Rhonda Callow is also available for Justice of the Peace work at the new shared bridal and formal events showroom in Kingaroy.
Rhonda Callow is also available for Justice of the Peace work at the new shared bridal and formal events showroom in Kingaroy. Laura Blackmore

How this wedding celebrant helps couples find their feet

IT'S BEEN one month since Burnett Bridal and Formal Events opened its doors in Kingaroy.

One of the vendors who set up shop in the shared showroom is excited about the collaborative venture.

Since 2008, wedding celebrant Mrs Callow has conducted over 200 weddings across Queensland and has no intentions of slowing down.

Based at Kingaroy, the celebrant said she hoped the community would embrace the entrepreneurial business filled with wedding and formal events related businesses.

"The thing I come across with couples is that they don't know where to start,” Mrs Callow said.

"It's very frustrating for them, so hopefully here we can show them a range of services.

"It's a wonderful idea and let's hope people in the community utilise it,” she said.

Wedding celebrant Rhonda Callow's services on display inside the showroom.
Wedding celebrant Rhonda Callow's services on display inside the showroom. Laura Blackmore

Like any profession, Mrs Callow said there were sometimes stumbling blocks to overcome.

"I think some people have this perception of a wedding celebrant that you are just marrying a couple,” Mrs Callow said.

"Essentially, we are doing a job on behalf of the government.

"If you do the wrong thing, you can get a hefty fine and potentially a jail sentence.

"There can also be challenges if there is friction within the family.

"It is my interest as a celebrant to make sure everything I do is absolutely spot on.”

Owner of Rendevous Designs and founder of Burnett Bridal and Formal Events Chaseling Helen Chaseling and wedding celebrant Rhonda Callow inside the showroom.
Owner of Rendevous Designs and founder of Burnett Bridal and Formal Events Helen Chaseling alongside wedding celebrant Rhonda Callow inside the shared showroom. Laura Blackmore

As the two-year mark of same sex marriage was legalised in Australia approaches in November, Mrs Callow said she hasn't conducted one yet but has three on the horizon.

"I was at one of the bridal expos and a couple came up to me because I had a stand.

"They were asking me about my celebrant work and they said before we go any further we are gay.

"I said really, well that doesn't worry me one little bit.

"And would you believe it when I got home there was the most gorgeous email thanking me for my kindness and that they decided they wanted me to marry them.

"I also feel very privileged that I will be marrying one of my nieces in Toowoomba next year,” she said.

Outside the showroom of a new business in the region based at Kingaroy, Burnett Bridal and Formal Events.
Outside the showroom of Burnett Bridal and Formal Events. Laura Blackmore

Mrs Callow said one her greatest pleasures in her role was to see people at their happiest.

"I have not had one couple yet who has left my home unhappy with everything I have done for them,” she said.

"I always make sure they know exactly what I am going to be doing as their celebrant.

Mrs Callow is also available for Justice of the Peace work at Burnett Bridal and Formal Events on Thursday's from 9.30am to 4.30pm.