Elaine McNamara – Marriage Celebrant

AMC Member ♥ Dip Mgmt ♥ Adv Cert Admin ♥ Cert IV Celebrancy

Fully customised Wedding, Commitment, Renewal of Vows and Naming Ceremonies.

I really love being a Marriage Celebrant and I’ve had the privilege of officiating at many wonderful and varied ceremonies.

Lovely, happy occasions where smiles, laughter and emotions came naturally, from the heart. Seeing people happy – it’s just fabulous!

I would be absolutely delighted to customise a ceremony for you!

Ceremonies

The focus is on you!

Whether you would like an elegantly simple ceremony, one steeped in ritual and
tradition, a surprise (for your guests!), or something very different; from the start and all
the way through…

The focus is on you – this is your day!

I would love to hear your thoughts and dreams of what you have in mind for your ceremony.

Let’s catch up for a chat by phone, Skype, email or in person at mine, yours (I travel all over Melbourne) or a café in between!

This would certainly be obligation free and then if you would like me to be your Celebrant, we can lock in your date and take it from there!

About

A few interests

Travel, Photography, Triathlon and Trail Running (I’m no where near fast but I really enjoy it) are just a few of my main social interests – they might be yours too!

I’m married to Rob and have three Step Daughters.

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Reviews

Ceremony Reviews

Very grateful and proud of these really fabulous reviews, thank you all so much!!

From the first email we received from Elaine, she was honestly wonderful. It’s both an exciting and stressful time leading up to & getting married. And as we found, a second marriage does not lessen those feelings or stress levels. To add to this, we also run our own very busy business, and both Graham & myself were busy & time poor. Elaine was professional, helpful & understanding, at the same time, she possesses those rare people skills that allowed her to easily bring us both back to focus on where we both needed & wanted to be. Let’s face it, without a Celebrant we couldn’t have been married!! And as such Elaine played one of the most vital roles in helping us organise our special day. It’s obvious from first contact that Elaine genuinely loves & embraces her Celebrant duties. Our day, and most importantly, our ceremony was just as we had envisaged it would be thanks to Elaine’s guidance, help & patience with two excited, preoccupied, dreamy &, at times, somewhat addled, older people. Elaine, we thank & appreciate you so much for helping us create a beautiful ceremony that was exactly what we wanted, it was definitely us!
Diane & Graham
Wedding Ceremony
What a wonderful celebration we had! Thank you Elaine for making Shaamini's Naming Day so meaningful and special for our family and friends. The beautiful "sand ceremony", which allowed so many members of our family to be involved, created such a special connection to Shaamini. Our other grandaughters were delighted to be a part of this celebration.
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Naming Ceremony
Elaine was very relaxed, patient and helpful, and was keen to make useful yet unimposing suggestions. Whenever we needed anything, Elaine was happy to help, and she supported us throughout both the planning process and the ceremony itself. Elaine was always very professional, but not in any rigid manner - she was able to go with the flow and improvised well when a few things didn't go quite as we had planned on the day. We would definitely recommend Elaine to anyone seeking a stress-free experience with their celebrant.
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Renewal of Vows Ceremony
We were delighted with the personal attention that Elaine gave for our wedding ceremony. She went out of her way to research ideas for us and to make our day beautiful and seamless. Elaine was wonderful to work with attending our home at short notice for discussions regarding the ceremony. I could not have found anyone better to be our celebrant and also such a major part of our special day. I would highly recommend her for your wedding....she is absolutely fantastic!!
Jodie & Marco
Wedding Ceremony
Elaine was FANTASTIC she helped with every step along the way, she was willing to do anything she could in the lead up to the wedding to make it as smooth and easy as possible. Elaine was willing to travel to our house for us to sign papers and kept us in the loop with every aspect of the running of the ceremony. The time and effort she put into our wedding was amazing. Then there is the actual wedding, she was professional well spoken, flexible (last min rain meant we had to move to the rotunda) she was lighthearted and basically everything that we could have hoped for in a celebrant. I am not fond of leaving reviews unless I feel strongly enough to do so and in this instance I HAD to recommend Elaine! Thankyou for Everything Elaine it was an amazing day for Naomi and I.
N & D
Wedding Ceremony
Elaine is a fantastic celebrant who approached our wedding celebration with total professionalism. She had gentle but extremely helpful suggestions while still completely respecting our own vision and wishes. On the day, Elaine's calmness definitely helped to settle our nerves and we were delighted with the beautiful celebration she gave us. It really shines through that Elaine loves her work as a celebrant which definitely sets her apart. Thanks again Elaine for the wonderful ceremony.
Karen & Scott
Wedding Ceremony
Elaine was wonderful. She made everything so easy for us and we didn't worry for a second. She had everything organised for us. She also made some lovely suggestions. The amount of work she put into our ceremony shows how passionate she is about her work. She really goes above and beyond for her couples and we will remember our ceremony forever. Many of our guests commented on how wonderful she is. We highly recommend Elaine and are grateful to her for making our day really special. Thank you Elaine.
Ainslie & Alan
Wedding Ceremony
We had the pleasure of working with Elaine McNamara for our recent wedding ceremony; originally we had planned for a February 2017 wedding, however with a change in circumstances - a baby on the way! - we decided to bring things forward to November 2016 instead. Elaine was so incredibly helpful, patient and kind throughout the rescheduling process, particularly when we were trying to decide what we would do; her guidance, thoughtful suggestions and support was so appreciated and she couldn't do enough for us to make everything trouble-free. Elaine has a wonderful style of delivery in her ceremonies and her collaborative approach to the writing of the ceremony itself made it so personal and heartfelt; she is very engaging and helped us both to relax on the day and we were so grateful to her for helping to make our ceremony so special. We are pleased to say that we will continue our journey with Elaine next year as we renew our vows with family and friends present and look forward to sharing this with her. We would highly recommend Elaine as a celebrant and offer our sincere thanks to her for her assistance!
Scott & Stef
Wedding Ceremony
We had the chance to work with Elaine for our wedding on February 2017. Upon our first meet with Elaine we had a good vibe from her as her lively personality came through. She provided us with all the information we required and broke it down very well. Elaine made us feel very comfortable in terms of asking any questions, no matter how simple they may sound. The whole process was a breeze with Elaine as she adapted to the type of people we are. On the day, she liaised with both myself and the bride and kept on top of everything including delays. Her calm demeanour kept everything flowing smoothly which ensured us that we had made the right choice of picking Elaine. We highly recommend Elaine and consider ourselves fortunate for the chance to work with her.
Kim & Dennis
Wedding Ceremony
We had the great pleasure of working with Elaine for our wedding in March 2017. She was amazing! Elaine was creative and flexible, allowing us to develop a ceremony that was absolutely perfect for the both of us. She worked above and beyond, coming to our place for rehearsals and visiting the wedding site before hand. She is an incredibly easy going, hard working person who absolutely loves her job and it showed on the day. Elaine was certainly a big part of what made it such a magical experience and we cannot recommend her enough.
Bec & David
Wedding Ceremony
Thank you Elaine for your help and coordination through the planning stages of our ceremony, and for helping us have a wonderful wedding day. Our ceremony was perfect, and so many of our guests commented on how personal and memorable the ceremony was. Thank you also for arranging the beautiful flower stands at such short notice!
Em & Mal
Wedding Ceremony
From the beginning we knew Elaine was the perfect celebrant for us. She is caring, considerate and has a passion for making your day special! Elaine met with us many times at our home and went through all the details of how the ceremony would run, making careful changes to personalise it as much as we needed. Thank you for the best day and helping us to make it as smooth as possible and one to remember! We highly recommend her for any celebration you may have.
Bridgette and Brock
Wedding Ceremony
Elaine was such a wonderful celebrant, from the first meeting I knew she would be fantastic. Her warmth and caring personality makes you instantly feel calmer and know she is there to guide you through this time from start to finish! Elaine was very helpful with bringing ideas of including our children into the ceremony and we appreciated that very much. We would highly recommend Elaine and we thankyou so much for helping make our day so amazing.
Belinda & Steve
Wedding Ceremony
We had Elaine do our wedding ceremony on the 9th September and she was amazing, We had a few issues over the months leading to our day and Elaine was so supportive and understanding. She was such a pleasure to work with. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts.
S & C
Wedding Ceremony
Wow, what can we say. Elaine went above and beyond in each and every step of our wedding ceremony. At our first meeting she said with her characteristic warmth, "don't worry, I'll take care of you." And that she did. Elaine is a creative and inspired celebrant who clearly loves what she does and cares about the people she works with - a rare find. We highly recommend her to you. With Gratitude
J&C
Wedding Ceremony
From the very moment my husband and I met Elaine we felt comfortable with her. Nothing was ever too much and she was happy to make changes to the ceremony to suit our style!
Amanda D
Wedding Ceremony
Even if it's not your first ... A wedding is a big deal. It's a celebration and an expression of the marriage you hope to have with someone you adore. It's a lot of moving pieces and lots of emotion - you really want the right person to guide you and help you enjoy it. We were delighted to have Elaine as our celebrant. Right from the start we felt that we had a friend and a professional guiding us. Our wedding combined 2 families, 6 individuals, 3 cultures and 2 languages so we needed gentle hands and good energy. Elaine calmly got things done, explained what was essential, important or just optional (with insight and good ideas). Her ability to listen, suggest, adapt, enthuse and keep us on track made the ceremony an exciting and stable part of the wedding. We were able to celebrate our commitment to each other as a couple and as a blended family. Our children and our parents said they felt involved, comfortable and significant. Our guests told us they really enjoyed the ceremony and could see what was important to us. Elaine also embraced and added to our ideas, building a personal and sincere event: Vows and readings in English and French; vows to children; family medallions; the story of the 15 second kiss; a (vintage French) wine ceremony; candle lighting and coloured sand pouring were all smoothly integrated and well received. Elaine is a professional presenter, is punctual, plans and anticipates well, communicates proactively and adapts smoothly as required. We strongly recommend Elaine as someone who will help you enjoy the big moment as soon as you meet her.
Nolwenn & Kevin
Wedding Ceremony
Elaine had a lovely calming effect on our big day! Her organisation left us feeling at ease and her voice is very calming. Loving person, fantastic celebrant.
S & M
Wedding Ceremony
Elaine was amazing guiding us from the paperwork in the beginning & preparation in between to our wedding day! We had many comment on a beautiful ceremony & we couldn't have done it without you!! I highly recommend Elaine's services, very experienced & professional! A lovely lady who made the planning process stress free! Thank you
Mr & Mrs Pike
Wedding Ceremony
Elaine's humour & warmth makes for a very personal wedding experience. She seems to know just the right way to say & express things. She made the whole wedding process easy & stress free. Can’t recommend her enough.
Chris & Chris
Wedding Ceremony

Fees

I always like to ensure that couples know what is included (so, no surprises and no hidden charges!).

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FAQs

Popular Ceremony Questions…

Please feel very welcome to ask any other questions at all!

  • This must be the most popular question and for good reason!

    Please go to the ‘Fees’ tab for information of what is included and the current fees for ceremonies.

    If you would like clarification on anything, please do not hesitate to contact me.

  • Sometimes it’s hard to determine what you actually want in a ceremony so it’s often helpful to look at ceremony samples.

    I have sample ceremony outlines which can be further developed and customised to suit.

  • Of course! We can customise your service so that they are definitely involved – as much as you desire.

    A Sand Ceremony or Unity Candle Ceremony present just two ideas of how children can be actively involved or symbolically included.

    For our wedding, my three stepdaughters each did a reading and were very much part of our entire celebration.

  • Not at all; so have I!

    There are a number of original documents that I need to sight from both of you (for example: birth certificate, passport, driver’s license, etc.) and as long as you can bring along legal divorce papers confirming your divorce is official, everything is fine!

  • Mornington Peninsula and Bayside Melbourne, as well as metropolitan and outer metropolitan Melbourne: City, East, South East, North, North East, South and West.

    Happy to travel 200km from Seaford, Vic as part of the fee (no extra!), no problem at all – if your ceremony is more than that, let me know – it’s not automatically ruled out 🙂

  • I have a wireless P.A. system which comes complete with a speaker stand (so that we can position the speaker to the best advantage), a discreet headset which I use and a separate microphone and mic stand which we can position for you to use (if desired, either hand held or on stand) or we can offset this to the side for readings by members of your party.

    The P.A. has a CD player and USB port and everything is operated via a wireless remote.

  • Yes! More and more couples are celebrating their marriages in an overseas location!

    Quite often, getting legally married overseas can be a difficult process so many choose to hold a purely legal service here (1 couple + 2 witnesses + 1 celebrant) and then have their celebration with their family and friends overseas.

    If the legal service is held here first, the overseas ceremony becomes a ‘Renewal of Vows’ ceremony and if it’s held afterwards, the overseas ceremony is a ‘Commitment Ceremony’.

    Both can be absolutely brilliant occasions, it’s just important to ensure that no legal ceremony is performed overseas, if going down this avenue!

    If you’re leaning towards this, please contact me to discuss (different fee, etc.); enquiries very welcome!

  • Yes, most definitely! I will write your entire ceremony, based on your ideas and wishes!

    The ceremony will, of course, include the legal components but you are free to personalise all other parts of the service.

    An initial draft will be provided as a starting point and we can then refine the ceremony (words / order / readings / rituals, etc.) up until two weeks before your ceremony date.

  • If your dream is to have a beach wedding ceremony on a Melbourne Bayside or Mornington Peninsula beach, or in park or any other public space, please check with your local council first!

    In most cases, a permit is required. Here are links to a few bayside and peninsula council sites and the associated application forms:

    There is a lot of information on each of these council websites to assist you with your application and there are friendly, helpful people at each council office who look after these applications. If there is something you are not sure about, give them a call or send an email enquiry!

  • Absolutely!

    Let me know what you are interested in and I’ll write it!!

  • I will be there a full half hour (minimum) before the agreed time of your ceremony. This allows me to set up, do a sound check and be well and truly ready for you and your guests.

  • Privacy, security and confidentiality of communications and documentation is respected at all times.

    A Certain Celebration will not, without your permission, pass on any of your personal information such as names, contact details, identification, ceremony dates or details and sensitive material to any third party.

    Personally identifiable information about you is collected only when you knowingly and voluntarily submit it and it is used only for the purpose for which it is submitted to generate the ceremony, or comply with legal requirements directly related to the ceremony, unless we disclose other uses in this Privacy Statement or at the time of collection.

Contact

Elaine McNamara - Marriage Celebrant

Ceremonies: Melbourne - City, Metro, Outer Metro, Mornington Peninsula, Bayside, Country!

E: elaine@acertaincelebration.com.au

M: 0435 357 165

A: PO Box 76 Seaford Vic 3198 Australia