This is the first in a series of posts created especially for those soon to be wed – hence the title ‘Guides for Brides’, although if the groom is doing the organising you’re more than welcome to read this too 😉
Recently I spoke with Heather O’Connor who is a Registered Civil Celebrant on the NSW Central Coast. She is passionate about her couples and thoroughly enjoys being a part of their big day. Heather also performs other types of ceremonies apart from weddings such as naming ceremonies, commitment ceremonies, renewal of vows and funerals.
Lets dig in to what being a Civil Celebrant is all about.
How long have you been a Civil Celebrant?
I have been a Registered Civil Celebrant since 2007, loving every ceremony that I have performed.
What sets you apart from other Celebrants?
I believe in the Art Of Listening.
I pride myself on ‘Listening’ to the couple’s wishes which enables me to write a personalised Ceremony that encapsulates their wishes and desires. To achieve this, I will spend as much time as is required at the initial interview. I have a questionnaire which I complete, together with the couple, which delves into their thoughts on love, their aspirations, hopes and wishes, how and when they met, what they love about each other, when they knew that each was The One etc.
The more time I spend with a couple, the more they open up to reveal their love for each other.
It is important for me to connect on a personal, as well as a professional level, with all of my couples.
I also believe in having a Rehearsal. This ensures that the Ceremony will run smoothly and that the couple will be confident throughout.
I don’t like to disappoint and will go out of my way to assist the couple through any difficult times. Weddings can be fraught with problems as the bride and groom attempt to keep both families happy. For the couple though, it is their ‘Special Day’, so I ensure the Ceremony is ‘Their Way’.
Do you have any funny stories from your job?
My God-daughter broke her shoe just as she was about to make her entrance and luckily I had a spare pair of shoes in my bag which she was able to use. Problem averted. I don’t normally carry a spare pair but I was wearing new shoes, and thought I might need to change shoes between the Wedding Ceremony and the Reception – very fortuitous.
What do you love about being a Celebrant?
I love having the huge honour of sharing this most special day with the couples and in helping to make it the Happiest Day of their Life.
What do you find challenging?
The weather can sometimes be a challenge and wind can play havoc with the sound. I have my trusted Roadie, Ian, (husband) who has 40 years experience in Professional Audio. I should refer to him as Dr Roadie. With all that experience, he’s earned a Doctorate
Thankfully, I am yet to meet a true Bridezilla. Now that would be a challenge!
I hope you enjoyed that small look into Heather’s business, I know from personal experience Heather is dedicated to her couples, and they aren’t shy in expressing their thanks!