I’m Bronte Price. I’m a registered marriage celebrant. I’m also gay and I’m the first celebrant in Australia’s to have completed the Certificate in Gay and Lesbian Weddings (The Equality Institute, USA). This certification, as well as my own wedding preparations, has taught me about the many delicate intricacies of gay and lesbian weddings. The skills and experiences I picked up as a senior executive in both state and local government and as a teacher of English and Drama constantly help me ensure my ceremonies are authentic, memorable and, of course, romantic.
I’m engayged to my feyoncé, Clint. Our wedding is scheduled for April, 2019. Our own experiences in planning our wedding and those of the couples I’ve married in the past all teach us something similar: there’s nothing more disastrous or regrettable than having a wedding that doesn’t reflect your personality, your values, and who and what you are. So, Clint and I want a wedding that reflects who we are and how we live our lives.
We want a gay wedding, not a straight wedding. And so, we’re excited about our special day revolving around a ceremony and celebration one that shakes up the typical wedding structure – and one that we and our guests will remember for a long time.
Each Friday, I volunteer as a newsreader at JOY 94.9 – Australia’s only LGBTI radio station – where I write and present the news at noon. Working at JOY puts me in regular touch with other members of the LGBTI community, which I absolutely love. I’m a financial member of both JOY 94.9 and GLOBE (Gay and Lesbian Organization for Business and Enterprise).
I understand how vastly different gay weddings are from straight weddings, apart from just the gendered roles in the latter. I co-founded The Equality Network to provide sensitivity training to wedding suppliers and to educate people about those differences, to help ensure that LGBTI couples are delivered a wedding that reflects their way of life and who they are. It helps suppliers cater to gay and lesbian weddings in a more personal and sensitive manner.
This certification, as well as my own wedding preparations, has taught me the many delicate intricacies of gay weddings.
Clint & I both enjoy gardening and parenting our 4 legged baby kelpie, Bingo. We often spend our Sunday afternoons at DTs, Melbourne’s most iconic gay pub. I’m a member of a volunteer group that feeds and clothes homeless people, including members of the LGBTI community, each Thursday night, in Melbourne’s CBD. I contribute $20 to the same organization, from each same sex wedding ceremony I perform.
Aren’t we all fond of memories that last? I take joy in working with couples to create memories that are authentic, interesting, unique and polished. I always aim to deliver these ceremonies keeping in mind the regulations, the sensitivities and wishes of the couple.