Not all celebrants are the same. Sure, they all have their legal duties to do, but once the formalities are out of the way, they vary quite differently. Some marriage celebrant are serious, others are warm and friendly and then there's Lynette Maguire, she is out to make weddings fun.
Lynette has been a marriage celebrant for 14 years. She's naturally a happy, high energy person and very positive and upbeat, and it reflects in her wedding ceremonies.
Lynette is my special in today's blog post.
You've been a marriage celebrant for 13 years, can you remember what your first wedding was like?
It was sink or swim with my first wedding – absolutely terrifying – there were television cameras everywhere because the wedding was on the news that night and it was live broadcasted on the radio. Geez talk about getting thrown into the deep end.
How do you think you make a difference in a couple's wedding ceremony?
I love joy, laughter and happiness and that’s what I bring to my couples.
What’s some advise you'd like to share with couples getting married?
Surround yourself with professionals – don’t book any vendor on price alone – go with your gut instinct, irrespective of the price. Oh, and enjoy the journey – in 20 years time you’ll remember not just your wedding but the lead up to it – so make sure you’re having some fun on the way.
Being a marriage celebrant, what makes your heart sing?
I love knowing I’ve nailed a wedding. I always ask my couples, ‘do you want more fun or more emotion?’ – so each wedding is different. Some people want emotional and elegant, while others want a rip roaring party with loads of fun (most want a balance between the two). I think tailoring the ceremony to each couple is an artform and I’m at my happiest when I know I get it right.
If you weren’t a marriage celebrant, what would you be doing instead?
Hmmm, that’s a hard question. I’d probably be doing more in the public arena – I graduated with my PhD in 2015 and my areas of research are about cyberbullying, narcissism, social media etc., I’d love to do more in that space and help families connect more. I do get asked to do keynote speeches at conferences and I love doing that too.
When is your favourite time of year for weddings?
I just love a good June wedding – it's not too hot and not too cold. It’s my absolute favourite time of the year.
You would have seen a lot of funny things happen at weddings over the years, can you share a story with us?
I have so many funny stories since I’ve been a celebrant – a few that come to mind was when a bridesmaid in a strapless gown stood on the front of her dress and it pulled down to her waist – she wasn’t wearing a bra. The father of the bride laughing so hard during a ceremony, his teeth fell out onto the grass! At another wedding, the father of the bride was walking his girl down the aisle and his pants fell down. Seriously, I could write a book!
What is your favourite thing to do on the Sunshine Coast?
My husband and I Iove walking along the beach in the mornings – my favourite was Mudjimba, but we’ve since moved, so now its Bokarina. It’s good for the soul, and clears my mind. That hour walk is like a magic pill to us both.
Last question Lynette, you’re a new addition to the crayon box, what colour would you be?
Oh, I’m a swirly mixture of most of the colours.
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