Craig Batchelor - Celebrant & MC

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(14 reviews)
 
Service Area
Sydney, Newcastle and the NSW Central Coast
Business Hours
7 days a week
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I’m a young, vibrant, and fun loving Sydney based Marriage Celebrant who LOVES a velvet jacket and a bow tie! The most important thing you need to know is that I love LOVE & I will bring all the feels to your ceremony!

I became an authorised Marriage Celebrant for two reasons because I love love and because it gives me an excuse to constantly top up my velvet jacket, bow tie and pocket square collection.

As a Marriage celebrant, MC & wedding industry professional, I know what couples want in a Marriage Celebrant. I also know what they don’t want too. They want someone who is organized, fun and warmly energetic, without being over the top. Someone who takes the time to get to know the couple personally whilst behaving respectfully and professionally. Someone who cares about the love, fun, and commitment they share and this will reflect in the marriage ceremony of the couple. What they don’t want is someone who arrives late, is generally unorganised, reads off a script, forgets peoples names, tells awkward jokes, and bombs all of your beautiful wedding ceremony photos.

I became a marriage celebrant because I get so much enjoyment from being an integral part of the biggest occasion in the lives of people I get to know well, and now call friends. I’m grateful for each opportunity to work with a couple, and together we will ensure that your ceremony is unique, thoughtful, sincere, moving and fun. Kind of like falling in love all over again! The ceremonies I create will have your family and friends still talking, laughing and crying about it at your Diamond Wedding Anniversary.

I’m here to help you create your dream wedding. Whether it's a fun, personal, heartfelt or more creative style of wedding that you're looking for, I am here to guide you through the process, legal aspects and make planning your special day effortless.

Creating dream weddings is a skill. I draw upon my many years of experience in the corporate world as an MC, and events management roles combined with a passion for public speaking, an eye for detail and a little flair.

I love meeting couples and unearthing your shared stories, heartfelt moments and your love for one another.

Throughout the preparations and on your wedding day, I bring a friendly mix of experience, warmth and life to make your day memorable for you and your guests.

I look forward to getting to know you
Much Love
Craig xx


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How long before our wedding must we sign our forms?

Craig Batchelor - Celebrant & MC

Your Marriage Celebrant must receive a completed Notice of Intended Marriage form at least one month before the wedding. You can give it to your celebrant up to eighteen months beforehand and it still remains valid during that period. Contact me discuss your Notice of Intended Marriage form 

Can we have our wedding sooner than the 1 month waiting period?

Craig Batchelor - Celebrant & MC

Prescribed authorities, which are usually at your Local Court or Registry officials can shorten the required period of notice if they are satisfied that the circumstances prescribed in the Regulations are met.
There are five categories of circumstances set out in the Regulations.

  • Employment–related, or other travel commitments
  • Wedding or celebration arrangements, or religious considerations
  • Medical reasons
  • Legal proceedings, and
  • Error in giving notice.

Shortening of time is not automatic. Contact me to discuss shortening of time and how I can help you. 

What documents do I need to provide?

Craig Batchelor - Celebrant & MC

Your original Birth Certificates and a current photo ID or a passport are required for both parties. If you don't have a birth certificate then just a passport and current photo ID is sufficent. 

If either of you have been previously married, then you must provide evidence of the termination of the marriage. This can be in the form of an original of your final divorce papers or a Death Certificate (if you have been widowed).

Please ensure that all the documents you provide are the originals, and if the originals are not in English, then a qualified interpreter (NAATI interpreter desirable) must have translated them.

Can we have a surprise wedding?

Craig Batchelor - Celebrant & MC

You can’t have a surprise wedding for your intended spouse. Both of you need to be fully aware that you are getting married.

However, you can have a surprise wedding for your guests. 

How do we choose the right Celebrant?

Craig Batchelor - Celebrant & MC

Your wedding day is a once in a lifetime moment - you want it to be perfect, and finding the right celebrant that fits your vision for the ceremony is absolutely critical.  The only way to find the perfect celebrant is to contact them and meet with them in person, starting with celebrants that have websites, media and recommendations that resonate with you.

Don’t settle for a celebrant that you’re not comfortable with.  A good celebrant will:

  • Inform you of the legalities of a civil marriage
  • Explain all the paperwork required
  • Give you plenty of ideas and tips for planning before your big day
  • Listen to your ideas and seek to integrate them into your wedding ceremony
  • Make sure your wedding day is memorable and stress free.

In terms of my experience as a wedding celebrant, I can offer couples a fresh, youthful and personable approach to wedding celebrations.  My speciality is being able to customise and tailor ceremonies that will reflect the unique personalities of the couple.  

Reviews

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13 Apr 2019

Craig is excellent! He married us in April 2019. Craig travelled to meet with us month's before the wedding getting to know us and help us with our vows. He was professional with wanting to know all the detials of the ceremony and making flow, he cares alot and has such a kind nature. Thanks again Criag! Rach+Jacko

Craig Batchelor - Celebrant & MC  

Awww Thank you Rach! I loved being apart of your special day. It was perfect! I cant wait to hear more about the new and exciting journey you and Jacko are about to embark on xx

30 Mar 2019

Craig was an amazing celebrant who prepared everything for us in the lead up with a lot of attention and detail, and was so helpful and calm. Our ceremony was so beautiful, romantic, personal and heart-felt, it couldn’t have been more perfect. We had nothing but positive reviews from our guests and we are so happy that he was able to marry us. Words cannot express how grateful we are for making our Wedding Day complete and perfect.  Many, many thanks. Adam and Caiti

Craig Batchelor - Celebrant & MC  

Awwww thanks Caiti! Such beautiful words. I was absolutely honoured to be able to marry you and Adam. The love you both have for each other is something out of the world. Two beautiful and special souls. xx

24 Nov 2018

Craig was absolutely amazing. He went above and beyond in ensuring our ceremony was original and made us feel extremely comfortable in all our meetings and even more so on the day. Craig left a lasting impression on our guests, with people asking us following our wedding about Craig. If we could do it all over again with Craig as our celebrant, we would not have changed a thing.

Craig Batchelor - Celebrant & MC  

I would love to do it all again with you both Lauren. Thank you for allowing me to be apart of your day and for being the spark that created this journey for me! :)

30 Jan 2021

WOW where to begin !!! well firstly Craig is such an amazing person let alone a celebrant we first had a get to know meeting and he honestly made us feel right at home. then throughout the month leading up to it Craig made everything just so easy for us, sorting out all the paperwork making sure we had our music sorted he honestly kept us sane !! our wedding day was an absolute dream and honestly having "Over The Rainbow Celebrant Services" just made it that extra bit special because me and my now husband knew we were in such good hands everything ran so smoothly thanks to Craig. we honestly can NOT speak highly enough of this amazing person. i will forever recommend "Over The Rainbow Celebrant Services".. so if you are stuck looking for a celebrant Craig is your guy !!! thankyou so much Craig.

28 Nov 2020

Craig was our saviour! Our original celebrant was caught up in border restrictions and Craig came to the rescue and was amazing! Thank you Craig for making what could have been a stressful situation a smooth and easy situation. Thanks for being cool calm and collected and keeping us the same.

24 Oct 2020

Craig was fantastic in conducting our marriage ceremony. We had a small intimate legals only ceremony with our immediate family, and Craig made it so special that it felt like we had all our nearest and dearest friends right there with us. Craig is warm, friendly, relaxed and very organised. No problem was too big for Craig. If you want a celebrant who is all of those things and more, Craig is the one for you.

11 Oct 2020

Craig, you are an absolute legend! We cant thank you enough. You made our day run so smoothly and our day would not have been the same without you. Our ceremony was perfectly balanced with emotion, humour and love and you captured our story perfectly. Our wedding was perfect because we had you there with us every step of the way, supporting and guiding us in what has been uncertain times in 2020! Thanks again

8 Aug 2020

Craig is amazing! We got married during Covid and Craig was there every step of the way for us. Our family and friends were raving about how amazing Craig is. Thank you Craig for making our day run so smoothly and special.

21 Feb 2020

Craig was our celebrant on 21st Feb, 2020 and we could not have been more than happy with Craig and his services. He was professional yet caring and supportive. Craig helped us right from the moment we spoke to him first, helped us understand the process and the requirements while being adjustable to our needs and desires. He created an event full of moments for us which we never could have imagined without him. The event yet simple turned out so beautiful that all our guest fell in love with it. Craig ensured we were comfortable and calm even in the midst of the chaos of the day. Going out of his way , he made sure our first drink was a moment to remember. We would definitely recommend Craig and his services if you want your day to be perfect. Thank you Craig. With Love Deepak and Velentina

28 Dec 2019

Craig went above and beyond for us. We wanted simple and he provided that but ensured it was personal and warm. We can not thank him enough as he really did help to make the day special.

Craig Batchelor - Celebrant & MC  

Loved being able to marry you guys!! Was such a special moment in so many ways!! Much love to you both xx

19 Oct 2019

The ABSOLUTE BEST celebrant and MC! Craig made us feel so relaxed and comfortable and had it all under control. Informative, organised and super fun! Thank you for giving us the best day. We couldn’t have imagined our day without you. S&M

Craig Batchelor - Celebrant & MC  

I loved being your celebrant and MC! What a day and night. A beautiful love story brought to life and celebrated. So much fun. All the best lovers!! xxx

12 Oct 2019

There is no better celebrant and MC out there than you. Thank you so much for everything you did for us. We could not have wished for a better ceremony. You made us feel so relaxed and comfortable knowing you had it all under control. Our guests are still talking about how much fun you are. Our ceremony was personalised and perfect just for us! Thank you again. We will never forget it - Liz and Dan

Craig Batchelor - Celebrant & MC  

Thank you Liz. It was my pleasure. What a fabulous day! :)

6 Oct 2019

Craig is a wonderful celebrant. He was really flexible and together we created the perfect ceremony for us. His calm manner was needed and appreciated, but he was still able to fully take control of a large group at our rehearsal and ensured everyone knew what they needed to do. Everything went flawlessly.

Craig Batchelor - Celebrant & MC  

Thank you Anna. The wedding was so much fun. It was my pleasure to work with you and Alex. You both made it so easy for me to help create the perfect ceremony for you both :)

5 Oct 2019

Craig is an absolute dream celebrant to work with. Thank you for going to so much effort to capture and present the love we felt for each other to all our beautiful family and friends. You filled our ceremony full of warmth, happiness and light heartedness (with a few tears in between) we are overwhelming grateful. Sam and Molly

Craig Batchelor - Celebrant & MC  

What an absolute honour to be apart of your day. It was such a beautiful ceremony, I don't think there was a dry eye amongst the guests! :)


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