Awards, Achievements and Features

I love performing ceremonies for beautiful couples, however I have also had the honour of lending my expertise on the subject of business and weddings in a range of platforms including, being published in magazines, blogs and chapters within books. I have also been interviewed and had features written on me. Please find below a list of my achievements.


WINNER: 2017 Home Business of The Year Awards Presented by Gem Candles
WINNER: Global Wedding Awards – Wedding Celebrant of the Year 2019 – Melbourne


Authored Chapter Titled: ”Determination and Surrounding Yourself with the Right People” in book titled The Book of Amazing People
Authored Chapter titled, ”Dreams and Realities can be the same” in book titled Successful Women in Business
Authored Chapter titled ”The Thrill of Running your own Business” in book titled Australian Entrepreneur


‘Religion and Same Sex Weddings’ – Article Written for Dance With Her Wedding Magazine


‘3 Ways to Include Kinds in Your Wedding’ – Blog for Read Here
‘Tips and Tricks to ensure RSVPs are returned on time’ – Blog written for Plan My Gay Wedding, wedding directory website – Read Here
Launching a Small Business on a Shoestring (2017ed) – blog written for Read here



Wedding Vendor Spotlight on ME. A Q and A to help couples planning their weddings Watch Here
Wedding Vendor Feature on ME written by Vintage Bride Magazine. Read Here

Beautiful Couples I Have Married!

Over my career I have had the pleasure of marrying so many beautiful couples. Below are some photos of these wonderful couples on their wedding days, turning the page and beginning their Happily Ever Afters.


Mr and Mrs Beggs


Mr and Mrs Walker
Mr and Mrs Nicholson
Mr and Mrs Mifsud
Mr and Mrs Mason
Mr and Mrs McGregor
Mr and Mrs Fernandez
Mr and Mrs Brown
Mr and Mrs Mallia
Mr and Mrs Botha
Mr and Mrs Slavin
Mr and Mrs Gilson
Mr and Mrs Williams
Mr and Mrs Singh
Mr and Mrs Leishman
Mr and Mrs Messina
Mr and Mrs Garth
Mr and Mr Lane
Mr and Mrs Ginger-Phippen
Mr and Mrs Cohen
Eunji and Jihoo
Mr and Mrs Baldan
Mr and Mrs Sheck
Mr and Mrs McGregor

Wedding Ceremony Witnesses: Why do we need them? And who can they be?

For those who have been to a wedding before we have all seen those two people known as witnesses that go up to the special table and sign pieces of paper with the Bride and Groom. Many people think nothing of it,  when in reality it is a very important and pivotal part of the marriage day process.

Every couple who get married need to choose two legal witnesses to their wedding. The criteria for choosing these individuals are:

Needs be over 18 years of age

Has attend the wedding ceremony in its entirety

Be able and willing to sign off on your official wedding document

Must be able to understand the wedding ceremony


Why is this important you may ask….

The purpose of witnesses is that if anything were to happen these individuals are able to be sworn into court. As they were present at the wedding and were witness to the events that transpired on your wedding day; will be able to testify to the time, place and that the ceremony did indeed take place.

It is paramount for the witnesses to be able to understand and comprehend the ceremony in it’s entirety. This will ensure they are able to testify to not only the time, place and that the marriage took place but they will be able to answer questions regarding particulars of the ceremony should the need arise to have to do so.

It is also important to note that your witnesses as well as yourself need to be of sound body and mind on the day during the ceremony. If a celebrant believes that a witness is effected by alcohol or other substances they may request that you choose another individual to act in their place. If a celebrant believes one of the parties to the marriage is effected, they have legal grounds to refuse to solemnise the marriage, as it is seen that you cannot give ”real consent” to be married if you are under the effect of alcohol or other substances.

Overall witnesses are a legal requirement to protect the rights of everyone involved in the ceremony.


Who can you choose to be your witnesses?

Many bride and grooms believe that their witnesses need to be a member of their bridal party, mainly the maid of honour or the best man, but this is not the case. Many people choose to have these individuals as they are already standing at the alter with the bride and groom and are usually someone the bride and groom trust wholeheartedly. However anyone in attendance the meet the above criteria can act as the witnesses on the day, inclusive of parents and other family members.

It is best to have a chat with the individuals who you would like to sign the certificate. Many celebrants do like to know who you have chosen in advance so their names can be printed on documents and added into the end of the ceremony so the celebrant can call them forward at the appropriate time. Celebrants generally also like to meet with witnesses quickly on the day so they are able to explain the process for the signing portion of the ceremony.

Although the entire process only takes around 5 minutes on the day, it is an amazing honour to be chosen to be a witness at the wedding.

Choose wisely and don’t be swayed to do what someone else believe is right. Choose who you would like to have as witnesses, and have an amazing day. 

CEREMONY PLANNING: Things to Consider for the Signing of the Marriage Register

A wedding ceremony is made up of a few key moments:

–         The Bridal Party arrival and entrance

–          Vows

–          The Kiss

–          The Signing of the Bridal Register and Certificates

–          Announcing the Newly Weds

Today the spotlight is on the signing of the Bridal Register and Certificates. The signing is an important moment where all legal documents that need to be completed on the day are completed.

For this aspect of the ceremony there are many different points that need to be taken into consideration:


Not only will the couple and celebrant/religious figure officiating the ceremony sign the legal documents but so will your two witnesses.

You are free to choose whomever you wish to be your two witnesses. However they must fit a certain criteria to legally be allow to sign on the day.

o   They need to be over the age of 18

o   They can be anyone in attendance on the day and can include parents, siblings, guests or

members of your bridal party. But must be in attendance and understand the ceremony.

o   Must not be effected by alcohol or illicit substances

You may only choose two witnesses, some people ask for three of four as not to leave anyone out, however this is not possible.

Seating of Witnesses:

Once you have chosen your witnesses make sure they are sitting on the ends of the seating area or close to the front to allow them easy access to the signing area when their moments come.

Signing table set up:

Although you many not be in complete control of the set up. Ensure that the signing table is near where you stand for the ceremony, the signing traditionally takes place as part of the ceremony. After the signing the celebrant will introduce you as the newly weds (Mr and Mrs.), it is at this point you will then walk down the aisle. When family and friends can come forward to congratulate you.

If you need to walk through or near guests to get to the signing table they may try and congratulate you this will delay the ceremony and make things very messy, listen and trust your celebrant they are the professionals.

Decorations on the signing table

By all means it is up to you what decorations you would like on your signing table. But word to the wise keep it simple. Big flower arrangements may look stunning but it will hide you signing the certificates. This may be disappointing to your guests and make it difficult for photographers to catch that special moment.


Many celebrant shave beautiful pens they supply to sign certificates with but as always it is your day do it your way! If you have a novelty pen that you would like to use by all means it can be used BUT black ink is an absolute must.

Seating at signing table

During the signing it is traditional for the newly to sign sitting down. However, it is worth noting especially if a female is acting as a witness that the groom may like to momentarily give up his seat or the witness may like to sign from the side of the table. This has nothing to do with anything other than photographs.

Dresses tend to gape around the neckline when a lady bends over a table and the last thing the bride and groom would like as part of their wedding album is down the shirt shots. I would also hate for the witness to be embarrassed and feel awkward trying to sign the documents and fix her dress at the same time.


Your celebrant will go through ceremony music requirements with you but be aware at least two songs for your signing. This creates mood and helps entertain your guests for the few moments it takes to complete the formalities. Silence can be uncomfortable and unnerving, music will keep the magic flowing.

Maid of Honour/Best Man

You and your maid of honour will be joined at the hip. Quickly catch up with her make sure your make up and hair are ok and if you have a long vail or dress train have her assist you into your chair so you are conformable.


Sign your birth name! Many excited brides have already practiced their signature for their married life but on the day of your wedding and on all official documentation leading up to the wedding, and pertaining to the wedding you must sign your normal signature, your maiden name signature.

Above all else BEATHE and SMILE. The ceremony can be daunting and emotions by the time the signing takes place the hard part is over and its time to hug, and be insanely excited. Celebrate and enjoy your amazing day!

Multicultural Country = How to overcome Language Barriers when planning your Wedding Ceremony.

Australia is a multicultural haven and as our population grows naturally we are seeing couples of different ethnicities marrying. In may cases couples are choosing to forego traditional services and opting to have a wedding officiated by a celebrant. This is sometimes a choice and in other instances some places of culture and worship will only officiate weddings of people of the same culture or religions, meaning one member of the couple would need to convert in order to have the wedding officiated. With celebrants that is not the case, we can celebrate both cultures, both religions, only one if that is what is requested or none at all it is completely up to the couple.

In an English speaking society, we mustn’t forget older generations and those who are new to the country who may still predominantly speak their native language.

If you have parents and/or grandparents who struggle to understand English, it is possible to engage the services of an interpreter to translate the service as the celebrant is delivering it. Although it is optional service for guests, if either person to the marriage or the two witnesses signing the official documentation cannot understand English it is a legal requirement that an interpreter be present for the ceremony. It is also beneficial and very highly recommended to have the interpreter present at the completing of the NOIM and no legal impediment to marriage as well to truly ensure the couple understand what they are signing and to make sure the documentation is correctly completed.

If an interpreter is required, the interpreter must be fully qualified. They must be able to produce official qualifications and documentation as proof of their ability. Although it may be more preferential to use a family member there is no guarantee they are going to be able to translate as efficiently and effectively as a professional.

The interpreter will also be required to sign off on a faithful interpreter document to say they gave their services and translated appropriately, ensuring the couple and witnesses understand the ceremony in its entirety.

It is also possible to engage services of a AUSLAN interpreter if guests have a hearing impairment. Once again if it is a member of the parties getting married or are witnesses to the ceremony, this is a must.

There are also other steps you can take to assist guests understanding the ceremony including printing the ceremony booklets in different languages. Some celebrants and venues can assist with this or recommends services that can.

These can alleviate the need for an interpreter for guests and also create a memento for the guests to keep. If you are worried and not sure about your options, legal musts or have any questions, ask your celebrant they are more than happy to help.

Remember it is your day. Do it your way.

10 TIPS AND TRICKS: Remain Organised While Planning Your Wedding

Wedding planning is a momentous task for any couple; the meetings, the quotes, notes, dream journals, inspiration boards, the list is endless and can be a very daunting concept.

However, thanks to the digital age, planning does not have to be as overwhelming, with wedding planning websites and apps as well as online wedding supplier directories, the modern-day bride and groom can keep all their planning confined to one digital place that can be easily accessed through a range of electronic devices.

Where to start and when to start planning are the two most frequently asked questions of members of the wedding industry. Even if you do not realise it as a bride, the minute that your partner proposes, you are already beginning the wedding planning process.

There are a few tips and tricks that you can utilise to stay in control and organised throughout the wedding planning process:

Creating a Task List

There a no rules about the way in which you should plan your wedding. However, there are some tasks that cannot be started without first completing other tasks. For example: You cannot book a venue, without setting a date and cannot buy bridesmaid dresses without choosing and asking your bridesmaids to be part of your wedding.

A chronological task list will be key in ensuring that you stay on track through your wedding planning journey.

First step, you need to go through and write down all your wants, needs and wishes for your wedding day, this can include everything from booking your venue, right through to creating the place cards for the reception.

Second step, create a task list in sequence of when things must be completed. Setting yourself timeframes to complete the tasks will also help you keep on the right path. It is important in this step to understand how far in advance certain suppliers book out. Venues, Celebrants and Photographers can in most cases do only one wedding in a day and can book out in some cases over a year in advance.

Budget, Budget, Budget

Creating a budget is very important early in the planning process. The average wedding cost is $54,294, and not all couples can afford such expenditures.

Utilising tools such as budget calculators can greatly assist with the planning process. Budget calculators will allow you to create your own categories, to estimate costs and allocate the amount you would like to spend. Most importantly you can monitor your actual expenditure and reallocate any remaining funds.

Centralise Your Planning

Research and select a wedding planning app or online wedding planning website that suits your needs. Take advantage of the digital age, and the easy of accessing your plans from any electronic devices, while keeping all plans in one centralised place. Wedding planning apps will allow you to store and record quotes, possible suppliers, guest lists, time lines and to do lists as well as much more.

Social Media such as Instagram allow you to save, share and search for inspiration from users and suppliers. While Facebook allow you to create groups or group messages to communicate with your bridal party, eliminating the need for snail mail, phone calls and emails. This is also key in ensuring your bridal party are getting the exact same information

Keep Supplier Contact Lists 

There are a multitude of online wedding directories that showcase the talents of wedding suppliers. As you work your way through these directories, expos and your own research keep a digital list of suppliers. Include the key information such as the business name and contact details. As you are collecting supplier contacts, send off quote requests. This will give you a spectrum of suppliers to work with and allow you to have choice, of who you want involved in your day. Do not be afraid to meet with as many suppliers as it takes to make your choices.

Once you have made you choice create a contact list of you key suppliers, go into more detail with this list, you may want to add website details and/or like social media pages. This is a great way to keep in contact with your suppliers but also draw inspirations from other weddings they are taking part in while you are in your planning stage.

A supplier contact list will be key if bridesmaids, or parents would like to assist with the planning, although different people involved in the wedding may be talking to the supplier if they follow your contact list you can ensure the same contact has the key information

Make time to Plan 

Planning is key, it is scary how quickly the big day will come around. If you do not plan properly, you may find yourself scrambling at the last minute to secure key items for your wedding such as make up artists, or wedding favours. You should be setting aside some time in your calendar to dedicate to planning, this can be on your own, with your partner, or with your planner, a few hours a week can be enough especially if you start planning early.  Early on there also may be some weekends that will need to be put aside to view ceremony and reception venues.

It is imperative to understand that even though you have set some times aside to dedicated planning there will be some extra time that will be required to meet with suppliers.

A tip to remember: most suppliers meet with clients outside work hours’ weeknights as they are booked on weekends to conduct weddings.

Work Together, Split the Tasks, Get your Dream Results   

Wedding Planning is a substantial task. There are countless tasks that need to be completed and with some team work can be completed seamlessly. As part of the to do list you create, it is recommended that you put a name next to the task that you think you can complete or that your partner can complete. Most girls love to do invitations and their bouquets, while most grooms love the cars. It is important to delegate, it allows for responsibility and excitement throughout the planning process as your partner may come forward with an idea you did not think of yourself. It also allows for communication and sharing of thoughts when it comes to joint decisions such as food and drinks lists as both members of the relationship will feel their opinions are valid and considered.

Seek the Help of a Professional

Do not be afraid to enlist the help of a wedding planner or stylist. These professionals have seen almost every problem from torrential rain to chairs not being delivered right through to the unwanted guests. It is not a bad idea to leverage on there contacts and their reputation to help get the planning done, remember they do this as a profession, they can save weeks on your planning time. There are a number of planners and stylists that offer full services and will plan your whole wedding with you right through to a short consultation just to make sure you have everything covered off. This can put your mid at ease if you are fearful of forgetting to plan or book something.

Searching for Inspiration

Inspiration is great, it allows you to see photos, videos and read others experiences. Some people believe that the idea they have is the best idea but upon reading reviews may reconsider. Inspiration can take the form of social media, magazine subscriptions, expos and supplier websites.

Many wedding planning apps, online wedding planning services and/or wedding directories do have functionality to save things to your own profile inspiration board. This will allow you to contain everything in one easily accessible area.

Request and Keep Accurate Records of Your Agreement with Suppliers

You may be planning you wedding for months or even years, and booking suppliers can span this entire time. Keeping accurate records of payments, quotes and bookings are key. You may be dealing with a number of employees throughout your planning and it is important to be able to provide accurate information, as the employee of the supplier may not have encountered you before.

Keeping accurate financials will also help with paying off suppliers by accurate dates. Your budget calculator can come in handy in this situation.

Remember you will be meeting with a number of suppliers, always ask for what has been discussed in a quote to refer back too. Also make your own key notes on what you liked and did not like about the supplier. This will help you make a accurate choice when the time of booking comes.

Keep Calm and Plan On

Planning does not happen over night, and not everything will go according to plan. Pull on the expertise that you have surrounding you, many suppliers will have their own ‘friends’ lists of suppliers they have worked with an recommend. This can give you a good insight into where to start looking for certain suppliers.

Plan early. This will minimise the stress and maximise your choice in suppliers.

If something doesn’t work out, look for new opportunities, this could be a blessing in disguise.v


A bride traditionally changes her name after marriage and I use traditionally as I know many ladies who have opted not to change their names and even gentleman who chose instead to change their surname after marriage.

Since I have had the privilege of being a celebrant I have been overwhelmingly surprised by how many times I have found one of the first questions I am being asked by a Bride BEING ‘how do I change my name?‘ Well Brides this blog should provide you with a little bit of guidance.


  1. Firstly, on your wedding day you will be given a decorative certificate by your celebrant. Although a beautiful document, this is NOT a legal document and you cannot use this to change your name on any legal documents. You will need the official marriage certificate from Births, Deaths and Marriages to achieve this.

You can apply for the certificate online or through paper application. In peak wedding season it can take 6 to 8 weeks for your marriage to become registered. In off peak it usually takes anywhere up to 4 weeks.

On top of this you also need to allow at least two weeks for the certificate delivery to your nominated postal address.

  1. Once you have received your official certificate it is best to change photo ID’s first as they are the most important piece of documentation. As you begin to change your name you will notice that some organisations will request photo ID as well as the marriage certificate to enable you to change your name.
  2. You don’t however need to wait to change your name socially. You can start using your partners name straight away. This includes making it ‘Facebook official’.


Remember just because you are married, this does not mean you need to change your name. It is perfectly acceptable to use your married name socially and your maiden name in a professional or official capacity.

You also further options to consider such as hyphenating your name if you do not want to loose your maiden name altogether. This however will be creating a new surname and you would need to complete a change of name for this to be official.

If you have any questions ask your celebrant, they would be more then happy to help. You can also consult the BDM website for further information.


Happy Planning, Happy Marriage, Happy Happily Ever After!


Documents to change when you change your name:

–          Licenses (Boats, Cars, Motorcycle)

–          Passports

–          Bank Accounts

–          Medicare

–          Superannuation Accounts

–          Government Departments (Electoral Roll, ATO, Centrelink, etc)

–          Professional documentation (email addresses, business cards, payroll, voicemails)

–          Employment (Payroll, email address, name tags, email signatures)

–          Registration/Insurance (Cars, boats, motorbikes, house and contents, pet)

–          Cards (frequent Flyer, loyalty cards etc.)

–          Australian Business Register (if you own business)

–          National Pet Register

–          Council (Rates, pet registrations etc)

–          University, Higher Education Institutions (If you are studying)


Helpful Links

Births, Deaths and Marriages

Passport/Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade

Australian Taxation Office


Legal Paperwork: What is a Declaration of No Legal Impediment to Marriage?

 The ‘declaration of no legal impediment to marriage’ is the second legal document that needs to be completed in order to meet the requirements to have your marriage legally solemnised. Your celebrant will complete the majority of this document and provide it to you for review and signature, close to the date of your ceremony. In practice this document is signed as close to your ceremony date as possible usually at your rehearsal.

This form is for the sole purpose of declaring that you meet the requirements to legally married:

  • You are over 18
  • You’re not related to each other such as siblings of mother and son
  • Neither of you are currently married

By signing this document, you are also stating that you understand that you are getting married and you have consented to do so.

If under any circumstances the celebrant believes either of the party may not understand the legal paperwork they may request the assistance of an interpreter to ensure both couples are fully informed.


A NOIM is also known as Notice of Intended Marriage. It is a legal document that provides a range of personal details of both the Bride and Groom as well as details regarding the wedding ceremony.

All weddings solemnised in Australia must have this document completed at least one month before the ceremony but no earlier then 18 months.

It is important that you have found your celebrant, locking your wedding date, time and location before completing the NOIM, as these details are required.


In order to complete the NOIM accurately there are a number of documents required. You must be able to provide details regarding your date and place of birth. Acceptable documents that will satisfy these requirements include:

  • An official birth certificate or birth certificate extract
  • A passport either foreign or Australian dependent on your place of birth. It is preferable that the passport is current, however it is permissible that the passport be expired only if the photo closely resembles the individual looking to marry.

If you were born in Australia you can apply for your birth certificate here

If you have/would like to you can apply or renew your Australian passport here

If you need to apply for a foreign passport of birth certificate the government website for your home country should be able to give you information on how to do this.

It is imperative that the originals of the documents are sighted before the marriage is solemnised, it is an offence for a celebrant to solemnise a marriage if they have not sighted these documents.

It is also mentioned in the Marriage Act that a celebrant should only officiate a wedding if satisfied with both partied identities. Meaning that a marriage celebrant may ask for photo identification such as a driver’s licence or proof of age card as further proof of identification.


If you have already been married the celebrant needs to see proof the marriage has been dissolved or a divorce has been finalised, wether it be through divorce or death. It is illegal in Australia to be married to more then one person at a time.

Please be aware that a state dec is not acceptable in this situation. The celebrant must view the original divorce or dissolution document, or the original death certificate.

To establish a timeline of events and name change events, a celebrant will also ask to view the certificate from the original certificate


As mentioned previously a Notice of Intended Marriage must be completed no later then one month before the marriage and at the most 18 months before the date you are to wed.

In some instances, it is impossible to fill out a NOIM in the minimum timeframe required by law. There are only 5 circumstance in which a couple can apply for special dispensation  and be granted a shortening on time. These 5 circumstances include:

  • A medical condition
  • Employment related travel commitments
  • Legal Proceedings
  • Error in giving notice

There is a special application that must be made to a prescribed authority, if you believe you fall into this category please speak to your celebrant and consult BDM for my information. 


Moving to another celebrant is entirely possible and can be done even after the NOIM is signed. Just remember that even if the NOIM is signed across to a new celebrant, the new celebrant must still satisfy themselves with your identity according to the Laws governing marriage in Australia. There is a high possibility that you may need to show your new celebrant your identity documentation again.

If you have any questions feel free to contact me at any time. I am here to make your dream ceremony into a reality.

Things to consider before including your pet in your wedding.

Pets are part of the family and lest face it we spoil them rotten. So your thinking of having them as part of your big day? They are like your children and it is understandable that you would like them to be involved. A quick google search will show hundreds of cute pictures with animals on wedding day. However, you need to remember a photo is only a split second of a much larger day and there are a lot of other factors that need to be considered when including your fur baby in your special day:

  • Venue: Make sure the venue allows animals. Some venues have strict policies in place to protect the venue, plants, grounds etc. Others may just have a no pet policy. It is important to take this into consideration from day one if you would like your pet to be involved.
  • Behaviour: is your pet patient enough to sit through the ceremony and photos. You need to consider there is the wait time before the ceremony, a ceremony can last 30 to 40 minutes and photos up to 2 hours as well as travel time between photo venues. You may make a decision to only have your pet there for a potion of the day, maybe only for the ceremony or only for photos.
  • Transport and persitting: how is your pet going to get to and from the venue? And who is going to look after your pet while at the ceremony and/or photos? There are some pet sitters and boarding kennels that offer pick up and drop off options.
  • Weather: We all know how quickly weather can change. Hot weather may effect your pets mood and add the possibility of dehydration, While wet weather may result in smelly sad pets, as well as a wet weather contingency plan that may not take your pet into the equation. Also the possibility of dirty paws on a white dress.
  • Guests and decorations: consider the guests and the stimulus on the day. Your pet may be very over stimulated and excited which may lead to them not being as behaves as they normally would be. And like many of us there will always be dog lovers in the crowd trying to coax the dogs attention.

This may be a confusing and distressing time dependant on you pets behaviour and domineer. I don’t mean to worry or upset pet owners, I am an avid dog lover and would have loved to have been in my wedding but we knew with all the people and her energy she would be a little terror.

If you still want your pet to have a special role consider the following:

  • Have part of your engagement photo-shoot with your pet
  • Ask for photos and/or video with them in the morning as your are getting ready but before you get dressed into your suit or dress.
  • Work a special mention into the ceremony or your reception speech
  • I’ve even seen brides have their dogs tags on their bracelets and a groom had an old tag made into a cufflink.

All members of your family should be involved in your day no matter how big or small the role.