2018 was my first year working (if we can say "working", because "work" doesn't usually bring so much joy) as a registered marriage celebrant. Monday to Friday, I was working my 9 to 5 for a (let's leave it un-named) government department - which would usually be enough to keep people busy, but I'm a little ADHD and need placed to channel my energy. Starting my "side hustle" as a celebrant was definitely my highlight of 2018 and one of the coolest/most satisfying decisions I have ever made.
Through my website, social media and any other "marketing" I do for Becky Married Me, I try to portray an authentic version of myself, in attempt to attract couples who "flow with my vibe"
And I'm going to be honest... I think my strategy is working perfectly!
Moving into 2019, I set a cap on the amount of ceremonies I will perform. As I want to give each and every one of them my 110% whilst also slaying my day job. So, before we even hit 1 January, I was booked out for 2019.
But before we get too far into 2019, let's take a quick look at all the beautiful couples I had the pleasure of marrying in 2018... The "OGs"
7 June - Alana & Mitch - Stonehurst Cedar Creek
"Hi Becky, we just wanted to say a huge thank you for marrying us! We honestly could not of asked for a better celebrant (we were getting worried before we found you), you really were amazing - relaxed, funny, charismatic and so very relatable. Thank you for all the personalised touches and for actually listening to us and what we wanted out of the day. We have had so many guests comment on how well the ceremony reflected us as a couple. You made the whole process easy, and not at all as daunting as we were expecting. Thank you again for the cherished memories, all our love, Mr & Mrs Ward"
28 June - Christopher & Jarrod - Walka Water Works
"If I could give a 1000 star rating, I absolutely would! Thank you so much for, well ... everything. From start to finish, you’ve been amazing.
You took all the stress out of getting things on track for today, always had the answer to the question I was about to ask, and got to become Piggly’s newest follower
I am so truely thankful that Jarrod and I found you - I couldn’t imagine anybody else marrying us!
I will look back on today with many fond and happy memories and I’m glad that you will always be apart of that.
Thank you - thank you - thank you" - Christopher
"Becky married us today and we loved having her as our celebrant. All throughout the process she has been easygoing, humorous and lovely to talk to. She made sure it was very personal to us and showcased our relationship exactly as we wanted it. All of our guests commented 'we loved the celebrant.' So glad she was a part of our day and would recommend her to anyone." - Jarrod
7 July - Kellie & Erin - Lambton Park
(I will have to try and track down some pictures, I dropped the ball!)
28 July - Elise & Daniel - Peppers Creek
"You absolutely 100% need Becky Married Me! She is young & fun, while still acknowledging the importance of such a big day. She just get's it and ticks all the boxes. The celebrant was the last thing to tick off my wedding checklist & everyone I came across seemed to be missing something & nobody "grabbed" me. But then I came across Becky and locked her in straight away. You can't go past her if you yourself are young, fun & easygoing and want a celebrant that reflects that x"
18 August - Hayley & Josh - Adams Peak Country Estate
Check out Karen & Clint's blog on Hayley & Josh's big day.
25 August - Emma & Ben - Friend's Backyard in Kotara
"Becky married myself and my now husband yesterday and to say she was amazing is an understatement. She exceeded our expectations completely! We could not have had a better celebrant, and all our family and friends commented on how perfect our ceremony was. It may have been short and sweet (what we opted for) but it was down to earth with a touch of comedy, and it reflected us so well."
1 September - Lauren & Justin - Redhead Bluff
"We had so many wonderful comments about Becky and the way she ran our ceremony! She made everything just feel so easy and also helped us to make it our own! I would highly recommend Becky!"
8 September - Tyra & Teena - Pelican Foreshore
"Thank you so much you were amazing. Everyone said it was the best ceremony they have ever been to and the night wasfantastic so again thank you xx"
14 September - Mon & Cate - Jesmond Park
"We've booked Bec to marry us later this year and she's already been amazing. Her humour and lovely personality has been evident right from the start. Bec has made the ceremony planning seem so easy. Thank you so much, Becky!!
Edit: Becky was fantastic! The ceremony was funny& sweet and reflected our relationship perfectly. We had so many guests tell us how great she was. Can't recommend her enough!"
6 October - Jessica & Kasey - Nirvana Vista Estate
"We were so lucky to have Becky as part of our special day. Had so many of our guests comment on how great she was and we have nothing but amazing things to say about her. Thank you so much for making our day so special."
13 October - Shelly & Simon - Old Stroud Monastry
"Becky you were bloody awesome! Your humour, your delivery of the service was perfect, you captured the personalities of Shelly and Simon perfectly. It was a privilege being part of this union." - Terri, Guest.
"Best, celebrant, ever!" - Shelly
Check out Rundle Tailoring's blog on Shelly & Simon's big day. (You might note my red nose, as this was the second time I was sick in 2018 - but, I would have dragged myself out of my deathbed to marry these two!)
27 October - Hannah & Paddy - Newcastle Club
"Becky, thank you for being so amazing! Everyone including Paddy and I couldn't believe how great you were! Thank you so much for making our day so great!"
"We adore you Becky! You were absolutely amazing"
20 October - Tracey & Dave - Club Macquarie
"To anyone out there looking for a celebrant, do not go past Becky Married Me! Becky helped us create one of the best days of our lives. From day one it felt like we had been friends with her for years. Thank you again, Mr & Mrs Andrews"
2 November - Bonnie & Adam - Hickson Street Lookout, Merewether
3 November - Tracey & Vin - Elfin Hill
9 November - Luke & Liv - 48 Watt Street, Newcastle
10 November - Elena & Garruth - Tamburlaine Organic Wines
"Thank you so much for everything, so many people told me that it was the most beautiful ceremony they have ever seen, you really have a gift for it!"
17 November - Janelle & David - Their Home, Cardiff
(Dropped the ball again here!)
29 December - Carly & Brett - Swansea SLSC
BONUS ROUND (as 2018 was really only 6 months for me)
19 January - Sheryl & Jaeson - Lake Macquarie Yacht Club
"Jaeson and I had the pleasure of having Becky marry us on Sat 19 January 2019 for our surprise wedding. We are absolutely happy with the service and professionalism she showed on our special day. The feedback from our guests were: ‘she was different from any other celebrant, not boring, very entertaining and hits the mark with the ceremony’. Her organisation skills was impressive leading up to the wedding. She made the planning more easy. Becky made our experience enjoyable. Everyone was impressed with Becky 100%. I’ve been to a few weddings were I have nearly fallen asleep. Becky made everyone laugh, some cried and our guests had a truly genuine experience which reflected us as a couple. Jaese and I cannot thank you enough for being a major part of our special day! I would recommend Becky to any couple getting married!"
And a special thank you to this man - for your unwavering support and encouragement in 2018 - I love you
To all the beautiful people mentioned in this post, thank you all for being wonderful humans. I'll be in touch this year to wish you all happy 1 year anniversaries! xx
BRING ON THE REST OF 2019!