No two couples are the same, and neither should two wedding ceremonies be. In my role as celebrant, I strive to create truly individual ceremonies that are perfectly tailored to a couple’s unique tastes and personalities.
Some clients prefer a very traditional ceremony, whilst others are looking for something a lot more fun and playful; in my personal opinion, the quirkier and more unique, the better. Secular wedding celebrations, especially here in the UAE, come with a freedom that allows dreams to be realized and imaginative ceremonies to be created.
Typically, couples that chose a celebrant-led wedding here have held a small legal ceremony either here or in their own country, and then take advantage of the UAE’s wealth of stunning wedding venues and locations. Its competitive marketplace of world class resorts allows for memorable occasions in some truly beautiful surroundings.
I do like to encourage the couple to think about ways to involve their guests in the day and give them opportunities to interact with the ceremony. This can be in the form of readings, or vows given by the guests, or the taking part in rituals such as unity candle lighting or sand ceremonies, especially for children or other close family members who appreciate an active role to play.
I also like to put a lot of effort into the written ceremony to create something that will have a lasting resonance rather than be throwaway. If I can’t find a particular reading or blessing that rings true to the couple, I will take the time to write something original myself.
On the wedding day, it’s my job to hold the ceremony together, to guide and support the bride and groom and their guests in a sympathetic way that gives them the confidence and encouragement that lets them really relax and shine on their big day.
When a couple choses to work with a celebrant, they are opening a privileged window into their personal world, of which I am always mindful. I like to repay this trust with a ceremony that’s true to their vision, emotionally, stylistically and culturally, be it traditional, romantic, or something entirely unconventional. It’s also very enriching to mix with so many different cultures here and learn from their life experiences. It reminds me that wherever we’re from, we share so many common values: love, companionship, family, and the rituals of belonging.
I hold an Australian Certificate IV in Celebrancy.