Ceremonies by Cath - Catherine Flavell

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Cath is dedicated and committed to providing you exemplary service to help you celebrate your wedding day in a relaxing, fun and enjoyable way.

Hi and congratulations!

I am proud to be one of Sydney's professionally trained civil marriage celebrant, especially since Australia became the 26th country to recognised marriage equality on 9th December 2017.  So I look forward to the opportunity of being able to work together with ALL couples to celebrate their love and commitment in marriage.  My motto is "Your wedding, your ceremony!" So please allow me create your ceremony that will be moving and memorable.

Next, a very BIG THANK YOU to the wonderful couples who have provided lovely reviews about their experiences with my service. Every couple is important to me and as your celebrant I will give you the exceptional customer service that you deserve.

While getting married is a serious commitment, it doesn’t mean that your day has to be serious too. It should be a day of excitement, happiness, fun, laughter and maybe a few happy tears included - the perfect mixture of emotions that leads to the creation of a beautiful memory to cherish forever.

Together we will create your ceremony. I’ll take the time to get to know you - how you met, what are some of the special moments in your relationship - which I will incorporated into your ceremony - making it uniquely yours.

So whatever your dreams are for your ceremony, it will be written to suit – be it a formal and elegant affair, or a casual, relaxed event or a simple elopement style wedding using my ceremony room.

While I am based in South West Sydney, I have conducted weddings throughout the Sydney metropolitan area from Sydney north and Northern Beaches, down by our beautiful Sydney Harvour foreshore including the Royal Botanic Gardens and other various beautiful venues within the city and Inner West, on numerous Sydney beaches, parks and gardens and out to Sydney's west and the Blue Mountains.  I have even conducted weddings in Canberra, down Wollongong and Shoalhaven surrounds and even up in the Hunter Valley.

I also celebrate Renewal of Vows, Commitment ceremonies, Baby Namings and funeral services. Whatever ceremony I write for you, rest assured that I will dedicate the time and effort to making it special for you.

Further details are on my website and I look forward to hearing from you for a 'no obligation' appointment for further discussions.


Questions and Answers

COVID related question - Instead of rescheduling our wedding, can we marry now and then have a second wedding ceremony later when COVID restrictions are lifted and we celebrate with all our friends and family?

Ceremonies by Cath - Catherine Flavell

It is law in Australia that couples cannot have a 'second wedding' ceremony if they are already married.  So for couples who have opted to have or thinking of having a small 'COVID19' restricted style wedding and have their big celebration at a later date, they can have a 'Renewal of Vows' ceremony which one can see it as a 're-enactment' because it is very much like a wedding.  The stipulation for such ceremonies is that:

* The couple cannot call it a 'wedding' and their celebrant must make their guests aware that the couple has already married and that this is a 'Renewal of Vows' ceremony.

* This type of ceremony does not include any legal paperwork and the ceremony written does not contain any of the required legal words.

However, all is not lost - the best part of a 'Renewal of Vows' ceremony is that it can still look like a wedding ceremony where the bride can still process down the aisle, be 'given away' by her dad/parent and more importantly they can exchange their personal vows.  I have done several Renewal of Vows for couples who married overseas without their extended family and friends, but returned home to Australia and had one of these ceremonies so that they can celebrate their love and commitment with their Aussie friends and family.

COVID related question - We would still love to have our most important guests there but there's too many! How do we pick?

Ceremonies by Cath - Catherine Flavell

Um, this one is tricky - especially if both parties each come from very large families.  Certainly I would begin with their parents, then move onto siblings and most definitely don't forget your two official witnesses (if they are not part of this initial group).  

Given that the elderly and those with health issues are in the high risk category - as much as couples would love their grandparents to physically attend their wedding, I'm sure couples would have already considered this risk and therefore grandparents may be high on their list as their virtual guests. 

As for the rest of their extended family and friends, with technology available today that is enabling weddings to be live streamed, I do believe that many will be very understanding and couple's will find that this may not be such an overwhelming issue after all.  With restrictions loosening and more people are now allowed at weddings, this is not much of a problem, but everyone still need to be careful.  Everyone's health should be first and foremost in our minds in these trying times. :) 

COVID related question - What are your thoughts on a quick ceremony now and then celebration with guests later?

Ceremonies by Cath - Catherine Flavell

Everyone is different and it is really up to each couple, but personally I like the idea.  As a Civil Marriage Celebrant, I thoroughly enjoy small intimate weddings. Even though they may be short and quick, it is by no means impersonable - in fact it is more personal for the couple as their focus is on them, their love for each other which is often beautifully reflected in their personal vows.  

I have celebrate many such weddings before and also since the outbreak of COVID and some of the reasons provided were:

* They just want to be married and they are not fussed with the whole big wedding and all the hassles that comes with the organisation.

* They are a shy couple, so taking advantage of the opportunity to have their small intimate and meaningful wedding instead of a large one (which they personally don't want but may have felt pressured into by well meaning family).

* Taking advantage of saving money - just paying for the wedding ceremony and legalities and then have the spare money to perhaps go towards setting up their new home or a honeymoon later when travel is allowed.

* This one is a cheeky one - some have seen this as a blessing that they don't have to feel obligated to invite certain guests that they don't know or didn't want to have at their wedding.

As I said - each to their own and everyone has their reasons which we all need to respect.

ZOOM WEDDING - Can we do a wedding via Zoom and is it legal? Also one of our family members, who we'd like to be our witness is not able to physically attend our wedding, so can they still be one of our official witnesses via Zoom?

Ceremonies by Cath - Catherine Flavell

Yes, live streamed wedding ceremonies are legal if they are legally performed by an authorised celebrant - that is it is conducted legally with the minimum of the five people present together (the couple/celebrant and their two official witnesses).  Yes, the two official witnesses MUST be physically present at the ceremony so that they can sign the required paperwork after the ceremony has concluded.  Therefore official witnesses cannot witness the ceremony via ZOOM.

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12 Mar 2022

Cath provided an absolutely amazing ceremony for me and my wife. Due to extenuating circumstances, we found out 3 days before our wedding that our original celebrant was not able to officiate for us. I reached out to Cath and luckily she was available!. In 48 hours she was able to organise all the legal paperwork for us and wrote up an absolutely amazing ceremony for us. We could not be happier with what she was able to do for us in such a short amount of time. After a quick meeting with her, she was able to tailor the ceremony to reflect our personalities and this really provided the personal touch that my wife and I were after. Her communication and professionalism throughout was second to none and we would not hesitate to recommend her services.

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Thank you Howe and Emily for your generous review. Although we only had 3 days working together before your wedding day, I thoroughly enjoyed working with you both and I'm so pleased that everything worked out for you both in the end and you had the wedding that you had both planned for - even the weather behaved for you both :). Congrats and my best wishes again to you both for a wonderful future together. xoxo

15 Jan 2022

We first reached out to Catherine because we wanted a celebrant who was bilingual. From our very first meeting with Catherine, she was friendly, professional, and extremely organised and thorough. We were based interstate so we particularly appreciated the fact that she was accommodating and worked around our availabilities. She also understood us as a couple, (lots of laughter along the way!) and ensured the speech captured our personalities and what we valued the most as a couple. In light of the Omicron outbreak, Catherine was quick to provide us with the latest updates and her wisdom and advice ultimately reassured us to go ahead with the wedding as planned! We are thankful that we had her expertise on hand, especially during times of uncertainty. We can't thank you enough Catherine for making our ceremony a smooth, fun and memorable moment for us and our family. X

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Thank you so much Nancy and James for your generous review. I must admit I was nervous for you both, but so pleased that you were able to come down from QLD and have your wedding here in Sydney in front of your family. Congratulations and best wishes again for a wonderful future together. xoxo

19 Mar 2021

It was an absolute pleasure having Catherine as our celebrant. She was friendly and personable, yet professional and organised which is exactly what we needed. We had come from overseas to get married back home and Cath ensured she made it as easy as she could for us. She kept her cool even when we were late with our submissions or when plans changed due to uncontrollable events. Even with all the changes, the ceremony went smoothly and we received lots of compliments from our guests on how good our celebrant was. On top of all this she is kind hearted and clearly understands the importance of family and shares similar values to us, so we felt at ease with her. We would highly recommend Catherine! Thank you so much :)

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Thank you John and Alisa for your generous and kind words. I'm so pleased that we finally got you married and everything went well for you both on the day especially after a year's delay due to COVID. My best wishes again to you both for a wonderful future together. xoxo

5 Apr 2022

A lovely celebrant, very flexible in her hours and a good communicator. She was very understandable and accomodating when my wife and I explained the difficult situation we found ourself in right before ceremony . We are more than satisfied with “Ceremonies By Cath”. She is has clarity in her work and always ready and organised for her clients

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Thank you Seyyed for your kind words. I'm so pleased that everything worked out in the end for you and Bibi. My sincerest best wishes again to you both for a wonderful future together xoxo

28 Feb 2022

Such an absolute professional sweet caring easy going lady! Cath is truly an amazing celebrant! Certainly the only celebrant I've seen who can have your whole wedding laughing through out the ceremony! I gave Carh instructions on how long I wanted my service to go for and told Cath we did not want anyone falling asleep!! Well Cath certainly stood up to my many demands! As I'm a very unorganised bride Cath made sure she had my back covered, even calling me my wedding day to make sure I hadn't forgotten :))) HIGHLY RECOMMEND!!!

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Thank you Narelle and Stephen for your review. I thoroughly enjoyed working with you both and the many laughter we had during our appointments and also on your wedding day. So happy that everyone enjoyed your ceremony and had a great laugh at all the humour we included into your ceremony.

20 Feb 2022

Cath is a lovely and friendly lady. She has vast knowledge in several different types of ceremonies and explains them very clearly. She did the Cantonese component very well and we are very thankful for it. She also worked very well with our photographer allowing him to take wonderful photos. We highly recommend Cath to any couples looking to tie the knot. Thank you very much Cath, we had a perfect day.

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Thank you Michael and Lynsey for your kind words. I'm so happy that we were able to incorporate everything you both wanted into your ceremony - the Chinese tea ceremony and a special blessing from Pastor Ari as you begin your journey as 'husband and wife'. Thank you for allowing me to be your celebrant. Congratulations and best wishes again to you both. xoxo

26 Jan 2022

Everything from the first message to the ceremony was amazing. Cath was super helpful and very accomodating. She also helped a lot in giving advice and information. Excellent.

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Thank you Sean and Alice for your lovely review. Your ceremony truly was about your love for each other - expressed beautifully through your personally written vows. Congratulations and best wishes again for a wonderful future together. xoxo

22 Jan 2022

Cath was lovely and professional in every way. Warm and personable. She led us through every step with discretion and clearly explained any inquiries we had such as what was needed from our end and other things related to keeping our union a secret. What an amazing person to work with and we will be recommending her and her services to people we know. We appreciate her discretion and commitment to reassuring us through the whole process Thank you Cath!

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Thank you Ian and Em for your kind words. I am honoured to have been your celebrant and so pleased that you were able to get that very 'intimate' wedding that you both wanted - making your ceremony about yourselves. Congrats and best wishes again for your future. xoxo

19 Dec 2021

Cath did an amazing job for our special day and was absolutely amazing, professional and detail orientated. Thank you so much for your efforts, much appreciated!

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Thank you Johnson and Chloe for your lovely words. I so sorry you couldn't have your outdoor wedding due to the rain that came just before we were due to start but pleased that we were able to quickly re-organise everything for you both for an indoor wedding. Congratulations and best wishes again for a beautiful future together. xoxo

18 Dec 2021

Just wanted to give a big shout and thank Cath for all her help and support in being our wedding celebrant. We were very lucky to have someone who was well - organised and on top of everything. Not only did she make the process so simple but we had a lot of fun too. From the beginning we hit it off with Cath and our meetings probably went longer than usual because of all the laughs in between. Her professionalism and wealth of knowledge is highly recommendable. Thank you again Cath, we couldn't have picked a better celebrant and know that any of your future couples are in good hands.

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Thank you Rhia and Minh for your generous review. I enjoyed working together with you both and riding the highs and lows of postponing and rescheduling your wedding due to COVID. I'm so pleased that we finally got you both married :). Congrats and my best wishes again for a beautiful future together. xoxo

19 Nov 2021

Honestly could not have been happier going with Cath! We went on a recommendation of a friend and Cath really exceeded expectations. She's caring, attentive and really made the process so simple by spoon feeding us along he way. Most importantly, she made the process enjoyable! A lot of our meetings were after a long day of work, but still after each meeting, my wife and I walked away with a smile after an enjoyable session with Cath! :)

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Thank you so much Ornob and Sahana for your generous review. It was indeed my pleasure and an honour to have been your celebrant, working with you both made it so easy to write your ceremony. Congrats and all the best again for a beautiful future together. xoxo

17 Oct 2021

Cath is absolutely professional, very kind and also well organised. Her gentle and cheerful nature helped us out to stay calm on our wedding day. Everything about our ceremony was amazing. Thank you so much Cath!!!

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Thank you Milica and Sasa for your lovely review. It was an honour and pleasure to have worked with you both in creating your ceremony and lovely to see that every thing worked out well on the day with your family and friends helping out. Congrats and best wishes again to you both. xoxo

18 Sep 2021

Cath was super helpful with our wedding. She made sure that we knew what we were doing and was kind enough to help with our vows and also even gave us a box for our rings on the ceremony. Helping us with preparing for the ceremony and also making sure our special day was went smoothly. Thanks heaps for all your help Cath.

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Thank you Johnson and Rebecca for your kind words. Despite the change of venue within 48hrs of your big day, I'm so pleased that everything worked out well on the day for you both. Congrats again and my best wishes for a wonderful future together. xoxo

7 Sep 2021

Thank you Cath, for the very easy process of our no frills wedding. Cath is a pleasure to deal with, communication is great and very easy and she is always helpful in what is required. We recommend the services of Cath.

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Thank you Gina for your kind review. So pleased that you and Joel both the elopement style wedding you both wanted. Congrats and my best wishes again to you both for a wonderful future together. xoxo

4 Jun 2021

Absolutely the best celebrant, genuinely cares about your day. Don’t use anyone else, just Call Cath. Organised, extremely and makes the ceremony a very easy and stress free!

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Thank you Trish and Craig for your generous words. It was indeed my pleasure and honour to have been your celebrant and so pleased that everything worked out well for you both on the day. Congratulations again and my sincerest best wishes to you both for a wonderful future together. xoxo

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