Getting married herself in 2016 inspired a new career for Belinda Tee, who previously has worked in banking, finance and insurance sectors. She says it’s this experience that shaped her into being client-focused in her own business, Ceremonies to a Tee.
Belinda, take me through your process on a typical wedding day.
Tell me about how you got started as a celebrant.
As soon as I returned from our honeymoon in June 2016, I launched into intense studies for my Certificate IV in Celebrancy. I was accepted and registered as a fully authorised Civil Marriage Celebrant through the Attorney General’s Department in February, 2017. I set up and registered my business and, since then, I’ve done vow renewal ceremonies, baby naming ceremonies, and many weddings… happily with many more to come!
What makes your celebrancy services different?
Not only do I provide a choice of signing table and chairs, but I go out of my way to help source any other requirements for my couples. I will reach out to my local connections in the wedding industry, and have sourced wedding stylists, make up artists, hair stylists, photographers, musos and such for wedding bookings. I have also scoured op shops for required bits and pieces, and searched demolition yards for a particular window pane one bride was seeking for her reception table seating plan. I’m frequently on Marketplace looking for any extras that the marrying couple are seeking, such as hay bales, particular tables etc. I even offer up my timber ‘No Photos’ sign and easel, if required on the day.
What’s happening in the next year for you, as a celebrant?
Amongst the wedding bookings that I have this year, there are a few couples who have booked me from afar, (overseas and interstate), so we have been dealing with most things by email and Skype. I’m really looking forward to finally meeting up with them all and providing them with the ceremony of their dreams.
Apart from that, I am happy to say that some of the weddings that I am getting to officiate this year will be taking me to several lovely venues around the Coast that I have not had the opportunity to visit as yet. There are so many amazing wedding venues around the Sunshine Coast for couples to choose from – it’s seemingly endless. This job takes me to many fantastic locations!
What’s something people may not know about you?
I have my motorbike licence and own a 500cc motorbike, but I just don’t ride it very much!
You have a completely free day to hang out on the Sunshine Coast. Get out about! Where are you going, what are you doing and who are you with?
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