How do wedding celebrants operate?

Amy Brazier and James Richmond celebrated their marriage at the Cardrona Hotel, in March. Photo...
Amy Brazier and James Richmond celebrated their marriage at the Cardrona Hotel, in March. Photo by Ruth Brown, Fluid Photo.
At the beginning of their work with a couple wedding celebrants are able to advise on the many forms of wedding service and assist those who wish to write their own.

• Fees vary considerably from area to area. They cover everything from the consultation, to development of the ceremony, dress rehearsal and wedding-day ceremony. If travelling out of their own area to a ceremony, a travel fee is negotiated.

• Confirmation of a booking is required, usually within about two weeks of the couple making an inquiry and having a booking pencilled in.

• Couples nominate two choices for the venue of the ceremony on the licence application and wedding celebrants are legally bound to conduct the service at either of those places. The reason for two choices is to provide a wet-weather option if the ceremony is to be held outside.

• Most wedding ceremonies conducted by a wedding celebrant last from 15 to 20 minutes, but this can vary depending on the wishes of the couple.

• Celebrants do not require couples to remember their vows and it is a personal choice whether a couple write their own or choose from the celebrant's own selection.

• Eloping couples who wish to be married by a celebrant need two witnesses at the ceremony.

• Although not essential, wedding celebrants recommend a practice run-through the ceremony the day prior to the wedding.

• Wedding celebrants do not usually attend the wedding reception, but may be invited to join the couple and guests for a celebratory drink immediately after the ceremony.

To find out more about our local Wedding Celebrants check out the list below or visit our Wedding Celebrant  


Marriage Celebrants:

Ross Andrew

Lynne Greer

Joy Ramsay

Bev Clarke

Philippa Cook

Marg Matheson


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