Civil Celebrant
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About

 

About

I am a sincere, warm and friendly person with two daughters and a husband who continually inspire me. With a passion for the theatre both as a performer and off stage, you may see me doing my best to keep up with the ‘lycra clad’ cyclists on a Sunday!

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I have been recognised as one Victoria's top celebrants by being a finalist for the Australian Bridal Industry Awards for consecutive years 2013-2016 and am considered one of Melbourne's most trustworthy and dependable celebrants. Highly rated reviews on Easy Weddings show my experience performing indoor, outdoor and at home ceremonies.

I have an aptitude to author and shape meaningful narratives that evoke emotional and collective responses, creating an atmosphere that reflects sincerity and thoughtfulness.

I like to meet my couple for an initial consultation with ‘no obligation to continue’ at no cost, so you can gauge whether I am the ‘someone’ who will design and perform your ceremony.

 
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Wendy’s sincerity and professionalism made our ceremony unique and memorable for everyone. Guests commented on how entertaining her personalised comments were and what a wonderful presence she had. We both thank Wendy for the many resources she provided to help us customise our ceremony and vows. Her efficiency and organisation is meticulous. Furthermore, the rehearsal ensured we both felt ready and confident on the day. There is no better person to give you some words of advice minutes before you walk down the aisle. She has our endless gratitude for creating the atmosphere we both imagined.
— karen & Peter
 
 

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

HOW SOON CAN I GET MARRIED?

The NOIM CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD – Notice of Intention- the first document required by BDM Victoria, must be completed a CALENDAR month PRIOR to your wedding date.  

WHAT IF I DON’T HAVE A BIRTH CERTIFICATE?

We can use a passport, even an expired one, to determine identification and as long as it has not been cancelled. Drivers’ licenses are also required. 

WE DON’T HAVE A BRIDAL PARTY – MUST WE HAVE ONE?

Not all couples have a bridal party; it is your choice to have as many or as few people – even a best man is not compulsory. Some Grooms are very happy to have the rings safely in their pocket !!

IS IT NECESSARY TO HAVE A REHEARSAL?

The rehearsal is a very relaxed process which I recommend, where I go through all the elements of your upcoming wedding but I do not say “ALL ‘ the words as we keep those special phrases for your wedding day. 

WHO SHOULD BE AT THE REHEARSAL?

You can have as many or as few people at your rehearsal. If parents or family have little understanding of spoken English, then they may wish to come and see what is happening so that they can enjoy the day. And, If you have overseas or interstate bridal party, I can meet with them too. 
ARE THE BEST MAN AND MAID OF HONOUR THE REQUIRED WITNESSES?

You are allowed to choose anyone you wish to be your witness as long as they are over 18 years and they do not have to be an Australian resident.

AS THE BRIDE, HOW DO I CHANGE MY NAME TO MY MARRIED NAME AND WHEN CAN I SIGN MY NEW SURNAME?

On all my documents, you are required to sign in your maiden name or the name indicated on the documents you showed me for your id. Immediately after the ceremony, you can sign your new name; you don’t have to wait for your statutory Victorian Certificate.
I submit your wedding to BDM Victoria on the day of your marriage, and send in all the required documents. It can take up to 5 weeks to receive your official Victorian certificate, which you will need to prove your new name. This process can be done online and available CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD