Margaret Bates Marriage Celebrant

(19 reviews)
Service Area
Statewide Victoria
Business Hours
By Appointment
Average Pricing
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Professional and reliable celebrant with 18 years’ experience and knowledge in delivering exceptional service and attention to detail. Personalised ceremonies to suit your needs.

Your wedding day should be all about fun, excitement and sharing your happiness with friends and family.

You should also be able to relax knowing that your ceremony is in reliable hands and will run smoothly.

With 18 years as a celebrant and marrying hundreds of couples around Victoria and interstate, I have a wealth of experience and exceptional attention to detail to make your ceremony faultless.

Your ceremony should reflect your values and feelings with added humour on such a happy occasion.

As your celebrant I am with you all the way from our first meeting until your personalised ceremony has concluded, providing constant support and advice, unlimited meetings, resources such as poetry and music suggestions, sound equipment and always a rehearsal.

I have married many couples from differing faiths and cultures, catering for their particular requirements.

I have met so many wonderful couples, some of whom have stayed in touch. I live close to the city in South Yarra, only a stone’s throw from the Royal Botanic Gardens and I happily travel to any suburb or country venue.

I believe in giving couples value for money and my fee is at the reasonable end. I hold a Graduate Diploma of Arts (Civil Ceremonies) from Monash University, the only such tertiary qualification in the area of celebrancy.


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20 Mar 2020

As soon as I started thinking about booking a celebrant I knew there was no one else better than Margaret. I had attended weddings that she had been the celebrant for and it was the way she made the ceremony feel official and serious while still light and romantic that really made me sure that she was the one I wanted for our wedding. Margaret was wonderful in explaining the formal documents and making the process up to the day so easy. Her support and help was priceless along the way even up to the rehearsal date which she made simple and easy for ourselves and our bridal party. The ceremony was just as special as I had hoped it would be thanks to Margaret and everything went smoothly due to her merticulous planning and experience which I greatly appreciated. Thank you so much Margaret for being our wonderful celebrant!

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Thanks so much Ashleigh. It was such a beautiful wedding in the Aussie bush setting. I'm glad everything went well for you, even the outdoor reception due to Covid restrictions. It was a pleasure performing your ceremony and I wish you and Matt all the very best.

30 Mar 2019

What a simple yet lovely ceremony! Margaret was so wonderful and made Luke and I feel so comfortable on our Wedding day. She helped us put together exactly what we wanted on the day and we couldn’t be happier. Thank you Margaret for a memorable moment we will hold onto forever. X

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Hi Claudia, thank you so much for your lovely review. I'm glad you were happy with everything. Best wishes for your future. Margaret

8 Apr 2017

I can highly recommend Margaret as a Marriage celebrant, we had a surprise wedding two years ago and she did everything she could to help us to surprise our guests. She made the whole wedding run smoothly, she is highly organised and helped us both to feel relaxed so we could really enjoy our day. She gave us many ideas for our vows and incorporated everything we asked into the ceremony. . She has now married 3 members of my family .

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Thanks for your review Rhonda. It was a pleasure to perform your ceremony, the third one for your family. It's always special to do a surprise wedding and see it go so well. Wishing you all the best. Margaret

11 Jan 2020

Thank you Margaret for being apart of our special day. You did an amazing job at summing up our relationship and journey to marriage. The day was amazing, you added humour and really highlighted the important things about us both.

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Thank you Georgia for your lovely review. Best wishes for your future.

23 Nov 2019

Funny to say that Margaret was actually my high school principal many years ago now, and when my dad ran into her at a wedding he attended he was quick to let me know straight away, and I'm so glad that he did, i contacted her as soon as i could and with prompt responses to my emails we organised our first meet up straight away. Without much of a thought we knew from our first meeting that she would be perfect for our wedding day, Margaret was spot on with everything and so organised, she had everything we needed to guide us through to the big day, she was a lovely lady to work with and always up for a chat in between. Margaret is a very professional Celebrant, i loved having her as ours on our wedding day and I'm so glad i didn't look back on our decision and decide on anything else. I would definitely recommend Margaret to anyone i know. Thank you again :)

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Thank you so much Vanessa for your great review. I am so glad everything was perfect for you and Collin. You were a lovely student and a beautiful bride. Best wishes. Margaret

2 Nov 2019

She wrote us the most beautiful ceremony everybody cried! It was gorgeous! She was so easy to work with, we never had to chase her for anything - it was the other way around! She's known me since I was around 3 or 4, and she's known my husband since 12, it was so special to have her as our celebrant.

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Hi Jeorgia, thank you so much for your lovely review. What a special day it was on the farm where you grew up. Meeting up with old friends was so enjoyable as was performing your ceremony. Wishing you both all the best. Margaret

18 Oct 2019

Margaret was fantastic, she was very professional and ensured that everything on the day went to plan. Margret was very organised and made the wedding ceremony process very easy. Margaret continued to keep in contact with us to ensure we were kept up to date with preparation for the day. Thank you for making our day special. If you need a wedding celebrant I highly recommend Margaret who is perfect for your special day.

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Hi Charmaine, thank you for your wonderful review. What a great day you had in October! So glad that everything was exactly what you wanted. Best wishes Margaret

24 Mar 2019

From the moment Harry and I met Margaret, we both felt at ease. She was very thorough with all the details of how our wedding day was going to run. Margaret took the time to get to know us and our story, so she could pass it on to our guests on our special day. It made our day even more special. Thank you Margaret for making our day a fantastic one that both Harry and I will never forget. I would highly recommend Margaret to anyone who is searching for a Marriage Celebrant.

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Hi Belinda and Harry, thank you for your kind review. The smile never left your face on the day and you were both so happy. I wish you all the best for your future together. Margaret

22 Mar 2019

Margaret was wonderful to work with, from the moment we met Margaret we immediately felt at ease about our ceremony she is very reliable, trustworthy and professional. If you are looking for an affordable celebrant with years of experience then I highly recommend Margaret, you will not be disappointed.

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Hi Erin, thank you for writing such a nice review. I'm glad you were happy with everything. Best wishes for your future.

9 Mar 2019

What a lovely lady Margaret was, fuss free easy to deal with value for money and made us feel comfortable from the moment we met her and had 110% satisfaction as our recent marriage. celebrant. Would highly recommend to any couple seeking a celebrant for your special day.

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Hi Raelene, thankyou for your excellent review. I'm glad everything went well and I wish you both every happiness. Margaret

5 Jan 2019

Margaret was amazing, very professional, well presented and did an amazing job on our special day! Margaret is a lovely lady & you can tell she loves what she does! Would recommend to anyone and everyone!

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Thank you Braydon and Brooke for your very kind review. Best wishes for your future. Margaret

2 Dec 2018

Margaret was very professional and she went through everything. She did a few consultations and the communication with her was fantastic.

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Hi Melissa, thank you for your kind review. The setting at the Zoo was beautiful and it was a pleasure to perform your ceremony. Wishing you every happiness. Margaret

1 Dec 2018

Very personable and professional. Margaret Bates supported us by having a bespoke ceremony and was wonderful support. She helped us create our special day and was fantastic.

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Thank you Deb and Sare for your kind review. A beautiful wedding which I thoroughly enjoyed. Best wishes. Margaret

8 Jul 2018

She is the most organised celebrant. Everything that was discussed during our first meeting was executed and delivered. She's a little strict with the time but that was perfect because most of our guests (coming from my background) doesnt know much of the value of time, especially with this type of ocassion, it needs to be on time. Overall, I would definitely recommend her.

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Thankyou for your positive review Leila. I'm happy to have performed your ceremony and wish you all the best.

13 Apr 2018

We found Margaret through witnessing her marry our close friends. Margaret was very meticulous and made sure she delivered to our expectations. She made our wedding ceremony so memorable and helped incorporate Lao and Filipino customs into the ceremony. It was so memorable and so unique. She was also patient and so understanding with us. I was definitely a happy bride and to this day will definitely recommend her! Thank you Margaret!

Margaret Bates Marriage Celebrant  

Thank you Jean for your review. I really enjoyed helping prepare your ceremony with such moving customs and it was lovely meeting your families.

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