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Canberra Wedding Celebrants: What You Need To Know


Finding the right wedding celebrant is one of the items on the seemingly never-ending list of things to do before the big day arrives. And while you will likely focus a lot on selecting the perfect venue and best caterer, many couples don’t put as much effort into choosing their wedding celebrant.

It is not unusual for soon-to-be newlyweds to hire a wedding celebrant based on recommendations from friends or family. This solution is easy and takes another task off your agenda, but can lead to issues once it is time to say, “I do”. In order to have a dream wedding, it is necessary to find a good wedding celebrant for you, not one who was right for your friends or family.

Before starting the search, it is important to note that the Attorney General’s Department only recognises three types of wedding celebrants. The civil marriage celebrant, celebrant of an independent religion and religious marriage celebrant are the only ones who can legally grant marriage registration.

Apart from being obligated to conduct a marriage ceremony, there are a few other traits that make a good wedding celebrant. Some of these are obvious. The celebrant you hire should be confident, friendly and cool under pressure since weddings can be unpredictable. As long as the celebrant can roll with the punches and keep a smile on everyone’s face, small problems won’t escalate into large issues.

Organisation is another characteristic of a good wedding celebrant. They will take care of all the legal documents well ahead of time and keep you informed of the other details to ensure there are no surprises on the wedding day. Finally, a celebrant should be creative. You likely have a vision of your ideal ceremony and they should bring that to life.

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 maintain a minimum average of 4/5 stars on both Google and Facebook reviews.

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.

Amanda Corbett - Marriage Celebrant

When Amanda and her husband got married they had hoped to find a fun modern celebrant. Since they were unable to find a celebrant that met their needs, Amanda is now a fully qualified celebrant and strives to be the celebrant she was looking for. She also loves sharing in one of the happiest days of peoples lives. Facebook reviewer Amy says:
Amanda’s assistance and big smile it made the day so much easier. Big compliments to this amazing person.

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.

Sheridan Brill - Marriage Celebrant

Sheridan loves a wedding and stands by her principals that every wedding should be: personalised, memorable and fabulous. Sheridan takes the time to get to know her couples and always delivers a professional, reliable and witty ceremony. Facebook reviewer Rebecca says:
Sheridan officiated our vow renewals and was absolutely fantastic. She is genuinely interested in finding out what is unique about you as a couple

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.


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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Julie Rattenbury 11:35 am 04 Apr 18

Julie Rattenbury- Loves meeting couples from all walks of life, cultures and backgrounds. With a decade of experience Julie is flexible, knowledgeable and importantly calm, cheerful and has a great sense of humour. Julie loves variety and all ceremonies big and small. Provides wireless PA for music and mics and can provide assistance with applying for Official Marriage Certificate.

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