`The word "ideal client" is bandied about a lot in the celebrant world these days. It needs a bit of context.
Despite the Celebrant Code of Practice stipulating that celebrants cannot discriminate in providing their services, where celebrants will only work for a particular type of "ideal" client, there is potential for this line to be crossed, in my view.
Like many celebrants, I provide a range of services to suit different needs.
Not everyone wants a big, involved wedding with multiple elements in it, or aimed an an Instagram-ready audience. Some people don't want a party at all, and just want to sit around a kitchen table and sign the papers and say the words that legally marry them.
So my idea of an "ideal client" is someone who knows what they want and from the outset it's clear that I can deliver what they want.
Be that the big fairytale white wedding that a bride has dreamed about since childhood, a short and sweet ceremony in the local park or by the river, helping a couple secretly elope and tell everyone later, an event that turns out to be a surprise for the guests, or a couple wanting a no-fuss "lightning fast, legally wed" ceremony on their back deck - I'm happy to do this.
All my ceremonies bear my trademark bespoke development, design and delivery. I don't work in an "insert name here" space.
What sort of people would be interested in the latter service mentioned above, you might ask?
There are many reasons why some people might choose a "lightning fast, legally wed" ceremony. Some people just don't want the fuss. Some people may have had a big fancy "destination wedding" in Italy or Malta or somewhere else which may not have been legal. [There is a massive destination wedding industry worldwide which provides non-legal ceremonies].
Some people may have age or health issues which preclude them from participating in a longer ceremony. Some prefer to save their money for something that is more important to them, like a honeymoon or their house or family. And some just want a super quick and simple ceremony in private so they can rush off and celebrate with loved ones.
How people choose to marry is not my concern. Hopefully I have something that will interest potential clients within my four existing packages. I'll never try to "upsell" my clients to a more expensive package. It's just not me. I suck at sales.
Happy to chat if you have any questions about what I do.