Alan Berry – AFCC Member
After 6 years on the waiting list, I received a phone call from the Marriage Celebrants Section of the AG’s Department at 5.30pm on 1st March 1996 advising that myself and one other (from WA) had been appointed that day as a Marriage Celebrant. As a full time Public Accountant with my own practice I realised the importance of joining an association. After much research I joined the AFCC on 23rd January, 1997. My decision has certainly been proven to be the correct one as the AFCC offers so much to its members. I have made lifelong friends with AFCC members, who I have met over the years, mainly at conferences. Nine years ago, I traveled on the Ghan which included three and a half hour stop overs at Alice Springs and Katherine. At Alice Springs I was met by Meredith Campbell, who was one of the organisers of the 2006 AFCC Annual Conference at Alice Springs which I had attended. Meredith drove me around Alice Springs showing me the town’s landmarks which I had missed on my previous visit. At Katherine I was met by the then AFCC President Barry Densley and his wife Val, who drove me around Katherine followed by morning tea at their residence. Great memories.
Peter Gourlay – AFCC Member
I highly recommend that all celebrants join and participate in the activities of a celebrant association. It not only makes good business sense, but membership can build and support our professional integrity and credibility. And when it comes to celebrant associations, none is bigger or better than the Australian Federation of Civil Celebrants! When I was first registered as a celebrant, I looked carefully at what associations were available and what they offered. The AFCC was the obvious choice for me and I couldn't be happier. AFCC offers insurance and copyright protection, current resources, marketing ideas, a comprehensive magazine, web updates, hotline support, discounted professional development, celebrant conference and a whole lot more. But on top of everything that AFCC offers, perhaps the most important thing that the AFCC offers me, is a sense of collegiality, new friends and the confidence I am up-to-date! And all for a very reasonable membership fee.
Dot Orchard – AFCC Member
I got registered one day and joined the AFCC the next day, that being over fourteen years ago and I have not missed a year of paying my membership since. This association has been my strength and support. As a very busy celebrant, it keeps me up to date with all that is needed in the wedding and funeral industry. If I have a question, it is answered quickly and the replies I receive from celebrants from all walks of life, are always informative and I always learn something new to put into everyday use. I am proud to be a member of this association and can highly recommend it to all celebrants out there knowing that it will help you become bigger and better at what you are so proud to do.
Sander Family – Funeral Clients
Our family was trying to deal with what was a very sad and extremely difficult time, given the sudden loss of our baby girl. When we were discussing the need of a Celebrant and had no idea where to start, we were lucky enough to engage the services of an AFCC Celebrant. The Celebrant was so beautiful and really worked with us and not for us. It gave us great relief when the Celebrant shared with us resources and grief flyers that were given to the Celebrant from the AFCC. While we were going through a tough time, we certainly knew we were in the right hands and our Celebrant was supported by a professional organisation.
Jackie Slater – AFCC Member
I tried other celebrant associations before joining AFCC and have found AFCC to be helpful in all areas of my business, through regular contact with other members and the national committee, OPD sessions, the Facebook page and regular e-Blasts. I also like the peace of mind I get from knowing that my very reasonable membership fee, includes insurance and copyright cover, celebrant resources, my mini website and so much more!
NSW Based Photographer
I am a NSW based photographer and in my time I have worked with many Celebrants associated with the AFCC. Not only are they professional they are supported by an organisation that offers resources and opportunities to ensure their member Celebrants are well equipped to undertake their role for all ceremonies. I am now referring my couples to the AFCC Find a Celebrant search as I know they will find their Celebrant of choice. Love and Live, Mr C.
Marina Payne – AFCC Member
I have been a member of the AFCC since I became a Celebrant in 2014. I cannot recommend this association highly enough. Not only do we receive insurance, a choice of Celebrant software programs (to track our weddings), a mini website on the AFCC Find a Celebrant page, Webinars to broaden our knowledge, an annual conference each year which is always truly amazing, but the resources for weddings, namings and funerals are unbelievable. Also there is a closed Facebook page for us to share readings, experiences, network, knowledge and most importantly, ask questions. We have some of the most knowledgeable Celebrants in Australia as part of our association, so their support and knowledge is always an added bonus. If you want an association that will give you lots of fun and have your back at the same time, then the AFCC is for you.
Mr and Mrs Coupe – Marriage Couple
When looking for a Celebrant it became overwhelming searching for the right one. We came across the AFCC website and we instantly felt we were in the right place. Not only was our AFCC Celebrant amazing, fun and relaxed, we knew that they were being supported by a professional organisation and it gave us great peace of mind. Every Celebrant offers a celebrancy service but not every Celebrant is connected to the AFCC and we highly recommend when searching for your Celebrant you ask if they are a member of the AFCC.
Wedding Couple – South Australia
Our AFCC Celebrant was an exceptional marriage celebrant. She answered our emails and phone calls promptly, answering any questions and queries we had, which put our minds at ease from the very get-go. Our Celebrant clearly described her services to us and the ways in which we could tailor our ceremony to suit our personalities and individual preferences. Our Celebrant was flexible in her approach and offers excellent advice if one is ever unsure. Our Celebrant was elegantly presented, professional in her demeanor and spoke clearly and beautifully. She took care of all legal paperwork for us, which gave us peace of mind and took away the worry in regards to this process. Our Celebrant also presented us with a beautiful copy of our vows to cherish. We were ever so happy with with our Celebrant and would highly recommend her to other couples.