A Day with Dorothy

(7 reviews)
Service Area
Wollongong, South Coast, Southern Highlands
Business Hours
By Appointment
Average Pricing

Dorothy from A Day with Dorothy prides herself on her sense of humour and professionalism. With a desire to make your wedding as special and unique as you are, Dorothy loves bringing couples’ dreams to life in their perfect ceremony. Weaving your stories and personalities into the ceremony, Dorothy will ensure your Illawarra or Southern Highlands wedding is a true reflection of your love.

Dorothy Walter from A Day with Dorothy has always prioritised serving others, a characteristic that inevitably led to her becoming a wedding celebrant. She loves getting to know people, finding out their personalities, stories, quirks, and inside jokes, and bringing that all together to create a deeply personal ceremony.


“Honest, Open, Inclusive, Professional and Creative, all strong words that form the basis of my personal values.” Dorothy Walter


Dorothy offers her celebrant services across the Illawarra, Southern Highlands, and Shoalhaven regions, but is more than willing to travel all across Australia to perform weddings. From gardens and beaches to chapels and reception venues, Dorothy will be there to support you every step of the way.


The price of Dorothy’s service starts at $850 for a ceremony held in the Illawarra region, and additional travel costs apply to locations outside of that area.


What you’ll love about A Day with Dorothy for your Illawarra wedding:


  • Her open-mindedness. Dorothy is beloved for her open and considerate approach to wedding ceremonies, listening to your special requests and ensuring they’re included.
  • Her warm humour. Weddings should be a day of joy and celebration, and Dorothy lends her warm sense of humour to the proceedings to get you and your guests laughing.
  • The inclusions. Her services include the customised ceremony, unlimited phone and email support, and she lodges the legal documentation.


Highlights of A Day with Dorothy for your Illawarra wedding:


  • PA system. Dorothy provides her own PA system, perfect for outdoor venues or larger guest lists.
  • Well-priced packages. Dorothy’s services start from $850, excluding travel costs.
  • Handles the legal documents. Dorothy will handle the lodging of all the legal documentation with Births, Deaths and Marriages.

“Dorothy Walter kept it all together while the world was literally falling apart so we could get married. Not only was it a beautifully worded and personal ceremony, she also went out of her way to make sure we had a handfasting included and a gorgeous poem to wish us on our happy way. Top notch job and wouldn’t have had it any other way.” Katrina W



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It's more important than ever for me, as your celebrant of choice, to put your mind at ease, by confirming from day 1 that I will always do my utmost to ensure I can accommodate those unforseen circumstances we have found ourselves in over the last 2 years.  

 We will get through any crisis by working closely together and avoid additional costs. 

Questions and Answers

Why should we pick you to be our celebrant

A Day with Dorothy

I come with with an open mind, heaps of enthusiasm and a genuine desire to ensure your ceremony is hassel- free, includes a touch of fun and is inclusive.

There's nothing I love more than being  a part of something so personal and important as a wedding ceremony.  As your celebrant, I will guide you through the process, as big or as small, as you'd like it to be.  I will commit my time and energy to helping you create the ceremony you envisage, bringing it to life and support you both throughout the whole process.

Do you believe and support Marriage Equality?

A Day with Dorothy

ABSOLUTELY!  Love is all encompassing and knows no boundaries.

How do we start the process?

A Day with Dorothy

Well you already have..   Congratulations, you've said yes, set the date and now you've started your search for the celebrant.

This is where I come in.  At our first meeting, we will run through the legal requirements,  the documentation you need to provide and more importantly, the ceremony you are looking for. 

From the minute you decide to book me, I'm yours!  Unlimited phone and email communications.

Do we write our own vows?

A Day with Dorothy

Usually, yes.   I have lots of samples and ideas too, so if you need any help just ask.

How long does the ceremony last?

A Day with Dorothy

You should allow 30 minutes from the time our bride/groom starts their walk down the aisle to the moment you are both making your way back through that same aisle to the cheers of your wedding guests.


(7 reviews)
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12 Feb 2022

Where to start! Dorothy was more than we could've ever hoped for in a celebrant! Even though, due to wild circumstances, we only got to meet Dorothy in person the week of our wedding, everything was done virtually before that. We felt so comfortable with her, as if we'd known her forever. She is so warm and inviting and makes it easy to be able to talk to her about anything. We could not thank her enough for making our ceremony so special and for always being available to chat about anything and everything! The ceremony she made for us was wonderful and we had probably every person at our wedding telling us how beautiful it was! I could not recommend her enough, if you're getting married and need a celebrant; Dorothy is definitely the person to have!

A Day with Dorothy  

Thank you and Banjo for such lovely kind words. The time we all spent together, getting to know you both was absolutely wonderful and you made it easy for me to create your ceremony. Thank you again!

31 Oct 2021

We engaged Dorothy to officiate our intimate ceremony in the midst of COVID-19. She remained unflappable throughout several changes in the lead-up to the big day, kept us up-to-date on all developments and shared our determination to go ahead with a reassuring can-do attitude. Warm and good-humoured, Dorothy was remarkably flexible and available throughout the process – even going above and beyond to scout out our wedding location for us when we were trapped outside the state. Her experienced advice in all the ins and outs was invaluable in everything from bureaucratic gymnastics to seating arrangements and details for the day. Dorothy helped us create a beautiful, intimate ceremony with a minimum of fuss, which all our guests agreed was one of the best they had seen. She has an easy, unobtrusive yet characterful and cheerful presence that puts everyone at ease. Thanks so much for an unforgettable day, Dorothy!

A Day with Dorothy  

Thank you so much for your kind and lovely words. It was a total delight getting to know you and Matilda, seeing how well you complimented each other when we spent time together made it easy for me to create your ceremony. It was fun, relaxed and always a pleasure spending time with you both and an honour and a pleasure to be the one you chose to officiate your marriage. Thank you.

16 Jul 2020

Dot married us in Bundanoon in mid July, she is so warm and accommodating, she made our whole journey such a pleasure. She is very professional but makes you feel so relaxed and at ease. She really makes a big effort to get to know who you are and understand your relationship. After our first meeting it was obvious the she got us! That was reflected in the amazing and beautiful ceremony which was nothing short of perfect. Everyone who attended made comment on the "wonderful celebrant"! I would not hesitate to recommend Dot to anyone who requires the services of a celebrant. Thank you Dot xxx

A Day with Dorothy  

What a lovely review, thank you so much for your kind words. It was an total delight to be your celebrant. We hit it off immediately didn't we? Getting to know you, Tilly and of course wee Joe, made it easy for me to create your ceremony, the three of you make a perfect family unit. Thank you for choosing me!!

26 Mar 2021

Dot was the best celebrant any newly weds could ask for. She was helpful and informative from the first day we met to the day we tied the knot. We asked one of our family members to do the ceremony and Dot was so accommodating, helping them through the preparation and presentation, only doing her legal parts throughout the ceremony. We appreciate everything Dot has done for us and recommend her with the highest regards. Thank you for everything Dot! Mark and Emma Taylor

A Day with Dorothy  

You were both a total delight to work with. You made it very easy for me to help you put your story together. The joy and love that surrounded you both on your wedding day was just wonderful. Thank you so much for your very lovely words.

23 Oct 2020

Dorothy was such a delight to work with, she went above and beyond to make our day so special. She went out of her way several times to visit our venue to make sure everything would run smoothly and even had a wet weather back up planned just incase it rain! She made the process so easy all we had to do was show up and say I do, which isn’t the easiest thing to do planing a wedding in a pandemic but she did it all! She makes a huge effort to get to know you and your family so your ceremony is you. She is such a beautiful soul and I will forever be grateful that we decided to have Dorothy apart of our special day. So if you’re currently scrolling looking for a celebrant, stop what you’re doing and message Dorothy you don’t be disappointed!

A Day with Dorothy  

Thank you so much.... your words definitely brought a tear to my eyes. It was a total delight meeting you both and getting to know you, not just as clients, but as friends who will one day cross each others paths again. You allowed me to get to know the real YOU, which made it easy for me to create the ceremony that was about YOU. Again, thank you!

1 Jan 2020

If you’re looking for an amazing celebrant to help make your day super special, check out my super mum. Dorothy Walter kept it all together while the world was literally falling apart so we could get married. Not only was it a beautifully worded and personal ceremony, she also went out of her way to make sure we had a hand fasting included and a gorgeous poem to wish us on our happy way. Top notch job and wouldn’t have had it any other way. I might be biased but if you can handle Armageddon on your daughter's wedding day you can probably handle anything!

A Day with Dorothy  

Thank you Katrina, it certainly was a day to remember for so many different reasons, and seeing the look of complete love on both yours and Johny's faces made it all worthwhile, even the ash in our hair and my black eye did not diminish the what was a most fantastic day.

13 Oct 2018

Dot was the upmost pleasant, well spoken and easy to work with vendor! She made the whole process easy taking care of all the things so that we didn't have to think or worry about them. She was patient with us on the day when the ceremony changed and was so integral to ensuring our day ran smoothly. Would highly recommend Dot as a fantastic celebrant.

A Day with Dorothy  

Thanks Leanne. Your day was super special and it was a total pleasure to be able to officiate and feel a part of your wonderful day. The whole day was just perfect and so were you and Russell. Thank you again for choosing me to be a part of your journey and allowing me to tell your storey.

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