Ted Johnson Marriage Celebrant

(12 reviews)
Service Area
Brisbane, Gold Coast and Sunshine Coast
Business Hours
By Appointment 7 days
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I'm a huge advocate for marriage equality, taxi drivers, Uber fans, pepperoni pizza lovers, vegan activists, cat owners, dog lovers, and making your wedding day as unique, as memorable, and as special as it possibly can be, from just $495.

I'd love to share my story… only because, I’m sure all of our stories are unique and worth sharing.

I feel this is one story certainly worth sharing.

Tuesday January 1st, 2019 is a day I will never forget. Five minutes into a two hour family train trip, my daughter, Amy and her fiance, Connor presented me with a pink and white coffee mug.

On the front were the words “Father of the Bride”.

On the back was a poem:

Dear Dad,

       I love you more than words can say,
       & I need your help on my big day,
       Please guide me then give me away,
       Then bind us ‘till we’re old and grey,
       & teach us to live with love always.

Amy pointed out the second last line: ‘You know what that means don’t you Dad’

I hesitated. ‘Um, you want me to perform some sort of handfasting ritual at your wedding?’

‘No Dad. We want you to marry us.’

‘What? Is that a even a thing?’ This was totally unexpected and overwhelming.

Amy could see my eyes welling, she smiled and hugged me close as the tears streamed down my cheeks, ‘It is now Dad Dad’. I just melt when she calls me Dad Dad.

Amy pulled away. Although my eyes were bleary, I could make out she was crying too. Then Connor began to cry. Even the lady in the seat behind us began to cry.

Amy explained: ‘You don’t need to be a marriage celebrant, as long as there’s one there and they say the legal stuff, you can still conduct the ceremony.’

I wiped my cheeks with my sleeve and thought quietly for maybe a whole second. ‘No, I don’t want to do this.’

Amy’s tears changed from joy to grief, her bottom lip quivered, ‘Why Dad? Connor and I couldn’t think of anyone else we’d rather have marry us.’

I could feel my tears welling once more as I spoke, ‘That’s why I’m going to do this properly. I’m going to become a marriage celebrant, it’ll be my wedding gift to you both’.

And then the water works really started to pour, including the lady sitting behind us.

After 12 months of incredibly challenging course modules and gruelling exams, I’m finally a registered marriage celebrant. Phew! 

I’ve been married to my beautiful and inspiring wife, Alison for over 30 years. We have two other amazing children and one magical grandchild.

I love a good story, love stories especially, and I can't wait to hear yours.


Legals only ceremony: $495

Full wedding package: $895

Premium wedding package: $995

*Please view my profile on a PC (not a mobile device) for full details on what each package includes.

**Please note: A travel excess of $2/km may apply to venues 30km outside of Brisbane.



Questions and Answers

What identification documents does a marriage celebrant need to see?

Ted Johnson Marriage Celebrant

Your original birth certificates and current photo IDs (driver's license, proof of age card, etc.) and/or a passport are required for both parties. If either party was born outside of Australia and you don't have a birth certificate, an Australian passport can be used instead.

If either of you have been married previously, then you must also provide evidence of the termination of the marriage. This can be in the form of an original of your final divorce papers or if one of the parties is a widow, an original death certificate.

Please ensure that all the documents you provide are the originals, and if the originals are not in English, then a qualified interpreter must translate them.

How long before our wedding must we sign our forms?

Ted Johnson Marriage Celebrant

Your Marriage Celebrant must receive a completed Notice of Intended Marriage form at least one month before the wedding. You can give it to your celebrant up to eighteen months beforehand, and it remains valid during that period.

Can we have a wedding sooner than the minimum notice period?

Ted Johnson Marriage Celebrant

Couples can apply to shorten the minimum notice period by making an application to a ‘Prescribed Authority’, located at your Local Magistrates Court or the Registrar of Births Deaths and Marriages. The prescribed authority can shorten the required period of notice if they are satisfied that the circumstances specified in the Regulations are met.

There are five categories of circumstances set out in the Regulations.

  1. Employment-related or other travel commitments
  2. Wedding or celebration arrangements, or religious considerations
  3. Medical reasons
  4. Legal proceedings, and
  5. Error in giving notice.

And, importantly, lodging an application does not automatically mean a shortening of time will be granted.

How many witnesses do we need?

Ted Johnson Marriage Celebrant

You need two people as witnesses. They must speak and understand English and be at least 18 years of age.

How long will the ceremony take?

Ted Johnson Marriage Celebrant

Typically between 20-30 minutes, depending on how many readings you have, how many elements you include in your service, and how long the signing photographs take.


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2 Feb 2022

Ted was absolutely amazing from the minute we contacted him to marry us. Ted gave us suggestions of what to do and say to make the ceremony memorable! My grown sons walked me down the isle, our mums were ring bearers and dads gave recitals. Ted flew down to us in Sydney, and our day was just magical despite the crazy weather . Ted was seriously like a part of the family, making us so very comfortable on a what would normally be a stressful day. We highly recommend Ted Johnson!

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Thank you so very much Sandra. It was definitely you and Dan who made me feel so welcomed into your lovely families. You all made me feel so very special on your special day. Thank you!

5 Jan 2020

I was lucky enough to be married by my dad and he made the whole experience just that much more special. The ceremony ran smoothly, including all of the details I had requested and I felt so comfortable in his care.

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Nawww. You're such a beautiful young lady Amy Rose, both inside and out. It was such a wonderful, once in a lifetime experience and such a privilege to marry you and Connor. I love you both to the moon and back. :-) xxx

24 Apr 2022

Ted was absolutely wonderful from the minute we contacted him to be our celebrant. He always responded promptly to all the emails we sent and always had the answer. He was very kind, patient, easy going and professional. He made us feel comfortable at our Legal’s only Ceremony and also caused a little giggle amongst everyone. I couldn’t recommend Ted enough. :) One thing I will say is… make sure you have a spare black pen around.

20 Mar 2021

Not sure there is enough space in this box to write how wonderful Ted was! Ted was helping us out every step of the way from the moment we met him, going above & beyond, even when we changed our plans due to COVID-19, to make sure our day was extra special. Ted assisted with our vows, rehearsal, & literally almost everything in between. Ted also sung our praises as a couple & calmed both of us down during our ceremony, despite my uncontrollable shaking! Ted is a jovial, kind & generous man & an amazing celebrant that we are now lucky enough to call a friend. We cannot recommend Ted highly enough!

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Thank you so very much Emma & Zac. You made me feel like a member of your family from the first moment we met. Your warmth and generosity and your love of family is inspiring. It has been a privilege meeting you and a wonderful honour being your celebrant!

19 Dec 2020

Ted made our special day even more special, the work he put in even before our big day was astonishing! Ted helped ease any tension my partner and I had with his charm and humor. I hope I don't but if I had to get married again I will have Ted as our celebrant again!

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Oh wow! Thank you so very much Michael & Kirsten. You were both so easy going and super fun to work with. If there was an option to rate clients here, I’d definitely score you guys 5/5!

6 Nov 2020

Ted is down to earth and so easy to get along with. He makes you feel comfortable right from the first meeting. He made an effort to get around to guests on the day to introduce himself and the whole day flowed perfectly. We wanted something relaxed and personal and Ted delivered completely!

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Oh wow! Thank you so very much for your glowing feedback, Louise. I really loved working with you and Rob and your three gorgeous girls, to make your special day so extra special :-)

8 Aug 2020

Ted is patient and listen to clients. He is fast in reply questions and very professional and patient. Thanks Ted for being part of our good memory!

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Thank you so very much Kui and Dan, you're such a lovely couple. And it was such a tremendous honour to marry my very first Buddhist couple. Thank you.

19 Jul 2020

When we first chose Ted, we thought he looked cool from the photos. Then we met him, he was ever cooler in real life. Ted has got amazing people skills. Not only is he a good entertainer, he is also kind, considerate, friendly, helpful and accommodating. Ted was very flexible and understanding throughout the whole process. On our wedding day I was quite nervous, Ted reassured me and made me feel that everything would be OK in his capable hands, and they were much better than we could have hoped for! He went above and beyond to make our wedding day the best day ever. No regret one bit hiring Ted and we highly recommend him. To say the least how great he was, we would 100% hire Ted again when we renew our vows and would recommend him to all our friends! We can't thank Ted enough :)

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Thank you so very much for your review Lalita and Jared. Never before have I been put on the spot to share a couple's love story publicly. It was only when I looked around the room to see and feel so much emotion from your friends and family that I realised what a great honour you had given me, and what tremendous trust you had placed in me. The cheering, the laughter, the tears and the applause from 30 of your nearest and dearest made me feel like I'd just been unconditionally accepted as the newest member of your beautiful family... of your journey... and your life together beyond your special day. Your wedding day was one of those heart warming moments in life that I shall never forget.

17 Jul 2020

Ted is such a friendly and kindly guy, he helped us a lot with all the paperwork and was so patient with us as English is not our first language, totally recommend him and was a pleasure to have him as our marriage celebramtr

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Thank you Veronica and Johan. Just because I don't speak Spanish doesn't mean I wasn't absolutely moved by the impact each of your personal vows had on the other. Totally proving that love is universal and has it's own language.

11 Jul 2020

Ted was fantastic, he took care of every detail. He helped us feel comfortable and ready for the big day. Thank you Ted appreciate everything

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Thank you very much Alex. I'll never forget the look on your face when you saw Charlee in a dress for the first time in decades. And this was no ordinary dress!

22 May 2020

Ted is such a wonderful public speaker, bringing in his great sense of humour with his positive outlook. He is very well presented and will make any event perfect. Highly recommended

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Thank you Natasha. You are a rockstar through and through!

15 Feb 2020

This man is one of the kindest, loving and most generous people I’ve had the pleasure of spending time with– I have no doubt he would make your wedding not only extremely special but very memorable – and please consider him as your MC also – his professionalism and humour would definitely made it an event to remember.

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Thank you Sharyn and Troy. Love you guys so very much. Thank you for such a lovely testimonial.

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