Married by Donna Claire

5.0  ( 5 reviews ) · Sydney, Southern Highlands & Surrounds (View Map) · Show Phone
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Donna Pethybridge, an Authorised Civil Marriage Celebrant for Weddings and all life celebrations, brings a wealth of experience and is a great addition to your ceremony. Donna, originally from the U. K. - has a genuine, all-embracing personality that adds warmth and a sense of inclusiveness....with a touch of English accent, to your special day.

With over 30 years of marriage to her beloved roadie, Mark, and a family that includes three adult children and a daughter-in-law, Donna's life is filled with experiences centred around love and togetherness. Her professional background, boasting over three decades in Beauty and Personal Care, as well as Travel Retail, gives her a deep understanding of the individual needs of her clients. This extensive background enables her to identify, personalise and create truly memorable ceremonies, that allow the uniqueness of each couple and their story, to shine.


What you'll love about working with Donna Claire for your wedding: 

  • A warm and supportive presence on your wedding day. Donna's heart extends beyond her professional life as well. She is a dedicated volunteer for Look Good Feel Better, a program run by the Cancer Patients Foundation. Through this community initiative, she empowers cancer patients by helping them address the side effects they may experience, fostering confidence in the face of diagnosis. It's her way of giving back to those who can benefit from her skills, offering understanding, patience and empathy, in a positive and uplifting environment.
  • A true professional. In her personal and professional life, Donna is renowned for her organisation and professionalism, and has a vibrant, enthusiastic spirit with a cheeky sense of humour. Her easy going nature, exceptional communication skills and her love for meaningful conversations, make her an ideal choice to officiate your wedding day.
  • Personalised ceremonies. Donna's role as your Celebrant is to collaborate closely with you, to craft a ceremony that reflects your exclusive love story. Whether this is your first time down the aisle or love the second time around, your day is the most important event in your life and with your vision and Donna's inspiration and expertise, her aim is to design an elegant, authentic and unforgettable ceremony, that pays tribute to your unique story, engages your guests and lives on in their hearts and minds long after your day.


Highlights of working with Donna Claire for your wedding: 

  • Easy going, welcoming and inclusive.
  • Experienced celebrant with 30+ years in customer care.
  • Extensive expertise in personalised, tailored services.
  • Dedicated volunteer supporting cancer patients.
  • Organised, enthusiastic and professional service.
  • Face to face contact, whenever needed.
  • Consistent, and reliable communication and engagement throughout.
  • Rehearsal at no extra charge, to fine tune all details for the day.
  • Memorable, fun and stress-free wedding experience.


My career change into the world of Marriage Celebrancy was a life changing moment, only a few short years ago. But it was long overdue because when I got here, I realised 'I have finally found my thing'!! My love for love, inspires me every day. Each ceremony I've had the pleasure of being part of, and every couple I've been lucky enough to meet and marry, has been absolutely unforgettable and special to me in their own way. I am making memories, making your memories with you and loving it!

Donna Pethybridge

Business Owner

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Service Area Sydney, Southern Highlands & Surrounds

Sydney, Southern Highlands & Surrounds
Sydney, Southern Highlands & Surrounds


Once you lock in a wedding date, it is recommended to find your celebrant; they will outline the legal process to you and take care of the Notice of Intended Marriage with you (the first step in the legal process), as well as guide you along the road to planning your big day.

A face to face meeting, a get to know you.

Assistance in filling out all legal paperwork and preparation of all documents.

Wedding information kit: incl. ceremony detail and suggestions in all elements of the ceremony.

Consistent contact with me, guiding you through the entire process.

Rehearsal to head off any 'kinks'.

A memorable customised script written with you and exclusively for you.

Liase with you and ease your nerves on the day.

An interactive, inclusive and fun wedding ceremony.

Use of equipment for ceremony, incl. signing table & chairs, easel for signage, signs (as requested). 

Supply of quality P.A. system.

Lodgement of legal paperwork to Births, Deaths & Marriages.

Official Marriage Certificate from Births, Deaths & Marriages, at no extra charge.

I travel wherever you need me to.

Contact me for individual travel costs..

Personal vows are not actually a required legal part of the ceremony, if you don't want to include them in yours, you don't have to.

But, sometimes couples get put off by personal vows because they 'don't know what to say'. 

Vows are your personal promises to each other and can be as little as one or two lines (they aren't a speech).

Your celebrant can help you put together personal vows to suit you, if you wish....they don't even have to be spoken!

Ask me for more advice on 'vows' and how we can take the 'fright' out of them.

We have the perfect climate to be able plan a beautiful outdoor wedding and take advantage of our natural surroundings.

It is definitely recommended though, that you have a 'Plan B' in place, on the off chance of adverse conditions.

When choosing a venue ask about their wet weather options, or alternatively if you are having a ceremony on a property or other outdoor space, have a solid backup plan ready to go on the day, if needed.

Ask me for advice, with your outdoor wedding plans.

5 reviews 5.0 Write a Review

March 2024

We decided to elope 5 weeks before our wedding. We can honestly say that we could not have done it without Donna. What an amazing person! In the lead up to our ceremony, Donna was extremely supportive, helpful and was communicating with us at all the right times. Donna took care of all the legals and added her special touch to the preparations. The ceremony itself was just perfect! A huge stand out to us was when our son, who has special needs wasn’t coping well with his emotions. Donna reached out her hand to hold Blaike’s s hand and calmed him instantly. We will always treasure that memory. Donnas words captured the essence of our love story. It made our ceremony truely unique, soulful and an unforgettably beautiful experience. Thank you Donna for all the special moments. You have helped us to create magical memories that will be forever cherished.

Emmajean S.

Married by Donna Claire

Thank you for your lovely comments Emma, I am very appreciative and so glad that you chose me, I feel privileged to have played such a special role in your beautiful and very intimate wedding day. I love that you guys didn't hesitate and were so onboard with everything that I suggested, once the decision to become Mrs and Mrs was made and it was just full steam ahead. I really loved meeting and getting to know yours and Jason's fabulous family and loved how welcomed I felt, by everyone....especially Blaike. Your journey so far has been amazing and I'm wishing you all the very best in this new chapter Mr and Mrs M, you both rock!!! xx

November 2023

Firstly, not only did Donna make the initial process so seamless and stress free by getting all our legals done on time, she continuously took the time to check in, extending her support, providing expert advice and answering any questions we had along the way! During our elopement on Monday 19th June 2023, it was forecasted to rain. Before I could even begin to worry, Donna took it upon herself to go out early in the morning to go and get us some umbrellas! When we arrived everything was all set and ready to go, everything going to plan. When requested, it was no issue for Donna to include a hand fasting ceremony in our vows, which was really important to my husband and I to acknowledge his Celtic background. Donna went above and beyond for our special day and we couldn’t be more thankful! Highly recommend!

Jessica L.

Married by Donna Claire

A little shower, it wasn't, who could have believed that weather Jess? I'm glad that you guys were so in the moment and super chilled with your elopement, it made my job easy, to not let a mad weather change get in our way!! Thanks very much for your words of appreciation, and for choosing me to be part of your wedding dream team. It really was a memorable and intimate ceremony. Sean, yourself and your two fabulous friends, were great fun and it was an experience that was so special and will stay with me forever, wishing you every happiness in your future together xx

October 2023

Donna is incredible! We live interstate from where we were getting married, Donna was so accommodating to this and met with is several times via zoom - nothing was too much. Donna guided us through the entire process, answered every single question no matter how big or small & made so many beautiful suggestions for the ceremony. Donna organised to include some words from both our mothers in the ceremony as a surprise for us, helped choose a reading and put the ceremony together. We choose for our love story to be a surprise and it was so beautifully put together with many laughs added in. Nothing was too much. Donna attended our rehearsal and guided our entire bridal party, as well as answering all their questions. All our guests commented how amazing she was and how great the ceremony was, can't recommend her enough, so thankful.

Tash B.

Married by Donna Claire

Thanks kindly Tash for such beautiful words, I found you and Shannon a pleasure to deal with and it felt like we were old friends, when we met! I'm so thankful that you chose me and that I helped make the process simple and delivered a ceremony that was everything that you wanted, the day presented some challenges to us and even so, it was such a perfect day. My very best wishes to you both, as you start this new chapter as newlyweds xx

November 2023

Donna made my ceremony run so smoothly & seamless. She met with us beforehand to understand our vision for the day & perfectly executed it. Donna made us both feel comfortable & relaxed, even with all the nerves on the day. I couldn’t ask for a better celebrant for my wedding and will be forever grateful for the part she played on our perfect day.

Jacqueline C.

Married by Donna Claire

I truly can't express how happy I feel, reading these glowing comments Jacqueline. As my very first couple, Kelvin and you were, and still are endeared to me. Thank you for putting your faith in me and for being so easy to deal with, wishing you both the best of everything for your future together xx

November 2023

Donna was the perfect choice for our interstate elopement. Her support and communication throughout the process were exceptional, making it stress-free. Our low-key, intimate ceremony exceeded our expectations. Donna played a crucial role in making our special day a truly happy memory. We are incredibly grateful to have had her as our marriage celebrant.

Amy V.

Married by Donna Claire

I really appreciate you taking the time to leave these kind words Amy, your ceremony was incredibly special and touching to be part of. Thanks for being so great to work with, also for allowing me the opportunity to be your celebrant, and be part of the memorable moments when Matt and you become Mr and Mrs.....and in such a spectacular spot! Wishing you both a lifetime of love and happiness xx

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