Masterclasses

From booking a couple to sending off the paperwork to the BDM and everything in between. 

We will look at what needs to be done and when it is the best time to schedule these tasks.

Together we will create a timeline, from start to finish, outlining all the actions needed to be taken by the celebrant and the couple getting married.

After this session, you will have a timeline you can use to hold yourself accountable that also depicts to your couple, exactly what is inclulded in your services for the fee you charge!

Event Date Wednesday 30 September, 2020 - 8:30 am
Course End Date Wednesday 30 September, 2020 - 10:30 am
Capacity Unlimited
Individual Price $NZD40.25
Trainer NICOLE PENNING
Location Zoom teleconferencing LIVE TRAINING SESSION

This activity describes how choreography is central to the celebrant task. Beyond the creation of a dance, the dictionary definition of choreography is “the carefully planned or executed organization of an event, or the manoeuvring of people or things.” Movement and placement, in general, fits into the overall structure and context of the Marriage Ceremony.

At the end of this session, you will be able to:

  • Identify the most appropriate choreography for the processional and recessional component of the ceremony.
  • Identify the choreographic elements of the ceremony that will bring the best aesthetic look and feel to the ceremony and provide the best flow.
Event Date Tuesday 06 October, 2020 - 7:00 pm
Course End Date Tuesday 06 October, 2020 - 9:00 pm
Capacity Unlimited
Individual Price $NZD40.25
Trainer SALLY CANT
Location Zoom teleconferencing LIVE TRAINING SESSION

So that we can write a funeral service that is authentic and personal, we need to meet with the family of the deceased person.

During this session, we will discuss the way that we approach the family meeting, the content of the meeting and the ways that we may record that information. 

Here’s what we’ll cover:

  • Information you need before the meeting
  • Working with a grieving family
  • How to begin the meeting
  • Information required to write a memorable service and how to obtain it
  • Documenting information
  • The questions the family may ask of you
  • How to conclude the meeting
Event Date Monday 12 October, 2020 - 7:30 pm
Course End Date Monday 12 October, 2020 - 9:30 pm
Capacity Unlimited
Individual Price $NZD40.25
Trainer SALLY CANT
Location Zoom teleconferencing LIVE TRAINING SESSION

How to be a funeral and memorial celebrant with no funeral director involved! Can you truly be independent?

How can the celebrant handle this ceremony without the assistance of a funeral company? 

We will develop this model over the 2 hours. 

Event Date Tuesday 13 October, 2020 - 8:00 pm
Course End Date Tuesday 13 October, 2020 - 10:00 pm
Capacity Unlimited
Individual Price $NZD40.25
Trainer SALLY CANT
Location Zoom teleconferencing LIVE TRAINING SESSION

Understanding why we would have Terms and Conditions

  • Why have them?
  • What are the key components?
  • What are some other special components you’d like to include in yours?
  • How do you manage situations where a couple or your breach the terms and conditions?  
  • Trainer provides all participants with a sample – what changes would you suggest?
  • Trainer provides all participants with resources to research how to create your own terms and conditions.
  • Bring along your own copy of what you currently use so it can be reviewed and edited
  • Spend time customising your own terms, with help from the trainer and your colleagues, to answer your questions, as you go.
Event Date Wednesday 14 October, 2020 - 3:30 pm
Course End Date Wednesday 14 October, 2020 - 5:30 pm
Capacity Unlimited
Individual Price $NZD40.25
Trainer NICOLE PENNING
Location Zoom teleconferencing LIVE TRAINING SESSION

Legal Refresher

  • Understanding the law relating to marriage ceremonies
  • Understanding the legal process
  • Understanding the legal forms
  • Discussing the misinformation that is out there
  • Answering your questions
  • Wills, or getting certificates apostilled, or what the legalities are around using names etc
  • And all those other bits and pieces you didn’t know until now!
Event Date Wednesday 14 October, 2020 - 7:00 pm
Course End Date Wednesday 14 October, 2020 - 9:00 pm
Capacity Unlimited
Individual Price $NZD40.25
Trainer JANE GODFREY
Location Zoom teleconferencing LIVE TRAINING SESSION

Ever wondered what Celebrant's have in their kit/workbag? 

  • Why even bother having one? 
  • Let's work out what you could have in your kit that would have a practical use and why.
  • Join Nicole as she takes you on a virtual tour through her workbag, including what's in her emergency survival kit, what P.A system she uses and others on the market, what she has in her car on the day of the wedding and what extra things she includes in her ceremony script that come in handy on the day!
  • In these 2 hours Nicole will include everything she includes in her kit as tips and tricks that have helped her over 11 years of being a celebrant! Don't miss out on this opportunity to upgrade your celebrant kit!
Event Date Wednesday 21 October, 2020 - 8:30 am
Course End Date Wednesday 21 October, 2020 - 10:30 am
Capacity Unlimited
Individual Price $NZD40.25
Trainer NICOLE PENNING
Location Zoom teleconferencing LIVE TRAINING SESSION

This topic focuses on the elements related to the structure of the ceremony, the activities that take place before the ceremony starts and after it is successfully concluded.

At the end of this session, you will be able to:

  • Understand the activities from arrival at the venue through to the processional of the bride/groom.
  • Understand the opening elements of the ceremony including involvement of family and friends
  • Understand the structure of the essential heart of the ceremony and the emotional point of it.
  • Understand how to effectively conclude the ceremony
Event Date Thursday 22 October, 2020 - 7:00 pm
Course End Date Thursday 22 October, 2020 - 9:00 pm
Capacity Unlimited
Individual Price $NZD40.25
Trainer JANE GODFREY
Location Zoom teleconferencing LIVE TRAINING SESSION

Weddings and funerals are often high on emotion at different ends of the scale. And, no matter how hard and well you plan, things can – and will – go wrong.

In this 2 hour session, you’ll get an idea of what can go wrong, how to prevent things going wrong in the first place, and how to come up with a solution in the time you’ve got.

Some examples follow – and we will share others in the session.

Weddings:

What would you do if

  • the sound system fails 
  • the cars are delayed by a half hour 
  • there’s a car crash involving the wedding party 
  • weather is inclement 
  • the venue manager is ill and won’t be there on the day 
  • the couple forgets their rings 
  • the coordinator of the music is not able to attend 
  • someone faints during the love story
  • and many more . . .  

Funerals:

What would you do if

  • there’s a rogue speaker 
  • the funeral begins late and will over-run its scheduled time slot
  • the family wants to take several hours to say goodbye at the graveside
  • you thought the candles were being supplied by the family but they‘ve forgotten them
  • you thought there’d be a side table on which to place items but there isn’t
  • there’s no space for flowers on the coffin
  • the live streaming has gone awry
  • there’s confusion about the order of the music
Event Date Monday 26 October, 2020 - 6:00 pm
Course End Date Monday 26 October, 2020 - 8:00 pm
Capacity Unlimited
Individual Price $NZD40.25
Trainer SALLY CANT
Location Zoom teleconferencing LIVE TRAINING SESSION

Successful funeral celebrants have a deep understanding of the funeral sector and the people who work within it.

This session introduces the roles of professionals in the funeral sector, their roles and the boundaries between those roles. It also introduces protocols observed at a funeral service. 

Here’s what we’ll cover:

  • Who’s who in the funeral sector and professional work together
  • Taking a booking for a funeral
  • Contacting the family of the deceased
  • Introduction to funeral service protocols
  • Personal and professional boundaries
  • Celebrants and counselling
Event Date Tuesday 27 October, 2020 - 7:00 pm
Course End Date Tuesday 27 October, 2020 - 9:00 pm
Capacity Unlimited
Individual Price $NZD40.25
Trainer SARAH GNAD
Location Zoom teleconferencing LIVE TRAINING SESSION