On the most special day of your life, the last thing you want to be doing is worrying about whether your marriage celebrant is going to bore your guests to tears. Of course, you might want to see your guests wiping a touching tear or two away, but you definitely don’t want them yawning when you’re saying your “I do’s” to the love of your life!

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Choosing a marriage celebrant doesn’t have to be a difficult or trying process, and our list of the top ten marriage celebrants in the Ballarat region will help you get started!

 

1. Kate Ritchie

One of the highest-ranking marriage celebrants in the Ballarat region, Kate is a great choice for your wedding festivities. She works full-time, so you can be sure that her attentions are wholly upon her work as a celebrant. She will help you plan your ceremony, and make it as personalised or traditional as you wish. Her fees include use of her own PA system.

Location: Cardigan Village, VIC

Years of Experience: 11

Style: fun, relaxed, professional

Number of Weddings: not stated

Prices: contact for quote

 

2. Gillian Freestone

Gillian of Eureka Weddings dreams of helping her brides and grooms have the wedding of their dreams. She will guide you through every step of the way, starting with a no-obligations initial meeting and including help with writing your vows. You also get to look over a draft of the ceremony script, so you can tailor it to your tastes! Her fees include travel costs up to 50 km from Ballarat.

Location: Ballarat, VIC

Years of Experience: not stated

Style: personal, professional

Number of Weddings: 60+

Prices: contact for quote

 

3. Tracey Patterson

Tracey works in the Daylesford and Ballarat regions as a fantastic marriage celebrant, and she considers it a privilege to be a part of your special day. So, she will help you put together a beautiful and seamless wedding ceremony that represents you and your partner perfectly. She also offers elopements and simple ceremonies, as well as rehearsals for an extra $100.

Location: Daylesford, VIC

Years of Experience: not stated

Style: engaging, flexible

Number of Weddings: $580 in Daylesford & Ballarat (within 30km)

Prices: contact for quote

 

4. Laurence Gibbs

If you’re looking for someone who’s going to make sure your day is stress-free and enjoyable (for your guests as well), look no further than Laurence. He will listen to all your wishes, make your dreams a reality, and will create a beautifully personalised wedding for you. His first meetings are all obligation free, and his fees include a dress rehearsal!

Location: Canadian, VIC

Years of Experience: not stated

Style: friendly, fun, heartfelt

Number of Weddings: not stated

Prices: contact for quote

 

5. Maxine Vallance

Maxine knows that your wedding day should be and will be all about you. She’s so helpful and a great listener—a great sounding board for important wedding planning decisions! She will help you plan each step of your ceremony, and you can be sure that you and your guests will be wiping more than one tear away at her moving words.

Location: Ballarat, VIC

Years of Experience: not stated

Style: personal, friendly, heart-warming

Number of Weddings: not stated

Prices: contact for quote

 

6. Jennifer Funston

Jennifer loves to help people with their big milestones in their life, and marriages are one of her absolute favourite milestones. She will create a tailored wedding ceremony that is reflective of you, your spouse-to-be, and your love and life together. She proudly offers same-sex marriages as well, and her past couples rave about how warm and caring Jennifer is!

Location: Wonga Park, VIC

Years of Experience: not stated

Style: warm, fun, personal

Number of Weddings: not stated

Prices: contact for quote

 

7. Anastasia Meek

A huge fan of romance, weddings, and love, Anastasia is so excited to help every one of her couples celebrate their love and share their story with their loved ones. Whether you’re looking for something tailored to you and your wishes or something more traditional, Anastasia will be able to help you create your dream wedding ceremony!

Location: Ballarat Central, VIC

Years of Experience: 10

Style: relaxed, friendly, personal

Number of Weddings: not stated

Prices: contact for quote

 

8. Sharon Byrne

As a journalist and writer, you can expect that Sharon’s wedding ceremony scripts will be flawless, beautiful, and oh-so-touching (also, grammatically correct)! She’ll be able to help you plan every bit of your wedding ceremony—down to the venue choice (although we normally suggest choosing and booking a venue first). Her past clients can’t say enough good things about Sharon!

Location: Daylesford, VIC

Years of Experience: not stated, but 20 years writing experience

Style: fun, friendly, meaningful

Number of Weddings: not stated

Prices: contact for quote

 

9. Marcus Gadd

Marcus works primarily in the Ballarat region, but also performs weddings in Daylesford, Beaufort, and more areas. He is currently a Theatre student, so he is a great mix of modern and classical, and you can be sure that he is charismatic, energetic, and personable. He also proudly offers same-sex wedding ceremonies.

Location: Ballarat Central, VIC

Years of Experience: not stated, but 20 years writing experience

Style: funny, warm, personal

Number of Weddings: not stated

Prices: contact for quote

 

10. Katrina Staples

Katrina is so honoured to be a part of a couple’s marriage and wedding, and she will create a tailored wedding ceremony that is representative of you and your values. She will also help you write your vows, select your readings, and your music to help take the stress out of the planning process and the wedding day!

Location: Delacombe, VIC

Years of Experience: not stated

Style: professional, helpful

Number of Weddings: not stated

Prices: $500 for Saturdays, discounts for weekdays and Sundays

 

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Parting Notes

When you’re booking a celebrant or trying to choose between two or three candidates, remember to ask them important questions, such as, ‘Are you licensed,’ ‘Are you a full-time celebrant,’ and ‘How many weddings have you officiated / how long have you been a marriage celebrant?’ If they don’t have reviews on Google, their website, or elsewhere, ask for some client referrals. Most importantly, make sure you trust the celebrant and have fun with them!

 


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