Weddings, Naming Days & Funerals

Laurel Tonkin Geelong Marriage Celebrant

Beautiful & Memorable Ceremonies

Weddings

Your wedding is the most important day of your life. As your wedding celebrant, I will write and perform a ceremony that is tailored for you and you alone. Your family and guests will witness the warmth and tenderness of a wedding that perfectly expresses your style and feelings. 


What makes my wedding ceremonies different? 

Working together to design the ceremony, I will tell your guests how you met, what attracted you to each other, how you fell in love, how you proposed and your dreams for your life together—your unique love story. Your guests will take home memories of a wedding that sounded just like the two of you. Of course this is all entirely up to you both. Your ceremony can be as short or as long as you wish. Depending on your choice of ceremony elements, most are between 15 to 30 minutes duration. 


On Your Wedding Day

I will arrive early to do any troubleshooting and to confer with other wedding professionals such as your photographer and musicians. I will conduct your ceremony professionally; I will supply a P.A system, a table and 2 beautiful covered chairs for signing the register. I also have available a red carpet, gazebo and archway if required. I will present you with a printed Marriage certificate, a copy of your ceremony file and all legal paperwork lodged in the required time. 


What kinds of wedding ceremonies do I perform? 

You choose the style of ceremony that reflects your beliefs- non-religious, religious, interfaith, spiritual, simple, casual or traditional. The choice is yours. If you and your fiancĂ© have different beliefs or customs we can incorporate elements from each to honour and share your individual ideas. 


What are your qualifications? 

I am a registered Civil Marriage Celebrant authorised by the Attorney General of Australia. As a Civil Marriage Celebrant I officiate at weddings and civil unions at all kinds of venues throughout the Geelong region. Areas I service include: Lara, Werribee, Colac, Winchelsea, Bannockburn, Torquay, Anglesea and the Bellarine Peninsula. You can choose to have your ceremony indoors or outdoors: in a park, home, hall, historic site, or favourite restaurant. Having your ceremony at a religious site is also a possibility. The choice is totally up to you.


How do we plan your wedding? 

I will work with you every step of the way to create a wedding that reflects your love and style. My rich resource collection of wedding vows, poetry, readings and traditional and contemporary customs help to design a ceremony that is meaningful and inspired. I will send you the full wedding script in advance for review and revisions so there will not be any surprises at the wedding. You have complete creative control.


Same-sex couples?

I am beyond thrilled to be able to now perform legal weddings between those of the same sex. It has been a long time coming! I have completed many commitment ceremonies in the past and look forward to many more official ceremonies to come.


If you have any questions please feel free to contact me anytime.

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