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Margaret Bates Marriage Celebrant

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Professional and reliable celebrant with 22 years’ experience and knowledge in delivering exceptional service and attention to detail. Personalised ceremonies to suit your needs.

Your wedding day should be all about fun, excitement and sharing your happiness with friends and family.

You should also be able to relax knowing that your ceremony is in reliable hands and will run smoothly.

With 22 years as a celebrant and marrying hundreds of couples around Victoria and interstate, I have a wealth of experience and exceptional attention to detail to make your ceremony faultless.

Your ceremony should reflect your values and feelings with added humour on such a happy occasion.

As your celebrant I am with you all the way from our first meeting until your personalised ceremony has concluded, providing constant support and advice, unlimited meetings, resources such as poetry and music suggestions, sound equipment and always a rehearsal.

I have married many couples from differing faiths and cultures, catering for their particular requirements.

I have met so many wonderful couples, some of whom have stayed in touch. I live close to the city in South Yarra, only a stone’s throw from the Royal Botanic Gardens and I happily travel to any suburb or country venue at no charge.

I believe in giving couples value for money and my fee is at the reasonable end.No extra or hidden charges. I hold a Graduate Diploma of Arts (Civil Ceremonies) from Monash University, the only such tertiary qualification in the area of celebrancy.


I have been a celebrant for 22 years having completed the only university graduate diploma in celebrancy at Monash. I have married hundreds of couples in venues all around Victoria and interstate. I love my job and I make every marriage I perform a special one to suit your requirements with every detail covered. I take great pride in making sure that every wedding is perfect and I've never had to use my promise to return my fee if things are not as you expect.

Margaret Bates

Civil Marriage Celebrant

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November 2023

Margaret was amazing, she genuinely cares and wants what's best for her couples. We asked her to travel to the grampians for our wedding and she did, putting in time with us for our rehearsal and giving us both help with our vows. Shes meticulous with how she sets up and has everyone ready to go for your special day. Takes absolutely any worry you may have about your celebrant completely out of your mind. I cant thank her enough or express how amazing she is. She handled all our interaction with bdm taking another stres out of our hair also. She just does everything you may need with a smile. Thank you so much Margaret. Sam + Trav

Travis R.

Margaret Bates Marriage Celebrant

Thank you, Travis and Samantha, for your wonderful review. I thoroughly enjoyed meeting you and working with you to prepare your ceremony. The trip to the Grampians was fantastic and you had a beautiful day and venue in Wartook for your wedding. I wish you all the best for the future.

April 2023

Margaret is an incredibly professional and caring celebrant who ensured that all angles were covered before and during the ceremony. Our ceremony went off without a hitch and we owe it to Margaret's impeccable sense of timing and ability to plan ahead and communicate to us and our bridal party what needs to be done. Her speech during the ceremony was tailored to us and delivered perfectly. We are so grateful for her help and keeping us organised including making sure our vows were perfect. Highly recommended. I would absolutely recommend her to any of my friends looking for a wedding celebrant. Thank you so much for your help Margaret!

Andra D.

Margaret Bates Marriage Celebrant

Thank you Andra and Maggie for your wonderful review. Such a beautiful wedding at Nathania Springs in the Dandenongs which I enjoyed immensely.

April 2023

Margaret was an absolute pleasure to work with. From our first meeting to D-Day, she was meticulous, detailed, knowledgeable, patient, quick response, kind, and happy with our last-minute changes to our wedding vows. We are so happy with Margaret and would highly recommend you get in touch with her for your upcoming wedding. God Bless You, Margaret, and your Family. Thank you

Stephanus A.

Margaret Bates Marriage Celebrant

Thank you, Stephanus and Kartika, for your very kind review. A lovely simple ceremony with close family and a pleasure to perform it.

June 2024

Thank you Margaret for making our simple ceremony so special. We really appreciate all of your help and support since the day we showed up at your office. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts.🏳️‍🌈

Vjoy M.

April 2024

Margaret was a great celebrant. She looked after us and got to know us and our story. We are not very outgoing people and don’t always enjoy attention but she put us at ease and made the experience fun.


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If you are married, can you still be maid of honour in a Catholic Church

Margaret Bates Marriage Celebrant

Yes you can be a maid of honour in a Catholic Church if you're married.  The marital status of the bridal attendants is irrelevant

Do celebrants travel and how far?

Hello. We're considering getting married in the country but are wondering, if we find the celebrant we love, if they generally travel to do weddings. How do they price for that?

Margaret Bates Marriage Celebrant

I travel all over Victoria and interstate. I don't charge for travel in Victoria.

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