How to Pick the Perfect Wedding Celebrant for your Brisbane or Queensland Wedding
The ideal wedding celebrant will be someone who makes you feel natural and relaxed. You should be able to pick up on their friendliness and organisational skills at your first meeting. They should show genuine interest in crafting an unique wedding ceremony that will incorporate aspects of your romantic journey along with the necessary legal requirements. Get in touch with a few celebrants, have a chat with them about your wedding ideas, and see whom you feel most comfortable with.
You might also like to check and see if your short-listed celebrants will be conducting any other weddings on your chosen date, and see how they plan to accommodate the timing of the ceremonies. You don’t want them stuck in traffic when they should be at your wedding!
Some celebrants can offer extras like a PA system or microphone to ensure your guests can hear you well. This can be particularly important if you plan on having a video taken on your day. Be sure to give your videographer your celebrant’s details so they can plan the best way to capture your wedding.
Similarly, some celebrants have a signing table they can provide along with special signing pens and more. Be sure to ask what extra touches they provide as part of their wedding service.
Best wishes for finding your perfect Queensland wedding celebrant. Here’s a list of some of Brisbane and Queensland’s most popular wedding celebrants.
Happy wedding planning. xx
Vivienne Bate – Celebrant-Overview I am so happy that you have found the one! That very special someone that completes you – that makes you whole and that you love so much you would miss them even if you hadn’t met!I am a full-time Celebrant that loves all things wedding and ceremony. My passion has always been for… Continue Reading
Mitchell Sargent – The Surfing Celebrant-Overview Meet Mitch…After years of being MC at wedding receptions, I realised that my joy for such days could go beyond just the reception… Oh and I did have a small nudge in the celebrant direction by my awesome sister who asked me to become registered to solemnise her marriage!Since then, I’ve fallen in love… Continue Reading
Renee Wilkins-Overview Hi, I’m Renee Wilkins and I am an authorised marriage celebrant based in Brisbane with 11-years’ experience. I have now conducted in the vicinity of 1400 weddings and am the preferred celebrant at a number of venues in South East Queensland. My couples would describe me as honest, reliable, highly organised and sometimes pretty funny.Outside… Continue Reading
Annette L Oates-Marriage Celebrant Overview Allow me to give your event the KISS effect... Keeping It Simple & Stylish!With Fraser Island right on my doorstep, I'm located at Cooloola Cove 10k from Tin Can Bay, 20k From Rainbow Beach and midway between Hervey Bay and the Sunshine Coast. Travel is something I love so it's never an… Continue Reading
Shane Vincent-Overview I’ve always been in front of a crowd, as a Comedian, MC, Actor and Singer for the past 20 years. In my younger years I worked in theatre restaurants as a Singer and Actor and over the past 10 years I have found my passion in writing. I write anything from stand up to… Continue Reading
Lorraine Wright-The Wright Celebrant Overview Can you imagine your ceremony being the highlight of your big day?... Picture you and your loved ones relaxing, connecting, and being truly ‘present’ throughout this special moment in your life. Together, we can make that happen.With over ten years’ experience as a Marriage Celebrant, I’ve had the honour of helping… Continue Reading
Ceremonies With Bronwyn-Overview I love being a celebrant (I know I have the best job in the world) and I'm passionate about making sure you will cherish the memories of your wedding day forever. It's your special day, and I will work with you to design a ceremony that is just perfect for you. My ceremonies are… Continue Reading
Jac Moore – Moore Celebrations-Overview Doesn’t being engaged look good on you! Congratulations on your recent decision to marry your other half. My name is Jac. I am a marriage celebrant based in Brisbane, but I will travel for lovers. I’m a down to earth, thirty-something-year-old with an adorable pup named Florence. If you think that a cheese and charcuterie board… Continue Reading
Marry Me Marilyn-Overview VOTED #1 BEST CELEBRANT GOLD COAST 2019 BRIDES CHOICE AWARDSI LOVE TO LAUGH, HAVE FUN AND CREATE A MAGICAL WEDDING CEREMONY WITH YOU! Love story personal vows, fun, laughter, upbeat, relaxed, romantic, personal and powerful! I have unbounded enthusiasm, a fun loving personality and emotional intelligence and I am guided strongly by my intuition.… Continue Reading
Secret Agent Productions – Eve Caillon-Registered Marriage Celebrant Overview Easy to talk to and excited to marry us ...Understood exactly what mood and feeling we were after ...Perfect choice ... went above and beyond ...Helped us evolve the ceremony and event ...You made it happen ...Simple and beautiful ... saved our day!Would you like a creative ceremony script, and want… Continue Reading
Deb Croxford Celebrant-Overview I love and feel privileged to do what I do. I will strive to deliver a unique and “true to you” ceremony you will always remember. I would be honoured to meet with you, discuss how I can help create a smooth, stress-free day for you, your families and your friends. I am a non-religious celebrant,… Continue Reading
Michael Janz-Overview Meet Michael Janz, a highly popular Brisbane Marriage Celebrant offering the perfect blend of professionalism and down to earth care. With dedication for each wonderfully diverse couple, nothing is ever too much trouble!I provide a fully inclusive, premium Celebrant service without an excessive price. It would be my honour to assist creating a ceremony… Continue Reading
Ruth Kuss-“Celebrant in Montville” Overview Your wedding day is one of the happiest days of your life. You’ve thought about what you would like, maybe you’ve been dreaming of marrying your true love for a long time. Let me hold your hand and help you create the ceremony of your dreams.I’m a professionally trained Marriage Celebrant… Continue Reading
Paul L. Cant CMC, AFCC, ACQ-Memorable Weddings Australia Overview I conducted my first wedding in 1988 and am very excited at the prospect and possibility of being appointed as your Celebrant and I know that my previous experience has given me the understanding and insight that will enable me to help you prepare for YOUR most special day.Allow me to… Continue Reading
Laurel Donaldson-Overview Your Special Day – Your WayMy name is Laurel Donaldson and I am a qualified, registered Civil Marriage Celebrant in Brisbane.You can be assured that as an experienced and professional celebrant I will deliver exactly the ceremony you want. A flexible, friendly and personal approach ensures that your ceremony planning will be easy and… Continue Reading
Joan Haase-Overview I believe that it is a great honour to help participate in one of the most important events in a couples life (their wedding day). I try to go above and beyond the call of duty to provide them a perfect ceremony. Something they will remember forever.I offer an obligation free initial meeting and… Continue Reading
Eileen Harlow CMC-Overview Intimate and personalised ceremonies created solely for my clients.I can assist you with planning your ceremony. As a civil celebrant I advise you about the legalities involved in your ceremony and create a personal ceremony for you. For all questions you can email email@example.com or why not make an appointment for a consultation with… Continue Reading
Rhapsody Ceremonies-Overview Welcome to Rhapsody Ceremonies, CairnsHi. My name is Gwen Stevenson and I am an Authorised Civil Marriage Celebrant in Cairns. I have lived in this beautiful part of the world for over 27 years now, and I love all our fantastic locations that can be used for weddings and other ceremonies. From the Rainforest… Continue Reading
Ginas Cairns Tropical Weddings-Overview Meet Gina Miles from Ginas Cairns Tropical Weddings. Gina is an authorised marriage celebrant in the tropical Cairns region of Northern Queensland. Gina is youthful in her approach, friendly, outgoing, sensitive to the needs of couples and produces wedding ceremonies beyond your expectations.Gina has crafted and arranged hundreds of of wedding ceremonies, helping couples… Continue Reading
Geoff Mazlin-Overview There are many elements to making the start of your journey memorable, the first is your wedding day, there are so many things for the bride and groom to think of and do, the guest lists, the right venue, the dress, informal or formal, the cake and so much more.One of the most important… Continue Reading
Neal Foster-Overview The marriage ceremony is the most important part of your wedding day. Making promises, exchanging vows and declaring your love in the presence of family and friends will be a special life event.Whether your ceremony is to be a grand affair, in a formal garden in Brisbane, a chapel on Tamborine or a small,… Continue Reading
Cassandra Neilson-Coastline Celebrant Overview Pondering a wedding ceremony that captures the essence of you generating emotion for your closest friends and family? My name is Cassandra Neilson - Coastline Celebrant. I am a registered Australian civil celebrant residing on the Sunshine Coast. I love to balance sophistication and elegance with fun and exuberance therefore delivering a… Continue Reading
Jacqueline Gray-Overview Based on the Sunshine Coast, and in particular Noosa Heads... My couples describe best how they feel about who I am as a celebrant:“Dear JacquiWe just wanted to send a short note to express our sincere thanks and appreciation for helping us create such a magical day! When Andrew and I decided to declare… Continue Reading
Bill Scurry A.C.M.C., JP (Qual)., Dip. A.C.W.-Authorised Marriage Celebrant Overview "Thank You for allowing me, to be a part of Your Special Day"My desire is to make your wedding ceremony 100% successful and help you to have a perfect start to your wedding day, and the rest of your life together.It is most important to me, that you are both happy… Continue Reading
Narelle Jackson – Amour Ceremonies-Brisbane Marriage Celebrant & Sunshine Coast Marriage Celebrant Overview Top 10 Finalist in category Marriage Celebrant Brisbane 2010 with ABIA.Top 10 Finalist in category Marriage Celebrant Sunshine Coast 2010 with ABIATop 20 Finalist in category Marriage Celebrant QLD 2010 award with ABIA.My name is Narelle Jackson and I am a fully qualified Civil Marriage Celebrant,… Continue Reading
Claire Kuyper-Overview I became an authorised Civil Marriage Celebrant in 2004. I have extensive experience over many years in presenting weddings and same sex unions for the LGBTQIA community – that can now be legal weddings which is a wonderful celebration of equality. Plus simple ceremonies for people wishing to marry overseas (see details on website).I… Continue Reading
Robyn Hargreaves-Overview Hi, I absolutely LOVE being a celebrant - to be invited to be a part of your special day is a privilege. Seeing your happy tears and laughter always boosts my enthusiasm to be and to do the very best for all of my couples entering the new stage of life as a married… Continue Reading
Barbara Lupton-Authorized Celebrant Overview Congratulations you are planning to marry that special person in your life...Hello my name is Barbara.As your Celebrant I will ensure your wedding ceremony is presented in a warm, relaxed and professional manner. I am a friendly, caring, considerate, reliable, and committed Celebrant.Your special day is a wonderful and exciting celebration for… Continue Reading
Laurel-Lea Ross-Overview Your wedding day is one of the most important days of your life and I want to be a part of it with you. Your Ceremony should be unique and reflect your personal values, beliefs, but more importantly your love for one another. I am here to help you every single step of the… Continue Reading
Do you have a wedding theme? It might be colour based, movie based (Gone with the Wind, or The Great Gatsby maybe), formal or informal, modern or vintage, beach or country, or nothing at all. A wedding theme will help your wedding stylist put together an amazing concept.
Will you require hire items? Marquee, chairs, tables, chair covers, shade, toilets, etc.
Flowers can make your venue look amazing. How about a gorgeous flower wall or arbour, then beautiful floral table centrepieces at your reception.
Check out these wedding suppliers servicing Brisbane and Greater Queensland who can help to turn your wedding vision into something amazing.
Queensland Wedding Decoration, Decor & Hire Companies
Sugar and Spice Events-Overview Event Managers Gold Coast | Wedding Designers & StylistCorporate Event Planners BrisbaneWe don’t plan weddings.We design experiences. Since 2010 we have been creating weddings that are renowned for beauty and attention to detail. Known as… Continue Reading
Stradbroke Island Events-Overview Stradbroke Island Events is a planning, styling, coordination and hire company based on the iconic North Stradbroke Island. They specialise in destination weddings and beach events including marquees, tipis and custom built bamboo pavilions.Their extensive… Continue Reading
Rustic Vintage Weddings-Overview Hello from Rustic Vintage Weddings! We are a small business offering affordable DIY rustic vintage style table decorations and favour accessories for weddings and events. Collect from Brisbane or we deliver to Australia-wide. We… Continue Reading
Recycled Customs-Overview Every wedding is different and yours is obviously the best. Why not have the seating to make it even more unique? Our bench seats and side table are the perfect feature to create a… Continue Reading
DD Event Hire-Our aim is to be as individual as you! Overview With extensive knowledge and background in event planning and management, DD Event and Party Hire will work with you to plan and style your special… Continue Reading
Queensland Wedding Florists
Rainflowers Florist-Cairns - Port Douglas Weddings Overview Tracy Halliday is passionate about weddings and listens to your requests and the finer details to create your perfect wedding florals.Creating and designing your bridal bouquets, corsages, buttonholes, and… Continue Reading
Carina Ulrich Designs-Overview What started with a love of flowers has blossomed into a beautiful business owned and operated by a Mother and Daughter team.Hi,We are Carina and Rebecca Ulrich and we are Carina Ulrich Designs.Established in… Continue Reading
Lillicreek Florals-Overview Lillicreek Florals create wedding florals that weave together the bridal party, the venue, the styling and the guests.As guests arrive, their flowers fill the room framing your commitment to each other.Instagramable statement pieces ensure… Continue Reading
Brisbane Flowers-Overview We at BrisbaneFlowers.com.au understand that we have a presence in most of life's most memorable moments and events, whether it is the birth of a long awaited baby, the romance of a proposal or… Continue Reading
Wedding Flowers By Julia Rose-Overview Award Winning Floral DesignerBeach, garden, bohemian, fairy, classic or cultured wedding flowers. Beautiful bridal bouquets, fresh or silk, buttonholes, corsages, cake flowers, reception flowers, church and ceremony arrangements. Beautiful bridal bouquets traditional and… Continue Reading
Bella Bloom Floral Designs-Overview Bella Bloom Floral Designs is all about creating exquisite floral designs for the discerning bride. The team at Bella Bloom Floral Designs specialise in weddings only which allows them to offer a personalised and… Continue Reading
You can start planning your wedding in 13 easy steps. Wedding QLD has everything you need to plan a fabulous wedding in Brisbane and Queensland. Browse affordable Queensland wedding suppliers, real weddings, wedding inspiration and unique ideas, wedding package info, special offers and more. Follow our social channels for all the latest tips, specials, offers, and open day info. We look forward to helping you make your Queensland wedding fabulous! xx
Enjoy being engaged!
Be in the moment and enjoy this special time together. Start storyboarding your ideal wedding day. Discuss it together. What do you picture? Casual or Black Tie? Rustic or Fairy tale? Local or Destination? Wedding QLD has real weddings you can browse for inspo.
Tell your family and friends
Announce your engagement and discuss your wedding plans with your family and friends. Find out if any VIPs (parents, potential bridal party members) have commitments that would rule out certain dates for people you really want attending your wedding.
Decide on the style of wedding
Your wedding style will narrow your venue choice. Venues often book many months, or years in advance. Once you have your wedding style, then it becomes easier to pick your venue. The most popular styles are: Fairytale = city ballroom Rustic = country or winery Beach = coastal or water views DIY = community hall, sporting venue, private home Destination = somewhere with great views and accommodation. Check out the Wedding QLD venues or catering companies and make some enquiries as to availability and pricing.
Set your budget
Once you’re received info on potential venues, you can think about your budget. Talk to your parents and see if they plan on contributing towards your wedding. Think about how much you can save and afford to spend on your wedding. You might like to open a separate account for wedding savings and spending. Once you have a rough budget you can consider how many people you can afford to have at each venue. Of course, it’s also an option to ask people to donate cash in lieu of a gift to help off-set the cost. Wedding QLD has a budget planner you can download to help you out.
Typically it is the reception venue selection that set’s the date. Then couples consider their ceremony venue – which may be at the same venue. Wedding QLD has some great ceremony venues to consider – gardens, beaches and churches.
Photographers, video and cars!
Wedding photographers and cars can also be booked out many months, or years in advance. Don’t forget a video! Many couples skip the video, but it’s an gorgeous way to relive the forgotten or never seen moments. Have a browse through Wedding QLD to find your preferred suppliers.
Your choice of celebrant can make or break your ceremony. Meet with a few and make sure they make you feel relaxed and confident. This will help with any nerves on the day.
Flowers, Decoration, Decor, Hire, Cake
What are you going to need to make your venue fabulous? Do you need to hire chairs and crockery for a DIY wedding? Will you have floral arbors and centerpieces? Some venue packages will include decorations – check what is included – it may be centerpieces, chair covers, etc. They may also include a wedding cake. Consider a floral theme – it could be colour or style based. Remember that you’ll be holding your bouquet throughout the ceremony and photos – they can get heavy! Will your wedding cake be used as dessert? This will determine what size your bakery will recommend. You can also get different tiers with different flavours! Heavenly! xx
Music and Entertainment
Musicians at your ceremony can set a lovely mood for your wedding. Other entertainment options are endless – DJ, swing band, jazz singers, band.
Work out your guest list. Select your bridal party. It can be less stressful to select your bridal party closer to your wedding date, eg 3 months before. It’s easier to not select someone, than have to un-select them. Wedding QLD has a guest list and seating planner you can download to help you out. Invitations! Send out invitations for your hens or bucks party, and then the wedding. Typically wedding invitations are sent 3 months in advance. Although this is flexible, and sometimes a save-the-date is important especially for friends or family that might need to travel a long way, arrange time off work, or save up to attend!
Yay! This can be any time you like. Soon after your wedding day, or some time later. Many travel agents offer a honeymoon registry and can be an easy, but fabulous gift from your guests. If you are planning on changing your name, ensure you have your passport and travel documents in the same name! It might also be necessary to have a credit card in this name too, especially when confirming bookings or collecting tickets.
The last details
Maybe you’re looking for something unique to finish off the day? Or a dance studio to WOW your guests with a special routine? A thank-you gift for your bridal party and / guests.
The Gold Coast has some amazing wedding venues. From stunning waterfront settings, to beautiful garden locations, all in one venues with accommodation, and impressive function rooms! Here’s our list of the best wedding venues in the Gold Coast.
Amongst the flowering gardens and picturesque views, Coolibah Downs is the perfect venue for both your ceremony and reception. Enjoy on-site accommodation and dreamy photography within 10 acres of lush private grounds! Coolibah Downs is the ultimate Gold Coast venue, catering for all your needs in the one location.
Parkwood International is a superb venue for weddings, with its picturesque surrounds, excellent food and outstanding service, catering for up to 180 guests. An enchanting pavilion overlooking the golf course and beautiful lakes is available for your wedding ceremony, with landscaped gardens and grounds providing the perfect backdrop for your photos on the day.
Nestled at the base of the protected Springbrook National Park, Eco Studio Fellini is quickly becoming the choice du jour for weddings on the Gold Coast. Picture perfect five-acre grounds provide an idyllic backdrop with manicured lawns and gardens, featuring a subtle European influence amid the tranquil, primeval surrounds of the Gold Coast Hinterland – celebrating the green behind the gold.
You will fall in love with the magnificent gardens and architecture of the Links Hope Island, reminiscent of the style and charm of Venice. Links Hope Island boasts remarkable variety and value when it comes to planning your special day. Their experienced wedding consultant will provide you with personal and professional service from the time that you call them to the time you say your farewells.
Lakelands Golf Club have a gorgeous garden ceremony location on site, set under the shade of Jacaranda trees that come into full bloom in spring and with a waterfront backdrop, this location is truly stunning. Afterwards join your friends and family for your reception where you will experience the culinary delights of Lakelands and dance the night away.
The multi-award winning Waterside Events at Currumbin RSL, situated on the Currumbin Creek offers a variety of spaces available for your wedding reception or ceremony. Waterside Events can cater to any wedding style and are open to all types of unique and traditional celebrations.
An Island Hideaway is situated along a 23 kilometre stretch of National Park which is the only untouched coastline left on the coasts peninsula. An Island Hideaway is one of the only Gold Coast venues that offer its guests something completely out of the ordinary. Inspired by the native bushlands that protect us from the raw elements of the Pacific Ocean; the space and the tranquillity of our surroundings need to be seen to be believed.
The pristine, peaceful paradise enveloping Couran Cove Island Resort provides an exceptional setting for unique wedding ceremonies, gorgeous receptions and an amazing honeymoon. Whether you dream of an intimate celebration with just the two of you present, a barefoot Blue Gum Point ceremony or a formal extravaganza, Couran Cove Island Resort can easily be styled to meet your personal requirements.
Songbirds Rainforest Retreat offers a beautiful environment for your special day, featuring absolute privacy in a setting amongst 51 acres of rain forest, surrounded by lush greenery, exotic plants and the melodious singing of numerous birds! You and your guests will feel transported into a different world and will leave Songbirds with a lifelong memory.
Check out the Reception Venue’s page for the complete list of Wedding QLD’s reception venue suggestions. Find menus, special offers, package information and more.
It’s not a party with out music! So, to celebrate your wedding you’ll need to book entertainment. Maybe something light and classical to amp up the romance during your ceremony, then a DJ or live band for your reception to get the dance floor full. Wedding QLD has music and entertainment options for every style of wedding in Brisbane and throughout Queensland. Start planning today! xx
Ceremony Music Inspiration
LiveMusic Queensland Conservatorium-Overview LiveMusic Queensland Conservatorium creates event solutions. From a showstopper to casual background music. Our artists have the energy and talent to turn any event into something your clients, family and friends will remember forever.… Continue Reading
Modal Harmony-Overview Our duo Modal Harmony consists of Kees Payens (classical guitar) and Robyn Payens (flute) that plays for weddings, corporate functions and other events in the following styles of music – classical, contemporary, popular, Latin… Continue Reading
Harpist – Carisma-Overview Carisma will provide you with elegant and romantic music for your wedding. With a repertoire from classical, celtic to popular love songs, Carisma will create that very special ambience to make your wedding outstanding… Continue Reading
Harpist Cindy-Overview Cindy is a professional harpist in Queensland. A proficient and accomplished musician, she trained at the Queensland Conservatorium of Music. She has a very extensive repertoire which includes the most popular wedding music. Recognised… Continue Reading
Reception Entertainment Ideas
Dance Dance Dance-Overview Dance Dance Dance has won the prestigious ACE Award as the best dance production in Australia.Impress your guests with the unique, fabulous, hot and majestic rhythms from the world of Latin American, Ballroom and… Continue Reading
Adam Richards-Acoustic Guitar Soloist & DJ Overview Celebrate in style with relaxed acoustic guitar tunes followed by professionally mixed DJ party music.I am available for weddings, parties, functions and cafe/pub work on the Tweed, Gold Coast… Continue Reading
Moove It DJ’s-Professional DJ & MC Services Overview Amazing wedding receptions don't just happen by accident! We love DJ-ing and MC-ing for wedding receptions and will make sure, you and your guests will rave on about your… Continue Reading
DjDangerfield.com.au-Overview DJ ENTERTAINMENT – Full-Time Professionals - 38 years’ experience - over 8,500 shows “You Just Can’t Beat that Sort of Experience” - Client We believe in quality, service and presentation with entertainment value in… Continue Reading
Brisbane Jazz Agency-Overview Brisbane Jazz Agency provides live band hire for all special functions; including corporate events, functions, weddings receptions, wedding ceremonies corporate events and parties. The wide choice of live bands varies from solo artists, duos,… Continue Reading
Amica Duo-Overview Set an atmosphere of class and sophistication at your next event with cocktail jazz.Book our duo for corporate events, private events, private parties, functions of distinction. Perfect for cocktail parties, intimate dinners, business functions,… Continue Reading
AC Entertainment Agency-Overview The best in entertainment and music for your special event, wedding, social, conference, party etc.Thank you so much for you help on our Wedding day. We were both very pleased with the atmosphere you… Continue Reading