Susan Artup is a straight woman with a 45 year connection to the gay community. With the experience that comes from conducting over 1000 ceremonies in more than 20 years, Susan has done it all, from complex traditional rituals, to “ short and sweet” legalities and alternative ceremonies, all reflecting the personal style of her couples and capturing the tone they wish for. The hallmark of Susan’s service to you is to help you create a ceremony “true to your relationship.”
A Personal Ceremony
The ceremony is about you, so it’s really important for me to listen to your ideas and be sensitive to the tone and style you would like to prevail on your wedding day. I also give you choices and ideas so that together we can create a ceremony you will remember with warmth and happiness. As your celebrant I will be dignified yet relaxed, so you can be confident that everything will run smoothly and calmly.
I will make sure all the legal requirements of marriage are met and discuss these with you at our first meeting.
The wedding celebrant should not be the centre of attention, but a facilitator – you or your friends and family can present readings, rituals, music – or I can just guide you through, giving your ceremony legality and making the proclamation of your marriage official.
…true to your relationship…
Susan has a thorough knowledge of the Marriage Act and specializes in weddings for couples from overseas. She conducts ceremonies in languages other than English
(French, German and Indonesian), so that non-English speaking guests can be included.
Susan believes that marriage takes place in the heart, and straight or gay, to publicly announce your relationship to the world is a privilege for you and your witnesses.
Your ceremony should be ‘true to your relationship’ and touch the hearts of your family and friends who will bear witness to your union.
With a 45-year connection to the gay community, Susan is delighted with the recent changes in marriage legislation and is looking forward to many weddings because of it.
Above all, it is Susan’s privilege to make your formal union possible.
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