Useful insights from premium Celebrant and Wedding MC - Katie Blanchflower, in the current global environment of coronavirus lockdowns and associated delays.
It's not exactly 'business as usual' at the moment.
Some couples have had to shift their whole entire wedding plans and dates numerous times... unfortunately sometimes losing significant deposits to other wedding suppliers like the venue, photographer/videographer etc. (Shifting from April 2020, to July 2020, to October 2020, to March 2021, August 2021 or 2022 even.)
I only have warm wishes to every couple inconvenienced. My aim is to be accommodating, reasonable and flexible where possible. For all except one couple I have been able to shift dates easily until now.
The Public Health Orders have been frustrating for many couples. Trying to plan a wedding during and around these lockdowns and restrictions. It's planning a big wedding that is problematic.
As a Registered Marriage Celebrant, I have performed over 20 legal marriages since March 2020, so couples have been enjoying sharing in their marriage vows and celebrating each in their own way. Certainly, a massive drop in numbers of weddings, there have been many truly wonderful, memorable and joy-filled marriages during 2020.
I am an experienced Celebrant and Wedding MC. I kindly offer the suggestion to (ideally)…
(1) plan a wedding with less than 60 people.
(2) consider less than 20 people now (you are most likely to have your gathering of 20 people go ahead - you could plan this at many wonderful wedding venues - ask Katie).
... and an even bigger celebration in 2022!
Host your own brilliant 'one year wedding anniversary party' as a renewal of vows.
Discuss all your many options with:
Your Registered Marriage Celebrant
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Intimate ceremonies are wonderful and memorable!
You can still have a wedding reception party with your extended family and friends... just later!
Are you a little tentative about planning your marriage and a wedding in 2021...?
I am a COVID-Safe Business! I help you to have a great wedding day! Helping you and your guests feel at ease.
Here are some tips that can help you:
Yes, you and your guests can enjoy a wedding in 2021. Ask me how, let's discuss!
ALL FEES PAID TO ME ARE NON-REFUNDABLE. You can transfer to an alternative available date anytime within the next 3 years.
If your alternative date is not available with me - then sorry that I cannot help you and there is no refund - you will need to choose another date available with me, or choose to pay another Celebrant.
This is a summer special to bring some love to the end of 2020!
COVID-19 has changed the marriage and wedding plans of many couples. Brides and Grooms are making different plans because Public Health Orders have restricted the options for weddings.
Many marrying couples are only seeking a simple legal marriage service, so I am now offering a Registry-like service here on the Central Coast for Monday to Thursday.
That's right... you can now be legally married on the Central Coast for only $550 - with all marriage certificates included!
Available Monday to Thursdays only, near the Gosford / Terrigal area.
A private ceremony with only a handful of witnesses.
The process is simple:
Available Monday to Thursday between now and March 2021!
This legal marriage service offered on the Central Coast should mean that you do not need to visit the Registry Office.
Katie will prepare a COVID-Safe plan. Katie operates a COVID-Safe Business!
What an interesting and challenging year 2020 has already been.
I have an update to share... it has been announced that after July 1st 2020 the Coronovirus-related Public Health Order restrictions are lifting here in NSW for marriage ceremonies and wedding reception celebrations. COVID-19 is not yet gone and social distancing is still very important.
Here is the GOOD NEWS...
After July 1st 2020, all marriages and weddings can host UNLIMITED GUEST NUMBERS!!!
This is what everyone has been hoping for... a significant return to "new-normal".
Ok, so international travel isn't back yet and this is still affecting many people that have hopes for a wedding celebrated with their family and friends, from overseas. However, at this time already the entire wedding industry is cheering! Yes, I'm stoked.
I love being a Marriage Celebrant and I am so excited to return to all my clients!
It is so important that you book dates for 2021 as soon as possible. Many 2020 dates have now been postponed to 2021... it's going to be a great year for celebrations.
I do recommend you contact and BOOK ASAP!
Your Marriage Celebrant
YES! I'm still happily meeting and performing wedding ceremonies!
Previously... people who first meet me used to quickly learn "I'm a hugger"... well - not anymore!
Now... I wave and keep my distance where possible.
In the past couple of days, I have received worrying calls from people getting married in the coming months. Understandably! But let's not panic.
If you decide to cancel your wedding for now - I am providing a guarantee of all deposits and full payments to the future date you decide! That's right... zero penalty for cancelling... but also no refund on money paid. You can use fees already paid within the next 3 years!
The health and safety of you, me, friends and family is my top priority.
Any meetings or ceremonies booked at my house have immediately been rescheduled to another place (please contact me if a new location has not yet been confirmed with you).
I want to keep you informed:
Whilst the overall risk in Australia of contracting COVID-19 in the community currently remains low, each day brings details of new confirmed cases of infection and it would be irresponsible of me not to take caution from these incidents.
With so much being reported about the evolving 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19) situation, I wanted to reach out personally to discuss the actions and precautions I am taking.
Here’s what I am doing... and recommending:
I've never washed my hands so much in my entire life!
- (Pictured above: Pullman Magenta Shores)
Thank you to all the couples that choose me to be their Registered Marriage Celebrant!
My greatest joy is being a Celebrant! I also enjoy being the MC at wedding receptions too.
I am back FULL-TIME as a Celebrant in 2020!
(Make sure you book me for your wedding date soon).
Wow, 2019 has been an up and down year! (And that's an understatement.)
- For a few months I had to downscale my wedding bookings and agree to a full-time employment role for a while. Luckily - I am back at this 7 days a week again!
- I have performed some really wonderful and memorable marriage ceremonies during 2019 for some amazing couples (like the photo below of my friends Crawford and April at the Paul Landa Reserve, Pearl Beach)!
Text me your marriage date & location, to see if I am available: 0404 832 403!
Ruth and Lisa from Central Coast Bamboo Toasts work hard and creatively to setup scenic wedding ceremonies. Their services are affordable and reliable!
It had always caught my eye... this sweet little Chapel nestled among the tall palm trees at Green Point. It is the "Charlotte Chapel" at Kantara House.
I was impressed to learn that it is a non-denominational place to perform a ceremony, meaning it welcomes everyone to have their ceremony. How fantastic for me as a Civil Celebrant!
The Chapel is spectacularly maintained and I loved the hanging Chandeliers - such a pleasure recently to perform a ceremony inside. It was raining heavily on Grant and Monique's wedding day... but that simply did not matter because they had their ceremony inside the Charlotte Chapel!
Kantara House is an open, well-designed, architectural venue for your wedding ceremony and reception. It is that all-in-one solution (including the Wedding Suite).
The tropical scenery of the grounds are a great place for your on-location pictures with bridal party & close family.
Karina is extremely helpful, professional and experienced at coordinating events.
I highly recommend Kantara House.
As a Celebrant, here are some Central Coast wedding ceremony venues that I have recently enjoyed:
Linton Gardens, Somersby
A great outdoor ceremony space. Beautiful driveway entrance. Great on location photos.
Bells at Killcare
Simply WOW! I encourage everyone to consider this space for their ceremony.
Norah Head Lighthouse
I have performed a few ceremonies here and the 360 degree views are spectacular!
The Springs Golf Club, Peats Ridge
Has a great archway, spectacular greenery and an experienced wedding team to support.
Crown Plaza Terrigal
The Lord Ashley Fireplace overlooks the very reputable Terrigal beach. This venue caters to any weather on the day and is remarkably affordable for smaller ceremonies.
Have you ever considered The Pearl Beach Crommelin Native Arboretum?
If you are looking for an outdoor wedding ceremony amongst the trees, this is it!
Ettalong Beach Waterfront Reserve
I travel all throughout the Central Coast and perform ceremonies at various beaches, outdoors parks & reserves.
You are welcome to share your positive Central Coast wedding ceremony venue idea.
0404 832 403
Registered Marriage Celebrant
Servicing ceremony locations throughout the entire Central Coast, Sydney's Northern Beaches, North Shore and the Hunter Valley