I recently attended a business lunch in Coffs Harbour. Our guest speaker was Matt Church founder of Thought Leaders Business School. As expected it was an extremely thought provoking seminar. Matt is at the peak of his profession. One of the key takeaways for me was the question ‘what business are you really in?’ This stopped me in my tracks.
After 10 years of joining countless couples together in marriage, I asked myself that simple question. Why do couples choose me as their preferred marriage celebrant? Do I just provide a celebrant service so couples can be validly married – or is it much bigger than that? If couples just wanted a civil celebrant they could head down to their local registry office or even just pick one at random from the many thousands offering their services.
Even today everyone seems to know a celebrant; and that is not necessarily a bad thing given the ever increasing national trend for couples preferring civil, rather than religious ceremonies. The reason why I became a marriage celebrant was to be right there, bang in the middle, of the happiest moment any two people in love can experience. The feeling you get officiating any ceremony is intoxicating. It overwhelms you with emotion that because of you, you are making dreams come true.
And there it is, what business am I really in? I am in the business of happiness. The love, the vows, the kiss at the end and even guests running late, that’s all a given, but what is a perfect ceremony without happiness.
When you choose me, you’re not just getting a marriage celebrant, you are getting so much more than that. As I continually tweak and improve my business, the one promise I simply make is, that I am absolutely committed to providing my couples a true celebrant experience, period.
And what better way to sum up happiness than in this photo.
This image means the world to me. In this photo are two brothers. I had the pleasure of officiating not only Tim’s ceremony ( who is standing next to me with the massive grin on his face about to marry the girl of his dreams) but his brother as well, Scott and his beautiful wife Danae.
As a marriage celebrant in the business of happiness it simply doesn’t get much better than that.
Jordan and I truely didn’t realise how lucky we had scored until the beginning of our ceremony. Simon had ourselves and our guests in tears from laughter and love. He was personal, deep and truely understood how we wanted our ceremony to feel. Our day started at 28 degrees and finished at 45 degrees, however, no matter how hot it became Simon was professional and knew how to make ourselves and our guests feel at ease. Our guests raved about Simon throughout the night and still to this day, we receive compliments on his behalf. He helped to create an atmosphere that will stay with us forever and we cannot thank Simon enough for this. We highly recommend Simon to be a part of your special day.
There is no possible way to thank you for the effort that you went to, to make our ceremony as personal and perfect as it was. Almost two months on people are still talking about how wonderful you and our ceremony was. Thank you so much Simon from the bottom of our hearts. You made our day perfect.
Dear Simon. Thank you for making our day perfect and absolutely memorable. So many of our family and friends commented on your ceremony and how your professionalism and presentation along with your caring and understanding nature assisted with what was a truly remarkable experience. Thank you for including our son throughout the proceedings and a huge thank you for being so understanding towards the interesting dynamics of our families and parents.
We would just like to THANK YOU for such a perfect and personal ceremony. Our guests thought you were a friend we had known for years (we didn’t tell them any different). There were so many positive comments about the work you did. We loved that you kept the ceremony about us, that you talked about our story and you were so professional. Great suggestion about the music playing throughout. We would highly recommend you to all of our friends and family (even strangers). I also believe that you made such an impact, our guests would be recommending you to their people.
Your work was very much appreciated!! We can not thank you enough, Simon!!
It was lovely working along side you again at Sarah & Jon’s beautiful wedding, you were superb! I hope you don’t mind but I have put a link to your page on my website – you really are worth recommending!
Thank you for making our day so beautiful, it was magic. We had such an amazing day which was in no small part due to you. Our guests all commented on how beautiful the ceremony was, and how nicely you conducted it. We wish to extend our warmest thanks to you for being one of the integral parts in making our wedding the wonderful occasion it was. Many, many thanks!