PH Celebrants

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Petra Harmer-Shrowder from PH Celebrants is a fun, kind, and bubbly marriage celebrant & MC with a love of adventure. This Docklands-based celebrant is an excellent public speaker, has a thoughtful, inclusive approach, and loves incorporating traditions and rituals in her ceremonies. She's also happy to officiate ‘adventure weddings’, like those on the snow, in a hot air balloon, or on a beach!

If you want a professional who values family and adventure and is your idea of a great celebrant, then you’ll want to meet with Petra Harmer-Shrowder. Situated in Melbourne’s Docklands, this Commonwealth-registered marriage celebrant is perfect for any type of ceremony – but especially weddings! Her thoughtful approach and desire to include loved ones make her a great option for couples who appreciate personal touch and want someone with a big, kind heart officiating their ceremony.

Petra is respectful of all her couples’ wishes, and understands how personal each ceremony is to that couple. She loves working with all couples to include special traditions, rituals, poems, and even a cheeky in-joke or two! Petra is happy to give special mentions to any particular loved one and will go the extra mile when crafting your unique ceremony script. Don’t worry, there are no stock-standard weddings under Petra’s watch!

With a background in film and media relations, Petra is an exceptional public speaker and can work well under pressure. If you require some extra help with your vows and getting prepared to speak in front of a crowd, Petra will happily and patiently assist. Petra was an actor after all, she knows how exciting and daunting it can be to remember lines! Whether you’re planning a traditional wedding, unique occasion, or adventure ceremony, Petra from PH Celebrants would be delighted to help you craft the ceremony of your dreams. Do call and discuss what your dream wedding is!


“Petra has a sincere and loving personality, and this came through in the biggest way during her ceremony. I highly recommend Petra as your celebrant.” – Karen


What you’ll love about working with PH Celebrants for your wedding:

  • Warm and kind-hearted celebrant. Petra is a friendly, warm celebrant with a genuine interest in love and helping each of her couples to have an unforgettable wedding.
  • Amazing public speaker. With a background in film and relations, you know that Petra has outstanding public speaking skills. She can read a crowd and adjust accordingly, adding any light-hearted moments and romance where necessary.
  • Thoughtful, personalised ceremony. When designing your wedding ceremony, Petra will include thoughtful details and personalised anecdotes. Petra will glean this knowledge through getting to know you as a couple over Zoom or a lovely cup of coffee.
  • Inclusive approach. Petra wants all your friends and family to feel included and a part of your wedding day, this is why she asks her couples if they’d like to honour anyone or give a special shout-out to a loved one.
  • Inclusive Ceremonies. Petra loves love and has performed many same sex, LGBTQIA ceremonies. 
  • Adventure ceremonies. Planning a cliff-side wedding? How about saying ‘I do’ in a hot air balloon? Petra is happy to officiate adventurous weddings that are a bit out of the norm.
  • Rituals and traditions. All you need to do is ask, and Petra will include any special rituals or traditions in your ceremony - in fact, she’s keen to add personal touches to your one-of-a-kind wedding.


Highlights of working with PH Celebrants for your wedding: 

  • Superb Master of Ceremonies (Background in film, acting, and event planning) 
  • A thoughtful, supportive approach 
  • All of the legal requirements taken care of 
  • Invaluable assistance with your vow-writing 
  • A bespoke, personalised approach
  • Open to travel state wide and beyond
  • Easy booking process


 “Petra is simply fantastic. She manages to achieve a perfect balance of professionalism and exuberance, so much so that a process that by all means should be entirely stressful becomes fun and joyous. It is such a comfort to work with someone who truly has your best interests at heart, and has the goal of curating weddings not for profit or selfish gain, but for the love of matrimony.” – Jonathan


Gosh, where do I start? I have lived in many countries and worked on the sea, land and air. Along the way, I picked up an MBA. I am an accomplished public speaker. I offer blended families cross-cultural ceremonies incorporating a ritual or two. I love love and have performed many ceremonies for the LGBTQIA community and offer clients flexibility for a location wedding on a beach, restaurant, snow or cliff, or back-yard or garden. The options are there so reach out and let's have a chat :-)

Petra Harmer-Shrowder

Owner, PH Celebrants

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Exclusive Offer

We will start in September 2021 with an incredible offer for SIX people.

Offering THREE rooms ALL with SNOW views,

  • SKI HIRE for SIX
  • A 1.5 hr ceremony planning meeting with me.
  • Writing of the ceremony incorporating as much or as little as the bride and groom would like i.e. poems, readings, prayers, vows, music.
  • TEN Printed ceremony booklets
  • REHEARSAL the day before.

CEREMONY ON THE SNOW at midday with all the necessary legals

Followed by POPPING a couple of CORKS to toast the couple after

signing the register.

AV equipment & microphones supplied (managed by my assistant).


Then back at the hotel the couple will have the private use of the guest

lounge with a SPARKLING CANAPE RECEPTION (or beer).

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Terms & Conditions: The prices exclude vehicle entry to the resort, lift passes and ATS (Accommodation transfer service) needed to get to the hotel. All extras can be quoted upon such as: Hair and make-up, Photographers, florists.

(In the event of bad weather, the contingency plan is for the wedding and reception in the lounge Falls Creek Hotel)



Service Area Melbourne and Statewide Victoria

Melbourne and Statewide Victoria
Melbourne and Statewide Victoria


We will set-up an appointment that is convenient to you and we will meet at my business center and start discussing your requrements.

A lot depends on your budget. I can tailor make a ceremony you feel comfortable with.

Yes I will send you a list of things to have with you for our first meeting.

You will bring the celebrant booking fee and your personal ID documnents ie: 

If you are an Australian born client: 

Birth Certificates /or extracts fo birth or passport

Clients not born in Australia: 

Overseas original passport, or statutory declaration.

If divorced or widowed: 

Decree absolute/Divorce certificate (or death certificate of former spouse).

I am very flexible and can do ceremonies in most locations within Australia -- in some cases permissions will need to be obtained - we can discuss this in our meeting.

One month -- we can discuss this in the meeting and ensure we have enough time to process all the documents within the required time. If there is an issue with something you do not have available or there is a family issue we can discuss this and I may be able to make an appeal /or special request on your behalf to Births, Deaths and Marriages. 

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January 2023

Petra was great! She let us create our ceremony, our way. Welcomes to country, talking about loved ones we had lost, quotes that we really just resonated with. She was super professional and we always felt we were in good hands! Rach and Cait

Rachel G.

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Dear Rachel and Cait, So pleased that you were happy with my ceremony. Your wedding set-up at Bramleigh Estate was gorgeous and it was lovely marrying you both under the arbour. Wishing you a lifetime of happiness. Love is Love and you both certainly have that. All the very best, Petra x

October 2022

Petra is absolutely THE BEST. I can’t complement Petra enough for our wedding day. In this once in a life time moment, we wanted it to be carefree and enjoyable. Petra is the kind of celebrant who really put your interest at the very heart of what she does. She CARES and knows exactly what to do to make the day memorable for you. It is all about you. She is absolutely considerate, flexible, accommodative, sensitive, thoughtful and thorough. Not to mention how delightful she is to everyone and respect culture, tradition and diversity. We felt extremely lucky to have engaged a celebrant like Petra. You wouldn’t regret it for one second.

Nathen S.

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Thank you so much. It was my absolute pleasure to marry you and Isobel. You did have some challenges and thank goodness we overcame them all. So happy that you could get married on your auspicious day. Wishing you both a lifetime of happiness. Do keep in touch and let me know how you are going. Best regards, Petra

October 2022

PH Celebrants are the best!!! Petra looked after us like one of her own from the word go 😍 We had a lovely pre-wedding meet up at her house (treats & Prosecco on arrival)... and discussed all our ideas and made a plan there and then! Everything went so smoothly and we were so lucky to have Petra (and Brian) in our wedding party. See you soon guys! Flo and Mitch

Florence B.

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Dear Flo and Mitch, What a wonderful wedding yours was on the cliff at the Dell in Geelong. It was wonderful accomodating your Boho style wedding around the mat in a circle with the fabulous back-drop of the sea. I hope you are having fun with Finley. Sending our love to you and Mitch and family. Thank you for your wonderful hospitality at your wedding reception at your home after. Do let us know if you are coming to Melbourne on a trip we would love to see you all and have an update on your lives and meet little Finley again. Always happy to pop a bottle of Prosecco for you both. All the very best, Petra and Brian x

October 2022

We would like to thanks to Petra for presence in our marriage. She organized and implemented the event flawlessly. Apart from managing the event, she also completed all the legal aspects in time. Thank you again from Khyati and Arpit.

Patel A.

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Dear Khyati and Arpit, It was a truly glamorous bollywood wedding of yours and I was delighted to perform the ceremony and incorporate some of your customs into the ceremony. The dancing was amazing and the food and your reception was delicious. I hope your gathering in India with your families went well. Do send me through some pictures if you have any. Wishing you both a wonderful and happy life together. All the very best, Petra and Brian x

October 2022

We had a great day and the ceremony happened as we planned. Petra was lovely to work with, very professional and caring in her approach. Highly recommended! :)

Adrien M.

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Dear Adrien and Mel, Gosh your beach wedding was terrific. Loved the fact that you didn't mind that people were walking past in their swimmers or stopped to watch the wedding. You both were in the moment and your wedding party looked fabulous. The wind was an interesting element on the day but it didn't phase any of us and loved the sand under foot in this barefoot wedding in Elwood. Wishing you both a wonderful life together full of happy times together. Please let me know how you are going. All the very best, Petra x

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What can you say other than life partner and husband and wife?

wondering if there are any other ways to describe each other in our ceremony other than life partner, or husband and wife?

PH Celebrants

Mr & Mrs ...or Mrs and Mrs .... or Mr and Mr ... or simply their names. It really depends on how the couple would like to be introduced. 

There are so many choices for a celebrant... How can we narrow down and pick one for us?

We are having just a small wedding - 20 guests. It will be a simple ceremony followed by the reception. We don't want to spend too much, but would like a celebrant who can make the short amount of time special.

PH Celebrants

Hello Arriele, 

Firstly congratulations on your engagement. It is always good to have a look at celebrants websites and google reviews this will give you a good idea of what people say about the celebrants and you can determine if they are the right fit for you. Do reach out if you would like to have a chat.

Warm regards, 


PH Celebrants

Arriele B

What is the maximum number of witnesses for a wedding

Hi everyone! My fiance and I are French from birth but are now both recently Australian citizens. In countries like France or the UK you can have up to 6 witnesses (aged over 18 years old obviously) to be witnesses at your wedding. We were wondering if 2 is the max here in Western Australia or if it is the minimum number. If 2 is the minimum for the number of witnesses what would be the maximum number?

PH Celebrants

Hi firstly congratulations on your forthcoming wedding and of becoming Australian Citizens.

I love skiing in France and will be back there next year skiing in the Portes du Soleil in Les Gets, one of my favourite ski places in the Savoire. 

Now to answer your question, here in Australia by law you must have two witnesses over the age of 18. If you would like to talk to me about your wedding plans do please reach out to me and I would be delighted to chat to you about your wedding and offer my advice. Do check out my reviews on Easy Weddings and on Google (PH Celebrants).

Wishing you both all the very best,


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