I DO: Erica Bailey became a wedding celebrant after her husband suggested she would be great at it.
I DO: Erica Bailey became a wedding celebrant after her husband suggested she would be great at it. Jonno Colfs

Warwick celebrant remembers most crazy moments

WARWICK marriage celebrant Erica Bailey has seen a lot across her 10 years in the business and 83 ceremonies.

There was an unexpected fly-over from a Mustang aircraft, to a hungry baby at a Glengallan ceremony that kept the bride from giving her vows for 45 minutes.

"One that stands out was a wedding I did for a Filipino couple inside Chung Hing restaurant," she said.

"The whole thing, including the reception, was live streamed to gathered family in the Philippines.

"The bride's brother was having his own reception there complete with two spit-roasted pigs with apples in their mouths."

Mrs Bailey and husband Nigel were themselves married by a celebrant and it was a suggestion from her husband that started her on her career path.

"He asked if I'd ever thought about being a celebrant and suggested I might be good at it," Mrs Bailey said.

"So I put the wheels in motion, started the course and three months later I was a qualified marriage celebrant.

"I wasn't working at the time and was able to smash it online in quick time, whereas most places give you two or three years to complete it."

Mrs Bailey said the course was like any other with assignments and practical tasks.

"At the end I had to video a mock wedding, so they could see I knew my stuff so I roped the family into playing the various parts," she said.

"It's just the perfect job for me - I've always been a people person, and at church growing up I was always encouraged to take the readings and seemed to do quite a lot of them.

"I still get some nerves before a ceremony because it's such an important time for those involved and it's a legal ceremony so it must be done correctly."

Mrs Bailey said she had moved to Warwick with her family five years ago.

"Before that we were living in Scone in the Hunter Valley," she said.

"It was a prime wedding destination, but there were also heaps of celebrants.

"I'm so much busier here."

In February, Mrs Bailey will officiate her first same-sex marriage.

"It's always an honour and a real privilege to be a part of someone's special occasion," she said.



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