About Chiquita Mitchell Celebrant
Former personal assistant to Sir Bob Geldof and a Celebrant since 2007 (including celebrity weddings), Chiquita will expertly guide you through the wedding process, write your tailored ceremony, develop your vows, explain the legal aspects, keep you organised and flawlessly conduct your ceremony at your chosen location. Find out if your date is available.
Behind The Brand
Your best piece of advice for event planning?
I’ve learnt a very personal lesson after eleven years being a Celebrant. The human element of weddings means that whilst every wedding is totally different, the leap of faith that couples have to take to book a team of suppliers to pull off their biggest gig ever, is quite the leap.
I’m a bit of a control freak and micro managed my own wedding, but through the gift of being a Celebrant for so long, I have noticed that it is 100 percent the couples who do research into their suppliers, confidently book them in and then let go and trust, that have the best day. So I’d really say that if you entrust your suppliers enough to engage them, save yourself worry by handing over your burdens and letting them make things happen for you.
And don’t sweat the little things. If the corsages arrive in a completely different colour, no one but you will know. It just doesn’t matter.
What was the spark for your brand? Where did the story begin?
I became a Celebrant when I was pregnant with our first son, and it was about gaining a role that would allow me to be the hands-on mother I wanted to be. I didn’t know I’d like it so much!!! Along the way, have been able to grow my passion for writing, utilise my background as a personal assistant and assistant director in the film world to make sure things appear effortless, and work with people. Through the early years of being a mother it also had the added bonus of being a chance to wear fabulous clothes as opposed to pajamas!!!
What inspires you creatively?
Drawing in a gathering of people at a wedding and taking them on a journey with the couple I’m marrying is so incredibly rewarding. It is a learned skill to open guests up to be comfortable enough to be swept away, cry or laugh at a wedding. It’s been such a gradual thing to learn to be able to do that, but it’s something that means a great deal to me.
Most memorable place you’ve travelled?
I’ve travelled a lot, but Nepal stands out in my mind the most. Kind people, beautiful countryside and nature that changes at every turn.
On a typical weekend we’ll find you?
A favorite quote?
I love William Blake’s Auguries of Innocence but it’s probably too long to count as a quote. Ralph Waldo Emerson’s words about success speak to me: To know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have succeeded.