Who is Hope Oliver?
I am woman, hear me roar. I love love (all the kinds). I marry people for a job which is a pretty special job to have. I create custom, bespoke ceremonies for couples who want something different for their wedding day. I’m not your average wedding celebrant. Weddings can include some problematic traditions and I specialise in making sure my ceremonies fit my modern couples perfectly.
How did officiating weddings become your job?
It was something I had wanted to do for a long time before I actually did. When my best friend Clare (see below) got engaged she asked if I would go through the training and then once I did her wedding I was hooked! The happiness and the love is addictive. I have a background in event management and I’ve found those skills to be very beneficial as a celebrant also.
What’s your favourite thing about weddings?
I love the moment right before the ceremony starts. There is a very special energy in the air – reverence, excitement and barely contained joy.
Do you have any advice for couples who are worried about not being able to contain their emotions on their wedding day?
I always say to my couple’s that it’s not a race. Everyone is there to see you be married and there is absolutely nothing wrong with taking a moment to collect yourself. I am a big believer in eye contact and deep breaths and I’ve been told I am very calming
Do you have a
My very first wedding was my very best friend’s Clare. We’ve been friends since we were three and it was so incredibly special to marry her and her love. I got a bit teary seeing her walk down the aisle towards us but she came and gave me a hug before we got started which was the perfect way to kick off my first wedding.
In February I am doing double duty as a celebrant/bridesmaid for my sister so that will probably make the list too. I am not entirely sure how I am going to juggle both but I am thinking about putting a microphone in my bouquet as a start!
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