Fusion Elements - Felicity McShane Marriage Celebrant

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Service Area
Brisbane and surrounds | Gold Coast | Sunshine Coast
Business Hours
By appointment - 7 days
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Have you ever made a mistake in a ceremony? Like saying a name wrong or anything?

For myself, it is so important to ensure that every ceremony is delivered to the best it can be. It's really important for me to be immersed in the story that I deliver on behalf of my couples. Getting their names right the first time and every time is a must. To ensure that my fusion clients get the best from me, I commit by presenting only 1 wedding a day so that I can be fully engaged with what I need to do for my couple, giving them 100% effort and being in the moment with them every time. Occasionally you do get tongue tied but never with names. The paperwork tricks us Celebrants use to make sure we pronounce names correctly are all part of the delivery for our gorgous brides and grooms.

Can I request my celebrant to wear a certain colour or outfit?

I've seen some awful clashing outfits and celebrants in white etc... is it rude to ask them to wear a particular colour or style? I don't know if I'm taking it way too far haha. But I want everything to look good! It is my wedding day, after all :)

Not at all. It is a conversation that needs to be had more often.

We have friends that are getting married after us and have invited us, do we need to invite them too?

They're my fiance's friends, I really don't know them very well at all. I haven't spent any time with them and they don't seem important in his life. He hasn't mentioned inviting them, but it seems like the right thing to do. Our wedding is going to be very limited though, about 60 people with half of those being my family. Not sure if we're obligated to invite them or not.

The simple answer to this is No. However, based on the information that you have given us to go by, if your guest numbers are limited, you could wait until you get your final rsvp's and put them on a reserve list (if you feel the need to invite them out of obligation) should another couple be unable to make it. Either that or just go out and celebrate your weddings together afterwards in a small intimate dinner, where you will get to know them better.

How do I deal with my bridezilla bridesmaids

My bridesmaids Comprise of my two cousins , my sister and my friend . My friend has been amazing . But this experience has taught me that my family all have a bit of diva inside them . Initially when searching for bridesmaid dresses every choice I chose was rejected . One wanted to be the centre of attention with a dress , one wasn't happy with a certain cut because it wasn't a cut which flattered her and lastly the other one opposed everything because it didn't meet what they liked or wanted . Finally being happy with my choice of dress which everyone likes I've been showing a few friends , to which my cousin has told me to stop showing them ( I thought it was my wedding ? ) . My sister has now abused me because I've decided to let the makeup artist chose which order she lets everyone have their makeup and hair . I've been told I've lost allegiance to my family , but frankly I'm doing it to save argument and to not be the one who gets the blame . Any tips to dealing with this ???

So sorry to hear that your bridesmaids are misbehaving. I would have a gathering of the girls and talk to them about the way they are behaving and how you are feeling about it. It is important for you to be able to talk to the girls and let them know. You've chosen these ladies to stand by you on one of the biggest days of your life. Let them know that they are all special to you, that you have taken into consideration their requirements but at the end of the day, they are there for you and that you need them to step up a little and take responsibility for how they are treating different choices you have made on their behalf. Communication is really important and it sounds like you just need to let them know that making you feel guilty is not solving the issues of coordinating the finer details of your day and that when it is their turn to get married, you will support whatever choices they make too. Good luck.

I'm looking into booking a celebrant, but I don't understand the difference between ceremony types?

Some provide a "full personalised" ceremony, and others a basic package, what's the biggest difference there? I thought all ceremonies had to be pretty much the same, ie: "Do you ___ take ___ to be your lawfully wedded wife". Please explain how there's such a big difference in price and services? :)

Great question. When it comes to choosing a celebrant, we all have different ways of going about our writing and coordination of the ceremony. There are many things that can be incorporated into your ceremony to include family and rituals that best reflect your relationship. There are legal requirements when putting together the ceremony and these will be discussed in your initial consultations with whoever you choose to meet with. At the end of the day, it comes down to your choices as to how long your ceremony goes for, what you require from your celebrant, as to which package you would go for. All legal ceremonies will all have the legal wording within them. Timing, meetings, travel, resources, insurances, productivity are all taken into consideration. Some Celebrants do their work as a full time roll and are in demand so will charge more for their services than others.

Is it rude to give a couple a gift when they have said no gifts?

I really don't feel comfortable not giving them anything... But they said no gifts/wishingwell on the invitation!

Hi Luna, Great question. Most brides and grooms that I have had experience with truly just want their guest to celebrate their special day with them. To them, it is a way of celebrating with the close people in their lives a very significant moment for them. It's not about what presents they will received. This being said, a lot of people still going to weddings believe in the traditions of presenting a gift to the couple to help set them up in their marriage. Depending on your own relationship with the couple, and at their request, if they have stated no gifts, I would be respecting their wishes. Charity is always a good option, or you could catch up with them at a later date over dinner/drinks and celebrate their married life and settling down together.

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