Easy Weddings Marriage Celebrant Sydney

Robyn Pattison Civil Marriage Celebrant

5.0  ( 218 reviews ) · Sydney (everywhere), Lower Blue Mountains, Southern Highlands, Central Coast · Show Phone
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OVERVIEW

They call me The Wedding Pixie - and I really, really like it. I even bought the shoes to match.

I'm Robyn Pattison, award winning marriage celebrant  and OMG Wedding MC in Sydney, NSW.

Let's chat about your wedding day, and how I can help you make it gorgeous. 

I absolutely love my job - (it's a little like being a fairy godmother - but never, ever like a robot.)

My ceremonies are always moment of light, happiness - and usually, laughter - but never cheesy, stiff or dull. 
They are absolutely unique to each couple - because every couple I meet is different.

Personal and intimate, fresh and engaging, your wedding ceremony will be a real, living, breathing moment; about you, and for you, so that you, your family and your guests come away feeling like you have been part of something really special.

My receptions are so carefully organised  - and managed - that all you'll see is the fun and the laughter - and lots of dancing.

PS - Want to make the whole day easy and fun and fabulous? Talk to me about being your MC , too!  ( I'll even dance with your mum!)


FAQ

Yes! You really should. We all hope that your day is shiny and bright blue – but you never know…. It is worth spending a little extra, or making arrangements with your reception venue, for just in case.

Your guests will not thank you for making them stand in the rain, unprotected. They won’t hear a word we say – they’ll be too busy thinking about getting wet. Besides, if you get your shoes wet and muddy, they’ll get ruined…. (and we hate that, don’t we?)

Aaah! That one. Well, if you want one, or if it will make you feel more comfortable, of course we can do one. But if it’s not possible, or you don’t have to time, don’t worry, I will be there in plenty of time to sort everything and everyone out, before the ceremony. You never really needed one, anyway. 

I  even have an amazing rehearsal video. Ask me to send it to you.

I always ask that you budget about 45 minutes, from the time we first see a bridesmaid on her way down the aisle, through the ceremony, the kiss, the signing, the happy Mr & Mrs making their exit down the aisle – and into your big group photo with your guests, if you want one.

Feeling rushed is never  a good thing.

Most ceremonies will fit perfectly into that time frame – and it will go like lightning.

No - not anymore.

Think of your guests. Treat them with respect. Think of your groom – he’s waiting for you. Think of your schedule for the day. You’ll probably run out of time for your photos, if you are late. If you are worried about guests arriving late, invite them for 15 minutes, before you plan to arrive. No more than 15 minutes. Being any later than 15 minutes is plain rude.

No worries. More than half of my gorgeous couples are just like you. I have lots of lovely ideas to make your parents, guests and grandparents feel more welcome. I’ll practise just about any language you give me – so long as you give it to me in phonetics and coach me a little – I am getting pretty good – especially at Cantonese, Korean, Vietnamese and Mandarin! I’ll do anything you like to help.

You certainly don’t have to change your name. You don’t have to make the decision straight away. There’s no time limit on it.

But, maybe you just can’t wait to be Mr and Mrs – but you have no idea how to change your name? I wish I could tell you that there was just one form to fill in, or that it miraculously changes as I register the marriage, but that’s not true.

It’s a bit fiddly. Not difficult – but fiddly.

To change your name legally, you will first need an official Marriage Certificate from Births Deaths and Marriages.

This is not the certificate you signed on the day. This one comes later – directly from Births Deaths and Marriages.

When you have the official certificate, you will need to change your name for all your legal identification. That means Medicare, passport, the ATO, services like RTA etc.

I can give you the forms for these basic offices. You will have to fill them in, and go in, with your official certificate, tell them that you want to change your name, because you got married.

The Australian Passport Office will reissue you a new passport – for name change once in a ten year period – for free - if you apply within 6 months of your marriage!

When you have changed these basic legal identifies over, you can sign your new name on your legal documents. Don’t do that until you have.

You can call yourself Mr & Mrs Brand New Name, as soon as you are married. Just don’t sign Brand New Name on anything legal, until you have made the legal changeover.

PS Absolutely, positively, definitely don’t book your honeymoon tickets in your married surname. They won’t let you on the plane if the name on your passport is different to the name on your tickets!

Just because you aren’t in Sydney for all the preparations, doesn’t mean that your wedding can’t be fabulous!

Eloping in Sydney is easy – and I  can make it amazing, beautiful, wonderful, romantic…..

The world is much smaller than it used to be. There’s nothing we can’t do using email and facebook, facetime and Skype (but I think I’m better looking on facetime).

Almost everything is the same.

BUT you will need to fill in a form, called the Notice of Intent to Marry – and get your signatures witnessed in the Australian Embassy or Consulate, in the country you live in – and then scan it and send it to me. At least a month prior to the ceremony.

You should also check to make sure that an Australian marriage is automatically valid in your country. If it isn’t, you will need to get an Apostille Stamp. Talk to your consulate about how to get one of those.

Everything else can be done when you get here. It’s really, really easy.

Even if it’s only a small wedding, it’s still your wedding, so we need to make sure it is absolutely right for you. Some of the most memorable ceremonies I have ever done have been under ten people.

Ask me about my amazing secret ceremonies for elopers. So romantic – you will love it.

I can help you with suggestions of where to hold the ceremony – and point you in the direction of all sorts of suppliers, who can also help if you need them.

Go on!  Let's elope!


218 reviews 5.0 Write a Review

September 2023

Robyn is truly is one of a kind…. the love, passion, and authenticity she has for what she does honestly radiates from her. Our wedding day would not have been the same without her. Everything was so personalised and so ‘us’. I had so many guests comment on how fantastic she was. Robyn nurtured us step by step through the entire process and ensured we had everything we needed. She was also our MC and the whole evening flowed beautifully and she really showcased her ability to be adaptive, creative and personable. If you want someone who will go above and beyond, we highly recommend Robyn, we couldn't have been happier with her services.

Jenn P.

August 2023

Robyn, what can we say! You truly are an outstanding celebrant! Your energy, passion and conviction really shone through on our wedding day and we couldn't be happier that you married us. Your communication, zoom's and face-to-face meetings were always helpful, answering our many questions. You even went above and beyond to share with us your tips and tricks for our reception, which we are truly grateful for!

Kristy H.

February 2023

Let me start with a story. "There was once a bride and groom, whose wedding rings were left in a hotel room..." Yeah... our best man left our wedding rings in our hotel room and I (the bride) didn't even REALISE until his dramatic arrival right at the end of the ceremony. Robyn knew how to work the room, she made the ceremony go on a bit longer than intended (a lot of impromptu energising the crowd for the dramatic build up) and it was honestly THE BEST WEDDING STORY EVER (all our guests remember this story). If you want someone who will go above and beyond and also make the most stressful day of your life the best fun ever, don't look for anyone else. Robyn, if you are still doing this when my future kids get married, I'll make sure they choose you too.

Tasie G.

January 2024

We wanted to give our thanks and appreciation to Robyn for the experience throughout the whole process - from the communication prior to the wedding and all of the tips and advice she's provided through to the big day. She did an amazing job creating a ceremony that summarised our story perfectly and very us. Robyn was so easy to work with and the day could not have run any smoother (and surprisingly on time) if it was not for Robyn and her experience! Robyn was much more than just the celebrant and MC for us, she definitely helped make it magical and memorable for us. Her title as the wedding pixie has proven 1000% true for our wedding. I have received many compliments and rave reviews from our guests after the wedding for Robyn's professionalism and the whole vibe she has created on the night from our loved ones. I would recommend Robyn to anyone looking for a celebrant and/or MC (and someone who is super organised and can help alleviate some wedding planning stress)!

Betty P.

December 2023

Robyn was a superstar from the very get go. It was a privilege to have Robyn as our celebrant and MC for our special day. She was with us along our whole journey, gently reminding us of key things we needed to do and get ready for, helping us with planning and using her extensive experience guiding us along the way without being overbearing or precious with her time. We can't express enough how grateful we are to have Robyn help us through the planning phase. Then there was the day itself. This is where Robyn really showed her true experience, expertise and care. Her professionalism mixed with natural charisma was a big hit with the crowd. Her multi lingual ability also ensured everyone felt welcomed and engaged. The story she told of us at the ceremony had everyone laughing, crying and smiling along the whole way. It was perfect. At the reception she kept the energy going, wrestling with the runsheet order being thrown out, missing bride and groom and increasingly eager to party guests. Nothing phased Robyn and she easily managed this while also changing to another dress! Thanks again Robyn for your help to us. We will be forever grateful. Jason

J T.


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Can you become a celebrant and preside over your own wedding?

Robyn Pattison Civil Marriage Celebrant

Sorry - no - that isn't possible. You must have a regitered  celebrant, you, your partner and a minimum of two witnesses over the age of 18.

can i ask my celebrant to mention marriage equality during the ceremony?

I'm still looking for one- but this is really important to me

Robyn Pattison Civil Marriage Celebrant

Absolutely we can!  We can't change the legal wording, required by law ( until they change this ridiculous law) but therae re all sorts of ways that we can make it perfectly clear that even though we did have to say THAT - what we really want to say is THIS. I  offer this option to every couple I meet as I  find that the vast majority of them, like myself - and so many, many other celebrants are passionate about the need for change. We are all crossing our fingers that marriage will be for everyone, very, very soon. 

who walks me down the aisle if my dad is no longer with us?

Robyn Pattison Civil Marriage Celebrant

There are no rules on this one!  Ask your mum. Or  a special friend. You might like to walk in with the  groom - or walk part of the way - and have him come and collect you. You might have an older sibling that would be honoured. You might like to walk all the way in by yourself. 

You might like to honour dad during the ceremony -a nd there so many ways to do this. He may not be there in person - but he will absolutely be there in your hearts and memories

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