Roxy Hotten - Celebrant

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OVERVIEW

'It felt like a friend married us...' Roxy is a dog-loving, bike-riding, frock-wearing celebrant making ceremonies unique

*Modern, fun and creative story-teller

*Ex-journalist, who loves writing bespoke, memorable ceremonies
*Warm, friendly personality, with an engaging, inclusive delivery style
*Experienced since 2011

Check out Roxy's website to learn a little bit more about her dog, her frocks and her experience as a celebrant, including lovely things said by lovely people who have been married by her.


About

Hi, I'm Roxy, and I'm a dog-loving, frock-wearing, bike-riding celebrant who has been writing and delivering unique, fun, memorable ceremonies since 2011. My ceremonies aren't cookie-cutter; they're written especially for you, and delivered with passion and professionalism. I'm a full-time celebrant available to support you through every step of the way, ensuring that when you arrive at your ceremony, you're greeted by someone who feels like a friend.

Ms Roxy Hotten

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Location

Service Area SE Queensland

SE Queensland
SE Queensland

FAQ

I offer no-obligation consultations.  Usually I meet prospective clients in a coffee shop, or at their home, and at this meeting I'll go through the whole process of marriage.  We'll discuss your ideas for your ceremony, and hopefully I'll give you some ideas which you may not have thought about.  If you're going for the 'Full Works' package (where your ceremony is written specifically for you), I'll ask you questions about the two of you to get to know you a bit better.  A consultation can take up to an hour and a half. 

Afterwards I hold your wedding date for five days.  If I don't hear from you, I assume you don't want to book me.  If you do want to book me, then I'll send through an invoice asking for an initial payment (approximately 50% of the fee).

I offer two packages. 

The Short, Simple Yet Sweet is for those wanting a legals only type of ceremony, not dissimiliar to a registry office wedding.  It still has some really beautiful elements and can be held at the venue of your choice.  If you want to include personalised vows or readings, you are more than welcome to do so.  A ceremony of this type is usually around 10 minutes in length.

The Full Works is for those who want a very personalised ceremony.  I work closely with you both to understand your relationship, your vision for your wedding, your story and your friends and family.  I offer support with your vows and any readings, and includes lot of elements to make it feel very special, unique and fun.  A ceremony of this type is usually around 20 to 30 minutes.

I belong to a large association of Marriage Celebrants (AMC) whom I can call upon if need be, plus I have a great group of celebrants whose style is similiar to mine who I can contact.  I would support you in any way I can to find a replacement celebrant, and I would return my full fee to you.

I've been a celebrant since 2011 and so far (touch wood!) I've never been unable to fulfill a booking.  However, I do have my contingency plan, just in case.

Generally speaking, I usually only book one ceremony a day.  The exception to this is if there's plenty of time between ceremonies, eg: 10am and 3pm, and both ceremonies are in locations within easy reach. 


3 reviews 5 Write a Review

August 2023

Fun, relaxing and super accomodating. Roxy was recommended to us and we will continue to recommend her to our other engaged friends. She was a delight to work with.

Georgia

June 2023

Amazing! Friendly, supportive and efficient. Roxy even incorporated Portuguese into our ceremony to make our Brazilian guests feel included. Would highly recommend

Madelynn J.

May 2023

Roxy is just fantastic, and she made our wedding ceremony truly about us. We wanted our wedding ceremony to be really special because that’s what the whole actual getting married part is, right? The ceremony. Roxy definitely didn’t disappoint. She got to know us individually and as a couple, and was then able to incorporate all that into a unique ceremony that was just so special, engaging and ‘us’. She is funny, but not corny, caring and just so good at what she does. She was able to engage effortlessly with our guests, calm our nerves and provide as much support and encouragement as we needed. And she lodged all the paperwork. Thankyou so much Roxy, Belinda and Aaron

Belinda J.


Expert Advice

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Any tips on writing vows?

I have no idea where to begin. Are they meant to be promises?

Roxy Hotten - Celebrant

Yep, vows can be a bit tricky at first.  But once you get going, you'll be fine.  My suggestions are:

Take a deep breath, pour yourself a beverage (alcoholic or otherwise depending on your preference) and ask yourself the following questions and write down your answers:

Why do you love your partner?  How would you describe him/her to a stranger?  What do they do that makes them different to anyone else you’ve ever been with?

What do you want to promise them you’ll always do throughout your relationship?  Do you have some flaws that you will try to improve?  Do they have some flaws you’ll promise to overlook? If in the future you have hard times, what do you promise to always do during this period?

Where do you see your future together?  What support will  you give them to reach these goals?

Does your partner have children, or do you already have children together – of the fur or non-fur variety – if so, what kind of parent/step-parent do you promise to be?

Forget your audience

Try to forget your audience. Write your vows for your partner and not for your guests.  This may sound obvious, but I think it’s easy get hung up on ‘will people laugh’ or ‘will my friends and family think these romantic enough’.  Imagine it’s just you and your partner, and you’re getting one chance to really explain to them exactly what you promise to do throughout your married life together.

It is also worth writing your vows as close to the ceremony date as possible. This might sound a bit ‘what the ….?!’ but writing your vows too far in advance can lead to over-editing and ending up with something which sounds insincere or over-written.

I also provide the option to couples of sharing their vows with me prior to the ceremony.  Getting a second opinion can really help and can give you the assurance you need that you’ve written the right words.

If you’re completely freaking out…

You don’t have to have personalised vows.  If you find that the thought of sharing your feelings about your partner in front of your friends and family excruciating and it’s going to outweigh any enjoyment of your ceremony, then don’t feel pressured to do it.  If you want to omit this part of the ceremony, you may wish to consider other alternatives, which could be 1) share your personalised vows with your partner after the ceremony when it’s just the two of you, 2) opt for something more standard and less personal (there’s a plethora of options on the internet or I can help you) or 3) write something yourself but ask your celebrant to read them out for you.

Although the sharing of personalised vows can be one of the highlights of the ceremony, don’t let this part of your day overly stress you.  A good celebrant will make this aspect of your ceremony a truly magic aspect of your day and will support you through the process.  

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 :)

Roxy Hotten - Celebrant

Hi Keira,

As a celebrant, I think it's completely appropriate to ask your celebrant to avoid certain colours and give them an indication of your colour scheme. I have a million frocks (slightly exaggeration...) and have nearly something for every occasion. I recently did a wedding where I didn't have something for the specific colour scheme, so I bought a scarf and a bangle which incorporated it.

I think it varies from celebrant to celebrant; some wear the same outfit or a have only a couple of options which they always wear, and I would suggest that if you're very specific about what you want them to wear, they may ask for a contribution towards an outfit if it's something they don't already have. For me, I love it when people ask, and I completely understand the need to have your celebrant looking great for your ceremony. The only time I would charge would be if it was something very specific for a themed wedding, such as a Princess Leia outfit or similar!

Good luck!

Cheers

Roxy Hotten

Keira M

Why do you have to kiss at the wedding ceremony?

Does it actually serve a purpose or is it just a thing people do...?

Roxy Hotten - Celebrant

That are a few possible reasons; 1) many couples would not have even kissed prior to their wedding, so this would be their first (no pressure to get it right, eh?!) and 2) the Romans used a kiss as a way of sealing a contract.

However, you don't have to have a kiss. In fact, I've had couples do a high five, shake hands, or have a shot of tequila.

Hayley P

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