Hi! I’m ruan
Because some moments are meant to stay with you for a lifetime. That’s Where I come In.
Hi, I’m Ruan, but since we’re going to get to know each other quite well, please feel free to call me “Roo”. I’m a fully qualified and authorised civil celebrant, living in Burrum Heads, a little seaside township in Hervey Bay.
If you’ve gotten engaged, then let me offer my congratulations! Finding your person and choosing to take the next step and get married is an exciting and amazing experience, that marks an incredibly important moment in your life.
Important moments like these should me marked and celebrated, and that’s where I come in. Not only am I a Commonwealth-registered marriage celebrant who is legally able to marry you, I’m also here to guide you through the process. That means I’ll help you fill out any required paperwork, and I’ll lodge it all on your behalf once I’ve married the two of you. It also means I’m here to help create the perfect wedding ceremony for you- something that is about you, reflects your personalities and values, and is inclusive of the people and stories that make the two of you into the magical couple you are.
I also absolute pleasure of offering other celebrant services. For those who are welcoming a new member into their family, I offer naming ceremonies. For those celebrating a landmark wedding anniversary, I’d love to create an unforgettable renewal of vows ceremony for you. And for any other momentous moments in your life, whether celebrating love, life or honouring loss, I can assist.
I have worked in the travel industry for over 20 years and have been lucky enough to have travelled to many bucket-list destinations. I believe that travelling can be a life-enriching experience that opens our minds and hearts to the diversity of cultures, wildlife and scenery that make up our planet. While you can see anything online these days, nothing compares to walking down a road built two thousand years ago, and contemplating all those ancient footsteps that wore the granite stones so smooth. Nothing compares to quietly waiting while a parade of elephants meanders right past your vehicle, or feeling the thunderous roar of Niagara Falls reverberate through your entire body. I have always loved turning people’s dreams into a reality with travel, and becoming a celebrant seemed like a natural addition for me.
I look forward to meeting you and discussing how I can turn your dream wedding into a reality.
I Work With You To Bring Your Ceremony Vision to Life, Stress Free.
Getting married isn’t meant to be stressful. It’s meant to be a happy day filled with love and celebration, and it’s something you want to be able to look back on in years to come. You want to remember your vows and your wedding ceremony because they were meaningful, personal and because you had fun with with you partner on the day.
You get to choose the ceremony package that best suits your needs, and then you get to customise the content by adding your own readings, poetry, vows, and music… or you can let me do it all! It’s your day and your choice. if you want a completely bespoke wedding where the script is custom-written entirely for the two of you, then that’s what I will do. You’ll have the opportunity to have an in-depth planning meeting and you can even request to see the script beforehand (although hearing it for the first time at your ceremony is wonderful).
There’s a lot to remember on the day, so if you want, we can have a full walk-through rehearsal with your entire wedding party. Sometimes it can help ease any anxiety you have over where to walk, how fast to walk, where everyone will stand, and all the other small details. It’s an opportunity to tweak the final staging and be familiar with any issues the venue might present. If you can’t have the rehearsal at the venue, your garden or a local park will do!
On the Day
Take a deep breath and relax. All the hard work is done and it’s time to enjoy your day. I’ll be at the venue 45 minutes prior to your wedding start time, and if you’re running late, don’t worry- I will wait for you for a full hour. I know things happen – The hairdresser had to do a last minute change, and the traffic was busier than expected. I’m at your venue, waiting and I’ll keep your guests updated and happy. After the ceremony, and after we’ve signed all the paperwork, I’ll also lodge all your legal paperwork for you. There’s nothing else for you to do other than enjoy being married and celebrating your special day.
steps to get started
Contact me to book a FREE no-obligation first meeting, either face to face or online. You can ask any questions you have and decide if I’m the right celebrant for you. We can talk about what kind of ceremony you’re thinking about, and even lock in your date.
We’ll set a date and time to complete your “Notice of Intended Marriage”. This is the legal requirement to get your wedding underway. It can be completed face to face or online, but it must be completed at least one month before you’re due to get married. At this time, I will provide you with all the resources to start planning and customising your ceremony.
Once you have both decided on what elements you would like included in your ceremony, you can leave the rest to me. I am here for you whenever you need to talk, to tweak any details or go over the format. I want to make the process as stress-free as possible for you both so you can enjoy the time leading up to your big day.