Gold Coast Weddings

 

Congratulations if you are recently engaged and you are looking for the perfect marriage celebrant!  Choosing your celebrant requires trust and a lot of couples just don't know where to start.  With over 13 years experience and conducting over 1000 weddings, I still get so excited in joining your celebrations that your new chapter as husband and wife is just the beginning.  As a qualified Justice of the Peace, you can be assured that I will take care of all the paperwork for you with warmth, genuine caring and professional service creating beautiful memories just for you and your guests. In most cases, I only book one wedding a day to fully focus on the two of you.  If you'd like to see video footage of my work, please visit my 'Home' page.

Many couples can tell me the date, the time, colours etc of their wedding but no idea as to what to do next and this is where I can help design a ceremony that reflects you. I am there by your side gently reassuring you both every step of the way.  I offer packages catering for different requirements so that you're not paying for things you may not want or need. If you want to write your own vows but are short on time or simply too overwhelmed by the whole idea, I give strategies to use as a starting point or sample vows to suit you and together, we create a ceremony to remember.  Marriage is a notable step in anyone's life and should be celebrated and your ceremony sets the tone for the rest of the days' celebrations.  

Poetry or readings are available if you wish to include them and your ceremony should be a unique reflection of your customs, beliefs, family traditions or your own personal story as a couple.  Inclusions are limited only by your imagination or you may simply like to honour your past for you to begin your new future together.  Some couples just want as simple ceremony as possible and have the focus on the party afterward with treasured friends and family -  it can be as short & sweet, full of laughter and joy, fun and funky, solemn and serious, traditional or themed - it's as you dreamt it would to be.

My packages start at $350* - $1000 *Strict conditions apply. Click on the 'Contact' and I'll happily send you my packages.

If you get caught up in the little things, try not to micro-manage or it will become way too overwhelming: bring it back to why you are marrying and keep that love and tenderness as your focus.  Trust in the professionals and cherish the days ahead as they go by so very quickly and lastly, on your wedding day, take the time to have a few minutes to yourself to relax, reflect, enjoy & embrace your feelings with grace, ready for you to share an amazing day with your new husband or wife!  Beautiful ceremonies create beautiful memories.  Please give me a call as I'd be happy to talk to you or click on the 'Contact' tab at the top of my page.

Getting Married In Australia

In Australia, you are required to give at least one (1) month notice of your intent to marry or no more than 18 months in advance, except in exceptional circumstances.  This can be done by completing the 'Notice of Intended Marriage form' which can be downloaded from my Links page.  For this, you'll need the following:

If you were born in Australia, an original birth certificate, extract OR valid passport;
If you were born overseas, an original birth certificate (an English translation, if required) OR valid passport;
If either of you have been married previously, an original divorce, death or nullity documentation is also required.
One (1) form of photo identification, for example, your drivers license or passport if you are using your birth certificate as proof of identity.  Please contact me for any further information or guidance in regards to your Notice of Intended Marriage.

Commitment Ceremonies

Commitment ceremonies are held when you choose not to marry for your own beliefs but instead commit your lives to one another.  You may have previously eloped, married overseas or be a same sex couple and this is a wonderful way to share your love and your special promises privately to one another or with family & friends. I offer specifically written ceremonies just for you with a variety of certificates to choose from as a keepsake from your day.

Renewal of Vows or Anniversary Celebrations

A renewal of vows ceremony is usually held on or near milestone anniversaries and is a particularly beautiful way to celebrate your love before your family and friends.  Renewing your vows can recreate the joy of your wedding day and bring your family together in celebration.  Some couples choose to renew their vows with only myself as their witness as it is just as powerful renewing your vows in private.  I conducted a renewal of vows for a couple who travelled to the Gold Coast from Russia at the InterContinental Sanctuary Cove Resort - what beautiful memories of the Gold Coast and of each other they took with them on their journey home.  Alternately, many couples may not have had the wedding of their dreams for a variety of reasons and this is a unique way to create new and wonderful memories.

"Dearest Liz, our renewal of vows was a very special day for us both & you & your handsome son turned it into a magical day. Liz you are a very beautiful lady, very understanding, very caring & very humble & the best ever. You listened to our story & it was only bits here or there but how you put it together was so true. When we read our vows we howled our hearts out or should we say "our eyes". Nevertheless, from us both, we sincerely & truly thank you for giving us that very special unforgettable day. Thank you lots of love from us both." tanea & werner

Themed or SURPRISE! Weddings

I've conducted many weddings that were themed in one way or another, just recently a Gatsby wedding and a medieval one - this can be as simple as colours, place e.g. beach, hot air balloon, Magical or Wiccan, a cultural theme e.g. Scottish or Fifties Rockabilly or anything that you want! For example, one couple had a Hollywood theme as this was where the groom proposed (think bling!); another was a Horror theme with the guests all thinking they were coming dressed for a Halloween 40th birthday party. Others have included a Bali theme where guests were asked to come in their favourite sarong with umbrella's suspended from the ceiling and given to guests following the ceremony.  The vintage/rustic theme is very popular at the moment as well as comic Marvel characters.  A lot of couples plan to have a surprise wedding - this must be a surprise to the guests only - as legally you both must give consent in writing by signing the legal paperwork, the Notice of Intended Marriage form (see the information above) at least one (1) month prior to the ceremony date.  So if you were thinking about springing a 'surprise' wedding on your partner at their next milestone birthday or at your engagement party, think again, as this can't happen unless you both agree & have signed the legal documentation prior.  The guests, however, can be in the dark as long as you like!  The theme is limited only by your imagination and I'm happy to fit into your theme and dress accordingly, within reason.

Compere/MC/Guest Speaker

I've had years of experience as a compere or MC and voice-over artist and as such, I happily bring that experience to any ceremony.  I've compered fashion parades with Australian icons such as Julie Anthony, art shows, organised and compered charity balls at The Star, baby shows, corporate events, sporting dinners with guests such as Olympic rowing great James Tomkins, politicians, legendary comedian Col Elliott, blessing of boats, Women in Tourism breakfast and officiating at the opening of various complexes.  Over the years, I have helped raise thousands of dollars for a wide range of charities and organisations and I am a proud supporter of the ACT for Kids (formerly Abused Child's Trust).  

I was joint MC at the launch of the Festival of Elegance 'Water Wheels Wings' signature event held at Links Hope Island, hosted by Connecting Northern Gold Coast & also during their 5 days of Festival events, including a fashion parade and the Awards Dinner.  I've continued compering parades for Marina V Boutique at the Festival each year and the Melbourne Cup parade at the Gold Coast Arts Centre for Paradise Kids. 

I've MC'd the Alliance of Celebrants Queensland's (ACQ) annual conference since 2012 and  presented to celebrants on styling and contingency plans every celebrant should have in place in case of emergencies.  I also reported on the Coalition of Celebrant Associations meetings with the Attorney-General's Department with respected presenters having included Frances Whiting, author & journalist; Jeremy Donovan, Sacred Ceremon; Pip Courtney from ABC's Landline & author and humanitarian, Kay Danes OAM and Perri Burton, Feng Shui Master and I've presented on the compulsory component from the Attorney-General's Department.

I was a part of the Subject Matter Experts Group (SMEG) updating the units to train aspiring celebrants with the Community Services & Health Industry Skills Council in the Certificate IV in Celebrancy and I train authorised celebrants in their compulsory Ongoing Professional Development Queensland wide. 

"Dear Liz, What can I say but a very big thank you from the ACQ Committee, members, seminar attendees - thank you so much for an amazing job so pleasantly and professionally handled - the day would not have been the success it was without your presence and MC skills.  Will be very pleased to recommend you to anyone looking for a person with experience and delivery such as yours.  Thank you again - it was so appreciated."  kind regards Rosanne, former ACQ Treasurer and past Vice President.

Funerals

After many years of being asked by various friends and colleagues to conduct funerals or memorials for their loved ones, I am now officiating these.  To give that final farewell to someone you've cared deeply about in a respectful and graceful manner, I find is a privilege and I hope it will, in some way, ease the pain for a sense of closure to help you heal.  Paying tribute to and celebrating a life is a blessing and reminds us all that we must live life to the full.  I respect cultural and religious differences, writing and delivering a ceremony that reflects your families wishes and the essence of your loved one.  If you have engaged a Funeral Director, I work closely with them to prepare, enhance and deliver the funeral or memorial service.  This can be conducted in a non-denominational chapel or a place of your choosing. 

I also offer pet memorials as our fur & feathered babies are a special part of our family and I respect that they are a special part of your life too.  Losing them is an emotionally difficult time and a pet memorial can help with a sense of closure and in celebration of their unwavering and unconditional love.  Please contact me on the "Make an Enquiry" button on the top right hand side of  the page to see how I can help you and your family.

"There is no footprint too small that it cannot leave an imprint on this world." 

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Call Liz on:

0418 875 329

Address:
16 Eingana Street, Hope Island
Queensland 4212
Australia