Jen Lawrie-Smith Marriage Celebrant

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(22 reviews)
 
Service Area
Bellarine Peninsula, Geelong, Macedon Ranges, Daylesford, Melbourne  View Map
Business Hours
7 Days - By Appointment
0830 - 2030
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Experience, Quality, Expertise. Bespoke, relaxed ceremonies with elegance and style!

Hi! Congratulations on your forthcoming marriage! I'd love to help you... I've been in business over 17 years so you can rely on me. I'm a University-qualified, experienced celebrant with an eye for detail and a friendly, relaxed manner. 

I provide:

  • Absolutely everything you need, from the initial obligation-free interview through to the big day
  • All the official admin and legal paperwork
  • Collaboration on your unique ceremony, reflecting your thoughts, beliefs, ideas, hopes, dreams, values, personalities and styles
  • Assistance with vows and readings - loads of information to help plan your ceremony
  • Unlimited phone and email contact and support
  • A rehearsal on site if possible
  • Battery-powered PA system or Bose sound-dock
  • Full insurance and copyright cover
  • A signing table and chairs if necessary
  • A lovely presentation copy of your ceremony
  • Your marriage certificate and checklist on how to change your name
  • ... and I'll dress to suit your style, not mine, and I'll celebrate with you with genuine happiness on your special day!

Contemporary, classic or comfy... it's your wedding, your way - but I can guide you. 

When I married, the celebrant wore a hideous dress that clashed with my gorgeous gown, didn't give us a copy of the ceremony, and lost our marriage certificate! I'll never let that happen to you! 

Please check my website for more info! It's easy... just search for my name, or via Facebook.

"We couldn't have been more happy with our ceremony! Although we weren't able to meet with you frequently in person we still felt extremely supported throughout the process. You were readily available via phone or email and always answered our questions promptly. All our guests commented on how beautiful our ceremony was! A huge thank you from us!"

Elise and Heath. 


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How do you compare to the average celebrant, Jen?

I’m happy to tell you that I’m average in some respects but not in others!

 

  • The average celebrant (48%) is aged between 60-79
  • The average celebrant (55%) conducted between 1-10 weddings last year
  • 20% (including me) conducted between 10-50 weddings (only 16 people in Australia performed over 100 weddings)
  • The average celebrant (47%) was appointed between 2003-09
  • 29% of celebrants earn between $1,000-5,000 gross pa
  • I was appointed in 2003 and I’ve married about 500 couples!

So… I like to think I’m above average!

Ref: https://www.ag.gov.au/FamiliesAndMarriage/Marriage/Documents/OPD-survey-results-2017.pdf - updated May'19

You have some great reviews, Jen! Do you have any more testimonials we can read?

Sure! Here are some recent ones:

From Orange and Miranda - "It's our pleasure to have Jen as our marriage celebrant. Thank-you so much for giving us many good ideas and guidance as we didn't have any experience of western wedding ceremony. Jen really paid attention to details and always tried her best to find out the best solution for us. We were lucky enough to find Jen and will surely recommend you to our friends. Hope to see you again in one of our friends' wedding ceremony soon!" (Lancefield)

Bec and Tim wrote: "Jen we are so grateful for everything! We had the most wonderful ceremony - it exceeded our expectations. You are so warm, thoughtful and open, and so professional at the same time. We knew we were in good hands and completely trusted you. You have a lovely way with people and are so well-spoken. Thanks again! (Lancefield)

Heath and Elise: "We couldn't have been more happy with our ceremony! Although we weren't able to meet you frequently in person we still felt extremely supported throughout the process. You were readily available via phone or email and always responded to our quetions promptly. All of our guests commented on how beautiful our ceremony was! A huge thank-you from Heath and me!" (Sailors Falls)

Aaron and Sam: "Thankyou for being supportive from the beginning and all the way through to the ceremony. Your professionalism and the structure of the ceremony was outstanding. Thankyou for making our day special!" (Lancefield)

Laurie and Joy: Thank you Jen for understanding exactly what we wanted: to formallise our wedding without the fuss. We envisaged a relaxed, sincere ceremony, light-hearted but not too casual: you helped us to achieve this, with a touch of class. We thoroughly enjoyed the day and our guests are still talking about it. Family and friends have complimented us on the lovely ceremony you guided us through and we'd be happy to recommend you to anyone requiring a celebrant for any occasion. Your caring, genuine nature shines through, and we are delighted that we found you!" (Queenscliff)

 

Eliot and I [Erin] really just wanted to thank you for everything you did to make our wedding ceremony as memorable as it was. We definitely felt like everything was under control and that alleviated a lot of stress for us both in the lead up and on the day. Since our wedding we have had so many lovely comments from friends and family about how much they enjoyed the day and that it reflected the both of us so well. Thank you so much for the vital role you played in making that the case.  (Queenscliff)

 

Hey Jen, can we write our own vows?

Apart from the legal line, it's a great idea to write your own! But many people get stuck knowing what to say so my advice is to not overthink things.

You're basically promising to stick by one another though everything life throws at you, but how you word it is up to you. So, it can be short and sweet (great if you're nervous), romantic and poetic, or personal and even slightly amusing. It's worth remembering that your promises are the foundation of your marriage, so it's best to talk through the big things and share your thoughts even if you don't end up sharing the exact words until the big day.

I have loads of ways to help, even if you end up going with something traditional! 

What's the legal line?

"I ask everyone here to witness that I, (full name) take you, (full name), to be my lawful wedded husband/wife/spouse/partner in marriage." 

Do you provide a PA system, and do you need power?

I'm happy to provide either a full Mipro PA system or a Bose sound dock, both of which are battery powered!

So many weddings take place on the beach, in a winery, in a garden,  that having my own reliable system is something I prefer, even if your venue says they have 'a mic for the celebrant'.

I'll also provide a cable for your smart phone, ipod or tablet, so just organise a playlist and your music is set to go! I recommend downloading your tracks - don't rely on Spotify and think it will work at the last minute - there's often no reliable signal!

What sort of unusual questions are you asked?

  • Do you do naturist weddings?  No
  • Do you do weddings at sea?  Yes but it must be in Australian waters. If it’s on your boat the usual rules apply about it being seaworthy and the skipper being in control – if it’s my boat, additional charges apply
  • Do you do weddings overseas?  Yes, but generally these are renewal of vows or commitment ceremonies as my authorisation applies only to Australia. Although I’m delighted to go with you we'd need to chat about costs
  • Do you do surprise weddings?  Yes, I love 'surprise' weddings, but they must not be a surprise for your partner!
  • Do you do hot air balloon/underwater weddings?  I prefer not to
  • Do you conduct weddings in a church?  Yes, if the vicar/priest is in agreement
  • Could we have a naming ceremony for our baby and our wedding at the same time?  Yes, it’s a busy ceremony but can be lots of fun!
  • Would you dress up in costume for our themed wedding?  Sure, but please pay for the hire of any specialised costume
  • Can we have our dogs/cats at our ceremony?  Sure! (But they can’t be your witnesses…)
  • Can we book you two years in advance?  Yes, but we can’t lodge your Notice of Intended Marriage as the max timeframe for that is 18 months before the wedding
  • Have you married anyone in a plane?  Not yet!
  • What’s the most unusual date anyone’s chosen?  Christmas Day! It was a surprise for the family, and the mother of the bride said she thought I was Mary Christmas arriving with presents for the littlies!
  • What’s the worst wedding disaster you’ve seen?  Fortunately only a near miss: after a dramatic bridal entrance with a magnificent horse rearing up because it was a bit spooked, my lovely bride arrived to realise the groom didn’t have the rings. You know how it goes… he only had one job… (someone found them just in time)
  • Can our parents/friends marry us?  No and yes, in a way. Other people can participate in your ceremony but as your celebrant I hold the legal, public responsibility for the validity of your marriage, so there are specific parts I must say and do – other parts other people can write and deliver.

Reviews

(22 reviews)
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16 Nov 2019

When we met up with Jen we easily decided on the spot that we wanted her to be our celebrant. Jen was very knowledgeable & had lots of great ideas & great resources to gain some inspiration. Leading up to our wedding I was very anxious with what information to include our ceremony & there were many emails back and forth that Jen was not only quick to respond to, but eased my anxiety & discussed anything I was concerned with. Jen was very thorough with our when we met for our rehearsal the day before our wedding & was able to give us some helpful advice on how to include our how family in our wedding. All of our guest said how much they enjoyed Jens ceremony & jokes she threw in there relating to us & how much fun it was. Thank you so much Jen!

Jen Lawrie-Smith Marriage Celebrant  

And what a wonderful, fun day it was, Laura! Thanks so much for choosing me, and for these kind words. I'm happy YOU were so happy!

9 Mar 2019

The moment my now husband and I met Jen, at a coffee shop in Queenscliff we both knew we had made the right decision. Jen turned up in her volunteer coastguard uniform looking a million dollars and full of adventure and life!! She was perfect for us! Jen made the whole process so seamless and was so accommodating the whole time. We had family turn up extremely last minute from the US and Jen took all of this in her stride, adapting things so everything would flow so smoothly on the day! And it did, people laughed and cried and everyone loved her! The care and consideration Jen took in making the most important part of our day special was second to none. I couldn’t recommend a more beautiful lady for the the most special of days! A million Thankyou’s Jen!!!!

Jen Lawrie-Smith Marriage Celebrant  

Oh Sarah - thanks for such kind words! It was my absolute pleasure to marry you and meet your friends and family, and it was a really special day to remember! I'm so glad you found me. Wishing you happiness and laughter always x

27 Oct 2018

From the initial interaction with Jen; she was welcoming, friendly and knowledgeable. She invited us down to her house to meet face to face and hear about our journey as a couple. Jen took the time to get to know us and once we completed our questionnaire, we had a draft copy of the ceremony for review. Because of her thoroughness, it was essentially what we envisioned. She prepared and delivered a heart felt ceremony - which we had many compliments on. While looking around for a marriage celebrant, Jen was at the top end of our budget. Upon meeting her, we had a great feeling about her and decided this part of our wedding was something we didn't want to skimp on. Were so happy we made the choice to go with Jen. She is a true professional, kept open lines of communication and was always available via email. Thank you for playing such a special role in our wedding.

Jen Lawrie-Smith Marriage Celebrant  

This is an amazing review, Alana, thanks so much for taking the time to submit it! It was such a pleasure to help you on your special day.

1 Jun 2019

My (now!) husband and I contacted Jen when at short notice we had some issues with our previously booked celebrant. Jen went above and beyond to help us sort out our legal paperwork and create a wonderful and unique ceremony that reflected us as a couple. Jen had a wealth of resources and information that she provided to us which we found extremely helpful. In short Jen was our saviour!! Jen's communication with us was exceptional and we felt so confident and reassured in her hands. Jen was so well prepared and articulate on the day and we had so many positive comments from our friends and family about the ceremony! We loved sharing this extremely special day with Jen and are forever grateful to her for turning around our situation into a day that we will remember forever! Lola and Sam

2 Dec 2018

She was great and really professional! She had a lot of great ideas for our wedding and really lovely to talk to. She had a really calming presence which made everything as stress-free as possible.

Jen Lawrie-Smith Marriage Celebrant  

Thanks for the review, Yige. Your ceremony was so lovely and the candle lighting was a great way to include your mothers so I'm glad you liked my ideas! Warm wishes for a happy marriage!

18 Nov 2018

Jen was really lovely to work with, and the ceremony was exactly how we had hoped! Her fees were also very reasonable.

Jen Lawrie-Smith Marriage Celebrant  

I was so happy to be part of your special day, Aimee... I waited a long time to see your marry the love of your life! 😍😍

3 Mar 2018

Jen was exactly what we were looking for in a celebrant. From our very first meeting, she soothed our nerves and answered all our silly questions with passion and confidence. She was a guiding light during our wedding rehearsal and a beacon of calm during our ceremony. Highly recommended.

Jen Lawrie-Smith Marriage Celebrant  

Thanks Nyssa! I loved being part of your day and enjoyed meeting your family and friends on such a beautiful day.

18 Jan 2018

My partner and I were extremely happy with our wedding ceremony and the preparation that Jen put into it . We met Jen months in advance and she was extremely accommodating. She took the time to get to know us and our individual relationship in order to prepare a ceremony that was unique to us. She was always readily available via email/phone and ensured we were happy with every element of her draft prior to the day.

Jen Lawrie-Smith Marriage Celebrant  

So glad you were happy with everything, Elise! Your wedding was absolutely gorgeous... thanks for choosing me to be part of it! Wishing you both much happiness xx

14 Jul 2017

Jen was absolutely brilliant to deal with whilst making it personalised to us for our low key wedding. Her personal touch and warm personality made it that much more special on the day.

Jen Lawrie-Smith Marriage Celebrant  

Thanks Mel! You and Greg were such a lovely couple too! xx

25 Mar 2017

Maya and I couldn't have asked for a better celebrant. Jen was an absolute pleasure to deal with from start to finish. She was extremely efficient and professional but with a personal touch. She is very experienced and was able to offer a lot of helpful advice and suggestions throughout. On the day itself, she was a the ultimate professional. She made everyone feel at ease and performed a beautiful ceremony. Thank you Jen xx

Jen Lawrie-Smith Marriage Celebrant  

And you were both so lovely! Many thanks for your kind words. Your wedding was super beautiful - thanks for inviting me to be part of it!! Wishing you much happiness xx

1 Mar 2017

Great, experienced, a pleasure to work with. Made our day super special.

Jen Lawrie-Smith Marriage Celebrant  

Thanks Luke! What a pleasure to be part of your family again.

25 Nov 2016

We are so pleased Jen was part of our special day. Jen is an absolute professional - our guests all commented on what a beautiful ceremony she created. She told our story so perfectly with the right balance of humour and sincerity. Thank you Jen! xxx

Jen Lawrie-Smith Marriage Celebrant  

Thanks Olivia! It was my pleasure to marry you! Hoping you enjoy many happy memories of your lovely wedding day each time you revisit Daylesford xxx

18 Nov 2016

Jen was great! She was organized, well spoken and very calming throughout the ceremony and in the lead up. She was a pleasure to deal with and we would highly recommend her.

Jen Lawrie-Smith Marriage Celebrant  

Thanks Phoebe! I thoroughly enjoyed your lovely wedding and hope you always remember it when you look at your Lovers' Knot! xx

4 Nov 2016

Jen did a lovely job of making our day relaxed, fun and tailored just for us. She was very professional, organised and helped to create the right atmosphere for us to tie the knot. It was a real pleasure having her officiate over both my partner and his brother's wedding's.

Jen Lawrie-Smith Marriage Celebrant  

Hi Cait! It was such a pleasure being part of your family again - how lucky was I to officiate at two weddings! Thanks for taking the time to comment xx

19 Aug 2016

Thankyou so much Jen for your beautiful service for Will and I. You made us feel so comfortable and relaxed. We can't Thankyou enough for all the time and effort you put into our day, all the behind the scenes paperwork that you made sure we're done for us. You opened up your beautiful home to meet us too. We heard non stop praise from our family about your impeccable service. Our day was made complete because of you, Thankyou again.

Jen Lawrie-Smith Marriage Celebrant  

Hi Courtney, I'm pleased you were so satisfied with my services! And I'm really happy your guests enjoyed my input into your lovely wedding too. Thank-you for sharing. I hope you have a lifetime of happiness together xx

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Bellarine Peninsula, Geelong, Macedon Ranges, Daylesford, Melbourne

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