Marriage Celebrants – Newcastle, NSW
Bring fun and personality to your wedding ceremony with our selection of top rated local marriage celebrants
Monty King Celebrations
If you’re looking for a marriage celebrant with personality, then Monty is your guy. There is good reason his clients call him “The King” and it has more to do with just his last name.
He designs handcrafted ceremonies that are modern, engaging and most of all full of fun. He wants to make weddings days all about the couple without all the celebrant fluff.
Wed By Kez
Kez has rocked over 700 ceremonies for Newcastle brides and grooms with her fun, relaxed approach to weddings.
LGBTQIA+ friendly and all together understanding chick her weddings are full of personality, non traditional and definitely not boring!
This whiskey-drinkin’, yarn-spinnin’, belly-laughin’ gorgeous ray o’ sunshine is all you need to brighten your day and nail your nuptials.
She is not only a fabulous celebrant, she’s also highly organised, a talented multi-linguist, and has a glorious Irish accent that will leave your guests swooning.
Home Brand Weddings
Kelly Lawson is an authorised marriage celebrant offering affordable ceremony solutions to couples wanting to host smaller, no frills or fluff weddings for 5-20 guests.
Take a look at her venues listed, it grows every day as homeowners open up their homes to you. No need to break the bank to have a cozy corner, garden wedding, or a million-dollar view for your ceremony.
Enjoy your ceremony with comfort, privacy, and intimacy with the people who matter most.
Jaya Bargwanna Celebrant
Choosing your official third wheel can be a daunting task – you want someone who listens, that ‘gets you’, makes you feel at ease, that you know will be entertaining and who will tell your story – the way it deserves to be told. Enter Jaya; a young, fun and engaging celebrant.
Over at JBCCHQ (Civil Celebrant Head Quarters, for those playing at home) Jaya works with you to create a fun, laid-back and downright lovely ceremony. Whether you’re planning an intimate elopement or a ceremony to get the party started, she’ll help create a vibe to kick off your wedding in the most magical way.
It’s all about love and family for Francine. She provides personal and professional services at a fair and reasonable price and invites you to read her reviews on Facebook from many awesome couples.
Whether you choose her ‘Love and Legals’ or ‘Deluxe’ package to include rituals such as hand fasting, jumping the broom, the blending of sands, ring warming, love locks and many others, both packages will be meaningful and include all legal documentation and prompt registration of your marriage.
So, surround yourself with love and let Francine help make your ceremony special for you and your family.
Becky Married Me
Authorised Marriage Celebrant Rebecca aka Becky or Bec says she’s not your stereotypical marriage celebrant and calls herself a professional third wheel. This young and vibrant celebrant is under 30, has performance experience and even has a law degree for all the wedding legal stuff.
She specialises in non-denominational wedding ceremonies and limits her numbers to ensure her clients are number 1 on their big day.
That Altar Guy
Jeremy aka That Altar Guy had MC’d a few friends’ weddings when a couple of them asked him to become a wedding officiant and marry them. So, he did and he loved it so much that he’s gone from a full time to a part-time job just so he has more time for weddings.
That Altar Guy brings a fun and entertaining personality to your day to ensure you have a relaxed yet lively wedding ceremony.
Celebrating Life’s Events
Nadine has LOVED every minute of her 16 years as a marriage celebrant. Prior to having 3 children in three years, she worked in HR roles including training and event management.
Public speaking comes naturally to her and she works well with a crowd. Nadine listens, questions, then creates the ceremony you are dreaming of including any cultural symbols or family traditions. The paperwork is just part of the job! Bringing it all together to make a stress-free experience for you.
Every life event has its own unique story … let Nadine help you tell yours.
Melodie’s Awesome Ceremonies
Melodie is one of Newcastle and the Hunter Valley’s favourite marriage celebrants. You may recognise Melodie from her appearance on The Block for Brad and Lara’s wedding!
As one of the region’s most popular celebrants, Melodie is warm, friendly, experienced, dedicated and fun. With Melodie, you know your ceremony will be relaxed and intimate, and you’ll remember it as one of the best moments of your life.
Why Use A Marriage Celebrant?
When it comes to weddings, the nuptials are the most important part of the day. For some couples, you might want a church wedding with an Ordained Minister, but for others, the option to have a non-denominational ceremony in their location of choice means a civil celebrant is the perfect choice.
Wedding celebrants allow you to plan the ceremony any way you choose (aside from a few small words they need to say to make sure you’re legally married) and they bring lots of fun and personality to the day.
How To Choose The Best Marriage Celebrant For Your Wedding?
When it comes to Wedding Celebrants, they all have their own unique style which they will bring to your wedding ceremony.
Start by reading some reviews such as those above and reach out to a few who you think suit your personality as a couple and will understand the type of ceremony you are hoping for. Once you settle on a celebrant, meet with them or arrange a call to see if they make you feel comfortable, seem like they will work well with you and will make your day enjoyable.
How Much Does A Wedding Celebrant Cost?
In 2020 the average celebrant cost in NSW came in just over $800. That’s not to say you can’t get marriage celebrants to perform a ceremony for much cheaper but it really comes down to factors such as the length of your ceremony, how far they need to travel and whether you have a simple legal ceremony or one with all the bells and whistles.
Shop around and get some quotes but also remember you often get what you pay for and at the end of the day the ceremony is the most important part of the day so you should set aside the budget it deserves.
What Services Does A Civil Celebrant Provide?
The services that civil celebrants provide can range from a very simple legal ceremony and all the required paperwork to be officially married right through to helping with planning, MC duties at the reception and props like signing tables and stationery for the day.
Most celebrants will meet with couples a few times to initially discuss their wedding and lodge any needed paper work. They mostly provide their own PA system and are great at herding guests and making sure everything runs smoothly on the day.
What is the Difference Between an Ordained Minister and a Civil Celebrant?
An Ordained Minister is a religious person and usually only performs wedding in their own church. They design traditional ceremonies which these days can be quite relaxed and tailored to the individual couple but must still adhere to certain religious wordings.
A celebrant on the other hand is someone who is registered in Australia to perform wedding ceremonies (and other events). They can marry people in any location such as gardens, chapels or venues and besides a few small legal sentences, can fully customise a wedding to each couple.
When To Start Looking For A Celebrant For Your Wedding?
Since the ceremony and vows are essentially the most important part of your wedding day, it seems fitting that a celebrant should be one of the first wedding vendors chosen on your wedding to do list. Popular celebrants can book up over a year in advance so start your research early, chat to a few and lock in your favourite once you’ve decided on a date for your wedding.
For those looking last minute, don’t forget you will need to engage a wedding celebrant at least a month out in order to lodge your “intent to marry” paperwork in time.
Do Marriage Celebrants Need To Follow A Particular Wedding Order Of Service?
The benefits of a wedding celebrant is that you can really make a ceremony your own and that means you can essentially tailor your wedding order of service to your needs and style.
The Wedding Celebrant will need to say a couple of things for legal reasons which cannot be changed but apart from that its up to you to discuss what your would like with your marriage celebrant and plan a wedding together that will make your day perfect.
How Long Is A Ceremony By A Marriage Celebrant?
Again, this is something that is really up to you. Lots of celebrants recommend around 30 minutes as a nice ceremony length where you can tell your story as a couple, have some special readings, musical items or traditions and of course cover all the legal stuff, your vows and exchange rings.
Ceremonies can be as short as 10 minutes if you just want a simple legal ceremony or you can extend things for longer. Just remember short and sweet is often the perfect balance.
What is Discussed With A Wedding Celebrant Before The Wedding Day?
Before your big day, your celebrant will go through the legal paper work with you. They will also discuss a ceremony format, what you want included and send you a draft ceremony for you to have a look at and make any changes.
They will talk to you about writing your own vows or just going with some standard vows, as well as any other parts of the ceremony like readings from family or friends. In the week before the wedding the celebrant will do a rehearsal with you so everyone knows their jobs, where to stand and how it will run on the day. This can really help with those pre-ceremony jitters.