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Marriage celebrants in Canberra – Recommendations?

By lula - 23 October 2009 41

My partner and I are tying the knot next year but are a little stuck on selecting a celebrant.

There are so many to choose from, who all pitch themselves in the exact same way. I’m hoping that fellow Rioters might be able to give some recommendations.

It will be a civil ceremony in the garden, and we would hope to find someone who is friendly, reliable and supportive with a good sense of humour.

I’m terrified of ending up with someone who dresses like they got spewed on by a rainbow and talks in that sickly-sweet sing song sort of way that makes you feel like you’re either going to be sick or burst into an inappropriate fit of laughter.

So if you can suggest some names and any feedback about local celebrants please share!

Horror stories also welcome (about celebrants, that is, not marriage) πŸ™‚

What’s Your opinion?


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41 Responses to
Marriage celebrants in Canberra – Recommendations?
molongloid 1:36 am 24 Oct 09

We were very happy with Peter Hyland. We heard good things about Roger Thomson and also Stefanie Morosi too.

Pandy 11:44 pm 23 Oct 09

Charles something. An American. Also a physco counsellor. Does gay marriages too. nice guy.

Feathergirl 10:32 pm 23 Oct 09

Hi, I used the lady called Deb Roach and her company is called Cornerstone Ceremonies (02 6161 0506). We had a very nice, relaxed ceremony at the Cotter. She is like a nice aunty doing your ceremony.

gertel 10:31 pm 23 Oct 09

Bill Marsh was our celebrant – a lovely man, dressed well, easy to speak with and supportive before the day. I felt his voice didn’t carry as much as we’d hoped in the garden environment – but he probably did quite well sans microphone.

Our friends were married by Roger Thompson and he seemed very professional but easy going. Good strong voice!

StrangeAttractor 9:46 pm 23 Oct 09

We had Roger Thompson, very nice man, based in Chifley. It was nice to see him again presiding over a mate’s wedding.

http://www.rogerthomson.com/

Granny 9:28 pm 23 Oct 09

We got married in the registry office, so we just had one assigned to us. She was really good, though, considering she didn’t know us from a bar of soap.

Morgan 9:01 pm 23 Oct 09

I work with a guy who has just become a celebrant. People keep asking him to marry them to cups of coffee, but I think hes pretty serious about the whole thing..

jessieduck 8:19 pm 23 Oct 09

Judy Aulich- she was FANTASTIC. She made our ceremony everything we wanted and so much more. So easy going, so straight forward- perfect.

http://www.brideonline.com.au/act/judyaulichcelebrant/

Swaggie 8:17 pm 23 Oct 09

Stay clear of a bloke with glasses who does weddings at Gold Creek Chapel. No idea of his name but he married friends of my wife and mumbled & stuttered his way through the Service, mispronounced their names, completely stuffed up their Vows and generally made the Service a shambles.

Snarky 7:57 pm 23 Oct 09

** disclosure -this is a client of mine **

Chris Counsel at Gundaroo is a celebrant who fits your bill. See her website for details. Her mobile’s listed there too.

edgyoyster 7:38 pm 23 Oct 09

Peter Hyland: http://www.weddingcelebrant.com/
We married in 2006 and he did a wonderful job. Very dignified and professional. We were provided with lots of ideas without being overwhelmed and the ceremony was exactly what we wanted. Reliable, and to my memory wore a dark-coloured suit – no tree-hugging hippy s**t πŸ˜‰

BenMac 7:20 pm 23 Oct 09

The celebrant for my wedding was Carol Moon. She was fantastic, reliable and had tons of ideas for the ceremony that my wife and I wouldn’t have thought of, but she also embraced our ideas.

More info HERE

RatsNest 7:18 pm 23 Oct 09

Meet them before you book them. Can’t recall her name but there is one who definitly fits the description of what you don’t want.

indigoid 5:59 pm 23 Oct 09

Years ago I got an invite to a colleague’s engagement party, to be hosted in his parents’ fairly expansive backyard / rear deck. When we turned up (dressed fairly informally, as directed) and got settled down with food and drink, the colleague stood up with his beloved, cleared his throat and said something along the lines of

“Hi guys, thanks for coming along today. We lied; today is actually our wedding day and we just wanted to keep it low-key.”

I’d been wondering who the one guy wearing a tux was… As it turns out he was the celebrant. Great wedding, I thought. Possibly the most pleasant I’ve attended yet.

Sorry, useless post. I have no idea who the celebrant was πŸ™

Inappropriate 4:51 pm 23 Oct 09

If you’ve got time, head along to any wedding fairs – they usually hang out there, and you get a chance to meet ’em.

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