Hi and thanks for stopping by!
As you’ve already seen, my name’s Laura and I’m on here because I’m a Registered Civil Celebrant and I like to marry people.
My own wedding made me realise what an important role the Celebrant plays, not just in making sure that the legalities are met, but in creating a ceremony that is really authentic and memorable! Thankfully I realised for all the right reasons and was inspired – so I decided to try to spread the joy by doing the same!
I take a pretty laidback but very professional approach (we’re talking legal stuff, it’s important)! I guide you through each step of the way, from enquiry, right through to signing your life, or maybe just your name, away. I like to make sure that you know what to expect from me and when and that you know what I’ll expect from you and when – no surprises.
I like to get to know what makes you tick and make sure that I really understand what you’re hoping to get from your big day. I’ll never make any assumptions and will make sure that all aspects are created in consultation so that we can create a ceremony that reflects your values and personalities and that is truly about you!
I want you to enjoy your ceremony from the moment you start to plan it.
Here's what else you need to know about Laura Ryan Celebrant:
Q: How would you describe your wedding ceremony presentation style?
A: I'm a very adaptable person and how I present your ceremony will depend on what you're hoping for. I'll go through everything with you, from the style of language used to the elements that you'd like included. Some people like things to be laidback, relaxed, and light-hearted, some are after a more traditional or formal style, and some are looking for a balance of both - I'm here to guide you through how that might look and how we can pull it all together to be just perfect for you! I love to deliver Bespoke ceremonies as I know that they're truly personal to the couple, but regardless of the package, it's always a privilege to be a part of your day.
Q: What’s your process with couples like?
A: I always recommend meeting before booking, in person, if possible, or over video call. This not only gives us the opportunity to get to know each other and make sure that I'm the right fit for your day, but it's so beneficial in helping me understand what you're hoping for from your day and also help you understand what the process will look like and how it will all come together. When we can sit down and have an open, organic conversation, it will inevitably lead to other relevant stories, details, questions, thoughts - all of which contribute to the planning, creation and delivery of your day! I'll provide you with lots of examples of content. And if you're going for a Bespoke ceremony I'll provide you with a questionnaire that you can complete separately or together and this really helps me set the tone! I'll be contactable for any questions or thoughts that you might have from the time of enquiry through until after your ceremony, when I've submitted your marriage for registration.
Q: Do you offer to help couples write their wedding vows?
A: When it comes to the stage of writing vows, if you choose to write your own, I'll provide a guide containing ten tips to get you started - and hopefully finished! I'll also review both of your vows, if you'd like me to, to make sure you're both on the same, or similar page! If you're not worried about this, I'll check them over anyway to make sure the legal parts are covered correctly.
Q: What’s the best review you’ve ever received from a couple?
I don't think I can pick one particular review, but many couples have commented on how, when they've met me, it was like meeting a long lost friend. Some couples have told me that it's felt like we've known each other forever and even that I felt like part of their family! On more than one occasion I've also had family members of the couple approach me after the ceremony and tell me how it was as if I'd known the couple forever too and that it's evident that I love what I do.
Q: What packages do you offer and are there any additional fees?
A: I offer Legals Only, Short but Sweet both of which have set fees and Bespoke ceremonies, which allow the addition of Quaich and Handfasting ceremonies at an additional cost. The Bespoke package also includes a rehearsal in the cost, while there is a $50 fee for a rehearsal for the Legals Only and Short but Sweet packages.