Chris Winer Weddings

5.0  ( 4 reviews ) · Melbourne / Yarra Valley / Mornington · Show Phone
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OVERVIEW

Unique, personalised ceremonies are just the beginning of what Chris Winer Weddings offers his couples, with this Melbourne celebrant passionate about helping others celebrate their love. Chris has years of experience as a celebrant and stage actor under his belt, making him one confident, charismatic professional with creative flair. Chris promises to officiate your bespoke ceremony with grace.

 

Melbourne and Yarra Valley couples looking for an enthusiastic marriage celebrant to confidently officiate their ceremony will love Chris Winer Weddings, a down-to-earth professional with experience. This passionate celebrant encourages complete personalisation and a bespoke wedding ceremony, allowing couples to enjoy a wholly meaningful wedding that’s tailored to their unique wishes and love story.

To kick things off, Chris meets with his couples to discuss their journey and get to know their hopes for the wedding — the sky is the limit. He then uses the details uncovered from this relaxed catch-up to craft a special ceremony full of sentiment, humour, and personal stories, resulting in a beautiful ceremony that wonderfully reflects the couple.

 

“Couldn’t have been happier with Chris as our celebrant. We were not the most organised couple in our preparations for the wedding, but Chris managed to work around our chaos, remind us of the important things we would have to figure out and was amazingly flexible in accommodating our busy schedules. He managed to capture the spirit of our celebration perfectly during the ceremony, positive, light-hearted and with a smile, just as we had hoped for this day to be.” — Nele.

 

What you'll love about working with Chris Winer Weddings for your Melbourne wedding:

  • Confident public speaker. Chris Winer Weddings has a background in acting, and as such, he’s a fantastic performer and public speaker who isn’t shy in front of crowds! Chris will ensure your guests are entertained and emotional in equal measure, officiating your ceremony with tone and heart.
  • Customised ceremonies. Past couples of Chris Winer Weddings have commended this wordsmith for his bespoke ceremonies inclusive of personal touches. Chris encourages his couples to let their imagination soar and let him know of any rituals they want to be included, too. Chris says his couples’ ‘imagination is his inspiration’ when creating a unique, personal ceremony.

 

Highlights of Chris Winer Weddings Melbourne:

  • Aims to make ceremonies memorable
  • Passionate about helping others
  • Custom, personal ceremonies with flair
  • Offers several wedding packages
  • Officiates large and intimate weddings
  • Services Melbourne and Yarra Valley

 

Wedding packages by Chris Winer Weddings Melbourne.

Chris Winer Weddings offers several packages to suit all needs and budgets. Here’s what’s included in one of his most popular, the Bespoke Elegance Package.

  • Initial catch-up meeting and consultation
  • Bespoke ceremony tailored to you
  • Inclusion of any alternative rituals
  • Ceremony rehearsal
  • Contact at any time
  • Legal paperwork submitted
  • Wedding attire colour coordination 
  • Keepsake marriage certificate

 

“Chris was exceptional as our celebrant. He asked all the right questions, ensuring that our ceremony was uniquely 'us'. Chris's calm and professional manner on the day and his eloquent delivery were remarked on widely by our guests. My husband and I were overjoyed with our ceremony, it was perfect, thanks to Chris.” — Hannah.

About

Chris Winer Weddings was born out of a passion for helping other people. I am a fully registered marriage celebrant and have many years experience as a funeral celebrant and stage actor. This allows me to preside over celebrations both large and intimate with grace, confidence and flair. I will create a unique and personal ceremony just for you. There are no limitations; let your imagination be my inspiration. It will be an honour to create the celebration of your dreams.

Chris Winer

Business Owner


Packages

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Simple Elegance Package

This is a modest ceremony, similar to a registry office wedding, but with professional quality presentation

Service includes:

Beautifully presented ceremony

At a location within 10km of Melbourne CBD, mid week (Mon-Thurs) or weekends before noon. Please contact me for pricing details for these two options

 

Lodgement of all legal paperwork

With Births, Deaths and Marriages

 

Keepsake Certificate

A beautiful marriage certificate commemorating your day

 

Additional Extras?

Do get in touch to discuss any additions you may have in mind

 

What do you need to do?

·        Download and complete the Notice of Intended Marriage (NOIM) document here 

·        Email or post your completed documents to me- please ensure the NOIM is lodged with me no later than 28 days prior to your ceremony 

·        Turn up on the day ready to celebrate your love

Exclusive Offer
Bespoke Elegance Package

This is a totally unique, personally tailored ceremony, that truly reflects who you are as an individual and as a couple

Service includes: 

Initial meeting and consultation

A no obligation meeting, at a mutually agreed location, where we chat informally and get to know one another

 

Unique, personalised ceremony

This is lovingly crafted only for you, with your input. I provide ideas and professional guidance to really make your day special from start to finish. You can incorporate traditional or unconventional ideas, rituals, music and readings; my goal is to design a ceremony that is reflective of you as a couple. To that end, I have available a portfolio of material to help create your perfect ceremony. I am open to any ritual you would like to include in your service and offer a large range I am happy to share with you; your wedding can be as symbolic, personal and meaningful as you wish, in the way that you wish

 

Alternative Rituals

These days the options are endless. Civil weddings and purely spiritual, non-religious weddings offer myriad creative opportunities for a symbolic marriage ceremony. Ask me about rituals such as hand fasting, sand, water and wine ceremonies, love letters, unity candle and tree planting ceremonies. Together we can create lasting memories for you and your loved ones

 

Contact me at any time

To discuss your needs and ideas as inspiration strikes. You will have my undivided attention and professional capabilities at your discretion. We will work together on your ceremony until it is just right

 

Rehearsal

So you know what will happen, when and where. This will allow you to be prepared and relaxed on your special day

 

All legal paperwork taken care of

All legal requirements are organised well in advance

 

Colour Consultation

I am very happy to co-ordinate with the colour themes of the day, complementing your flowers, the groom's tie or pocket square or the bridesmaids' ensembles. Please let me know of your ideas and desires and together we can create a colour palette to set the mood

 

Professional Delivery

By a warm, eloquent celebrant whose sole aim is to make your day wonderful, memorable and fun, be it for two guests or two hundred. I am more than happy to travel, as required, however ceremonies outside of Melbourne may incur additional charges. Please contact me to find out more

 

Keepsake Certificate

A beautiful marriage certificate commemorating your day

 

Additional Extras?

Have other ideas in mind? I am more than happy to see how we can incorporate them into your unique ceremony


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FAQ

Yes, I am a fully registered marriage celebrant and also a funeral celebrant. I am also a formally trained actor. This enables me to conduct your ceremony with style and grace

Yes, I am a full time professional celebrant. This is all I do, ensuring you have the best possible wedding. It is my aim to ensure that we all have fun in the planning and building of your wedding ceremony. I am available to see you in the daytime, evenings and weekends and I base our meetings around your available time frame

I am based in Melbourne, but happy to travel as required, locally, interstate and internationally

I most certainly do and I'm thrilled to do so. This is a wonderful time to celebrate the strength of your union and the validity of your love. The format can be traditional or otherwise, entertaining and inclusive of family and friends who love and support you both. There are no restrictions. Designing a personal and stress-free wedding ceremony to include everything which is important to you is my goal. I will offer advice and encourage you; my aim is to reflect what you have always dreamed of for your special day. 

That is the whole aim of my services. I want to create a ceremony that is uniquely you, as it should be

The earlier the better, especially for the busy wedding season, which is from October to April

My Bespoke Elegance Package includes all meetings, either at your home, my home or a mutually agreed location. If the meeting location is outside the Melbourne metropolitan area, then this may incur extra charges

There is no limit to the number of times we can meet. Face to face meetings help us all get to know each and become relaxed and confident with each other

I always offer a rehearsal at the venue. A rehearsal is important as it takes the stress away. Please allow 45-60 minutes for a full, relaxed rehearsal. It helps you and your bridal party enjoy themselves on the wedding day, without worrying about where to stand and what to do. If the venue is outside the Melbourne metropolitan area, then this may incur extra charges

Yes, wireless mics are included and no power is required so parks, gardens and beach weddings are possible. Your music of choice can be played through my equipment

I always build ceremonies individually for each couple. At the introductory meeting I can take you through the many options available to aid in the development of your own ceremony. Nothing gives me greater pleasure than writing the romance of your love story

Ceremonies are generally 25-30 minutes, but there will always be exceptions, depending on your wishes. In total, from my early arrival to pack up, I will be at the venue for around 2 hours. You need to bear in mind if it is an outdoor location, as the time of year, for summer heat or winter rains, will have a major bearing on your planning

Of course, this is one of the beauties of a civil ceremony, you can tailor it to your needs and you can have as much or as little religious content as you wish

There are many parks and beaches where you do not need a permit to hold a small wedding. If you are having a more lavish ceremony with seating and a red carpet for example, then generally you will require a permit.  Please contact me to discuss the requirements

As your celebrant, I am here to guide through the legal requirements of getting married 

• First and foremost, we will need to complete the Notice of Intended Marriage or NOIM. This needs to be completed at least one month and no longer than 18 months prior to your wedding date. Contact me for the link to download. If your marriage is to be held within this time frame, please contact me urgently as we must make application to the Registry of Births Deaths and Marriages to seek permission to conduct the wedding.

• If you were born in Australia, I will also need to see your passport or official birth certificate. Unfortunately, certified copies are not permissible. If born overseas, I will need to see your official birth certificate or passport. If your birth certificate is not in English, it will need to be translated by an accredited translator, which can be done here

• If you have been married previously, I will need to see divorce papers from your most recent marriage or the death certificate of your spouse

• If your partner is based overseas and you require the 'Letter for Immigration' and a visa, please contact me and I will assist you

If you are unsure of how to obtain documentation, I can advise you how to approach this, but we must allow sufficient time prior to your wedding day

You each require a witness to the ceremony to sign the legal paperwork. They need to understand English and be over the age of 18. I can supply witnesses if you are having a small wedding. This will incur additional charges

Please call or email to check availability for your desired date. I will then provide you with a quote based on what you envision for your day

If after our initial contact you wish to book me as your celebrant, a $250 non-refundable fee is payable within two weeks. This covers the cost of legal preparations. The second payment is due after the first draft of the ceremony is written OR three months before the wedding, with the balance paid in full one month prior to your wedding. Please contact me for prices of other services such as naming ceremonies and renewal of vows

Please visit my funeral celebrant site chriswinercelebrant.com.au for full details


4 reviews 5.0 Write a Review

April 2023

We met Chris after meeting 2 or 3 other celebrants not quite hitting the mark and we knew straight away that he was the one for us! In comparison to others, Chris was so genuine, humble, funny, experienced, calming and had a great speaking voice! He went out of his way to meet with us in person near our home to discuss all of the questions we had and guide us through the whole process. He had a detailed questionnaire which helped us write our vows and ceremony which we built together with his guidance. He had plenty of suggestions for couples that have no idea where to start, but was also very easy to communicate with for any couples that have an exact idea of what they're wanting. Thanks again Chris, for helping us make our wedding ceremony so special and memorable, we highly recommend!

Jordan H.

Chris Winer Weddings

Thank you Jordan and Anouk, your gracious and generous review is very reflective of you both, as individuals and now a happily married couple, and it was an absolute pleasure to help you both make your special day truly memorable for you. I wish you both a long and happy life together, as unique individuals, and the united couple you now are.

April 2023

Chris is an incredible celebrant who helped us to have the wedding we always imagined. He aided us as every stage of the process from writing vows to deciding what kind of ceremony we wanted, making sure everything was done on time and running smoothly. We decided a short and more casual ceremony and he perfectly catered to it, he was keen to work with us to achieve what we wanted and I know he would be adaptable to whatever wedding ideas someone had in mind. I couldn't recommend him highly enough.

Bonnie O.

Chris Winer Weddings

Thank you both Bonnie and Alex, what an accommodating and easy couple you are. It was a pleasure to help you plan your honest, sincere ceremony. A service reflective of you both, and for me a joy to be a small part in creating the ambience and attitude you desired as a couple. I wish you both a long and happy life together, both as a married couple and as strong individuals.

June 2022

‘Couldn’t have been happier with Chris as our celebrant, we were not the most organised couple in our preparations for the wedding, but Chris managed to work around our chaos, remind us of the important things we would have to figure out and was amazingly flexible in accomodating our busy schedules. He managed to capture the spirit of our celebration perfectly during the ceremony, positive, light hearted and with a smile, just as we had hoped for this day to be. With the ceremony being such an important part of the wedding day, I can’t express how grateful we were to have Chris by our side. With everything he did and everything he planned, he made sure that things came together exactly as we had imagined them to be! Thank you Chris for helping to make this a truly magical day for us!’

Rabeeh K.

Chris Winer Weddings

It was such a pleasure working with you both to create your unique and individual ceremony. I'm more than happy to accommodate busy schedules and to ensure that all comes together, despite the chaos, but still retains the relaxed and spontaneous atmosphere many couples are looking for. Your day was informal and heartfelt, so reflective of your relationship.

June 2022

'Chris was exceptional as our celebrant. He asked all the right questions, ensuring that our ceremony was uniquely 'us'. Chris's calm and professional manner on the day and his eloquent delivery was remarked on widely by our guests. My husband and I were overjoyed with our ceremony, it was perfect, thanks to Chris.' Hannah and Andrew

Hannah S.

Chris Winer Weddings

Thank you Hannah and Andrew for your wonderful review. It was such a pleasure working with you to create exactly what you wished for and I'm pleased your guests appreciated this too. It is so satisfying when bride, groom and guests all enjoy the event as envisioned.


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Advice for having your dog in your ceremony

Would love some advice! We def want to include our dog in our wedding ceremony! We want him as the ring bearer. Are they are any things to avoid or prepare for in advance? Thanks!

Chris Winer Weddings

It is a wonderful idea to include much loved fur companions, ultimately it comes down to your dog's temperament, the number of guests and your venue. All these considerations can be overcome with forethought (pawthought), planning and a bit of practise.

There are companies that specialise in including your pet in services, should you wish to hire them, though this does all depend on your dog's personality.

Anything we need to consider or do differently for a weekday wedding?

Hi there. We're considering a weekday wedding, maybe a Thursday or Sunday. Is there anything ] different or unexpected we'd need to consider about having a non-Saturday wedding?

Chris Winer Weddings

Absolutlety not, weekdays are cheaper than weekends for me as a celebrant, as they are for many venues. However a Sunday is priced at weekend rates.

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