Hello, and welcome back to this week’s edition of Wedding Experts at Home with Honey Lane. This week we sat down with the all-round wedding superstar; Gary Reilly (or you may know him as Gaz for short) from You May Kiss.
We have been huge fans of Gaz’s work and experience in the wedding industry for quite some time now. After recommending him to one of our gorgeous couples, there was no turning back – the couple were drawn from the get-go and insisted we locked him in right away!
Believe it or not, the Sydney Celebrant wasn’t always involved in the wedding industry. Gaz began his first gig into the events world exactly 20 years ago where he secured a part time gig as a tour guide for the Sydney Olympics. There was something about the atmosphere where he felt right where he was meant to be and in return spent the next 10 years at The Sydney Cricket Ground working on events for NRL, The Sydney Swans and *insert name drop here* Robbie Williams, Red Hot Chilli Peppers, Cold Play and Foo Fighters to name a few.
Gaz enlisted the comedy scene as a way to enhance his public speaking skills and continues to use this experience into his work today. Gaz now finds himself conducting around 100 marriage ceremonies and 60 receptions every year as a celebrant, MC and On the Day Coordinator – he really can do it all!
“I love this job and lifestyle and have never been happier, I promise to be as excited about your day as you are.”
So now, in the midst of everything that is going on in the world right now we ask Gaz how things are going and what has been keeping him busy during this time.
With the downturn of our industry and the immediate effect on You May Kiss, he has been assisting those couples who have chosen to elope while the rest of the world stops and is looking forward to an awesome back to back 2021. And in his downtime, he has had a change of scenery, helping some of his friends on worksites.
"I am a full-time celebrant and work literally stopped in a day. But I have been lucky enough to help our a few mates learning new skills along the way, and also get the back end of the business sorted with a new website that I have never really found the time to do.”
Like many of us in the industry, Gaz agrees that we are slowly looking up as the weeks tick by and everything is beginning to build up again.
Moving on to the juicy stuff, we asked Gaz when and how should you consider your wedding celebrant?
As Sydney based wedding planners, we always suggest one of the many components you should consider first is in fact your celebrant – along with your venue and photographer. Celebrants are going to set the tone for the day, being the first thing, your guests will interact with.