Meet Byron Bay’s top wedding celebrants

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Selecting your celebrant is one of the hardest suppliers to choose when planning your wedding day. It’s important to find someone who really resonates with you both so you feel relaxed throughout your ceremony. It’s also just as important to make your guests feel comfortable and entertained throughout the process. We’ve saved you the legwork and interviewed Byron’s top love aficionados to help you lock down the ideal wedding celebrant for your special day. Read on!

What is your style as a wedding celebrant?

Skai Ceremonies
I find the ‘spark’ in a couple’s journey, illuminating this with my melodic storytelling style. The tale of how you found one another is an evolving love riddle to be shared. I love unearthing the gold nuggets of your story, bringing your guests to laughter and tears.

At Skai Ceremonies I bring an effortless sense of ease, connection, and calm. It’s my ability to entwine this with my moving and persuasive expression that creates a glow, leaving you and your guests thinking I am an old friend of yours and theirs.

“No words can describe how happy and enchanted with Skai we were.” Tania + Mitch – Figtree Restaurant.

Skai Ceremonies

Marry Me Dean
My style is a combination of your favourite armchair. All soft and cozy and the best night out you and your friend ever had. I never forget that we are celebrating the very best of you. I like to keep it real and I like to smile – a lot.

I love the moments when we can be a bit cheeky and have a laugh but I take care to keep the humour natural and elegant. If you want a happy, friendly, joyous day with sincerity – that’s me. It’s my job to set the stage, not steal the show. It’s your time to shine and this moment is about sharing your unique love.

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Wed By Clare
I am known for my ‘straight from the heart’ emotional filled ceremonies. I love my job as a celebrant and make sure each ceremony is personalised, unique and will share your story with truth and authenticity.  

I will deliver a true connection with you and your guests and we will have a good laugh along the way.  A believer in marriage equality.

Modern Love Celebrants
My style as a marriage celebrant is very relaxed and friendly. I do what I can to help my couple feel comfortable and at ease with me; that way it’s easy for them to share their history, along with the reasons that they love each other and what their hopes and dreams are.

I have a background in public speaking and I’m also a voice-over artist so, I have lots of experience to perform a very professional ceremony (with a killer PA system too), but it’s all still very relaxed, personable and fun. Plus, after a decade of writing ceremonies, I’ve got that down to a fine art too.

Heidi Robertson – Celebrant
Heidi Robertson is down to earth, friendly, and genuine. I turn up early and answer your phone calls!

It’s important to me to be welcoming and inclusive of your guests, putting everyone at ease ad ready for a beautiful ceremony.

“Heidi was friendly, professional, helpful – just the best celebrant! As someone else has said in their review ‘it was like having someone you know marry you’…” Rachel and Penny

Heidi Robertson – Celebrant

Andrew Michael
I’m friendly, warm and fun! Think of me as your professional best friend who will help you achieve your wedding day goals by kicking off the day in style. Naturally, I have a calm, cool and friendly nature and a knack of connecting with people and keeping ceremonies flowing smoothly and free of all that awkward stuff. I’d like to think that my ceremonies unfold like a naturally occurring conversation with your family and friends. I like to speak to your guests and engage them with their emotions and memories as much as possible too.

Ben Carlyle
I am all about engaging your crowd, killing the nervous vibes and helping you both stay grounded in your experience. A celebrant who listens to my couples’ language, sense of humour, sense of romance and delivers a ceremony to please all in attendance! I definitely don’t do boring. We’ve all been to crap ceremonies that are memorable for all the wrong reasons. I think your adventure into marriage is really epic and I want to celebrate this moment with your VIPs. I bring a professional, yet relaxed vibe to your ceremony and am honoured to do this as my full-time gig

Ben Carlyle

Susie Figgis
My style is relaxed and earthy. I’ll match the vibe you want to create and represent your love story in a way that feels perfectly aligned with you. I see myself as a warm and welcoming presence, helping you and your guests drop into the moment with a wonderful sense of ceremony. There is usually a healthy splash of fun and laughter as well.

I love reverent magical ceremonies and equally love working with couples who want to keep it simple, light-hearted and fun. Whatever the flavour, Susie Figgis ceremonies really ring true for couples and their tribe. I won’t steal your limelight, but I will absolutely shine the light on your love.

Susie Figgis

Michelle Shannon
Easy going and warm-hearted; I like to make the couple and guests feel as relaxed as possible on the day. I give my couple the freedom and connection to be who they are and help create their unique story. I get as excited about their wedding day as they do and after 12 years that is saying something!

Michelle Shannon

Wed By Ali
My style for Wed By Ali has been described as elegant, stylish, modern, authentic, light hearted, but most importantly, ever changing. It all comes down to the couple and the atmosphere they wish to create, combined with location and who and how many guests are in attendance. 

There are many intricacies that contribute to and make up the perfect ceremony, and creating that is what I love most about this job.  

Wed By Ali

Katrina Holt Wonderlove
I have married hundreds of loved-up couples, creating warm, relaxed and authentic ceremonies. With me as your celebrant, you’re going to relax, you’re going to smile (and laugh), there’s a good chance you may even shed a few happy tears, and when you glance out at your guests, you will see moments of pure connection.

I am a big advocate of you doing things your way, and my couples often comment on how easy the whole process is and how my laid-back approach means the journey is stress-free and relaxed, just as it should be!

Katrina Holt Wonderlove | GoldBear Wedding Films

Chiquita Mitchell
The Chiquita Mitchell signature style is “simple, elegant ceremonies, with a warm, relaxed delivery.” Every ceremony is bespoke. With 14 years of experience as a Byron celebrant, the former P.A. to Sir Bob Geldof and occasional assistant director on feature films, Chiquita is professional and comfortable with the care required to be a celebrant. 

Though most people have been to one or two weddings, I like to take all the work out of the preparation side of things.  I  write and disclose the full script, giving the couple full control over their ceremony, and I ensure the delivery is genuinely warm.  I’m not a fan of cheesy, floury or overly “funny” – I believe that your wedding day can be light-hearted but still elegant and a joy for you.  I also work hard to ensure there are no “deer in the headlights” awkward moments, and that things flow naturally and easily on the day.

Chiquita Mitchell

Leisa Ottley Celebrant
Romantic and fun! I love to laugh, I love to connect with people and I am all about delivering ceremonies that represent my couple completely. I don’t ever script jokes into my ceremonies, rather, letting humour and romance, laughter and tears, unfold authentically on the day.

I am quite the chameleon, with the ability to deliver intimate elopements up to full scale luxury weddings, laugh out loud or genuine, emotion filled moments are all in my repertoire.

Ceremonies By Leisa

Sam Johns Celebrant
Sam Johns Celebrant style as a wedding celebrant is deeply personal, authentic, and engaging. I focus on creating ceremonies that strike a perfect balance of humor and sincerity, making each moment memorable and heartfelt. Not using a reading device helps me maintain a genuine connection with the couple and guests, allowing me to read the room and embrace those spontaneous, memorable moments that make weddings truly special. 

Love for Life Celebrant
My Celebrant style is fun and sentimental. Working directly with my couples, together we design a ceremony celebrating everything they’ve achieved together, whilst weaving as much fun and sentimentality as they would like. The only generic part is the legal words we have to say, everything else we make up, and we have a heap of fun while we do, which helps to navigate those stress nerves on the big day.

Lauren Bridge Celebrant & MC
My ceremony style is romantic, fun, modern, and interactive. I love bringing the feels, the happy tears, the laughs, and engaging with your guests. Your ceremony goes by so quickly; it’s that one part of the day you will feel the most emotions in one. So when you look back on your ceremony, you won’t always remember the words I say, but you will always remember how they made you feel.

Lauren Bridge Celebrant & MC

How do you make a ceremony as personal as possible? What’s your personal touch? 

Skai Ceremonies
Crafting a bespoke ceremony is at the top of my agenda. Apart from sharing all the goodies people love to hear, you get to relish in every word I say. My sprinkle of originality is bringing you and your guests to a place of stillness; weaving energy that draws everyone in.

My melodic style creates a mood where your guests are held in that moment, not only listening but experiencing the ceremony. It’s an absolute pleasure to see their emotions as they react to an unexpected play on words with reverence to the beauty of your love riddle.

Skai Ceremonies
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Marry Me Dean
This is the part that I love. It’s your ceremony and it’s about sharing your story and what makes you tick as a couple. It’s not about a list what you have done or achieved.

It is about moments and connection, your hopes and dreams that tell a story about you as a couple. I love working with my couple to uncover the gold in their relationship to help build a ceremony that is real and authentic.

Wed By Clare
At Wed By Clare I share my expertise, experience and elation with you.  Your wedding day is a magical moment, so it’s important to make it memorable and reflect who you are as a couple.

I will take the time to get to know you and I can’t wait to hear your love story.  I have been working in the wedding industry in Byron Bay for 8 years and I look forward to sharing my knowledge and experience with you.

Wed By Clare

Modern Love Ceremonies
As humans, we connect to stories.
I look at each individual ceremony as a story, which has a beginning, a middle and an end – I find the hook for my couple’s story and I narrate it.
I often get comments that the guests thought I was a good friend of the couples, yet I never try to make it seem that way. I just do my research, find out what makes them tick, then represent my couple as who their guests know them to be. I don’t make stuff up, of course, I might leave stuff out, but I just highlight everything that is wonderful about my couple.

Modern Love Ceremonies

Heidi Robertson – Celebrant
Your ceremony marks a transitional moment in time where you embark on a great adventure together, so I take great care in writing and delivering the ceremony with genuineness and warmth.

“Heidi made a non-traditional, non-religious person like myself so happy. That is not to say she cannot facilitate every demographic or need. In fact, I think that is precisely what makes her so good. Heidi tailored the celebration for us.” Kieran and Nic

Andrew Michael
My ceremonies are made personalised by real-life storytelling and connection. I need to connect with my couple. Learning about their journey and time together is crucial so I like to hang out and chat. My couples need to feel comfortable and at ease with me, so they can tell me about their lives together.

Face to face catch ups are important to Andrew Michael Marriage Celebrants but if that’s too hard due to interstate travel then I like to Facetime or Skype and I dig a little deeper with a super fun questionnaire. I use language that speaks to the heart and resonates deeply with my couples.

Andrew Michael

Ben Carlyle
Every ceremony I deliver is custom to my couples experience. I think that it’s incredible 2 humans can fall in love, out of the billions of humans on planet earth, so surely your unique ‘love story’ is worthy of re-telling. I meet with my couples and we chat about their adventure together and I take enough notes and ask enough questions to get the ball rolling in the planning of your ceremony. It’s also in the delivery where I know your story well enough to glance at my notes and not read word for word, that the personal connection shines.

Ben Carlyle

Susie Figgis
Marriage means different things to everyone, so it’s about our journey of connection before the wedding, I love learning what makes you tick, what you love about each other, your hopes, humour and future dreams. I do this verbally and through a love story questionnaire. Then I weave it together in a writing process that doesn’t stop until it’s perfect for you.

One value I encourage is a sense of realism, rather than idealism. I think this is a way to acknowledge the ‘humanness’ in all of us, and not set up an expectation of perfection in marriage. After all, love in all its magnificence, will always ebb and flow.

Susie Figgis

Michelle Shannon
I make it easy as our lives are busy and meet up either in person or via Skype. Then I send a few easy and personal questions to get to know them.  When I write their ceremony I’m truly speaking of their love for each other instead of using a verse from a random website or book. 

Other little touches I encourage: I love them to be close to each other, the freedom to go with their emotions and feelings, embrace their wishes and ideas and if other people are involved we work through it until they are completely happy. The couple has total control over the ceremony looks and feels, and I rarely change much from the first draft as they always say that it’s on point.

Wed By Ali
Let the couple lead the way! Each wedding is unique and personal because of the two humans, standing together, publicly declaring the love they share for one another.

Spending time with them, listening to their story and getting to know their personalities in the lead up, makes it effortless for me to create a ceremony script that is exclusive just to them.   

Katrina Holt Wonderlove
All of my ceremonies are bespoke and written especially for each couple, which means getting to know your unique story, discovering the ceremony ideas you love and the beautiful details that make your love so special. 

You can be sure your ceremony will be engaging, captivating, completely unforgettable and the highlight of your day.

Katrina Holt Wonderlove

Chiquita Mitchell
I believe the marriage celebrant’s role is to let your guests know it’s a day to get swept away in the celebration. After a planning session, the couple receives their draft script and it changes hands between us until the couple is almost as in love with the script as they are with each other. This collaboration ensures the ceremony is personal to them and suits their wishes and vision for their day.

I am passionate about language and words, which is why I have been a celebrant for more than a decade! I truly get so much joy in both writing and speaking well.

Chiquita Mitchell

Leisa Ottley Celebrant
At Leisa Ottley Celebrant my ceremonies is designed especially for my couples. Their stories, their journey, written in a way that celebrates who they are and what marriage means to them.

Beyond the personalised script, I make sure that the ceremony is designed with the couple’s comfort zones in mind, if they are nervous about talking for too long, we keep their parts to the minimum, if they want to include family, I offer inspiration on how to achieve that. If there is a special moment in the ceremony I know ahead of time, I let the photo and video team know so they have the best chance to capture it.

Sam Johns Celebrant & MC
To make each ceremony as personal as possible, I really get to know the couple. It’s about listening to their stories, understanding what makes their relationship tick.  I avoid standard scripts, opting instead for personalized narratives that reflect the couple’s journey and values.

My personal touch lies in creating a ceremony that resonates with who they are, ensuring every word and moment feels authentic to their relationship.  This approach leads to ceremonies that are not just formal events, but heartfelt celebrations of love.

Sam Johns Celebrant

Love for Life Celebrant
My celebrant style is fun and sentimental. Working directly with my couples, together we design a ceremony celebrating everything they’ve achieved together, whilst weaving as much fun and sentimentality as they would like. The only generic part is the legal words we have to say, everything else we make up, and we have a heap of fun while we do, which helps to navigate those stress nerves on the big day.

Love for Life Celebrant
My personal Celebrant touch is really getting to know my couple’s love personality, not one love is the same as another. The wedding guests don’t want to hear generic love quotes written a thousand years ago, they want to hear about the people who they’ve been invited to celebrate, and we do that by writing a fun marriage ceremony that will have the guests cheering for the love!

Love for Life Celebrant

Lauren Bridge Celebrant & MC
With Lauren Bridge you have full control of your ceremony; I’m just here to show you your options and put them into play. I’m very personalised; you not only get the token personal story, but I’ll also get you both individually to do a little homework, and I’ll then use that info to surprise you on the day.

I also love interactive elements during a ceremony to give it a bit of personality. Whether we get your guests to shout something out, do a boys’ shot, or whisper sweet little nothings into each other’s ear, it’s totally up to you!”

Do you assist with writing the wedding vows?

Skai Ceremonies
Yes. It’s your decision to include vows in your ceremony; expressing your truths to one another publicly, can bring mixed emotions. When writing vows, my advice is to bring your personality, open your heart, be honest and the words will flow.

To get your creative writing juices rolling, I offer 30 vow examples, providing mixed approaches. I can help finesse your vows draft if you wish. I can also discuss alternatives to personal vows – not everyone is up to share their most inner feelings publicly.

“Skai had endless professionalism, patience and genuine personal touches to our ceremony.” 
Jodie + Brett – Figtree Restaurant.

Marry Me Dean
Vows can be the highlight of the ceremony. This is the moment that you lay it on the line before the one you love and those who are most important to you. It can also be a little confronting as well. Should they be serious or should they be funny? Should they be formal or should they be relaxed?

Well, they are your vows so they should be how you want them to be. Marry Me Dean offers resources to assist, plus I’m only a phone call away. Generally, I suggest to my couples “don’t overthink it”. You have done the heavy lifting, you have found each other!

Marry Me Dean

Wed By Clare
Every couple’s story is unique. Every story will be personalised.  I will share your story with truth & authenticity.  I will guide you through your own vows and take care of all the paperwork and processes to make everything legal.

Wed By Clare

Modern Love Ceremonies
At Modern Love Ceremonies, I give my couples resources to write their weddings vows, and some coaching if they are having trouble. In most cases, I just tell people to stop overthinking it, don’t try to write in cliches, just write a love letter that covers three subheadings:
1. I love you because…
2. I want us to have this life together…
3. I promise to do this, this and this to ensure we get that life.

If you follow those steps your vows will be authentic and true to your heart.

Heidi Robertson – Celebrant

Heidi Robertson – Celebrant
Sure! I have a vow writing guide I can send you with some great tips and I can help you get confident in writing them from your heart. I also have examples of vows that previous couples have allowed me to share, just to show you how different they can all be.

“She didn’t just win us over, but also our guests, who all praised the beautiful ceremony she put together for us.”  Ange and Julian

Andrew Michael
Wedding vows are really special. Its that time in your life when you get to read that love letter to your favourite person. Helping write vows is a huge part of my job and I love it. I have a few coaching tools and tips which are linked to my website. Generally, my biggest tip is to speak from the heart and start with something amazing about everyday life that you love with your bestie. As the writing process unfolds, I provide further guidance with timings and structure but I find that once you put pen to paper and write as you speak, it all comes naturally.

Andrew Michael

Ben Carlyle
“Where the hell do I start Ben?! I’m freaking out!” That might be because you’ve heard terrible vows at other weddings. I supply all of my couples with a gem of a document; which includes pointers, tips and some awesome examples! I get my couples to send through their vows if they’re keeping them a surprise and offer them advice on how they stack up against each other.

With Benjamin Carlyle Celebrant I offer some practical advice on how to add more content or bring a similar vibe to your words of love and devotion. I also print out your vows to read from in the ceremony.

Susie Figgis
I guide you through a brainstorming process to help you clarify the life you want to share, then ask you to list the things to promise each other to have this life together. My advice is to keep vows authentic and true to your unique personalities and relationship, don’t use clichés.

I supply examples to get your creative juices flowing and then encourage you to embrace your vows as a useful blueprint for your life together. When it comes to the ceremony itself, I support you. This usually involves a hand, heart eye connection between you both, with me prompting your vows (off mic). In my experience, this works better than asking you to juggle a vow card and microphone with all the emotion happening in that moment.

Michelle Shannon
Yes, I give as much guidance as a couple wants and I’ve collected some amazing examples to guide them in the right direction. I always say, be yourself, don’t try to be a poet, just be real – we discuss this as we go and I am always there any time to help out.

Feedback for Michelle Shannon; “Hi Michelle, I honestly don’t know how to thank you enough for literally making our wedding the most special day of our lives ever. The ceremony was truly the most special part and I want to live in that moment eternally!’
Chris and Brie xx

Celebrant – Michelle Shannon

Wed By Ali
Absolutely, I love this part, and so do my couples!   I encourage all couples to write their own vows. There is nothing more beautiful than hearing two people speaking from the heart how they feel about one another. That’s why you have a wedding, isn’t it? Writing vows can be a very daunting, but don’t worry, I’m here to help.   

Wed By Ali

Katrina Holt Wonderlove
Writing your own vows doesn’t have to be overwhelming. I’ve put together the Katrina Holt Wonderlove top vow writing tips for expressing your love in a way that works for you and I provide my couples with plenty of examples and inspiration!

Katrina Holt Wonderlove

Chiquita Mitchell
I supply a huge array of vows that I’ve written that the couple can choose, and take inspiration from. I also provide tips on how to write your vows and then ask that both parties email me their vows (privately from their partner) and I provide feedback. Sometimes there are no changes, sometimes I receive a brainstorm of ideas so I make them flow or rework things so they flow.

Chiquita Mitchell

Leisa Ottley Celebrant
Absolutely! As part of my ceremony planning process, I share with my couples some vow writing hints, tips and tricks, as well as optional wording. Vow writing is such a personal and somewhat overwhelming thing, so I like to guide couples, without taking away any of their own personality in the vows.

It’s a completely collaborative process, whether I’m just reading over them for feedback or elegantly pulling together a bunch of dot points, I’m here to help.

Leisa Ottley Celebrant

Sam Johns Celebrant & MC
I certainly assist with writing wedding vows, focusing on helping structure them for natural delivery. While I don’t alter the language, I guide in creating a flow that includes breaks and pauses, making it easier to express emotions when read aloud. Couples find this really helpful for their big day. Plus, I also print their vows on handmade rustic paper vow cards, adding a special touch to the ceremony.

Love for Life Celebrant
One of the favourite parts of my job is helping my couples write unique and personal wedding vows. Love for Life Celebrant has a blog article that gives ten tips on how to write the best vows ever. The first tip is to talk to one another about the style of vows they will both write – every relationship has a certain personality, and that personality should match the tone in the wedding vows.  

Lauren Bridge Celebrant & MC
Absolutely! But just know, you can never get your vows wrong. You don’t need to lay them out how Google says; just heart and a little laugh to paper and you’ll be fine. But I’m also your middleman; I go over both of your vows to ensure cohesion and that you both have a similar length (I’m a bit cutthroat with length). I even print them out and bring them with me in The Whole Bride vow folders and colour match the silk ribbon to your wedding colours.

Lauren Bridge Celebrant & MC

Does your service offer ceremony rehearsals? 

Skai Ceremonies
Yes. Your rehearsal provides lots of hints and tips for your big day, planting many ‘seeds’ you can draw on throughout your ceremony.  This is an opportunity to sit down and chat about significant parts of your ceremony, followed by a little ‘walk through’ with you and your bridal party. If you prefer, we can have a Zoom chat instead (not at the venue).

“Skai created an unforgettable “parent recognition” ritual I will ALWAYS be in awe of.” 
Jodie & Brett – Figtree Restaurant.

Skai Ceremonies

Marry Me Dean
Absolutely! It is so important that you feel confident about how your day is going to unfold. My ceremonies are all about being heartfelt, not so much about where you are meant to stand. I don’t think anyone wants your ceremony to be like an over-rehearsed play, but you do need to feel like you know what to do and when to do it.

I offer my couples a run-through of the ceremony the week before the wedding. This allows you to be relaxed and to concentrate on more important things, like nailing your dance moves for the afterparty!

Marry Me Dean

Wed By Clare
Yes we will meet up the day before your wedding for a rehearsal of your ceremony and for you to sign your final legal paperwork before they big day.

Modern Love Ceremonies
Yes, if the couple wants one and I’m available. If the wedding is outside of the Byron region I charge a travel fee to attend a rehearsal, which will be subject to availability. Often people will choose not to have one, but I generally like to at least have a meeting with my couple in the week leading up to the wedding to make sure we’re on the same page, to build rapport and to get their signatures on a declaration that needs to be signed before the big day.

Modern Love Ceremonies

Heidi Robertson – Celebrant
My ‘Diamond’ package comes inclusive of the rehearsal- it can definitely take some of the anxiety out of the big day. I don’t read out the ceremony and the couple don’t say their vows during the rehearsal – that would spoil the big event! It’s more about logistics.

“Heidi wrote and delivered a ceremony that was personal to us and everything went without a hitch. She was a pleasure to work with through the planning process!” Xander and Eliza

Andrew Michael
Yes, I offer rehearsals. My goal is to provide a stress-free, smooth and fun-filled service. Rehearsals often provide that last-minute reassurance to the couple and allow us that last chance to connect again before the wedding day. Wedding ceremonies can be a totally new experience and bring about new and uncharted emotions for some couples. A ceremony rehearsal might be just what you need to sail through your wedding ceremony effortlessly. 

Andrew Michael

Ben Carlyle
Yes, I offer a rehearsal for my couples. We don’t sit there and word for word go through the ceremony but it’s all about making you feel comfortable and catching up in person. It’s a good chance for me to go through your legal paperwork, check it’s all in order and make sure we’re all lined up to kick the goals to make you a married couple. Not all couples have a rehearsal and their ceremonies still rock just as hard! Also, be mindful not to bring too many additional humans to your rehearsal, as it can be quite distracting for you both.  

Susie Figgis
Yes if you want one. Many of my couples are from interstate or overseas, so it’s often our first chance to meet in person and deepen our rapport.

Whether we do a full-blown rehearsal at the venue or a simple walk through at a coffee meeting in the lead up, it’s good to run through the ceremony flow so you both know exactly what’s going to happen. It’s also a great chance to sign any final paperwork and sight any documents.

Michelle Shannon
Yes, I always do a rehearsal. I like the couple to look over the legal paperwork the day before as well as say hello if we have never met, check out the venue and weather and walk through the ceremony. It really does help on many levels for their upcoming day and for those wedding day nerves.

Michelle Shannon | YellowBull Media

Wed By Ali
Yes.  Depending on the location and availability of all parties, rehearsals can be an important event before the big day.  When couples choose not to have a rehearsal, I have a tried and tested ceremony survival guide for brides and grooms to read through and share with their bridal parties.

I’ll also be there early on the day to help ease any pre wedding nerves, ensuring everyone is relaxed (as possible!) and to make sure everything runs smoothly!

Katrina Holt Wonderlove
Absolutely. I love catching up with my couples a day or two before their wedding at the ceremony location. My rehearsals are really relaxed, I describe it as more of a walk/talk through from start to finish so that we can calm any nerves and make sure everything is smooth sailing on the day.

Chiquita Mitchell
Yes, I offer rehearsals, though most couples prefer not to rehearse, as they want the day to feel genuinely spontaneous!

I encourage rehearsals if there are unusual aspects in the ceremony such as young children, complex ceremonial inclusions, or if the couple is overly nervous. In these cases, a rehearsal can calm things down for the day, as it takes away that ‘fear of the unknown’.

Experienced celebrants can guide, support, and prompt so that a rehearsal isn’t necessary. This is especially true when you also have Byron Bay Weddings dream team also on board!

Chiquita Mitchell

Leisa Ottley Celebrant
I find that most of my couples don’t require a rehearsal once we have moved through the planning stages because they are keen to enjoy a ceremony that is authentic and unfolds in the moment. However, I also understand that those pre-wedding jitters can sometimes get the best of people and connecting ahead of the ceremony to walk through the logistics (but keep all the special bits secret!!) can work wonders to keep the wedding day itself relaxed. As always, I’m guided by my couple’s preferences around whether a rehearsal is right for them.

Sam Johns Celebrant & MC
Yes, I do offer ceremony rehearsals, though I don’t always find them necessary for every ceremony. When they are local, I’m more than happy to provide a rehearsal to help everything go smoothly on your special day.

Love for Life Celebrant
Wedding rehearsals aren’t always necessary, but they’re handy if the couple are feeling extra nervous or there’s a big wedding party. I like them because it gives me a chance to meet all the closest people who will be standing beside the couple, so we can bond a little before the big day. This can really help to create an awesome energy during the wedding ceremony and right across the entire wedding event.

Love for Life Celebrant

Lauren Bridge Celebrant & MC
Rehearsals are completely optional with me. I know I have you covered because this is my bread and butter. I also know the team at Byron Bay Weddings has you covered. But I also think that a rehearsal is part of your wedding planning journey, and if you want to have one the day before while you’re all spray tanned up, we totally can.

Learn more about these Celebrants:
Skai Ceremonies // Modern Love Ceremonies // Wed By Clare // Heidi Robertson – Celebrant // Marry Me Dean // Andrew Michael // Ben Carlyle // Michelle Shannon // Wed By Ali // Katrina Holt Wonderlove // Susie Figgis // Chiquita Mitchell Marriage Celebrant // Leisa Ottley Celebrant //
Sam Johns Celebrant & MC // Love for Life Celebrant // Lauren Bridge Celebrant & MC

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Nestled in a tranquil and secluded hinterland setting, Courtney & Bird celebrated their gorgeous wedding at Forget Me Not. Their vision was clear: to have a creative destination wedding, all in one picturesque location. Forget Me Not effortlessly ticked all the boxes, and felt like the perfect combination of Courtney & Bird – country & coastal.…

Real Wedding // Sasha & Roshitha’s Fig Tree Restaurant Wedding

March 7, 2024

On a magical spring day, Sasha & Rosh celebrated their dream wedding at the stunning Fig Tree Restaurant. Their celebration was a breathtaking fusion of cultures and personal style, highlighted by a heartfelt Poruwa ceremony honouring Rosh’s Sri Lankan heritage. From their days as junior doctors to a dreamy proposal in Broome, their love story…

10 Reasons to get Married at the Fig Tree Byron Bay

January 16, 2024

Choosing the perfect venue for your wedding is a pivotal decision, setting the stage for a day that will be cherished forever. The Fig Tree Restaurant, nestled in the idyllic coastal town of Byron Bay, offers many compelling reasons to consider it as your dream wedding location. With its awe-inspiring ocean views, romantic charm, gourmet…

Real Wedding // Emma & Tom’s Fig Tree Restaurant Wedding

November 3, 2023

Emma & Tom celebrated their gorgeous wedding day at the Fig Tree Restaurant on the first day of spring. Their wedding was an ode to modern minimalism and timeless elegance, flawlessly encapsulating the essence of their love and connection as a couple. Drawing inspiration from the beauty of simplicity and embracing an all-white colour palette,…

Real Wedding // Svetlana & Guy’s Earth House Wedding

October 23, 2023

Svetlana & Guy celebrated their magical wedding day at The Earth House in Byron Bay’s hinterland on a gorgeous spring day. Resonating with their vision of an intimate, relaxed, and naturally beautiful celebration, the moment Svetlana and Guy laid eyes on The Earth House, they felt an instant connection — as if the venue had…

Discover the Earth House – Byron Bay’s Iconic Hinterland Wedding Venue

October 16, 2023

Overlooking the breathtaking Nightcap Ranges, The Earth House stands as one of Byron Bay’s most iconic hinterland venues for its flawless integration of architectural innovation and stunning natural beauty. The extraordinary space is a testament to sustainable design, nestled harmoniously within the lush Byron Bay hinterland. Its organic rammed earth walls, cathedral ceiling and exposed…

The 2023 Byron Bay Wedding Fair

September 23, 2023

Celebrate the magic of our 11th annual Byron Bay Wedding Fair! On a beautiful winter day, we showcased over 70 talented suppliers and 16 premium wedding venues. The day overflowed with excitement and creativity, featuring awe-inspiring styling displays by The Wedding Shed and local florists, along with lively performances by local musicians, talented cake makers,…

Discover the Orchard Estate – One of Byron Bay’s Top Hinterland Wedding Venues

June 21, 2023

There is something truly special about the Byron Bay hinterland—the breathtaking landscape, lush rolling hills, natural surroundings, magical golden sunsets, and complete serenity. For so many reasons, the hinterland is undeniably one of our top picks as the ultimate Byron Bay wedding location. If hinterland serenity with magical views is what you have been searching…