Licence to Wed

Exactly two years ago, in December 2016, I tagged along with a group of girls from Ballina and Lennox Head, and headed out to The Brunswick Hotel to celebrate a friend’s birthday. Electrik Lemonade were playing and we hired the ever reliable Todd’s Transfers for the return trip. The sun was shining and the drinks were chilled - a perfect Sunday session.

During the afternoon I met some amazing women, and at one point I sat next to a girl called Kirsty, she had short blond rocker girl hair, and had a really nice aura about her. At the time I was craving a change, something different than the 9-5 boredom I was tolerating everyday. Kirsty told me she was a marriage celebrant and loved her job. I was a little taken aback - I’d never actually met a marriage celebrant socially before and especially one that looked as awesome as her. I had so many questions that ignited a passion within me I hadn’t felt for a really long time.

I told her how much I loved love, romance and absolutely adored learning about everybody’s love story. I couldn’t think of a better way to spend my days, being surrounded by love every day, what a wonderful job. She simply said “well, why don’t you?”. At that point a guy bumped into the back of my chair and my love-heart shaped sunnies fell from the top of my head and landed in place on my nose. She laughed and said “you really have to become a wedding celebrant”. I was gobsmacked, I’d never even thought about it, a job where you lived love all the time, go to weddings, kick off the party - what a perfect life!

The world famous Cape Byron Lighthouse, built at the turn of the 19th century to protect ships passing along our magnificent coastline.

The world famous Cape Byron Lighthouse, built at the turn of the 19th century to protect ships passing along our magnificent coastline.

Now me being me, I got really excited about the whole concept and immediately started looking into it. I learned that the Byron Bay region was a mecca for weddings. With well over 30 wedding venues, incorporating hundreds of vendors and suppliers from florists to caterers, photo booths, live music, DJs, beauty therapists, photographers, and kombis for hire. Not bad for a little laid back hippy surf town conceived on marijuana.

It was January when I finally signed up for the course with Australian Celebrations. I’m a risky chick but luckily my partner in life isn’t, I call him Captain Careful, he often pulls me back to ensure I think things through properly - we’re a perfect match.

The course wasn’t easy and it took me a while to get through the assessments. Mainly because I was starstruck by a network marketing company during that time too (a decision that slipped through Captain Careful - whoops! Thanks for that little test Mama Universe), but once I found momentum of becoming a marriage celebrant there was no stopping me.

I designed this myself with pen and paper, and then had an amazing designer bring it to life.

I designed this myself with pen and paper, and then had an amazing designer bring it to life.

Over the course of the last 2 years, I’ve bounced around numerous names for my business starting with Byron Bay Rainbow Celebrant - which I did buy the URL and business name for. I was convinced this was it until my friend of 30 years told me bluntly “it just isn’t you Vic!”. Then it was, Over The Rainbow Ceremonies, Cherished Ceremonies, The Party Celebrant. But then I settled on Love for Life Ceremonies, and Love for Life Celebrant. The meaning behind the brand is simple - Love and Life represent an encompassing message - you can’t have one without the other: you need love to give life, and life to give love. They are, and always have been, connected and will remain so until the end of time. My mate of 30 years says, “that’s perfectly you, Vic”. Bingo!

So, on July 1st, 2018 I received my Licence to Wed, I literally have the power vested in me to officiate weddings. I’m so incredibly excited about this next chapter in my life and can’t wait to meet all my wonderful couples, to hear all about your ‘how we met’ story, and kick off your happily ever after. One thing guaranteed with me is a stress-free-fun-packed kickstart to your celebration of love.

Let’s do this!

Victoria Armstrong