Elaine McNamara – Marriage Celebrant
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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!
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! 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!
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A few interests
Travel, Photography, Triathlon, Trail Running and Hiking are just a few of my main social interests – they might be yours too!
I’m married to Rob and have three Step Daughters.Read More
I always like to ensure that couples know what is included (so, no surprises and no hidden charges!).Read More
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 all kinds of 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, Bayside Melbourne, the city as well as metropolitan and outer metropolitan Melbourne: North, South, East, West and any combination in between, including country areas! My ‘Celebration Sensation!’ Wedding Ceremony includes travel up to 350km from Seaford, Vic as part of the fee! 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.
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 see ‘Celebrating Legal’ on my Fees page.
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.
There is a ‘Births, Deaths & Marriages’ (BDM) Registry in each State / Territory of Australia. Here is a link to the Australian Government directory, which has links to each area; BDM Link.