You won’t need to read too far into this celebrant interview with Spain-based wedding celebrant, Nikki Kulin, to see just how passionate she is about giving couples the best wedding celebration ever.
Now in her second year of weddings, Nikki was also a regional finalist in the prestigious 2018 Wedding Industry Awards. Now Nikki has got started with carry out gorgeous wedding ceremonies in Spain, there certainly will be no stopping her!
What did you do before you became a Celebrant?
I had a 20 year career in Sales Management, and was a Primary School Teacher with English specialism and a writer.
Is there anything about your previous career experiences that is relevant to you being a Celebrant or helps you now as a Celebrant?
I think my previous roles give me a raft of transferable skills. As a previous small business owner, my key emphasis was excellent customer service and going the extra mile and I have brought this across to my Celebrant business. I am truly a people person too so Wedding Celebrancy is the perfect career.
What has been the highlight of your wedding career so far?
Getting to know awesome people and being such an important part of their special day. It is also great to have fabulous feedback – it makes it all worthwhile.
What advice would you give to couples getting married now? What mistakes could they do with avoiding?
Having been married for 32 years myself, I think the most important piece of advice is to make sure you keep time for yourself and your interests as well as doing things together. It can be easy to be a parent first and forget to put time aside for you as a couple and, as a Mum of 4, I can’t tell you that unreservedly!
What has being a wedding Celebrant taught you about life and people?
That happiness is the goal. Making memories and having fabulous experiences are so much more important than material things.
What do you love about being a wedding Celebrant?
Everything – but mostly that it really doesn’t feel like a job. I always come away from each ceremony with a huge smile on my face and a feeling of true pride that I have been part of something so special and left the couple with awesome memories of their day.
What aspect of your job as a wedding Celebrant gives you the most satisfaction?
I love writing and creating. I often visit the venue to soak up the vibe before I start writing ie sitting on the beach writing blessings.
What’s your favourite symbolic ritual, and why?
I love them all for different reasons. I also love creating new ones. Most recently a wonderful couple and I created a ‘crystal throwing’ ceremony which so reflected them.
What’s your favourite type of wedding ceremonies?
I particularly love it when couples complete their questionnaire’s separately giving me two perspectives on their story. Bringing that together and getting the feedback when I send the draft script is fabulous!
If you had to sum yourself up in three words, what would they be?
Happy, smiley, laughing!
What would be a dream ceremony for you?
Every single ceremony is a dream. When I got married 32 years ago, we had very little money and completed our whole wedding including the dress with a budget of £300. It was a special day but I always say that I am ‘wedding deprived’ so just love to play a part in each and every ceremony and see the wonderful elements that each couple bring to their day!
How would you say the wedding industry has changed in the last fifteen years?
I would say that a lot more couples are getting married!
What kind of couples do you enjoy working with?
There is no particular kind of couple that I prefer working with actually. I embrace individuality of personality and thought and as everyone is working towards the same happy goal, what’s not to love?
What are your favourite types of venues/spaces for weddings?
TheSouthern Spain is such a wonderful location and each and every venue is special for different reasons.
Tell us about a funny/hair-raising/near-miss wedding experience that you’ve had as a Celebrant
I was busy telling a fabulous ‘how they met story’ which the bride had told me unbeknown to the groom, and their gorgeous 4 year old son, just after the laughter that ensued, poked his head out from the pew and said, directly to me, ‘What are you talking about!’. Everyone collapsed in fits of giggles!
When you’re not busy being a Celebrant what do you love doing?
I love to travel and spend time with my family. I really enjoy padel tennis and try to play as much as possible. I am also an avid reader and writer. My never ending bucket list seems to grow by the minute; so much to do, so little time!
Isn’t Nikki an absolute delight? For more info about Nikki and here wedding ceremonies in Spain, check out her website here.