Michael Elwood - Celebrant

(41 reviews)
Service Area
Adelaide & regional South Australia, Australia
Business Hours
7 days by appointment
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One of Adelaide's most popular Celebrants, Michael Elwood has officiated 300+ ceremonies. Whether you want your ceremony to be short & sweet or lengthy & sentimental, Michael will use his expertise to create your dream ceremony. To him, the details are essential. He has a knack for perfectly matching wording & emotions to those of the couple, and he'll deliver a ceremony that is uniquely yours.

Since being appointed in 2009, Michael Elwood has become one of the most sought-after wedding Celebrants in Adelaide. From his first-hand experience officiating at ceremonies in backyards and an intimate marriage in a shack on a far off coastline, to a lavish gathering of more than 200 loved ones, Michael has seen it all and knows no two ceremonies are ever the same. His uncanny ability to gauge the crowd pair with his welcoming humour to ensure your ceremony flows effortlessly. 

"Michael was amazing, after our first catch up we knew Michael was the right choice. He gave us so many ideas for the ceremony, and he was great at calming Dan's nerves." Melissa & Dan.

About Marriage Celebrant Michael Elwood

Michael's working life involved managing several major arts organisations. Following his experience in the media and public eye, Michael knew sitting around during his retirement was never going to keep him occupied. Considering his confidence in speaking in front of an audience, combined with his charisma, creativity and his love for romance, it was a natural decision for Michael to become a Marriage Celebrant and to assist couples in making their wedding day a beautiful one that reflects their individuality. 

What you can expect when you book Michael Elwood for your wedding:
  • An experienced celebrant. Michael Elwood was first appointed a Celebrant in 2009. Since then, he has officiated at more than 300 ceremonies, from large events with hundreds of guests to intimate ceremonies with just a handful of family and closest friends. 
  • A personable confidant. A natural people person, Michael finds working with couples to be an exhilarating experience. With such a brilliant personality, it's effortless for him to converse with anyone and everyone.
  • Creative input. Having been a Celebrant at 300 ceremonies, spanning a wide range of cultural requirements, styles and guest list sizes, Michael is excellent at suggesting what will work well for your unique ceremony.
  • Confidence & composure. With a career over thirty-five years as Chief Executive of various arts, charity and disability organisations under his belt, Michael is experienced at talking in front of large audiences. A clear, confident speaker with calm composure, Michael can deftly handle any surprises that are thrown his way.  
"Michael was very professional, helpful and thorough. He made everything flow easily and really took control during the ceremony. He got to know us as a couple and delivered our story beautifully." Hannah P.

Highlights of working with Marriage Celebrant Michael Elwood:

  • Ceremony rehearsal is included. As a ceremony rehearsal is included in the planning process (subject to availability of the venue), Michael always recommends a short rehearsal just before your wedding - usually a day or two before. This is an excellent opportunity for you and your wedding party to practise how the ceremony will happen on your actual wedding day.
  • Crystal-clear explanation of the legal aspects of your marriage
  • Completion and lodgement of all required forms
  • Unlimited consultation by telephone and email
  • A high-quality PA system as required 
  • Wedding rehearsal at the venue, subject to the venue's availability
  • Printed Marriage Certificate 
  • Michael can meet with couples or talk on the phone as many times as needed before their ceremony
An easy 5-step approach to planning your ceremony:
  1. Michael likes to have a chat over a cup of coffee (or tea if you prefer!), an obligation-free informal meeting so you can find out more about each other and help you see if he is the right person for your wedding. 
  2. Michael will spend some time with you both, so he can get to know you on a more personal level. He will use this time to figure out your style if there's a particular theme you'd like to work within, a colour scheme you had in mind, your likes and dislikes as well as your stance on a traditional and formal ceremony compared to a more relaxed, informal affair. He will have many suggestions at hand if you're unsure. He will then provide an electronic copy of sample wedding and ring vows; readings, possible rituals and traditions for you to mull over.
  3. After considering the materials that he has sent across, you'll let Michael know of any suggestions you would like to include. He will then draft a ceremony around your requirements and send across the first draft of for you to review. With unlimited consultation by telephone and email, he will keep making alterations until you are completely satisfied. A tip from Michael: If time permits, I encourage them to put the draft away for a few weeks or months, and then come back to it with 'fresh eyes', and see if they still feel happy with what they have.
  4. Michael will finalise the ceremony script, having it all complete at least three weeks before your wedding day. Michael always recommends a short rehearsal just before the wedding - usually a day or two before, ensuring you and members of the wedding party are fully prepared and confident on an actual day. 
  5. Showtime! Your ceremony will be performed without a hitch, followed by the completion of all the necessary paperwork, which Michael will then lodge with the Registrar, so you needn't worry about a thing.
"Michael was amazing!! We knew he was the right fit for us as soon as we had our first meeting. He took the time to get to know us and our story and what ceremony we wanted and nailed it down to a T. Always very fast with communication and willing to help any way he can. We highly recommend Michael for your wedding!" Kimberly G.



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9 Nov 2019

My wife and I got married in November 2019. We were incredibly fortunate to have had Michael as our celebrant after he was recommended by our wedding planner. We knew he was the right fit for us moments into our initial meeting. Michael was experienced, professional, caring and fun! He met with us on numerous occasions, checked in regularly via phone and email to see if we needed any help, supported the structure of our ceremony and creation of our vows and managed the ceremony on the day. Working with Michael was easy, warm and relaxed. We highly recommend Michael for your wedding!

Michael Elwood - Celebrant  

Dear Carl and Lauren, Thank you for your kind words. One of the great joys of my role as a Celebrant is to meet and work with such beautiful people as yourselves. I wish you every happiness in your future. Michael

1 Oct 2019

Michael Elwood was a dream to work with. From the email exchanges with us abroad, through the Skype calls with connection issues, to sitting in his home studio with a freshly made coffee in the week before the wedding, he was a great man to work with to prepare for the big day. He took a lot of time to get to know both of us in the months leading up and we felt a strong connection to him by the time the big day arrived, which I think really made the ceremony special for us. Michael is a consummate gentleman who delivered the exact balance of humour and meaning into the ceremony that we were looking for. I am confident he will be able to read your mood as well and prepare a ceremony just to your liking!

Michael Elwood - Celebrant  

Dear Phil and Dani, What a privilege and joy it was to get to know and work with you both in the preparation of your ceremony. You were such great correspondents that my task was made easy. Importantly, the openness and honesty of your thinking and emotions made it possible to construct something that was a great reflection and celebration of the two of you. I feel a great friendship with you both and look forward to continuing that whenever we find ourselves in the same country. With my love to you both.

24 Jun 2017

My husband and I got to know Michael with the referral of our wedding planner. It was lucky to have Michael as our marriage celebrant and we could not have such an unforgettable big day without his help and assistance! Michael was our MC for that day as well and he did very well! Kevin and I are very appreciated for your work, Michael, and we would love to recommend you to our friends in the future! All the best!!!

Michael Elwood - Celebrant  

Dear Jingjing and Kevin, Thank you for your generous words. It was a great pleasure to work with you both to prepare your ceremony, and especially to include some traditional Chinese rituals which made the ceremony so rich for your guests. You were a pleasure to work with, and I congratulate you both on the efforts you put in to have an "Australian" ceremony, before returning to China for your traditional one with all your family. My love to you both.

20 Mar 2021

Of all of our wedding vendors Michael is far and away the stand out. With our initial planning he was organised, helpful, professional and kind. When our wedding was derailed by covid he was supportive, understanding and again helpful. We ended up having a 10 person ceremony, and having him there we very much felt we had another friend present. We can not recommend him highly enough. With thanks, Soph and John.

Michael Elwood - Celebrant  

Dear John and Sophie, Thank you for your kind words. You were truly a joy to work with, especially when we started our communications from your London base. I have enormous admiration for the two of you, for, when faced with the postponement of your big celebration, you realised that the most important thing was to be a married couple and therefore proceeded with your intimate ceremony. You can now look forward to your Renewal of Vows celebration in 2021 with a new level of assurance. And of course, I am honoured and delighted to assisting in that great event.

1 Aug 2020

Michael was incredibly helpful and guided us through the whole planning of our ceremony. He took the time to get to know us and make sure our wedding day was exactly what we wanted. After our meetings and his help at the rehearsal the ceremony went perfectly. I would highly recommend him.

Michael Elwood - Celebrant  

Dear Peter and Mary, Thank you for your very kind words. It was a great pleasure working with you, and to have overcome the challenges of COVID, linking Mary's family via technology, made the day incredibly special. I wish you both every happiness in your future. Kindest regards, Michael

10 May 2020

Michael is simply fantastic. We had to postpone our big wedding we had planned for May until 2021, but proceeded to get married with the enforced 5 person limit. Michael did not treat it any less special, he adjusted the ceremony accordingly but did not 'dim it down' in any kind of way. He bought the fun loving, funny and easy going celebrant that we love to the table. He was always prompt with his communication and his paperwork. The legal side and ceremony was all such an easy process and Michael guided us through it the entire way. Highly highly HIGHLY recommend We can't wait to have him again for our vow renewal, when COVID eventually clears up

Michael Elwood - Celebrant  

Dear Katie and Matt, Thank you for your lovely words. It has been such a great experience getting to know you both over the planning time, and you were such a lovely couple to work with. I can't wait until your renewal of vows next year - I know that it will be a great celebration with all your friends who wee not able to join you this year. Lots of love, Michael

21 Mar 2020

Michael was amazing!! We knew he was the right fit for us as soon as we had our first meeting. He took the time to get to know us and our story and what ceremony we wanted and nailed it down to a T. Always very fast with communication and willing to help anyway he can. We highly recommend Michael for your wedding!

Michael Elwood - Celebrant  

Dear Kim and James, You are very generous in your words. I loved the quiet, understated way that you went about your preparations, and you triumphed on the day. I am sure that you are settling into married life, despite the challenges that COVID has presented. I Look forward to catching up with you both in the near future. With kindest regards, Michael

29 Nov 2019

Michael helped to make our day so special! He was supportive with preparation for the day, excellent communication whilst planning & really took the time to get to know us and our story so that on the day he helped us celebrate our marriage in a really personal way.

Michael Elwood - Celebrant  

Dear Lisa and Blake, it was such a privilege and joy to be your celebrant - to see the two of you so happy, and to be part of a wonderful family celebration.

17 Nov 2019

Michael was recommended to us by our wedding planner. He is experienced, well prepared, professional, respectful of our culture and traditions and fun! Michael is also flexible with his time, which we were grateful for since we weren’t due to our circumstance. Michael walked us through all the way and did most of the work, therefore we didn’t have much to worry about and just followed his guidance on the day!

24 Nov 2018

It was perfect! He took us through everything, followed tradition and everything was well organised.

Michael Elwood - Celebrant  

Dear Safiatu, It was a delight to work with you and Mohamed for your wedding. What an exciting day it was. With my very best wishes for your future.

3 Nov 2018

Michael was a great celebrant, he had a great sense of humour and made us immediately comfortable. He made everything simple for us and was a joy to have in our wedding!

Michael Elwood - Celebrant  

Dear Lucy and Mark. I loved helping you with your celebration, and you were such a fun couple to be with. Everything about your day was so memorable, and I am delighted that you enjoyed it too. Thank you for your kind words.

27 Oct 2018

Fantastic! He walked us through everything, provided great recommendations and everyone was really happy with him.

Michael Elwood - Celebrant  

Dear Victoria, Thank you for the honour of being your celebrant. You were a wonderful couple to work with and the depth of your feelings and commitment made the ceremony so special. With my love to you both.

27 Oct 2018

He was amazing! He listened to everything we said and did everything that we asked, he was really supportive.

19 Oct 2018

Michael was great! He took time to get to know us. He had a great sense of humour but knew when to have serious moments too. He was perfect.

22 Sep 2018

He was really good! He was very organised and very good attention to details. He helped us out with a lot of different things which we really appreciate.

Michael Elwood - Celebrant  

Dear Alana and Bez, Thank you for your review. It was great to work with you both, and to see the excitement among your guests.

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