Licensed to Wed - Gina Callan

Rating
(66 reviews)
 
Service Area
ACT
Business Hours
9am-9pm seven days a week
Average Pricing
$850
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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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To enjoy this saving of $90 for any full price marriage ceremony in 2019 in NSW, and $95 in the ACT, just mention this add when making your inquiry and booking before the end of February 2020.  Happy planning and Happy New Year!!! Gina at Licensed to Wed:)


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

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

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?

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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3 Jan 2019

Gina is such a professional and it was such a delight to work with her. Gina didn't treat us just like we were another couple, she treated us like the loving couple that we are. She accommodated to what we were wanting for our ceremony and touched on all the thigns that we wanted in it. On the day of our wedding it was a scorcher and Gina still was the bubbly happy professional that she is and had the day running smoothly and letting everyone know what was happening and going to happen from then on.

Licensed to Wed - Gina Callan  

Thanks Samantha for your lovely review on behalf of you and Bahadir. I'm so pleased you enjoyed your ceremony and the day more generally, despite the heat. I enjoyed sharing your unique story with others and seeing your happy faces as you' tied the knot' before your fantastic family and friends. I can't wait to see your photos! Congratulations to you both and I wish you every joy, peace and happiness ahead. Gina:)

29 Sep 2018

Gina went above and beyond and was incredible. She dot to know us through our meetings and created a ceremony that was beyond our imagination. We can not recommend her highly enough! Gina tries to get to know your whole family so that she can tailor the day perfectly.

Licensed to Wed - Gina Callan  

Oh Wow Nicole! What lovely feedback! It was fantastic working with you both at Tuggeranong Homestead and I'm so glad your day was perfect. I had so many of your lovely family and friends give me such nice feedback on the day but the main thing is that you are both happy. Congratulations again and all the best for your blissful marriage ahead. G:)

23 Feb 2018

Gina has been a complete pleasure to work with from our very first email, right through the entire marriage process. We found we were having trouble clicking with a celebrant after meeting a few, however after a recommendation from a trusted friend to chat to Gina, we finally found the one! Gina made the whole process so smooth and easy for us, explaining everything and making sure our ceremony was the perfect fit for us. Gina made us feel so comfortable with her calm nature, and her incredible professionalism is a credit to her. Not only did Gina handle all the big important components, but she also looked after the little details and made us feel so special. We do not hesitate at all in recommending her for your own amazing wedding.

Licensed to Wed - Gina Callan  

Thank you so much Morgan for taking the time to write such an insanely lovely review. It was a real pleasure working with you and Kurt as you are both so amiable and shared your story with such humour, so it was not difficult to create a ceremony to reflect you and your adventures and achievements, hopes and dreams. I wish you both many more wonderful times ahead and congratulate you on being a great team! All the very best as husband and wife! 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!

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.

Licensed to Wed - Gina Callan  

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!

Licensed to Wed - Gina Callan  

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:)

11 Jan 2020

My husband & I can not thank Gina enough for our beautiful ceremony! Gina was easy going and fun, she made everything so easy, simple and enjoyable! I can't recommend her enough! She was so professional with the changes on the day! Thank you again Gina!

Licensed to Wed - Gina Callan  

Karen and Nathan, it was such a pleasure to work with you both and the Hunter Valley setting was phenomenal, despite the on-again, off-again rain which kept the staff and Groomsmen/Tradies quite busy with furniture removals before we began....hehe! Thank you both for allowing me the opportunity to share your story and all the love, laughter, family and friendship, that it entailed. I wish you both great love and happiness ahead as the most incredible partners for life! G:) ps. The fireworks were awesome!!! See you soon.

8 Jan 2020

Gina was a huge help, I could not imagine my wedding having gone so well without her to keep things on the rails. Gina let my partner and I feel confident, calm and warmed by her charm from the first meeting to the end of our ceremony. Her prices are also excellent and the work she does was really comprehensive. Thanks Gina!

Licensed to Wed - Gina Callan  

Wow Alex! Thanks for your great review so soon after your beautiful ceremony! You were a phenomenal couple to work with and I'm so pleased you enjoyed your ceremony which was intimate, relaxed and fun. It was a pleasure working with you and meeting your gorgeous friends and family. Thanks for inviting me to facilitate the occasion, congratulations again and I wish you great joy, double happiness and good health ahead. G:)

20 Oct 2019

We were so happy with Gina, the day went really well and she had everything planned out. We were really happy with the service. We could not have been happier.

Licensed to Wed - Gina Callan  

Thanks Joel for your review. I am delighted that you and Kate had such a fantastic wedding day at The Boat House last October. I was also very happy to work with such lovely people and I'm glad you experienced a joyful day to be remembered for a lifetime. Best wishes for a very bright and happy future. Regards, Gina:)

2 Mar 2019

Dear Gina, Thank you so much for your awesome work. The ceremony was lovely and everything we will hoping for ❤️ All guests are so happy about how welcomed you made them feel during the time they were waiting for the bridal party. We opened the keep sake of our ceremony and is beautiful. We can not be happier with our wedding ceremony thanks to you. All the best ❤️ Recommend 100%

Licensed to Wed - Gina Callan  

Thanks for your review and recommendation Claudia and congratulations on your recent marriage. It was a pleasure working with you, Dylan and all your family and friends, to achieve the ceremony you wanted. I hope you enjoy love, laughter, family and friendship ahead within marriage, forevermore. G:)

2 Mar 2019

Gina put in so much effort into our ceremony and made everything all about us. She is so professional and friendly.

Licensed to Wed - Gina Callan  

Thanks Dylan. I am so glad that you and Claudia had a wonderful day and enjoyed the ceremony. It was great to work with you both and achieve the ceremony you wanted, so that the tone was set for a fantastic day. Congratulations again to you both. I wish you every joy, peace and happiness ahead. Gina:)

19 Oct 2018

Gina did an incredible job at capturing our love story and turning it into the most amazing ceremony script. She has a real knack for pairing humour with just the right amount of formality, creating a ceremony which had ourselves and our guests both laughing and crying. Her presence brought a fun loving vibe to our special day and I couldn't recommend her more highly!

Licensed to Wed - Gina Callan  

Jorja and Chris. Thank you for taking time out of your busy lives so soon after your marriage to provide such lovely commentary on your marriage ceremony. I'm so glad your ceremony was everything you wanted it to be and that you, your family and friends enjoyed it so much. Happy New Year and may this year bring you even more joy together in marriage. Gina:)

5 Oct 2018

Highly recommend! Gina is absolutely beautiful and made me and my husband feel so comfortable from the first meeting.

Licensed to Wed - Gina Callan  

Thank you so much Alisha and Harley for being the fantastic people you are to work with. I'm so glad that you and your family had a fantastic wedding day together and with your awesome friends and I wish you great joy and satisfaction as you journey onwards as a solid, loving, equal and united partnership within marriage. My best wishes always, and thank you for taking the time to review my services. G:)

16 Mar 2018

Best Celebrant ever. She was amazing guiding us through the whole process. Gina made our ceremony fun , romantic and memorable for all. Guests are still talking how fun and moving it was . Made our ceremony a dream come true. Totally recommend Licensed to Wed- Perfection in every way.

Licensed to Wed - Gina Callan  

Wow - what lovely feedback Tracey. I loved working with you, Brendan and your gorgeous family and am so glad that you enjoyed the ceremony so much. It's always so satisfying to create a ceremony with a couple that just suits their needs and brings laughter and tears to their milestone occasion, making it enjoyable and memorable for all. Congratulations on your marriage and my best wishes for a wonderful future filled with love, laughter, family and friendship. G:)

22 Feb 2018

She made our day memorable and really listened to what we wanted. She was great.

Licensed to Wed - Gina Callan  

Thanks Elanor and James. Congratulations to you and your beautiful family. It was lovely to work with you and to achieve the ceremony you wanted. Best wishes for the future! G:)


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