Jackie Bailey Celebrant

(3 reviews)
Service Area
Southern Highlands, Sydney, Illawarra and South Coast  View Map
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Always open
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Jackie Bailey is a South Coast celebrant offering affordable, beautiful ceremonies. An award-winning writer, Jackie can craft personalised love stories. Jackie will deliver a fun, meaningful ceremony for every couple.

Jackie Bailey is a sought-after celebrant based in Wollongong. Jackie - a highly educated celebrant with a Ph.D. in creative writing - prides herself on crafting wedding ceremonies full of lovely anecdotes, dashes of humour, and plenty of romance - they’re very well balanced.

If you're interested in incorporating elements of tradition into your dreamy wedding ceremony, be they from Muslim, Christian, Sikh, Buddhist, or Hindu religions, Jackie is more than willing to respectfully include this as per your guidance. And if you’re not religious? Well, Jackie will use her creative writing background to craft you a beautiful, bespoke wedding ceremony that’s authentic and meaningful, all for a very affordable price.

Highlights of working with Jackie Bailey Celebrant:

  • Affordable, authentic, and meaningful services
  • Fantastic ceremony scriptwriter with Ph.D. in creative writing
  • Can incorporate elements of any tradition
  • Ordained Interfaith Minister with a Masters of Theology

Here’s what’s included in Jackie Bailey Celebrant’s wedding packages.

  • A meeting to design the ceremony
  • A personalised ceremony
  • All legal documentation
  • Certificate of Marriage
  • Bose PA system
  • Signing table and cloth
  • Travel (within 60km)

There are a handful of optional extras available, too.

Can you tell us about some of the traditions and cultural elements Jackie Bailey Celebrant can include?

Jackie Bailey Celebrant can include meaningful traditions from around the world in a respectful manner. This includes:

  • Celtic traditions of Britain, including handfasting and jumping the broom
  • Chinese traditions, such as the tea ceremony
  • First Nations traditions, including the smoking ceremony and acknowledgment of Country

Listing image credit: Fiona + Bobby Photography http://www.fionaandbobby.com 


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Questions and Answers

Can I involve pets in my wedding?

Jackie Bailey Celebrant

Of course! I recently had a dog as ringbearer and a goose as the self-appointed chief wedding advisor. We can do whatever you want, to make your day precious and memorable and exactly reflective of you.

What is the paperwork involved?

Jackie Bailey Celebrant

Basically at least one month before the wedding, I need to receive a "Notice of Intended Marriage" (NOIM) from you and your partner. I will sight your ID (birth certificate or passport) and fill in the form with you.

On the wedding day, you, your partner and 2 witnesses sign a Certificate of Marriage and 2 x "Official Certificate of Marriage." I lodge this with the NSW Births Deaths and Marriages (BDM), and you are MARRIED! 

If you need to change your names, you have to apply for another document from BDM, which I can also help you with. So don't worry about the legals - that's my lookout and I will take care of it all for you.

Do you write the ceremony or do we?

Jackie Bailey Celebrant

It's really up to you!

I am a published author and have a PhD in creative writing from the University of NSW, so I am really happy to write the ceremony with your guidance and approval. I can write your 'love story' based on what you tell me - how you met, what drew you to each other, your journey to this day. I read this out towards the start of the ceremony, or we get some of your people to read it out. Both are really lovely ways to start the ceremony with what we are all there for - you.

What are the key elements of a wedding ceremony?

Jackie Bailey Celebrant

There is a bit of legal language which you, your partner and I have to say, but otherwise you can tailor a ceremony however you want it to be. As a guide, a ceremony typically might have the following elements:

  1. Entrance procession & music
  2. Introduction & 'Celebrant Authority' (a paragraph I have to read out by law)
  3. Telling the love story of you (I can do this, or we can share it out amongst your people)
  4. Reading
  5. Vows
  6. Asking (some legal words here too)
  7. Rings
  8. Declaration
  9. Kiss!
  10. Signing of the Certificates of Marriage (normally have some music here)
  11. Introduction of the Married Couple
  12. Exit procession & music

Really, as long as we cover the legals, you can do whatever you like. For example, you might want more than one reading, or none; you might want to add a ritual from your ancestry, or create your own ritual. Some beautiful ones which have roots in various cultures include handfasting, receiving a blessing from the families and guests, taking a drink from a shared cup...whatever we do, we will make this special and meaningful to you.

Do we write our own vows?

Jackie Bailey Celebrant

I generally ask couples to write their own vows, and then I ask to see them before the ceremony so I can just check flow, that they are about the same length, and strike a similar tone. 

I always tell couples that the best way to think of vows is as two main paragraphs.

  1. Why you love this person.
  2. What you promise this person.

I will help you with your vows too, as much or as little as you want me to! 


(3 reviews)
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22 Feb 2022

Jackie is amazing! If your after a down to earth, relaxed but fun and happy celebrant this is your lady. She has a beautiful way with words, incorporating everything your after into the script for ceremony. She goes with the flow, and the feels for the big day. She makes it work whatever the situation is on the day. Very clear spoken, loud enough for guests to hear her well, and gives the guests plenty of laughs. We mixed our script around a bit on the spot due to emotional happy tears of joy, and all ended up fantastic. She is AMAZING and will not let you down. Jackie also has taken care of all legalities and we hadn’t worry about a thing. Her services are priced very appropriate, and she provided the signing table with chairs and PA system too!

Jackie Bailey Celebrant  

Oh Bonnie, it was such a beautiful wedding. I got a little teary myself, and was so excited at the end of the service for you both that I almost grabbed a bottle of bubble mixture from one of the kids to start blowing :-). I hope you and Rick are well and enjoying married bliss.

30 Apr 2021

I cannot recommend Jackie Bailey highly enough, she is a wonderful celebrant and your wedding day will be in very safe hands. We found her to be thoughtful, caring and very responsive - she works with you to make sure your wedding is just how you want it to be. We had some very particular ideas about what we did and didn’t want in our ceremony and that was no problem at all. No detail was too much trouble, she is so patient and kind. She’s just lovely, I’m so glad we found her!

Jackie Bailey Celebrant  

Thank you so much for reviewing me! Glad you had a good day. It was a beautiful ceremony, and you guys did most of the work!

13 May 2022

Very good celebrant, very engaging and easy to get along with. She gave us fantastic ideas on what we should do at our ceremony. Would highly recommend her to others.

Jackie Bailey Celebrant  

Thanks Kelsey! It was my absolute pleasure. What a beautiful afternoon it turned out to be!


Service Area
Southern Highlands, Sydney, Illawarra and South Coast

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