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A day in the life of Linda Eyles

I have been a celebrant now for almost 10 years.  When my Mum died I had a really good rapport with the funeral director and thought  this is something I would love to do.  I did my investigation and found The Celebrant School with Mary Hancock. After completing my Certificate in Celebrant studies, I then started my journey.

I was Auckland Branch Chair for 2 years some years back, a role I thoroughly enjoyed.  Now I am on the committee of a fairly new branch in Northland.

I officiate at both weddings and funerals although weddings are my main focus.

I love what I do, writing unique ceremonies for wonderful people both past and present. Because of this, I have grown as a person drawing on the knowledge and skills I have procured over the years.

On the day, one has to be prepared for the unexpected and therefore, being adaptable & professional at all times is very important.

My most memorable ceremony was for my brother and his husband.  They were able to unite as a married couple not long after the law change came about.

When I have a ceremony to perform, I devote virtually the whole day to it. Making sure I am fully prepared, a check list at hand.  Making myself presentable in a professional manner is very important to me and I think you owe it to the ceremony at hand. I always arrive in plenty of time to get in the zone and set up.

In your pre ceremony interview always make sure you are aware of all the facts, & listen. If there is a difficult name to pronounce, I always do my own phonetic spelling so no errors on the day.  Make sure you have a plan A & B – have copy of ceremony in your folder or Ipad (although I prefer the art of ceremony and have a Celebrant Association silver folder) & a spare copy in your bag.  A spare pair of tights & sewing kit are must haves!!

I still work part time in Property Management, enjoy Zumba, playing golf (always the good, the bad & the ugly)  & voluntary work in the community.  My greatest joy in life is spending time with my 8yr old grandson.