Christopher Steele

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Let Adelaide Celebrant Christopher Steele make your special day fun, relaxing and joyful

Have you been searching for a celebrant who is relaxed, happy, easygoing and stress-free?

Here I am!

Exactly as you would wish, I am a warm, friendly and engaging celebrant who sets everyone at ease and helps all of your guests to feel a part of your special day.

Celebrate your wedding in a way that allows you to relax entirely, while I conduct the wedding in the style and manner you would want.

Does this sound like the kind of service you were looking for?

...Thousands of Adelaide married couples agree!

You might have heard that I can get booked out a long way in advance. So if you’re thinking of a wedding in Adelaide or nearby country areas, I recommend that you call to check my availability today, to secure your wedding day.

About

Make your wedding a day to remember. As a Registered Marriage Celebrant, Chris has conducted thousands of wonderful, memorable weddings throughout Adelaide since 2005. You'll find Chris is very flexible and easygoing. And he has a big, booming voice which is very clear and easy to understand. Chris can conduct the marriage in your home or chosen location, such as in a beautiful public park or garden. Allow Chris to conduct the kind of wedding you want, where you want. It's your day.

Christopher Steele

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Yes! Unless you'd like it in any other way. However you'd like your wedding, it will be my pleasure to make it that way.

You can simply simply call 1300 668 459 discuss your preferred schedule. 

My fee for a Saturday wedding is $599; other days vary. If you pay in full at time of booking, you'll save around 10%. Alternately, you can pay just $100 to lock in the booking; but the balance (ie, of $499 in the case of a Saturday wedding) would be due within 4 weeks after booking.

At least 20 minutes; but usually 25.

All your guests will be able to clearly hear everything. A "PA" system is certainly not required, for your voices or for mine. I'm aware that (surprisingly) many celebrants have very feeble voices and they depend on a "PA" system to project their voice adequately. Since my voice is extremely loud and clear, and because my voice "frames" everything you two will say, even if you have soft voices, I assure you that all your guests will hear. If, in the unlikely event that your wedding is planned for the beach, during a gale, and you have 400+ guests, then a PA system might be a consideration. Otherwise I recommend that you don't need one!

I've usually recommended for most of the hundreds of weddings that I have conducted, that a "ghetto-blaster" (boom-box CD player or similar) will do. And in nearly every event, that has worked out perfectly. If you are very anxious, you could hire a PA for the day, to add power to your sound. They cost around $75-$120 generally…

Yes, the standard arrangement is to do a full practice just a few days prior to your occasion. Please ring me around 4 weeks prior to set a time for that meeting.

In some cases. However you might feel, after our first meeting,that an on-site rehearsal is superfluous, because I make the whole process of getting married so easy! In fact 95%+ of brides who have asked me that question, feel so confident after our first meeting that they decide it really isn't necessary.

I provide you with an entire "draft format" of your entire wedding ceremony, along with sample vows and a whole raft of alternative content you might like to consider. From there, it's just a matter of "cut-&-paste" to customize your wedding the way you'd like it. You can even choose to write your own vows if you like! I'll be on-hand at all times after your first meeting, if you need to phone me with any questions.

Yes. Your only concern with official papers is to provide the required ID and marital status documents as indicated in the checklist on the right of this page. Beyond that, I take care of everything!

Your wedding will typically be registered by the Births Deaths and Marriages office within two weeks after your wedding day. Once your marriage is registered, your application for a copy of the "Registered" certificate will be processed within 5 days. If you need your certificate more urgently, you should call Births, Deaths & Marriages, to discuss, on 131 882.


24 reviews 4.9 Write a Review

May 2024

Chris was so warming an presented a quick and sincere ceremony. most guests commented on how simple and heart felt the wedding ceremony was. thank you Chris, Mr and Mrs Wardrop

Lynda W.

April 2024

He was perfect the way he talked and did the ceremony, all guest were able to hear him and he also was funny.

Jessica

November 2023

Mr Paul Charles from simple weddings went above and beyond from the booking process right through to the ceremony. My husband and myself couldn't be more happier with our decision. Thank you simple weddings for making the experience wonderful.

Marilynrose J.

June 2023

Big thanks to Mr.Christopher to make the marriage very easy with lot of laughs. Hes very friendly.Thanks again

Harpreet S.

September 2021

Made our day happen! Well priced, helpful, prompt and professional. He did everything we asked for and his best to make everyone laugh. (It was a tiny wedding.) Thank you

Clare E.

Christopher Steele

Thank you for trusting me with the most important moment of your lives! Congratulations! Wishing you all of the love and happiness!


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As a wedding professional, Christopher Steele offers expert advice to help couples plan their perfect day. Ask a question or read their expert advice.

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Non-religious Celebrant in a Chapel

Hi, My Fiancé and I have booked in through the Cooma Parish to use the Thredbo Chapel for our big day (and paid in advance). If we have declined using the catholic priest can we use a non-denominational Civil celebrant, or are we required to use a religious celebrant?

Christopher Steele

The short answer: In your particular instance you really need to ask the Cooma Parish. After all, the Thredbo Chapel is their place.

A bit more info:

As for non-religious celebrants conducting weddings in Chapels or Churches, each situation is different. There are some chapels which are not really associated with churches but available for hire and you wouldn't need permission to marry without their own religious minister. In other situations you are pretty much bound to use their own minister but you'd have to check in each case.

I hope this is helpful regards Chris

Can we get married in two weeks time?

We are heading on holiday and would love to be married in two weeks. What are our options?

Christopher Steele

The law of Australia requires that a couple sign a legal notice form, called "Notice of Intended Marriage" at least one calendar month prior to marrying in Australia. There is a provision of law which allows you to apply for a "shortening" of this legally required notice period, however it's not often granted. Here are the conditions under which it might be considered by the government:

1   Employment-related or other travel commitments

             (1)  The marriage should be solemnised despite the required notice not having been received in time because a party to the marriage or someone involved with the proposed wedding:

                     (a)  has employment commitments that require the party's absence from the location of the proposed wedding for a considerable period of time; or

                     (b)  has other travel commitments.

Example 1: A party to the marriage has accepted an offer of employment for imminent transfer or posting overseas or to a part of Australia distant from the location of the proposed wedding for at least 3 months, and wishes to be married with the party's family and friends present before the departure.

Example 2: A party to the marriage realises that a close relative or friend of the party is in Australia but the relative or friend has a non-redeemable ticket for departure from Australia within less than a month, and the party wishes the relative or friend to be present at the wedding.

             (2)  In determining whether a circumstance in subclause (1) is met, the prescribed authority may take into account the following:

                     (a)  documents relating to the employment commitments of a party to the marriage such as a letter of offer and a letter of acceptance;

                     (b)  documents relating to the travel of a person such as a dated receipt or a ticket;

                     (c)  any explanation provided for not giving the notice sooner;

                     (d)  any explanation provided for not postponing the proposed wedding;

                     (e)  whether hardship would be caused to a party to the marriage if the marriage is not solemnised as proposed;

                      (f)  any other matter that the prescribed authority considers relevant.

If you feel that you'd like to apply for a "shortening", (knowing that it might not be granted), I'm happy to help further. Please call me on 0402 340 651 or email to chris@christophersteele.com.au 

Should we have signs at our ceremony to leave the front row vacant for immediate family?

I was thinking maybe this is tacky, but then maybe it's necessary. (Or am I really just overthinking it?) Someone suggested that this is the role of the celebrant - to ensure that it's family in the first row. Is that generally true?

Christopher Steele

It's a great idea to have signs on seats for immediate family. You can ask the celebrant to let guests know that some of the front seats are reserved for family; but that the others are available. Regards Christopher Steele, Adelaide Marriage Celebrant

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