a wedding rehearsal if you so wish.
I supply a table with a lovely tablecloth.
I have a lovely feather pen that is always a talking point as the feather is huge, very beautiful. Brides love it! If you prefer I have a crafted pen or if you are a footy fan like me you may like to use my Manly Warringah pen for the signing.
I have a modern PA , (Mipro 202) and your ceremonial music may be played through this via IPOD or a USB stick.
I give you a copy of the ceremony
I submit all the documentation to the Births Deaths and Marriages after I solemnise your wedding.
I can arrange to order your Wedding certificate from the BDM on your behalf.
I give you my all!!!! I give you 100% in my presentation, delivery and execution of a beautiful ceremony

How long does a ceremony take?
A ceremony usually takes about 20-30 minutes

Where can I have my ceremony?
Ceremonies can be officiated almost anywhere. Whether on a beach, park, chapel, at a winery, a community hall, in your own backyard, at a reception venue, a hotel or maybe even up in a hot aired balloon. If you wish to have your ceremony in a public Council run place then please phone them in advance to see whether a fee is to be paid and also out of courtesy to let them know what your intentions are.

What types of ceremonies do you do?

Rituals play an important part of any ceremony.

Rose… the celebrant gives the bride and groom a rose. The rose is a symbol of love and a single rose always means one thing “I love you!”

Bride and groom exchange their roses. Just a moment ago you were holding one small rose and now you are still holding one small rose. Your marriage will be like that now, sometimes being no different from yesterday but to give the same of each other now and always whether it be a rose or a smile or a tender embrace you both will have received one of the most precious gifts of life, the gift of true and abiding love within the devotion of marriage.

Sand… the blending of sands between the groom and bride into a central container symbolises the union of “two into one” This ritual is particularly popular with young children each having their own colour to pour into the decanter. Just as these sands can never be separated and poured again so will this couples marriage be an inseparable union.

Wine… This ritual symbolises that the bride and groom from this day forward “drink from the same cup” Whatever happens to one, happens to the other. On the table are two goblets and two bottles of wine, one sweet and the other a sour wine. The couple drink of the same cup the sweet wine and in doing so they drink of the sweet wine of happiness, prosperity, togetherness joy and hope. The couple then drink of the same cup the sour wine and in doing so drink of times of disappointment, sorrow, grief and despair. Those who drink deeply of life invite many different happy and also sad times into their being. Drink now and may the cup of your lives be sweet, full to overflowing.

Candle…. Bride and Groom exchange a single candle signifying their single lives to this moment, individual and unique. As they exchange their candles they then light the unity candle which means an end to their single life but the start of their life together as one. Different variations can be incorporated in the Unity Candle ceremony such as having the mothers light and hand the single candles to the bride and groom. Perhaps the maid of honour and the best man could light the single candles before handing them to the bride and groom signifying the part that they have played in preparing the bride and groom for their special day.

Sake… “Sun sun ku do” means “Three three nine times” Three is a lucky number in Japan and in this ritual three small bowls are used and both the bride and groom tap each bowl three times on their lips before drinking of the bowl. The first cup represents Heaven, the second represents Land and the third represents People.

Ring Warming… It is an ancient custom among many countries to warm and bless the rings before the bride and groom exchange rings.
The rings are placed in a taffeta bag and just before the ring exchange the best man is asked to take the rings to the mothers so that they can be warmed and blessed. Cup your hands over the rings and warm them with your love and energy and silently give your personal good wishes, prayer or blessing for the couple’s future happiness. The ring warming can also include not only the mothers but all the family and friends but it would be done after the welcome at the start of the ceremony in order that the rings will be back by the time the ring exchange starts.

Hand fasting… the binding of hands is an ancient tradition and is the symbolic ritual of the joining of two souls. The ribbons or cords are draped over the couples hands in which they have crossed in a figure of eight. It is a personal choice of how many and what colours are chosen for the hand fasting. Each colour has a different meaning and as the binding is made the meaning is read out. Then the celebrant ties a lovers knot three times to bind mind, heart and soul. The ribbon is then placed in a special bag or pouch for safe keeping and it will remain tied forever just as the couples will remain together forever.

Can gay or lesbian couples get married in NSW?
The answer is NO! As yet there is no legislation passed to say that couples of the same sex can be married legally. Hopefully it won’t be long. It will get my vote!

What’s a commitment ceremony?
A commitment ceremony is a non legal ceremony. In saying that any commitment ceremony that I officiate is just as professional, warm and caring as any legal ceremony that I officiate. It has all the same components, the asking, the consent, the ring exchange, poems and vows, rituals but just not the legal bits.

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Baby Namings

What’s a baby naming?
Baby namings are a celebration and welcome to a new life. A baby naming is a time of celebration whereby a child is formally named and introduced to his/her family and friends. It is a time when God parents, mentors, guide parents or guardians are appointed.
It is a time whereby parents can announce before their family and friends their commitment to him/her. It is a non religious ceremony but special readings and a candle ceremony can be included.

How long do baby naming take?
The ceremony usually takes between 20- 30 minutes

Where can I have a baby naming?
Baby namings can be performed in a park, a back yard, the beach, a community hall or just about anywhere bearing in mind to have a “plan B” in place just in case of inclement weather on the day of the naming. If the area is looked after by the local Council then there may be a fee involved to have the ceremony so please ring Council first.

What’s included in a baby naming?
My fee for a baby naming includes all paperwork and preparation of the ceremony, travelling and our meetings. I come to you! I supply a table with a lovely tablecloth for the ceremony as well as a PA system. If you require music then this can be played through my PA via an Ipod or USB.

A decorative copy of the ceremony is presented to you for a keepsake as is the naming candle with baby’s name and date of ceremony on it. The naming certificate and laminated God parent certificates are included in the fee as are the grand parenting certificates which are also laminated. SSSSHHHH this is a surprise for the grandparents. Photos of baby are scanned onto the certificates and ceremony keepsake.

What type of baby namings do you do?
Namings for young babies, toddlers or older children are very special. My ceremonies reflect their life, their family values and culture. Rituals such as the lighting of candles by parents and the Godparents lighting of the naming candle, wishes for the child, tree planting, the 4 symbols, petals. the unity sand ceremony, prosperity bowl, the 4 elements, release of doves, the time capsule or the fingerprint tree are all beautiful additions to a ceremony to make the naming very special.
I will make your ceremony unique, fun and memorable!

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Funerals

Do you officiate funerals?
Funerals are a time to reflect, a time to celebrate life, a time to remember with gratitude, love and respect, a time to laugh and cry, a time to come together with family and friends. These emotions are a natural process. I will be there for you at this sad time. My service will reflect these emotions with respect and dignity for your loved one that has passed. I understand that funerals can be one of the hardest things to endure but with my compassion, understanding and heartfelt words, poems and readings the service will be a memorable beautiful part of the Celebration of a life that has gone before.

What’s involved in a funeral?
A funeral service is a very special ceremony that involves respect, caring and compassion. As a celebrant officiating a funeral I make sure that when I meet with the family and over the couple of hours that I am with them for the first meeting I listen! I want to make the service a memorable one so I get to know the family and the deceased. I take notes and explain to them the order of service. I ask them if any special poems or readings would like to be said. The eulogy is a major part of any funeral service and if the family do not think they are up to reading it then I will do it. Songs and a slideshow of photos of the deceased are a lovely addition to any service. At this sad time I try to do as much as I can for the family to make it easier for them.

How much does it cost?
The cost of a funeral varies with different Funeral providers. They are all very dedicated and caring and it is their responsibility to make sure the family are comfortable. The celebrant’s fee is usually set by the funeral home and they usually have their preferred celebrants but if the family prefer to have their own celebrant then that is fine as well. Just telephone me then I will contact the funeral director of your preference to me over their celebrant.

What do I need to do?
Just telephone me on 0414 839 269 then I will contact the funeral director to let him know that you wish to have me do the service.

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Glenda was so warm and kind & listened to what we wanted to do. I feel we knew Glenda on a personal level & that was great. To us Glenda wasn’t a Celebrant, we felt like we had known her for years. I will definitely recommend her to any friends or family. 
Krystal & Clinton English