What Does A Civil Celebrant Do?
I can’t speak for anyone else, but my goal as your civil celebrant is to create and deliver a ceremony for you that is a unique, heartfelt and truly memorable experience. A ceremony that is designed to express exactly what you want to say, exactly the way you want to say it… to each other, to your family and to your friends.
Seven Steps to Your Perfect Ceremony
Unlike many celebrants, I do not subscribe to a one-price-fits-all approach. I believe in crafting ceremonies that are as unique as the couples they are for. But, although each of my ceremonies is unique, they are all created following my 7-step process:
Step 1. - Get To Know Each Other
The first thing to do is get in touch with me to let me know the date and time you have planned for your ceremony and to arrange an informal meeting where we can have a friendly chat about your wishes for your ceremony and to see whether we are a good fit to work together. If an in-person meeting is impractical for any reason, I am happy to chat with you via Skype, FaceTime or by phone.
Step 2. - Confirm Your Booking
Once you have decided on the level of service you wish to have (for some types of ceremonies I offer multiple levels of service), simply complete the booking confirmation form and pay the nonrefundable deposit to lock your required ceremony date and time in my diary. If you are booking a wedding ceremony you will also need to complete a Notice of Intended Marriage. You can find more information on that here
Step 3. - Research Your Ceremony
Research is a prerequisite for planning for your ceremony and it begins with our initial conversation but we really get busy approximately 2 months before the ceremony date. I find this is the ideal time because, at this point, most other arrangements have been finalised giving you time to focus fully on your ceremony. I'll meet with you and, using my celebrant's 'bag of tricks,' I'll help you tease out a host of information about the kind of ceremony you want; your ideas, your wishes, your needs and your vision for the day.
Step 4. - Prepare a Provisional Plan for Your Ceremony
With the information you provide and my experience and expertise, we will be well placed to lay the foundation for a magical, meaningful and memorable ceremony. About a month before your scheduled date I will send you a provisional plan of your ceremony for your consideration and comment.
Step 5. - Refine the Plans for Your Ceremony
Together, we will rework and refine the plan for your ceremony and finalise decisions on how your ceremony will be choreographed; who will be participating in the ceremony, when they will participate, how they will participate and for how long. Based on these discussions, I will edit the plan of your ceremony to ensure that everything will flow smoothly and run efficiently. At least 2 weeks before your scheduled date we will sign off on the final plan for your ceremony.
Step 6. - Rehearsing Your Ceremony
Some of my Wedding and Commitment Ceremony Packages ceremony include a full rehearsal of your ceremony. If you have opted for one of these packages we will hold a rehearsal a few days before the ceremony, preferably at the ceremony venue. We will rehearse the choreography of the ceremony, making sure that all the participants are clear and confident in their role and how and when it fits within the ceremony. We will also establish the best position for the signing-table and you will sign the Declarations on the back of the copy of the Marriage Certificate that will be submitted to the Registrar of Births, Deaths and Marriages. Having planned ahead and made the important decisions beforehand, you can expect the rehearsal to flow smoothly leaving few, if any, last-minute decisions to be made.
Step 7 - On the Day of Your Ceremony
I will arrive on location no later than 30 minutes before the scheduled time for the ceremony. I will hold a last-minute verbal run through of the main points of the ceremony with all the main participants and consult with the photographer, musicians, and any others as needed. All that is left for you to do is smile and enjoy the experience.
After Your Ceremony
At the conclusion of your ceremony I will present you with the appropriate certificate and beautiful keepsake copy of your ceremony. Where appropriate, I will be happy to stay for a short while should you wish to include me in any photographs. Where needed I will submit your Marriage papers to the Registry Office on the next business day without fail.
What My Clients Have To Say
My promise to you is a magical, meaningful and memorable experience for both you and your guests, whatever the occasion. But don’t just take my word for it; please read what my past clients have to say about me and how I live up to my promise.
Joyce was fantastic!
Joyce was fantastic! We started off just wanting a straightforward wedding but she just very calmly and professionally suggested a few things to personalise a ceremony for us and we are so happy she did. Amazing! Went beyond what we expected. She was so warm, everyone loved her!
Joyce made our service individual to us & special to our guests
We were concerned about finding a marriage celebrant that we would connect with and would make our day special and individual to us.
We met Joyce we were completely relaxed in her company. Joyce is an amazing person and we knew straight away that we had picked the correct celebrant for us.
The service Joyce provided was individual to us. She worked on our service and helped us facilitate the extras that we wanted to be part of our wedding day and gave us the appropriate advice on how to make the ceremony flow
We loved Joyce’s relaxed & welcoming personality as it made us feel relaxed and that was evident on our day: neither of us had nerves or any worries - Joyce dispersed them. Joyce wrote an amazing service for us, neither of us are religious and are very down to earth and she made the ceremony that way.
We would be more than happy to recommend Joyce to anyone. She made our service individual to us and special to our guests. We had the most amazing feedback from our guest at how amazing our ceremony was and that it was individual to us and out different cultures that we brought together.
Joyce, you were an amazing celebrant and you made our wedding ceremony. We have had only positive feedback regarding it. We cannot thank you enough.
The way Joyce designed and put everything together was just perfect
Joyce had married a friend of mine who had said she was just beautiful… can I say she was and is right!
Our first conversation on the phone made me feel Joyce was going to be perfect.
We felt she had a sincere interest in marrying us. To want to learn and know our story and assist us in making our ceremony extra special for a very special occasion with her great ideas, knowledge and professionalism on the subject. We felt Joyce would create something that would be perfect for us: something that is us, for our wedding day.
We could easily see she had the expertise and sincerity to assist us in making our day memorable by being our marriage celebrant.
Along with all the above we loved the ceremony options Joyce offered us. We chose Celtic Hand Fasting. This was wonderful as we are a couple, who have children from previous relationships and it was a fabulous way to bring two families together. So it was just a perfect option for us as we got our children involved as well.
The way Joyce designed and put everything together was just perfect. And can I say, everyone who attended, has remarked on what a beautiful ceremony it was. They had never been to such a grand beach wedding with such a grand celebrant.
We loved that we were able to get everything emailed to us to review so we could make our decision for our ceremony.
It was great to be able to liaise with Joyce to perfect the way we wanted it. Her professional guidance and expertise made our ceremony simply perfect for us.
And we loved the way Joyce dealt with all the necessary paperwork and legal documents. This was made very easy for us as she were so very organised and so professional. Thank you Joyce!
Having a rehearsal too, gave all who were able to attend a good idea of how the ceremony was going to run.
Would I be happy to recommend Joyce’s service? Yes, yes, yes!
And the reasons why are all of the above!
Joyce’s total commitment to us as a couple about to take on marriage.
Her absolute professionalism and expertise throughout this whole journey from the first phone call, to the actual grand beach wedding ceremony.
Our family and friends say exactly the same too. Everyone just loves Joyce and the way yshe delivered our wedding.
Joyce has a wonderful aura and personality. We cannot say enough about her…Joyce is a fabulous lady and a fabulous celebrant!
Steve and I would sincerely like to thank you Joyce for making our day so special for all involved. It would be a pleasure recommending you to anyone looking for a fabulous celebrant to marry them! Thank you so much.
I Couldn't Have Picked a Better Celebrant!
Joyce was amazing! I couldn't have picked a better Celebrant!
Joyce was so polite and friendly and we loved that she listened to our needs. .
She was so relaxed which, made us feel a lot more relaxed on the day.
We would love to recommend Joyce she did an amazing job.
I just want to say thank you for making our day so special.
Joyce is absolutely wonderful in every way!
What can I say... Joyce is absolutely wonderful in every way!
Our biggest concern was not being able to find a Celebrant that could make us feel calm during the ceremony
Joyce was a perfect match for us and made our wedding day extra special. We couldn't be any happier with her 🙂
She is so humble and genuine which makes the whole process so much easier!
Not only did she make us feel so calm during the ceremony, her presence was enough to make us feel loved... like she was part of the family!
Joyce was also able to recommend a piper and tunes for the ceremony which was one less stress for us.
So thank you Joyce for being such an amazing celebrant for Graeme and I!
She made our day absolutely stunning!
Absolute pleasure having Joyce as our wedding celebrant. She is so kind and loving. She made our day absolutely stunning!
Brilliant! Thank you! Perfect day!
Joyce was fabulous! She helped us create the perfect wedding ceremony by making it comfortable, fun and enjoyable for us all.
Brilliant! Thank you! Perfect day!
I could not recommend Joyce highly enough, Thanks again xxx
Joyce Exceeded All of Our Expectations as Our Marriage Celebrant.
Our main concern was that we wanted a friendly and personal experience for our intimate ceremony. We needn't have worried because you exceeded all of our expectations as our marriage celebrant.
What we specifically liked most was your personal and friendly nature, and your ongoing support throughout the process. We really appreciated the ease of the paperwork, and that you went over and above in sending in the name change forms etc for us.
We also liked how personalised your service was - you even allowed us into your home to meet your husband!
We think you are a beautiful lady and would feel honoured recommending your service to any of our friends and family in Perth in need of a civil celebrant.
You Provided Us With 6-Star Service!
Thank you Joyce for making our day extra special.
Your ceremony on the day was outstanding and everyone commented afterwards and said how good it was!
Thanks for all the ideas and steering Paula and myself in the right direction. You provided us with 6-star service!
Would I recommend Joyce as a marriage celebrant? Most definitely!
Joyce, You Made Our Night Perfect!
Damien and I chose Joyce as our marriage celebrant for our Wedding and for the Naming Ceremony for our daughter here in Perth on the 1st of October. We were so very happy with everything. Joyce is an absolute pleasure to deal with and I can't recommend her enough
Joyce, you made our night perfect - light hearted and funny - just the way we wanted it. Everyone there thought you were wonderful.
If we ever need a celebrant again, you'll be on speed dial!
Joyce Understood Our Needs Perfectly!
Thank you Joyce for a beautiful ceremony.
Our day was made all the more memorable by your warm and welcoming personality.
Our family asked if you were a personal friend. You understood our needs perfectly.