But wait, there's more! For most people, my celebrant services are probably going to be quite enough for one wedding, but if you're in the market for a little something extra, I've got you covered.
Most wedding MCs tend to be friends or relatives, and that's great. However, if your cousin Jane is likely to curse like a sailor once she gets a microphone in her hand, or you're worried that Uncle Frank might just be a bit too fond of his whiskey on the day, maybe it might be time to think about hiring an impartial, professional (and guaranteed sober!) outsider to take the reins.
Much like my role as a celebrant, as your MC I would spend time getting to know you both, and your respective broods of family and friends. The name of the MC game is to keep things moving along, to keep things fun, to ensure that you and your guests are relaxed and happy.
Me as your Wedding MC can be either a standalone service, or bundled up together with officiating as celebrant at the wedding ceremony also.
Price: by negotiation
For some couples, the invites and guest-lists and party planning can be a bit too much. So if you're wanting to get right back to basics, get away to some awesome location, and get married with just yourselves, a celebrant, and two of your closest friends (or maybe just a couple of passing strangers) as witnesses, an elopement may be just the ticket! Flick me a message and we can chat about how a bonsai-sized wedding with bumper-sized heart might work for you.
SAME SEX WEDDINGS
A wedding's a wedding, and love is love, and that's all there is to it. But in case there's any doubt, let me be clear that I am passionate about weddings of all stripes, and I wholeheartedly welcome enquiries from everyone. Gay, straight or whatever, no big deal - all that matters is that you're in love.
You don't hear so much about these any more, especially since same sex marriage became the law of the land. But they're still totally a thing, and they're a thing that I can help you with! Legally speaking, a civil union is essentially just a marriage in all but name. So if for any reason the name or notion of marriage doesn't feel quite right to you, but you still want to formalise and honour the loving relationship you have with that special someone, then get in touch and let's start planning an awesome Civil Union ceremony for you!
RENEWAL OF VOWS
Marriage may begin with a wedding, but that's certainly not where it stops! It's a lifetime project worked on with love, and we have to keep reminding ourselves about the promises we made to that other special person.
There are plenty of reasons why a couple might decide to renew their vows - maybe they feel they didn't quite do it 'right' the first time, maybe they have adult children who they want to share the day with, maybe they've rediscovered the romance and want to shout it out to the world (again). Whatever the reason, I love the idea of renewing your vows - you're never too old to be young lovers!
If this sounds like your kind of thing, head on over to the CONTACT page and get in touch, and let's get talking about how we can give Phase 2 of your awesome marriage a good ol' kickstart.
Sure, weddings are the bread-and-butter of what I do, but I am also available to host other types of ceremonies you may be thinking about. Naming Ceremonies are becoming increasingly popular - this is essentially a secular version of a christening, and can be a wonderful, ritualised way to welcome a new little person into the world. (Although, just to be clear, this ceremony wouldn't take place while they're arriving into the world - anything from a few days later to a few months later is typical.)
If you're interested to know what such a ceremony might look like, flick me a message and we can have a chat about all the awesome ways you can celebrate that new miniature human being in your life.
No, I'm not talking about me this time - I can take selfies as well as the next guy, but let's leave the wedding photography to the professionals. Take your time to choose your photographer, and don't get scared off too quickly by the price. Think about it this way: years from now, your photos of the day will remain permanent mementos that you'll treasure, so I reckon it's one of the best wedding investments you'll make (apart from the celebrant, of course!).
What's that? You want me to recommend someone? Oh alright then, that's an easy one - look no further than my colleague Emma Brittenden, an amazing professional photographer who brings great craft and storytelling instincts to her work to create truthful and beautiful images that capture the honest human emotion of the day. Or, to put it another way, she's really good. Check her out; she lives on the internet here.
That's just a fancy way of saying that I can write extra-special things tailored specifically to you. This is of course what I'll already be doing when I write your ceremony, but I've been involved with a handful of weddings now where they wanted a reading, but couldn't find something that was quite right. "How about I write something?" I naïvely suggested. They called my bluff, and the results were, if I do say so myself, rather good.
If you think you might be in a similar predicament, this is absolutely something we can discuss (in a no-obligation kind of way). I reckon I can craft a pretty fine poetic turn of phrase, but don't take my word for it - enquire within, and I'll show you some examples of what I've done for other weddings.
Price: by negotiation
There are lots of different ways that hired entertainment can be used to bling out a wedding and raise the fun factor, and if you're looking for inspiration I'll be happy to make a few suggestions.
Among the options available, I'll throw my own hat in the ring: I'm one half of a professional musical comedy duo called Bigger Than Beetles with my good friend Jeff Clark. Our act involves comedy, singing, and improvised interaction with the audience, and it can be a fun way to mix things up and entertain your guests in that zone between the ceremony and dinner/speeches. Get in touch with us on our Facebook page.