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Hi Alisa

Thank you for being so wonderful!

I love working with you so much.  Not only do you provide the best possible service for your brides and grooms, but you always manage to go well and truly beyond what is required of you.

I really appreciate everything you did for Ileana and Andrew’s wedding, and it was such a lovely ceremony.

I hope you have a great new year! 

Paula Creek

Functioning Together

Event Planning

Ceremony of Sonia & Ryan – Dec 7th, 2013

Bride and Groom: Sonia and Ryan

Date of Ceremony: December 7, 2013

Photographer: Christian Marc Photography









From one Celebrant to another…

This is a letter I received from another local celebrant after her wedding ceremony.alisa1

Dear Alisa

I’m finally getting around to emailing you a big THANKYOU!!!!

Given that I’m also a celebrant it was quite daunting to find the right person to be our celebrant. From my very first phone enquiry any anxiety I had regarding our ceremony was gone. You made us feel comfortable that you would deliver a ceremony that was exactly as we wanted, even going so far as to dress according to our theme.

You are enthusiastic and creative but above all- so professional which was a balance that was lacking in the other celebrants I had approached. I love that you are in touch with contemporary culture and open to our suggestions. You were patient with me and my constant emails and nothing was too much trouble.

We cannot thank you enough for everything you did to make our wedding day the best day EVER!!! All our guests were raving about you and I didn’t know if I should be jealous or proud!! Haa But seriously I would do ads for you I’m just so impressed with your work. I wish you all the very best for your career which I’m positive will be very successful.

You should now start calling yourself The Celebrant To The Celebrants. Lol

Thanks again Alisa. You Rock!

Warm Regards

Lisa Jane Sheils

Registered Marriage Celebrant

Ceremony of Kelly & Andrew – Jan 25, 2014

Bride and Groom: Kelly and Andrew

Date of Ceremony: January 25, 2014

Time and Place: 11am Ceremony at Dalywaters Garden Chapel, Mornington.

I met Kelly at a wedding expo last year, she already had a Celebrant booked and just stopped to ask me a legal question about Andrew’s birth certificate. We chatted and laughed and got along instantly,  and she booked me on the spot! Our consultations took twice as long as normal, it was like we were girlfriends catching up for coffee.

This profession is all about amazing relationships – when you meet “the one” (Celebrant that is!) just go with it. Kelly said she had people ask if we were sisters.

Beautiful day, and a beautiful couple.

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Finding your wedding personality

About 12 months ago I was featured on the ‘all things wedding’ Australian website Hitched, on a blog feature titled “How to Choose a Civil Celebrant”.

Alisa’s advice to couples when selecting a celebrant is to find someone who respects your idea of a perfect wedding:  “Generally couples are all looking for a ceremony that is beautiful and a little traditional but still fun and enjoyable and true to who they are as individuals and as a couple”.

You can read the full post here.



My local area

I will be updating this soon, with a few of my favorite places around the peninsula that are perfect for all types of ceremonies.

Key Ceremony Planning Tips

Coming soon is a check list to consider when planning your ceremony. You can apply this to any type of ceremony, such as commitment ceremonies, weddings or funerals.

What is a Celebrant?

In Australia, celebrants are people who conduct formal ceremonies in the community, particularly weddings, which are the main ceremony of legal import conducted by celebrants. They may also conduct extra-legal ceremonies such as naming of babies, renewal of wedding vows and funerals. Officiating at a marriage requires that the celebrant be an authorised marriage celebrant under Australian law, but officiating at extra-legal ceremonies does not. Read More.

Selecting the person to legally bind you in the sacred tradition of marriage is a very personal process.

If a church wedding is not part of your wedding plan, you will require a Licensed Civil Celebrant to perform your ceremony. When selecting someone to perform this duty, personal taste is generally the deciding factor.  Male or female?  Older or younger? Traditional vows or modern interpretation?

Celebrants are changing and becoming more modern to suit the needs of modern day couples.

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