So, hopefully, you'll know who I am from social media, but for those coming across me for the first time ...
I'm Michelle, aka #FunkyCelebrant®️.
I have been a celebrant for over 8 years, having trained under the excellent tutelage of Terri Shanks, founder of the FPC (Fellowship of Professional Celebrants).
For most of my adult life, I was a police officer, serving in 3 different forces in the UK. Upon retiring in 2015, I took up Celebrancy full time.
For those of you doing the maths, yes, I was celebranting in my spare time in the years leading up to retirement..that was a feat and a half, I can tell you!
Luckily for me, as soon as I waved the day job goodbye, and my passion became a vocation, I found that word of my infectious personality and my fun and inclusive way of working was getting around; As a consequence, I was becoming more and more in demand, both as a celebrant AND from colleagues too, who were after help and advice.
So, a seed was sown and my career began in earnest!
As I have also become one of the lead CPD trainers for the FPC, it feels like now is the right time to officially offer my services on a professional basis to the wider celebrant market.
As you can see from my mentoring page, I am not looking at website building, social media presence or anything like that, as there are far too many savvy protagonists out there already.
What I am offering are the additional basic building blocks of running a wedding & family celebrant business.
We all need guidance from time to time as we are striving towards the same goal, i.e. creating and delivering the perfect ceremony for our couples and the families we serve.
So, what qualifies me to offer you this service?
Full training from the FPC in Wedding & Family Celebrancy.
FPC Wedding & Family CPD (Continuing Professional Development) Manager.
8 years as a practising celebrant
2 x TWIA East of England Regional Celebrant of the Year awards (2018/19).
Followed by, to my sheer delight , the amazing accolade of being crowned Celebrant of the Year in TWIA19 National Finals in London!
I co-represent the FPC on the newly formed Wedding Celebrant Commission.
And then, there’s my 30+ years in the police, acquiring all of the requisite skills one would expect; a keen eye for detail and the ability to sieve through the facts as I connected with people on a more personal level. I recognised even then the importance of being able to tell a factual story, to ensure every minute detail was recorded... you never knew when it was going to be of real importance!
My expertise in that arena has easily been transposed into the world of celebrancy, writing stories for young and old, honouring love and commitment and making memories that will last a lifetime.
I am constantly improving my professional skill set and updating my industry knowledge for the benefit of my clients and now I’m offering my services to you.
I want to be able to help you gain that same insight, for you to be able to create the ceremony your clients want, and to support you as you take those tentative steps along your own path on this truly rewarding adventure.
I'll provide those extra building blocks that complement your previous training, and the all important helping hand.
I can't wait to be of assistance to you too, as you start to take your own celebrancy to the next level.