A celebrant is the first host of your wedding day. All of your guests are told to arrive at a time and location and the person in charge from that point on is your celebrant. Choosing the right person to marry you is more than just about the paperwork, it’s about who you want to host the beginning of your wedding day, engage your guests and lead a ceremony that reflects you and your love.
Some celebrants don’t care and some celebrants suck. Not all celebrants are created equal. Sometimes I’m not even sure why some celebrants do it for a living, they just seem to like the limelight but have no interest in the couples journey into marriage and where their love has come from and how they got here.
Claire Parson’s is one of those celebrants that I will put my name against. She is a little different. She’s wild. She’s weird. She’s young and fabulous, a total babe, and she loves love. Naturally I was a little confused when I first saw Claire’s marketing change to “Claire Sucks” but it clicked in the next beat, it’s Claire and her type of humour. There’s a gentleness to Claire’s ceremonies, she’s not boasting or vying for the limelight or yelling to be engaging which some celebrants do. That kind of vibe is hard to know in a meeting over coffee, you really don’t know until you see a celebrant perform a ceremony. Clair doesn’t need to yell or use a commanding voice, her words are genuine and that’s captivating. Like a good opening monologue at a comedy show, there’s a few zingers and enough info that you know what you’re in for.
To those that say “You’re only recommending them because they’re you’re friend!” - True.
But I wouldn’t be friends with them if they were rubbish wedding suppliers doing a rubbish job. I’m friends with Claire because she gives a shit, she’s funny, she believes in love like I believe in love, she believes in authentic weddings that are true to your weird and wonderful world.
When I interviewed Claire (actually when we were having one of our usual Insta DM chats) she said “I guess what I’d like people to think about me is that I tell their story in a fun and genuine way. That I hit the sweet spot between turning the party without sacrificing the romance or the significance of the commitment they’re making.” And to be honest she really brings that vision to life.
Here she is wiping dirty chairs before a wedding ceremony, tell me that’s not someone who cares! What a legend. You can apply to be one of Claire’s rad couples with the links below. Also if you’re into fabulous, weird, alternate weddings and drag queens then follow her on Instagram here!
Claire Parsons “Most weddings suck. Mine don’t”.
The web space www.clairesucks.com.au