A Life Celebrant - Lou Szymkow

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Service Area
Penrith / Blue Mountains, Western Sydney, Mountains to the Sea, Cessnok to Goulburn & ACT
Business Hours
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Are you available on my scheduled date?

Give me the date and location, I will advise immediately.

I typically will accept only one booking per day to ensure you have my full and undivided attention.

How experienced are have you?

I have been involved in Celebrancy in one way or another for over 30 years but only registered as an Authorised Marriage Celebrant in December 2015. I have performed to crowds from 8 to about 5000, from backyards to major venues.

I mentor a large number of other Celebrant across Australia and have acess to incredible resources so am sure to be able to assist in almost any circumstance (though can't deep sea scuba dive anymore).

Free free to ask any questions or even have a look at my webpage where I have answers to well over 220 wedding questions, (some of which are a bit curly), so don't be afraid to ask me. You may also occassionally here me on radio interviews.

How much?

All my prices are freely available on my website but let's have a chat about where, what and when you need with any inclusions, to make your ceremony perfect and then we can finalise  your investment amount.

I typically spend around 20-30 hours to prepare your ceremony and about 4 hours afterwards (more if editing a video for you). You will find I am very reasonably priced given the work I put into each and every ceremony and the level of support you will receive.

I have over 200 wedding questions answered on my webpage, so feel free to throw any question at me ??

Can I just scan everything to you?

You may scan documents to me but I will still need to sight original evidence of eleigibility, date & place of birth, and a photo ID before the ceremony in order to make certain your marriagewill be valid under Australian law.

I have over 200 wedding questions answered on my webpage, so feel free to throw any question at me ??

Can you do all the music?

I have a list of over 400 songs on my web page that you might like to consider and you can of course play your music through my PA but depending on the size of your wedding party, it is always best if you appoint someone else to specifically manage the music so that I can  concentrate exclusively on your Ceremony without distraction.

I can of course run your music remotely from my ipad placed on a stand to one side but do you really want that distraction?

So yes, I can manage your music if necessary but it is always best if someone else does.

I have over 200 wedding questions answered on my webpage, so feel free to throw any question at me or explore the questions already answered ??

Do you provide a video of my wedding?

As a part of my ongoing personal improvement & development, I usually place a video camera on a tripod so that I can review my each and every performance as a Celebrant. Sometimes guests stand in front of the camera or bump it and so the it is not always a perfect result. It is certainly not of the standard that you would expect if a you hire a videographer who will endeavour to get the very best angle and close-ups, but I am always happy to provide a free copy of the video to you.

I have over 200 wedding questions answered on my webpage, so feel free to throw any question at me ??

Do you have any back-up in case you are prevented from attending because of accident or illness?

Certainly do!

Bob Lewis, Phil Timbrell and I, Lou Szymkow, back each other up, and call oursleves the Nepean Celebrants.

When you book any of the Nepean Celebrants, you can be assured that you will benefit from the extra background support. You may not notice it, but it will be there to  reduce any possible stress or the unforeseen.

Nepean Celebrants is a registered business name owned by  three of us but as we work independently, you deal direct with the Celebrant of your Choice however you will get all the extra support, to give you confidence and it is FREE.

Just part of the service

So don’t be surprised if a second Celebrant comes along to your Ceremony and stays silently in the background checking sound equipment or making minor but very discreet adjustments to a table or stand. That is the support of a friend to make your day extra special and there is no extra fee.

  • We three like minded Celebrants keep in regular contact
  • We meet regularly to exchange ideas
  • We often attend each other’s Ceremonies to offer additional support
  • We critique each other as a part of our constant personal improvement program
  • We will even fill in for each other in the unlikely event of a major catastrophe. e.g bush fire, flood, illness, car break down etc..
  • You contract directly with your own Celebrant of Choice.

So forget your celebrant worries.

On top of that, all are members of the AFCC (Australian Federation of Civil Celebrants) and the Nepean District Chapter of the AFCC;  and I am a Moderator on the AFCC Discussion Group where over 900 of the close to 3000 members share ideas and mentor the new or upcoming.

Bob and I are also members of the FCAA (Funeral Celebrants Association of Australia).

So you can be assured of integrity, professionalism and a great event, and very personal service always.

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