Craig Batchelor - Celebrant & MC

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(24 reviews)
 
Service Area
Sydney, Newcastle and the NSW Central Coast
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7 days a week
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An award winning young, vibrant, and fun loving Sydney based Marriage Celebrant who LOVES a velvet jacket and a bow tie! The most important thing you need to know is that I love LOVE & I will bring all the feels to your ceremony!

I became an authorised Marriage Celebrant for two reasons because I love love and because it gives me an excuse to constantly top up my velvet jacket, bow tie and pocket square collection.

As a Marriage celebrant, MC & wedding industry professional, I know what couples want in a Marriage Celebrant. I also know what they don’t want too. They want someone who is organized, fun and warmly energetic, without being over the top. Someone who takes the time to get to know the couple personally whilst behaving respectfully and professionally. Someone who cares about the love, fun, and commitment they share and this will reflect in the marriage ceremony of the couple. What they don’t want is someone who arrives late, is generally unorganised, reads off a script, forgets peoples names, tells awkward jokes, and bombs all of your beautiful wedding ceremony photos.

I became a marriage celebrant because I get so much enjoyment from being an integral part of the biggest occasion in the lives of people I get to know well, and now call friends. I’m grateful for each opportunity to work with a couple, and together we will ensure that your ceremony is unique, thoughtful, sincere, moving and fun. Kind of like falling in love all over again! The ceremonies I create will have your family and friends still talking, laughing and crying about it at your Diamond Wedding Anniversary.

I’m here to help you create your dream wedding. Whether it's a fun, personal, heartfelt or more creative style of wedding that you're looking for, I am here to guide you through the process, legal aspects and make planning your special day effortless.

Creating dream weddings is a skill. I draw upon my many years of experience in the corporate world as an MC, and events management roles combined with a passion for public speaking, an eye for detail and a little flair.

I love meeting couples and unearthing your shared stories, heartfelt moments and your love for one another.

Throughout the preparations and on your wedding day, I bring a friendly mix of experience, warmth and life to make your day memorable for you and your guests.

I look forward to getting to know you
Much Love
Craig xx


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Questions and Answers

How long before our wedding must we sign our forms?

Craig Batchelor - Celebrant & MC

Your Marriage Celebrant must receive a completed Notice of Intended Marriage form at least one month before the wedding. You can give it to your celebrant up to eighteen months beforehand and it still remains valid during that period. Contact me discuss your Notice of Intended Marriage form 

Can we have our wedding sooner than the 1 month waiting period?

Craig Batchelor - Celebrant & MC

Prescribed authorities, which are usually at your Local Court or Registry officials can shorten the required period of notice if they are satisfied that the circumstances prescribed in the Regulations are met.
There are five categories of circumstances set out in the Regulations.

  • Employment–related, or other travel commitments
  • Wedding or celebration arrangements, or religious considerations
  • Medical reasons
  • Legal proceedings, and
  • Error in giving notice.

Shortening of time is not automatic. Contact me to discuss shortening of time and how I can help you. 

What documents do I need to provide?

Craig Batchelor - Celebrant & MC

Your original Birth Certificates and a current photo ID or a passport are required for both parties. If you don't have a birth certificate then just a passport and current photo ID is sufficent. 

If either of you have been previously married, then you must provide evidence of the termination of the marriage. This can be in the form of an original of your final divorce papers or a Death Certificate (if you have been widowed).

Please ensure that all the documents you provide are the originals, and if the originals are not in English, then a qualified interpreter (NAATI interpreter desirable) must have translated them.

Can we have a surprise wedding?

Craig Batchelor - Celebrant & MC

You can’t have a surprise wedding for your intended spouse. Both of you need to be fully aware that you are getting married.

However, you can have a surprise wedding for your guests. 

How do we choose the right Celebrant?

Craig Batchelor - Celebrant & MC

Your wedding day is a once in a lifetime moment - you want it to be perfect, and finding the right celebrant that fits your vision for the ceremony is absolutely critical.  The only way to find the perfect celebrant is to contact them and meet with them in person, starting with celebrants that have websites, media and recommendations that resonate with you.

Don’t settle for a celebrant that you’re not comfortable with.  A good celebrant will:

  • Inform you of the legalities of a civil marriage
  • Explain all the paperwork required
  • Give you plenty of ideas and tips for planning before your big day
  • Listen to your ideas and seek to integrate them into your wedding ceremony
  • Make sure your wedding day is memorable and stress free.

In terms of my experience as a wedding celebrant, I can offer couples a fresh, youthful and personable approach to wedding celebrations.  My speciality is being able to customise and tailor ceremonies that will reflect the unique personalities of the couple.  

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29 Nov 2021

We can’t thank Craig enough for everything he’s done for us leading up to the wedding and on our Special Day itself. We’ve loved Craig’s positive & upbeat personality from day one and he brought that same energy at our wedding as both our Celebrant & MC. Everyone loved him as our MC… And we loved what he put together for our ceremony. Craig is always so patient with my millions of questions and very prompt at getting back to us always. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts for being part of our Special Day. I’m so glad I found you on Easy Weddings, and like you said, hopefully this will be the start of a great friendship! Xx If you’re looking for a celebrant/MC, look no further - Craig’s the one!

19 Jun 2021

How do i even begin to Describe Craig. From the moment we met him both myself and now husband felt so comfortable with him not only being our Celebrant but also MC. He was amazing! He took the time to read our story and add it to the ceremony, also contacted our wedding coordinator to get a layout of our reception, times and speech orders. On the day it was more like he was a part of our friends and family. He backed us up with our decisions on having to use wet weather options and was willing to fight for us if we wanted it outside in the rain :). He also took care of us during the reception even to the point of filling up our glasses when empty. I cant thank him enough for everything he did and would recommend him to everyone.

6 Feb 2021

The moment Andrew and I spoke to Craig we knew instantly that we wanted him to marry us. He listened, gave suggestions, shared ideas and most importantly - he got to know who we are individually and who we are as a couple. This commitment to his role helped make our wedding so full of love, laughter and perfectly customised to us. Nothing was ever too much hassle, no question ever went unanswered, no phone call/text was ever too much. Craig ended up taking on so many roles at our wedding - from celebrant to MC to covid Marshall to being our advocate at the venue - all to ensure Andrew and I had the perfect wedding day. Craig goes way above and way beyond and we recommend him in a heartbeat. We are so thankful for you Craig and are proud to say we have made a lifelong friend.

26 Mar 2022

Craig is fantastic at his job - you will not regret hiring him. He was our celebrant & MC for our wedding and everything ran so smoothly on the day thanks to him. He has been so helpful in the whole process - before, during and after.

25 Mar 2022

My partner and I were very easy going with wedding planning and are both really shy when it comes to meeting new people, especially if these people are going to be a part of the biggest day of our life. We found Craig on easy weddings app and immediately emailed him for him to be our Celebrant and MC for our wedding. He answered us within the day and was so accomodating and friendly over email, it was great. Then when we met him in person, we just knew he was the one to marry us! He made our big day so cool and calm but also funny and energetic to keep the party alive. He is a very sweet and genuine person and all my guests loved him! We cannot thank him enough and so thankful we chose him!. :) HIGHLY RECCOMEND!!

5 Mar 2022

Craig was the most wonderful celebrant we could have asked for. From the moment we first contacted him he was friendly, proffessional, organised, and so excited to be part of our day. We felt completely comfortable that Craig would look after us and make sure our day went smoothly and had total faith in him, and he proved us right. Thank you so much Craig for being such an important part of our day, so many of our friends and family commented about how wonderful you were and we couldn't agree more.

23 Dec 2021

Craig we honestly can't thank you enough - I literally haven't stopped talking about you and how much you did for us. Not once did we have to worry about you or get in contact about anything. You were seriously amazing and we couldn't have asked for a better celebrant truly! From answering messages within like 5 mins, making everything stress free, bringing a signing table and chairs, and a gift voucher to make the changing of names super easy! Even our parents couldn't stop talking about you and Rodney! We just love you guys and hope wee stay in touch xxx

4 Dec 2021

Craig is an absolute legend!!! From the moment we met him, we knew we had hit the jackpot. He is fun, loving and hilarious. He suited us and our personalities so perfectly and listened to everything we wanted to piece together a perfect ceremony. We also had Craig as our MC, which was the best decision ever. He is so much fun to be around and adds so many exciting little surprises into the reception. Everyone loved him. Craig, Thankyou so much. You are definitely one of the reasons we will never forget the best day of our lives. - Clare & Daniel

22 Nov 2021

One word sums Craig up AMAZING! He made the entire process and day easy, Craig really got to know my husband and I during the 9 month wedding preparation process and made our ceremony and reception intimate and got along with all our guests, he really does know how to make the night run smoothly and get a good laugh out of everyone. I very much recommend Craig.

4 Sep 2021

Brendan & I could not be more grateful and thankful for Craig. He is the most kind hearted man you will ever meet. He was so involved, kept us in the loop every step of the way (especially with the unusual road blocks like a pandemic), he switched dates for us about 4 times in a month & then jumped at the chance as soon as small weddings were allowed again! Craig is slowly getting through marrying our whole family... three just this year 😂, but we keep choosing him because of how amazing he is, and because of how incredible his service is. He treats everyone as his friends/family, not just clients. There is no one else we would have wanted standing there with us, marrying us. Thank you a million times Craig xx

30 Jan 2021

WOW where to begin !!! well firstly Craig is such an amazing person let alone a celebrant we first had a get to know meeting and he honestly made us feel right at home. then throughout the month leading up to it Craig made everything just so easy for us, sorting out all the paperwork making sure we had our music sorted he honestly kept us sane !! our wedding day was an absolute dream and honestly having "Over The Rainbow Celebrant Services" just made it that extra bit special because me and my now husband knew we were in such good hands everything ran so smoothly thanks to Craig. we honestly can NOT speak highly enough of this amazing person. i will forever recommend "Over The Rainbow Celebrant Services".. so if you are stuck looking for a celebrant Craig is your guy !!! thankyou so much Craig.

28 Nov 2020

Craig was our saviour! Our original celebrant was caught up in border restrictions and Craig came to the rescue and was amazing! Thank you Craig for making what could have been a stressful situation a smooth and easy situation. Thanks for being cool calm and collected and keeping us the same.

24 Oct 2020

Craig was fantastic in conducting our marriage ceremony. We had a small intimate legals only ceremony with our immediate family, and Craig made it so special that it felt like we had all our nearest and dearest friends right there with us. Craig is warm, friendly, relaxed and very organised. No problem was too big for Craig. If you want a celebrant who is all of those things and more, Craig is the one for you.

11 Oct 2020

Craig, you are an absolute legend! We cant thank you enough. You made our day run so smoothly and our day would not have been the same without you. Our ceremony was perfectly balanced with emotion, humour and love and you captured our story perfectly. Our wedding was perfect because we had you there with us every step of the way, supporting and guiding us in what has been uncertain times in 2020! Thanks again

8 Aug 2020

Craig is amazing! We got married during Covid and Craig was there every step of the way for us. Our family and friends were raving about how amazing Craig is. Thank you Craig for making our day run so smoothly and special.


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