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?

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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?

Charis White Celebrant

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?

Charis White Celebrant

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?

Charis White 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?

Charis White Celebrant

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

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28 Jan 2021

Charis is not only an exceptional celebrant but she is also an amazing human being. We not only see her as our celebrant, but as a friend and someone who will always hold a special place in our memories when we think about our wedding. Her warmth, friendliness and kindness calms me down throughout the whole journey and we cannot thank Charis enough for the wonderful ceremony which she created for us. Hope to cross paths again sometime soon.

22 Jan 2021

I wish that this would allow me to give more than five stars for Charis as she is simply the very best. I’m not sure that this review will do justice to how truly wonderful Charis is - both as a celebrant and as a person. From day one Charis took the time to get to know Andrew and I and made sure that we were comfortable and felt supported at every step of the way. Charis went way above and beyond to make sure that we felt loved and had the best day possible, including sharing her recommendations for vendors when in many instances we did not know who to turn to and what to do next. As we had to reschedule several times due to Covid, Charis remained extremely supportive throughout. She checked in on us many times and provided emotional as well as practical support.

17 Jan 2021

Charis made our day truly perfect! I never realised the importance of a celebrant you trust until the wedding day when I realised we had absolute nothing to stress about. She guided us through the whole thing, even navigating changes of dates due to Covid with such ease. Charis is such a warm person who makes everyone feel comfortable, very well spoken with a great sense of humour! The whole ceremony was perfectly tailored to us and our wants. My partner and all our guests could not stop talking about how amazing she was!

2 May 2021

Charis was absolutely amazing!! She is such a warm and happy person, she was exactly what we wanted in a celebrant. She was extremely supportive throughout our whole journey, always sending us ‘just checking in emails’. We honestly couldn’t have asked for a better celebrant.

1 May 2021

Charis was the most incredible celebrant! From the moment we met her, we felt comfortable and at ease and she made the whole process easy and enjoyable. She is warm, friendly and professional and really took the time to get to know us, which meant our ceremony was personal and perfectly reflected us as a couple. So many of our guests commented on how terrific Charis and our ceremony was. We could not recommend Charis highly enough and feel very lucky to have had her play such an important role on our special day. Simone & Martin xx

15 Apr 2021

Charis is a fantastic celebrant. We felt so lucky to have found her to officiate our marriage. Charis is warm and personable. She understands the stress of organising a wedding and was able to provide useful advice to guide us through the process. The ceremony was tailored to our relationship and beautifully conducted. We received many positive feedback from our guests. I can't recommend Charis high enough. Thanks Charis for being part of our very special day.

31 Mar 2021

Charis was the best celebrant any couple could ask for! Her easy going nature and bubbly personality was the perfect fit for our wedding. She made everyone feel comfortable and welcomed at the ceremony. She’s incredibly experienced and organised with wedding documentation and made the process stress-free. Thank you so much for being part of our special day, Charis!

20 Mar 2021

We were so delighted to have Charis officiate our special day. She is an eloquent, dedicated and lively story teller that is able to bring a love story to life. She is personable, approachable and really listens to what the couple are after and tailors a ceremony just for them. We met Charis online due to COVID and face to face for the first time the day before our wedding, however we still felt like we really connected with Charis and she was super supportive during our planning even though her professional life and industry had been thrown into total chaos! Our guests, of all ages, shared how welcoming she was at the start of the ceremony as Charis took the time to greet family and check in with those who are participating in the ceremony. Charis made us feel both at ease and we are so pleased we chose

12 Mar 2021

We were absolutely blown away from the second we met Charis. We knew she was the perfect person to tell our love story by the passion and commitment she put into working with us both to create a ceremony that was uniquely us. We cannot thank Charis enough for making the whole process so fun and enjoyable, and taking all the stress out of it too! We had so many of our guests say it was easily the best ceremony they had ever been to and we couldn't agree more! Thank you Charis, for making our dream day come true!

4 Mar 2021

Words cannot describe what a pleasure it was to have Charis as our celebrant. Charis was efficient, supportive, timely, and is one of those people that goes the extra mile because it is who she is. Charis loves what she does, and exudes a high energy, loving and absolutely charismatic persona. The way she ran our ceremony was exactly what we wanted and the amount of compliments we got after about it, and requests for her details were ample. I cannot speak highly enough of her, we spent so much time laughing as she made things too easy for us. Thank goodness for that! Thank you, from the bottom of our hearts for being the caring, professional, charismatic celebrant you are. You made our ceremony spectacularly beautiful.

28 Feb 2021

Charis is simply the best celebrant a couple could ask for! Warm, bubbly and fun, Charis guided us through the process of getting married with genuine care and love. Thank you for making our wedding ceremony so special and capturing the love Naomi and I share. You are amazing!

27 Feb 2021

We could not recommend Charis highly enough! She was so easy to work with and made us both feel so comfortable from day one of meeting. Charis was lovely, professional, fun and supportive throughout the whole process. She made our ceremony so perfect and it really reflected us as a couple - we received so many compliments on how amazing and personal the ceremony was. Thank you so much for everything Charis!

16 Jan 2021

There are not enough words that can be said to thank Charis for the amazing ceremony she put together for us on our day. From the first time we met, we had an instant connection and we could see just how much Charis loves doing what she does. She took all the stress away from planning our ceremony and having to postpone on more than one occasion. Our only criteria was that the ceremony was customised, personal and reflected us as a couple. To say that Charis delivered would be an understatement. We couldn't recommend her enough!

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!

Charis White Celebrant  

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

1 Jan 2021

Charis White is exceptional at what she does. Charis ensured every final detail was accounted for on the day which in turn allowed for our wedding to run seamlessly. A truly magical day thank you, Charis. We feel blessed to have had you present on our special and forever treasured day. Thank you.

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