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.