Articulate, engaging and willing to travel, Laurie of The Wedding Wanderer is a wedding celebrant who will effortlessly guide couples through the entire legal process and facilitate their dream ceremony – wherever and whatever that might be.
Here, we chat to her about stepping into the role of a celebrant, her belief in giving back and her kind, wandering ways.
Tell us a bit about your business.
I am the wandering celebrant who wanders from the Sunshine Coast to Northern NSW, and afar if asked, to marry lovely loved up couples. I was inspired to start The Wedding Wanderer because of my love for creative writing.
My little business is about creating ceremonies that are so much more than words. I endeavour to create a feeling which captures all the different shades of love the couple has together.
What is the main advantage for couples who work with you?
I genuinely care so much. I go above and beyond for my couples, nothing is too much trouble, I literally give my heart and soul to ensure their wedding ceremony has depth and significance. I also offer my vow writing service and my couples love this, especially the grooms!
Can you share some of the things that go on behind the scenes?
Behind the scenes is many hours behind my computer writing and travelling to and from meetings with my couples to prepare for their wedding day. I work collaboratively with family or friends to write a personal reading for the ceremony as well.
Leading up to the big day, I attend the rehearsal, professionally print vows and prepare the many detailed legal documents required to register the marriage.
Do you think there are any preconceptions about the wedding industry?
That a ceremony has to include traditional often church-like phrases or statements. My couples are often surprised when discovering that ceremonies can actually be really creative, individual and relaxed.
We can create a ceremony that matches the tone of their day and personalities, all the while keeping with the importance of the occasion. I do believe with all the incredible innovative celebrants out there now, this preconceived notion is fading.
What are some of the main questions couples ask you? And what are the answers?
The main questions I receive is; “how does this all work?” This question is usually proceeded by “what do we have to do?”
My response is always: my job is to guide you through this process – from the first legal form to the final pronouncement on your wedding day. My job is to also make sure we have fun along the way creating a ceremony together.
Can you describe what sets your business apart…
I donate a small percentage from every wedding I do to a charity of the couple’s choice. My business is about embracing how kindness and love can change the world, even if it’s each others world.
What’s your next predicted wedding trend?
I predict the 1970’s inspiration of lace gowns and macramé will continue, however with the recent announcement of a royal wedding perhaps there will be an emergence of more old world circa 1930’s or 40’s wedding trends; all white long trains and a balance of modern romance and the traditional ceremonies.