Your commitment to your partner and celebration of your love together, as well as your life, is such a beautiful and important day.

Part of the planning process is making sure you have all the right vendors, consultants, and more for the big day, but one of the most important decisions you will make is for your marriage celebrant.

They determine whether you guests will be yawning or hanging onto every word, laughing, and tearing up.

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To help you make this decision, here’s our compiled list of our top ten favourite marriage celebrants in the Southern Highlands area of NSW.

 

1. Ross Wellings

Ross Wellings

Cheery Ross loves every minute of his role as a marriage celebrant, and he is committed to helping you making a beautiful memory of your wedding day. He creates personalised ceremonies for each couple, helping you choose your readings, music, and poetry, and writing your vows. As a past English teacher, Ross will write a gorgeous and sincere ceremony—and his past couples will vouch for that!

Location: Chatswood, NSW

Years of Experience: not stated

Style: warm, creative, relaxed

Number of Weddings: not stated

Prices: contact for quote, extra for travel

 

2. Celebrations by Cari

Celebrations by Cari

Cari Worstencroft services the Illawarra, Southern Highlands, Shoalhaven, and Wollongong areas as a marriage celebrant. She believes in making each and every wedding truly unique and representative of the couple getting married, so you can bring anything you wish to the table (rituals, elements, etc.). She also proudly officiates same-sex marriages.

Location: Geelong, NSW

Years of Experience: 15

Style: professional, genuine

Number of Weddings: not stated

Prices: contact for quote

 

3. Del Edwards

Del Edwards

Del was born and raised in the region, is a mother (to sons and a dog), and most importantly—loves weddings. She has nearly a decade of experience, and it shows: her commitment and passion for her role drives her to creating unique, expressive ceremonies. Whether you’re looking to hold a big, traditional wedding, or a laid-back, intimate ceremony, Del has you covered.

Location: Glen Alpine,NSW

Years of Experience: 9

Style: unique, personal, professional

Number of Weddings: not stated

Prices: contact for quote

VIDEO: Del Edwards Celebrant

 

4. Jan Fenton

Jan Fenton

Dedicated towards highlighting her couples and their beautiful personalities, Jan is a great choice for your wedding celebrant. She will design the ceremony to your taste, and include any rituals you wish for, such as san and handfasting ceremonies. Also, she only books one wedding per day, so you can be sure her attention will be wholly on you and your partner!

Location: Laggan, NSW

Years of Experience: 12

Style: professional,flexible

Number of Weddings: not stated

Prices: contact for quote

 

5. Vivienne Warren

Vivienne Warren

The lovely Vivienne is based in Sydney, but often travels to the Southern Highlands to officiate weddings—and thank heavens, because she’s fantastic! She’s organised, supportive, and writes personalised weddings (or more traditional, regulated weddings if that is your wish). You’ll feel as though you’re the best of friends at the end of the day, and you’ll be so blissfully stress-free, too!

Location: Kellyville, NSW

Years of Experience: not stated

Style: intimate,friendly

Number of Weddings: not stated

Prices: contact for quote

 

6. Kylie Jones

If you’re looking for a celebrant that will be your best friend and always looks at the glass as half-full, contact Kylie! She’ll go above and beyond in writing a tailor-made ceremony just for you, and even offers her own rural property for intimate wedding ceremonies. She’ll make sure that this most important day of your life goes off without a hitch, and even give you a personal copy of your ceremony to keep as a memento of the day.

Location: Kentlyn, NSW

Years of Experience: not stated

Style: modern, cheerful, professional

Number of Weddings: not stated

Prices: contact for quote, travel may cost extra

VIDEO: Kylie Jones Celebrant

 

7. Alexandra Weddings

Alex Lollback became a celebrant when she realised her friends weren’t able to find celebrants who they truly clicked with and were 100% comfortable with. She’s young, confident, and delivers some of the most heartfelt ceremonies you’ll ever attend in your entire life. Alex will provide you with a questionnaire designed to get to know you and create a truly personalised ceremony (so it will truly be unique and inspired by you).

Location: Mittagong, NSW

Years of Experience: not stated

Style: fun, modern, creative

Number of Weddings: not stated

Prices: contact for quote

 

8. Chrystabel Carter

Chrystabel will tailor your ceremony to your tastes, and help you write your vows and select your readings. She welcomes the addition of any rituals or traditions special to you and your spouse-to-be, and has performed such rituals as lighting of unity candles, blessing stones, handfasting, and sand ceremonies. She’s so supportive and organised, that you’ll be confident your day will go perfectly—and it will!

Location: East Bowral, NSW

Years of Experience: not stated

Style: calm, professional

Number of Weddings: not stated

Prices: starting from $450, $100 extra for dress rehearsal. Travel fees apply outside of Southern Highlands.

 

9. Nina de Borde

Lovely, bubbly Nina will have your guests laughing and talking about how great the wedding ceremony was for ages. She loves all things romantic, so you can be sure that your wedding will be heart-warming. Her wedding ceremonies are all tailored to each specific couple and she will spend lots of time getting to know you to get it all just right. Her fees include planning for wet weather backups.

Location: Southern Highlands, NSW

Years of Experience: not stated

Style: creative, personal

Number of Weddings: not stated

Prices: contact for quote, extra for dress rehearsal

 

10. Joanne Novich

Joanne is always there for her couples, and we love how truly enjoyable her wedding ceremonies are! She understands that this is one of the most important decisions you will make about your special day and will help you through every step of planning the ceremony. She offers personalised, intimate / grand, and registry-style ceremonies—so there’s something for everyone!

Location: South Coast, NSW

Years of Experience: not stated

Style: fun, personal, heart-warming

Number of Weddings: not stated

Prices: contact for quote, $100 deposit required

 

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Parting Notes

Don’t leave choosing your marriage celebrant to the last minute! You’ll be glad you took our advice when you take the time to get to know your celebrant, because the best wedding ceremonies have a touch of personalization and familiarity between the celebrant and the couple. After all, how wonderful would it be to be married by a friend? Don’t be afraid to court a few celebrants before making your decision—find one you love and are comfortable with!

 


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