This year I’ll be celebrating 13 years as a wedding celebrant. Yup, I know. Sometimes I can’t believe it either. I know I know, I look like I started when I was 12, don’t I? LOL!
When I look at where I am now, and think back to how I got started, sometimes I can’t believe that a) I make a living as a celebrant and b) that I have a successful celebrant business, and have a team of awesome associates who support my vision. What the hell! Talk about dreams come true.
I say this with a touch of disbelief because when I look at the celebrant industry now with all the support, the education, the advice, the Facebook groups, the networks and connections available, I remember that I had none of this when I set out as a celebrant. Nothing. Nada. Zero. Zilch. And oh boy, could I have done with it!
Like when I made mistakes. Huge ones.
Like when I wasn’t sure of what to charge.
Like when I suffered from imposter syndrome.
Like when I had a big business decision to make but just couldn’t move forward with it.
Like when I had my first celebrity wedding and had no-one (who gets it) to share the excitement with.
Like when I felt a disconnect between who I am and who I was as a celebrant.
Like when I had problem clients that I didn’t know how to handle.
Like when I really didn’t have a clue how to market myself online or who my ideal clients were.
The list goes on and on.
I don’t regret my path to success and how long it took to get here but I know I could have got here a little more quickly and confidently, if I’d had the support and knowledge that I have now, all these things that are so widely available!
Being a celebrant is awesome but the journey to awesomeness can be full of uncertainty, no matter how much training you have under your belt.
Not knowing if what you’re doing is right or wrong. Making mistakes, not having a support system. Little things, which snowball into big things without help and advice.
This is why I created the Celebrants Collective, to offer the support that I never had but always wanted and definitely could have done with. To have someone there who knew what I was going through and could advise me on what to do. To point me in the right direction and help me develop and learn with confidence. But also to have someone like me, someone who shared my vision and my vibe. It’s so important!
And I’m so pleased (understatement of the year) that three years down the line, the Celebrants Collective is offering all of this to its members and more.
“I wouldn’t have a Celebrant business I believe if it wasn’t for the Celebrants Collective. In the beginning, when you are starting out, it’s a highly affordable way of access to priceless resources, reams of useful information and, thanks to the many wise and wonderful Celebrants in the group, the benefit of very learned and experienced Celebrants. All this combined with Natasha’s never-ending support, kindness and know-how – the ability to draw on her own knowledge as well as knowing which experts to bring in to share theirs. If you are a Celebrant and you are not a part of the Collective, you are missing out BIG TIME!”
Member, Elizabeth Cass-Kanti
“Natasha’s friendly, authentic and supportive energy drew me to join the Collective as I knew it would likely draw similar people to the group. I wanted to be surrounded by fellow Celebrants who were focused on building relationships, connections and creativity over heavy marketing and sales. Being a member of the Collective has given me the confidence to approach this job as a ‘real’ business, introducing me to marketing strategies and business planning in a way that feels organic and part of my work, as opposed to an uncomfortable extra. I also have a network of incredibly friendly folks who are so willing to offer advice, support and encouragement and access to a heap of professional development resources that are encouraging me to expand my own knowledge and up the value of the service I offer.”
Member, Keli Tomlin
“Being a member of the Celebrants Collective gives me confidence and reassurance to be who I want to be and not a clone of other celebrants. It provides answers to questions. The support, energy and encouragement of colleagues (and Natasha!) spurs me on to be better. I find Natasha’s style and her perspective sits so comfortably with me – she’s experienced, knowledgeable, wise and inspiring, but she keeps it very real – I like that realism and the down to earth vibe. I’ve learnt a lot from her about not beating myself up for not being perfect, not being ‘fully booked’, not being an all singing, all dancing super celebrant!”
Member, Jane Blackman
“I was looking for a group where we could collaborate and share ideas which were business focussed as well as ceremony content based. Through the Celebrants Collective, I have attended workshops and Natasha’s celebrant retreat in Spain, meeting celebrants from all over the world which has really given me an opportunity to improve the ceremonies I offer my couples. Natasha is incredibly positive and has been a huge benefit to me. She works incredibly hard to create an awareness of what celebrancy is and how couples would benefit from employing one. Now she is focussing on us and how we can be that much better for the benefit of those couples.”
Member, Karina O’ Donnell
Now is an amazing time to be a celebrant because you have so much opportunity to be the best that you can be. There’s really no excuse.
As a community we are more connected than ever. It’s easy to reach out for help. It’s easy to get advice, it’s easy to learn from others and to get your business up and running more easily. It’s easier to be seen and heard, listened to and taken seriously. There is opportunity and support everywhere!
Like with my members, if you want my personal and focused support to help you on your celebrant journey and to be a part of my educational community, we’d love to have you.
For just 10 Euros a month all of this support, resources, guides, live expert webinar sessions, and video tutorials are available to you. And new from this month, they’ll be monthly coaching calls with me! Yay! This is one of the most affordable ways that I can help you personally.
(Pssst..from September membership goes up to 17 Euros a month for new members. Just so you know!)
Sign up and join us here and let’s get this celebrant educational party started! Whoop!