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SUE WARNER

BESPOKE Ceremonies created just for you

 

MELBOURNE, GEELONG AND BELLARINE MARRIAGE CELEBRANT

Hi and thanks for visiting! My name is Sue Warner and I am proud to be a civil marriage celebrant. I love my job and will travel near and far just to be a part of someone's special day. I cover the Melbourne CBD, Melbourne's western suburbs, up to Ballarat, down to Geelong, along the Great Ocean Road and the Surf Coast and into The Bellarine.

Whatever the ceremony you are seeking, I am here to help and support you through the process.

I have tried to design this site to be simple and easy to navigate but, if you have any comments, burning questions or just want to run something past me, please don't hesitate to contact me.

I look forward to working with you to create a unique and memorable ceremony, whatever your occasion.

 
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ABOUT SUE

I am a people-person and know this is what attracted me to this line of work. I meet interesting people from all walks of life, each on their own journey and I feel privileged that they have asked me to work with them to tell their special story.

I am a Mum, a wife and a Nana who lives in a beautiful part of the world known as The Bellarine Peninsula in Victoria, Australia. My background in teaching and educational administration involved a significant amount of public speaking both in Australia and overseas. So when I was asked to conduct my father-in-law's funeral or, should I say life celebration, I felt humbled, privileged and grateful all at the same time. I found the experience of supporting and guiding my husband's family through the process very rewarding and I decided there and then to become a celebrant. Opportunities arise for a reason and I knew I shouldn't let this one pass.

I am organised, friendly, approachable, professional, attentive and have a keen eye for detail. I've found my niche and love my job. Through my networks I am able to connect you with some a-Mazing suppliers and vendors.

If you decide I am to be your celebrant, I will work with you to create an unforgettable ceremony that you and your guests will adore.

 

Photographers used on this website, in alphabetical order, 3 Owls Photography, Infinity Sisters Photography, On Three Photography, Jo Almond Photography and Sara Taylor Photography.

THE PROCESS

1

Initial Contact

  • You contact me.
  • Check date and arrange to meet
  • If I'm the celebrant you want, lock it in and pay deposit

2nd Meeting (if needed)

  • Only needed if legal paperwork not completed at first meeting
  • I upload legal details to Registry of BDM Online

 

 

2

Ceremony Prep

  • Wedding Kit provided with heaps of ideas
  • You confirm how you'd like ceremony to look
  • I provide as much or as little support as needed
  • I create draft ceremony from your ideas, your love story
  • You and your fiance can adapt and change until it's just perfect!
  • Extra meetings may be organised if needed

Book rehearsal

  • Confirm date and venue for rehearsal

 

 

3

Rehearsal

  • Strongly recommended to ensure we are all on the same page
  • Legal document (Declaration) to be signed
  • Final payment
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4

The big day arrives!

  • I arrive at least 45 minutes prior to ceremony
  • Check everything is ready to rock n' roll
  • I pronounce you
    MARRIED!

5

Registration

  • I lodge final paperwork with Registry of Births, Deaths & Marriages in State the marriage took place

 

“Thanks Sue for making our day so special. We really appreciated your warmth, humour and consideration for our special circumstances.”
Dirk and Barbara, April 2014

Current testimonials

Alicia and Tom

December 2017, Hawthorn

Tom and I got married last month in December and we could not be happier that Sue happened to fall in our laps. I think it was meant to be considering we had under 2 months left until the big day. She is the most organised, easy going and helpful celebrant we have ever met. Knowing how crazy weddings can be she was onto it from the very start. She would chase us up for things that would slip our minds and keep us updated every step of the way. Even though our wedding is done and dusted she still keeps in touch. If we could do it all over we would definitely choose her again. Thank you Sue!

Tom and I got married last month in December and we could not be happier that Sue happened to fall in our laps. I think it was meant to be considering we had under 2 months left until the big day. She is the most organised, easy going and helpful celebrant we have ever met. Knowing how crazy weddings can be she was onto it from the very start. She would chase us up for things that would slip our minds and keep us updated every step of the way. Even though our wedding is done and dusted she still keeps in touch. If we could do it all over we would definitely choose her again. Thank you Sue!

Jayde and Nick's Surprise

December 2017, Geelong

We couldn't be happier with the service Sue provided to us. Nick and I surprised everyone with a wedding at our engagement party. We told NO ONE prior to the night. Everyone thought they were coming to our Engagement Party. However half way through the event I asked my Dad to come with me to "help me with something"!! I led him to a store room where I asked if he wanted to walk me down the aisle and I quickly threw on my wedding dress :)!! Our guests were all very surprised and happy for us. Our Mum's were a little overwhelmed, but no one was offended. This approach was perfect as it suited us - a carefree wedding all about our love in the moment and not about 'all the finest bells and whistles'. Sue made the night that's for sure!!! Sue spoke brilliantly, engaging the audience and throwing in a few LOL moments. Sue had a very laid back approach and made the entire experience for us completely effortless.... we HIGHLY recommend Sue as a celebrant.

We couldn't be happier with the service Sue provided to us. Nick and I surprised everyone with a wedding at our engagement party. We told NO ONE prior to the night. Everyone thought they were coming to our Engagement Party. However half way through the event I asked my Dad to come with me to "help me with something"!! I led him to a store room where I asked if he wanted to walk me down the aisle and I quickly threw on my wedding dress :)!! Our guests were all very surprised and happy for us. Our Mum's were a little overwhelmed, but no one was offended. This approach was perfect as it suited us - a carefree wedding all about our love in the moment and not about 'all the finest bells and whistles'. Sue made the night that's for sure!!! Sue spoke brilliantly, engaging the audience and throwing in a few LOL moments. Sue had a very laid back approach and made the entire experience for us completely effortless.... we HIGHLY recommend Sue as a celebrant.

Fiona and Troy

November 2017, Eynesbury

We wanted the perfect Wedding Day and Sue helped us make it come true.She was a breath of fresh air to us and we are so thankful we found her. Love Troy & Fiona Handley, xx

We wanted the perfect Wedding Day and Sue helped us make it come true.She was a breath of fresh air to us and we are so thankful we found her. Love Troy & Fiona Handley, xx

Stacey and Will

September 2017, Darley

"Sue was awesome! From the moment we met her we knew she was a lovely person and felt completely comfortable around her. We couldn't have had the day we did without her." - Will "Everything was just perfect! So many people commented on your politeness and attentiveness! The whole ceremony flowed so smoothly, even with our 2 and 4 year old flower girls haha. So, thank you, thank you, thank you, so so so much!! I will not hesitate to recommend you!!!!" - Stacey

"Sue was awesome! From the moment we met her we knew she was a lovely person and felt completely comfortable around her. We couldn't have had the day we did without her." - Will

"Everything was just perfect! So many people commented on your politeness and attentiveness! The whole ceremony flowed so smoothly, even with our 2 and 4 year old flower girls haha. So, thank you, thank you, thank you, so so so much!! I will not hesitate to recommend you!!!!" - Stacey

Stephanie and Rob

December 2017, Barwon Heads

Sue is a wonderful celebrant. She is a genuine person full of kindness which comes through in every interaction that you'll have with her. She took the time to get to know us on a personal level and it translated into a wonderful wedding ceremony. She also guided us through the entire marriage process helping us select a service to fit our personalities; all the way through to getting our official marriage license. We highly recommend Sue and wish her continued success.

Sue is a wonderful celebrant. She is a genuine person full of kindness which comes through in every interaction that you'll have with her. She took the time to get to know us on a personal level and it translated into a wonderful wedding ceremony. She also guided us through the entire marriage process helping us select a service to fit our personalities; all the way through to getting our official marriage license. We highly recommend Sue and wish her continued success.

Tahnee and Jack

August 2017, Geelong

There are no words good enough to describe our entire experience with Sue as our celebrant. From the moment we met her we knew that she was the one for us. Sue was extremely warm, inviting, knowledgeable and literally took care of everything. We were given information and help sheets for the whole ceremony, which definitely helped ease the nerves :) All of our guests feedback: "your celebrant was amazing" "your celebrant made the wedding" .. these comments summed up exactly how we felt. There was never any pressure and Sue just fitted in exactly with our relaxed styled wedding. I am actually the happiest bride ever, you feel like a part of the family now. Could not recommend Sue any higher!!! THANK YOU :)

There are no words good enough to describe our entire experience with Sue as our celebrant. From the moment we met her we knew that she was the one for us. Sue was extremely warm, inviting, knowledgeable and literally took care of everything. We were given information and help sheets for the whole ceremony, which definitely helped ease the nerves :) All of our guests feedback: "your celebrant was amazing" "your celebrant made the wedding" .. these comments summed up exactly how we felt. There was never any pressure and Sue just fitted in exactly with our relaxed styled wedding. I am actually the happiest bride ever, you feel like a part of the family now. Could not recommend Sue any higher!!! THANK YOU :)

Emma and Dylan

OCTOBER, 2017, CURLEWIS

Dylan and I got married at the end of October with the help of this wonderful person and celebrant, Sue. You were just perfect to help put together and complete our ceremony. With all the helpful information booklets and endless ideas and advice, you made the whole process stress-free. You are such a lovely person with years of experience and knowledge that showed. We had a number of guests compliment us and yourself about the ceremony. We both highly recommend Sue for your wedding. Cannot thank you enough. Emma and Dylan.

Dylan and I got married at the end of October with the help of this wonderful person and celebrant, Sue. You were just perfect to help put together and complete our ceremony. With all the helpful information booklets and endless ideas and advice, you made the whole process stress-free. You are such a lovely person with years of experience and knowledge that showed. We had a number of guests compliment us and yourself about the ceremony. We both highly recommend Sue for your wedding. Cannot thank you enough.

Emma and Dylan.

Kristi and Scott's Surprise

AUGUST 2017, GEELONG

"Scott and I were engaged in May and firmly believed we were going to elope. We planned a big engagement party but then had second thoughts. Why not have a surprise wedding at our engagement party we thought! So began our adventure. I popped in the details of what I needed on OneFlare. Sue was quick to respond. I missed her call and listened to her voice message. There was something genuine and warm in just this message. I called her back straight away and within minutes knew I wanted to meet with her. Scott and I met Sue for breakfast and without even needing to discuss the matter we were both sure we had found the right person to help us pull off our surprise wedding. From that first meeting working with Sue was a breeze. She provided a wealth of resources to help us figure out how we wanted our wedding to be. She was always very quick to respond to my (numerous) emails! Sue was incredibly patient with my questions, changes and ideas. By the final draft I was incredibly excited and happy with how the service was going to go. The big day came and I could not have been happier. Sue was calm, organised and blended right in with our family and friends. Her professionalism, organisation, humour and warmth helped make our wedding so special. Thank you Sue for being part of the happiest day of our lives."

"Scott and I were engaged in May and firmly believed we were going to elope. We planned a big engagement party but then had second thoughts. Why not have a surprise wedding at our engagement party we thought! So began our adventure. I popped in the details of what I needed on OneFlare. Sue was quick to respond. I missed her call and listened to her voice message. There was something genuine and warm in just this message. I called her back straight away and within minutes knew I wanted to meet with her. Scott and I met Sue for breakfast and without even needing to discuss the matter we were both sure we had found the right person to help us pull off our surprise wedding. From that first meeting working with Sue was a breeze. She provided a wealth of resources to help us figure out how we wanted our wedding to be. She was always very quick to respond to my (numerous) emails! Sue was incredibly patient with my questions, changes and ideas. By the final draft I was incredibly excited and happy with how the service was going to go. The big day came and I could not have been happier. Sue was calm, organised and blended right in with our family and friends. Her professionalism, organisation, humour and warmth helped make our wedding so special. Thank you Sue for being part of the happiest day of our lives."

 

OTHER CEREMONIES

commitment

RENEWAL OF VOWS

NAME GIVING

FUNERALS

 
"Sue, my family really appreciates the effort you put into making Dad’s funeral so memorable. It was a trying time for us all and you guided us through with compassion and support. Thanks, Malcolm."
D's funeral, 2013.

 

Please contact me to discuss fees for the above ceremonies.

 
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SAY HELLO!

Feel free to give me a call, submit an enquiry or drop me a line,
I'd love to hear from you.

 0488 053 099

 warnersue@bigpond.com

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