Licensed to Wed - Gina Callan

Rating
(77 reviews)
 
Service Area
ACT
Business Hours
9am-9pm seven days a week
Average Pricing
$770
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At Licensed to Wed, Gina's vision is that you will enjoy and remember your ceremony always! Licensed to listen, create and please......!!!

Are you looking for an award-winning, happy, caring and experienced Celebrant with excellent facilitation skills and amazing client reviews? ......Someone who values light, relaxed, fun and beautiful milestone occasions that reflect who you really are as unique individuals, a couple and family?

Hi, I'm Gina Callan at "Licensed to Wed" and my job is to listen to your needs and create unique ceremonies to celebrate your marriage, elopement, a renewals of vows,  a significant commitment,  your child's-naming or welcome day, important, anniversary or any other special occasion.

Ceremonies of love, laughter, family and friendship, often include beautiful readings, poetry and symbolic rituals, but your ceremony can contain anything you like, as long as legal requirements are met, where relevant.  So, simply ask me to help you plan a unique/bespoke celebration reflecting your specific hopes and dreams, short, simple and sweet or with lots of cultural or other traditions included or we can simply tailor something simpler. Let's have fun achieving the ceremony of your dreams together and involving family and friends as you wish. 

I have a high quality public address system for microphones and music, a signing table/chairs if needed and I provide clients with fantastic supplier books, hints and tips free of charge, a keepsake copy of your ceremony, any special certificates you might require, a signing pen, table-cloth, assistance with change of name, if you wish to change a name and so on.  My services, costs and travel are negotiable and I aim for a value for money high quality service to meet your needs.  It is so important to enjoy good communication, professionalism, courtesy, honesty, reliability, a sense of humour and ceremony, fairness and equity around your wedding day, so I ensure the provision of a consistently high quality of service for clients and a promise to do all I can do to assist you to set the tone you want for your special occasion.

When it comes to your special day, I believe that a "one size fits all" approach often does not work, so let's talk about your specific needs and wants and create a unique ceremony to suit you! I am happy to draft correspondence for visa purposes and to assist you to find other suppliers if you need help. Please don't be afraid to ask questions as none are ever silly and I can help with all sorts of queries.  

I have received several 'Certificates of Excellence', Bride's Choice and other awards based on client feedback around my work and I am really proud and privileged to have achieved these outcomes with diverse people from all walks of life who just want the perfect tone created at their ceremony for their perfect wedding day experience. So, let's get together and chat about your day of celebration ahead. Happy planning in the meantime! 


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Questions and Answers

What do I need to know when choosing a Civil Marriage Celebrant?

Licensed to Wed - Gina Callan

Most marriages in Australia involve civil ceremonies where a couple and their family can choose their preferred celebrant and the time, date and location of their ceremony.  

It is important when contacting a Celebrant to check they are a Government appointed Marriage Celebrant with appropriate registration, training and experience and to ask if they are available for your ceremony time, date and venue. 

All Celebrants should provide comprehensive information about their services, costs and inclusions along with the legal requirements for marriage.  Many offer an initial obligation-free meeting to discuss your preferences and ensure that everyone is comfortable working together. 

The best Celebrant is one with whom you have trust and rapport and who can provide evidence of their high quality and value for money services and inclusions.  They can offer ceremony examples and a range of vows, readings, rituals, symbols and music, if wanted, but are flexible too, listening to your needs and appreciating that “one size does not fit all”. 

As your ceremony can set the tone for your entire wedding day, a caring professional will value your ideas and preferences and guide you as required with humour, dignity and professionalism.  They will draft and redraft a ceremony to reflect who you are as a couple and family.

Whether you’d like a small and simple elopement or a larger, more formal, traditional, contemporary or thematic marriage, why not discuss your needs with a well-equipped celebrant so they can craft something unique to suit you, your family and friends.

For more information, please contact Gina Callan at Licensed to Wed.

Who is the real Gina Callan? I want to know more about you before booking you as my celebrant

Licensed to Wed - Gina Callan

Hi there and congratulations on your plans to marry! 

My name is Gina Callan and I am a Civil Marriage Celebrant living in Lyons in the ACT.  My professional background is varied but includes many years working as a Registered Nurse and then as a Government Administrator in Health and Ageing, time as a Community mediator, work in disability care, and as a trainer and educator.  I’ve managed complaints, taught first aid, facilitated accredited and non-accredited training courses, and conducted almost 600 marriage ceremonies as well as a range of baby-naming and welcome ceremonies, Commitments and Civil Unions, Renewal of Vows, anniversary and other celebrations as requested.  All the while I have enjoyed tremendously the creative art of writing and facilitating presentations for a range of diverse individuals, families and groups, large and small. 

My proudest achievements, however, are much more personal and focus on my loving family.  I have been married for over half my life to someone who is now an ex-serving defence force member and we have shared many different homes in Australia and overseas, appreciating the varied cultural experiences and people we’ve met along the way.  Over the years we’ve made wonderful friends and raised two gorgeous sons who are now independent and experiencing love, life and much laughter with their own families and friends too. We proudly are grandparents to three young boys and they keep us young at heart and active, healthy and always having fun!

Originally from a country town (Armidale, NSW), I’ve always loved gatherings with family and friends to celebrate life and all its milestones.  These occasions continue to bring great joy and have made me realise the value for others too in celebrating significant milestone occasions and achievements with their loved ones in culturally significant ways, be they marriages, commitments, anniversaries, baby-namings or other special moments of joy and commitment. 

After attending some lack lustre marriage ceremonies over the years and realising that a “one size fits all approach” is not effective, I decided it would be rewarding to work with couples and families to achieve truly meaningful occasions that never missed the mark, so that their special celebrations could be remembered for all the right reasons.  So, I trained and registered as a Civil Marriage Celebrant in 2008, deciding that at the heart of every great wedding day, should be a unique marriage ceremony expertly crafted to suit the needs, desires and personalities of the couple tying the knot. 

 

The idea that just as people are different, so too should be the style and content of every ceremony, led to the creation of my celebrancy business, Licensed to Wed.  This business has now grown, strengthened and endured and while I have been privileged to facilitate many wonderful ceremonies, I recall particularly one ceremony conducted at the home of a beautiful young and very proud couple of few resources and little family support at a time when the groom was very ill.

 

The Bride’s mum had recently died and she had no female relatives or close friends to assist with wedding arrangements, but neither she nor her Groom complained about their lot in life.  Rather, they passionately shared with me their simple story of love, laughter and adventures with their three beautiful children, noting their hopes and dreams in marriage for the future. I felt so lucky to not only tell that story publically on their wedding day, but to also tactfully acknowledge lost family and involve each person, including the children in unique and positive ways. 

 

In addition to legally solemnising the marriage and in the absence of a mother or father of the bride, I was invited to assist in practical ways by helping the bride with her clothing, jewellery and last-minute photos before she married the love of her life. The Groom’s ailing health was also managed with some innovative staging techniques and a real lump in my throat developed when a beautiful ceremony was achieved.  I knew then and there that my decision to become a celebrant was a good one.

 

My advice to couples and families is to meet early with their celebrant to discuss their specific needs and wants, and to ensure their ideas and views are heeded while legal requirements are also met.  If all parties work together anything is possible.  A caring, professional and experienced celebrant will appreciate that every couple and family’s story is unique, and will use all their skills to guide and assist clients with energy, warmth and passion.  In this way, each ceremony, whether elegant, traditional, relaxed, fun or quirky, will be forever remembered with pride and joy by all involved.



Why should I choose Gina Callan at Licensed to Wed to be my Celebrant?

Licensed to Wed - Gina Callan

Hi there.  Are you looking for an award-winning Civil Marriage Celebrant? 

 

I’m Gina Callan at Licensed to Wed and I reckon that the key to a perfect wedding day is having an expertly crafted marriage ceremony facilitated by the right person for you – someone who can reflect your hopes, dreams and preferences as individuals, as a couple and as a family with care and warmth!


Why not come and chat obligation free with me about your particular ideas, needs and wants.  I promise that I am a warm, experienced, relaxed and professional celebrant who will listen and work with you.  I have a great sense of humour and have officiated at 600 marriages, commitments, anniversaries, renewal of vows, Civil Unions and name-giving celebrations.  I specialise in creating unique, light and fun ceremonies that leave clients with happy memories to last a lifetime.

 

So, if you have no idea where to start, don’t worry as I can offer a wide range of ceremony options to help your initial planning, including great example vows, music, readings and rituals.  If you already know exactly what you want, that’s great too!

 

Whether you hope for a quick elopement, a light, fun but fantastic occasion, something quirky or a beautiful, elegant bespoke ceremony, I will ensure all legal requirements are met. Most importantly, I will ensure that your ceremony really is about YOU, so you will remember your wedding day experience always!

 

Great discounts apply to ceremonies held on weekdays (Mon-Thurs) and to quick and simple elopements, and my Fri-Sun ceremonies are great value-for-money, high quality ceremonies, where services and costs are negotiated to suit all involved. Until we meet, happy planning for your wedding day!

Reviews

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6 Oct 2021

From the start Gina was warm, welcoming and got us excited for our big day. She shows true professionalism and pride in her work and is also great fun to be around. We felt at ease throughout the process and then overjoyed throughout the ceremony. It was truly personalised and catered towards us, our relationship and our taste. We keep getting countless compliments on how beautiful the ceremony was and it's no credit of ours!! I just want to get married over again and again listening to the beautiful words she had to say. Thankyou for making our day, as everyone knows - The ceremony is the most important part!! Xx

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Somehow I've missed responding to your beautiful words of review Sam and Jake. They brought a tear to my eye! It was an absolute pleasure to work with you both and I wish you all the best on your continuing journey as a couple and family. G:)

18 Sep 2021

During covid lockdown, without interstate and international travel for family and friends, we just wanted a simple wedding at home and do a larger reception in the future. Gina was professional from the first meeting to the planning and leading up to the special day. Gina was able to accommodate the small ceremony, while still making it feel very special for us. It was at the right level of formality and casualness to make it an enjoyable and memorable day. We would highly recommend Gina to anyone looking for a celebrant for their ceremony.

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Sometimes the smaller and more intimate ceremonies are the best and 2021 certainly has seen quite a few of these style of marriage ceremonies. It was a pleasure working with you both and thank you for taking the time to share with others your enjoyment of a ceremony created just for you! I'm so glad that your needs and wants were taken care of and that the day was so enjoyable and memorable. Best wishes always! G:)

10 Mar 2021

Gina was amazing, she was available at every step of the process to make our lives easier, and she made our ceremony into a highly unique experience. Gina spent time drafting our ceremony and stepping us through the process to personalise everything just how we wanted it. She was also very aware of requirements to work alongside our photographer and venue. It was very personal and intimate, our friends and family were amazed at the story she put together for our ceremony. We received many compliments on how wonderful her words were. Thanks Gina! :)

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An absolute pleasure Scott and thank you for taking the time and effort to share how pleased you are with the services offered at Licensed to Wed. I so enjoyed working with you both and wish you a lifetime of happiness ahead. Gx:)

1 Jul 2022

My partner and I were supposed to be married by Gina in October however, my partner was diagnosed with cancer. We didn’t want to wait and Gina did everything to make our special come a lot sooner, a smooth preparation and more special than we could ever imagine. Gina is hands down one of the best celebrants in the WORLD! She made our elopement memorable, special and perfect even with the current circumstances. I highly recommend Gina to anyone and everyone who wants someone to make their day perfect beyond belief. 10/10

23 Apr 2022

We feel so incredibly lucky to have had Gina as our celebrant. The ceremony was so meaningful, touching and personal, and we will be remembering and revisiting it for many years to come. We appreciate all the care and attention she devoted to the ceremony and we felt so well looked after through the entire process - she honestly made it all feel so easy! Gina is the kind of person that makes you feel welcome from the start and our friends and family who met her at our rehearsal all commented how lovely, on the ball and professional she was. We would absolutely recommend her as a celebrant!

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Dear Frankie. Thank you for your beautiful review. It was a pleasure to work with such an amazing couple to achieve the ceremony you wanted and I'm thrilled that you and your guests enjoyed it and that it set the tone you wanted for an awesome wedding day. Congratulations again and all the best to you both for an incredible journey together as husband and wife! Gx

Jes

26 Mar 2022

When we began planning we knew we wanted a celebrant who wasn't going to put people to sleep during the ceremony-because that's the whole point of the day right? We felt it was important for the ceremony to be enjoyed just as much as the reception. We knew instantly that Gina was the perfect choice for our special day. We felt so comfortable throughout the extended journey to our wedding day and we valued her insight and support immensely. Our ceremony was absolutely perfect thanks to Gina's way with words. She told our story perfectly through the use of humour and enthusiasm, all whilst ensuring the emotion and heartfelt moments that a wedding day needs were included throughout. Her professionalism is second to none and we wouldn't hesitate to suggest her to anyone. We are so happy she played a part in the best day of our lives! Thanks Gina!!

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Jes and Ben. Thank you so much for your lovely review. It was awesome w working with you both to create the ceremony you wanted for your big day and thank you for iniviting me to stay on for your terrific reception. You both deserved the beautiful and fun wedding day you had waited for all this time and I'm so glad that not even a global pandemic could keep you apart any longer. Congratulations again Mr and Mrs S and my your future together be filled with love and laughter. Gxx

26 Feb 2022

We are so pleased that we chose Gina as our wedding celebrant. She made the entire process incredibly easy and straightforward! Even after only meeting a few times, Gina was able to create a ceremony that so aptly reflected our story as a couple - it was so beautifully written and delivered on the day. Gina was incredibly timely with her communication and answered all of our questions with ease. Gina is an absolute professional and our guests were very complimentary of how great she was! I would absolutely recommend Gina to anyone looking for a wedding celebrant - you won't be disappointed!

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What a beautiful review Amanda and Jarred! Thank you so much for taking the time and energy to describe your experience of working with me to achieve the ceremony you wanted. It was such a pleasure to create and facilitate your bespoke ceremony and I simply loved working with such a thoughtful and caring couple who give so much to their equal partnership every day with love, effort and energy. I look forward to catching up ahead to see how blissful your marriage is and wish you both great joy, peace and happiness ahead. Lots of love, Gxx:)

18 Dec 2021

From the moment we met Gina we knew she was the celebrant for us. She is a kind, caring, friendly person who immediately made us feel at ease. My husband and I are quite introverted by nature but Gina's personable, welcoming, friendly and excitable nature shone through which allowed us to tell her our story like we were old friends. She is extremely friendly, outgoing and passionate about couples and weddings which allowed her to add warmth and humour to our ceremony and she has a way with words- both in writing and in her delivery that made the ceremony magical!! Many of our guests commented on the lovely ceremony and how great Gina was. She is a true professional. There are plenty of other nice words I could use to describe Gina, so go ahead book her as your celebrant and discover for yourself, you won’t be disappointed!!!

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J & T - what an awesome couple you have been to work with! I loved sharing your story with your delightful family and friends who came from near and far for your beautiful celebration. Thank you so much for your very kind words and yes, the delivery is absolutely the best bit for me too as that is when we can bring the words on paper to life and truly reflect who you are as individuals, as a couple and as a family with all those attending. Congratulations again and I look forward to hearing how married life is treating you ahead and to seeing all the beautiful photos of your day. Regards, Gx:)

6 Mar 2021

Gina was absolutely amazing from start to finish, she was extremely accommodating and very knowledgeable. We felt very comfortable with Gina and she made us feel as relaxed as possible on the day and everything run so smoothly due to her great communication, attention to detail and organisation skills. All our guest including our photographer commented on how great she was! I would highly recommend Gina.

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Thank you so much for your beautiful words. I am filled with gratitude to have clients like you two that share the details of their love and life with me, and who allow me the opportunity to create a ceremony that suits them in every way while also covering off the legal aspects. I wish you both so much love, laughter and Joy in the future. Fond regards, Gina:)

15 Nov 2020

Lovely to have Gina got us married. She is humorous and professional, offering services that best suit our needs with reasonable fees. We had a simple, easy, but official wedding ceremony in Gina's beautiful garden in mid November in 2020. Thanks to her partner for taking photos for us during and after the ceremony. I highly recommend her to future couples! :)

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Thank you Lihong for your review. It was lovely to host your ceremony at my home and I'm so glad it was everything you had hoped for and that you had fun along the way. Congratulations again to you and your family and all the best in 2021! G:)

7 Nov 2020

Wonderful amazing speaker. She took the time to go through some special items that we wanted for our ceremony which was wonderful. Couldn't have asked for more

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It was such a pleasure working with you to achieve the ceremony you wanted and congratulations again! So kind of you to take the time to review my services. I really appreciate this and wish you well ahead. I look forward to seeing you both soon and hearing how married life is treating you. G:)

12 Sep 2020

A huge thank you to Gina for being our celebrant on two very special occasions for our little ones. We are so grateful for her calming influence in both the planning process and involvement with us on the day. Couldn't recommend Gina highly enough!

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Kayla - it was fantastic to be there for your beautiful family on two special days and I so enjoyed working with you all to ensure the occasions you wanted, full of love and laughter. Take care and look forward to catching up ahead. Best wishes to you all. G:)

24 Apr 2020

Amazing celebrant, who really took the time to get to know us and want we wanted. Can’t recommend enough. Thank you Gina for making our special day complete.

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An absolute pleasure Kat. I'm so glad that the day was so beautiful and that your intimate gathering made for a really special milestone occasion. Congratulations again to you both and to your family. G:)

22 Mar 2020

We had our wedding planned in the middle of the COVID-19 pandemic so had to change plans last minute. We reached out to Gina as we had heard such great things about her - we were not disappointed! Gina made the whole process so easy, she was so supportive and dedicated to making sure our special day went ahead. If we could give more than 5 stars we would! Thank you Gina for making our little ceremony so perfect.

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It was an absolute pleasure to help you Emma and Patrick, at a difficult time for couples like you and I'm just glad that we could get everything organised quickly but in a way that your wishes could be met. I loved working with you both and congratulate you ägain on "getting hitched". Love conquers everything and you are certainly examples of that! All the best in future and I'd love to hear how married life is treating you ahead. G:) xx

15 Mar 2020

Gina weaves magic into ceremonies. She made our wedding ceremony absolutely beautiful – full of lovely and funny stories about us and our families. Out guests were all laughing and crying throughout the ceremony and many of them asked us afterwards how she did it. Gina was incredibly thorough and professional and provided invaluable advice to help us plan our day. She spent almost two hours with us on our first meeting, explaining the process and asking how we met and what we loved most about each other. She then gave us a folder of different options for all the sections of the ceremony for us to choose from or write our own from. Then she wrote up our first ceremony draft including our stories, and worked with us generously and patiently as we edited and refined it together. Gina really does have a way with words. She dedicated many hours to creating the perfect ceremony for us, and we couldn’t have imagined how wonderful it would be. Gina is warm, calm, funny and professional and we can’t recommend her highly enough. Thank you Gina for making our wedding ceremony so magical!

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Oh, what a lovely review you have left for me Jules and Farhad! I really enjoyed working with you both to achieve the ceremony you truly wanted. It was great too seeing others in the crowd whose marriages I had facilitated too, but of course, your day was so different to theirs. All couples, their ceremonies and wedding days in general are different and that's why I love doing what I do. Each day is new and exciting. It was fantastic sharing some of the details of your magical journey together and of your divine love and friendship. May you nurture your love always with care, consideration, energy, warmth and laughter. Congratulations to you both and to your gorgeous family too! G:)


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