David Nettle Civil Marriage Celebrant

Rating
(8 reviews)
 
Service Area
Sydney
Business Hours
7 Days by Appointment
24/7
Average Pricing
$535
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Make your wedding day extra special with a marriage ceremony that has been personally crafted for you by a professional marriage celebrant. Based in Sydney, David Nettle has been performing civil marriages since 2009. He specialises in tailoring ceremonies to your wishes, ensuring they’re a celebration of who you are and what you and your partner mean to each other.

Having been a Justice of the Peace since 1994 and a Civil Marriage Celebrant since 2009, David Nettle understands how important it is to celebrate the significant changes in your life with meaningful ceremonies that are a unique and accurate representation of your love story.

 

What you’ll love about David Nettle Civil Celebrant for your Sydney wedding:

  • The tailored ceremony. David works hard to ensure your ceremony is a true reflection of your relationship, love, inside jokes, and what you mean to one another.
  • He’ll set you at ease. David is very good at helping people relax before the long walk down the aisle, coaching you through the nerves at being the centre of attention.

 

Highlights of David Nettle Civil Celebrant for your Sydney wedding:

  • His professionalism and experience. David has been a professional celebrant since 2009 and knows just how to guide couples through the whole experience. Have any questions? He’s more than willing to answer them in the leadup to the wedding day.
  • He has his own equipment. David has a premium portable sound system suitable for large outdoor events.

 

What else do you need to know about David:

Q. How would you describe your wedding ceremony presentation style?

A. Confident.  I studied voice at acting school and as a singer I know how to handle a microphone.  I am comfortable being the centre of attention and can be heard clearly without a microphone, although I usually use my PA system to ensure the couple can be heard clearly. 

Q. Do you specialise in a particular ceremony style or ritual?

A. No, however, I can perform secular ceremonies and am happy to incorporate elements from other cultures.  I am familiar with many cultural traditions, including handfasting and am always interested to learn about other culrures. 

Q. Do you offer to help couples write their wedding vows?

A. Yes, however I remind them that it's an opportunity to express what they mean to each other in their own words and the more personal their vows are the more it adds to the occasion.  I tell them to just say what they feel and if they need me to craft it into a form of words I can help them. 

Q. Can you share one or two wedding ceremony readings you like to recommend to couples?

A. Off the top of my head, 1 Corithians 13 is good for people with a church background; I also like Shakespeare's Sonnet 116.  Here's one that I wrote myself :

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It is often said that love is constant, but how can that be?  Love is many things.  It is strong, but tender; it is all-consuming, but gentle; it is passionate, but unhurried.

A life together consists of countless moments, some joyous, some challenging.  A relationship must encompass all these moments.  What endures is the commitment to face them together as one, holding each other above all else, come what may. 

Relationships must be like trees in a forest, one must accept them for what they are here and now.  Just as a tree grows with the sunshine, wind and rain, sprouting new branches and leaves but with roots firmly anchored to the earth, so a relationship grows amid the noisy confusion of life, adapting to circumstance but remaining anchored in love and respect.

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Q. What equipment will you bring (or require the couple to provide) on the wedding day?

A. I can provide a top-of-the-range Mipro sound system, signing table and chairs and even live music if required.  The prices are set out in my schedule of fees.

Q. What’s the best review you’ve ever received from a couple?

A. They are all good, but I particularly appreciated this one. "David has been a wonderful Celebrant. He was super accommodative and made the whole process much easier and more manageable than we initially thought. We had a small elopement and David was also understanding of this as well, tailoring the ceremony to fit exactly what we need. He is very open to discussion and prompt in answering our questions which just made it so much more reassuring. " Son L, 12 March 2021    

Q. What packages do you offer and are there any additional fees?

$330   Elopement special.  You and your partner, 2 witnesses and photographer.

$440   Basic ceremony with vows selected from a list of alternatives and exchange of rings if required and a rehearsal if requested.  

Extras:

$220  Peronalised ceremony with readings, personalised vows, rituals, music  etc.

$90    Signing table and chairs (I find most couples bring their own or use the facilities at the venue).

$60    Registry copy of Marriage Certificate (this charge is levied by the Registry - I pay it on your behalf)

I also offer live music.  I am a musician and I know lots of musicians.   Price depends on exactly what you want.  

Q. What else would you like couples to know about what you do?

A. The recurrent theme in my reviews is how I set people at ease, explain things clearly and make the whole process fun and relaxing so that everyone can enjoy the occasion.


“David Nettle officiate our wedding was an absolute delight! He made the whole process smooth and easy from start to finish and was always happy to answer any questions that we had leading up to ceremony. He was always very organised, informative, well spoken, prompt, and just a lovely man in general to have there as a part of our special day.” Jessica G

 

 


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Questions and Answers

What’s your process with couples like?

David Nettle Civil Marriage Celebrant

 I sit with them, explain highlights of the process and ask if they have any questions.  I always send my price list when responding to an enquiry so I assume they are OK with the fees before we get together.  Then I fill on the NOIM with them and make sure the documents are in order. If they have opted for the full service ceremony I ask them what sort of ceremony they would like.  I prompt them with possible inclusions like readings, music, handfasting etc.  I ask them to think about what they want to say in their vows.  I explain that it's their opportunity to tell each other how they feel 'from the heart' but I add that I can suggest some alternatives if they would like.  Within a few days I email them a draft of the ceremony for approval.  They can make changes and add things.  If they have not written their vows yet, the draft will contain alternative vows that they can select or use as a basis for their own vows.  When they have finalised their vows I send them a final copy of the script for approval.  

Can you provide ceremony script samples if a couple would like to see them?

David Nettle Civil Marriage Celebrant

Yes.  I always have a 'bare bones' ceremony with me when I first meet the couple.  I explain what this is  

Do you usually attend a ceremony rehearsal the day before the wedding?

David Nettle Civil Marriage Celebrant

More often a week before, because people are usually too busy the day before.  

Reviews

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12 Dec 2020

David was a great celebrant. He was very flexible, well-organised, honest and merry. He suggested a few interesting ideas to the ceremony, helped us to have a rehearsal and even agreed to play the live music for us. He was very supportive and patient with us, and created just the relaxed atmosphere we wanted for our wedding. We’re thinking of hiring him again for our next wedding ;-)

22 Feb 2020

The service David provided was honestly just everything we wanted. He took what we wanted and needed and just got it done! I definitely recommend David for any different kind of wedding. We had a hand fasting ceremony and he did such a beautiful ceremony.

10 Jun 2018

David Nettle officiate our wedding was an absolute delight! He made the whole process smooth and easy from start to finish and was always happy to answer any questions that we had leading up to ceremony. He was always very organised, informative, well spoken, prompt, and just a lovely man in general to have there as a part of our special day. I have no reservations whatsoever in recommending him to anyone who is looking for a celebrant for their wedding.

13 Mar 2021

David was great!!! Very helpful, he went above and beyond to help us on the day and provided a ceremony tailored to us. He has great energy, and we all had a great day. Thank you again David!!!!!!

12 Jan 2021

David has been a wonderful Celebrant. He was super accommodative and made the whole process much easier and more manageable than we initially thought. We had a small elopement and David was also understanding of this as well, tailoring the ceremony to fit exactly what we need. He is very open to discussion and prompt in answering our questions which just made it so much more reassuring.

16 Aug 2019

David was a fantastic celebrant. He was supportive, flexible and patient with our situation. I would highly recommend him to all of my friends and family.

20 Apr 2012

David was so flexible and open. Gave us lots of ideas leading up to the day on how we could run it and lots of types of vows we could do. We mixed two cultures well. He was prompt, early and organised on the day and he made it special for my grandmother as that was our request. We recommend him to all our friends

1 Aug 2010

David was extremely professional. He took the time to get to know my partner and myself before planning out our ceremony and working with us on our vows. His communication and planning towards this very important occasion were amazing. His delivery was both very professional and very touching.


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