Margaret Bates Marriage Celebrant

(28 reviews)
Service Area
Statewide Victoria
Business Hours
By Appointment
Average Pricing
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Professional and reliable celebrant with 20 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 at no charge.

I believe in giving couples value for money and my fee is at the reasonable end.No extra or hidden charges. 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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7 Nov 2021

Thank you Margaret for being so organised with our ceremony and keeping us in check through the stress of changing plans during lockdown! Your personalisation of our story through out the ceremony made it extra special for our small ceremony and the rehearsal walk through at our venue was much needed as we clearly needed direction! :P Your organisation and eye for detail for all the formal and legal paperwork made the process flow seamlessly. You were always encouraging with adding our own special touches or traditions to the ceremony. Linda & Jon

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Thank you Linda and Jon for such a lovely review. It was my pleasure to perform your ceremony in such a beautiful setting as the Burnley Gardens after a long wait during lockdown. Best wishes Margaret

7 Mar 2021

Thank you so much Margaret !! My wedding ceremony was exactly what I asked for. Margaret has been there every step of the way to provide everything that I needed for my ceremony. She is organised with all the documentation you need as well. She even laminated our vows. She goes above and beyond. Margaret is the definition of professionalism. I would recommend her to anyone. Her fees are very fair for the excellent service that she provides. She has been doing this for many years and she has a wealth of knowledge and experience and can help you write your ceremony and vows if you need. During rehearsal she helps you set up the placing of the bridal party and walk ins. Margaret made me feel very comfortable and secure on my wedding day.

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Thank you Nancy and Russ for your lovely review. It was my honour to perform your ceremony and I'm glad everything went exactly as you planned. I wish you both every happiness.

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.

6 Nov 2021

Being a somewhat mature aged couple we looked for and found in Margaret a celebrant who has had good and many happy life experiences. Margaret created value and feelings of warmth throughout our marriage arrangements before, during, and post our wedding ceremony. We received from Margaret far more than what was expected. Margaret is extremely professional whilst maintaining a happy disposition and pays full attention to all details in her approach. We like many other couples were caught up in Covid lockdown issues, I cannot praise Margaret too much for her handling during this difficult period. With Margaret’s help, we had a perfect wedding ceremony and a fantastic wedding day. Thank you very much Margaret.

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Thank you Cyril and Roxann for your very kind review. Such a pleasure to finally perform your ceremony after Covid delays. Wishing you all the best for your future together.

6 Nov 2021

Margaret was great! This was our first time getting married, so she was very thorough with paperwork, told us everything we needed to know for the day, and suggested things to make it better without being pushy. Her experience was invaluable. Highly recommend Margaret.

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What a fun wedding Sam and Leticia! We had a lovely morning in the Pioneer Women's Garden. Best wishes for your future together.

13 Jun 2021

Our wedding hosted by Margaret is a very fond memory. She prepared a lot of materials for us and supported our wedding. Explains the wedding sequence and other matters needing attention. She accepted our wedding during the covid period and we felt very lucky and remembered.We are very happy with her.

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Thank you Daniel and Yue for your lovely review. Your beach wedding in June was blessed with beautiful sunny weather making it a perfect day and I really enjoyed being part of your special day. Best wishes, Margaret

27 Mar 2021

We found Margaret to be very organised and efficient. Her services were well explained and she was very helpful on the day. I did not have to worry about what needed to be done and we could relax and take her lead. She was very caring and the service was perfect. Thank you from Monique and Craig

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Thank you Monique and Craig for your very kind review. The Royal Botanic Gardens was the perfect venue for your special day. It was my pleasure to perform your ceremony and I'm glad everything was perfect for you. Best wishes. Margaret

20 Mar 2021

Margaret was very efficient and attentive to every detail in the marriage process. She walked us through the paperwork and was very knowledgeable about the process. We had multiple meetings and a rehearsal, and Margaret was great at capturing who we are as a couple. Thanks Margaret :)

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Thank you Daniel and Rebecca for your lovely review. I really enjoyed the venue at Ferny Creek and the rustic setting for your perfect wedding day. Wishing you both all the very best for the future.

13 Mar 2021

Very glad we chose Margaret to be our Celebrant. She was well prepared and provided us with a fantastic service. Margaret was very easy to work with and provided us with everything we needed on the day.

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Thank you Matthew and Katherine for your very kind review. It was my pleasure to perform your ceremony and I wish you both all the very best for the future.

10 Jan 2021

Margaret has been very flexible with our wedding arrangements as we were affected by the prolonged lockdown in Melbourne. We have had to change dates and venues several times but Margaret has been very patient and understanding throughout the whole process.

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Thank you for your review Huei San. You finally made it after such a disrupted year with lockdown. Beautiful wedding in Altona and great Salsa dancing by you and Jonathan. Wishing you all the best

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

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

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