Gold Coast Weddings
Congratulations if you are recently engaged and you are looking for the perfect marriage celebrant to celebrate with you! Choosing your celebrant requires trust and a lot of couples just don't know where to start and the planning process can get quite overwhelming. With over 15 years in the industry and having conducted well over 1000 weddings, I still get so excited for you as it's just the beginning - that 'just married' loved up feeling and presiding over your ceremony with authenticity is important to me. As a qualified Justice of the Peace, you can be assured that I will take care of all the paperwork with warmth, genuine caring, discretion 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' & Gallery pages.
Many couples can tell me the date, the time, colours etc of their wedding but have no idea as to what to do next and this is where I become the creative storyteller that reflects you. I am there by your side gently reassuring you both every step of the way and I promise to hold your hand from the planning stages through to the day itself and all the all important 'afters' in lodging your paperwork and applying for the registered marriage certificate. I offer unique packages catering for different requirements so that you're not paying for things you may not want or need and these start from $350* up to $1000 - *strict conditions apply. Have a look on my Gallery page and scroll down to see the packages and their inclusions or contact me directly and I'll happily send you a tailor made quote for your location, date and needs.
If you want to write your own vows but are short on time or simply too overwhelmed, 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 want 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 (in some cases, leave it well behind) for you to begin your new future together. Some couples just want a quick, simple ceremony and have the focus on the party afterward - it can be as short & sweet, full of laughter and joy, fun and funky, solemn and serious, dress up and play up, traditional or themed - it's as you dreamt it would to be.
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 yourselves to relax, reflect, enjoy & embrace your feelings with grace, ready for you to share an amazing day relishing in your new role as husband, wife, spouse or partner in marriage. 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 to send me an email to check my availability.
Getting Married In Australia (The Legal Stuff)
In Australia, the law is that all consenting adults may marry regardless of sex or gender. You do need to give at least one (1) months' 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' click here to download, filling out the details and having your signatures witnessed by the list of prescribed authorities on page 4 and post it to me or make an appointment and we'll fill it out together. You'll both need to provide specific documentation prior to the wedding taking place:
- Valid passports OR
- If you don't have a passport and are Australian born, an original birth certificate or extract + driver's license are required. If you were born overseas, an original birth certificate (English translation, if required) + photo identification eg driver's license are required.
If either of you have been married before, original divorce/death/nullity documentation is also needed. Please contact me for further information or guidance in regard to your Notice of Intended Marriage form.
Commitment ceremonies are held when you choose not to legally marry for your own reasons but still want a commitment in joining. You may have previously eloped or married overseas and this is a wonderful way to share your love and special promises privately to one another or with family & friends. I offer bespoke ceremonies with a variety of certificates to choose from as a keepsake.
A renewal of vows ceremony is usually held on or near milestone anniversaries and is a particularly beautiful way to celebrate your love with your loved ones. 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 attending as it is just as powerful renewing your vows privately. 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, Alternative or SURPRISE! Weddings
I've officiated many weddings that were themed, recently I dressed in medieval costume, Gatsby and even Super Mario themed and I've one coming up where I've been asked to present as Priscilla Presley. Some are themed by colours, place etc. at the 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. 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 or having your fur babies join you down the aisle or be given the important role as ring bearer. The vintage/rustic and luxe themes are popular as are coloured bridal gowns and 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. If you were thinking about springing a 'surprise' wedding on your partner at their next milestone birthday or 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. I'm happy to fit with your theme, so surprise me and I'll dress accordingly, within reason of course!
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 or your reception. Please contact me for current MC rates for your wedding reception or any other event you're planning.
I've compered at diverse occasions such as fashion parades with Australian icons such as Julie Anthony, art shows as well as charity balls at The Star, baby shows, corporate gigs, sporting dinners with guests such as Olympic rowing great James Tomkins, politicians, legendary comedian Col Elliott and blessing of boats, Gold Coast 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 2012 - 2016, presenting 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 including Frances Whiting, author & journalist; Jeremy Donovan, Sacred Ceremony; Pip Courtney from ABC's Landline; author and humanitarian, Kay Danes OAM; Perri Burton, Feng Shui Master and presented the compulsory component from the Attorney-General's Department to colleagues 2016 - 2018.
"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 / Memorials
After many years of being asked by various friends and colleagues to conduct funerals or memorials for their loved ones, it's an honour to officiate these. I train colleagues on how to conduct funerals/memorials. To give that final farewell to someone you've cared deeply about in a respectful and graceful manner is a privilege and I hope it eases the pain for a sense of closure to help you heal in your own time. 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 service that reflects your families wishes whilst capturing 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 and reptilian 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 in celebration of their unwavering and unconditional love to you. 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."