Canberra Celebrant

Lisa Joy Teasdale | Canberra Life Celebrant

Australian Capital Territory

I believe every stage of life is special and should be celebrated. As a Celebrant I offer personalised services to help you do just that – whether you are celebrating a Naming, a Wedding, a Commitment, a Reaffirmation, a Funeral or a Memorial for loved ones, I will work with you to create a very special ceremony.

  • Obligation-free chat in person or by phone
  • Together we 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
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Weddings

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.

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This is your special day – take the time to consider what you would like to be included in your ceremony. There are so many options – you can exchange your own vows, include family, friends, pets and special rituals. As your Celebrant I will 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 requirements, offer a range of options, and suggest ways to make this a ceremony that will always remain special to you.

I offer 2 pricing packages, one covers all the legal aspects and a talk through rehearsal. This is particularly suited for those budget conscious with a very small guest list. My second package provides the works – a crafted ceremony that contains all you want, including where feasible  an onsite rehearsal, and a more tailored ceremony that is all about you.

I offer a personal, obligation free first meeting as I believe you should both meet with a few different celebrants, and together make your decision about which celebrant will suit you best.

At that meeting 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. At this meeting we will confirm your booking date and time, which Package you prefer, and we will complete the NIM and organise the payment of my booking fee. We will also discuss legal issues and toss around some ideas. For this meeting you will need to bring with you your original Birth Certificates or Passports, photo identification for each of you, and if applicable, your divorce or widow/widower documentation.

Please remember that the Notice of Intended Marriage (NIM) MUST be signed and lodged with me no less than a month before your ceremony can take place.

Depending on your chosen package, I will provide a ‘talk through’ rehearsal or an onsite full rehearsal with your bridal party. We will also sign the Declaration of No Impediment to Marry.  This is the form you complete to ensure 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.

At the site visit I will run through the ceremony with you and your bridal party and witnesses. I will make sure that your music works with my PA system and discuss the final touches, including wet weather options. We will try to make sure there are no ‘surprises’ on the day.

Our ongoing collaboration and preparation for your special day will ensure that your day is a wonderful and special experience. I will provide a PA system to ensure all your guests can hear us and I will present you with your Marriage Certificate on the day.

After the Ceremony: I will ensure all documents are lodged with the BDM Department in the state your marriage takes place.

I look forward to creating a very personal and special life stage celebration with you that reflects your personalities, values and dreams.

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Commitment Ceremonies

A traditional marriage isn’t always right for everyone. An equally special way to declare your love is way to publicly declare your love is through a Commitment or Partnership Ceremony.

Commitment Ceremonies are not restricted by legal inclusions and with this freedom they can be as simple or ornate as you wish.

As part of my support of marriage equality, if I conduct your Commitment Ceremony I offer you a 50% discount for your Marriage Ceremony when Australian law allows it.

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Reaffirmations

While a wedding day can be the most important day of many couples’ lives, a marriage is created through the ongoing ups and downs of life and your anniversary is a wonderful opportunity to publicly acknowledge the way you have both grown and developed into a married couple.

Reaffirmations, also known as Vow Renewals or Affirmations, provide the opportunity to publicly celebrate that relationship.

As your Celebrant I provide you with 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.

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Naming Ceremonies

Life is a celebration and every stage is special. I would love the opportunity to work with you to create a special Naming Ceremony for your family.

A Naming Ceremony is the non-secular opportunity to create a special ceremony to introduce and welcome a new member of the family 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 Godparents, often known today as “Mentors” or “Guardians”.

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, and a specialised Naming Certificate and copy of the ceremony will be given to you as a personal gift as well as 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.

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Farewells & Memorials

Life is a celebration and every stage is special. As your Celebrant I offer you support and encouragement through this very hard and often traumatic time.

Working closely with you and your Funeral Director, I will prepare a beautiful ceremony to honour your loved one. Using your words and creating a personalised service or tribute, I will help you through this difficult time.

Before the service I will meet with you at a location convenient to you, to discuss your wishes, the type of ceremony you envisage and how you would like the ceremony to feel and include. When we meet I will help you sort through all the decisions to be made, I can 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 through the process.

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.

Useful Information

Why do you need a Celebrant? Why is the RIGHT Celebrant so important to your wedding?

The legal aspects: The key role of a Celebrant is to ensure you fulfill all the legal requirements. Under Australian law, only an authorised Celebrant can legally solemnise marriages within Australia. Commonwealth-registered Celebrants are granted registration and maintained by the Attorney-General’s Department. A registered Civil Celebrant is trained to work within the Marriage Act 1961, and ensure that all the legal aspects of your marriage are covered.

Creating your special ceremony: Making sure you choose the right Celebrant is a vital component to making your day a very special one. The right Celebrant is someone that you can work closely with to create the ceremony you dream of and who can help to make your Wedding Day something extra special to you both.

How to choose your Celebrant: There are lots of things you need to consider when choosing your Celebrant. What sort of person can you work closely with throughout what can be a very stressful period of your life? Celebrants’ personalities and styles vary dramatically and it is really important to ensure you like your celebrant, feel comfortable with them and trust in them to ensure your marriage is legal.

Consider answering these questions, the answers may help you decide the type of Celebrant you would like. Do you want a male or female Celebrant? 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, your Celebrant is there to help make it happen.

Where to look for your Celebrant: When searching for the right celebrant you can start by browsing through the Attorney-General’s Marriage site for registered civil celebrants (https://www.ag.gov.au/FamiliesAndMarriage/Marriage/Pages/default.aspx); checking on-line discussion groups or Marriage Association websites such as the Australian Marriage Celebrants Inc (http://www.marriagecelebrants.org.au ) or Australian Federation of Civil Celebrants (http://www.imis100ap1.com.au/afcc ). You can ring and talk to any that catch your eye, explore their website or Facebook pages. Remember to ask friends and family for recommendations. There is no restriction on the number you contact but remember not to confuse yourselves with too many choices. If the first one feels right then often that is the one to go with.

Send an email, make a phone call. You’ll find that if the Celebrant is easy to talk to on the phone then you will probably find them even easier to talk to in person. Their voice is also important – does it clash and grate or does it resonate well with you?

The majority of Celebrants offer obligation free first meetings and these are great ways to explore their personalities, see whether they fit your style and wants. Their personality needs to ‘click’ with yours or it won’t work. Ensure you choose someone who will listen to your ideas but be able to offer suggestions and guidance where needed.

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
  • give written notice of their intention to marry to their authorised celebrant, within the required time frame.

As your Celebrant I can 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.

The Attorney-General’s Department 

Notice of Intended Marriage form application

Marriage Celebrants Code of Practice

VISA INFORMATION – Department of Immigration

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.

Australian Capital Territory
New South Wales
Victoria
Tasmania
Queensland
Northern Territory
South Australia
Western Australia

Free counselling sessions – www.familyrelationships.gov.au

Relationships Australia

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
Anglicare Australia

PREPARE enrich
Relationship coaching for couples

Stationery:

Ellen Boag @ Creative Flair

Venues

Four Winds Vineyard – www.fourwindsvineyard.com.au
The Abbey – www.theabbey.com.au
Versatile Restaurant – www.versatilerestaurant.com.au
The Green Herring – www.thegreenherring.com.au

There are some wonderful places throughout Canberra that provide special Wedding Venues. Often these venues are freely available – however you must apply to the National Capital Authority or the ACT Territory and Municipal Services before use.

National Capital Authority – Private Events
Private events include weddings, birthdays parties, engagement parties, vow renewals and farewells. This includes the use for weddings and photography in such locations as Commonwealth Park, Federation Mall, Kings Park, lawns of Old Parliament House, Lake Burley Griffin, Aspen Island (Carillon) and the Rose Garden.
http://www.nationalcapital.gov.au/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=1677&Itemid=163

ACT Territory and Municipal Services (TAMS)http://www.tams.act.gov.au/city-services/public_land_use – use of private land such as Black Mountain Peninsula, City Centre, Eddison Park, Glebe Park, John Knight Park, Telopea Park, Tuggeranong Town Park, Weston Park, Lennox Gardens/Nara Park and areas such as Yerrabi Pond, Gungahlin Lake etc.

Beauty Needs

Blush Boutique – Gold Creek – Sammi and her crew provide all you need for that very special occasion all in one location.

Photographers

Funerals & Memorials

Funeral Directors – covering ACT and surrounding regions
White Lady Funerals – Kingston, Belconnen, Tuggeranong, Queanbeyan
Tobin Brothers Funerals – Kingston, Belconnen, Tuggeranong, Queanbeyan
William Cole Funerals – Belconnen
Grantley Perry & Sons – Mitchell
• Toscan Dinn Funerals – Weston
M.H. O’Rourke – Queanbeyan

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 they want, which helps them to get through the days leading up to the funeral and on the day itself a little easier, because they know what their loved one wanted.

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. You have a Will don’t you???

Although not a legal document, Your Wishes is an opportunity to set out  your wishes and may be exactly what is needed to help your loved ones through a very difficult time.

If you would like to know more or just have a chat, please contact me (via my Contact Page) and we can start exploring with an obligation free chat.

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Testimonials

Lisa was very helpful, calm and professional. We really appreciated her encouragement to include our dog and baby daughter in the ceremony.

Eleanor B

Lisa has been kind, patient and helpful. Her smile is comforting and she has hosted a best ceremony that I could have imagined.

Ming Z

Thanks Lisa for being our celebrant for the funeral today. You did a marvelous job.
You were professional and caring.
Highly recommend you for any event.

Ellen Boag

Thank you Lisa for being our Celebrant at Geoff’s funeral, you were so professional but also caring, with all of our different feelings you helped us to do all the things we wanted to do with so much respect for Geoff’s memory, you made it so much easier for us at such a sad and delicate time especially helping us include my son and two Grandchildren that live in Bulgaria due to circumstances couldn’t be here in person but was here thank you to Skye and your help. Thank you again.

Carol Chapman

About Me

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.

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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!

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Lisa Joy Teasdale | Canberra Celebrant | P: 0404 023 876 | E: lisa(at)lisajoyteasdale.com.au

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