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Elena Forato - Civil Marriage Celebrant

Rating
5.0
Excellent
(30 reviews)
 
Service Area
Canberra and surrounding regions with flexibility to deliver destination weddings across Australia
Business Hours
By Appointment 7 Days
Phone
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Elena Forato is a warm and engaging civil celebrant who delivers beautiful, personalised wedding ceremonies across Canberra and its surrounding areas. Elena is a fully registered and accredited civil marriage celebrant who strives to go above and beyond for every couple she has the privilege of marrying.

 

If you’re looking for a passionate, open-minded, and highly professional celebrant for your Canberra wedding, Elena Forato is an incredible find. Elena understands the importance of sharing in each couple’s unique love story and designs personalised wedding ceremonies that feel intimate and authentic. Elena is an excellent communicator and will answer any questions you may have along the way, making your ceremony planning as stress-free as possible.

Previous clients describe Elena Forato as being authentic, passionate, highly organised, creative, and thoughtful. It comes as little surprise that Elena has only received glowing five-star reviews here on Easy Weddings for her celebrancy services. Elena’s warm personality and unparalleled professionalism make her a fantastic celebrant choice for Canberra weddings.

Elena’s fees include an initial meeting to discuss your ceremony, a personalised ceremony script, all legal work, a ceremony rehearsal, and as many meetings as you require in the lead up to your wedding. If you’re not sure where to begin and are in need of some inspiration for your ceremony, Elena also has an extensive portfolio of readings, poems, and songs that she will share with you.

 

“Elena was the most exceptional celebrant we could have asked for! She was very thorough in getting our story to create the perfect setting for our ceremony. She went above and beyond all of our expectations and the little things, like the poem cards, were just such a delightful and cute addition to her service. Highly recommend to anyone looking for a bubbly, organised and welcoming celebrant!” - Jess O.

 

What you’ll love about Elena Forato Celebrant for your Canberra wedding:

  • Her personalised approach. Elena will work closely with you and your partner as she designs a beautiful and heartfelt ceremony that perfectly reflects your unique relationship. Whether you’re after a relaxed, formal, funny, or romantic ceremony, Elena will deliver a personalised experience that matches the tone of your wedding.
  • Her warm and engaging personality. Couples recognise Elena for being a friendly, bubbly, and engaging professional who willingly goes above and beyond to meet their needs. From your very first meeting right up until your wedding, you’ll feel completely at ease while working with Elena to craft a truly memorable ceremony.
  • Her professionalism. Elena is an accredited marriage celebrant and a member of the Australian Federation of Civil Celebrants. She will take the time to give you thorough advice on your marriage’s legal requirements and handle all of the legal paperwork associated with your ceremony.

 

Here’s what’s included when you book Elena Forato Celebrant for your wedding:

  • Initial meeting to discuss your wedding plans
  • An affordable ceremony package priced to suit your needs
  • Personalised written wedding ceremony script
  • Access to Elena’s extensive portfolio of readings, poems and music
  • Advice on the legal requirements for your marriage in Australia
  • Management of all legal documents
  • Ongoing engagement and communication via email, phone or in person
  • Advance visit to your ceremony venue and liaison with key people
  • Ceremony rehearsal (if needed)

 

Do we need to meet with Elena in person before the wedding?

Elena is more than happy to work around your schedule, and she can liaise with you via email or over the phone if you’d prefer. Before the wedding day, you can meet with Elena as many times as you’d like to ask questions and discuss your wedding plans.

 

Is Elena available to travel to weddings outside of Canberra?

Yes. Elena is based in Canberra, but she is more than happy to travel to destination weddings across Australia.

 


“We couldn't have imagined a better celebrant than Elena. She took care of our wedding with enthusiasm, responsibility and personal involvement at all stages. She put our story into words in a wonderful speech, respected all our wishes and preferences, proposed ideas and solutions and created a ceremony tailored to us. We thank her so much and we consider her as a vital part of our wedding day!” - Eleni D.


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(30 reviews)
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13 Mar 2021

We couldn't have imagined a better celebrant than Elena. She took care of our wedding with enthusiasm, responsibility and personal involvement at all stages. She put our story into words in a wonderful speech, respected all our wishes and preferences, proposed ideas and solutions and created a ceremony tailored to us. We thank her so much and we consider her as a vital part of our wedding day! Josua & Elena

6 Feb 2021

Can't thank Elena enough for her help and service in my beautiful wedding. From start to finish Elena helped, providing her ideas which we valued and often adopted. She kept us on track by walking my wife and I often through what would otherwise have been a complex process. All the materials she produced were beautiful and exquisitely presented and I always felt she couldn't do enough to help. Importantly Elena demonstrated an authenticity in all our interactions which helped us to trust our wedding was in the right hands.

27 Dec 2020

We were very lucky to have Elena as our celebrant. She was passionate about making our ceremony memorable and meaningful, from the first time we met her, we were very confident that she would do a great job. Elena is an exceptionally organised and proactive celebrant. We felt very comfortable that she understood exactly what we wanted for our special day. She listened to our preferences, respected our cultural values and incorporated traditional rituals into the ceremony. She also suggested things we could include in the ceremony and brought a lovely warmth to our ceremony. She is very kind, friendly and professional in delivering her service to customers. In addition, she was very flexible on dates, times of our meetings with her and our ceremony. All our guests were very impressed on Elena's great work and her valuable effort to make the event beautiful. Fantastic work Elena!

4 Apr 2021

We would wholeheartedly recommend Elena to all couples who are planning their wedding day. Her service was exceptional: warm, thoughtful, creative, and most importantly, perfectly captured our voices, and our story. She delivered our love story in a perfect way which made everyone emotional. She has a beautiful personality and a friendly and kind vibe which makes you feel comfortable in planning your day, we felt like a close friend or a family member was our celebrant. She helped us cover our cultural ceremony. As a Persian couple, we wanted to respect our heritage, and she made the extra effort to learn about our cultural ceremonies, delivered it perfectly, and explained it to our guests. We had several meetings and phone calls with her prior to the ceremony. Based on our words, she wrote a beautiful love story and delivered a perfect ceremony. We received several compliments on her services

4 Dec 2020

Beautiful! We felt immediately comfortable with Elena and knew we had picked the perfect celebrant. Elena was always willing to spend time with us and we never felt rushed in the process of creating the ceremony. Elena suggested the perfect ways to involve our family members into the service. We received plenty of compliments about our love story from our guests. Elena created such a beautiful and intimate ceremony. We appreciated the inclusion of light humour which made our guests and ourselves laugh and feel relaxed. She made our day very special and we cannot thank her enough!

21 Nov 2020

If I could give Elena 10 stars, I would! Absolutely fantastic, loving, and caring. Elena was all in for our crazy quick wedding, supported us in our decisions and was the best help we could have asked for with vows, preparations and celebrating our day. She made it all work and our dream day came true! The vows and the ceremony had details I could not think of, but she did. THANK YOU ELENA!

14 Nov 2020

Elena was the celebrant for our wedding which was held at Lennox Gardens. Throughout our whole journey, she was more supportive, understanding and patient than we ever could’ve expected. She made the process of preparing for our wedding whilst navigating our complex personal visa context a breeze. She was available for all our questions and treated us with a personal touch. The wedding itself was just beautiful. The ceremony was memorable and so personalised to our story. We got so many compliments on her ceremony from our friends and family. We owe her beautiful memories! Thank you Elena! It really was a perfect day!

7 Nov 2020

Elena was the most exceptional celebrant we could have asked for! She was very thorough in getting our story and history to create the perfect setting for our ceremony. She went above and beyond all of our expectations and the little things, like the poem cards, were just such a delightful and cute addition to her service. Highly recommend to anyone looking for a bubbly, organised and welcoming celebrant!

31 Oct 2020

We were extremely fortunate to have experienced Elena as our Marriage Celebrant, particularly Elena was incredibly kind and patient throughout the delay due to COVID19 and remained a shining light, helping us get through what could have become a stressful process. Elena worked closely with us to incorporate a blend of two different cultures, and delivered the results brilliantly.

30 Oct 2020

Elena was fantastic as our celebrant. She made us feel completely relaxed about the process from start to finish and kept us on track with regular updates and check ins. Our ceremony was fabulous and Elena’s pre information gathering meant our story was spelt out beautifully for anyone that didn’t already know. Thanks again Elena

23 Oct 2020

Elena was a wonderful celebrant that made our civil ceremony special and personal. We would wholeheartedly recommend her as a civil marriage celebrant to our friends and family because she did such a good job in crafting and performing the ceremony that it was a pleasure to have her officiating our marriage. She took time to get to know us initially so the ceremony and vows were perfectly tailored to us and we were comfortable with her because she knew us as a couple. Our wedding guests commented that the ceremony was intimate and allowed them to more fully understand us as a couple, so it was meaningful for everyone involved. Elena brought lots of positive energy in getting to know us and to the whole process. We’re so glad she was the celebrant of our special day!

27 Sep 2020

Wholeheartedly, we would recommend Elena to any couple that is planning to marry. Her service was exceptional: warm, thoughtful, creative and most importantly, perfectly tailored to us. Elena has planed and conducted the ceremony with efficiency and professionalism, gently but firmly involving us in the process. She was always available to talk to us, and always prompt in responses to our emails, no matter the hour. Her tremendous effort and attention to detail has resulted in our dream vision becoming a reality, allowing us to relax and enjoy the moment stress-free from start to finish. Note: the fee covered everything, some examples of what was included: all associated fees including application for the license and marriage documentation; expedited planning of the ceremony; composing the ceremony; design of the ceremony on location including tables, decorations, music, ceremony cards etc.

5 Sep 2020

Elena did a quite amazing job! ❤️❤️ From the very beginning, she patiently told us the important time points and things that need to be prepared, which is very helpful for us in a foreign country. In addition, during the preparation process, she spared no effort to advise us, communicated details with us, considered the problem from our perspective, and fully cooperated with us in some of the last resort changes. She also thought of many things we overlooked. She was enthusiastic and patient, preparing a lot for our simple ceremony and gave us a very good memory of our wedding. We feel fortunate and grateful to have invited her as our marriage celebrant!☺️☺️

23 Aug 2020

Elena is so wonderful. From the initial conversation over the phone, we knew straight away that we needed her to marry us. She made the process easy and even fun! I loved her approach of crafting the ceremony through a questionnaire that we each did separately. It was a nice moment to read the draft ceremony together and be surprised by how she weaved our stories into one. She was such a nice addition to the wedding and was like part of the family! Everything was seamless. Highly recommend.

30 Mar 2020

Elena performed a Beautiful ceremony, very professional and caring in regards to everything for my wedding! Great communication leading up to the wedding day. Highly recommend


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