Interview with Celebrant Anthony Cribbes

We recently had a chat with Anthony Cribbes about Celebrant life –

• How did you get into being a Celebrant?
I kind of ‘fell’ into the job. I had been to at least 20 or 30 weddings in my 20’s and always was left extremely underwhelmed by the Ceremony…I never used to question it, but I did think ‘Who is the Celebrant trying to convince here, don’t they know that we have all heard these exact words at every Ceremony we’ve been to’. I have a job in Corporate IT and as a natural creative person this was kind of soul crushing so to speak. But when my wife and I got married we had the complete opposite experience where our Celebrant was incredible, full of energy and charisma and have every single person engaged in the Ceremony. So this sparked my interest in looking in to the job…and now the rest is history.

• Why do you enjoy what you do?
My favourite part of this job is all the great people you get to meet. The couples and the other vendors you meet are the best. I have made life long friends through this job and even have started some business ventures with people that I have met.

Anthony Cribbes at Erhan and Kiara Celebration

• Who trained you and what are they up to now?
As a Celebrant you don’t really ‘train’ with anyone outside of the RTO who you get your Cert IV with. But I would count Jon Von Goes who was our Celebrant as the closest person to answer this question. JVG is still a Celebrant and someone that I have a great friendship with these days.

• What’s the biggest mistakes and myths about Wedding Celebrants?
I think we all hear it: Not bad money for under an hours work!
The reality the delivery of the Ceremony on the day is less than 10% of the work that goes into the job.

• What are your favourite instructional books or resource on what you do? what book or resource should a bride or groom read before their wedding?
I am not a believer that you can find any such resource when it comes to a Ceremony. I believe that Ceremonies should always be unique to each couple and it’s the skill of the Celebrant to help craft a ceremony each time to match the couple. The only resource that a couple should use is to sit down and decide what kind of wedding they want.

• What do you believe about the wedding industry that no one else believes?
I’m not sure that I have any unique views as I know that many others share this view. But I 100% believe that weddings should just be a chance to have a great party with your family and friends….like how they used to be back centuries ago in when communities were the mainstay of the society.

• In the lead up to a wedding, what have you noticed your clients doing that ensures a great wedding experience?
They have a great feel for the kind of wedding vibe they are wanting…and then they make all their decisions about their day based on this. They also don’t try and be anyone else other than themselves.

• What is the disaster that you closely averted, that the client never even knew about?
As a Celebrant it’s always paperwork related. Many times I’ve noticed in the lead up I’ve either made a mistake with spelling or maybe missing some pages of a script. A quick trip off to a local Officeworks or calling in a favour from a nearby Celebrant friend or even just ringing up a random Celebrant from a Google search to get a replacement Certificate all sorted well and truly before the Couple even know about it.

• What trends have you noticed over the last 12 months?
Hmmm…the overarching trend is for people to more and more essentially just organise a huge party where they just so happened to also get married seems to becoming more and more prominent.

• What trends do you see developing over the next few years?
I think more and more people will opt to get a friend of theirs to perform a Ceremony and then they’ll have a Celebrant to complete the legal part.

• What wedding trends are you seeing overseas that you hope come to Australia?
I love the photos of people using Llamas in their wedding photos…maybe we can do the same with sheep

• What kinds of Wedding Ceremonies are you not good at?
I am definitely happy to say that if you’re looking for a super high end, black tie and tuxedo kind of wedding….then I am probably not going to fit the vibe you are looking for.

• What is your advice for people that have just had their wedding and they want to start their own wedding business?
Define what your market is…and be specific, don’t be generic and say ‘my market is 25 to 35 year olds getting married’…that’s 95% of the market. You need to know what is your market specifically – e.g. People who like having a festive style wedding

• How can people get in contact with you?
Website: www.anthonycribbes.com.au
Insta: @anthonycribbes_celebrant
Email: anthony@anthonycribbes.com.au
Phone: 0410 494 225
(or if you’re a Celebrant looking to build your business go and check out The Celebrant Hustle on Facebook or on Insta @the_celebrant_hustle)

Interview with Celebrant Jessica Maida

We recently had a chat with Jessica Maida about Celebrant life –

• How did you get into being a celebrant?
Firstly, I love to talk so I knew this was going to be something that suited my personality. I ventured into the world of Celebrancy after searching for the perfect celebrant for my own wedding back in 2014. I wanted a celebrant who would create a great ceremony with all the good vibes and soon realised there was a shortage of modern, young and vibrant celebrants in Adelaide. So I thought to myself “I could do that” and did! Never looked back!

ceremony action shot - Jessica Maida

• Why do you enjoy what you do?
I love that being a celebrant is so versatile. Never the same two people you meet, always visiting different and beautiful locations around the state. Couples are sharing such an exciting time of their life with you so I enjoy being surrounded by positive and happy people. I love witnessing all those amazing moments during a ceremony, like when the bride walks down the aisle and seeing their partners face light up, the pure beauty when vows are exchanged, the laughs and the tears….. I get to share in those moments and its pretty awesome. I get butterflies in my tummy each and every wedding when that aisle song starts.

• What’s the biggest mistakes and myths about wedding celebrants?
One of the biggest myths is that we just rock up for 30 minutes on the day to perform the ceremony. It’s only until couples go on the journey planning their ceremony with us, that most couples then realise the hours of work that goes into the planning, preparing, meetings, writing the ceremony, rehearsals, travel and officiating the actual ceremony with each couple to bring it all together on the day.

• What are your favourite instructional books or resource on what you do? What book or resource should a bride or groom read before their wedding?
I love Instagram, Pinterest and good old google for ceremony inspiration. And did I mention that I LOVE Instagram? Offbeat bride and wedding related blogs for creative insight are also a great resource for me. I am forever refining my ceremony resources that I have developed over the years and love new and modern approaches to offer and suggest to my couples. Nothing wrong with traditional elements but a nice modern twist is always refreshing to include.

• What trends have you noticed over the last 12 months?
A trend that I have noticed over the last 12 months is that more wedding planners are being booked to help ease the stress and organisation of planning a wedding. I think the modern day couple are becoming more and more busy with everyday life so sourcing a great wedding planner is becoming a must.

• What trends do you see developing over the next few years?
“First look photos”. Basically, you and your partner have a “first look” before the ceremony which make for AMAZING photos and can definitely ease the nerves in the lead up to the ceremony. What I love about this concept, is that directly after the ceremony, the newlyweds can mingle with their guests and go straight into their reception proceedings because photos have already been done! How cool is that?

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• What wedding trends are you seeing overseas that you hope come to Australia?
I think Australia does weddings well so there really isn’t a trend that I’ve seen stand out for me. I will say though, that the whole ‘Lama trend’ in Australia is a little bizarre and hope other countries don’t foster the idea.

• What kinds of wedding ceremonies are you not good at?
The kind of weddings where the couple have children included in their ceremony and they just walk down that aisle looking so adorable and handsome. Since becoming a Mum, I just know how proud the couple would be watching their little minions and it tugs at the heart strings that’s for sure. I also wouldn’t be very good at ceremonies that included birds as I have a fear of them, so no bird releases with this celebrant I’m afraid.

• What is your advice for people that have just had their wedding and they want to start their own wedding business?
My advice to anyone wanting to pursue a career in the wedding industry, is to network and introduce yourself to professionals in your field. It can be very isolating in the industry so surround yourself with like-minded professionals. Support one another and most importantly value yourself.

• How can people get in contact with you?
You can find me on Facebook, Instagram or via my website. Would love to be in contact and have a chat!
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Interview with Kate Forsyth from Good Day Rentals Victoria

We recently had a chat with Kate Forsyth from Good Day Rentals about planning, styling, décor, hire for wedding –

• How did you get into being a owner of the planning, styling, décor, hire business?
Dave and I wanted to hire vintage furniture for our own wedding back in Dec 2013 – but we couldn’t find anyone who did chairs and tables and lounge furniture and it was more rustic than we were into. I’ve always been a big eBay fan, loving the thrill of finding cool stuff. So we decided to hunt down what we wanted for our own wedding and start a business. Because why not!

Kate Forsyth from Good Day Rentals

• Why do you enjoy what you do?
Creating stuff that people love. Meeting couples in one of the best times of your lives and helping them to have a wonderful experience planning their weddings. Working with other like minded wedding vendors and creating and designing things together. Wearing fun clothes to work everyday and never having to go to corporate meetings anymore! The feeling when you are working on the design for a couple’s wedding and suddenly all your ideas fall into place and you know they are going to love it, is just the best!

• What’s the biggest mistakes and myths about wedding venue decor & hire?
People are often shocked about the cost of delivery – or they want free delivery. Having a truck on the road, doing hundred of kms with one or more staff, on weekend and often late at night, is costly and we do feel like we have that conversation a lot!

• What do you believe about the wedding industry that no one else believes?
That it shouldn’t be overly serious or earnest. It’s meant to be fun and it should be fun. We try to make a big fuss over every couple, and when people come to our office, we bust out the booze and have treats and just big lovely chats about how they met and what they want to achieve for their wedding. PS I don’t think I am the only who thinks this, but I also think weddings are often take WAY too seriously!

• In the lead up to a wedding, what have you noticed your clients doing that ensures a great wedding experience?
Getting people on board who you like and trust – and then trusting them to do their job rather than being in every detail. Saying yes to their creative team and being blown away by the outcome!

• What is the disaster that you closely averted, that the client never even knew about?
Nope. Nothing. We are really very perfect. Good day.

• What trends have you noticed over the last 12 months?
Don’t care about trends. Truly. Run your own race! Plus we are into vintage which is a style not a trend.

• What trends do you see developing over the next few years?
The only trend I care about is the one where people are truly making their weddings their own. People are pushing further and further away from unnecessary traditions that don’t speak to them and that is a trend I can get behind.

• What kinds of ‘wedding planning, styling, décor, hire’ are you not good at?
Serious, black tie, white, traditional stuff. We attract couples who want kick arse parties, with colour and light and fun and a definite touch of the weird and wonderful and this is what we love and excel at.

• What is your advice for people that have just had their wedding and they want to start their own wedding business?
If you are a very hard worker, and you are good at persevering and starting from scratch, then do it! Start small, set up one little thing at a time (your ABN, your bank account, website, set up your socials) and chip away at it. If you have passion and some skill, you’ll prob do great. And why not try?

• How can people get in contact with you?
They can call our office on (03) 7018 8509,
visit our website www.gooddayrentals.com.au or
check us out on the socials; Insta @gooddayrentals_vintage FB and Pinterest @gooddayrentals

Interview with Renata Finkelstein from Weddings of Distinction Melbourne

We recently had a chat with Renata Finkelstein from Weddings of Distinction about planning, styling, décor, hire for weddings –

• How did you get into being a owner of the planning, styling, décor, hire business?
I worked in a corporate environment for 8 years prior to purchasing Wedding of Distinction. In my previous role, I assisted with the creation of corporate events and thoroughly enjoyed the process. I decided that I wanted to pursue a career in events, which lead me to researching wedding businesses for sale. I came across Weddings of Distinction in my search and that’s where it all began! After purchasing the business with my mum, Elly, we set out on updating, re-energising and modernising it to create the Weddings of Distinction that you see today.

Weddings of Distinction

• Why do you enjoy what you do?
I love working in a happy industry! It’s extremely rewarding working with couples and seeing their visions come to fruition. There’s nothing better than receiving positive feedback after the event too!

• Who trained you and what are they up to now?
I received training from the previous owner of the business where we dedicated six months to working side-by-side to understand and learn everything we could about the business and the wedding industry. The previous owner of the business decided that, after 16 years of working in the industry, being a stay-at-home mum was the next big step in her career.

• What’s the biggest mistakes and myths about wedding venue decoration?
From experience and feedback, it seems that the biggest mistakes involve “DIY” projects. We’ve found that, at times, there’s not enough consideration given to the actual set-up and pack-down process. Decorating a venue can be extremely time consuming and, at times, bothersome. The idea behind hiring a company such as Weddings of Distinction is that we take care of the finer details and alleviate certain stresses on the day of the wedding. As I often say, leave it to the professionals so that you can enjoy your special day!

• In the lead up to a wedding, what have you noticed your clients doing that ensures a great wedding experience?
Organisation is key! Having a detailed run sheet for the day and confirming that this run sheet is consistent with the timings of your suppliers is essential. Also, confirming the finer details with your suppliers is imperative – you don’t want to exclude any important details otherwise suppliers will miss out on capturing these special moments.

• What trends have you noticed over the last 12 months?
We’ve noticed a massive shift to “DIY” weddings in the last 12 months. As a hire and décor company, we offer a huge selection of items for DIY hire where couples can collect items from our showroom in the week of their wedding and return them to us following their wedding. Alternatively, we offer a same day set-up and pack-down service that may be of interest to remove any added stress on the day.

• What wedding trends are you seeing overseas that you hope come to Australia?
Beautiful, luxurious weddings are trending overseas at the moment. We LOVE florals so hope that we see more extravagant weddings in the future with lush blooms as the main focus, with beautiful accompanying décor items to compliment them. Adding metallic elements or candlelight takes a wedding to an entirely new level. The finer details are key!

• How can people get in contact with you?
There are a few ways to contact us –
Website – www.weddingsofdistinction.com.au
Email – info@weddingsofdistinction.com.au)
Phone – 03 9699 3330
Or in person!
We have a showroom at 500 City Road, South Melbourne where couples can make an appointment to view our hire items and discuss their wedding requirements with us.

Interview with Hair & Makeup Artist Kerrie Gargano

We recently had a chat with Hair & Makeup Artist Kerrie Gargano from Magical Makeovers about life –

• How did you get into being a Hair & Makeup Artist?
I started doing makeup on my friends from an early age of 13. I have always had a passion for the beauty industry. For my own wedding, even though I was professionally trained, there weren’t any mobile makeup artists or hairdressers. You had to go to the salons to get ‘made over’. Magical Makeovers was the first team of mobile hair and makeup artists in Melbourne.

Kerrie Gargano Magical Working

• Why do you enjoy what you do?
I Love making people feel like a princess!. Bringing out the very best version of themselves gives me the most pleasure. There’s no better job!

• What’s the biggest mistakes and myths about wedding Hair Style & Makeup?
The biggest mistake bride’s make is following fashion blindly with the latest trends, but which date your professional photos in as little as 24 months. Classic, elegant styling is highly recommended, something that matches the bride’s personal bone structure and haircut so it brings out her best.

• What do you believe about the wedding industry that no one else believes?
Many people believe wedding suppliers are in this industry because it’s ‘quick or easy money” but the truth is as any self employed person will tell you, there are so many expenses to running one’s own business, and you’re dealing with the most crucial sensitive day of a couple’s life can be incredibly stressful. You can’t call in sick, you can’t cancel because you want a break. Your commitment is binding and loyal. Every respectable industry supplier can understand this level of assurance that only someone who passionately loves what they do can rise to such a promise.

• What is the disaster that you closely averted, that the client never even knew about?
A bridal bouquet had been delivered with Peach coloured flowers despite the request for a pink bouquet. The bride had been incredibly specific about hating the color peach. Perhaps that was the problem? The florist wrote the word peach in her paperwork, and later on the bouquets were made with the wrong colour. Either way, I hand coloured each petal with my blusher pallete to change to colour. Rose petals are much like skin and were about to adapt to their new shade. The bride was beside herself with happiness

• How can people get in contact with you?
People can get us at –
www.magicalmakeovers.com.au
Email : kerrie@magicalmakeovers.com.au
Phone 0418 323 733

Interview with Vu Phan from Vu Phan Productions Adelaide

We recently had a chat with Vu Phan about Wedding Video productions –

• How did you get into being a Wedding Video Production?
I’ve had a passion for filming and creating videos for years before I dipped my toes into the wedding industry. It all stemmed from filming car events as I love cars and attended a lot of cruises and car shows. A friend in the car scene saw that and asked if I could film their wedding, they weren’t expecting anything over the top since they knew it was going to be my first wedding, but they were absolutely blown away by the work I produced and said the wedding industry was something I should seriously consider. It was through their kind words and encouragement that basically driven me to where I am today.

Vu Phan Productions

• Why do you enjoy what you do?
I enjoy what I do because I love being able to capture the memories of a lifetime for the couples out there – something for them to treasure, watch over for decades to come. I love the wedding day and the people I get to mingle with, not only the couples themselves, but their families and friends.

• Who trained you and what are they up to now?
I am proud to say that I have been self-taught for years – film production is an art form and, like art, there are a lot of things that can’t be taught in a classroom. It is something that takes years of passion and love for film making for me to be able to create the wedding films I do today, and as such, I love networking with fellow film makers who have that same passion. There is certainly a distinction between those who have just jumped in for a ‘quick buck’ as oppose to those who have the film making passion for years – the work is much more refined as oppose to being just ‘slapped’ together.

• What’s the biggest mistakes and myths about wedding videographers?
The biggest myth I often hear from brides/grooms is that some think that videographers are intrusive… this may be the case about 20 years ago when video cameras were big and bulky. This is no longer the case when a lot of videographers these days are using DSLR cameras… they are using the same cameras that the photographers are using.

The other big myth/mistake is that some brides/grooms are telling other brides/grooms not to get a wedding film “because they got married 10 years ago and only watch their wedding video once”. Compared to 10+ years ago, the modern wedding film is much more interesting and captivating to watch than the stuff from 10 years ago. A well produced wedding film is watched many times over; with the mainstream use of social media and a busy lifestyle, the highlights short film has become a favorable option to many. It showcases the whole wedding day in a short watchable film.

• What is the disaster that you closely averted, that the client never even knew about?
I filmed a wedding that was so windy, it blew a camera over. I was lucky that it happened early on in the ceremony, but either way I had enough cameras going that nothing was missed and continued to film the rest of the day as per normal. I had the equipment and the skills to think quick and work around it, so watching the wedding film you wouldn’t notice anything was out of the ordinary.

• What is your advice for people that have just had their wedding and they want to start their own wedding business?
My advice would be to network with fellow industry suppliers, and have an amazing upbeat friendly ‘can do’ attitude – if you have the passion for what you do, network with the right people and have the perfect attitude, you will go far and be amazing!

• How can people get in contact with you?
People can get us at –
www.vuphanproductions.com.au and/or www.facebook.com/vuphanproductions

Interview with Bernadette from Operatic Strings Melbourne

We recently had a chat with Bernadette about Live Wedding Classical Musics –

• How did you get into being a Classical Musician?
My mother noticed that I had musical abilities when I was just two years old and I could sing the theme song of Sesame Street perfectly in tune! We got an upright piano when I was seven, and I taught myself how to play and to read music. When I was nine, my best friend from across the street brought over her violin and I gave it a go. From that point, I never looked back! I had private lessons in violin, and I went to University to major in music (violin performance). I’ve been a freelance musician and violin teacher since graduating from University. It’s a part of my DNA!

Bernadette Baker from Operatic Strings

• Why do you enjoy what you do?
I enjoy what I do because playing the violin connects me with the best part of myself. I also love connecting with others through my playing. This is the greatest reward, knowing that my playing is having an effect on people. Making music nourishes my soul.

• What are the biggest myths about Classical Music at weddings?
1) Classical Music is elitist and irrelevant. Sadly, classical music is not regularly being taught or promoted in schools and has been subverted again and again by sports. And classical concert audiences are still mostly made up of seniors. But most classical music organisations go to great lengths to make their programs accessible to everyone, and strongly encourage younger audiences to attend. Classical music is the result of musical geniuses from the past 300 years having put their brains, hearts and souls down on staff paper for the whole world to experience. It is the foundation of all music that is still being created today, and is far from irrelevant!
2) Classical Musicians are too expensive. When you pay for classical musicians to play for your wedding, you are getting musicians with decades of training and experience, playing on very precious instruments that have to be maintained, and playing at the highest calibre of professionalism. Having this kind of quality is more than worth the price. Also, we at Operatic Strings try to keep our prices reasonable for the everyday client.

In the lead up to a wedding, what have you noticed your clients doing that ensures a great wedding experience?
I’ve noticed that the clients who take the time to listen to the music from our repertoire list (via YouTube or Spotify, etc.) are able to make very informed decisions on what they would like to hear during the special moments of the wedding ceremony, like the processional, the signing of the register, and the exit music. Sometimes clients know that they want to hear a popular song without looking at the rest of the repertoire, but others are just not sure. We are also more than happy to make suggestions on different pieces that go well during the ceremony.

• What trends do you see developing over the next few years?
I think people will be using live music for their wedding ceremonies more and more vs playing tunes from their devices. Or at least I hope so! Live music is palpable, it creates an atmosphere, it draws in the listener, it makes memories.

• How can people get in contact with you?
Contact Bernadette via email at operaticstrings@gmail.com, or via phone at 0400 060 290. Our website is www.operaticstrings.com.au.

Interview with Alex from TripleR luxury classic car hire Melbourne

We recently had a chat with Alex about TripleR luxury classic car hire –

• How did you get into the business of Luxury Car Hire?

I’ve always been around the wedding industry since a young age so I guess it was inevitable. After many years working for one of the leading Melbourne wedding photography studios I made the switch to get involved directly in the family business. I wanted to help carry to family legacy and bring its strong reputation to the new generation of couples. I had been helping to wash the fleet of cars on school holidays since a young age though and started chauffeuring since I was 21, It’s so great to work with family where everyone is on the same page and has the same attitude to providing the best service possible.

 

• Who trained you and what are they up to now?

As we are a family business I have learnt a lot about the industry and wedding car hire since a young age from my parents. Everything learnt has been from family, including mum, dad, aunties and cousins. Some of our drivers have been with us for 30 years (they have known me since I was a kid) and I have learnt a lot from them over the years. At 21 I started chauffeuring wedding cars and our experienced senior drivers showed me the ropes. Where are they now? Well funnily enough most of them are all still working in the business or industry so I guess the learning for me just never stops.

Alex from TripleR Luxury Classic Cars

[ Photo credit to Immerse Photography ]

• What’s the biggest mistakes and myths about wedding Car Hire?

The biggest mistake couples make is leaving booking their wedding cars too late, many dates are booked well in advance and couples could not hire the cars they really loved for their big day. We emphasis to clients that these classic cars are more than just your transport on the day they are used in many of the wedding photos as backdrops and features in the photos and video. The added benefit of these classic luxury cars is that they really make you feel special and are not your ordinary vehicles. Being chauffeured around and pampered all day adds to the sense of style and sophistication that will be remembered long after the wedding day is over.

 

• In the lead up to a wedding, what have you noticed your clients doing that ensures a great wedding experience?

We have found that clients are really being proactive in letting all their suppliers know what is happening on the day and that communication before the wedding, this will ensure the big day runs as smooth as possible . Many couples will supply us with a run sheet of the day with all the contact details of suppliers involved. We will often suggest recommendations on arrival and travel times and the logistics on the day based on our 35 years experience. The last thing we want the couple to be doing is stressing before the big day so communication and planning are key.

 

• What trends have you noticed over the last 12 months?

A concerning trend we have seen in 2017 was for an increasing number of couples to leave booking their suppliers to the last minute. (in some cases 1-2 weeks before their wedding which leaves them disappointed when many companies are already booked out) We have also noticed how the wedding styling and themes are changing quicker than ever, Just like fast fashion what is ‘on trend’ one season may be out the next.

One of the larger trends we have noticed is that many couples are choosing to hold their wedding on private properly out in the country and not necessarily at a dedicated wedding reception. These ‘farm style’ weddings are certainly gaining traction. Many couples are also ditching the old-school wedding reception in favor of hired event spaces and even restaurants or trendy bars around the inner city area. These spaces are perfect for a more casual cocktail style wedding. In this way the couple get to style and theme their own spaces to suit their individual style, this also leads to a more relaxed and intimate celebration without all the traditional trappings and clichés.

 

• What trends do you see developing over the next few years?

 Less and less marriages in church’s as religion does not play as much of a role in peoples lives as it used. This could also mean wedding traditions and superstitions are becoming less prevalent, for example we have seen many couples walk down the isle together.  Destination weddings are becoming more and more popular as the prices sometimes are sometimes cheaper than having a wedding in Australia.

Other trends can foresee are

-Smaller bridal parties or no bridal parties at all.

-More combined bucks and hens parties into one big celebration for everybody.

-Couples are not as concerned with pleasing their parents/family with old traditions. They are creating a unique fun wedding celebration that will entertain all their guests and create a party atmosphere that is more suited to their style and personality.

– As the cost of living rises here in Australia I also predict that many couples will opt for a smaller more intimate wedding with a greater emphasis on a smaller budget choosing to spend money on the things they really want and not necessarily what they are told they should have.

 

• What is your advice for people that have just had their wedding and they want to start their own wedding business?

Is working in the wedding industry your dream? Do you have a burning passion for it? The wedding industry is not easy, long days/nights, working most weekends and lots of pressure and stressed brides. If you live and breath weddings and have a deep passion for them then I say go for it. If you just want to get into the industry (like hundreds of others have before you) because you think you can make a quick buck then you will quickly realise its not that easy.  If you decide to start your own wedding business the best thing to do would be to research the market, research your competitors and make sure you have a point of difference. Better yet see if you can work/help/train with one of the leading suppliers in your chosen field, this will give you an idea of  the ins and outs of the industry and what you will learn will be invaluable. 

 

• How can people get in contact with you?

We suggest contacting us about your wedding cars at least 9-6 months in advance. Some popular wedding dates book out months in advance. Please keep in mind that Oct-March is peak wedding season so its best to get in early to secure your favourite cars.

We can be contacted via the following methods
cars@tripler.com.au
www.tripler.com.au
Phone: (03) 9388 2100

 

Our office is open 10-6pm Monday to Friday

We invite you to come and view our fleet of 34 cars at our showroom in East Brunswick (just 6km from the CBD), we can offer after hour’s appointments on Wed and Thursday nights

Or follow us on social
@triplercars

Caterer Cindy Westphalen

We recently had a chat with Cindy Westphalen about wedding catering –

How did you get into being a Catering Business?

I started my catering business 30 years ago – I liked to cook and would always be the one to cook for parties or get the parties organized and styled we had the biggest and best parties of our group. Many people suggested I start a business – so I did !!! There were no mobile phones computers or social media it was all built on word of mouth.

Caterer Cindy Westphalen

Why do you enjoy what you do?

I love what I do and it is now away of life – we’ve built a family business that both my children are involved in. I get to meet great people that I can help in their wedding day and enjoy being in a process that evolves into a great wedding day celebration. Our business in constantly growing and evolving and improving we all love it.

What do you believe about the wedding industry that no one else believes?

Well I’m not sure I’m the only one to believe excellent service is key but that is what we deliver – Outstanding service the many awards we’ve won and continuity of great customer service and product is why we are at the top of our game. Our key ingredient is Love we just LOVE LOVE LOVE what we do it’s easy we meet great people and deliver amazing weddings.

What trends have you noticed over the last 12 months?

I have noticed more that the amount of planning and involvement by brides and grooms themselves has grown which I think is great – not all weddings are alike and each couple want their own unique experience which is something I love to work with them on. I love creating unique wedding days with my clients. Whatever their Budget something special is out there for everyone they just have to explore and I see more and more of this happening. We offer different venues menus ideas styling we love it!!

What kinds of wedding Caterings are you not good at?

I think if it’s a speciality wedding service such as pig in a spit request total I’m not good at that and you need a caterer that specializes in this type of cooking but really apart from that we can provide menus for vegetarian vegan cultural influences etc.

How can people get in contact with you?

Sure we’d love to help you can find us www.cindysclassicgourmet.com.au also on Facebook Cindys Classic Gourmet on Facebook at Woodburn Homestead est 1864 see us on Pinterest and in this months edition of Love Cherish Adore
my mobile 0414618433
email cindy@cindysclassicgourmet.com.au

Photographer Stina Evjan

We recently had a chat with Stina Evjan about Photographer life –

How did you get into being a Photographer?

I got bored with my previous work as a graphic designer and I loved taking photos, so I threw myself into the deep end of the pool and shot my first wedding without even assisting anyone. And I loved it and haven’t stopped since. That’s almost four years ago now.

Why do you enjoy what you do?

I get to hang with the most amazing couples. For me it’s all about the people and their connection. Oh and confetti makes it fun as well!

Photographer Stina Evjan

Who trained you and what are they up to now?

I trained myself, and still up to wedding photography :)

What’s the biggest mistakes and myths about wedding photography?

So many people think they’ll get stiff and awkward in front of a camera, which is tied into the biggest myth around wedding photography that it has to be posed and forced. And it definitely can be, but it doesn’t need to be. When I shoot portraits it’s more like a conversation, having fun and playing with it. Leave the awkwardness with your photographer, they’ll know how to make you feel comfortable!

What are your favourite instructional books or resource on what you do? What book or resource should a bride or groom read before their wedding?

When I got married 8 years ago I read a book called Offbeat Bride, and it opened up my eyes to the fact that you can make your wedding yours. I’m all for any resources that’ll tell you that your wedding is about you and what you like.

• In the lead up to a wedding, what have you noticed your clients doing that ensures a great wedding experience?

Give yourself a cut off point! Stop with the preparations 2-3 days before the wedding. What isn’t done then is probably not that important anyway. Book in a treat; a massage or a nice dinner and hotel with your future spouse. It’s so easy to stress all the way up till the wedding, but you want to enjoy the ride too!

• What trends do you see developing over the next few years?

It’s becoming more and more personalised! It’s your wedding and you should only do what’s right for you. I’m seeing more and more individual structures of a day, people creating ceremonies with meaning to them, but foregoing old school formality. It’s awesome.

• What kinds of wedding photography are you not good at?

If you’re looking for dramatic, staged, veil flowing in the wind shots, I’m not your photographer. I’m all about people, moments, fun and awesomeness!

• What is your advice for people that have just had their wedding and they want to start their own wedding business?

Do it! Be ready to work your lil butts off, because it is hard work (ask my husband during the years when I started up my business, he wasn’t expecting to see so little of me for that time), but it’s a fantastic industry. You get to hang with awesome couples, make new friends among other ace vendors. 5/5 would recommend! Be prepared on giving up your weekends though. I still haven’t properly gotten used to this…

• How can people get in contact with you?

You can check out my work on www.goldandgrit.com.au
Email me on hello@goldandgrit.com.au
Or find me on Instagram, https://www.instagram.com/goldandgrit/
And on Facebook, https://www.facebook.com/GoldandGrit/

Mount Lofty House, Adelaide Hills

Mount Lofty House, Adelaide Hills
74 Mount Lofty Summit Rd, Crafers SA 5152, Australia
https://www.mtloftyhouse.com.au/

 

Kara Jerman & Scott
Wedding
07/10/2017

Personal touch, very considerate about our needs.

Inglewood Estate

Inglewood Estate in Kangaroo Ground is a great venue option for a Yarra Valley wedding.

With their own Chapel you can have your ceremony inside or in the courtyard in front, then have the reception in the refurbished barn.

I recommend having it set up for a cocktail wedding as you can still have tables for some guests and everyone else can hang out on the dancefloor and outside as the weather is great in summer and it’s a great rustic wedding venue for theming as there is so much you can do!

Here’s some photos from Jacinta and Mark’s wedding last weekend with DJ Daniel Toop

Celebrant Camille Abbott

We recently had a chat with Camille Abbott about Celebrant life –

• How did you get into being a celebrant?

Haha – it’s all my brother’s fault!

He knew that he wanted to include me in a special way during his commitment ceremony to my now sister-in-law (over 10 years ago). In his typical ‘all or nothing’ fashion, he decided that I should be the person to conduct it.

Like, run the whole ceremony!

What?!? 🤣

I remember asking him during the phonecall “and how would I go about that?” and him responding “isn’t that what the internet’s for?”

So my first ceremony was an induction by fire, but as it turned out, I did pretty well. And when my favourite uncle came up to me afterwards to congratulate me, he also added ‘I think you’ve found your thing, Camille’.

I attained my qualifications shortly after that and, although it took around 18 months to get registered by the Attorney-General’s office, I was excited and nervous in equal parts to start conducting legal ceremonies as a civil celebrant from September 2008.

Celebrant Camille Abbott

[ Credit to Dan Evans Photography ]

• Why do you enjoy what you do?

Oh, man – there are so many facets of being a full-time marriage celebrant that absolutely rock my world.

But I think it’s the job-specific perks really set it apart; helping gorgeous couples in love to express themselves authentically in front of their nearest and dearest on one of the most celebrated days of their lives.

Making them feel empowered and confident in doing things their own way. I love to watch them shine and their guests to respond to that with tears, cheers and knowing nods.

The high that I used to get from playing gigs as a musician, when I was much younger, just can’t compare to the experience of conducting a kick-ass ceremony.

• What are the biggest misconceptions about wedding celebrants?

Hmm, I guess one of the biggest would be the idea that my job consists of just the 20 minutes of the ceremony.

On average, I will spend 15-18 hours in meetings, answering emails/phone calls, completing legal paperwork, traveling, conducting rehearsals, writing several script drafts and other associated tasks per wedding.

The other thing that I don’t think is widely understood is that every celebrant does those tasks very differently.

Apart from the Marriage Celebrant Code of Conduct, celebrants don’t operate under any standard of business, require a minimum level of experience or service level or have to charge a set fee.

So, while you can book a celebrant for a couple of hundred dollars to ‘make it legal’, those who run fulltime businesses and offer premium services to deliver unique ceremonies for every couple and those who go the step further to coach couples through the process (understandably) charge more.

It’s like comparing apples and oranges, you know? And most couples don’t understand the difference and the huge impact of choosing the right celebrant for you can have on your wedding day.

• What book or resource should a bride or groom read before their wedding?

Unbridely (my wedding blog) – hands down!

It’s exactly why I created it with the help of my trusted colleagues and wedding industry pros; to help couples navigate their way through the wedding planning process with practical and relevant advice while experiencing less stress.

Hot topics like unplugged weddings, wedding photography copyright, if you need an MC, how to cull your guest list, first look photography, how to do a great speech and soooo much more is covered.

In the lead up to a wedding, what have you noticed your clients doing that ensures a great wedding experience?

You know what? You can pick them within the first 2 minutes of chatting.

They are the ones who understand that gravity will still occur on their wedding day. They know that it may be sunny, but there may also be rain.

They know that he world won’t stop for them and with that perspective, their expectations are realistic and consequently they have a much better chance of enjoying their wedding day and maybe even some of the planning process too.

I LOVE those couples!

• What trends have you noticed over the last 12 months?

There is a definite focus and an increased appreciation for smaller wedding celebrations.

Less people, but not always cheaper, as such.

I’m finding more couples are treating themselves and their guests to an exceptional experience, whether that be the very best champagne, live music, a food truck for midnight munchies or gin bar.

Micro weddings are gaining in popularity too – an abbreviated ceremony and photos sometimes followed by a separate big party with everyone else later on. Smart!

• How can people get in contact with you?

You can read some of my stuff at Unbridely, HuffPost or my celebrant blog and drop me a line at: contact@ceremoniesbycamille.com.au

Celebrant Tracey O’Connor

We recently had a chat with Tracey O’Connor about Celebrant life –

• How did you get into being a celebrant?
I was kind of pushed into it, to be honest! Haha, best thing ever though. I found I was often asked by family and friends to be the one to stand up and deliver speeches on their behalf at birthday celebrations and other functions; until my mum (and number 1 fan) told me I should become a celebrant – she knew something I didn’t at the time I guess.
When I became licensed as a marriage celebrant, I was already running my own fairly successful Interior Design Consultancy, and figured I’d enjoy ‘marrying’ people as a wonderful hobby on the side! However, I found that by my 3rd year as a celebrant, wedding business was booming just through word of mouth/referrals and I couldn’t ignore the fact that I’d truly found my calling, so to speak; and have never once looked back.

• Why do you enjoy what you do?
I genuinely love to help create meaningful moments in people’s lives, and to celebrate those milestones with them. From meeting couples and getting to understand them and their ‘story’; then having the opportunity to re-tell their unique story in a fresh, fun and engaging way among their closest; followed then by the thanks and appreciation that comes from knowing you’ve just made their wedding ‘next level’ special, is the best feeling ever! And because each and every couple I meet is different, my job is always interesting!
Celebrant Tracey O'Connor

• What’s the biggest mistakes and myths about wedding celebrants?
Sometimes I hear people say, “what a great gig – just show up and deliver, and you’re outta there”, when referring to a celebrant’s job. There is SO much more to it than that, just come along to one of my weddings, and you’ll understand! To confidently ‘show up and deliver’ a great story with the level of detail and content required to make it especially memorable, takes a great deal of time, focus and skill. Luckily my couples see full value in what I give them in terms of service and peace of mind that they’ll have an amazing ceremony.

• What do you believe about the wedding industry that no one else believes?
Before I became a celebrant and understood the wedding industry, I had the same belief as many couples do – thinking that the moment you mention the word ‘wedding’, the cost of any product or service you’re considering using immediately increases in price…. I’ve since come to appreciate the great amount of care, time and effort my fellow industry professionals invest in their businesses, giving nothing but full value back to their clients.

• In the lead up to a wedding, what have you noticed your clients doing that ensures a great wedding experience?
Reading through the wedding pack I give them! I love to share lots of helpful tips and inspiration based around my own experience in getting married; as well as the eight-plus years of professional experience I now have in celebrancy. As I’m always looking for new and fresh ways to ensure the wedding pack I offer is helpful to my couples, those who take it all in really gain from it.
When it comes to their actual wedding day, I find that my couples place full trust in my ability to give them and their guests a great ceremony experience, so they can simply relax and let the day unfold. If the celebration starts with the ceremony, the rest of the event is sure to follow on a high.

• What is the disaster that you closely averted, that the client never even knew about?
One time a mother-of-the-bride had a considerable wardrobe malfunction; and we spent around 15 minutes in the bathroom getting to know one another whilst I assisted her; and at the exact same time I was on the phone to the limo company, asking the driver to take a scenic route with the bride and her dad until the issue was sorted. I’m not sure if the bride was told by her mum later, but she certainly knew nothing of it at the time.

• What trends have you noticed over the last 12 months?
Lots of Navy and Nude! A stunning colour scheme that always looks classy.

• What trends do you see developing over the next few years?
With the new Laws of marriage equality, I see far less of the traditional ceremonial elements happening, and scope for even more amazingly unique ideas to be shared in the industry. Exciting times!

• What kinds of wedding ceremonies are you not good at?
I’d sound conceited if I said I was good at everything – though at the same time I can’t think of anything I suck at… So let’s settle with saying that I give my best performance when I’m asked to deliver a relaxed, friendly, fun and engaging ceremony. I do easy-going really well :-)

• How can people get in contact with you?
Any which way it suits, I can be contacted. I’m always happy to chat over the phone, or if email works better for people, then that works for me too. It’s my job to make your wedding planning easy; let’s start there….. xx

Celebrant Julia Handford

We recently had a chat with Julia Handford about Celebrant life –

• How did you get into being a celebrant?
I was just a young’en when the idea of being a Celebrant popped into my head! I was waitressing at a few weddings and I always loved getting to work early to catch the end of the ceremonies. I was flipping through a course book and saw that you could do a cert 1V in business management and Marriage Celebrancy, so I signed up! By 20 I was registered and by 21 I was performing weddings running my own little business!

• Why do you enjoy what you do?
I love that weddings are always changing. People are inspired by their love of the outdoors, by music, by festivals, by food! Weddings have become a beautiful combination of what’s in fashion and what is meaningful for the couple. I love that this means my job is always changing and I get to travel to beautiful places and create ceremonies that are unique and fun. It suits me to a tee!
Celebrant Julia Handford

• Who trained you and what are they up to now?
Oh lordy, Marriage Celebrancy training has come a long way in the last 10 years and in my course there was a lot to be desired… Let’s just leave these details out as I don’t want to promote which training institution I used, they weren’t very good! :-)

• What’s the biggest mistakes and myths about wedding celebrants?
That we only work for a couple hours on the weekend! It’s been my full time job for nearly 7 years now and most of the work is predominantly mid week. Meeting clients, writing ceremonies, administration, data entry and just general business up keep. The actual wedding is only one part of the whole process so we definitely deserve to be acknowledged for more than just the 20 minute ceremony.

• What are your favourite instructional books or resource on what you do? what book or resource should a bride or groom read before their wedding?
Good question. I feel like there is no instructional book on how to be a kick ass Celebrant. It takes intuition, courage to try something new, confidence, beautiful ceremony writing and delivery skills. The best resource is other people, watching other Celebrants do their thing and then finding your own groove. Brides and Grooms should go with what feels right. A Celebrant who brings out the best of their personalities and makes them feel comfortable. If they loved the Celebrant at their friends wedding, then use them!!

• What do you believe about the wedding industry that no one else believes?
It could exist beautifully on it’s own without social media!! I have a love/hate relationship with social media and feel that even though it is so powerful for the wedding industry, we could definitely manage without it. Without it couples would simply just ask around more for recommendations, bringing more strength to word of mouth advertising. Too many images online of beautiful weddings I feel can actually make planning a wedding more stressful and overwhelming.

• In the lead up to a wedding, what have you noticed your clients doing that ensures a great wedding experience?
Taking time out to have some ‘down time’ in the lead up to the day can work wonders! I once had a Bride that told her family she was going on a yoga retreat the week before the wedding when really she just turned off her phone and had some quiet time to herself before the big day. She was so much more relaxed at the wedding! I also highly recommend the ‘pre-ceremony photo shoots’ that are growing in popularity. Doing the majority of your wedding photos prior to the ceremony leaves more time for fun on the day!!

• What is the disaster that you closely averted, that the client never even knew about?
Haha oh good question! There have been many many of these and I always thank the wonders of technology when it comes to a ceremony being in a pickle! Many times the wedding music has been put on a format that just does not sync with the PA system and thankfully we can always use the ‘good old internet’ to download music onto someone else’s phone and the crisis has been averted!

• What trends have you noticed over the last 12 months?
Couple’s are either going ALL OUT with their wedding and spending an absolute fortune, or they are eloping. There doesn’t seem to be as many fun backyard weddings happening anymore which is sad.

• What trends do you see developing over the next few years?
More and more elopements!! Bring them on I say! Less stress, more focus on what is important to the couple. Cheaper, easier to organise, the benefits are endless, plus you can still have the most gorgeous meaningful ceremony.

• What wedding trends are you seeing overseas that you hope come to Australia?
To be honest I’m not really paying much attention to what is happening overseas in the wedding industry. I do hope though that the white wedding dress goes out of fashion and Brides start wearing colours that they love and what makes them feel happy.

• What kinds of wedding ceremonies are you not good at?
Hmmmmm very formal ceremonies aren’t really my thing. Whilst I do enjoy dressing up formal, my style of language and the way I like to add colour to a ceremony definitely doesn’t gel well with ceremonies that are very traditional, or overly elegant and sophisticated.

• What is your advice for people that have just had their wedding and they want to start their own wedding business?
Be prepared to start off slow, be the little turtle that wins the race! Good decisions should feel light and exciting. Go with what feels right and mix with people who inspire and encourage you! Try to become good friends with wedding suppliers that share your target market. Spending a huge amount of money at the start with not much experience in the industry isn’t a good approach. Build your relationships and invest in them.

• How can people get in contact with you?
www.juliascelebrantagency.com
0402 916 245
hello@jcacelebrants.com

Celebrant Sarah Aird

We recently had a chat with Sarah Aird about Celebrant life

How did you get into being a celebrant?
After a lengthy career in senior administration positions, I had recently left a toxic job and didn’t know what I wanted to do next. I went to my cousin’s wedding and was totally inspired by the celebrant! I decided right then and there that that’s what I’d do, and I haven’t looked back.

Why do you enjoy what you do?
I’m a hopeless romantic, completely in love with love. Every week I get to bear witness to people at the absolute height of their relationship, pledging to be the best partners they can be for each other. I love hearing and telling their stories, I love hearing their incredible vows to each other, and I love being part of people’s best day of their lives!

What’s the biggest mistakes and myths about wedding celebrants?
That we just turn up for 20 minutes on the day of the wedding! Hours and hours go into every single wedding, from writing personalised scripts to managing legal paperwork, not to mention the hours that go into running our businesses and learning everything we can about the wedding industry so we can make every wedding ceremony incredible.
Celebrant Sarah Aird
In the lead up to a wedding, what have you noticed your clients doing that ensures a great wedding experience?
Clients who trust in their selected suppliers are going to have the best wedding experience. Ensuring we all have what we need is of course important, but contacting us every five seconds to ask us questions or check that we’re going to do certain things just makes life stressful for everyone! Trust in the people you’ve hired to do the job you’ve hired them for to the very best of their ability, and you’ll have a great day!

What kinds of wedding ceremonies are you not good at?
Formal ones. I get super excited about my couples and their weddings, and I struggle to rein it in and keep myself formal and conservative! I think there should be lots of cuddles and laughter and tears during a wedding ceremony, and some couples want something that’s very formal and traditional; that’s just not me.

What is your advice for people that have just had their wedding and they want to start their own wedding business?
Consider it very carefully. Working in the wedding industry is completely different from planning your own wedding, and it’s bloody hard work. There’s a lot of competition and a lot of work required to stay at the top of your game, so unless you’re absolutely passionately sure that this is what you want to do, maybe just offer to help friends with their own weddings, or just enjoy being married for a little while before reconsidering your plans!

How can people get in contact with you?

www.sarahaird.com.au, info@sarahaird.com.au, 0458 022 190
sarahairdcivilcelebrant on Facebook and Instagram!

Bird In Hand Winery

Bird In Hand Winery
Bird in Hand Rd & Pfeiffer Rd, Woodside SA 5244, Australia
http://www.birdinhand.com.au/

 

 

Rob Harding & Katrina Gill
Wedding
05/01/2018

We had good communication before the event about the type of music we wanted, and on the night Jess did a great job working with our MC, getting all our specific songs for entrances and first dance, the getting everyone up on the dance floor. Would definitely recommend Jess for a similar event

 

Zanelle & Scott
Wedding
05/11/2016

Kris maintained the dance floor over the evening.

Longview Vineyard, Pound Road

Longview Vineyard
154 Pound Rd, Macclesfield SA 5153, Australia
http://www.longviewvineyard.com.au/

 

 

Peter Heffernan
Wedding
28/12/2017

Jess was a great DJ, very accommodating and understanding of our needs for the night and played a great selection of music throughout the night.

St Hallett Winery

St Hallett Winery
LOT 100 St Halletts Rd, Tanunda SA 5232, Australia
https://www.sthallett.com.au/

 

 

Grahame de Carvalho & Emma Leske
Wedding
28/12/2017

Nick had a good read of the room and everything under control.

The Stag Hotel

The Stag Hotel
299 Rundle Street, Adelaide SA 5000, Australia
http://www.staghotel.com.au/
Daniella Barber Corporate
Christmas Party
11/12/2017

We thought Matt was great, you went with the vibe of the event which was well liked, played great music. We would definitely refer him again. thanks so much guys!

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