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Kathleen Ryan Marriage Celebrant

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I am proud to be a part of a new wave of marriage celebrant emerging, creating bespoke ceremonies that have energy, personality and laughter.

Hello and Welcome! I’m Kathleen Ryan and I’m a professionally trained and registered marriage celebrant working across the whole state of Tasmania. I’m all about collaborating with loved up couples to create their ideal wedding, whatever it may be.

I am proud to be a part of a new wave of marriage celebrant emerging, creating bespoke ceremonies that have energy, personality and laughter, which embody who you are as a couple. After all, this day is meant to be about you!

I love weddings, and far from being the uptight and stodgy part of the day that precedes the drinks and dancing, I think the ceremony should be the very pinnacle, the bees knees, of the event!

Whether you are after a casual and relaxed event that’s sweet and simple, or you want to pack as much as you can into this awesome and special day, or perhaps you want to showcase the individuality, quirks and passions that showcase who you both are, we can make it happen.


Hello! I'm Kathleen Ryan, a professionally trained and energetic Marriage Celebrant working across the whole state of Tasmania. When not being a Celebrant I earn my keep as a Commentary Guide aboard a historic steam railway, which has allowed me to become a seasoned public speaker and story writer, a lover of meeting new people, and a logistical wizard when it comes to creating special experiences. I live in Queenstown with my wonderful partner, Tom, and our ridiculously adorable dog, Manny.

Kathleen Ryan

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I came upon the idea of becoming a marriage celebrant around the time many of my friends were getting married, and so I was attending many a wedding! After attending these weddings and speaking with friends about their struggles to find a celebrant they felt excited about, I realised there was a surprising gap in the market, especially in Tasmania, for fresh, young, modern celebrants. Weddings have evolved in numerous ways over the years but have always remained an incredibly important ritual and rite of passage in our society. Without taking away the special and emotional moments in a ceremony, there are so many moments of levity and celebration that are just as important. It's ok to laugh! 

I love weddings, meeting people, telling stories, and creating experiences, and realised I could help couples to bring about their ideal day, and make it entirely their own. 

There are several aspects that must be included in your ceremony to make it legal. 

Subsection 46(1) of the Marriage Act/Marriage Amendment Act 2017 (said before the vows) - Celebrant monitum: “I am duly authorised by law to solemnise marriages accordingly to law. Before you are joined in marriage in my presence and in the presence of these witnesses, I am to remind you of the solemn and binding nature of the relationship into which you are now about to enter. Marriage, according to law in Australia, is the union of two people, to the exclusion of all others, voluntarily entered into for life.”

Subsection 45(2) of the Marriage Act - Vows: “I call upon the persons here present to witness that I, (name here), take you, (other name here), to be my lawful wedded wife/husband/spouse.”

Signing of the three marriage documents by both parties to the marriage, celebrant, and two witnesses above the age of 18 yrs, and lodging of the legal paperwork with the Department of Births, Deaths, and Marriages by the celebrant. 

And, that's it! When it comes to the ceremony itself, there is a lot of room for personalisation, ritual, family and friend involvement, special moments specific to your relationship, and anything else you may think of - the sky really is the limit!

In a word, yes!

I will make my way to you wherever you are in Tasmania (costs may apply to Australia wide travel). Whether you are getting married atop the wind-blown Nut in Stanley, or beach side in Wineglass Bay, or in the heart of the historic and lively Hobart. Perhaps at a little winery in the Tamar Valley, or amidst rolling hills in the Huon Valley, wherever it may be, you'll be sure to see me there!

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September 2023

Kathleen was the most incredible celebrant! We're from Sydney, and didn't really know much about the local celebrants in Hobart, but we really liked Kathleen's website and vibe, and decided to go with her! And it was the BEST decision. She made the whole process so smooth and easy, from our first Zoom call, to our first actual meeting, she laid out the whole process and made it so simple. The day before the wedding, she walked us through everything at the rehersal which not only put our mind at ease, but the whole bridal party - everyone knew what they needed to do, when and where. And the ceremony itself was perfect; we had so many people come up to us after saying how amazing it and Kathleen was. 11/10, we could not recommend her more highly!!

Adele J.

March 2022

Kathleen was amazing! Absolutely nailed it. Pre-wedding meetings were easy and casual. Her vibe for our ceremony was perfect. Lots of positive comments from guests about how great Kathleen was as a celebrant!!

Olivia K.

February 2021

Kathleen was an absolute pleasure to work with. We knew instantly when we got on the Skype call with her that she was perfect for us, she has such a light and positive energy and we knew she would make the ceremony both fun and heartwarming. Kathleen helped us with everything from checking our vows complimented each others, ensuring we'd thought of aspects of the ceremony that hadn't occurred to us and personalising everything to make it a truly cherished memory. Kathleen was like having a lifelong friend officiate the wedding, but also making sure you do all the official stuff too!

Carmen H.

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Do celebrants usually recommend pre-marriage counselling or courses?

Kathleen Ryan Marriage Celebrant

Hi there! Yes, they do. It is a legal requirement for all civil celebrants to provide their couples with information about relationship education as part of the pre-wedding paperwork. This will take the form of both the Happily Ever Before and After brochure, as well as info about some local places you can access couselling and workshops. As I say, it is a requirement for all civil celebrants, it's not a reflection on what they think of your relationship at all. :)

As you can imagine, the idea is that this whole shebang is more than just the wedding day but about the marriage as a whole, which can be complex. In order to foster open communication, understanding and keep that marriage together, couselling really can be an important tool.

How much should I expect to pay for a celebrant?

And is it cheaper to go for a religious officiant? I'm not fussed about the cost just want to know what to budget for. :)

Kathleen Ryan Marriage Celebrant

Hi there! Well now, this really does depend on quite a few factors: where you are situated (rural and remote or in a city), what sort of ceremony you are after (simple and quick, big and bold)  as well as various other things.

You may have a celebrant pricing their services as anything from $400 to $1400. 

Really though, the choice of celebrant (as well, of course, as fitting in with your budget so you can still have the lovely dress and flowers) is more about the quality of their service. If your celebrant really takes the time to get to know you and your partner and your story, is able to guide you along the various aspects of getting hitched, has the same ethos and mindset as you, and will help you create an awesome ceremony, where you'll laugh and cry and remember it for a long time, that's what matters.


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