Lifetimes Celebrant

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My name is Nicky and I'm a highly experienced Marriage Celebrant from the UK. If you are looking for a tailoured ceremony which includes just the bits you need, then let's chat. My price starts at $550 and then you can add on anything extra, building your cermeony from the ground up.

"Just the right balance of relaxed and totally personalised"

A recent quote from one of my recent couples. Love it and a great reflection of what I offer.

My recent weddings have ranged from a private yacht to a beachside paradise, a hospital room, to a theatre production after-party, and everything in between. Each and every celebration has been totally unique and personal to the couple — which is something I’m really proud of.

Things you will love about working with me for your Brisbane wedding: 
1. Warmth and approachability
2. Highly organised
3. The ceremony you need without the fuss




My services are simple and straight forward. They include everything you need to have a personalised (and legal) wedding ceremony.

Mindful of the cost and making sure you only have the servcies you need, I have created a simple package which you can add to depending on your circumstances.

Rather than being like buying private health insurance and being charged for things you don't actually need, my services mean you can build your own package from ground up which can also help manage your expenses.

What's included in your wedding booking for $550

  • A face to face meeting to lodge your marriage
  • A free resources guide for planning your wedding ceremony 
  • Preparation of legal paperwork for the pre-ceremony arrangements
  • The formal lodgement of the ceremony with Births, Deaths and Marriages
  • The legal conduct of the vows and the ceremony
  • Commemorative Certificate of Marriage
  • Travel included for cermeony within 50 kms of my home 4500.

Extras to add on only if you need them

  1. Scripts for the ceremony (the couple's story, the asking, the ring exchange)
  2. Wedding rehearsal
  3. Hire of my PA system, microphones and music system
  4. Hire of wedding arbour - circular wedding arbour decorated with plain white flowers and chiffon
  5. Additional travel beyond the 50kms included

Get in touch for a quote including what you would like included.

Please note my working hours are Monday to Sunday 10am to 5pm (ceremonies including travel outside these hours are by negotiation).


I have been married for many years but I remember my wedding like it was yesterday. My hope for the day was that not only did my husband and I have the best time ever but also so did our guests. We spent ages getting our vows to each other right and to this day, I'm so glad we did. I remember the room fell silent as those special words were read to each other - it was simply magical. I was born in NZ and lived most of my adult life in the UK, before moving to Aus with my family 10 years ago.

Nicky Whichelow

Business Owner



Service Area Brisbane, Sunshine Coast & Surrounds

Brisbane, Sunshine Coast & Surrounds
Brisbane, Sunshine Coast & Surrounds


Unlike the movies, marriage ceremonies cannot be a surprise to the other party to the marriage. This is based on one of the key premises of what makes a marriage legal and that is one of consent. It is deemed that a surprise in effect could be seen as one person not being given the required time to knowingly and willingly enter into the legal bonds of marriage.

HOWEVER, you can do a surprise ceremony for your guests as all the paperwork would have been completed beforehand and both parties would have confirmed no legal impediment to the marriage.

I have been part of a wedding where the couple had invited all their friends and family to what the guests believed was a 40th birthday party but was actually a wedding. The witnesses were also in on the secret too but that was easier as it was the mum of each of the marrying couple.

There are requirements for a wedding to be legal. One of which is the registration or notice of the intended marriage and the completion of the paperwork and the verification of the ID of the marrying couple. The lodgement of the intended date of wedding has to fall between 1 calendar month and 18 months after the date of notification.

So in short, no you can't get married any quicker than 1 calendar month after you pop the question.

UNLESS, there is a significant reason such as a medical emergency. In which case I can work with you to apply for something called a Legal Shortening. The application is submitted and the registrar has the final say over whether it is an acceptable reason. Under no circumstances should concrete plans be made until the legal shortening has been approved. Reasons such as a holiday, someone's birthday or a work event, won't cut it.

All celebrants have to complete registered training and also be licensed with the Attorney General's office. You can check these two details by simply asking to see the Training qualification and also visit the Attorney General's website and check the celebrant is indeed registered.

But after that part is done, how DO you choose?

Well it really is down to you and you feel that celebrant represents you and your wishes best. After all they will be on this journey with you and also help you be centre stage at this wonderful time of your life.

Sometimes its as simple as whether you felel you "gel" with them. You sometimes just get a feeling. 

Or it could be that they remind you of someone or a place that has fond memories.

I have a UK accent and sometimes couple choose me because of it. 

And sometimes don't choose me for the same reason.

Most celebrants offer a free no-obligation coffee and chat close to their homes or nowadays over Zoom or Skype or over the telephone.

Some couples also like to get a set of simple questions together to get the celebrant accross what they are after and then see if their values and approach to the ceremony align.

It is SOOOOOO important for both parties to feel they can bring out the best of the cermeony in way that fits.

So don't be afraid to say NO if something doesn't feel right.

1 review 5.0 Write a Review

October 2023

I recently had the pleasure of engaging with Nicky as our celebrant for our beautiful wedding on a boat on the 21st of October. I cannot express how exceptional her service was. Nicky went above and beyond to make our special day perfect. Her professionalism and dedication shone through as she expertly navigated the unique challenges of a boat wedding. Nicky conducted a beautiful and heartfelt ceremony that left a lasting impression on us and our guests. If you're looking for a celebrant who will make your wedding day truly memorable, I wholeheartedly recommend Nicky. She is a true expert in her field, and we are grateful for the magic she added to our special day. Thank you, Nicky, for making our wedding a day we will always cherish. Love Nic and Dan.

Nicole G.

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Non-religious Celebrant in a Chapel

Hi, My Fiancé and I have booked in through the Cooma Parish to use the Thredbo Chapel for our big day (and paid in advance). If we have declined using the catholic priest can we use a non-denominational Civil celebrant, or are we required to use a religious celebrant?

Lifetimes Celebrant

One of the ski resort local sites states that the chapel is actually a non-denominational Christian church and the respondent got married there with a Navy Chaplain not a catholic priest. Somone else has commented on the thread that many couples use non-religious celebrants for services there. I'm guessing a call or email to Father Peter (I think that is who is currnetly in residence) should satisfy any concerns but it seems like its all fine.

Celebrant for a small, intimate, midweek wedding

Hi, We are from NSW and coming on a camping trip up to 1770 in the week beginning the 14th of August. Our close friends and family are coming along too. Looking for a fun enthusiast celebrant. And recommendations of a photographer — for the ceremony and maybe 30 mins after. Vibes: low key, barefoot and not formal. Not sure where to start

Lifetimes Celebrant

Wow, that sounds amazing, what a wonderful idea (and I love the idea of no heels - yippeeee)

I'd love to be on your considered list.

I'm from NZ orignally but spent most of my life in the UK so my accent is quite Kentish/ London - so can bring something a little bit out of the ordinary to your ceremony without all those starchy vibes.

I'm also available during that week.

You say "not sure where to start" , well that's where I can help.

The next step is for us to chat and see if you think I'm a good fit for you.

And then - the rest is down to me for the ceremony.

I do all the legals and paperwork and am there to chat to on the run up with any questions or ideas.

You can be assured I have plenty of experience BUT each and every ceremony is so unique and I love that part of it.

You can then literally just focus on you and your family and friends.

You will have my personal mobile and I'm available to you anytime.

So, if you are ready to chat just get in touch.


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