I was a freshly registered Celebrant at 20 years old and thought ok, now what!!?? I need a website! Thanks to a basic website template and a bottle of Frangelico given to the photographer who took a head shot of me, a website was born.
3 weeks later I thought, oh shit!! How do I check my emails?? I jumped onto my email hosting website, found my login, got directed to some strange 'squirrel mail' and boom! I found my inbox! Low and behold there was A WEDDING ENQUIRY!! A REAL ONE! How did they even find me? Who ARE these people? The email was 2 weeks old and I nearly fell off my bed! Holy frick i've left it too late! Shit Julia! I quickly emailed them back saying I was available on the 21st of March, 2009 and I would LOVE to be there celebrant. The next day I got a reply. They wanted to meet me. I was SO fricken happy!
A few days later I dressed up for a proper interview (black pencil skirt, blue cardigan and black heels) I put together the most vaguest ceremony outline and then I brought along the NOIM. They didn't want to look at my silly attempt of an info pack. They just said they want something simple and handed me a wad of $500 cash.
As I was sitting there stunned and ridiculously happy, they asked what I was doing after the wedding..... I said 'just going home' They then asked 'would you be happy to babysit our kid after the wedding in our hotel? He will already be asleep and you can help yourself to the mini bar.' 'SURE' I said.
'How much do you want?' '$50 per hour thanks!'
I remember walking back to my car a whole 20 minutes later with a completed NOIM, $500 in cold hard cash and a hilarious baby sitting gig!
You can imagine that my Mum thought it was the funniest thing ever and still goes on about it.
What's the point of this story? Well it's just kind of shows how uncommon these enquiries are nowadays. Today's couples will hardly wait a few days let alone a few weeks for you to reply to them. They are tech savvy (they certainly would much rather 'tap and go' then hand you a wad of cash) and they are MUCH more discerning about what kind of suppliers they want at their wedding.
So much has changed with how I like to run my business but i'm not going to lie, I still love being given cash! Haha :)