Seeking recommendations for a Marriage Celebrant in the ACT

MissGen 21 May 2020 22

My partner and I plan to get married at the beginning of next year and are looking for a celebrant.

Looking online there are a vast number of possibilities – but how do we know any are good?

We don’t have any specific religious persuasions but don’t really want to end up with any crazy new-age stuff either.

We plan to go do the “wedding fair” thing and see if we can meet a few, but are wondering if any Rioters can recommend anyone who they have used recently (i.e. in the last year or so)?

I noticed a previous post http://the-riotact.com/marriage-celebrants-in-canberra-recommendations/14940 and wanted to see if anyone has any more recent experience with one.

Grateful for any assistance anyone can provide 🙂

Take a look at our article on The Best Wedding & Marriage Celebrants in Canberra for a helpful guide to all of your options!


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Shannon the Celebrant Shannon the Celebrant 6:46 pm 10 Jul 17

Hi Rioters – An oldie but a goodie thread and still a relevant question for 2017/2018.
First of all, a big congrats on deciding to get hitched! And secondly, I thought I’d throw my hat in the ring here as a modern, fun, young(ish) Canberra-based celebrant. I’m all about creating wedding ceremonies that are authentic, memorable and a real celebration of the two of you – your relationship, your love, your sense of commitment and totally your style. You can have a stalky stalk and get in touch via my website (www.shannonoheir.com.au), Instagram (@shannonoheir_celebrant) or on Facebook (@shannonoheir.celebrant). Happy celebrant hunting!
Shannon xx

pete56 pete56 9:35 am 15 Aug 12

Another vote for Lorraine Bird. She really was fantastic throughout the whole planning stage and we received lots of complements on the ceremony from friends and family. We had been to lots of weddings in Canberra with lots of different celebrants but choose Lorraine after seeing her do a fantastic job at a cousin’s wedding. Strongly recommended.

zig zig 6:26 pm 18 Feb 12

broudie17 said :

No hesitation in recommending Roger Thomson (link below).

He facilitated both our wedding (2 years ago) and that of my partner’s mother (5 years ago), and has a really relaxing, gentle and most importantly competent civil celebrant. Would highly recommend him as a civil celebrant for anyone.

http://www.rogerthomson.com/

+1 for Roger.

He was the celebrant at our wedding in 05 . He was also the celebrant at my parents wedding in 77!

Michele the Celebrant Michele the Celebrant 5:34 pm 18 Feb 12

Michele the Celebrant said :

Hi Miss Gen

My congratulations to you and your fiance on your happy plan.

My name is Michele Bolitho.

I write a regular blog about the wedding scene in Canberra and surrounds, and getting married in general. There are lots of ideas for venues (including many free ones), reception places, caterers, photographers and so on. I don’t have any commercial arrangements with any of these providers, I just like their work.

Five civil celebrants have chosen me as celebrant for their own weddings and I think that’s a great testimonial.

I wish you both all the best for your big day

My blog is here: http://www.celebrantcanberra.com.au

Michele the Celebrant Michele the Celebrant 8:27 am 18 Feb 12

Hi Miss Gen

My congratulations to you and your fiance on your happy plan.

My name is Michele Bolitho. I write a regular blog about the wedding scene in Canberra and surrounds, and getting married in general. There are lots of ideas for venues (including many free ones), reception places, caterers, photographers and so on. I don’t have any commercial arrangements with any of these providers, I just like their work.

Five civil celebrants have chosen me as celebrant for their own weddings and I think that’s a great testimonial.

I wish you both all the best for your big day

Catty Catty 10:38 pm 10 Jan 12

Jan Phillips is excellent. She will go the extra mile for you and is very thorough in her preparations.
0412 411 424. You can also Google her. She also does naming ceremonies, funerals and any other kind of celebration.

Jasann Jasann 8:14 am 10 Jan 12

Ann Penhallow at http://www.annpenhallow.com.au.
0410 362 956 or ann@annpenhallow.com.au

MissGen MissGen 11:15 pm 09 Jan 12

Thanks very much to all – will have to start making some calls!
Cheers 🙂

sspecialk sspecialk 10:15 pm 09 Jan 12

+1 lorraine bird

echoztrip echoztrip 8:01 pm 09 Jan 12

We used Stefanie Morosi Ditchburn (http://www.dayofchoice.com.au/) last February and she was lovely! S he was great fun and her German accent made it different! 🙂

untilnow untilnow 7:08 pm 09 Jan 12

Gina Callan! She was wonderful. We chose her because of how relaxed, friendly and accommodating she was, while still being very professional.

http://www.licensedtowed.com.au/

Bluenomi Bluenomi 3:01 pm 09 Jan 12

We used Jenny Grierson, lovely lady 🙂 She even dressed up in tartan for our Scottish themed wedding

http://www.weddingsbyjenny.com.au/index.htm

arb arb 2:31 pm 09 Jan 12

We used Margaret Mitchell a couple of years ago and she was excellent.

qbngeek qbngeek 2:02 pm 09 Jan 12

We used Lorraine Bird, she was fantastic. She was completely flexible and able to roll with the punches including last minute location changes forced by rain and a last minute change to the ceremony after my brother secretly flew back from London after we had worked a video call to him into the ceremony.

Shanski_0 Shanski_0 1:36 pm 09 Jan 12

I’m using Mary-Ann O’Sullivan next month… the 18th

I cannot recommend her enough!

She has been a true pleasure to work with.

Lots of ideas… very patient with me, and my worries… She always has a pot of coffee brewed when we go to visit her.. She is just a lovely lovely lady.

http://www.weddingguide.com.au/directory/canberra/celebrants/mary-ann-o-sullivan-celebrant.aspx

Her contact number is (02) 6262 2334

Swaggie Swaggie 1:33 pm 09 Jan 12

I’ll give Judy Aulich a big rap – google her name. She’s warm bubbly and profesional. Roger Tompson is also good but has been known to cram weddings into a Saturday afternoon and consequently can arrive late if a previous Bride runs a little behind time.

Deref Deref 11:41 am 09 Jan 12

Brett Galt-Smith is a lovely bloke (disclaimer – and a friend of mine). I have no doubt he’d do a wonderful job.

http://www.localbusinessguide.com.au/business/brett-galtsmith-marriage-celebrant/

Jurls Jurls 11:37 am 09 Jan 12

broudie17 said :

No hesitation in recommending Roger Thomson (link below).

He facilitated both our wedding (2 years ago) and that of my partner’s mother (5 years ago), and has a really relaxing, gentle and most importantly competent civil celebrant. Would highly recommend him as a civil celebrant for anyone.

http://www.rogerthomson.com/

+1. Roger was the celebrant at our wedding last year. Great service 🙂

MelonHead MelonHead 10:56 am 09 Jan 12

These people know the rules: http://www.ag.gov.au/internet/marriagecelebrants.nsf/pub?OpenView

Make sure that any recommendations are here.

Someonesmother Someonesmother 9:30 am 09 Jan 12

Ditto Narelle Tudehope. She has a wonderful down to earth way about her.

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