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Elena Forato - Civil Marriage Celebrant

(44 reviews)
Service Area
Canberra & surrounding region/South Coast/Southern Highlands
Business Hours
By Appointment 7 Days
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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 are 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 weddings in Canberra and the surrounding region (Yass, South Coast, Southern Highlands).

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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2 Apr 2022

Elena was an absolute highlight of our ceremony on 2 April 2022 - a sentiment shared by many of our guests. She is personable, professional and energetic. From the first meeting we had with Elena she was invested in getting to know us and our story before incorporating those details into our ceremony. She was able to take our cues for a less formal and more humorous event, which allowed for many laughs throughout our service. I would 100% recommend Elena to anyone getting married, but especially to those looking to do things a little un-traditionally!

8 Oct 2021

Elena is an absolutely fantastic celebrant. She is extremely easy to work with and made the entire marriage process so easy for us. She was very organised and diligent. Her bubbly personality, humour and incredible work ethic makes her an ideal celebrant for any couples looking for a memorable and joyful wedding. Elena recently married my husband and I during lockdown, we look forward to working with her again next year to celebrate with our friends and family at a safer time. She will no doubt deliver an incredible vow renewal ceremony for us.

15 May 2021

Elena is wonderful, we are so grateful to have been married by her! Right from the start, she listened to our thoughts and preferences and was very helpful in the creation of our ceremony, giving us excellent suggestions and guidance. She was an absolute pleasure to work with, making the process so smooth and meaningful. Elena is an excellent communicator, is very organised, thoughtful and prompt in her responses to our emails. Elena is incredibly giving with her time, she truly went above and beyond! It was very apparent Elena genuinely cared. Elena has a kind, enthusiastic and warm personality which shone through during all our interactions and in our ceremony. She delivered our ceremony with such love and authenticity - it couldn’t have been better, we are so grateful and thrilled she was a part of it!

25 Mar 2022

Thank you so much for being part of our special day. You made it more special with your beautiful words and you being there as our celebrant. No one could have done it better than you. I am very delighted and happy to have you there. Thank you again.

12 Mar 2022

Elena was our celebrant for our wedding on the 12.3.22. She did an amazing job - the ceremony was personalised and special. Elena made the time to meet with us prior and had great attention to detail. We had many comments from guests on how lovely the ceremony was. Would highly recommend!

5 Mar 2022

Elena did an amazing job as our celebrant, helping us at every step of the process. She helped to plan the ceremony itself, even visiting our venue with us to walk through our then-unfinished run sheet months before the original date. Elena was especially helpful during lockdown, when she was able to assist us with our rescheduled and adjusted wedding. We've already recommended Elena to our friends, and have nothing but good things to say about her!

26 Feb 2022

We are so grateful to have found Elena to be our celebrant. We wanted an extremely small and informal elopement ceremony with a few close friends and family members. We changed our mind multiple times about venue, the ceremony itself and everything involved and Elena pivoted with us throughout our ceremony decisions and offered wonderful ideas to support us along the way. While we wanted a very informal and eclectic ceremony, I was surprised by how much thought and time that Elena put into our requests for the ceremony. It was beautiful and much more special then I had even considered. I particularly loved having Elena there to celebrate with us after the ceremony finished. She is warm, fun, inclusive, enthusiastic and very easy to talk to. Highly recommend!

27 Nov 2021

Elena is a beautiful and kind soul. She really gave us the confidence to trust that our special day would run perfectly; which it did.

16 Nov 2021

I would definitely recommend Elena to every couple if they want to get married! She is super great in arranging everything of our wedding ceremony. She is nice, patient, careful and considerate. She has given us a lot of good advice and helped us to find our wedding venue, photographers and all the things relevant to our ceremony. Because of the COVID-19 and lockdown, I have changed my schedule for many times, but Elena is always willing to make relevant change according to my schedule. I really appreciate her patience! I and my husband both are super satisfied with Elena’ service. We would like to say that Elena is the best celebrant in Canberra, she can help you to hold a perfect wedding ceremony. Choose Elena is the best and most correct choice we had made when preparing our wedding ceremony!

18 Jul 2021

Personable, poised, and polished. Elena is an excellent celebrant who offers a personalised and considered approach to your ceremony. I found her communication style responsive, bubbly, and detail oriented. Her presence is poised and elegant, with just the right amount of panache needed for a happy occasion. Dare I mention, she is always impeccably dressed, with a wardrobe fit for a runway and will no doubt go above and beyond to complement your colour scheme and/or wedding theme on the day. As for the ceremony itself, it was thoughtfully written, and spoken with eloquence and charisma. I have no doubt that the is a well practiced public speaker, and will continue to make a name for herself as a well rounded civil marriage celebrant. Thank you Elena for being our perfect fit!

17 Jul 2021

Thorough and classic, elegant and appropriate. Her traditional style fitted perfectly in our wedding ceremony and she helped me a lot in the preparation phase.

1 May 2021

Elena was amazing from the beginning. I was unsure of the process of getting married in Canberra and nervous about planning the ceremony. At every step, she had answers and advice. Not once did I feel rushed, even though the time frame we gave her was shorter than most people's! She was so easy to talk to and made it easy for us to open up to her. She helped us with our vows and walked us through multiple locations for our ceremony. She kept us on schedule and was always prompt with her emails. She was instrumental in making our ceremony special and personal. Elena made a big effort to include my family who are currently overseas and even learned a few Cantonese words to make them feel even more included. There is no one better to have in your corner on your big day! Highly recommend.

19 Apr 2021

Even days after our wedding, John and I are still overwhelmed with joy and gratitude knowing that behind the successful event were special people who were always there to extend a helping hand and make us feel very much loved. Elena, our celebrant, most especially, played a crucial role in our wedding. We truly believe that our paths were meant to meet at a time we least expected. We were only looking forward to have a regular celebrant-client relationship with her but it bloomed into more than just that. She made us feel more like family. During the wedding, my husband and I were very nervous. It was a totally different feeling when we attended other wedding events. Truly it was a one-of-a-kind emotion. We didn’t expect how nerve-wracking it was until we had our share of the moment. Walking on the aisle was beautiful because Elena was waiting at the other end. Her presence made us feel calm and welcome and because of her we overcame our nervousness. Elena is a family to us now. We are very grateful to her in many ways. And above all, we are grateful for her genuineness and kindness which is now and forever embedded in our hearts.

9 Apr 2021

We are grateful to have had Elena as our Marriage Celebrant. Elena is professional, friendly and went above and beyond to make our wedding day perfect. Elena is invested in her services and there was nothing she was not willing to help us with or provide guidance on. Our day was magical because of her and I highly recommended her!

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

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