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Paula Koda – Celebrant Sunshine Coast
Getting to know Paula Koda – Celebrant Sunshine Coast
Warm, Light-Hearted, Passionate
What inspired you to become a celebrant?
Having a baby naming ceremony at home convinced me this was the role made for me!
I had been to a couple of weddings and thought I could add a bit more warmth and lightness to the ceremony content and flow but it was the ability to create a meaningful ceremony at home for our family that really convinced me this was my next career.
Being able to create those precious memories is so wonderful.
What is your favourite moment during a couple’s ceremony and why?
Oooh, too hard to answer really!
From the moment the groom sees his bride walking down the aisle and when they start their vows, to the moment the groom takes her hand to put on the ring, to the relief on their faces when they get to kiss and know it’s all done.
So hard to pick one, it really is.
What advice can you give couples when choosing someone to officiate their special day?
Choosing your dream team based on the dollar cost alone is not always the wisest option. Your celebrant is the person who kicks off the day’s celebration. You want them to be warm, relaxed and personable. A celebrant helps set the atmosphere for the wedding, remembering the day is about you and not about them.
Paula’s advice for a smooth-sailing wedding day and a meaningful ceremony…
- Create a timeline so that the bride does not run late. Then, hand over the run sheet to someone else on the day, such as your coordinator.
- Eat some protein for breakfast before the champagne!
- Just relax and stay in the moment. Stuff will go wrong, I can guarantee it, but in the end, you will be married and hopefully have some funny stories to tell for years.
- I believe that music really helps to set the atmosphere. I give a handout to my couples to help with this. It is lovely if they have a special song to play when they sign the register, and an upbeat happy song for their exit.
- I provide my couples with a bit of template to get things started and lots of samples, plus I always read over and offer some editing suggestions via email.
What is your favourite love quote, poem or song?
From John Lennon, of course!
Love is a promise,
love is a souvenir,
once given never forgotten,
never let it disappear.
It’s brought a smile to our faces reading Paula’s questionnaire responses and the warmth she possesses just shines through. Thank you, Paula!
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