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!

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


Denise Nicholls

Denise loves working with couples to create a wedding ceremony that reflects their personalities and values. Whether you want a ceremony that is formal or relaxed, sophisticated or simple, Denise has a wealth of ideas and resources to help with your planning. She is very organised, approachable, fun and always professional. Couples often say that she is brilliant at keeping them calm and relaxed on their big day. With a background in primary school teaching, Denise is a very confident public speaker and you can be sure your guests will hear every word!

Address: Buller Parade Lalor, VIC

Phone: 0421 116 536

Social: Instagram

Contact : Denise Nicholls

Kate Ritchie-Sexton

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

Phone: 0430 081 479

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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

Phone: 0427 974 405

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Tania Bannister

Address: 220 Lyons St S, Ballarat Central VIC 3350

Phone: 0408 508 258

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Susie Cochrane

Address: 21 Johnson St, Ballarat Central VIC 3350

Phone: 0419 386 325

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Contact : Susie Cochrane


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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