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Weddings By Steve is the business of warm, thoughtful celebrant, Steve Veenstra. A Melbourne local, this open-minded professional offers couples unique ceremonies filled with gentle laughter, romance, and lots of love. Steve works with his couples to craft occasions that are a true reflection of their journey and wedding vision - whether that’s on a beach in Perth or a winery in Hunter Valley.

Steve Veenstra loves helping couples have the magical wedding ceremony they envisioned in their wildest dreams - whether that’s a lighthearted beachside ceremony, adventurous wedding in an unorthodox location, or romance-filled garden ceremony.


From the lovely stories he tells to the sweet personal touches included, this caring celebrant enjoys creating tailored ceremonies that are special to each couple - and he’d love to do the same for you! He believes ceremonies are a beautiful extension of a loving couple, which is why he personalises each of his weddings to match the style, wedding theme, and interests of his couples: it’s your day, your way.


Situated in Melbourne, this hardworking, genuine professional is passionate about weddings - and understands how important this day is to you. Steve began his celebrant journey when his best friends asked him to marry them, and since then he’s been hooked on love. Throughout his time as a celebrant Steve recognised he immensely enjoys helping couples proclaim their love for one another - even if that's shown with some gentle banter and in-jokes.


In terms of your wedding and the ceremony planning process, Steve can offer a great sense of humour, thoughtfulness, impressive organisational skills, ceremony samples… pretty much everything you need to have a seamless wedding! Trust us, with Steve as your wedding celebrant, you're in highly capable hands.


“Standing with Steve on our wedding day was incredibly special! He conducted a really beautiful engaging ceremony and made light hearted jokes throughout the evening. Steve has a warm vibe and naturally brings people together, even when there are difficult dynamics within the group. If you're looking for a genuinely vibrant and loving man to conduct your ceremony, Steve is the guy! Thank you for our special memories Steve, our day couldn’t have been more perfect." - Libby


What you can expect when working with Weddings By Veenstra for your wedding:

  • Engaging ceremony. Steve has a wonderful sense of humour, can impress even the most discerning wedding guest, and tells stories with enthusiasm - he's a real crowd pleaser! We guarantee with Steve at the helm your guests will be enchanted for your entire wedding.
  • Warm, charismatic celebrant. This lovely man was chosen to be his friends’ celebrant for a reason: He’s warm, caring, and oh-so-personable.
  • Open-minded professional. You might want to add some traditional or non-traditional elements or rituals to your ceremony, and that’s completely okay with Steve! He’s open-minded and loves hearing his couples’ ideas.


Here’s what else you need to know about Weddings By Veenstra.

  • Large or small weddings. Planning a big wedding akin to Harry and Meghan’s? Okay, maybe not that big, but a large wedding? Steve is happy to officiate weddings of all sizes, including intimate elopements.
  • Willing to travel. While he’s situated in Melbourne, Steve is willing to travel all around Australia to officiate his couples’ weddings - and internationally, too, for a small fee. 
  • Obligation-free chat. Interested in Steve as your celebrant? He’d love to catch up for a cappuccino or glass of Shiraz - whatever tickles your fancy - to chat about your needs, hopes, and dreams for your wedding ceremony.


“I believe in love and the wonderful beauty it touches our lives with. Becoming a marriage celebrant is one of the most rewarding opportunities I have taken on in my life. I look forward to discussing one of the most special days of your life with you.” Steve Veenstra, Celebrant


My life goals are to follow my dreams and surround myself around positivity. I was extremely humbled by my best friends asking me to marry them out of the blue, this has opened up an amazing journey of happiness and great experiences. Outside of being a marriage celebrant I run my own corporate clothing/merchandise business and do part time acting which I love and have been doing for 10 plus years.

Mr Steven Veenstra


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Full Ceremony Package

Full ceremony inclusions:

  • Unlimited correspondence by email, text, phone / Zoom
  • 2 or 3 meetings to discuss your wedding
  • Lodgement of all legal documents with the Registry of Births, Deaths & Marriages
  • Provision of written resources to help draft your vows 
  • Working through and refining a personalised wedding ceremony
  • Rehearsal, if required
  • Officiating your wedding ceremony (25-30 minutes)
  • Application to Registry for your official marriage certificate (fees apply)
  • Presentation marriage certificate given on the day
  • Keepsake copy of your wedding ceremony given on the day
  • Signing table and 2 x chairs
  • Advice regarding changing of your name
  • The use of a PA system for the ceremony
  • Travel within 60km radius of Melbourne
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Celebrant & MC Package
  • Full Ceremony Package as above PLUS:
  • Working with you to finalise the running of your reception;
  • Working with the venue and photographer to ensure the evening runs smoothly and timelines are met. 
  • Welcoming you and your bridal party into the reception room;
  • Preparing a welcome speech for you and your guests which can include any special mentions and general housekeeping. 
  • Announcing the cutting of the cake, speeches, first dance, inviting guests onto the dance floor at the appropriate time, and anything else you would like to include such as popular wedding games and traditions.



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39 reviews 5.0 Write a Review

March 2024

Steve was fantastic - we're so glad he was our celebrant on the day. Steve looked after us fantastically, he was so good at taking us through the processes in advance, really helped us with all of the paperwork (especially as we came from the UK) and then he was such a calm, collected presence on the day. We would highly recommend Steve for all weddings - couldn't be more appreciative.

Harry T.

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Thank you Harry. It was an absolute pleasure and honor to officiate your wedding day! Always happy to go above and beyond to make sure you both have the ultimate experience on your special day! You are such a fun loving amazing couple and I wish you both all the very best on your adventure and journey as husband & wife!

November 2023

We recently had the pleasure for Steven to be our Celebrant & MC on our wedding day. Every single one of our guests commented on how professional and organised he was. Without Steven, our day would have not been as amazing as it was. If you are looking for a Celebrant & MC for your upcoming wedding, I implore you to contact Steven. You will be impressed from the moment you meet him. Steven, we cannot thank you enough for making our wedding run flawlessly, and for all of the effort you put into it. We will be recommending you to everyone we know and hope to see you again in the near future!

Darcy B.

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Thank you so much Darcy! :) It was an absolute honor to officiate your big day as celebrant & MC. What an amazing ceremony and reception, everything went perfect for your big day! Once again thank you for the honor of being involved with such a special occasion in your lives, it really is such a heartwarming feeling to be a part of, and help you both enjoy the perfect day and customized perfectly to suit your personalities and dreams of your perfect wedding day!... I wish you both the most amazing journey and adventure in life as husband & wife, hope to see you both again really soon :) Best wishes Steve x

November 2023

We couldn’t have picked a better celebrant and MC for our big day. From our first meeting, we felt comfortable and calm and knew that Steven was the right person for us. In the lead up to the day, he kept us in the loop and answered any and all questions that we had in such a quick manner (very helpful when you are panicking!!). On the day as soon as I arrived and Steven greeted me I was comfortable. Our ceremony was perfect and beyond anything I had ever imagined, perfectly summarised our story and articulated it so well. He absolutely nailed it as MC as well and all our guests commented on him and his fantastic vibe and personality. To top it all off, the next morning Steven sent me 50+ photos of the day for us while waiting for our professional photos! Amazing!! Highly recommend.

Alexis M.

Weddings By Steve Veenstra

Thank you so much Alexis! :) It was an honor to officiate your big day as celebrant & MC. Your whole day from ceremony to the celebration at your reception with your family and friends was absolutely perfect! It was such a pleasure to be involved in helping you organise and officiating your big day... I wish you both the most amazing journey and adventure in life as husband & wife :) Best wishes Steve x

April 2024

Steven was a fantastic celebrant and MC for our wedding. He was always available for a chat or to answer any questions we had throughout the process. On the day he was supportive and made sure everyone was having the best time.

Lachlan B.

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Thank you Lachlan. It was an absolute pleasure to officiate your wedding as celebrant & MC. You are such a beautiful couple and everything went so well, congratulations and I hope you both have the most amazing journey as husband & wife! Best wishes Steven

April 2024

Steven was our celebrant and mf for our special day. He ensured that everything ran smoothly. His communication with us all throughout the lead up was fantastic. We could not recommend him high enough for your wedding day.

Jessica M.

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Thank you Jessica, the pleasure was all mine! It was such a beautiful & fun ceremony, followed by such a fun and heartfelt celebration of your marriage at your amazing reception! I wish you both the most amazing journey and adventure as husband & wife! Steve x

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My daughter is being married in 12 months time . Am I able to become competent in that time to perform her wedding?

Weddings By Steve Veenstra

It can be completed, and you can become competent with in this time... The course does take time to complete and then completing the government registration can take time also so I would do some research in this area first. If you can complete the course and gain registration within the 12 months, then in that time I would contact some experienced celebrants to gain further "performing ceremonies" advice and techniques etc. I hope this helps :)

What time should my ceremony be?

We're making a ceremony local due to a close family member that can't go far. Our reception venue is 1 hr away, We'll need to arrive around 6:30-7pm at reception. We have a wedding photoshoot prior to the reception venue, this will be about 2 hrs.

Weddings By Steve Veenstra

I would recommend 2.30pm - 3pm start - guest to arrive 20 to 30 mins prior to ceremony commencing and all guests to be seated and welcomed 10-15 minutes prior to the ceremony. I hope you have a wonderful wedding :)

Elopement In A Hotel Room

I'm thinking of eloping in a nice hotel suite/room. Do we have to advise the hotel of an elopement if it's just going to be in the hotel room with 2 witnesses?

Weddings By Steve Veenstra

Yes you can... All you need is two witnesses present over the age of 18 years and your marriage celebrant :)

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