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Anna Richards –   Featured Marriage CelebrantPosted: 04 Mar 2014 05:00 PM PST

I wasn’t always going   to be a Celebrant. In fact, when I was growing up and I used to sneak around   the house when my father was preparing his Sunday sermon, it couldn’t have been   further from my thoughts that I would one day be officiating at similar   ceremonies myself. I spent the first forty odd years of my career being a   nurse, still am a nurse!

Anna Richards, CMC with     Julie & Joe

Funnily enough, one   day I went to watch a marriage ceremony because my daughter was one of the   bridesmaids and I came to see her looking beautiful. That ceremony   changed my life. I kept thinking of myself being the Celebrant and how I   would have conducted the ceremony. The thought wouldn’t leave me and even   though my husband thought I was nuts and definitely didn’t think I was   serious I went ahead and did the course. It was one of those short crash   courses and, as I didn’t even know how to use a computer then, it was the   most difficult week of my life.

Anna Richards, CMC with     Helen & Pasquale

I spent weeks pre-reading and preparing for   the course.Most of the others just went home and Googled what they needed to   know! I plodded on regardless and got through (teacher was very happy). The   problem was the Government decided we had far too many celebrants at this   time and I had to wait two years before I was registered even though I was   qualified. Finally registration came through! Now for a booking!  Being a rather shy person I didn’t mention   to anyone that I was a celebrant so needless to say, I didn’t get many   bookings.

That was 10 years ago   and I haven’t looked back. I love my work and only nurse two days a week so I   can spend time expanding my Celebrancy business. In 2012 I updated my   qualification to Certificate IV in Celebrancy at The Gordon Institute of   TAFE in Geelong to be able to provide my couples with even more   resources and to give them the best ceremony possible and something they will   always remember because it was just as they imagined it.

I like to think of   myself as the friendly Celebrant with a professional image who really cares   about and listens to what my couples want. It is their day and it should   be all about them. I give them a 20 page comprehensive Celebrant resource   booklet which covers everything from the legalities to examples of vows, readings,   music, writing your own vows and how to apply for an official marriage   certificate.

I have learnt how to use the computer by the   way, and my computer guru son is quite impressed how I now manage my own   blog, website and various other forms of social media.

I love performing   marriages for couples from overseas and have helped many couples obtain their   prospective spouse visas.

My most memorable   ceremony was in a suburban backyard where the groom decided, after having   first said the legal vows, to sing his own vows to his bride.  I was a little apprehensive but she loved   it and it was amazing how he kept it all together. We were all in stitches!

Anna Richards, CMC with     Annie & Ben


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