Celebrant Clare Bath’s tips on planning a very special ceremony

Clare Bath is a Commonwealth Registered Marriage Celebrant who is passionate about creating the space for your special day to be everything you dreamed of. Clare holds a BA in journalism and is expert at managing crowds, calming nerves and creating relaxed and memorable moments.

Tell us a bit about yourself, your background and how you choose to become a marriage celebrant

I am a mum of three and a television producer. I became a marriage celebrant because I love bringing people together, sharing stories and making people feel comfortable, and these are all the skills that I think make a great celebrant.


What does your role involve?

In the lead up to the wedding I talk with couples about their big day and how to best plan their ceremony, including helping with any concerns or questions they may have. Before the big day I conduct a rehearsal of the ceremony with couples to make sure they feel comfortable and confident. On the actual day one of my jobs is to be present, calm and helpful. I arrive early, meet guests and assist with passing on information they need about the day. I also support the couple throughout the ceremony process with anything they need. From a legal perspective I complete and submit the relevant paperwork so that the ceremony is legally recognised by the Australian Government, and lead the ceremony to ensure compliance with the Marriage Act 1961. And of course I deliver a beautiful, personal ceremony for the couple and get them married in a calm, elegant, relaxed and beautiful way to help them have the best wedding day possible!

How should a couple prepare for their first appointment with their marriage celebrant?

It’s important just to know what you want, and what you don’t want from your ceremony. I can guide you through the rest.


What should a couple consider when searching for, or deciding on, a celebrant?

Your celebrant is a reflection of you both and your ceremony so choose someone that you feel comfortable with. Someone that you can see as being part of one of the most important days of your life. Trust is really important so if you get a good vibe from each other then you are probably a good fit!


How much involvement do you recommend a couple have in the writing of their ceremony?

As much as possible – it’s your day – make it your own. There’s actually very little that needs to be done, legally, the rest you can craft and make really personal. Your ceremony should reflect you as a couple and with a little bit of effort and input you can make it memorable and unique.


What do you think makes for a meaningful ceremony?

A ceremony that is real, one that reflects you as a couple. One that will resonate with you both but also with your family and friends watching. There aren’t many times in life that we stand up and really say what we feel about each other in front of family and friends so enjoy it and make it real!

What is the most quirky ceremony you’ve been part of?

So many different ceremonies have been quirky – I love them. I have married couples knee deep in rivers, on top of wind swept headlands, in the backyard with the kids. At the dinner table, at the breakfast table – at the beach, in a bar when nobody knew but the couple it was about to happen! Each and every one has been special!


What is the most memorable ceremony you’ve been part of?

Marrying family and friends is always very special and memorable, I’ve been lucky enough to do that many times.  The first same sex marriage I officiated is very memorable because it had been such a long time coming and it was a really emotional day.


What is your favourite part of the Cedar Bar & Kitchen wedding ceremonies?

The space is just so beautiful, the windows and the wooden floor – it makes for a beautiful entrance. And I love that nobody needs to move and everyone is right there before and after the ceremony enjoying themselves. To have Victoria there running the day is also a huge help for all the suppliers and the couples.


Any advice for couples who are planning to hold their wedding ceremony at Cedar Bar & Kitchen?

Book early as the spots will fill up!


How have you been affected by the COVID pandemic? Have you been required to adapt your business or change your offerings?

Yes, I think every wedding supplier has been affected. I have postponed weddings sometimes two or three times. It’s been incredibly difficult but I have just tried to stay flexible and positive for couples and be a strength for them as we all navigate these changed circumstances.


To learn more about Clare Bath or to contact her visit www.clarebathcelebrant.com.au. To enquire about holding your wedding ceremony or reception at Cedar Bar & Kitchen contact us.


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