Rochelle Fleming - Wedding Celebrant

Rochelle Fleming - Wedding Celebrant

One of the most important decisions to make when you’re getting married, is who will marry you. When you choose a celebrant you want to make sure they are the right fit. After all, they’re performing one of the key tasks on one of the most important days of your life. Your celebrant should help you create a memorable ceremony that reflects all of your wishes.

For this blog, I have interviewed Auckland based celebrant Rochelle Fleming and she has some fantastic tips for all brides who are planning their Big Day.

Please tell me about yourself Rochelle and what you like most about being a celebrant.

I saw the need for a celebrant with a fresh approach in the industry, one with a friendly relaxed and approachable style. I've been a celebrant for 8 years now.

What I love about my role is being able to create personal ceremonies to make significant milestones and special occasions; whether that be a naming ceremony, wedding ceremony, vow renewal or a funeral.

I work with each couple to make sure their ceremony is suited to them and the style they are looking for in their day.  I've created tools to help acheive this, including a pre-marriage work book and a wedding planning guide; structured with real life examples, and tips and tricks from our past bride experts.

I am also available as an MC at weddings. You could say I’m a ‘Wedding Specialist.’

What are your top tips for brides to be when planning their Big Day?

  1. Work out your budget and establish your top priorities—where to save and where to splurge.
  2. Find Ideas. Start browsing Pinterest, bridal blogs and magazines to identify your wedding style and color palette.
  3. Do be upfront with all of your vendors about what you do and don’t want at your wedding. For example, provide a 'don’t play' list to your DJ or band and a 'must take' list for your photographer so everything is exactly as you envisioned it.
  4. Think of ways to make a mark on your day - so it is unique to you and remembered.  Introduce something that you both love in your day.  It’s your day as a couple, design it to reflect your personalities.
  5. Tell your 'Story' in the Ceremony. Recall 'Key Memorable Moments'. How you met, the proposal and so on.  Think about telling it as if it’s a fairytale – Once upon a time, boy meets girl; include Pet Peeves and quirks about each other along the way.  Involve friends and family to recall the stories.
  6. Personalise your Vows.  I have included some vows on my Pinterest board as inspiration.  Most couples write their vows in secret for each other and along with the underlying promises you make to each other include something personal about what you mean to one another.
  7. Spend a lot of time with your new husband/wife at the reception. If your guests want to chat with you, they will find you.
  8. Research, research, research.  Reviews are a wonderful thing and by and large if you have great food and a stocked bar your wedding guests will be happy.

What are some of the pitfalls brides should look out for and avoid?

  1. Don’t worry about the weather – it is the only thing that is out of your control.
  2. Don’t forget to breathe and enjoy the day.
  3. Don’t let anyone dictate your wedding plans.
  4. Not all of your guests eat meat, don’t forget the vegetarians!
  5. Don't be afraid to give your speakers a suggested time limit for their toasts. Five minutes is a good rule of thumb to stick to. Your guests will thank you, and it will keep your reception feeling more like a party and less like a presentation.
  6. Don't feel like you have to stick to either traditional wedding customs or current trends. It’s your day: you get to decide what happens!
  7. Don't sweat the small stuff! Be prepared for some things to go wrong. But remember that it won’t be a big deal when they do. Whatever it is, you’ll look back on it and laugh, so enjoy your day in spite of whatever didn’t go as planned.

Do you have a special offer running ? 

I am happy to discount my fee by $50 for anyone who mentions Gorgeous Jewellery.

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Posted: Friday 6 March 2015


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