Recently someone who I had not married made an effort to persuade others that I should not be their celebrant. I was baffled as to why someone would want to do that. I had done no harm to them, yet they wished ill to me.
To remind myself of why I am a celebrant, I reviewed the values of personal contact & referral as related to me by my clients.
I am thrilled that 90% of those couples that present themselves to me have already made the decision that they will have me with them on their wedding day.
I can hear you saying – so how do you know they really want you?
I ask – “Why choose me as your Celebrant” and this is what I am told in no particular order.
“You married my cousin”.
“You might not remember but I was the bestman (bridesmaid, groomsman) at ___ wedding and I really liked what you did”.
“You married my two brothers”.
“You do Civil Unions as well and we have lots of friends who are Gay and we like that”.
“We were guests at ______ wedding and it was great”.
“We saw you in the wedding video on your website and we liked it”.
“We loved Trash the Celebrant – you look like you can have a good time and that is the type of Celebrant we want)”.
“My Mother picked you as she said she had seen you at a wedding and were lovely”.
“You look happy in wedding photos”.
“You might remember you married my Mum and Stepdad”.
“You did a naming ceremony for our friends and thought you had a lovely way with children so wanted you to include children in our ceremony”.
“Our videographer showed us a clip of you in action and said you were the best”.
“Our photographer said he liked working with you and that was good enough for us”.
“Our photographer said you were awesome and was singing your praises”.
“We asked our venue for Celebrant suggestions as we didn’t have anyone and your name was given with a strong recommendation”.
“A venue we were thinking of having the wedding at showed me a photo and we thought you looked like a great celebrant”.
“You have a great website with lots of photos and good feedback”.
“We saw you in a wedding magazine”.
“We asked around at work and your name came up”.
“Friends recommended you”.
“Saw you at the wedding show”.
“Suited us you are friendly and bubbly”.
“We tried ________ and they couldn’t do it and said you were great”.
“My daughter’s pre-school teacher suggested you.”
“_________ said you were a great celebrant and we should have you”.
“I stalked you on Facebook, love what you share and you seem so helpful”.
This is what I love – people book me because they have seen or heard that I make a positive difference to a wedding day.
Life delivers what you put into it.