Toni Paget - Wedding Celebrant
Why Toni you might ask?
So firstly Hi! I’m Toni and I describe myself as a young fun Gold Coast based Marriage Celebrant, I started young as a celebrant but that doesn’t mean I’m not experienced, I’ve booked over 70 beautiful ceremonies every year since I was registered. I find this helps me understand what the modern couple is looking for whether it be classic romance, funny or quirky. I make sure to create every element of your ceremony with you so it’s exactly the way you would like it and of course I get a kick out of hearing all the gorgeous love stories along the way! I have a background in events, hospitality and customer service which I find has made me quite the people person. I'm a wife to my amazing husband Bradley, and a proud mum to my beautiful 7-year-old daughter, Kiana, and my cheeky 3-year-old boy, Tayo.
When I get asked how I got into being a celebrant my answer is always the same. My own wedding was the absolute best day of my life, I enjoyed every moment leading up to it and the day was magical, the experience finally inspired a passion I had never had before.
I was in my first job for close to 10 years and my second for over 6 (I'm only 28 now) but I was there so long because I had nothing inspiring me to leave, until I found the wedding industry.
So I was married, decided I wanted to work in the wedding industry in some way shape or form. I considered events as I am a good organiser and love a good checklist. Then I thought of my kids, they're only young once and did I really want to be spending every weekend doing 12+ hour days? No I did not, no amount of desire for the industry was worth missing them grow.
I went to a wedding at Tamborine Gardens, I sat in the pews, I watched the celebrant perform my good friends wedding ceremony and I thought to my self, she probably gets to go home to her kids now. It seemed like the perfect balance!
The next day I researched how to be a celebrant, that same week I booked in to do my cert IV in Celebrancy and the best decision I've ever made for myself was made.
Even with all the weddings I have now under my belt weddings I never get tired of seeing that heavy breathing groom nervously waiting for his gorgeous bride to walk down the aisle to the man of her dreams. It is the overwhelming feeling of love that unites everyone in a room that makes me feel so proud to be a part of the experience. In the months leading up to your celebration and especially on the big day, I will do my best to keep you calm and relaxed. There are a few legalities that need to be said during the ceremony, but the rest is totally up to you! It’s amazing for guests to hear a ceremony where every word spoken is a true reflection of your unique style and personalities.
It's important that you are comfortable with the person you choose as your celebrant and I hope I have given you a little insight into who I am. Your celebrant is there with you during a very significant time in your life and I hope to be the one standing alongside you.
Hopefully you will consider me when deciding on the right celebrant for your day and I am all too happy to answer any questions you might have!