Margaret Bates Marriage Celebrant

(38 reviews)
Service Area
Statewide Victoria
Business Hours
By Appointment
Average Pricing
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Professional and reliable celebrant with 22 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 22 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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8 Jul 2022

As soon as my husband and I met Margaret we knew we had to lock her in. She shared many of the same ideas and values as we shared, which was important to us. She is very warm, kind and professional. She communicated and assisted us every step of the way. We are so thankful for her taking some time to get to know us and making our wedding ceremony that bit more personal and special. Margaret provided us with a loving, emotional, heart-warming, funny and meaningful moment that set the tone for our special day. Our wedding was such a beautiful, fun and happy night, filled with beautiful memories we will treasure forever. Thank you Margaret for your wonderful service, Melissa and Michael

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Thank you Melissa and Michael for your lovely reviews. It was a pleasure to perform your ceremony and see you so happy. Best wishes Margaret

8 Jul 2022

As soon as my husband and I met Margaret we knew we had to lock her in. It was wonderful meeting someone who shared many of life's same values as us. She is very professional and does he job with a lot of care and attention to detail. We loved how Margaret wanted to know our love journey and get to know us, so she could make our ceremony more personal to us. She communicated with us every step of the way, to ensure we knew what we were to be expected on the day. We are so thankful for Margaret marrying us and delivering us a beautiful ceremony. It was such a loving, emotional, heart-warming, funny and meaningful moment that set the tone for our special day. Our wedding was such a special, fun and happy night, filled with beautiful memories we will treasure forever. Sincerly, Melissa and Michael

21 May 2022

Margaret was so wonderful as our celebrant for our wedding! Even with a postponement, Margaret was on board with us the whole way through. Her knowledge and expertise is second to none, she provides you with everything you need for a perfect ceremony. Thankyou Margaret for everything you did for Patrick and I in the lead up to the wedding, and on the day! We would recommend Margaret to everyone who is looking for an experienced, affordable, professional celebrant.

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Thank you Lorin and Patrick for your great review. Your Gisborne Sth venue was beautiful and you both looked amazing. Thank you for letting me perform your ceremony. Best wishes. Margaret

20 May 2022

Margaret was incredibly attentive and organised! We loved her company and she just made our special day complete! Everybody loved her, loved her delivery and speech for our special day! As a groom and bride we were very nervous but she just made it a relaxed and fun environment, especially making the crowd have great laugh. Thank you again Margaret, you just made our day extra special!

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Thank you Peter for your lovely review. It was a beautiful day in the Botanic Gardens at Gardens house. I enjoyed performing your ceremony and wish you all the best. Margaret

30 Apr 2022

Very pleased with Margaret's service, we wanted a very quick and relaxed ceremony and wedding and Margaret delivered beautifully! The communication leading up to the wedding was fantastic and the variety of options for how to run the service meant some great options to consider. Couldn't reccomend Margaret enough, she was warm, friendly and professional. Thanks for a lovely ceremony Margaret

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Thank you Elise for your great review. Your ceremony in such a rustic setting in Drummond was unique and family oriented. I really enjoyed seeing your property and performing your marriage ceremony. Best wishes. Margaret

2 Apr 2022

Thank you Margaret for always making yourself available when I had a question. Your selection of readings for the ceremony and wedding vows made it so much easier for us as we were undecided. It saved a lot of time spent in research. Coming to the wedding venue for rehearsals helped in ironing out a few issues. Your speech at the beginning of the ceremony was well delivered and you had put a lot of thought in recreating what we had said to you. It was a memorable day. Elena and Phillip.

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Thank you Elena and Phillip.I appreciate your comments. Your long distance relationship will be over soon and I wish you both every happiness for the future. Margaret

12 Mar 2022

Margaret went over and above her job as a celebrant for us. She traveled from Melbourne to Adelaide after we had to change our wedding location to SA without any extra charges. She was professional, informative and helpful every step of the way and we were delighted with the ceremony. Would highly recommend.

12 Mar 2022

Margaret was an absolute god send right from the planning to the actual day she accommodated all our needs and exceeded our expectations. We originally intended to marry in Victoria but changed the venue to Adelaide, instead of passing the responsibility to another Celebrant Margaret travelled to Adelaide from her home town of Victoria at her own cost to fulfil her obligation to us which we very much appreciated. Would highly recommend, Thank you for everything Margaret Tash and Greg

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Thank you Natasha and Greg for your great review. It was a pleasure to travel to Adelaide and perform your ceremony. Beautiful venue and lovely couple. I wish you all the best. Margaret

4 Mar 2022

Margaret was fabulous! She made me and my husband feel so comfortable from the first meeting right up until the ceremony. Margaret made our ceremony very personalised and tailored to us. She took the time to get to know us as a couple to be able to articulate our story to all of our guests on the day. She was an absolute pleasure to deal with and was always so fast with replies. Thanks for being part of our special day!

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Thank you Mary and Avil for your thoughtful review. Your wedding at Sandringham Yacht Club was a fabulous day for you and your guests and I enjoyed being part of it. So glad it all went well and I wish you both every happiness.

6 Feb 2022

We were very happy with Margaret as our celebrant. Margaret is friendly, professional, organised, and very easy to communicate with. She was extremely helpful with the planning of the ceremony, she had lots of suggestions for us and helped script our personal story, she is clearly very experienced in the field. Margaret has helped make the whole process run smoothly without stress. Would definitely recommend her services.

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Thank you Lori and Jack for your lovely review. What a beautiful day you had in Maffra at such a great venue. I really enjoyed working with you and I'm so glad your special day was perfect for you.

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

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

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