Ring the Belle’s sums up Belinda (Belle) Winchester’s approach to her very satisfying role as a Celebrant. Belle’s services cover the range of weddings, vow renewals, master of ceremonies, celebrations of life and special rites. Belle has been sure of her calling since her young adult life. Becoming a Justice of the Peace was her first step on the path to supporting others legally at important junctures in their life journey.
Six years ago she officially became a Celebrant and “loves Toowoomba and the Downs”. That love of location and the joy of seeing the happiness of those she sees as friends rather than clients, is reflected in heartfelt reviews, and the recommendations by word of mouth that have built such a strong following.
Her standing amongst the fraternity of wedding celebrants was rewarded with the Brides Choice Award for Southern Queensland Country based on bride reviews. To be the female winner in 2020, in what was a really tough year for weddings and associated industry vendors, was high praise indeed.
So what rings a bride’s bells in choosing Belle?
🔔 Listening carefully, then creating bespoke packages to suit each individual couple
🔔 The capacity to cater for the COVID restrictions through live streaming for guests unable to attend in person – a dab hand at contingency planning
🔔 Her immaculate appearance while blending in with the theme and colours of the bridal party to avoid overshadowing anyone
🔔 Belle’s professional attention to all legal details, paperwork, online registration and follow-up
🔔 Working beforehand with the couple to ensure full understanding and coverage of all details, rehearsals and vows etc
🔔 Catering for travel for pre-event meetings
🔔 Arriving an hour before the wedding party to welcome guests, calm and check on the groom and attendants, and making sure there are copies of the vows for future memory keepsakes
Belle’s career in leadership roles in customer service has built a balanced temperament often needed to deal with special event nerves, and ensuring everything runs smoothly. This is augmented by the supportive networking with other celebrants and annual professional development.
While competition in this field can be tough, you only have to see the passion for her role to see why Belle delivers a bride’s expectation – and more!
Blog by Molly B