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Meet the Vendor: Elsa the Celebrant

Dedication and hard work helped transform Elsa Acreman’s dream of becoming a wedding celebrant into a reality. She shares with us heartfelt stories on why she loves her job and plenty of tips for couples when planning their wedding ceremony. From ceremony music to wedding vows, Elsa’s insight and advice is super helpful for any couple embarking on wedding preparation.

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Elsa the Celebrant

Vendor Profile

OwnerElsa Acreman
Services AvailableCelebrant
Experience1-3 years
LocationSouth-East QLD
Travel availableYes
Rating on Google5 stars
Rating on Facebook5 stars

Getting to know Elsa the Celebrant

Professional, Warm, Caring

What inspired you to become a celebrant?

I had always imagined that I would enjoy being a celebrant, despite at the time not knowing 100% what the role would entail. I am an extrovert by nature and thrive on the energy and excitement when brainstorming ideas and possibilities. I also enjoy meeting new people and learning about their life journey. To be trusted with the opportunity to be involved in the most intimate, heartfelt, honest, and important moments of a person’s journey through life is such an honour.

Over the course of a few years, I’d mention my aspirations to quite a few people. While they were loving and supportive of me, they didn’t think I could achieve my dream. One day I was standing at the bus stop and thought, “Bugger this. I want to be a celebrant, and this is what I am going to do!”.

What wedding moment has given you the biggest “feels” so far?

Wow, so many. Can I have three?

  • The time I had both father and stepfather walk the bride down the aisle and give her away together brought a tear to my eye. Seeing both loving fathers share that special moment was so touching and will stay with me forever.
  • A bride who carried a bouquet made of cherished broaches which belonged to her grandmother who had recently passed away.
  • When a bride was making her entrance and was halfway up the aisle, her partner met her and walked her up the rest of the way.

When choosing music for the ceremony, what do couples need to consider?

Music is so beautiful and so varied – make the most of the millions of potential options and choose something to make your special day one to remember.

  • Look up the lyrics and read them carefully – sometimes we don’t know all the words or may have misheard them, and they could be inappropriate!
  • Choose something that is important to you both but also suits the context of the type of ceremony you are planning
  • Think outside the box and choose something different which reflects your personalities and relationship.
  • Some couples find it easier to start with a list of songs NOT to play.
  • Some couples or family members are musically gifted and even choose to sing a song themselves.

Couples often find writing their vows overwhelming. What tips do you have for them?

  • Don’t wait until the last-minute!
  • Begin writing down your thoughts, starting with bullet points of the main things you’d like to say and build it from there.
  • Write from the heart and consider adding a bit of humour too. For example, talk about how you met, or a funny story you remember which made you realise this person was ‘the one’.
  • Remember you are reading your vows to your partner, and they are the only ones who really need to hear it.

What can a couple do to help you make their wedding day run as smoothly as possible?

  • If a couple has any specific ideas for their ceremony, I suggest that they be as descriptive and thorough as possible to allow me to turn their wishes into reality.
  • Working together closely and maintaining open, honest communication is the most important thing for me.
  • A rehearsal, if possible, is always wise. Like the theatre, everyone has a part to play and it’s definitely going to be smoother with practice!
  • ALWAYS have a Plan B for anything that pops up, such as an alternative venue for bad weather.

Elsa’s cheerful and caring nature has been such a delight when putting together her profile. We thoroughly enjoyed interviewing you, Elsa!

If you have any questions about Elsa the Celebrant, please reach out at the details provided or drop us a line in the comments below.

With warm wedding regards,

Kimberley xx
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