Philosophy and Ethics
Ethics and Standards
- The pursuit
of excellence in all that we do.
- in every detail.
at the best and most beautiful ceremonies possible.
- Top of the
range service to our clients and to the public.
- A passionate
awareness that the ceremony is not ours but the clients: and their
wishes, their choices and their contributions are central.
- A happiness
that we have the rare and unique opportunity to be paid to read poetry
in public, and that the poetry, prose, music and symbols we use in our
cerermonies, and the artists we encourage, are a significant element in
the artistic and cultural development of this country and in humanity
- We are also
about unity - unity and cooperation among celebrants
- Most of all
we preoccupy ourselves with standards - standards of preparation,
standards of service, ethics and conventions of behaviour that result
in ceremonies which please, thrill, console, and strengthen out clients
and our fellow human beings.
- We are open
to new ideas, new possibilities and responding to the needs with all
personal ceremonies, and being ritually part of paradigm shifts in the
As a Federation member celebrant, I strive at all times to:
When you book with me for your wedding I will also provide you with a
copy of the Code of Practice for Authorised Celebrants. All celebrants
are required by the Attorney General to comply with this Code.
- Avoid all attitudes of
pretentiousness, authoritarianism and self importance: or of an
overbearing style which would intimidate a client from exercising their
rights or their wishes about their ceremony
- Inform clients of sources for
personalised ceremonies; ie prose, poetry, music and symbols, which
will make their choice, and thus, their ceremony, truly meaningful.
- Avoid intruding personal beliefs,
prejudices and /or preconceived ideas into arrangements
- Avoid influencing arrangements merely
to suit my own personal convenience.
- Be available to attend and assist with
- Dress as appropriately as possible,
given the style of the ceremony, its level of formality, and the wishes
of the client.
- Present myself, given the style of
dress required, in the best possible way, neat, clean and dignified, in
accordance with acceptable standards
- Arrive punctually at an agreed time,
and a reasonable time before the commencement of the ceremony.
- Organise and orchestrate the ceremony
as skillfully as possible, speaking assigned words or poetry with clear
diction and sincere voice, always keeping in mind that every client's
ceremony is special.