Civil Celebrant Wendy McRae Loves Her Job!

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Do You love to go to work?
I do…

Wendy Mcrae Civil Celebrant Melbourne

Every day, and particularly when I open my diary and see I have a wedding on the weekend, I smile!
You know what I love about my job? The people!
In my position I have met a lot of really, lovely people! Not had a bridezilla …… yet!
And I feel that the rehearsal is such a great way of anticipating the big event.
Imagine this … Parents and bridal party have all come from work for the rehearsal – usually 4 to 5 days before the actual day.
Lots of smiling faces and chatter and jokes ….. normally about the grooms recent bucks night!

I remember very well the occasion when a rehearsal was the afternoon where the bucks ‘do’ had been the night before!

Boys arrived together – very pale faces – hardly said a word!
Girls smiled knowingly…..

Wendy McRae Civil Celebrant Melbourne

Wendy McRae Civil Celebrant Melbourne

One of the nicest compliments I have ever received; – a phone call out of the blue, from a guy who had seen me performing a wedding in Fitzroy Gardens, 2 years earlier.
I remember who he was because he took the time to approach me after the ceremony to say how much he and his wife had enjoyed the whole occasion and how very personal, thoughtful and different it was to other weddings they had attended, and – “How long had I known the couple?’.
I had not met the couple before we had the first ‘appointment’, but the rapport we established, came out of the meetings and contacts during the ‘journey’ process.
The compliment came again when he called me to see if I would write and lead the funeral service for his mum. I felt that was praise indeed.

I LOVE my job.

I am known for being very secretive at ‘surprise weddings’ and can make great suggestions for the unexpected !!!  I have even been the ‘photographer’s assistant’ which was really a disguise for when I tore off the wrapping paper of the marriage ledger that I carried masquerading as a wedding gift –  to announce it was in fact a wedding !!!!

In contrast, yesterday, I held a ceremony at my house for a gorgeous young couple with a little 8 month old girl. With me included there were 8 of us…… I had picked some fresh brightly coloured, spring flowers from my garden and placed them in a bowl next to the marriage register and their certificate. The sun streamed in through the window, they looked into each others eyes, said their vows, exchanged their rings whilst I read a beautiful verse …. the legislative requirements …

.. a ‘kiss to the bride’  a click of the camera and it was all complete. It was beautifully breathtaking and simple ….just what they wanted.

Then ……… off to a Yum Cha !!!!

Let me help make YOUR special day.

Wendy McRae Civil Celebrant Melbourne

Wendy McRae Civil Celebrant Melbourne


Wendy McRae Civil Celebrant Melbourne, Mornington Peninsula, Dandenong Ranges & Yarra Valley

I write individual, personalised ceremonies that reflect who you are and what you love about each other. A special occasion requires a relaxed approach and personalized planning, whether the ceremony is small and intimate or casual and contemporary. You can look forward to your special day with the calm confidence and  knowledge that all will go as  planned.