Why is Joyce one of the Most Popular Celebrants in Perth?
January 4, 2016 was a Monday. I know this because it was also the first day of my new career as a Marriage Celebrant. The moment when I faced a couple I was marrying for the first time and said, “I now pronounce you husband and wife” was the moment I knew I had found something special. I realised I had just become a part of that couple’s life forever and that was such a special privilege.
18 months on, and well over 100 ceremonies later, and I find myself being recognised as one of the Top-10 Most Popular Marriage Celebrants in Perth.
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What an Honour! Particularly as the list was compiled solely on the basis of customer reviews (and we all know the customer is always right!).
So, What Makes a Celebrant Popular?
I have my own thoughts on this but ultimately what I think doesn’t really matter! What matters is what the couples I have married think; so, I took some time to go back over the feedback I have received. These are the 5 key things I gleaned from their comments:
1. Couples appreciate our initial informal chat
I make a point of offering an informal, obligation-free, first meeting. The meeting may be informal but it is important: not only because it offers the opportunity to explore any ideas, needs and concerns the couple may have, it gives us the chance to see if the ‘fit’ between us feels right. Why?
Simply because any registered Marriage Celebrant can steer a couple through the marriage process and conduct their wedding ceremony but only the Celebrant that is right for you can make your ceremony the most memorable part of your big day.
After this meeting I want couples to know for sure if I am the person they want to entrust with their once-in-a-lifetime ceremony; trusting me to be the one standing beside them as they make one of the most important commitments in their life.
2. Couples appreciate my personal and supportive advice
When it comes to creating your own, unique, wedding ceremony there are many decisions to be made: where to hold your ceremony, the size of the bridal party, how many guests to invite, the rituals and traditions to include, the words you will say to each other, people to include in the ceremony, the level of formality… the list can seem endless! And then there are the paperwork and legalities to take care of. It can all be quite daunting for prospective newly weds.
That is why I like to make sure that every couple leaves our initial meeting with an “Information Pack” covering every aspect of their ceremony, the choices available to them and the steps that need to be taken.
I doesn't surprise me in the least that the comment I most frequently hear at the end of our chat is, “I just didn’t realise there was so much involved!”
3. Couples appreciate that I take the time to really “get” them.
I take great pride in taking the time to really get to know my clients.
I love using my celebrant's 'bag of tricks,' to help them tease out a host of information about the kind of ceremony they want; their ideas, their wishes, their needs and their vision for the day.
Then I work diligently to ensure that their vision becomes their reality.
4. Couples appreciate my unique and truly personal ceremonies
I never have, and never will, subscribe to a “one-size-fits-all” type of approach.
How could I?
If you think about it for just a few moments you will realise that designing wedding ceremonies is really not a “one-size-fits-all” kind of job!
Every couple I work with is different; they have different backgrounds, different values, different cultures, different religions, different family units and different needs and wants. No two couples are the same.
Neither are my ceremonies.
It is true, all my ceremonies are created using the same 7-step process - but each of them is different.
I am a firm believer in crafting wedding ceremonies that are as unique as the couples being wed and will respect their beliefs, reflect their values, and touch the hearts and minds of everyone there on the day.
5. Couples appreciate that there are no surprises on the day (unless they are pre-planned ones!)
I'm always happy to perform ceremonies that are a surprise for the guests but my commitment to my clients is that there will be no unforeseen surprises when it comes to their ceremony.
I take pride in the fact that my attention to detail is second to none.
I leave no stone unturned, from our initial chat through to the lodging of all the required paperwork, to make sure everything runs smoothly on the day and the marriage is 100% legal.
Everything is planned. Everything is agreed. And, everything is signed-off and rehearsed well before the big day. There will be no unforeseen surprises!
So what makes a Celebrant popular?
I guess there are as many answers to that question as there are married couples; knowledge and experience, attention to detail, energy and enthusiasm, an ability to make people feel relaxed and at ease. You can take your pick.
But, if I had to plump for just one thing it would be love: being totally in love with love and the concept of marriage. And that I think, more than anything, that is what defines me!
You can read more of what my clients think here. But, I would love to know what you think goes into making a Celebrant popular? Leave me a comment below and let me know.