Charis White Celebrant

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Congratulations on your recent engagement. I am so excited for you both. Now lets get to work and create your dream Wedding!

Congratulations on becoming engaged and planning your dream Wedding.

My name is Charis White and I believe that getting married is one of the most significant and important days of your life.

The ceremonies I perform are very special occasions due to their immaculate attention to detail. Whether you choose to have a traditional, non-traditional, large or small wedding, a civil service allows you to construct your own wedding ceremony to suit.

Your wedding ceremony should be reflective of you as a couple. Therefore, in preparing your ceremony, I like to get to know your personalities and where possible will tailor your ceremony to suit your desires, ideas, beliefs and needs.

I have performed hundreds of Weddings and was recently a finalist in the WEOA Awards of 2014.

Please feel free to contact me for an obligation free meeting regarding your special day.


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Is it ok to not have children attend our wedding?

It is your wedding and this is a personal choice of the bride and groom. 

 

Some people feel as though children at a wedding, means the adults cannot enjoy themselves. 

 

As a mother of two children, it is a novelty to have a night out. So I would welcome this  decision if I was invited to an adults only wedding. I personally would not be offended at all. 

 

If you decide not to have children at your wedding, you must let your guests know their children are not invited, in a polite way.    Perhaps, write adults only on the invitation. You or write the names of the guests on the. RSVP cards, so there can be no confusion.

 

Ultimately, if your budget does not allow more guests or you feel as though the vibe will not be right with children, it is your day and you have the right to decide what you want.

 

Good luck!

Is an on the day coordinator necessary to have at my wedding?

Of course budget plays a big role in any party. Weddings are expensive, so you need to decide on what elements are important to you and what you are willing to part ways with? 

 

Some elements, in my eyes, are a must. Such as: a photographer, celebrant and of course a venue. Once you have sat down and done a budget, then find the essential suppliers and see what kind of room there is left in your budget. 

 

If your budget allows, an on the day coordinator will take the stress out of any situation. Such as: when the weather turns at the last minute and you can no longer have an outdoor wedding. Or the hassle of getting a friend of family member to play the music. Or who will help with the set-up at the venue and make sure it all looks perfect. Who on the night will be responsible to take the marriage certificate. Who will help with the time flow of everything, who will direct the guests? There are so many job to do and an on the day coordinator will help with this.

 

Here are a few of my favourite suppliers: 

One Day Your Way

Wedding Day PA

Weddings Of Distinction

Will&jac

 

Of course, if you do not have budget for one, I am always willing to do my part to help. I will help get guests seated, chat to the person doing the music and even help with the last minute changes to the ceremony location. I want your day to be perfect and I will do all I can to help where necessary.  

 

Is it important to have wedding suppliers who know each other?

It is your wedding and you can have any suppliers you want. There are thousands of photographers, venues, florists, bands, hair and make-up stylists and videographers out there. Decide on the style you are going for, do an Instagram session, find a few suppliers you like and get in touch. 

 

I believe that suppliers who know each other and have worked together before create a better wedding day. It is like a well choreographed dance. The photographer will not get in the videographers way and vice versa. The photographer will know where the celebrant will stand and when they will move, etc. The band will set up in an area where they are not in the way of the other suppliers.  The florist is skilled in creating an appropriate ceremony space. 

 

It is amazing to watch highly skilled experts work in unison. I did a wedding last year where C2 Films and Mark Davis Photography were both involved. They were guiding each other the whole time, so they both got the shot they wanted and neither were in the others photos/video. Lark Music and I have also worked together several times and Luke knows exactly when the music should stop and start, a major relief for any celebrant.

 

Suppliers with experience know how to navigate a tough situation. I got caught in a wind storm at Baie Wines last year and Dan Brannan helped stabilise the arch. Another example was when I got caught in a monsoon at The Botanic Gardens with Leo Farrell  and he went above and beyond to make sure the couple had the best day possible in torrential rain. Or the lovely Burgess Video who gave me an output cable, so anyone who plugs into my PA gets the best audio feed possible for their video. Cam Grove and I were also caught in the rain and he helped to dry the seats of the guests. These suppliers went above and beyond for the best result for their clients, and that screams volumes to me.

 

Word of mouth in any industry is the best way forward. It is a genuine compliment from those who have worked together before. There is nothing I love more than recommending a supplier and getting fabulous feedback about their services. 

 

I have a list of suppliers who I recommend highly. They are on my list because they are exceptional people with exceptional talents. They have great personalities, they are kind and are extremely easy to work with.        Please check out the recommendations section of my webiste for a complete list.      

How far in advance should we book our celebrant?

Without a celebrant, your wedding is simply a very expensive party!

 

If you are going to be married in Australia, the most important thing to know about is the Notice of Intended Marriage. This needs to be lodged with your celebrant at least 30 days prior to the wedding and no longer than 18 months in advance of your wedding date.  

 

Once you have decided on your wedding date, lock in your celebrant. There are three suppliers that go hand in hand. The venue, the celebrant and your photographer. These three suppliers will book up the fastest.  If you have a long engagement, simply do not wait to lock these three things in, that way you will not be disappointed. 

 

Of course, if you have a short engagement then send out your enquiries as soon as you can. 

 

Wedding planning is not stressful if you are organised and lock in experienced suppliers for your day. 

 

HAPPY PLANNING!!!!

How to write amazing wedding vows?

This part of the wedding is very daunting for most couples. Not only are you standing in front of your closest friends and family, but you also have to pour your heart out to the one you love. 

 

Here are a few tips from me:

 

1.) Keep it short and simple. You already have the legals wedding vows to include: “I call upon the people here present to witness that I, AB/CD, take you, CD/AB, to be my lawful wedded wife/husband/partner.” After those words are spoken you can choose to say anything. Some people choose to just leave it at the legalities while others want to personalise them.

 

2.) Put pen to paper. Instead of googling vows for hours, write a few things down. Attributes you love about your partner, things you promise to them. Get a few things ideas down and try to put them together. 

 

3.) Say what is in your heart. It does not need to be long, simple is also beautiful. 

 

4.) There is no right or wrong way to go about this.  Funny vows are also great, your friends know your personality the best and if you are true to your character you will come up with something unique to you. 

 

5.) Some couples like to make their vows a surprise while others want to know what will be said on the day. Decide what you feel most comfortable with and roll with that. 

 

6.) I am here to help you. I also have a Vows document I will email you with loads of examples you can use for inspiration.

 

Enjoy the process, soak it up and don't forget, I'm here to help!

 

Reviews

(238 reviews)
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9 May 2019

Charis White officiated at our wedding ceremony in May 2019 at Stones of the Yarra Valley. Seeing her smiling face on the day helped put our nerves at ease and her delivery was absolutely perfect. Our guests were effusive in their praise of the way Charis had structured the ceremony – allowing us to talk about what we loved about each other and incorporating plenty of personal touches, while also keeping proceedings streamlined. We had decided to ‘interview’ potential celebrants when planning our wedding; however, Charis was the first we met with and we knew at that very first coffee meeting, there was no need to meet anyone else! Her experience and suggestions really helped make the whole process enjoyable and stress-free. Charis is an absolute delight and we are so glad she was able to play such an important role on our wedding day!

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Kathryn and Marko, You are special people and I was truly honoured to be a part of your day. Thank you for your beautiful words.

4 Jan 2019

If there's one thing that you want to get right on your wedding day, it's booking the perfect Celebrant. I'm so thankful we found Charis! Planning a wedding can get stressful but Charis took so much of the pressure away with her guidance, professionalism and attention to detail. Her experience was evident in both the lead up and wedding day, and we had a lovely small ceremony that was perfectly us. We had nearly all our family and friends in attendance comment on how beautiful and touching the ceremony was. Oh, and she doesn't just leave you at the alter (so to speak), Charis will continue to assist you with all the information you need to change your name etc post wedding. Be confident in knowing that if you book Charis, you will be making the right decision. Thank you Charis!

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Kathy, Alan and your beautiful family, Thank you so much for the lovely words. It truly was a pleasure to be involved in your wedding.

25 Aug 2018

There are not enough words to describe Charis. One of the best decisions we made was having her oversee the most important part of the day. We met Charis at a bridal showcase and knew from our very first conversation that we didn’t need to look for anyone else. She was warm, welcoming and genuine. We had a great conversation with her over coffee a few weeks later and worked out all the details for the how the big day would go. Charis went above and beyond in so many ways, I am originally from interstate and there was no time for my dad to come to Melbourne for a rehearsal until the day before, so she went out of her way to record a video that I could show him and practice with to ease his nerves. 8 weeks out from our big day, Charis made contact with me whilst she was enjoying a much-deserved break with her family to let us know that through the grapevine she had found out that our wedding venue The Willows had closed up. If it wasn’t for her, we would have found out from the news that evening. Even during her family holiday, she was helping myself and other brides by calling people in the industry she knows to see if they had venues for us & in the weeks following, she would check in on us just to make sure were ok. Our ceremony was delivered beautifully, it was warm and loving. To this day all our family and friends comment that it was the best ceremony they have had the pleasure of being apart of and that was because of Charis. We feel so lucky that we could have her be apart of our day.

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Hannah, You are so kind. Your day was a testament to all your hard work. Thank you for choosing me.

11 Jan 2021

Charis is such a beautiful person and we were so lucky to have her as part of our special day. She is a true professional with a heart of gold. From our very initial meeting, to rehearsal, all communication in between and the wedding she was the best celebrant we could have asked for. Not only did she connect with us on a level of professionalism but a personal level. She made us feel comfortable and put our nerves at ease for our big day, especially my husbands who had to wait for me under the arbour. We consider ourselves lucky that we found Charis and it was the best choice we made. Thank you for being wonderful, Charis!

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Louise, It was my pleasure to be involved in your wedding day. It was the most perfect setting at The Sandbar.

12 Jun 2020

Charis was superbly organised, supportive and helped us craft our ceremony top suit us and reflect our values. On the day, she was beautifully presented and helped settle us our nerves and stepped in to help organise the guests when it was really needed. With Charis, we felt looked after every step of the way.

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Anna, thank you so much for your kind words.

29 Feb 2020

There was not a lot on our wedding day that went to plan however, choosing Charis as our celebrant was one of our better decisions! We met Charis and we both knew at the end of that meeting that we wanted her as our celebrant. We did not seek to meet any other celebrants. Charis’ suggestions and experience gave us a lot of confidence. Charis was prompt and clear with all communication, flexible and well prepared. She had a really positive, bubbly persona which helped to reduce our nerves on the day! We highly recommend Charis if you are looking for a celebrant.

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Olivia and Callum, it was my pleasure to be involved in your day. Thank you for choosing me.

20 Feb 2020

A very professional and well spoken women. She kept in touch and was able to answer any questions throughout the while process and spent time writing a well thought out ceremony for us. Would recommend her to anyone.

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Sheree and Dion, it was my pleasure to be involved in your day. Thank you for choosing me.

14 Feb 2020

Charis White beautifully officiated our wedding on 14 February 2020 at Sandbar, Middle Park, Melbourne. Charis was the perfect choice to connect us both with our family and friends on our incredibly personal and special day. Charis’ experience as a professional and charismatic Celebrant was clearly evident to us before, during and after our wedding - her professional guidance, helpful tips, ceremony structure and attention to detail - on point! Our guests highly praised Charis’ ceremony delivery. We can’t thank Charis enough for officiating our wedding ceremony perfectly. We highly recommend Charis!

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Jacqui, thank you for your kind words. What a beautiful wedding you had.

8 Feb 2020

Warm, caring, hard working, involved and passionate. Charis genuinely wanted to tell our love story and she spent so much time, getting to know us as a couple. We were beyond grateful and so appreciative of Charis’ time, leading up to our special day. We kept in constant contact for months and she always made the whole process so easy. On our wedding day, she set the mood for our day and made sure everything was in order and ran smoothly. We feel we have gained a friend for life working alongside Charis- she certainly created a magical ceremony for us, which we’ll remember forever. Highly recommend Charis if anyone is looking for only the best on their wedding day. She really went above and beyond for us.

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Briarna, thank you so much for choosing me to be a part of your day.

1 Feb 2020

Charis was simply amazing. From our first meeting we knew that we had found someone special to marry us. Her attention to detail and organisation made the day run like a dream. We also asked Charis to stay on to be our MC. Charis helped us to feel relaxed and enjoy our day. We knew that she would handle everything and we could just focus on spending time with each other and our guests. Would HIGHLY recommend to anyone looking for a celebrant.

Charis White Celebrant  

Claire, thank you for your kind words.

4 Jan 2020

We are so happy to have chosen Charis as our celebrant. She made the whole process so easy and stress-free. We felt at ease as soon as we met her the first time. Charis's charismatic personality, professionalism, her laughter and friendly manner will be reminding our beautiful day. She made the day all about us, that myself and my husband would feel at ease and comfortable and we'll be forever thankful for that :)

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Triin, what a beautiful and windy day you had. Thank you for choosing me to be a part of it.

14 Dec 2019

Charis was a dream celebrant. She was so friendly, caring and perfectly matched the fun, thoughtful and chilled vibe we wanted for our wedding. Her questionnaire for us and the story of us she crafted out of it was so lovely. Charis provided us with so much information to help us work out what we wanted our ceremony to be and she made the whole paperwork process so clear and easy. She truly added memories to our special day. Thank you Charis!

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Lucas and Anita, I loved meeting you both an being able to be a part of your day was truly special.

8 Dec 2019

Charis was such a joy to deal with, with her bubbly personality and high spirits, she made everything so easy for us. Without Charis our wedding simply would not have been the same. A true beauty inside & out! Charis, thank you so much for making our special day so memorable!

Charis White Celebrant  

Natalie, thank you for your kind words.

30 Nov 2019

Charis is so lovely and did an amazing job on our wedding day! From start to finish she was a pleasure to work with, very warm, professional and helpful- Would definitely recommend her services to anyone looking to tie the knot!

Charis White Celebrant  

Georgina, it was my pleasure to be involved in your day. Thank you for choosing me.

24 Nov 2019

Charis was an amazing celebrant. She completely made our day special. Charis and I have known each other for years as I looked after her child at childcare. Once I knew she was a celebrant, I knew that she was the one I wanted when my time came around. Charis capture our story and told it perfectly, she has a beautiful speaking voice and was extremely relaxed throughout the ceremony. I would recommend her over and over Thank you so much Charis, our day wouldn’t have been as amazing without you x

Charis White Celebrant  

Jessica, thank you for your kind thoughts.

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