This self-confessed ‘incurable romantic’ (a.k.a Precious) is one of Melbourne’s most adored wedding celebrants – and for good reason. She’s a huge advocate for marriage equality (hooray!) and she’s got amazing hair.
Plus she’s articulate, easy to get along with and most importantly, is incredibly passionate about creating personalised ceremonies ‘with as many laughs and smiles as possible along the way’.
P.S If you want to know things like ‘where a celebrant should stand’ and other important stuff be sure to check out her blog.
Tell us a bit about your business…
I am one of the lucky people that get to marry people that are very much in love and looking to celebrate it in an original way. As an authorised Celebrant I am responsible for a couples ceremony and to ensure that they’re married according to law in Australia.
What is the main advantage for couples who work with you?
The best thing about working with me is that I get along great in most situations, which means I’m just as comfortable at a black tie 300 person affair as I am at a backyard wedding with a few family and mates, and that I’ve spent my life working in jobs where I’ve needed to be able to get to know people very quickly and assess how I can best work with them to bring out their best. Two qualities that I never knew I’d come to rely on so heavily as a Celebrant.
Can you share some of the things that go on behind the scenes?
A lot of tea and tim tams!! When I’m not meeting with my clients I’m at home writing ceremonies, ticking off my couples check list (I want to make sure that every aspect of your wedding ceremony runs as smoothly as possible!) lodging your documents with the BDM and networking with other Celebrants.
When I first started to study my Cert IV in Celebrancy I was told that the industry was hugely competitive and was a little disheartened. But the industry is truly brilliant! I have a superb network of Celebrants that I work with and if I’m busy I’m always happy to recommend someone else that’ll suit your style.
Do you think there are any preconceptions about the wedding industry?
That wedding vendors are out to rip you off. Weddings can be expensive, there’s no doubt about that. But most vendors out there are absolute professionals that are looking to charge you the right price for their hard work. If you’re looking for a wedding to be hugely customised then you might be paying a little extra than if you buy everything off eBay, but if you’ve got the right vendor then it’s worth it.
What are some of the main questions couples ask you? And what are the answers?
My most asked question is how much do I charge. And the simple answer is, I charge based on what you’re looking for. The more complex the ceremony, the higher the cost. But I’m always happy to meet and talk through what the options are, especially if you’re on a strict budget.
Can you describe what sets your business apart…
As well as doing weddings I also offer free naming ceremonies to trans kids and teenagers. I’ve been a part of the LGBTQI community since I was taken into the London scene about 10 years ago, and this is my way of trying to give back to the community that supported me so much.
What’s your next predicted wedding trend?
Grand elopements where there’s not a huge amount of guests, but there’s a huge amount of detail, design and glamour that goes into it.