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.


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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?

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?

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?

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?

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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23 Sep 2016

I love Cath! She is the best celebrant I have ever met, a very warm and friendly person. I was highly recommended by a few of my closest friends, so making that decision was easy. During our appointments we had many laughs, which made the relationship perfect. I believe it's one of the most important aspects for us, which made it very easy to open up about our relationship and stories of how we met. Even though we practiced during our appointments, the day came and we totally forgot what we'd rehearsed. Cath was discreetly guiding us through the ceremony. She had also made this a very personal and intimate morning for us. Cath is very prepared for happy tears with tissues on hand for us as well We'll never forget this day, thank you Cath for the sharing our moment with us and making it very special. Love Chanthy and Linda

Ceremonies by Cath - Catherine Flavell  

Loved working with you both on your ceremony and making it special for you both. We certainly had many laughs between us. Congratulations again to you both and thank you so much for your lovely and kind words.

8 Apr 2016

Our wedding could not have been so wonderful without Cath as our Celebrant. From the first meeting to the ceremony itself, Cath knew what was needed to make it perfect. The finer details of the ceremony were all overseen by Cath and our guests have said our wedding was the best one they had ever been to. All of the suggestions Cath made just added to our day being perfect. Thank you so very much, we can't recommend Cath more highly.

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Thank you for your kind words Lisa. So glad that everyone enjoyed your special ceremony. Congratulations again to you both for a beautiful future together.

14 Sep 2013

Cath was absolutely amazing. Couldn't have asked for a better celebrant! The civil ceremony was perfect and our guests kept commenting on how personal and intimate it was. We’re very lucky to have found a celebrant that was fun, creative, understanding and down to earth and I felt so confident that the ceremony would be wonderful knowing it was in her hands. Thank you for providing everything during the ceremony especially the bottle(s) for the sand ceremony and for all the suppliers that Cath recommended. We will definitely recommend her to everyone xx Anna & Thien

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!!!

22 Aug 2020

Catherine is very professional & accommodating to (almost) last minute changes. She made the whole process so easy for us & was well prepared from the first day we contacted her to the wedding day, which in our case had to be postponed due to Covid. Thank you again Catherine Bernard & Renu

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Thank you Bernard for your review. If COVID has taught us anything, that is to be as flexible as possibly can. It has certainly been challenging for you both, but we got there in the end. :) My best wishes to you both again for a wonderful future together.

23 Nov 2019

Highly recommend Cath. She made the process easy and stress-free for my husband and I. She was very accommodating, very professional and had great attention to detail. She was also quick to respond to any emails or queries I had. We had a couple of face to face meetings with her, which we found to be extremely helpful. She took the time to explain to us what the process is like, and even did a mock “walking down the aisle” which really helped prepare us. Thanks Cath for everything. Will be recommending you to family and friends!

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Thank you for your kind words Belinda. With last minute changes due to rain on your day didn't dampen the beautiful atmosphere, even with having to move indoors just moments before the start of your wedding. Best wishes again to you both for wonderful future.

12 Oct 2019

Our wedding was in October 2019 and we were lucky enough to have Cath be our celebrant. She is very detailed, always friendly, thorough and helpful. No matter what time or day we contacted her, she was always there and replied promptly throughout the whole wedding planning and post-wedding too! Thank you so much Cath for your humour, professionalism and always positive attitude!

5 Apr 2019

Cath was an amazing celebrant for our day, from the moment we met, she put us at ease with everything that needed to get done, and was really organised and detailed in explaining how the day ran, legal docs, and really took care of the formalities to officially get married. She really worked with us as a couple to uncover what type of ceremony we wanted - not too serious, filled with love, and kept it light hearted and fun. We would definitely recommend her!

18 Aug 2018

From the day we met Cath we knew she was the celebrant for us. She put us at ease with the whole process, explaining it perfectly. We had a mixed language wedding, Cantonese and English and she was outstanding. All our guests commented on the 5 star job she did.

29 Jun 2018

In about a month, Cath put together a wonderful ceremony for us. We were busy with lots to do and Cath was so dedicated to her craft, happy to meet us outside of business hours to get things done. The whole thing was planned easily and efficiently, very well organised and the day came together nicely. We knew our ceremony was in good hands and was not a worry at all. Thanks so much!

31 Mar 2018

Cath was so easy to work with. She was very efficient with her replies and made our whole wedding process so much smoother! She gave us fantastic suggestions for our ceremony and really listened to what we wanted to have included and what we didn't want. Thank you again, Cath!

5 Jan 2018

Cath provided my wife and I with the most enjoyable experience with the wedding ceremony planning. I recall clearly how she was able to keep us calm throughout the whole process especially on our Wedding Day. She had everything under control and was able to make everything go smoothly.

24 Nov 2017

Cath is an amazing and a very organised celebrant. We are so happy that we had Cath with us. She oversaw every detail of the ceremony and made the whole experience personalised and intimate. We have laughter during our meetings, and her suggestions are helpful. Thanks Cath!

17 Nov 2017

Catherine was there for us every step of the way. She has an eye for attention to details and quick to response to all our emails. We are so glad to have her as our celebrant and she made our day so seamless and worried free.

14 Sep 2017

Cath was wonderful to deal with and we did not have to worry about anything for our ceremony. She is detailed, thorough, clear and well prepared and most helpful. She made our ceremony effortless and enjoyable and would recommend her in a heartbeat.

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