Michele the Celebrant Canberra

As there are no Registry Office weddings in the ACT, I'm an experienced Canberra Marriage Celebrant, specialising in short simple weddings
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Things are certainly covid-quiet on the wedding scene these days but I'm so glad that a few couples are not delaying their plans to marry.
Here's a photo of bride, Chantal in a quiet moment, looking elegant and stunning, during the celebration of her marriage to bride, Jedda at Old Parliament Hou...

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Kelly and Jack married at a brilliant surprise ceremony at the celebration of Jack's 60th, at The Duxton in O'Connor, last Friday evening, 19 February 2021. (Of course, they'd lodged their Notice of Intended Marriage with me, at least a month before.) When they found out, guests were in tears! Th...

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Imagine yourself as a beautiful bride, walking along this garden path to where your groom and your guests are waiting. (Or be like the groom who walked to his waiting bride, on the arm of his father, who flew from the Philippines for this most special event.)
This unique private romantic setting...

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Spring tomorrow! I'm so excited! Leaves are unfurling and buds are beginning to open. How beautiful! My celebrant fee is $600. You'd be so welcome to hold your small private wedding in my lovely Spring garden, at no extra charge.The Marriage Act requires that you give me at least one month's noti...

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I was out with my daughter and children on a beautiful March Saturday. As a celebrant, I was having the day off.

At the National Gallery I met Skye from Poetry in Flowers. She was making a bridal arch, just near the James Turrell Skyscape ...

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For us Canberrans, the intense dry heat of summer just gone, has been rather hard to take but all the crepe myrtle trees around town have been rejoicing. They've responded with magnificent trusses of blooms and strong new growth.
Last week, right at the end of summer, there...

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Now is the time for booking a small intimate wedding in my beautiful romantic Heart Garden.

If you choose to keep it private - as most weddings are in my garden - then I promise that no photos of mine will appear on social media, including in posts like ...

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At the weekend I went to Crisp Galleries and Gardens on the Hume Highway, just past the village of Bowning. It's an exquisite venue for a country wedding. There's a choice of settings for your ceremony, full catering for your reception in a memorable locatio...

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3 months ago
Michele married Stelios and I on Thursday 18 March 2021 and was brilliant at turning our ceremony into a very special loving, serious, funny day and included all of our guests which made the wedding an intimate one. Our guests have not stopped talking about Michelle the celebrant. Everyone loved her including us. Michele was most helpful from our first meeting and very helpful on our special day. If you are looking for a special celebrant to marry you Michele is the one for you both.
- Dianne R
6 years ago
Michele was our celebrant for our wedding in July 2014 and our service was perfect. Michele is an AMAZING celebrant and made our wedding truly special. From the first time we met with her, we could tell that our wedding ceremony would be the personal, professional and upbeat ceremony that we wanted. Her kindness and enthusiasm won us over. She was as genuinely as excited as we were for our big day. Our guests came up to us afterwards and praised the beautiful ceremony and how wonderful Michele was. I will be recommending her to all my friends and family with upcoming weddings. Thank you Michele
- Sarah D
2 years ago
Michelle married Jon and I on 28 September 2018. The ceremony was beautiful! A big thank you to Michelle, a wonderful celebrant.
- angela r

Book your wedding with Michele

Beautifully simple and simple beautiful … 
That’s how your wedding will be if you choose Michele as your celebrant. …      

Hello, and welcome      

Because there are no Registry Office weddings in the ACT, as a Canberra civil marriage celebrant, I specialise in simple ceremonies. They're short and fully legal, but they're also moving and sincere and memorable.

Couples can also add personal vows to their vows of marriage if they wish.

I provide a lovely alternative to a registry-office wedding in the romantic setting of my beautiful Heart Garden. Or at any other venue of your choice. 

I've been a celebrant for about fourteen hundred wonderful weddings, mostly in Canberra and nearby New South Wales. I've enjoyed being celebrant for four same sex couples since the Marriage Act changed in December 2017. Three of these weddings took place in my peaceful private Heart Garden.

I always offer couples the option of a totally private wedding. This means that I will never put their names or photos online. I've been celebrant at quite a few elopements over the years. I've usually helped the couple find two witnesses, who promise to respect the couple's privacy.

Because I've been to weddings in so many different venues, I can recommend places that could be just perfect for your special day. I know, for instance, what's flowering where, and when.

If you choose to marry in my Heart Garden, there's no extra fee for this. I'm also the Heart Gardener, so I'll put many hours into making the garden look its best for you and your guests. The Heart Garden Weston ACT will be printed on your three Certificates of Marriage.

You may marry in my garden on any day. The maximum number of (adult) guests is around ten. All children are welcome. If the weather's not human-friendly, your ceremony and signing can take place in my green room, with windows in three walls overlooking the garden.

BYO bubbly or other celebration drink and I'll supply the crystal flutes. Maybe bring a favourite music track for your entrance along the garden path.

I will travel to any venue, on any day (or night) for your wedding, with any number of guests. If you have about 30 guests or more, I'll bring my high-quality portable PA system.

As a celebrant, I'm experienced, flexible, friendly and efficient. 

Six civil marriage celebrants have chosen me as celebrant for their own weddings. This is my favourite endorsement of my heart-felt work.

To find out more, please visit my blog at celebrantcanberra.com.au. Or if you're ready to make a booking, this link will take you straight to my email contact form.There's lots more information on my facebook page. You may like to check out my photos on Instagram and on Pinterest.

Preparing for your wedding

I have streamlined the pre-marriage process into one one-hour meeting. This is held at least one month before your wedding day, as required by law. 

You'll lodge your Notice of Intended Marriage with me at our meeting (not the Registrar of Births, Deaths & Marriages). 

I usually hold wedding meetings (in Weston) on Monday and Wednesday evenings. Please note here that I only have meetings with couples who book me as their celebrant. Up until then, we can have phone calls together, or texts, or messages on Messenger or Facebook. We can Skype as many times as you like.

If you wish to marry ASAP, you'll still need to wait the legal month (unless the Registrar grants you a shortening of time in extraordinary circumstances). When you contact me about your wedding, I'll tell you how to lodge your Notice with me straightaway so you can marry in exactly one month's time.

Absolutely everything for your legal marriage is included in my fee of $600. (If your wedding's out of town I'll add extra for return travel beyond Canberra's edge at the rate of $1/km to a max of $200.) If your wedding plan changes, $300 of this fee may be refundable.

As soon as you contact me, I'll email you a Notice of Intended Marriage and three files of information about the pre-marriage process, including a list of the documents you'll need to produce (such as passports or birth certificates). I'll send full details of the service I provide.

When you lodge your Notice of Intended Marriage, I'll sight your required documents. As required by law, I'll explain legal obligations and give you information about getting married in Australia. I'll help you choose options in your ceremony wording. After your wedding, I'll send your papers to the Registrar. 

Your wedding

Your ceremony could be as short as five minutes but with the signing, the photos and mingling with your guests, your wedding will probably last about an hour. It's not unusual for a wedding in my garden to last an hour and a half, maybe two.

In Australia you can't 'just do the paperwork'. You must have a ceremony and that ceremony will have certain compulsory parts, e.g. your legal names must be announced at some time during the ceremony. You must be informed by your celebrant of the legal nature of marriage in Australia. (That it's voluntary, permanent and exclusive.)

You'll actually legally marry during your marriage ceremony when you make vows of marriage to one another. This must be done in the presence of your celebrant and at least two witnesses. Legal name change takes place then as well, if that's your choice.

Your witnesses must be 18 or over. They can be family if you wish. If you want to elope or keep your wedding very private, I can help find witnesses for you.

There'll be three certificates of marriage to prove that your marriage has taken place. I'll send one of these certificates to the Registrar for the registration of your marriage and keep one for my records. 

You'll take home with you, a personal marriage certificate (in the font of your choice) along with your ceremony, printed on parchment, also in the font of your choice. 

If you're asked in the future to show evidence of your marriage for an official purpose, the personal certificate you received on the day won't be enough. You can apply to the Registrar in the state or territory in which you were married, for a transcript of the certificate your celebrant sent in. It will have a registration number on it. Fees will apply.  You could Google Access Canberra for more info. You can apply online as soon as you are married.

Your ceremony will be short and simple, but it will still be memorable and special. All legal requirements will be included but you'll have the opportunity to add your own personal touches to make it unique. 

I invite you to bring your own personal vows to your wedding, or perhaps you'll simply want to make vows of marriage. The exchange of rings is optional.

I love being a celebrant and I feel privileged to be an integral part of such a significant event, as two people in love begin their married life together.

Please feel free to contact me about your wedding any day, at any time from 9am to 9pm, by phone, text, email or PM on my facebook page - Michele the Celebrant Canberra. We can arrange to Skype if you'd like, especially if you're living overseas when you lodge your Notice.

You'll find lots of information and more great photos on my blog celebrantcanberra.com.au.    

I'd be delighted to be celebrant for you both on your most special day. 

My delivery of your ceremony will be heartfelt and sincere. My voice is clear and well-modulated. If I'm your celebrant, I won't stand between you. I think when you see your wedding photos, you'll be glad about this. I'll stand to the side, in a good place to communicate with you and also with your guests. I'll be dressed in a way that won't attract attention. 

You'll be standing together, at the centre of everything, sharing the time of your lives! 

And my congratulations to you both.

Your day is my focus.
That's my promise.
It's my pleasure.

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