Brisbane City Celebrants 10 year celebrations

With Jamie and Cara Brisbane City Celebrants

Being Celebrants we love nothing more than a great celebration, so when ‘Brisbane City Celebrants’ turned 10, we took the opportunity to throw a party and celebrate alongside an amazing bunch of wedding professionals, and thank them for being so supportive of our business over the years.

We decided to become Celebrants after our own wedding in 2008, when we realised the modern, upbeat style of ceremony we would have liked, simply wasn’t available. So with backgrounds in public speaking and a passion to start creating seriously enjoyable ceremonies, we became the change we wanted to see in the wedding industry.

We never expected our Celebrant style to have so much demand, and our little Celebrant business to grow to where it is today.

Reflecting back on what was initially a part-time weekend passion around our office jobs, we still pinch ourselves that we were able to quit our day time jobs to do what we love full-time – celebrate love!

We picked The Orchard function space at Victoria Park for our celebrations as we loved it’s summer vibe, ambient lighting and cheerful yellow theming. Tolix style bar tables and stools from Brisbane Wedding Decorators created a cocktail setting perfectly suited for attendees to mingle, and we loved that guests were greeted on arrival with mojito cocktails.

Brisbane City Celebrants 10 year celebrations wouldn’t be complete without a prize draw, the winner taking home a bottle of 2008 vintage MOET rose, a favourite drop of ours, reflecting the year our business was founded.


We would like to say a really big thank you to everyone who has supported us over the years, from all our amazing clients who trust us for such an important part of their special day, to all the talented wedding industry professionals who we simply love working alongside at weddings. Thanks to all of you we get to do what we love!

Here’s cheers to 10 years! Thank you to all of those who joined us for celebrations including our fellow Celebrants from Brisbane Celebrants Directory & Blog and a special thank you to the following suppliers for being a part of our event.

Photos by Dreamlife Photography

Cocktail Furniture and photo backdrop Brisbane Wedding Decorators

Singer Brett Whitmore

Cookies and Cake Confetti Cake Co

Venue Victoria Park Functions

 

If you enjoyed this post and Jamie and Cara sound like the kind of Celebrants you are looking for, they would love to hear from you. Head to Jamie and Cara Brisbane City Celebrants website for more information.

 

How weddings have changed over the past 10 years

How weddings have changed over the past 10 years

By Jamie and Cara of Brisbane City Celebrants

As we celebrate 10 years as Celebrants, this is an opportune time for us to reflect on how the wedding industry has changed over the past decade, how many marriages are taking place, and what weddings look like now compared to 10 years ago.Image by Dreamlife Photography

 

INCREASE IN CIVIL WEDDINGS BY 15%

In 2007 63% of weddings that took place were civil weddings (as opposed to church/ religious weddings)

This percentage has increased slightly every year over the past decade reaching 78% in 2017.

While there are likely a number of reasons for this increase, perhaps couples like the increased flexibility of location and ceremony customisation that come with civil weddings.

We have personally had the pleasure of marrying couples that are of different religions and have opted for a civil wedding as a neutral comprise to a religious ceremony.

LESS MARRIAGES ARE TAKING PLACE

In 2017 116,322 marriages took place in Australia, this figure increased fractionally every year until 2013 with a decrease of approximately 5,000 marriages compared to the previous year.

Could this be somewhat related to suspicions around the number 13?

By 2015 the total number of marriages that took place in Australia was just 113,595, and while this jumped up to 118,401 in 2016, 112,954 marriages took place in 2017, which is approximately 5,000 less than the previous year.

In summary, 3,368 less marriages took place in Australia in 2017 than 2007, when you factor in population growth, this suggest a higher percentage of people are choosing not to marry.

AVERAGE AGE OF MARRIAGE CELEBRANTS REDUCED

When we attended our first OPD training back in 2009, we were told the average age of Marriage Celebrants was 67 years old. While this stat is no longer reported, it’s safe to say becoming a Marriage Celebrant is no longer for those looking for a retirement job, with Celebrants of all age groups now available.

 OTHER INTERESTING FIGURES

There were 6000 Celebrants in Australia in 2007. 10 years later, in 2017 there are now around 9,000 an increase of 50%

The average Australian Marriage Celebrant officiates 10 marriages every year.

The median age at marriage for males in 2017 was 32.years, and the median age at marriage for females in 2017 was 30 years, in 2017, the majority of brides (80.9%) and grooms (79.3%) had not been married before.

Looking at QLD specifically

In QLD 2007 there were 26,000 weddings in QLD in 2017 there were 22,500 a reduction of 3,500 annual weddings.

81% of weddings in QLD are civil weddings performed by Celebrants

 

If you found this article interesting and you are looking for a Celebrant for your special day, Jamie and Cara of Brisbane City Celebrants would love to hear from you.

View more of their blog posts on the Brisbane Celebrants Directory & Blog, and contact them to confirm availability for your special day.

Michael and Philip’s Sunshine Coast Wedding

Michael and Philip’s Sunshine Coast wedding with Celebrant Jamie Eastgate of Brisbane City Celebrants was everything dreams are made of!

With groom Michael well known and acclaimed within the Brisbane Wedding community for planning luxurious events, naturally every detail was thoughtfully planned and designed, resulting in a truly beautiful day full of love, happiness and laughter.

This gorgeous wedding was so special to us. Not only was Jamie given the honour of being the Celebrant for the happy couple, as friends of the two grooms we are invited to stay and celebrate as guests.

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Michael and Philip worked with Jamie to design a ceremony that celebrated their love and shared the story of their 13 years together.

Balancing their humour and zest with a meaningful sincere celebration, both the grooms and their guests were laughing out loud one minute, then shedding happy tears the next. Very much the same emotions the guests continued to have later when the epic speeches were delivered over lunch.

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One simple point of difference that contributed to the success of the day, was opting for a morning wedding ceremony, followed directly by a lunch time reception.

The two grooms opted for a mid morning ceremony on a week day which took place at Noosa’s Hidden Grove on the foreshore of Noosa beach. Following the ceremony, instead of the guests being separated from the couple for photos, everyone took a short stroll along the beach to the reception at Sails Noosa where the celebrations began with flowing drinks, canapes and even an oyster bar before guests were seated on long tables decorated with soft pink flowers.

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To the guests surprise they were invited to choose their own entrees and main from the menu. Everyone was in awe at how delicious every dish was! The service from Sails Restaurant was equally exceptional with glasses always staying topped up with champagne.

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After lunch the band began to play and the dance floor instantly filled, with Michael stealing the show (and the mic) to present his own surprise rendition of Nicki Minaj.

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The fun didn’t stop there, when the long lunch reception wrapped up at 4pm, the guests headed off to a nearby venue for the optional after party to continue the celebrations, while the grooms made the most of the golden afternoon light heading off to a quiet beach with their Photographer and Cinematographer for sunset shots with their bridesmaids.

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same_sex_wedding_Brisbane.jpgWedding_photography_noosa.jpgWhat an amazing way to begin your journey in to married life and what a huge honour to be a part of and share in this long awaited very special day.

Congratulations on your marriage Michael and Philip, and to repeat what the grooms said in their speech “Thank you for voting YES”.

If you enjoyed hearing about this stunning Sunshine Coast wedding with Celebrant Jamie Eastgate and are looking for a Celebrant for your special day, Jamie would love to hear from you. View more Real Weddings with Jamie Eastgate or contact Jamie to confirm availability for your special day.

Michael & Philip’s Wedding from Forever Features on Vimeo.

Michael and Philips vendor dream team

Wedding Planning and Concept Design: Michael Taylor Public Relations

Photography: Liz Soda Wedding Photography

Cinematography: Tyrone Forever Features

Marriage Celebrant: Jamie Eastgate Brisbane City Celebrants

Ceremony Location: Hidden Grove, Noosa

Reception Location: Sails Noosa

Ceremony and reception band: Rush Entertainment

Make up: KM Makeup Studios

Suits: Wil Valor

Bridesmaid Dresses: White Runway

Event Styling: Main Event Weddings

Tableware: The Supper Club

Invitations and Menus: September Creative

Accommodation: Fairshore Noosa

An interview with Cheryl Landsberry

With Bayside based Marriage Celebrant Cheryl Landsberry

Why did you decide to become a Celebrant?

I enjoyed being involved in my daughter’s baby naming ceremony. I read a poem which I’d specifically written for her, which captured her personality and escapades as a spirited one year old. The guests all loved the ceremony, and I decided then and there that this was the career for me. After embarking on celebrancy, Toastmasters, and speech courses, I gave up accountancy and switched to celebrating in 2000.

How long have you been a Celebrant?  

In 2000, I started with baby naming ceremonies, and had a painstaking wait to be appointed as an authorised marriage celebrant in 2003.

What kind of ceremonies do you specialise in?

Fortunately, I seem to attract like-minded couples, who are looking for a relaxed, enjoyable, yet still special, ceremony. I love to tell the story of the couple, with a little humour, a little romance, and a lot of sincerity.

What is your Celebrant style?

I aim to be really organised, so during the ceremony, I can be calm and focused, knowing all the little details have been taken care of. Being professional, knowledgeable, and elegant is my goal.

Your ceremony reflects you, and so I take the time to work with couples and create a personal ceremony that tells their tale. There is no limit to the number of emails and re-drafting needed to ensure the ceremony is exactly how you wish it to be. Of course, sometimes it turns out perfect the first draft, too.

Everybody wants to hear the words that we’ve taken so much care in crafting, so I supply a quality PA system and microphone.

Your tips for creating a memorable wedding ceremony?

Focus on what’s important, and don’t get caught up worrying about the little things that don’t really matter. Tell your celebrant about yourselves as individuals and as a couple, so your personalities and adventures are reflected in the ceremony.

Your tips to help couples choose the right Celebrant?

Find a celebrant who knows what they are doing and will be invested in making your ceremony a highlight of your life.

What areas do you travel to?

Living in the Bayside area, I am often sought out for weddings in the Redlands and Manly areas of Brisbane. I also accept ceremonies in all Brisbane areas. Travel to the Gold Coast or Sunshine Coast incurs an extra charge.

Is celebrancy your only job?

When I’m not preparing for or delivering a ceremony, you’ll find me involved in the education of aspiring and existing celebrants. I teach the Certificate IV in Celebrancy in Brisbane, and also deliver professional development to registered celebrants in South East Queensland. Keeping up to date with all the legal and industry changes keeps me on my toes, and make me the go-to person for many celebrants.

What interests outside your careers do you like to involve yourselves in?

My 5 children are all young adults now, but still need plenty of Mum-time, whether they have good news or troubles to share. In my spare time, I enjoy chocolate, yoga, reading, sunshine, and music. My favourite TV shows are Game of Thrones, The Handmaid’s Tale, Grand Designs, and Bondi Rescue.

Which song did you vote for in the Hottest 100 for 2018?

Hockey Dad – Join the Club

Favourite Dumbledore Quote?

“Words are, in my not so modest opinion, our most inexhaustible source of magic – capable of both inflicting injury and remedying it”

 

If you enjoyed getting to know Cheryl and are looking for a Celebrant for your special day Cheryl would love to hear from you. Contact Cheryl Landsberry now to confirm availability for your special day.

Victoria Park wedding with the cutest little page boys

With Jamie Eastgate of Brisbane City Celebrants

What a happy day it was for Megan and Hugh’s Victoria Park wedding with their sons perfecting their roles as the cutest little page boys.


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The couple opted for an unplugged wedding ceremony to encourage their guests to relax and engage in the ceremony they had put so much thought in to, and what a great decision that was! We love how Freya from Ethereal Photography captured the guests enjoying the ceremony and glowing with love as they watched Megan and Hugh become husband and wife.

Megan and Hugh first met when they were teenagers at an after school job. Hugh left to live in London and they both soon realised they couldn’t be without each other so they reunited and have been together ever since.

Excited to be expecting a baby together, they took a short trip away to Noosa for Hugh’s birthday, Megan recalls feeling very unwell.

Hugh had many ideas about how and where to propose but none of them suited Megan with her all day morning sickness.

The morning of the proposal Hugh had tried a number of times to get Megan to leave the bed of the hotel but nothing was going to budge her.

Hugh couldn’t wait a moment longer and simply dropped to one knee and asked Megan to marry him.

Megan was so surprised and the excitement and love she felt made her forget she felt ill! This also cemented how much Hugh considers his birthday week to be the most important week of the year.

The couple shared surprise vows with each other that they heard for the first time during the ceremony which were both heartfelt and fun.

With a safe delivery of the rings from a very special little ring bearer, Megan and Hugh, said “I Do” and sealed their marriage with a kiss!

We love this gorgeous shot of them stepping in to married life as a family, glowing with happiness!

This cheeky cake topper is everything! “Finally Mr and Mrs”

5 STAR REVIEW Jamie was our Celebrant and we couldn’t have been happier. He was punctual, organised and put us at ease. The step by step process along the way leading up the wedding made this really easy. Would definitely recommend :)”

Congratulations to the happy newlyweds and thank you for choosing Jamie Eastgate from Brisbane City Celebrants for your special day.

Images: Freya – Ethereal Photography

Brides Dress: White Lilly Couture

Florist: The Little Flower Market

Wedding Transport: Limoso

If you enjoyed hearing about this Victoria Park Golf wedding, and are looking for a Celebrant for your Brisbane wedding, Jamie would love to hear from you. Contact Brisbane Celebrant Jamie now to confirm availability for your special day.

Relaxed Eat Streets Wedding

Relaxed Eat Streets Wedding

With Jamie Eastgate of Brisbane City Celebrants

Rachelle and Jamie tell us all about their relaxed Eat Streets wedding, beginning with a relaxed and upbeat ceremony that took place at the adjoining Macarthur Park at Northshore Harbour.

We wanted our wedding day to be young at heart, fun, and relaxed, much like us.

Our ceremony took place on the lawn at Northshore Park near the Northshore Ferry Terminal. We envisioned something simple but beautiful, where the focus was on us and the love we have for each other. We had a wonderful ceremony officiated by Jamie Eastgate Brisbane City Celebrants.

Cara at Brisbane Wedding Decorators created our ceremony setup which was just beautiful, and exactly what I was hoping for. The simple ceremony arbour decor really let the background and the bridal party shine!

Thankfully the weather was sunny and mild, as we didn’t have a wet weather backup plan, and the weather was predicting afternoon showers right up until the day! We had a short and heartfelt ceremony and it was so wonderful to have our families on both sides celebrate together.

Reception

Our reception was held in the beautiful Riverdeck at Eat Street Markets. We have always loved Eat Street Markets for it’s good food and fun atmosphere, so it was perfect for our reception!

Many of our guests had never been there before, so it was a big hit with them!

We had some time between the ceremony and reception for our guests to explore the markets, and then had a variety of platters from the food vendors in the reception area.

We have always loved being outdoors and looking up at the stars, so we chose a silver and navy night sky theme for the wedding.

The Riverdeck had gorgeous wooden tables, decorated with lanterns with pineapples, ferns and fairy lights. It was so quirky and different, we loved it! They also had a beautiful bar in the room wrapped in vines and flowers, and the lanterns on the ceiling gave the room a very special feel.

We had so many people saying ‘congratulations’ and clapping for us as we walked around, even the food vendors in their stalls were yelling out and cheering, and it gave the night such a special feel.

While we were getting our photos done there was a lady who came up to us with her daughter, who wanted to say hi because she thought I was a real princess, so we said hi and had a little chat. It was little moments like that that really made the day feel even more special than it already was!

We had a cocktail reception with share platters from Eat Street Markets vendors, including oysters from Shuck All Oyster Bar, antipasto from Pizza/Pasta, Asian inspired finger foods from Tokyo Tucka, and chicken wings, pork belly and zucchini chips from Poulet and Porc. We also had a number of guests go out and get food that they saw that they couldn’t leave without trying!

 

Cake

The cake was an amazing creation by Karlee’s Cupcakes.

I think people thought we were a bit odd when we mentioned having a navy blue wedding cake, but Karlee has such a unique style, we knew she could pull it off!!

We had a 16 inch navy and white decorated cutting cake with a custom made “Mr & Mrs Parker” cake topper, and white and navy cupcakes for the guests with silver edible glitter.

The cupcakes were a HUGE hit, as we had a little surprise for our guests: anyone who ate the blue cupcakes temporarily had their mouths turn blue! It was all fun and games until my 18-month-old son came up to me with a blue mouth!

Wedding Vendors

Ceremony Styling by Cara at Brisbane Wedding Decorators

Marriage Celebrant Jamie at Brisbane City Celebrants

Photography by Naomi V Photography

Wedding Dress by Wendy Makin Bridal

Hair by Bethany Prickett Makeup Artist

Makeup by Fine Line Beauty by Amy

Cake by Karlee’s Kupcakes

Flowers by Elizabeth Rose Bridal

Reception at The River Deck Eat Street Northshore

If you enjoyed hearing about this relaxed Eat Streets wedding and you are looking for a Celebrant for your special day, Celebrant Jamie Eastgate of Brisbane City Celebrants would love to hear from you. Contact Jamie now to confirm availability for your special day.