Lisa Joy Teasdale | Canberra Life Celebrant
Australian Capital Territory
I believe every stage of life is special and should be celebrated.
As your Celebrant I will work with you to create a very special ceremony. Whether you are celebrating your child’s Naming, your own Wedding, Civil Union, Commitment, Reaffirmation, or a Funeral or a Memorial for your loved ones, or want to pre-plan your funeral, whatever the life stage and whoever it is for, cal me and we can start planning.
- Obligation-free chat
- We will work together to plan and create your unique ceremony
- Quality PA system and stand for music and microphone
- Nationally registered, ACT based, and able to travel upon request
- Personalised ceremony that suits you as a couple
- All legal paperwork lodged with Births, Deaths and Marriages
Congratulations on your decision to publicly declare your love for one other. Whether it is the unity of yourself and a loved one through marriage or civil union, or a declaration and confirmation of your ongoing love, I am able to help you create a personalised ceremony.
This is your special day so it is important that you both take the time to consider what you would like to be included in your ceremony. Apart from the words that must be legally included, there are so many options you can use to make this your very own. For instance, you can include your family (including babies and toddlers), furbabies, friends, and special rituals. It can be a tiny intimate ceremony with just you and your two witnesses, or something bigger. My role as your Celebrant is to work with you to ensure your ceremony is not only legal but incorporates everything that you hold dear. When we meet I will talk with you about the legal requirements, offer a range of options, and suggest ways to create a ceremony that will be significant to you.
My prices range from $600 to $800. This depends on the scope of your plans, whether you are planning a small intimate ceremony that just involves you two and your witnesses, up to a much larger event including an onsite rehearsal in a special location. When we meet we can discuss your options. Once you decide that I am your Celebrant, we will confirm what that will involve by signing a Statement of Fees and a Services Agreement. Once signed, unless you make drastic changes to your ceremony, this will include all we discuss and there will be no additional charges.
I offer a personal, obligation free first meeting so that you can get to know me and take the time see if I suit – do you like my style, the sound of my voice, my ideas? Although some celebrants, including me, now have videos available on their websites, I still suggest wherever possible that you make the time to meet them in person – this is your special day so you want it to be just right.
When we meet, we will discuss your ideas and hopes for your ceremony and I will talk about my services and how I can help you create a beautiful, legal, ceremony.
Our second meeting means you have chosen me to be your celebrant and I thank you for that! Now the fun begins, we will work together to personalise your ceremony. If we haven’t already started the paperwork, at this meeting we will confirm your booking date and time, your pricing package, and complete the Notice of Intended Marriage (NOIM) . For this meeting you will need to have with you your original Birth Certificates and photo ID, or a passport for each of you. If using a Passport you will also need to know your parents’ full names, including your mothers’ maiden names, and which country each parent was born in. Also if either of you have been divorced or are a widow/widower, I will need to see your original certificates.
Please remember that the Notice of Intended Marriage (NOIM) MUST be signed and lodged with me no less than 30 days before your ceremony can take place. The NOIM lasts for up to eighteen months. Remember too that many couples book their celebrant months in advance, so don’t miss out on the date you want for your ceremony and book your celebrant early. Once you know your date and the venue, it is time to ensure the celebrant is also engaged.
So, we have talked through the preparation, considered the possibilities, chosen the options that suited you best. What’s next?
If we’re not having a rehearsal, then we will organise a time meet and sign the final pre-wedding document. The Declaration of No Impediment to Marry ensures that you are both free to marry by confirming that there is no obstruction or hindrance that may prevent the marriage from legally proceeding, such as being married to someone already (not divorced), being too closely related, or being a minor or of non-marriageable age in Australia.This must be completed shortly before the ceremony takes place, so in the case of a small wedding it can be done on the day or during the rehearsal.
Depending on the package you’ve chosen, we will have a ‘talk through’ practice or go live and have a full on-site (if possible) walk through rehearsal with the bridal party and witnesses present. This is often really helpful in settling nerves and finalising last minute things that may come up.
If a site visit is possible, I will run through the ceremony with you, your bridal party and witnesses. I will make sure that your music works with my PA system and discuss the final touches, including confirming windy or wet weather options. We will try to make sure there are no ‘surprises’ on the day.
Your special day has finally arrived. Thanks to our ongoing collaboration and preparation we all know what to expect and everything is in place to ensure that your day is a wonderful and special experience. You are my sole ceremony today, so whatever happens I will be there for you. I will arrive early, meet the Groom and his support team, set up my PA system to ensure all your guests can hear us, gather your guests and enjoy watching you walk down the aisle with your support team. At the end I will present you with your Marriage Certificate and wish you well. While you go off to party and have photos taken, I will pack up and slip away.
My work the continues as I ensure that all your paperwork is lodged with the Births Deaths and Marriages Department in the state your marriage takes place within the required timelines. This will often include ordering your official Marriage Certificate which will be sent to you via registered mail.
I look forward to creating a very personal and special life stage celebration with you that reflects your personalities, values and dreams. I also hope this is just the start of our connection and that together we can celebrate more life stage celebrations in the future.
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A traditional marriage isn’t always right for everyone. An equally special way to declare your love is through a Civil Union or Commitment Ceremony.
These ceremonies are generally less legally restricted, and can be as simple or ornate as you wish. Please note there are legal requirements if you want to be listed on the ACT Register of Civil Unions.
As part of my ongoing support for marriage equality,when I conduct your Civil Union or Commitment Ceremony, I offer you a 50% discount for your Marriage Ceremony when Australian law allows it.
Many couples know that a marriage is created through the ongoing ups and downs of life. Your anniversary provides a wonderful opportunity to publicly acknowledge the way you have both grown and developed over your years together as a married couple.
Reaffirmations, also known as Vow Renewals or Affirmations, provide the opportunity to publicly celebrate that relationship.
As your Celebrant I give you the opportunity to celebrate your love and your commitment to your relationship by working with you to create a personalised and inspiring ceremony in an intimate or public setting where your close friends and family can join you in celebrating your life as a married couple. Whether you have been married 5 or 45 years or anywhere in between or after, a Reaffirmation Ceremony can be a beautiful way to commemorate your love.
Every stage of life is special and never more so than when celebrating the life of a new member of your family.
A Naming Ceremony provides a wonderful opportunity to introduce and welcome a new family member to your circle of friends and family. This special ceremony can take place at any stage throughout your child’s life; it can be an opportunity to welcome a newborn, to celebrate a first birthday, or whenever you feel the time is right. Traditionally, naming ceremonies are the time to announce Mentors or Guardians to be there for your children as they grow up.
As naming ceremonies are not legally binding, you have the opportunity to incorporate whatever you desire into your ceremony, the only limit is your own imagination. Some elements to consider include a book of messages for the child, a time capsule, planting a tree, lighting candles, or creating an artwork. The day can be programmed to your liking. I will work with you to create something special and leave as my gift a Keepsake Naming Certificate, a copy of the ceremony and special certificates for the Mentors/Guardians.
For a memorable service that celebrates life, contact me, Lisa Joy Teasdale, for further discussion and assistance via the Contact Page, and we can start working together to create a beautiful ceremony.
Farewells & Memorials
Before the service I will meet with you at a location convenient to you, to discuss your wishes, the type of ceremony you envisage, the atmosphere you would like to create and what you would like included in the ceremony. During our meeting I will discuss with you your options, offer suggestions for words and music that will ensure a personal and memorable farewell tribute. From the time we first meet until the end of the service, I will be there to support and guide you.
Afterwards, I will provide you with a ceremonial copy of the service – created as a small token of remembrance. I also provide a digital version that you are welcome to share with your family and friends, especially those who are unable to attend in person.
Things to think about
To be legally married in Australia, a man and woman must:
- not be married to someone else
- not be marrying a parent, grandparent, child, grandchild, brother or sister
- be at least eighteen years old, unless a court has approved a marriage where one party is aged between sixteen and eighteen years old
- understand what marriage means and freely consent to becoming husband and wife
- use specific words during the ceremony – as defined by the Marriage Act
- give written notice of their intention to marry to their authorised celebrant, within the required time frame.
As your Celebrant I will help you understand these requirements.
You don’t have to be an Australian citizen or a permanent resident of Australia to legally marry here. You can find marriage visa information on the Department of Immigration and Border Protection website, if you hope to live in Australia after your marriage. Note that being married in Australia does not guarantee that you can remain in Australia after the wedding.
State/Territory Births, Deaths and Marriages – Searched everywhere but still can’t find your Birth Certificate or Divorce Decree or Death Notice? Then contact the Births Deaths and Marriages departments in the State/Territory in which you were born or the Decree took place.
Why do you need a celebrant? Why is having the right celebrant for you so important?
The legal aspects: The key role of a celebrant is to ensure your marriage is legal in Australia. Under Australian law, only an authorised celebrant can legally solemnise marriages within Australia. Commonwealth-registered Celebrants are granted annual registration with the Attorney-General’s Department, must undertake ongoing professional development, and are trained to work within the rules of The Marriage Act 1961, and ensure that all the legal aspects of your marriage are covered.
Choosing your celebrant: The right celebrant is the one that you liked when spoke to them on the phone or when you met them, someone you feel comfortable and relaxed with as you discuss your thoughts and dreams for your special day. Ensure you choose someone who will listen to your ideas but is also able to offer suggestions and guidance where needed.
Many celebrants offer the opportunity to meet before you engage them, if you can’t arrange an initial meeting then at least talk to them on the phone. Face to face is always best though. If possible, make sure you use obligation free first meeting as celebrants’ personalities and styles vary dramatically and it is really important to ensure you both like them, are comfortable listening to their voice. that you appreciate their style and mannerisms and feel comfortable with them and trust in them to ensure your marriage is legal.
Things to consider: Would you prefer a male or female? What type of wedding are you planning? Do you want a very small, simple yet very special ceremony that only includes yourselves and witnesses? Do you want to include all your friends and family? Do you have other family members, children and pets, you would like to incorporate into your ceremony? Do you want to surprise your guests at an engagement, baby naming, housewarming or birthday party? Do you want an adventure wedding – mountain top, on the water, somewhere special to you? Whatever you want to do, there is a celebrant out there just waiting to hear from you!
Where to look for your Celebrant: The majority of celebrants have a web or Facebook page, you can ring and talk to any celebrant that appeals to you. Also remember to ask friends and family for recommendations. You can also check out the Attorney-General’s Marriage site for registered civil celebrants on-line discussion groups or Marriage Association websites such as the Australian Marriage Celebrants Inc or Australian Federation of Civil Celebrants Try to find three celebrants that appeal and get in touch with them.
The Australian Government provides a booklet entitled “Happily Ever Before and After” which outlines the obligations and consequences of marriage and stating the availability of marriage education and counselling to couples.
Free counselling sessions – www.familyrelationships.gov.au
FOCCUS is a short program for committed couples. It encourages couples to discuss important aspects of their relationship in a safe and non-threatening environment. This program is available in Canberra, Wagga Wagga, Moruya, Cooma, Cootamundra and Griffith. PHONE: 6122 2444
Relationship coaching for couples
Non-traditional options: Not everyone wants a large expensive traditional wedding, preferring a more intimate, simpler and more affordable option that is still significant and special. These ceremonies may include just the two of you and your two witnesses and can be held anywhere. I offer a special rate for these ceremonies.
Ceremony options: In Australia you can only be married by a Registered Celebrant. The celebrant must say mandatory wording and you must exchange vows in front of your witnesses. Apart from those legal aspects you have many more options, which include Giving Away the Bride, Exchanging Personal Vows, Exchanging Rings, as well as Readings and Rituals. We can talk about your options when we meet.
Who must be present at the ceremony: The smallest ceremony can be just the Bride and Groom and their witnesses and the Celebrant. It is up to you who else you would like to involve. I have had ceremonies involving just a Best Man and Bridesmaid, several Groomsmen and Bridesmaids, Flower Girls, Page Boys, Ring bearers – including dogs . I enjoy working with family groups and often their dog is part of their family. The choice is yours.
How soon do we need to meet? We need to meet at least a month before the ceremony for you to complete the Notice of Intended Marriage, then on the day of the ceremony. There are lots of options though that you can take advantage of and when we meet I can talk you through those.
How long do ceremonies take? The time varies depending on what you decide to include in your ceremony – a very small ceremony can take ten minutes while a more traditional ceremony can take approximately thirty minutes depending on your inclusions.
Do you travel for weddings? Definitely, as an Australian registered Celebrant I can conduct your ceremony wherever you wish. An additional fee may apply for travel (petrol and/or accommodation) for areas 100 km outside Canberra.
Where can we be married? Your marriage ceremony can take place anywhere in Australia, as long as it is in the presence of a Registered Marriage Celebrant. From your garden, a park or a favourite venue – the choice is yours. Note that depending on where you wish to get married, you may need to seek local council approval before the ceremony can take place. Canberra has some beautiful venues, such as parks and ponds, that require permission but without associated cost.
What happens after the ceremony? On the day, I will leave you with your Marriage Certificate and a copy of your ceremony. Then I will lodge all the legal documentation with the Registrar of the state department of Births, Deaths and Marriages (BDM) in the state the ceremony took place. I will then notify you that this has been done. To obtain your official Marriage Certificate, or for the bride to change her name, just head online to the same department and complete the online form.
Through my experience as a Life Celebrant I believe pre-planning your funeral can greatly assist your loved ones and ensure that all elements of the service reflect your personality. I have found that those families who have already had these discussions with their loved ones, discussed preferences, including documenting life stories, have a more united idea of what their loved one wanted. This can help the family get through the days leading up to the funeral and on the day itself. There is no second guessing and wondering, it has already been discussed and is written down.
Pre-planning is similar to a Living Will. It is not set in stone, it can be changed, and should be, over the years. Pre-planning lets you think about what you would like to tell your family such as your wishes regarding organ donation, the type of service you would prefer, whether you want a burial or a cremation, and what you would like to happen with your ashes. Talking about it and writing down your thoughts can also be very therapeutic and can definitely help your family. Take the opportunity to have a say – what is your favourite poem or reading? Who needs to be informed? This is something that can be done at any time, updated as needed, and stored with your Will and Power of Attorney. You do have a Will, don’t you???
Although not a legal document, Your Life, Your Wishes is an opportunity to think about your options and share those thoughts with your family.
Want to know more? I offer a one hour obligation free first meeting. Get in touch and we can get started.
Talk to me about your ceremony!
As a Canberra-based Celebrant, my role is to work with you in a friendly and supportive way. Through one-on-one meetings, phone calls, texts and emails, we will work together to create a ceremony that fulfils your dreams and all your practical, legal and emotional needs.
As a nationally registered Celebrant I am able to conduct services throughout Australia. I am based in Canberra but am willing to travel wherever required and have conducted services in and around the Canberra Region and on the South Coast. Call and have a chat and we can talk about where you would like to celebrate. I am always happy to discuss with you specialised locations and venues and their associated costs.
As a Canberra-based Celebrant I draw on my experiences and learnings and combine these with my commitment and compassion to provide you with a very special personalised ceremony. I love learning new aspects of the industry – covering every life stage from birth to death, meeting new people, forming great friendships and working with a variety of people to create very special ceremonies.
I look forward to meeting you and working with you to create your special ceremony.
Choosing me as your Celebrant is the first step towards creating your very special day. I offer an obligation free first meeting and once you decide that we fit, then the planning starts. I love meeting new people and celebrating special life stages with them. Weddings with me are fun, relaxed and personal. I operate on a one-day/wedding basis so I have the flexibility to work with you if times are a bit tight. As a Commonwealth Registered Civil Celebrant I can marry you anywhere within Australia and Australian territories in accordance with The Marriage Act 1961.
Your marriage ceremony can be whatever you dream of. Did you know that you only need five people to make your marriage official – the Bride and Groom, the Celebrant and two witnesses – one of which could be the photographer!
I have enjoyed creating a range of weddings, from the very tiny weddings consisting of the couple, their children and two witnesses, those that included the couple and a few friends in a friend’s home, as well as very large weddings – whatever you choose is the right choice. I have officiated at weddings in homes, parks, specialised venues and wineries. My weddings have included babies, toddlers, animals, family and lots of friends.
- I have achieved the Certificate IV in Celebrancy and am registered with the Australian Attorney-General’s Department as a Civil Celebrant.
- I continue to learn and understand the options available to you and have the knowledge and understanding to work with you to create the ceremony of your dreams that will cover all the legal aspects required.
- As your Celebrant I love creating custom ceremonies – this is your special day and it is all about you two. From our first in-person meeting to see if I am the right Celebrant for you, we then take time to become acquainted and I work with you to ensure you are both the centre of this special day and that your ceremony encapsulates your essence.
- Celebrants love to research – are you interested in rituals in your ceremony that reflect your upbringing, culture or religion but don’t know where to start? As your Celebrant I will learn all I can about you, and either draw on my training and experience or research to discover rituals that best reflect your background. Working with you we can include the perfect ritual to enhance your ceremony and make it a customised event full of meaning to you both.
- When you have the right Celebrant you will work together, have fun, and create your dream ceremony. A Celebrant is also a Ceremony Planner and as your Celebrant I will do everything possible to ensure that your wedding ceremony goes off without a hitch. Together we will plan every step, test it out at the rehearsal so that everyone knows what they should be doing when, and on your special day you will enjoy the beautiful ceremony of your dreams.
I love being a Celebrant and meeting a wide range of people with different family connections. I have conducted ceremonies on pontoons on lakes and dams, in parks, wineries and a range of other venues. My ceremonies have included couples, sometimes their children, and other times their pets. As a Celebrant I can marry you anywhere in Australia or the Australian Territories.
Call me and we can organise an obligation free first meeting and decide whether I fit with your expectations. Once that is decided, then we can get started creating your special day. Weddings are very special life stages and as your Celebrant I will do everything I can to ensure it is a day you will always remember for all the best of reasons.
Set your date and time and remember that your Celebrant must be booked a minimum of one month before the day you marry.
Venue – remember you need to think about all-weather options. The venue can also usually provide a Signing Table that will suit the décor. Do you want the same venue for the ceremony and the Reception? Consider distance, transport, and timeframes for you and your guests.
Celebrant – Celebrants can help you create your beautiful ceremony but more importantly, they do all the legal bits that make sure you ARE married! As your Celebrant I have a PA so everyone can hear you as you exchange your vows. Make sure you are comfortable with your Celebrant and know that you can rely on them.Think about the type of person you would like to work with, the style of your ceremony and who you want to involve. Let me be your chosen Celebrant.
Choose your Attendants and witnesses. A witness can be anyone you wish, the only criteria is that they have to be aged over eighteen and able to be present throughout the ceremony and understand everything that is said. Although if necessary an interpreter can help if language is an issue.
Theme. Do you have a colour theme, or maybe you’re into history, Star Wars, Vampires, bushwalking, or you have a special theme that says ‘you’.
Outfits – yours and your attendants, the Groom’s and his attendants. Do you want special colours or styles? Is it casual, dressy or formal? Remember if you are being married on sand or grass you need to think about what will suit.
Cake – will it be traditional cake, fruit, mud, deconstructed or cookies, or something more unusual? Do you need cake toppers, flowers (real or artificial)?
Photographer/videographer – where do you want the photos taken, have you thought about an engagement shoot, getting ready on the day for you, for him, before the ceremony, during the ceremony, during the reception?
Walking down the aisle? Will someone walk with you? Will someone give you away? It doesn’t have to be your dad. Bride and Groom can also walk together. Mum and dad can walk you down.
Wedding rings – Bride only or do you want to exchange rings? Who will carry the rings – pageboy/flowergirl, Best Man, Bridesmaid, human or animal?
Flowers – bouquets, boutonnieres, corsages, throwaway bouquet, one to keep. Do you prefer simple, ornate, fresh, artificial, or bejewelled; there are lots of options available.
You can find ideas on Pinterest, wedding internet sites, magazines or just asking friends and family for ideas. You’ll probably find that lots of your friends are getting married now too – what do you like/hate about their ceremony, venue? What would you like to borrow or ditch from what you see?
Then there’s the Reception
- What time are you having the event – across a meal, cocktail party, just snacks?
- Venue – this can be the same or different to your Ceremony venue. Indoor/outdoor options – our weather can be a problem or a blessing.
- Backyard weddings are often relaxed and comfortable but do take a bit of planning and there is all the clean up afterwards. Whatever you are considering, think about food, chairs/tables, crockery, cutlery, glasses, alcohol (or not), catering, serving staff, and drinks options.
- Music – live or digital
- Master of Ceremonies – to help ease the way through the evening. This can often be a friend or family member.
- Security – birdcage/gifts table
- Transportation – how are people getting to and from, consider drinking options
Once you’ve made these decisions you also need to consider how to let people know about your special day:
- Stationery: keep the date, wedding invitations, printed return stickers or a website, place cards, menus, maps so people can find the event.
- Other things to consider include an aisle runner/lanterns/bunting to make your space special and meaningful for you.
I hope this check list can get you started on planning your special day. Good luck and remember to enjoy it!