Christina Towler Celebrancy

5.0  ( 48 reviews ) · Brisbane, Sunshine Coast and Gold Coast, Sunshine Coast Hinterland, Gold Coast Hinterland and beyond · Show Phone
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Christina Towler is an award winning easy-going, warm and creative marriage celebrant with 16+ years of experience. She accepts everyone's uniqueness and embrace the stories of those around her.

Hi, I'm Christina, I have been a full time Celebrant since 2008 and I LOVE officiating weddings, and genuinely care about creating and delivering the kind of ceremony you envisage.
My couples often tell me how my passion for what I do shines through in the ceremonies that I deliver. I accept everyone's uniqueness and embrace the stories of those around me.  I have been recognised as #weddingdiaries Editor's Choice no 5 marriage celebrant in Brisbane 2023, finalist in the Wedding Industry Awards Brisbane 2023 and finalist in the ABIA Queensland Marriage Celebrant 2022 + 2023, and Easy Weddings prestigious Certificate of Excellence Awards for 2023. 
I offer bespoke ceremonies and Legals Only ceremonies, and some in between. I also have all-inclusive packages that includes photography, Hair and Make-up, Celebrant services and Wedding cake.
You can find a breakdown of all my packages and prices on my website 

I pride myself on transparency and have no hidden costs.

 

"Christina was such a delight to deal with! She made the whole process so smooth and stress-free and brought such a calming energy to the ceremony. She managed to squeeze us in last minute, and we were able to organise the whole thing from two states away. I couldn't have asked for a better Celebrant." — Jacinta S. 

  

Highlights of working with Christina Towler Celebrant: 

  • Warm, easy-going and thoughtful marriage celebrant 
  • Award winning - 16+ years of experience
  • Gorgeous Ferny Hills ceremony deck setting available 
  • Beautiful personalised ceremonies 
  • Creative, modern ceremony ideas 
  • Comprehensive wedding packages 
  • Photography sessions/Hair and Make-up/Wedding cake included in some packages 
  • Embracing everyone's uniqueness
  • In-person and virtual communication 

 

"Christina! Thank you so much for your love, support, and professionalism. We were so glad to have you as the celebrant of our wedding. We are so grateful for what you have done for us and made our special day so amazing. Your support from the first day we met you till now is so incredible, and we would love to let every "couple-to-be know how wonderful and supportive you are as I know they will have a memorable experience with you!" — Tam N. 

We at Christina Towler - Celebrant acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of Country throughout Australia. We acknowledge that ceremony and ritual are significant aspects of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture and have been practiced for thousands of generations. We pay our respects to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and Elders past, present and emerging.

About

Hi, I'm Christina, I have been a Celebrant since 2008 and I absolutely love going to work every single day. I accept everyone's uniqueness and embrace the stories of those around me. I am also a proud to have been recognised as Wedding Diaries Editor's Choice no 5 marriage celebrant in Brisbane 2023, finalist in the Wedding Industry Awards Brisbane 2023, finalist in the ABIA Queensland Marriage Celebrant 2022 + 2023, and Easy Weddings prestigious Certificate of Excellence Awards for 2023.

Mrs Christina Towler

Celebrant & JP (Qual)


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Notes:

- Notice Of Intended Marriage must be signed at least 30 days prior to your proposed wedding date

- Travel fee will be charged outside of Brisbane.

- To secure your date, a deposit of $100 is required.

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For you to be legally married, the following steps must be taken!

1. First you must find an authorised celebrant. I will guide you through the process and ensure that all aspects of your wedding are recorded correctly, and in accordance with the Marriage Act 1961.

2. I will help you fill out, sign, and file a NOIM (Notice of Intended Marriage) at least 30 days prior to wedding ceremony, and within 18 months of the wedding ceremony. If you are divorced or widowed, you must provide proof of how your previous marriage ended. You also need to show your birth certificate/passport/drivers licence to the celebrant. This can be done in person or via email.

3. If your ID documents are in another language than English, you are required to get them translated by a NAATI approved interpreter. But please check with me first if this is necessary.

4. Before your wedding, I will get you to sign the CNI (Certificate of No Impediment to Marriage). This is to declare that you are over 18 years old and not already married.

5. You will also have to choose two people over 18 years of age as your witnesses. They will witness the ceremony and sign the three Marriage Certificates after the ceremony. Your witnesses can be anyone of your choice and if you want your wedding to be a secret, your celebrant can provide two witnesses for a fee.

6. The ceremony is built up around four legal components.

  • The Monitum, where I, the celebrant has to say words to the effect of: “My name is Christina Towler and I am duly authorised by law to solemnise marriages according to law. Before you are joined in marriage in my presence and in the presence of these witnesses, I am to remind you of the solemn and binding nature of the relationship into which you are now about to enter. Marriage, according to law in Australia, is the union between two people to the exclusion of all others, voluntarily entered into for life.”.
  • The second component are the legal vows, where I will ask you; ‘Do you Edward Peter Cullen, take Bella Donna Smith as lawfully wedding wife…and vice versa, and you say ‘I DO’!
  • The third legal component is where I introduce you as Husband and Wife/Spouses/Wife and Wife/Husband and Husband/Married.
  • The last part is the signing of documents by me, the couple and the two witnesses.

7. Everything else before, after, and in between is all up to you. I have a whole heap of suggestions and ideas, but it is all up to you how much or little you want.

8. Once the signing is done, I will lodge the documents with the Registry of Birth, Death and Marriages (BDM) within 24 hours and you will receive an email from them prompting you to pay the fee ($56.80 as per 2021) for the Official Government Marriage Certificate, this is the certificate you will need as proof of marriage and to change your surname, should you wish to. The BDM has a turnaround period at around two weeks.

The ceremony is over and now it is time to sign the documents. Do you write your new name or your maiden name on the marriage certificates? This is a great question and something that a lot of my couples get confused about when it comes to getting married.

On the actual day of your ceremony, you sign three documents and all three are required to be signed with the same name and signature that you used in all the pre-ceremony paperwork that you completed with your Celebrant.

Once your Celebrant has lodged the documents with the registry of Birth, Death and Marriages (RBDM), you will receive your Official Government Marriage Certificate – You can apply for this through your Celebrant while completing the initial paperwork, or at any time after your wedding directly through the RBMD for $56.60 (November 2021). This is the certificate that you will need as proof of marriage and to change your family name should you wish to. It is not a legally required thing; it comes down to your own personal choice AND it is not required that the bride takes the groom’s last name. He can take hers as well.

If you choose to change your family name when you get married, you will need to tell various government agencies, banks, utility suppliers and other businesses your married name.

Your list may include:

  • passport
  • driver licence
  • car registration
  • bank accounts
  • Australian Taxation Office
  • Australian Electoral Commission enrolment
  • Medicare
  • insurance policies
  • doctors/dentist
  • superannuation
  • subscriptions
  • memberships
  • Insurance companies
  • Electricity, gas and water providers
  • Your place of work
  • Your mortgage provider
  • Landlord
  • Mobile phone provider
  • Internet provider
  • Any store cards you may have
  • RACQ
  • Vet

Your fur-family is welcome!

A big part of any wedding day is involving your nearest in your celebrations, and more and more people are choosing to include their pets, as they are a big part of your life and a valued member of your family. I get that. In 2015, my husband and I renewed our wedding vows after 10 years of marriage. We chose a secluded beach with only a few present; a Marriage Celebrant, a Photographer, our two young sons and our beloved cattle dog, Tane.

We had a fabulous day! Tane sadly passed away in January 2019, almost 16 years old. My family and I are so happy that he was part of our special day, and the professional photos are a keepsake for us to treasure for years to come. In 2020 we welcomed Sylvia Valentine, the love Pug into our family, and we are sure to include her in all family activities and celebrations.

There are many ways to include your pet in your ceremony.  Jobs for your pet can be.

  • A bridesmaid or groomsman.
  • A ring bearer
  • Part of a sand ceremony
  • Escort the bride up the aisle
  • A gorgeous guest who are sure to steal your limelight.
  • Please let me know if you have any questions. I am always happy to hear from you.

Including Children in your wedding ceremony. Children might not do everything you think they will during your ceremony?it might not be ‘perfect’, but I can assure you it will be cute and entertaining. I have had brides breastfeeding during her ceremony and a pair of twins playing hide and seek in the wedding dress. It is organic and my favourite part of a wedding.

One great story is where a little boy takes the rings up the aisle, but every few steps he turns around and makes a ferocious face and growls at the crowd. The crowd laughs hysterically, but no one understands. Later, when he’s asked what he was doing, he seriously answers, “Being the ring bear!”

A candle ceremony is a beautiful way to honour loved ones who can't be part of your wedding day. The words can be as following: 'Anne and Brian would like to take this moment to remember Anne's Dad, Tim who is no longer with us. Anne and Brian would like to honour him with the lighting of this candle'. (Together lighting the candle)

A Sand ceremony is a beautiful way to celebrate your family, whether it is just the two of you, your children, your blended family, or your fur-family. Your family relationship is symbolised through the pouring of the individual bottles of coloured sand into a vase, frame, bottle or other. And just as the grains of sand can never be separated and poured again into the separate containers, so will your marriage and family be. You can purchase many gorgeous versions of Sand Ceremony Kits on Etsy and Ebay, and I also have a selection for sale.

I have had some couples who have had to reschedule three times in the last two years. I am very flexible and accommodating in these circumstances and will do everything possible to ensure we can get you married! Any monies paid for services not yet rendered will also be fully refunded in the case of unforeseen circumstances. I will always do my best to help in any way that I can!


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October 2023

A massive thank you Christina for all your help and support! From when we first reached out to book our ceremony, through 3 reschedules due to delays with visa processing, to creating a ceremony which perfectly reflected our personalities. Our ceremony was low key, with a mixture of emotions given my now husbands brother passed suddenly only a few weeks prior. Your ability to hold such a compassionate and intimate space was amazing! Your love and passion for what you do shines through. We are so blessed to have had you deliver the kind of ceremony we envisaged as we stepped into the next stage in our union. Thank you for creating such a memorable and special day for us!

Leanne O.

October 2023

We couldn't have asked for a better wedding celebrant! From the moment we met Chistina over Zoom, she was so organised, polite and professional. On our special day, everything went off without a hitch with the help of her expertise and attention to detail (we didn't even have a rehearsal, which I think says a lot about Christina's service!). What truly stood out was her understanding and support throughout the planning process, making us feel at ease every step of the way. We wholeheartedly recommend Christina's services to anyone looking for a dedicated and exceptional celebrant! Thank you again!

Maylene M.

May 2023

Blown away with love. Christina, was the most detailed, professional, warmest loving celebrant. From our very first enquiry on her services, we knew we found the one to marry us. Christina went through absolutely everything we needed to prepare for our wedding, the days leading it up to it and the day of. We are so thankful to have had Christina be apart of our gender reveal surprise wedding! Our guests spoke so highly of Christina after the service, she truly was amazing and made an impression on us all. We are so grateful, blessed and just truly happy. Thankyou so much Christina.

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thank you, thank you. Thank you so much for your beautiful testimonial. 😍

December 2023

Christina made us feel completely at ease. She effortlessly blended professionalism with a heartfelt touch, creating an unforgettable experience for us and our guests. If you're seeking a celebrant who goes above and beyond to make your wedding day truly magical, look no further than Christina – she's a true master of her craft.

Britzie S.

December 2023

Christina was absolutely amazing. My husband and I were so pleased with her services. She made the process calming and it was just the most beautiful and lovely ceremony, she is an excellent celebrant. She was always checking in with us and we always kept each other updated through the process to make sure the marriage would be smooth. She was gentle, friendly and kind. Definitely would recommend to anyone. Thank you again Christina. Xx

Isabella K.


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