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Canberra Wedding Celebrants: What You Need To Know

Securing the perfect wedding celebrant in Canberra is not just another item on your never-ending to-do list. Instead, your wedding celebrant has the power to make or break your big day.

How can I find a wedding celebrant in Canberra that ticks all the boxes, you may ask? Well, this article is a great place to kick-start your research.

We’ve consulted our readers’ real-life experiences and come up with a list of the top celebrants servicing the local region.

What makes a great wedding celebrant?

Before you go out and book any old celebrant, it’s important to have a clear idea of what you’re looking for first. To help you gain some clarity, we suggest keeping an eye out for these must-have traits:

  • All legal certifications. First and foremost, ensure the wedding celebrant you choose is recognised by the Attorney General’s Department. Without this certification, your ‘I dos’ won’t result in a legal marriage.
  • Confident and experienced. The last thing you need on your big day is a celebrant that hasn’t a clue what they’re doing. Instead, they should be confident and experienced.
  • Friendly. No one wants an uptight wedding celebrant. Look for an individual with a personality that matches yours – they could be humorous, romantic, serious, or downright silly.
  • Organised and reliable. The best in the business always show up on time and organised enough to ensure the ceremony runs smoothly. No hiccups allowed!
  • Creative. Your wedding day will be one to remember, and your celebrant can add a touch of memorable creativity and personalisation to your ceremony.

The Top 5 Canberra Wedding Celebrants According to You

RiotACT’s editorial team has combed through 19 years of on-site comments to compile a list of the most recommended businesses according to you.

To be listed in our Best of Canberra series, each business needs to have consistently received positive feedback on RiotACT and Facebook as well as maintaining a minimum average of 4/5 stars on Google.

Judy Aulich Celebrant

Full time marriage celebrant Judy is an active member of the professional association: Australian Marriage Celebrants. She is also a published writer and a highly experienced public speaker. Needless to say, you’re in good hands with Judy and her friendly disposition is the icing on the 3 tier wedding cake. Happy couple and Google reviewers Cassie and Zac say:
Judy provided us with what we can only explain is THE best customer service experience we have ever encountered to date.

Darren Roberts Marriage Celebrant

Darren first became a marriage celebrant for his friend’s wedding and has been performing weddings ever since. He’s happy to travel anywhere for a wedding and is supportive of same-sex marriage also. Google reviewer Victoria says: ‘We were so happy that we found Darren, he made our wedding so special and so much fun.

Julie Rattenbury - Marriage Celebrant

Along with professionalism Julie also has a strong passion for people and for love. With over a decade of experience Julie is caring, calm and genuinely loves her role. Julie understands the importance of a wedding, and therefore highly respects unique needs to ensure that you and your partner forge a memory that will be remembered forever. Her reputation throughout the Canberra region is well earnt with every single Google review being 5/5. One Google reviewer (Natasha Culley) had this to say: “Julie was an amazing celebrant, she made our day so special. She made us feel relaxed through the whole process and we just had fun. We would highly recommend her for your big day!”.

Shannon O'Heir - Marriage Celebrant

Shannon is a young, modern and fun celebrant who is a self-confessed love addict and also loves a wedding! She loves creating authentic memorable and personal ceremonies that make for a great start to a married life. Shannon is more than happy to catch up for a coffee just to hear your love story. Facebook reviewer Lishaye says: ‘Right from the beginning, she was just amazing. We felt so comfortable, and knew without a doubt that she was the one for us.

Michele Bolitho - Michele the Celebrant

With over 1000 wonderful weddings under her belt, Michele is an experienced celebrant with personality and professionalism. Performing wedding ceremonies in her own Heart Garden or a venue of your choice, being flexible and friendly is all part of her service. Google reviewer C H says: ‘Michele was heartfelt, joyous, and organised. We would recommend Michele The Celebrant and her Heart Garden to everyone.

Who did you pick?

Thanks to our commentators who have provided insightful feedback on the best and worst Canberra Wedding Celebrants.

If you believe we have got it wrong, please let us know.

Please comment below detailing your experience with Canberra based Wedding Celebrants. Who would you recommend? Who would you use again? Who would you steer clear of?

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