Choosing Equality Friendly Wedding Vendors

Choosing Equality friendly wedding vendors

Authors Cara and Jamie of Brisbane City Celebrants

At Brisbane City Celebrants we are genuinely honoured every time we are chosen as the Celebrant for a same-sex wedding. We understand many of our couples have experienced difficult times and often lack the support of family members so it’s imperative to us that we are part of creating an amazing and memorable wedding day. Sadly we continue to hear stories from our couples alongside regular press reports of same-sex couples being refused service, treated inadequately and being discriminated against. We have written this post to assist couples with choosing equality friendly wedding vendors.

When choosing your wedding vendors you want to be sure you really ‘connect’ with them and that you’re all on the same page when it comes to the role they will be playing on your big day.

This is particularly important for same-sex couples who will likely enjoy a better experience in the lead up to and on the special day, by carefully selecting wedding vendors that are genuinely passionate and supportive of your relationship.

Do your research

Before contacting your potential dream team of suppliers, do your research and read reviews (Google Reviews and Facebook Reviews are a great place to start). No vendor can describe the service you can expect to receive more accurately than their former clients.

Check their website

A quick scan of their home page, and real weddings they have featured on their website will give you an indication of how enthusiastic they are about same-sex weddings.

The wording of their website will also give you a good indication of if they have you in mind as their ideal client, for example, are they talking to brides only, or to brides and grooms and couples in general.

Social Media

Practically every supplier in the wedding industry has a social media presence and following the recent campaign in Australia for marriage equality, equality friendly vendors will likely be proudly displaying their support on their social media pages.

Needless to say if you spot rainbows and wedding images showcasing same-sex couples, you can rest assured they will be delighted to hear from you.

A question to ask your potential wedding vendors:

What experience do you have working with same-sex couples?

While any experience working with same-sex couples is appreciated and reinforces the vendors support of marriage equality, many vendors simply haven’t had the opportunity to work with same-sex couples.

Having done your research, and carefully selected who you would like to contact, by simply engaging in conversation with the right people, you will quickly realise how comfortable or excited they are about potentially being a part of your special day.



Authors: Cara Hodge & Jamie Eastgate – Brisbane City Celebrants

Creative Team

Photography: Studio Sixty Photography

Celebrant: Jamie Eastgate, Brisbane City Celebrants

Venue: Old Government House

Stylist: Styled Events

Flowers: Kate Dawes Flower Design

Cake: A Little Cake Place

Suits: Wil Valor

Stationery: Paper Love Invites

Affordable Weekday Weddings

Affordable Weekday Weddings

With Brisbane City Celebrants

Brisbane City Celebrants are so excited to share the details of this affordable weekday wedding package!

We are so honoured to be included alongside the quality vendors, all carefully hand picked by the super friendly and ever organised Janette of Olive Rose Events.

Before we go in to all the fab little details, let’s cut to the chase – how much?

For less than $5k you can enjoy a 3 hour wedding package with up to 30 guests on this gorgeous ceremony lawn with a drinks package. Including professional Photography, a Celebrant (that’s us!) an elegant ceremony set up, dedicated wedding coordinator, flowers, cake, hair and make up plus all completely stress-free with every vendor already picked and everything arranged on the day. Literally all you need to do yourselves is pick your outfits and send out invites! How awesome is that!

Packages can be booked through Event Planner Janette who will liaise with all the vendors for you, making planning your wedding a breeze! Here’s a little more on what you can expect to receive:

Venue: Brookwater Golf & Country Club
3 hour wedding service for 30 guests including ceremony lawn, golf course photography, use of decking and a drinks package. Drinks package includes – 1 x punch bowl, water station and 1x glass of bubbles per person.

Wedding Planner / Coordinator: Olive Rose Weddings & Events
Main point of contact, planning and assistance, on the day coordination.

Photographer: Renee Brazel Photography
2 hour photography session.

Ceremony Decor/Styling: Brisbane Wedding Decorators
Provide and set up ceremony decor hire package of your choice from the Endless Love Deluxe Collection.

Celebrant: Brisbane City Celebrants
Choice of 2 amazing Celebrants (Janette’s description, not ours, isn’t she the sweetest!) includes a short and simple marriage ceremony.

Cake: Cake My Day By Jo
Choice of 1 of 2 packages – (1) Naked buttercream cutting cake with cake topper and single colour roses + 2 dozen plain swirl cupcakes in filigree cups with take home stand, or (2) 2 Tier naked cake with fresh roses.

Bouquets: TN Bloom
1 x Large formal bouquet and 3 x baby’s breath bouquets

Hair & Makeup: The Makeup Ladies
H&MU services (Bride only) – Hair up or down style.

If you would like more information on this package, contact Janette at Olive Rose Weddings who would be only to happy to answer all your questions and help with getting your affordable weekday wedding booked.

If you are looking for an affordable Celebrant for your special day, Brisbane City Celebrants offer a legals only marriage option at a reduced fee, which could be a great option.

Contact Brisbane City Celebrants for more information and to confirm availability for your special day.

A Married at First Sight Proposal

The Brisbane Celebrants Directory & Blog Admin team couldn’t be more excited to share this beautiful Married At First Sight proposal featuring the TV Show”s favourite and Brisbane local Keller and his beautiful fiancée Katie.

Tell us how you met, what drew you to each other and how you became a couple:

Katie and I have been friends for so many years, I remember going to band camp with her in grade 4 and we played the clarinet together.

Through high school I used to admire her every day but always knew she was out of my league.

After serving in the military after 6 years and then going on a reality TV show (Married at First Sight Australia) where I learnt how to date properly, I gained a great confidence in myself.

There was a lot of adversity I had to face after what I went through with the TV situation. I was out one night having dinner with the boys and in walks this drop dead gorgeous brunette in a long white dress, I literally had to pick my jaw up off the floor and HAD to talk to her.

Turns out it was Katie and she remembered me, we got to talking as I found out she loves the Beatles and has a full Beatles side tattoo and coincidently I have a full Beatles sleeve tattoo.

I could feel the electricity and chemistry between us so I just grabbed her face and forced a kiss and she kissed me back, time stopped and I knew this was different to anything I had ever felt.

We have spent every single day together ever since

Katie Describe Keller in 3 words

Kind hearted. Character. Bestie


Keller, Describe Katie in 3 words  

Mother. Goddess. Bestie

Tell us about the proposal (from how the surprise was pulled off, to the cars, colour theme, anything what he said and anything/ everything else that made it so special).


The amazing Cara at Brisbane Wedding Decorators and Amazing Proposals were a great help when it came to pulling off something extra special, I was planning on making this special for a long time but with my work I couldn’t put it all together myself.


I called this amazing human for help and honestly it was the best decision I could have very made for this process.

I told her Katie’s favourite colour was yellow and that her favourite flowers were chrysanthemums, and we designed an elegant setting based on this.

We nutted out a plan to tell Katie that we had a photo shoot with each other as I had to get her to get the day off work, luckily I could use my TV story as an excuse as to why we needed a photo shoot.

Cara got me onto Elite car hires owner Don who was more than happy to get us some cars to escort us to the location and add to the unforgettable day. Cara also organised us our wonderful photographer Leanne from Brischetto Photography and the film crew Mitch Richardson Films who have made the most perfect video to remember out special day.

On the day I was ready to go and got picked up by Don in the Lamborghini at 8am and Katie got picked up in the Mustang at 8.20am, giving me enough time to meet the team at the location and make sure everything was going to run perfectly.

I arrived to the most magical set up with Bublé playing in the background there were beautiful flowers and the most stunning arbour set up decorated with an abundance of yellow flowers!

The fine details made it so special even having our names on a “Will you marry me?’ sign, the beautiful yellow flowers with bees buzzing around them and the line of trees in the background, I got out of the car and my hart skipped a beat.

I just looked at it and thought yep this is it this is perfect I even let a tear slip. I got mic’d up by the videographers and waited for Katie to get there. We waited for a while and I thought oh no she had sussed this out and has turned around she’s not coming!! but the team kept me calm and soon enough I saw the mustang driving down the road.

Katie got there and was in full shock and I yelled out “Surprise baby this isn’t a shoot!!”

She walked over to me waiting in front of the sign and I just let my heart go and said everything I felt, how in love I am how she is my world and my best friend how lucky I am to have her and the kids in my life and then dropped down on one knee and popped the question “will you marry me?” ……. Boom she said yes and my heart filled with complete love and satisfaction it was in that moment my life was now complete and I knew I have made the right choice in my life partner because this is going to be us for the rest of our lives and I couldn’t be happier or more certain of anything. The day was perfect and she was even better. I couldn’t have brought it all together without the team, they honestly helped me achieve the most perfect proposal to the one I love most.

Tell us about the ring (describe the ring and tell us why you picked that style)

The ring was hard because I wanted something different and unique that could represent how Katie makes me feel and that she’s not like anyone else I have met so a normal ring wouldn’t do. I went to Prouds the Jewelers where my sister in law works and told her what I wanted.

We went through so many books and I got bits and pieces from all different rings and designed a custom ring which they made.

A heart of diamonds because she has the strongest heart to love me and the kids and honestly anyone else that comes into her life. Also the heart shape is unique like her.

I got pink diamonds put in it for the kids she has 2 of her own and I want 2 of my own. As soon as I saw the diamond I knew it was perfect it was the clearest and best grade money could get and I could not wipe the smile off my face. The hardest thing was when I picked up the ring not blowing the whole plan and proposing to her on the spot as I’m the worst with secrets.

Finally, tell us about the kind of wedding you envisage

Our wedding will be a very small family and friends event at my parents place on their property. We will have a live band who will be my mate max who plays in a Beatles cover band and is flying down from Darwin just for us. We envisage singing and dancing all through the night with the love of our family and close friends. I think there will be nice white chairs set up for everyone and some photo booths and a nice buffet. We will hire a bar to come and cater for everyone’s beverage needs. It will be beautiful elegant and simple, just for us.

Vendor Credits


Proposal Planning Styling Hire & Flowers:

Amazing Proposals and Brisbane Wedding Decorators


Cars Elite Car Hire

Photography Brischetto Photography

Proposal Film Mitch Richardson Films

Engagement Ring: Ashleigh Keller at Proud’s the Jewelers 

Katie’s Hair by Kristis Kuts

Wedding Tips – Here’s some things you need to know

With Celebrant Cara Hodge of Brisbane City Celebrants

Wedding Tips – If you’re newly engaged here’s some things you need to know


Wedding Vows – You don’t need to memorise your vows, yes really! Leave the memorising of wedding vows to the movies!


We suggest asking your Celebrant to print up each of your vows, and have them beautifully presented on vow cards, ready to pass to you during your ceremony


  • One less thing to worry about having to remember to bring along on the day
  • Your Celebrant can stand to the side out of camera shot while your photographer captures the memorable moments as you read your vows to each other.

Image: Twig and Fawn Photography

I’m petrified at just the thought of saying my own vows? Well the good news is you don’t have to write/ share your own vows if you don’t want to. There is 1 simple sentence that is mandatory to say (e.g. I ask everyone here to witness that I full name take you full name to be my wedded wife/husband)


If the thought of sharing your heartfelt promises, in front of everyone you know is giving you a pang of nerves and anxiety every time you think about it, consider sharing your beautiful words to each other via letter earlier in the day while you are getting ready (your photographer/ videographer will love capturing this moment)


Or if you’re the type that prefers to keep things simple, you could stick with just the simple mandatory wording.


Wedding Time – There was once a time that every wedding took place at 3pm on a Saturday afternoon.

Then couples began to realise that this didn’t always work for them, their guests, and what they envisioned for their day.

Not everyone wants to go from the blissful high of becoming husband and wife, to soon being separated from their nearest and dearest to head off for photos.

So couples are increasingly adopting what is known as the ‘First Look’ idea, where they meet before the wedding and the photographer captures the grooms reaction seeing his bride for the first time, followed by their bridal photo shoot.

This usually involves in a slightly later ceremony time – view our tips on sunset ceremonies, and one of the main benefits to both the couple and the guests is get they get to go from the ceremony, straight in to the celebrations – together!

Sunset Wedding Photos by Leah Cruikshank Photography

Sunset Wedding Photo by Leah Cruikshank Photography

We also find couples with young children, often opt for mid-morning ceremonies followed by a lunch time reception.

In summary, don’t be afraid to think outside of tradition and choose a ceremony time that works best for the kind of wedding you have planned.


Signing the marriage documents – Brides, your name doesn’t automatically change when you marry, and thus the marriage certificates must be signed in your maiden name.

Image by Jonas C Photography

Book your honeymoon in your maiden name – I know, this doesn’t feel as romantic as you imagined, but unless you have allowed plenty of time between your wedding and honeymoon, for your marriage to be registered, for your official marriage certificate to be issued, and then for your new passport to be issued, it’s a much safer bet to book your flights in your maiden name.

Airlines won’t allow you on a flight if the name on your passport is different to that on your ticket.


While we’re speaking of honeymoons, some resorts offer newlyweds honeymoon upgrades or inclusions, they occasionally ask for evidence of your marriage to ensure you are a genuine honeymooner. We suggest taking a phone pic or photo copy of your marriage certificate along with you so you don’t miss out.

If you enjoyed hearing these newly engaged wedding ceremony tips and are looking for a Celebrant for your Brisbane wedding, Cara would love to hear from you. Contact Brisbane City Celebrants for more information and to confirm availability for your special day.

Some of my Favourite Wedding Moments

Some of my Favourite Wedding Moments

With Celebrant Cara Hodge of Brisbane City Celebrants

I was so excited when the Polka Dot Bride wedding blog invited me to share some of my favourite wedding moments with their readers. With way too many amazing moments to realistically list, here are just some of my favourites, in no particular order

Favourite wedding moments

1. The first dance

I adore everything about this incredible shot captured by Milque Photography and Films of this very talented dancing duo.

Milque Photography Wedding Dance

From the perfect composition of this image with the ceiling drapes and opulent chandeliers framing the couple, to the guests cheering enthusiastically in the background.

I have no doubt a lot of planning and practice went in to pulling this dance move off and the happy couple are now rewarded with this very impressive image and wonderful memories.

2. The Hollywood style back bender first kiss

Riverlife wedding with Brisbane City Celebrants Jamie Eastgate

You really get a feeling of romance and a sense of the love this couple share in this image beautifully captured by Dreamlife Photos and Video. You can imagine the guests cheering enthusiastically and applauding as the groom Justin dips his beautiful bride Katie, and the bridesmaids squeal with happiness as they wave their bouquets in the air!

Jamie was the Celebrant for this couple and I love that he got well and truly out of shot (as every Celebrant should) for the photographers to capture this magical moment.

I also love the fresh greenery styled arch, designed by the bride who is a very talented florist.

3. Fresh Floral Arbour

Wedding arbour by Brisbane Wedding Decorators

I am absolutely besotted with this fresh floral arch by the talented creatives at Brisbane Wedding Decorators which was covered in beautiful fresh oversize Colombian roses and perfectly complements the brides white wedding theme. Image by Laura Slade Photography


4. OMG the wedding cake just toppled off the table!!!

Wedding Cake falling

Actually it was all part of the plan. My gorgeous couple, Gabbi and Dan love to laugh and have fun and they knew they wanted their wedding full of fun and laughter. Nothing stiff, boring or predictable.

Something about the traditional cutting of the cake just didn’t feel right to them, so together with their equally fun loving photographers from Naomi V Photography they came up with a plan to trick their guests in to thinking they knocked the cake off the table.

So they got a pretend polystyrene cake and had that iced so it looked like the real deal. As the cake cutting took place and the cake went flying off the table, the photographers captured the shocked look on the guests faces! Seeing Gabbi and Dan smirking then burst in to laughter raised suspicions and a guest ran up to the cake and confirmed they had all been tricked!

We love it when our couples do things their way, truly making their wedding their own and plus this made for a series of hilarious photos too.

5. Flower walls

Karen Tran Brisbane Event Brisbane City Celebran

Ooh look it’s me! It was such an amazing experience to be a guest of honour at the Karen Tran Gala dinner in Brisbane hosted by Event Planner Celebrations by Alysia. What you can see behind me here is a spectacular floor to ceiling water colour inspired flower wall, yes those are all real flowers! The fresh florals, the opulence, the decor, everything was simply breathtaking!

Image via Brisbane City Celebrants

If you enjoyed hearing about some of Cara’s favourite wedding moments and you are looking for a Celebrant for your Brisbane wedding, Cara would love to hear from you. Contact Brisbane City Celebrants for more information and to confirm availability for your special day.

Tips for weddings with children

Tips for weddings with children

With Celebrant Cara Hodge of Brisbane City Celebrants

Let’s talk children at weddings. While some couples opt for child free weddings, others embrace the joy of having excited children involved in their day, particularly when their own children get to play a very special role in their day.

Brisbane City Celebrants top tips for Children at Weddings

Brisbane City Celebrants top tips for Children at Weddings. Image Naomi V Photography

There are many ways to include little ones in your ceremony which depending on their age may involve including a very special mention of them in the ceremony wording or giving them the role of ring security or flower girl, to having them present readings, hand out bubbles, be ushers or be in the bridal party if they are a little older.

Brisbane City Celebrants top tips for Children at Weddings

Brisbane City Celebrants top tips for Children at Weddings. Image Naomi V Photography

Having performed many weddings with children involved the best advice we can give is simply to let children be children.

If they see Mum and Dad stood at the front looking like a Prince and Princess out of a Disney movie, naturally they will be curious and will instinctively want to wonder up and join them, we absolutely encourage this. Trying to keep them away could potentially result in a mid-ceremony tantrum.

Brisbane City Celebrants top tips Weddings with Children Image Naomi V Photography

Brisbane City Celebrants top tips Weddings with Children Image Naomi V Photography

We believe having your own child or children around you during the ceremony, adds to the love shared between the family and let’s face it, it doesn’t get much cuter than having a little page boy dressed as a mini-me of his Daddy or a flower girl up there clinging on to Daddy’s leg!

Brisbane City Celebrants top tips Weddings with Children Image Naomi V Photography

Brisbane City Celebrants top tips Weddings with Children Image Naomi V Photography

For guests with babies and young children that have also been invited along, the etiquette at weddings is generally to sit towards the back so if baby decides to let out an almighty scream just for giggles, they can quickly exit out of ear shot without any disruption to the ceremony.

If you are expecting a few excitable toddlers may be running around before or after the ceremony, consider child friendly decorations, for example cylinder glass vases or candles lining the aisle or on pedestals may be an accident waiting to happen. Consider keeping potentially breakable décor to a minimum or out of reach and if you’re expecting lots of kiddies to be present, perhaps even have a ‘kids zone’ or welcome toy that can keep occupied. Bubbles are a great way to entertain little ones at weddings and also make for some really great photos.

Brisbane City Celebrants top tips Weddings with Children Image Naomi V Photography

Brisbane City Celebrants top tips Weddings with Children Image Naomi V Photography

Finally, as cute as little ring bearers are, avoiding giving them the actual rings until the very last minute. It’s all fun and games when he’s whacking Uncle Phil with the ring cushion, until a ring goes AWOL. Best to have the rings well tied to the little ribbons on the ring cushion and to hand them over to the ring bearer at the last minute.

Brisbane City Celebrants top tips Weddings with Children Image Naomi V Photography

Brisbane City Celebrants top tips Weddings with Children Image: Naomi V Photography

Most of all involve and enjoy your little ones as they will play a huge part of the magical memories of your special day.

Big thanks to Gabbi and Dan and their sweet son Blaine for allowing us to share these beautiful photos from your wedding at Riverlife and also to Naomi V Photography for capturing these fantastic images.

Cara Hodge – Brisbane City Celebrants Riverlife Wedding

If you enjoyed hearing these tips for children at weddings and are looking for a Celebrant that gets the importance of involving your children on your special day, Cara would love to hear from you. Contact Brisbane City Celebrants for more information and to confirm availability for your special day.


Why everyone loves a sunset wedding ceremony

Why everyone loves a sunset wedding ceremony

With Celebrant Cara Hodge of Brisbane City Celebrants

We are so excited to have our article about sunset wedding ceremonies published on the Polka Dot Bride Wedding Blog!

With weddings now becoming less traditional, and more about couples doing it their way and putting their own personal stamp on their day, there’s never been a better time for couples to really consider their wedding day schedule, in particular the time their ceremony takes place.

In Brisbane the vast majority of wedding ceremonies typically take place at around 3pm. The primary reason being this gives the photographer 1-2 hours of beautiful golden light to take advantage of during the couples post wedding photo shoot, before the bride and groom make their way to rejoin the guests at the reception, so here’s some food for thought.

Brisbane City Celebrants sunset wedding ceremony guide as published on Polka Dot Bride

Brisbane City Celebrants sunset wedding ceremony guide as published on Polka Dot Bride

With the wedding ceremony being the most special part of the day, what if it took place at the most jaw dropingly beautiful time of the day? in that gorgeous golden light, with everyone present getting to share in the stunning sunset as the bride and groom share their heartfelt vows and first kiss as husband and wife to the romantic and dramatic backdrop of a beautifully lit up sky.

Sunset Wedding Photos by Leah Cruikshank Photography

Sunset Wedding Photos by Leah Cruikshank Photography

Naturally a gorgeous sunset ceremony requires a little tweaking to the traditional wedding day schedule, so here’s some tips on planning the perfect sunset ceremony.

Firstly most wedding photographers will no doubt still love the opportunity to shoot you as a couple in natural daylight. A great way to do this is as a ‘First Look’ or ‘Reveal’ shoot, a couple of hours before the ceremony takes place, at a different location when the photographer captures the grooms reaction when he sees his beautiful bride for the very first time, minus the nerves that often accompany having all the families and friends present during this special moment.

Not only does a first look shoot mean that you get to include this extra special element in your day and your photo album, and have a stunningly romantic sunset ceremony, it also means that once the ceremony has concluded you get to stay and immediately celebrate with your guests instead of being whisked away from them for photos.


Sunset Wedding Photos by Leah Cruikshank Photography

Sunset Wedding Photos by Leah Cruikshank Photography

The guests will love it too not only for experiencing the most beautiful sunset ceremony, but also for being a cooler time of day and most of all for not being separated from the stars of the show (you!) and having to endure the ‘waiting around’ time that typically takes place between a ceremony and reception.

The sunset ceremony schedule also takes away the pressure of having to organise entertainment and additional refreshments to keep the guests occupied between the ceremony and reception.

As the sun sets, this is also an opportunity for the photographer to showcase their night time photography skills and creative lighting techniques with sparklers and candle lighting.

Sunset wedding photos from a wedding with Brisbane Celebrant Ciara Hodge. Images by Leah Cruikshank

Sunset wedding photos from a gorgeous Spicers Hidden Vale wedding with Brisbane Celebrant Ciara Hodge.
Images kindly provided by  Leah Cruikshank Photography


Considerations when having a sunset ceremony, include:

  • Choosing an open ceremony location that is easily accessible and will embrace the sunset;
  • Considering where you will stand to get the best effect from the sunset and without the sun in your or your guests eyes;
  • If the ceremony is outdoors, as it will get dark fairly quickly once the sun has set, consider assigning ushers or groomsmen to assist in promptly directing the guests on to the reception area for refreshments;
  • Consider adding ambient lighting as ceremony décor, like strings of light bulbs, candles or a sparkling chandelier over the ceremony to enhance with the romance of the sunset.

If you love the idea of a sunset ceremony for your wedding, experienced Brisbane Celebrants Ciara and Jamie would love to hear from you contact us to confirm availability.

Happy wedding planning!

Love Brisbane City Celebrants x

A special thank you to the gorgeous Leah of Leah Cruikshank Photography for kindly providing the beautiful images to accompany this post from a stunning wedding with Cara that took place at Spicers Hidden Vale.

Brisbane City Celebrants 2015 Highlights

With Brisbane City Celebrants

As we reflect on 2015 our most amazing year to date, we are so thankful to all the wonderful couples we have had the absolutely pleasure of being the Celebrant for over the year.

Here are some of the highlights that made our year such a cracker!

Brisbane City Celebrants

QLD’s No.1 Recommended Celebrant on Google

It was such an honour for each of us to not only become the top 2 recommended Celebrants in Brisbane on Google, but for Jamie to become the No.1 recommended Marriage Celebrant on Google! Such a huge honour and a phenomenal achievement, all attributed to the wonderful feedback and recognition from our clients.

We are absolutely thrilled to have received 5 star reviews from so many of our clients telling us that we’re getting it right.

Brisbane City Celebrants are Brisbane's most highly recommended Marriage Celebrants.

We genuinely strive to make each and every one of our client’s ceremonies the highlight of their day so the rest of the day becomes a celebration of that.

Brisbane City Celebrants performed 3 same-sex weddings this year

Last year Brisbane City Celebrants performed our first ever same sex wedding (view their wedding highlight video here). We went on to perform a further 3 same sex weddings this year, so fingers crossed that means we’ll be booked for 9 next year?

We have learned so much and developed a genuine love and passion for celebrating same sex ceremonies.

Celebrant Jamie Eastgate officiating Claire and Jess's same sex wedding at Cloudland.

Celebrant Jamie Eastgate officiating Claire and Jess’s same sex wedding at Cloudland. Image: Pelizzari Photography

We are passionate advocates for marriage equality and while civil partnerships have recently been introduced, which are a step in the right direction, with so many countries now legalizing same sex marriage, we REALLY hope to see marriage equality come to fruition in 2016.

Gay Wedding Celebrants Brisbane

Brisbane City Celebrants launched our revamped shiny new website

We were so excited to see our new and improved website go live! So much thought went in to making the user experience of our website easy and enjoyable. However our web developers couldn’t quite grasp our vision for our key point images, so Ciara took it on to herself to doodle her own little images, making our website as personalized as our ceremonies are for our clients!

Brisbane City Celebrants - Best Celebrant Website

Brisbane City Celebrants became TOP RATED Brisbane Celebrants on Easy Weddings

Having only been listed on the Easy Weddings website for 8 months, and in that time we are thrilled to have received 18 ‘5 STAR’ reviews from our clients! Making us TOP RATED BRISBANE CELEBRANTS on Easy Weddings.

A huge thank you to all of our clients that have kindly shared their wonderful feedback about us on here.

Every time we receive a notification of a review for us, whether it be Google or Easy Weddings or even on our Facebook page we are beside ourselves with happiness to hear that we helped to make a special day just that bit more special!


Easy Weddings – 5 STAR Celebrant Reviews

Brisbane City Celebrants fully booked in 2015

Demand for Brisbane City Celebrants increases year on year and yet again we FULLY BOOKED for 2015!

We feel so lucky that all our clients have been nothing short of amazing to work with, we truly feel blessed to have met and married so many incredibly lovely people.


Brisbane City Celebrants FULLY BOOKED

We attribute this success to all our amazing clients, guests that have attended our weddings and the wedding vendors that have seen us in action, who have all been so kind to recommend us to new clients that they just know we are the right ‘fit’ for. We LOVE referrals!

We are so grateful to each and every one of our clients who have booked us and trusted us with such an important role on their special day, regardless of how many times we get to do this, it is always a huge honour that we will never take for granted. We truly believe we get to work with the best clients we could ever hope for!

That’s a wrap, thank you to each and every one of you that were a part of our 2015 – our BEST YEAR EVER!

We look forward to another amazing year in 2016.

Cara and Jamie – Brisbane City Celebrants

Marriage change name checklist

Marriage change name checklist

With Brisbane City Celebrants

Following on from our previous article outlining the process options to order your official or ‘registered issued’ marriage certificate from BDM (which you can view here), we have created the following marriage change of name checklist to assist you with this process, if the bride choose to take the grooms last name.

Once you have received your registry issued marriage certificate, using this as your proof of marriage, you can contact the following departments and companies, to advise them of your change of name, so they can update their records accordingly:

  • Medicare and any private health insurance funds
  • Superannuation fund
  • Your employer
  • Any educational institution you may be enrolled with
  • Electoral rolls
  • The Transport Authority in your State, eg. Transport Dept (QLD)
  • Bank/ Home loan provider/ Credit card issuer
  • Insurance and utility companies, eg. Telephone, electricity, internet provider, car insurance, etc.
  • Passports office
  • Australian Tax Office
  • Vehicle Registration
  • GoVia account
  • Flybuys, Qantas or other reward programs, store cards, airline loyalty programs, gym and other memberships
  • Superannuation fund
  • Doctors, Dentists, Health Care Professionals etc
  • Landlord
  • You may also wish to change your email address for your work and home emails.

If we’ve missed anything you can think of, please let us know in the comments below.

If you have received your marriage certificate from QLD BDM and there is a mistake, e.g. a misspelled name, you can contact BDM to make a review and correction of the certificate here:

Request a review of the certificate

We hope this information has been useful and we would like to take this opportunity to wish you all the very best for your future together!

Brisbane City Celebrants

Brisbane City Celebrants

Cara and Jamie – Brisbane City Celebrants

Karen Tran in Brisbane!

When Karen Tran came to Brisbane!

With Celebrant Cara Hodge of Brisbane City Celebrants

Karen Tran is an international floral designer who is highly regarded by florists worldwide and who’s glamorous work fills many brides ‘Wedding inspo’ boards on Pinterest.

Within the wedding industry she is quite the star so needless to say there was much excitement when Karen Tran came to Brisbane and hosted a gala dinner dripping with opulence and of course thousands and thousands of flowers.

I was thrilled to be a guest of honour at this stunning event accompanied by other local wedding and international wedding professionals.

The event took place at Hillstone St Lucia, a venue we both know very well as local Celebrants we have performed many weddings here over the years.

Karen Tran Brisbane Event Celebrant Ciara

Celebrant Ciara in awe of the flower wall at the Karen Tran Brisbane Event

The venue was absolutely breath taking, after mingling with fellow guests over a glass of bubbles and canapes I entered though a door way covered by an arch of fresh flowers, and to my surprise I was greeted by a warm and friendly Karen Tran in front of a huge flower wall, full of fresh roses in various pastel shades. I took the opportunity of a photo with the lady herself before taking a walk around the room to take in every magnificent little detail.

Karen Tran Brisbane Event

Karen Tran’s Flower wall at Hillsone St Lucia

A generous team of sponsors had donated their time and expertise to bring the event together which included a company that creates flower walls with artificial flowers, these adorned the ceiling and rear wall while the tables were full of extravagant displays of orchids and roses. Undoubtedly more flowers than I have ever seen in one room in my life!

The food and service was exceptional and I loved getting to meet new people and hearing the stories of their businesses as we all shared so much passion and a love for the wedding industry.

I am so grateful that I got to experience something so special and I have no doubt we will be seeing more of Karen Tran’s signature floral extravaganza style here in QLD as she left such a wonderful impression on everyone that attended.

Cara – Brisbane City Celebrants x