Married by Leah

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Sydney's Married by Leah is a marriage celebrant specialising in creating unique and artful wedding ceremonies. Leah's passion lies in making couples' dreams come true on their big day. With a background in television production, she brings her project management and event planning experience to ensure a seamless and personalised ceremony.

Leah's commitment to creating unforgettable wedding experiences extends beyond her role as a marriage celebrant. With Married by Leah, your Sydney wedding is in the hands of a dedicated professional who will ensure that your ceremony is a true reflection of your love and commitment. She will gently guide you through the process, ensuring you feel comfortable and confident every step of the way. Leah caters to couples all over Sydney, including the Illawarra area, Wollongong, and the Hunter Valley, and is even willing to travel further afield to make your wedding unforgettable.

Her exceptional services have been featured in the Sixth Edition of Same Same Weddings Magazine, a publication dedicated to celebrating love and showcasing businesses that warmly welcome and value the LGBTIQ+ community. 


"Leah created a warm and personalised ceremony that reflected both of our personalities. We felt comfortable leaving it in her hands, and she made the whole process simple and straightforward. We had seen Leah officiate a couple of our friends' weddings and knew she would be perfect for ours." — Tanya + Grant.


What you'll love about working with Married by Leah for your Sydney wedding:

  • Tailored Ceremonies. Leah offers flexibility and customisation, designing a ceremony that reflects your unique personalities and preferences. She embraces diversity, accommodating same-sex couples, different nationalities, faiths, and customs.
  • Professionalism and Expertise. With Leah's experience in television production, she brings a unique skill set to her role as a marriage celebrant. Her project management and event planning expertise ensures a professional and well-executed service, allowing you to relax and enjoy your wedding day.
  • Personal Connection. Leah takes the time to understand you as a couple, your stories, and your desired ceremony. Her warm and friendly approach creates a comfortable environment where you can openly discuss your vision. Whether it's an in-person meeting, a phone call, an email, or Zoom, Leah accommodates your preferences to ensure a personalised and stress-free experience.


Wedding Packages:

Full Package

Includes multiple scheduled meetings, phone and email support, a wedding script tailored to your specifications, access to service material, a rehearsal (if possible), and the lodgement of all legal paperwork before and after the ceremony. Travel within 50 km is incorporated in the fee. A non-refundable booking fee of $200 is required.

Legal Ceremony Only

Covers the cost of the Official Marriage Certificate, currently priced at $60. Additional travel costs may apply if the journey exceeds 50 km or requires overnight accommodation.

Elopement Package

Designed for intimate ceremonies with up to 10 guests, this package includes scheduled meetings, phone and email support, access to service material, a wedding script tailored to your preferences, and the lodgement of all legal paperwork. The $200 non-refundable booking fee includes the Notice of Intended Marriage.


Highlights of working with Married by Leah Sydney:

  • Warm, creative marriage celebrant 
  • Tailored ceremonies reflecting your personalities
  • Professionalism and expertise in event planning
  • Personalised service creating a comfortable environment
  • Flexibility to accommodate diverse backgrounds
  • Willingness to travel for your wedding day


"Leah is simply the best Marriage Celebrant you could ask for! From the moment we met her, we knew we wanted her standing up there with us when it came time to say 'I Do.' She's fun, bubbly, and super easy to get along with, putting us at ease right from the start. It was like working with a good friend! Her ceremony was beautiful and exactly what we wanted – heartfelt and fun! We feel so lucky to have had such a special person marry us, and we infinitely recommend her to anyone looking for a Celebrant." — Elizabeth + Steven.


My name is Leah, and I LOVE being a marriage celebrant. I've been in the love making (hitching) business for over 5 years now and have tied the knot for almost 100 lovebirds. That's right, I'm basically Cupid's personal assistant! I'm a firm believer that life is all about experiences, especially the ones that give you butterflies and heart palpitations. That's why I became a celebrant in the first place. I'd love to help you get hitched so get in touch!

Miss Leah Appleby


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A Civil Ceremony usually takes about 23 minutes. This includes the bride/s walking down the aisle, the ceremony and signing the paperwork but it does depend on the type of ceremony you choose. It’s your special day and should be everything you want it to be. I always tell clients to allow a half an hour block in your schedule just in case. 

Ordinarily no. You are required to notify your celebrant (ME!) at least 31 days before the date of your intended marriage. It is, however, possible to shorten this minimum time if special circumstances set out in the regulations are met.

Firstly, you need to meet with me to fill out the Notice of Intended Marriage Form.

Secondly you will need to approach a prescribed authority for approval (your Local Court or Registry Officials). These officials are the only people that can shorten the required period if they are satisfied that the circumstances prescribed in the regulations are met: These circumstances are:

1. Employment related or other travel commitments.
2. Wedding or celebration arrangements, or religious considerations.
3. Medical reasons.
4. Legal proceedings.
5. Error in giving notice.

The reason for seeking a shortening of time must fall within one of these categories and it is up to the prescribed authority to approve the application. Please be aware that it is not an automatic process.

  • Housekeeping (To family and friends)
  • Entrance of Bridesmaids and Bride (Music can be played as you make your entrance)
  • Welcome
  • Introduction (Sharing how you met or your journey so far as a couple or family)
  • Reading (1st) (optional)
  • Monitum (The legal part of the Ceremony which must be said by the Celebrant)
  • Asking (I will ask if you are willing to take one another as partners in life)
  • Vows (The marriage commitment) (legal)
  • Personal vows
  • Exchange of Rings (optional)
  • Other rituals of your choice (optional) (eg. any family customs or traditions, a candle unity ritual, hand fastening ritual, etc.)
  • Reading (2nd) (optional)
  • Declaration and Kiss (Declaration of marriage)
  • Signing of the Marriage Register & Certificates (Some more music is best played here while you sign the legal paperwork)
  • Presentation of Newlyweds (This can include a blessing, reading, words of congratulations, or anything else of your choice. You will be presented with your Marriage Certificate and announced as the married couple for the very first time).

Before your wedding, you need to complete a Notice of Intended Marriage at least one month and one day prior to your Wedding. It can also be lodged with me up to 18 months in advance of the Wedding. I would suggest not leaving this document to the last minute.

Documents you need to supply:

  • an original copy of your birth certificate if you were born in Australia
  • If you were born overseas you will need your birth certificate or a current passport.
  • If you are widowed you will also need the death certificate which can be obtained from the State Registry in the state where the death was registered.
  • If either partner was previously divorced, a copy of the decree absolute can be obtained from the Family Law Court in the state where the marriage was dissolved.

Please note: Any documents in a foreign language must be translated into English and a Translation Certificate supplied.

At the wedding you are also required to have two witnesses who are over the age of 18 present to sign the Marriage Register and Certificates.

Yes I can! 

You can start using your new married name as soon as you are married! To get accounts and identification changed over into your new married name then you need the official marriage certificate. Most companies will want to see a copy, so get in contact with each one to learn the process and ask if they have a form. If you don’t like the idea of wasting newlywed days on hold, researching and filling in forms then consider using a name change kit. Simply check off the companies to notify and Easy Name Change will send you a custom pack of forms. Just attach your marriage certificate and send!

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July 2023

Leah is such a wonderful celebrant. During our pre-wedding meeting she made sure to understand our vision for our ceremony and tailored the ceremony around our love story and our interests in a magical way, she also was kind to accommodate a special cultural touch to fit my wifes persian background. She amazed everybody in our wedding with the touching transcript and lovely personality ❤️ Leah went above and beyond on the day and she was flexible and accommodating. She made our day special.

Mark S.

July 2023

Leah was an amazing celebrant. My husband and I both wanted someone who had a personable, warm, fun and calming presence to keep us sane and tell our story on our wedding day. Leah had just that. She helped calm our nerves on the day (which was massive as we're both typically anxious in front of big crowds). She got to know us so well that members of my own family were asking if we knew her, because she of the way she told our story and narrowed down the essence of our relationship and who we are as people. She navigated us through the tricky legal process and made it seem so simple. She was recommended to us by a family friend, and we are are so glad we took their advice.

Rebecca R.

July 2023

Leah was the fabulous celebrant at our recent rainbow wedding in Sydney and it was an honor to have her officiating our vows. Leah put a great deal of effort into getting to know us and our story - and the ceremony was packed full of humor and heart. She did a beautiful job of telling the story of our relationship and had the audience (and us!) truly captivated throughout. We couldn't have dreamed of a better wedding - so Leah thank you SO MUCH for making it so special. We will never forget it.

Emma G.

July 2023

Review: Leah was a wonderful celebrant. She was patient, methodical and did a fantastic job to turn our questionnaires into a lovely love story. I was worried she wouldn't be able to say my surname, but she pulled it off perfectly to my family's delight. Thank you for making our day perfect.

Eduardo P.

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There are so many choices for a celebrant... How can we narrow down and pick one for us?

We are having just a small wedding - 20 guests. It will be a simple ceremony followed by the reception. We don't want to spend too much, but would like a celebrant who can make the short amount of time special.

Married by Leah

Hi! My best advice would be to look at their websites, read their story and jump on a zoom call with a few to see which one you vibe with the most. Make sure the celebrant aligns with your values and offers the style that you are after. Hope that helps! 

Arriele B

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