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Got in contact with me straight away and didn’t try to increase her fee by adding on any unknowns. This makes the experience more pleasant.
15 Mar (last edited 15 Mar)
Chae Cheryl Paterson hired Robbie Fincham, Civil Marriage Celebrant for their Celebrant job.
Robbie, Thank you again for everything. You are a very easy lady to like. You made the day effortless and helped both of us enjoy the day rather than freaking out, which we thought we would do. Thank you again and we are more than happy to refer your services
05 Mar (last edited 05 Mar)
Robbie Fincham, Civil Marriage Celebrant offers the following services:
Frequently Asked Questions
Why should a customer hire you over another service provider?
I have a Bachelor of Business and Certificate IV in Celebrancy from The Celebrants Training College and have conducted in excess of 200 weddings since Authorisation as a celebrant in 2010. Prior to becoming a celebrant I spent many years in community service, administration and Toastmasters, learning the art of public speaking. I love what I do, and it's reflected in my work. It's important to me that you receive exactly the kind of wedding ceremony that you desire; one that truly reflects your beliefs, values and personalities. I'm a member of several professional celebrant associations and committee member of the Celebrants and Celebrations Network (CCN) Inc. Call me today for a chat about your upcoming wedding ceremony, or to organise a no-obligation meeting.
How can a customer save money before you start the work? Please give 3 tips
I offer an immediate 5% discount on my professional fee to couples and families who are prepared to travel to my home office for the initial no-obligation meeting (if their home location is in excess of 25km from Bayswater North).
How do you normally charge for your service?
This is a very difficult question to answer because every couple getting married and therefore every ceremony is different. I base my fee on an estimate of the expected number of hours involved, including travel time. A basic legal only/elopement wedding package, with just two witnesses within 10kms of my home in the Eastern suburbs starts at $250.00 Wherease, a personalised ceremony with 100 guests would take substantially longer preparation time, and therefore my fee is higher, but remains very competitive and is excellent value for money. I confirm my fee at the first no-obligation meeting, which is then fixed, so there are no hidden extras, or give me a call and I can give you an accurate quote over the phone.
Are there any special offers you would like to offer to Oneflare customers?
Professional Mipro PA unit with separate CD player and wireless microphone, together with signing table with white damask tablecloth and white armour bench are all included in my fee. I also offer a payment plan if requested and a 2.5% discount off total fee if balance is paid at time of booking.
What are the typical things that you need to know before you can provide a quote to a customer?
Before I can quote a customer I need to know the date, time and preferably the location of their ceremony. I also need to know what style of ceremony they would like - personalised or registry/legal ceremony only. My minimum fee is $250 up to $650
What makes you the most reliable and trustworthy person for the job?
I take my role as a Civil Marriage Celebrant in my community seriously and my attention to detail is second to none. There are no second takes with your wedding ceremony, so it's very important to get it right the first time. Reliability and my ability to really listen to the needs of my clients' and deliver exactly what they desire, are two of my strengths. Please check out my reviews from other couples.
What questions do customers commonly ask and how would you answer them?
Common questions are: what's the process in getting married, how far in advance do we need to book you, and can you give us some ideas? Answers: I explain the marriage process to my clients at our first initial no-obliation meeting. They are welcome to contact me at a later date for clarification of anything. I aim to make the process as simple and stress-free as possible. Once a couple or family has decided they would like me to be their celebrant I advise them to book straight away. A deposit is required at the time of booking to secure me for the date and time of their ceremony. I always offer my clients lots of ideas to help personalise their ceremony. Upon booking clients receive a very comprehensive Wedding Resource Kit which provides plenty of information and ideas.
What do you like most about your job?
Meeting people from all walks of life and sharing with them one of the most special and significant days in their lives. Being a Marriage Celebrant has to be one of the most rewarding careers I can think of. I feel very blessed!!
Do you have a favourite customer story you would like to share?
Every ceremony is unique, because people are unique. I've heard many romantic marriage proposals over the years, that I plan on writing a book about some of them one day. One of my most unusual and alternative wedding ceremonies was a Canadian couple who celebrated in a truly unique way with a Mermaid theme. The bride, groom, their bridal party, and even the guests wore very ornate, original costumes with an ocean theme, with the groom wearing a fish head no less!!
How did you decide to get into your line of work?
When my Father died, I assisted the celebrant prepare for his "celebration of life". This significant event in my life was the catalyst for my becoming a celebrant. I haven't looked back and love every moment being able to share in such special and significant moments in people's lives.
What experience, skills, qualifications or training do you have to make you the right person for the job?
I have a business and community service background with many years public speaking experience before entering celebrancy. I'm very much a "people person" with a "can do" attitude to all my ceremonies. All my ceremonies are customised entirely to the specifications of my couples, delivered on time and on budget. I hold the highest celebrancy qualification in Australia and as a professional celebrant undergo yearly professional development.
Is there a particular aspect of your trade or industry that you specialise in?
I specialise in writing and creating meaningful ceremonies for couples and families, who wish to celebrate a significant milestone in their lives, eg: marriage, commitment, renewal of vows, significant birthday, baby naming, pet ceremonies, end of life celebrations and significant anniversaries. The vast majority of my ceremonies are marriages which I conduct throughout metropolitan Melbourne, The Dandenong Ranges, Yarra Valley and Mornington Peninsula.
What makes your pricing competitive?
As an experienced professional celebrant I charge a very reasonable hourly rate. My fee range is anywhere from $250 to $650 in 2017/18. Call me today to discuss your ceremony and I can give you a quote over the phone.
Are you an insured business and do you guarantee your work?
Absolutely - Professional Indemnity, Public Liability and Copyright Access Licence are business essentials. I also hold an "on time guarantee" with all my clients.
What questions should a customer ask to hire the right service professional?
How many wedding ceremonies have you conducted? When were you authorised as a Marriage Celebrant? What professional associations do you belong to? Are you fully insured? Are you willing to provide me with some verbal testimonials? Can I come and see one of your ceremonies? Can I see your "Certificate of Registration"