Michelle Cottell - Marriage Celebrant

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(22 reviews)
 
Service Area
Blue Mountains and Surrounding Regions
Business Hours
7 Days by Appointment
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Pick me. But seriously. Pick me!

Why? 

Because I genuinely wish to help create the most incredible day of memories, by designing a unique and very personal ceremony for you both to rejoice in. 

I will take care of every detail concerning the legalities of getting married, while guiding you through the process with enthusiasm and genuine joy.

And, if sharing your love story with your family and friends by having it woven into your ceremony is something that appeals to you, then I'm your celebrant!


I am a happy, friendly and enthusiastic, young 59 year old, who can be depended upon to be punctual, practical, calm, helpful, professional, and willing to step outside the box, when necessary! 

I would be delighted to have a no-obligation meet, at your convenience, to see if we suit, and another if you decide to proceed. 

I can create a ceremony that will be customised to your personalities, your journey so far, and your dreams for the future.

Or, design a simpler ceremony, if you prefer, for a price that will reflect that.

I will also include a wedding rehearsal, and provide a cordless PA system that will supply excellent sound, even in a paddock or on the beach! 

So, pick me! Because being married by a person who sincerely cares, can make all the difference! 🌷


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Easy Weddings Special Offer

All-Inclusive Wedding Package from $650

  • Minimum X consultations and face-to-face meetings
  • Personalised crafted ceremony and service 
  • Unlimited support via phone, email and video conferencing 
  • All legalities, registration and paperwork 
  • Vow writing
  • Rehearsals 
  • PA system provided 
  • Travel included within 100km


As a special offer, I will arrange for your official Marriage Certificate,  to be delivered to your home by Registered Post. This will allow you to legally change your name after marriage.



Questions and Answers

What do we expect from you, if we engage you as our Celebrant?

Michelle Cottell - Marriage Celebrant

I will happily provide you with:

Unlimited phone and email support, plus a second meet, if needed.

A personally designed Ceremony.

A rehearsal at an agreed location.

A presentation copy of the Ceremony.

A presentation copy of your Wedding Certificate.

A quality, wireless PA system, with a wireless microphone.

Administration, completion and lodgement of all necessary and legal paperwork, incuding Notice of Intented Marriage.

 All these tasks will be done with the greatest of enthusiasm, professionalism and a willingness to please!

Do we need to bring anything to the first meeting?

Michelle Cottell - Marriage Celebrant

Yes please!

For the sake of efficiency, if you choose to proceed on the day, you will need to have with you:

Your Original birth certificates.

A photo ID, whether it be a driving licence or a passport.

Any paperwork pertaining to the finalisation of a previous marriage, ie: divorce papers or a death certificate.

These will be used to fill out the first legal document, The Notice Of Intended Marriage, of which all others will be based upon.

Do we get to choose what we want in the ceremony?

Michelle Cottell - Marriage Celebrant

Of course! This is your wedding.

I am here to guide you and take the burden off some of your decision making, by making those necessary choices as easy as possible.

I will email you, or give you a hard copy on the day of lodging your Intent To Marry, a ceremony format, that will include suggestions of readings, poems, rituals, vows, pledges, and ring ceremonies. It will be user friendly, and you will just have to read through it and email me your choices. Meanwhile, I design the introduction of you and your story, past and present, based on what you have shared with me, which will be tweaked to your satisfaction, and included in the beginning of the ceremony. 

I will then combine all, to be emailed back to you, for your approval. 

What are the other legalities we need to be aware of?

Michelle Cottell - Marriage Celebrant

There are several matters to be abided by, to create a legal and binding Ceremony of Marriage.

Firstly, you need to prove you are free to marry. Eg: Are over 18 years of age, not married now, etc. 

That you are, who you say you are, by proof of identity.

Then, there are a few specific sentences that need to be included in the ceremony, to make it legal. But I will take care of that for you.

You will need to choose two witnesses, over the age of 18 years, that will sign the marriage registry and documents, on the day.

Can I use our marriage certificate that we get on the day, to change my name?

Michelle Cottell - Marriage Celebrant

No, unfortunately not.

You need to apply to the Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages for an original Marriage Certificate, at the cost of $60.00. You can do this yourself, after your wedding day, but will need to go in person, and take in 100 points of identification.

Or, you can let me do it on your behalf, when I lodge your wedding documents, for registration of your marriage.

It will still cost you the $60.00, but with none of the inconvenience, or time wasted lining up at the Registry!

Reviews

(22 reviews)
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6 Feb 2021

We are so glad that we chose Michelle to be a part of our special day. She went above and beyond to ensure that our ceremony was absolutely perfect. The amount of thought and personalization that went into our ceremony was incredible. Michelle touched base with us regularly, asking us lots of questions, getting to know us on a personal level and included all this information in our ceremony. Her professionalism is outstanding. She went out of her way to make sure that everything ran smoothly. This was done with our meetings leading up to the day, our phone calls, a rehearsal and she even popped in to both the bride and groom on the day of the wedding to check in, calm some nerves. She is a beautiful lady inside and out and we loved having her as a part of our special day.

Michelle Cottell - Marriage Celebrant  

You are so, so welcome! 🌷 I really enjoyed every one of our conversations and meetings, especially the rehearsal with your family. You all made it so much fun with your love and laughter, that it didn't seem like work at all, but an evening spent with great friends! I am very touched by your appreciation and wonderful words of praise, but you made my job easy being the genuinely lovely family that you are. Thank you. Seriously, thank you. 💖

18 Jan 2021

My husband and I couldn’t have dreamt up a more perfect ceremony, Michelle put some much love and time getting to know us and our story and had everyone at the wedding speechless with her elegant and well thought out ceremony. We had some many people share there love for the wedding and more especially the ceremony Michelle put together. I feel like we honestly made a friend for life, we love and adore her more then we can express. The one thing my partner and I have said throughout this process is our sheer joy for choosing Michelle, especially with everything that went on with Covid-19 and postponing our wedding Michelle regularly checked in to see how we were traveling and with all the stress it was just what we needed to keep us excited! So for that we are eternally grateful! So to conclude we couldn’t thank her

Michelle Cottell - Marriage Celebrant  

Oh, Bernice and Luke, thank you so much for such high praise and kind words. Your warmth and sincerity shine through. I am truly humbled... Thank you, for making it such an enjoyable and heartwarming experience. It was a wonderful day and you both looked so beautiful and happy, it must have lifted everyone's spirits, as it did mine! Wishing you much love and laughter, and many blessings, always! 💝

15 Dec 2018

Michelle gave us our absolute dream wedding. She was so warm and professional and so many of our guests commented on what a wonderful job she did, and what a personal feel our ceremony had. She listened to everything I asked for, and delivered it and I truly couldn’t have asked for a better celebrant. The whole ceremony went off without a hitch and Michelle made sure everything was organised for me and that I had nothing to worry about. Thank you so much Michelle- and whilst I hope not to have to use your services again haha (unless it’s a renewal of vows), I’m so happy I chose you and I’d do it again in a heartbeat.

Michelle Cottell - Marriage Celebrant  

Dearest Rachel, although you were my second wedding, you and Josh were the first couple to trust me with your incredibly important day. For that I will be forever grateful. 🤗 It was such a fabulous setting, for such a beautiful bride, and the happiness that you both radiated was contagious! We all felt and shared it. Plus, it was fun, too!! Thank you so much Rach and Josh. 🌹

8 Apr 2022

Michelle was a delight to work with from day one, quick responder, easy to get along with & felt like we’d known each other forever. We loved our ceremony & the laughs that came of it! Thanks Michelle xx

Michelle Cottell - Marriage Celebrant  

Dear Emma and Mitch, it's so wonderful to hear those words of appreciation. Thank you! I try hard to do my very best to provide a caring and professional service, while enjoying the connection, and sharing special memories of lovely couples such as yourselves. Seriously, thank you for the opportunity to do my job while still having fun! 😉😊

7 Apr 2022

Michelle is a wonderful celebrant and we highly recommend her. She led our wedding ceremony with the perfect blend of dignity and playfulness. Her down to earth nature and clear communication made the whole process simple and enjoyable. As plans changed on the day with weather, she was flexible, calm and accomodating. Michelle was open to our ideas, receptive to our guests and conducted a beautiful handfasting ritual in the ceremony. She made a clear effort to get to know us ahead of the ceremony and we very much felt she understood what was important to us for the day. Thank you Michelle!!

Michelle Cottell - Marriage Celebrant  

Dear Amelia and Cooper, thank you so much for your kind and thoughtful review. I really appreciate it! 🌺 I must say, that although the torrential rain was very inconvenient, I loved our adaption in the cosy living room of the mountain cottage! It was warm, wonderful, intimate and charming, and surrounded with love. I don't think you could ask for a better vibe! Thank you for sharing this very special moment in your life with me. I was truly honoured. 🌼

10 Mar 2022

Michelle made myself and my wife feel so comfortable from the moment we met to the moment she married us. Michelle is so warm and energetic and puts all her love and heart into our day. If you are looking for a celebrant that will make you feel at home Michelle Cottell is the celebrant for you! Thank you Michelle, Kara and I appreciate and love all the hard work you did for us.

Michelle Cottell - Marriage Celebrant  

Dear Tammarra and Karra, it was my absolute pleasure to meet you, let alone design and perform your wedding ceremony. The trust you gave me, and the hand of friendship you offered, warmed my heart and made it so easy to enjoy and do my job! You are both treasures, and I wish you every happiness, always. 🌷

22 Jan 2022

Michelle was the perfect celebrant for our special day. She was kind and warm, she was organised and efficient but never made us feel rushed and always listened to our input. Michelle was always calm and supportive and she was an absolute delight to have as our celebrant. Finding her on easy weddings and booking her in was the best decision we made and I can not speak highly enough of the genuinely considerate person she is and the amazing celebrant she was for us. Thank you Michelle for being such an intrinsic and special part of our day. It wouldn't have been the same without you and we are so grateful for you.

Michelle Cottell - Marriage Celebrant  

Wow! How lucky am I to meet such extraordinary people while on the job! Not only did you make my day today by showing such genuine appreciation, but I truly enjoyed all of the time we shared together, from the first laugh, to the joyful presentation of Mr & Mrs Holland! I was sincerely moved by your story and super impressed with your love and commitment to family. Thank you very much Ashlee and Shane, for this wonderful review, and for helping to make my job so enjoyable! 🌺

19 Nov 2021

Michelle composed and conducted our marriage ceremony eith enormous care, compassion and individuality. She took time to really get to know us and to learn “our story” and re-told it with gentle humour and a sense of great celebration. Michelle provided many great ideas and choices of readings but was also completely open to incorporating our ideas too. We were very grateful also for Michelle’s professionalism and her knowledge of the legally required elements of being wed. The “icing on the cake” was receiving a copy of the full text of our wedding ceremony, together with the commemorative marriage certificate and quick registration of the marriage with the Department of Births, Deaths and Marriages. We thoroughly recommend Michelle for a beautiful, personal wedding ceremony.

Michelle Cottell - Marriage Celebrant  

Thank you dear Julie and Dave. It was my absolute pleasure to share such a long awaited, emotional and very special moment in your lives. The Nepean Belle Paddlewheeler was such a charming and intimate setting, especially as a backdrop to your beautiful dress, Jules! I especially enjoyed spending time with you both and hearing your romantic love story, then weaving it into the ceremony for you and your guests to cry and laugh over. So delighted that you found each other again. Wishing you every happiness. 🌺

1 May 2021

Where do I even begin with Michelle? My wife and I met Michelle two years ago and it was the best decision we had made! Michelle welcomed us with open arms, an open heart and no judgement as a same sex couple. Michelle let us tell her our stories of how we met and she was so immersed with love and kindness. 2020 was supposed to be our wedding but due to Covid, we moved to 2021 and Michelle was nothing but accommodating and understanding with our need to change dates and years! Our ceremony was full of love and emotions, with Michelle being such a kind soul and so pleased to be such a big part of our wedding. If you are in need of a celebrant, please contact Michelle! I cannot recommend her enough - absolute best decision we have ever made! All our love x

Michelle Cottell - Marriage Celebrant  

oh, Jaide and Jess! Thank you so much for those lovely words. 💞 It has been such a pleasure getting to know you both. I really enjoyed designing your ceremony, but actually marrying you, surrounded by so much love, was the highlight! You are very special ladies, and spending time with you did not feel like a job, but enjoyable hours with new friends! Wishing you every happiness, always. 🌼🌼

24 Apr 2021

Michelle is just the most beautiful human that you'll ever meet! We originally booked Michelle for our April 2020 wedding - we all know how that story goes lol - and from the very first meeting, she was not only professional, but also very sweet, and took the time to get to know, and was genuinely interested in us and our love story. We weren't intending to make the decision so quickly but after half an hour of talking to Michelle, we knew she was the the person for us! She so evidently loves Love, and that is the kind of person you want to marry you. We finally tied the knot last month and the ceremony she put together for us had everyone in tears. Cannot recommend her enough!

Michelle Cottell - Marriage Celebrant  

Dear Vinh & Aron, I can't tell you how touched I am by your kind and generous praise. The great pleasure I garner from my job is meeting, and getting to know, beautiful couples like yourselves. I so enjoyed designing your ceremony from the wonderful memories you shared with me, and particpating in the absolutely lovely wedding you designed! It was very special, as were the family and guests that surrounded you on the day. Thank you for the fabulous experience, and all the very best for the future. 💖💖

11 Apr 2021

Michelle was an amazing celebrant and we couldn't have imagined our day without her! She was personable and took the time to get to know us from the beginning. Michelle's creative approach to our ceremony was the highlight of our day and it will be one we will never forget!

Michelle Cottell - Marriage Celebrant  

Thank you dear Chris and Eddie, for such a wonderful journey. It was fun, emotional, and sweet, and I had a fabulous time sharing it with you both! All the best, boys. 🌸🌸

28 Mar 2021

We absolutely loved having Michelle officiate our wedding! She was loved by all of our guests and we are still receiving positive feedback about her over two weeks later. Michelle is very professional at what she does and has the best attitude. We would highly recommend Michelle for any wedding.

Michelle Cottell - Marriage Celebrant  

Thank you so much, Daniel and Elise. It was my absolute pleasure. 🌺 What with 2 postponements and a flood, it was quite a journey! But the day turned out magnificently, weather and wedding wise, and we all really enjoyed the relaxed and loving atmosphere you both created. Thank you, again for allowing me the honour of being your Celebrant. Wishing you every happiness, now, and always. 🌼

20 Feb 2021

Michelle was amazing through the entire process of planning our wedding! She was super eager to help with each aspect, very easy to reach when I had any questions, and kept open communication in the months leading up to the wedding. When Michelle conducted the ceremony it felt like she was an old friend and she made everyone feel at ease, and kept everyone busy and laughing when we were running 30 minutes behind due to poor weather. Would highly recommend 🥰

Michelle Cottell - Marriage Celebrant  

Dear Kayla & Dan, thank you so much for your wonderful review! It was my absolute pleasure to travel this road with you. All your communication was bright and happy, and I really enjoyed the intimacy of your close friends and family on the day, while surrounded by the lovely rolling hills of Ganbenang. So chilled and joyous, a day filled with love and laughter, making my day! Thank you for your trust.🌺 ( Just a small correction on a misprint - The wedding was held on the 10th January 2022.)

6 Feb 2021

Thank you from the bottom of our hearts for being such a beautiful Celebrant on our Wedding Day! The ceremony was magical beyond our dreams. We loved your beautiful words, kind energy, and elegance. Working with you was so much fun. Your ability to make everything clam and care free was exactly what we needed during COVID times. Thank you for making our ceremony do warm, heart felt and personalised. It honestly could not have been any better. We love you and are so appreciative of everything you did for us. Love Hannah and Mitch.

Michelle Cottell - Marriage Celebrant  

Dearest Hannah and Mitch, Thank you so much for your wonderful review. Words cannot express how much I loved being an integral part of such an important moment in your lives. Meeting with you, hearing your heartwarming story, and getting to know you, was an absolute pleasure. And, being able to design a ceremony that reflected all of that, and then officiate and deliver it on the day surrounded by your beautiful family and friends, was a joyous privilege. One, I will not soon forget! Thank you. 🌷

25 Jul 2020

Michelle was lovely from the start. She was personable, professional and offered advice when asked. We couldn't thank her more, especially during Covid, where life seemed to throw all kinds of curve balls our way. Our ceremony was tailored to us, and our guests commented on how lovely she was.

Michelle Cottell - Marriage Celebrant  

Dear Louise and Yu, thank you so much for your kind words. It has been a true pleasure getting to know you both, and learning of your journey that brought you to this moment in time. But, mostly, designing a ceremony that reflected your story and the love you have for each other. Performing the ceremony, was an added bonus to that! Thank you, again, for trusting me with such an important event in your lives.🌷


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