Hi, I’m Maree, one of the most experienced and professional Melbourne marriage celebrants based in the Eastern suburbs, super close to The Yarra Valley.
Helping you to celebrate your own memorable, vibrant and personal wedding ceremony simply and easily, with love and laughter and no stress. I’ve got your back.
Where do you begin when planning a wedding ceremony?
Do these thoughts and questions sound familiar to you?
- “We have no idea where to start”
- “How long should our wedding ceremony go for?”
- “We want to have a relaxed, laid-back celebration of our relationship and our future together.”
- “We want a wedding ceremony that reflects us – not too serious, but not too wacky either.”
- “We just want a small, intimate ceremony with a couple of guests, can we do this? Is this called an elopement?”
- “We’ve both been married before, how does this work?”
And that’s where I step in!
It’s your wedding ceremony so it should be exactly how you want it to be. I’ve got loads of ideas, resources, inspiration and information to guide you.
I’ve lived in Melbourne all my life so can help you with any questions about getting married in Melbourne and know the Yarra Valley super well.
Want to keep it short and sweet?
Since COVID, many couples have re-imagined how they wish to celebrate their wedding. This may be in a different location, with fewer guests, less tradition, more flexibility or mid week. You might call this an elopement wedding, and they are fabulous!
Big, small and everything in between, now is the time to plan and arrange your wedding as dates in 2023 and 2024 are filling fast! Complete and lodge your Notice of Intent to Marry with me.
I can help you navigate through everything there is to know about how to get married, including the legal paperwork. It’s super easy to chat together over any of the video platforms available.
Let’s chat! Send me an email, text or DM and let’s start to plan your perfect celebration!
I'm the wedding celebrant for you when you want someone who is…
- Professional, organised and confident with over 18 years’ experience.
- Vibrant, natural, engaging and authentic.
- Relaxed, easy-going and passionate about helping you create the perfect celebration of your love.
- Based near the Yarra Valley, Victoria, Australia
- A good listener, a collaborator and encourager of thinking “outside the square”.
- Super happy to celebrate same sex weddings.
But we're not a fit if you want somebody who is…
- Over the Top (OTT).
- A Comedian or the Star of the Show.
- Boring and Authoritative.
- A “cookie cutter” type.
Some Happy Couples
Celebrant Maree, where do I start?? Wonderful, bubbly, VERY organised and professional. Maree helped to make our wedding ceremony perfect. She provided a wonderful selection of material to inspire us when creating our own ceremony and writing our vows. A beautiful spirit, Maree brought a great balance of fun and professionalism, which gave us confidence throughout our special moment..
Celebrant Maree is loving, full of energy, understanding and more than ready to help you with your magical day. We are so happy that she was a part of our amazing day. She is definitely someone to choose as your celebrant for your special day. Thank you Celebrant Maree for everything you did for us leading up to the day, on the day and afterwards xx Love Mel & Ronnie
Mel & Ronnie Oliech
Marie was just fabulous as our celebrant! She has such a beautiful energy and she made the ceremony such a fun and joyous occasion. Marie was also made all the arrangements so easy with leading up to the big day, made everything so simple.
Kelly and Ron
The moment we met Maree we knew she was the perfect celebrant for us! Maree took the time to get to know us and our story which meant our ceremony was exactly what we had hoped for. Her patience, calming manner and ability to know exactly what was needed on the day helped us to enjoy every moment.
As soon as I heard Maree’s friendly voice and energetic laugh, I knew she was the one for us! Among all the crazy that is weddings, Maree kept us grounded and on track. Her deep understanding of all things wedding really put us at ease. The lead up was well planned, she answered all our crazy questions and let me go off on silly tangents telling her all sorts of stories – none of it was too hard for Maree. And on the day, she was simply amazing. Fun, funny, quirky and individual – our wedding to a tee! And to top it off, so many guests raved about Maree, saying how wonderful she was and how much fun she made the ceremony. Thanks so much Maree, you truly are a gem and made our day so special.
Kimberley and Dan
Hi Maree, We wanted to say a huge heartfelt thank you for being our celebrant for our wedding. You were even better than I imagined, you made the ceremony hilarious and full of love. Our guest are still telling us it was the most relaxed, inclusive, fun and loving wedding they had been too, even the guys were crying with emotion and all our guest raved about you!! I connected with you from the first phone call and just knew that you were our celebrant. You made the process so easy and the ceremony so personal, sharing our story with our guests in a lighthearted warm beautiful way. You vibrancy and professionalism was awesome. There are not enough words to describe how grateful we are that you were a huge part of making our day perfect!
Kirsten and Shane
Thanks for a fantastic day (already coming up on six months ago!); everyone loved our ceremony and thought you were so warm and engaging. A lot of the overseas family and friends hadn’t been to a ceremony like this before (rather more formal affairs in churches/city halls), so it not only captured our relationship well, but it added a warm Australian character to it too ?
Marina and James
Phillip and I just wanted to personally thank you for all of your assistance with the planning of our wedding ceremony in October last year. We had an such amazing day and want to thank you so much for your contribution to making our special day unforgettable for everyone who attended.Your professionalism and friendly personality made what can be an incredibly stressful time, planning a wedding, so much easier. Nothing was ever too much trouble for you and for this I cannot thank you enough. We have received many compliments from our guests, saying you were engaging, light hearted and invested in the moment. You were a great source of calm for me on the day, not just before the ceremony but also during and I believe it was due to our combined effort that we managed to keep my nerves under control while saying my vows!
Nicole and Phillip Sankey
I hope you are well I just wanted to pass this photo on to you and say a big, big thank you from myself and Lincoln, we could not have asked for anything more the ceremony you put together for us was absolutely perfect and we had the most amazing day! From the moment we met you, we knew we wanted you to be our celebrant your easy going and chatty personality instantly put us at ease and your calming nature kept my nerves in line. We had so many beautiful comments about your ceremony and we will be recommending you to everyone!! Thank you so much for everything Maree I hope I see you at another wedding again soon.
Leanne and Lincoln
Just wanted to send you a quick note to say thank you again for everything you did for our wedding! It was absolutely amazing and exactly how Aaron and I had imagined it to be. We have had such amazing feedback on you and your vibrancy! You told our story to perfection and we cannot thank you enough!
Hope you are well and thank you again! xx
Barbara and Aaron
Andrew and I just wanted to say a huge thank you for everything you did at our wedding back in April. From the very beginning you were extremely easy to deal with – and that’s just what a Bride needs. I still can’t believe how fabulous you were – from the moment we met you we felt relaxed as if speaking to a friend or family member! The day was truly amazing and the ceremony you helped us create was so beautiful, personal, intimate and fun. We had many compliments about you and the ceremony and I will recommend you to everyone… actually I think you are doing my bridesmaids (Chrissy’s) wedding…and guess who will be one of her bridesmaids – reunion!! Thank you for helping my dream wedding day come true!
Monique and Andrew
What a celebration! Bayon and I couldn’t have asked for anything more. It was the most perfect ceremony, a beautiful balance of emotion and tears and laughter, and one that reflected exactly who we are. As soon as we met Maree for a coffee and chat, we both knew instantly she was the one we wanted to marry us. She is so warm, happy, easy going and fun, and we felt really comfortable and relaxed around her – that was really important to us. She also made the entire process easy and effortless. We would absolutely recommend Maree to any couple searching for a wonderful, relaxed, bubbly, helpful, beautiful celebrant! Thank you for making our day so special.
Bayon and Justine
WHi Maree, Thank you so much for putting together such a beautiful ceremony for us! It was just perfect for us and our family ? So many of our guests have commented to us how brilliant our celebrant was – and my little sister, Liv, hasn’t stopped talking about you! We will be recommending you to all our friends!!!
Emily and James
Darren and I would just like to say a very big “thank you” for making our wedding day on Sunday so amazing and beautiful. You have a very special way of making people feel comfortable and relaxed, with your warm personality and of course your wonderful sense of humour too. We could not have been happier on the day and everything went so beautifully. You made me feel instantly at ease and surprisingly not too nervous, standing up there in front of everyone. I know Darren feels the same. The ceremony itself was so lovely and from the heart, which is how we wanted it to be. We had so many positive and generous comments from our friends and family who were so touched and impressed with you and your service.
Darren and Kaye
The wedding ceremonies I love to celebrate are:
- relaxed and meaningful, where you and your guests are engaged and connected;
- the right timing – not too long, not too short;
- light-hearted with a touch of serious formality;
- a balance of fun, laughter, and respect.
A wedding ceremony should tell your story and incorporate your people and elements that hold special meaning for you.
My personal commitment to you
To ensure your wedding ceremony is inclusive, easy to plan, make decisions, and is exactly the way you want it to be.
Your wedding day is all about you! So let’s get together and collaborate to design a ceremony that reflects you, your beliefs, and your story.