Jackie Bailey Celebrant

5.0  ( 18 reviews ) · Southern Highlands, Sydney, Illawarra and South Coast (View Map) · Show Phone
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OVERVIEW

Jackie Bailey is a South Coast and Southern Highlands celebrant offering affordable, beautiful ceremonies. An award-winning author, 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
  • Persian tradition of the sofreh aghd
  • Filipino traditions, including laying the veil and offering coins
  • Chinese traditions, such as the tea ceremony
  • Cambodian traditions, such as parental offerings and the groom's procession
  • Acknowledgment of Country

 

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About

I am passionate about making your wedding personal, authentic and beautiful. I live in the Illawarra with my family and work as a writer and celebrant. In my spare time I love to be with my family and friends, preferably on a bushwalk or eating something delicious. I enjoy working with you to incorporate your personal love story into your wedding. I am very happy to include family, cultural and interfaith traditions that are meaningful to you and your families.

Jackie Bailey

Business Owner


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So I am happy to offer a $200 discount on my usual rates to couples who are prepared to write an honest review on Easy Weddings and / or Google within a month after the wedding. 


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Location

Service Area Southern Highlands, Sydney, Illawarra and South Coast

Southern Highlands, Sydney, Illawarra and South Coast
Southern Highlands, Sydney, Illawarra and South Coast

FAQ

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.

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.

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.

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.

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! 


18 reviews 5.0 Write a Review

June 2024

Jackie was a wonderful celebrant. She made our special day a joyful occasion. Her friendly demeanour, mindfulness and ability to make a ceremony that was unique to us was very much appreciated. We feel very priviliaged Jackie was able to help us get married. Thank you Jackie!

Eliza B.

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It was such a pleasure Eliza. I feel so lucky to have been included. Love to you and Murray xox

April 2024

We had Jackie as our celebrant at our wedding and we couldn't have asked for better. She was recommended to us by a family member who had attended another wedding she officiated. Jackie is warm, professional and knowledgeable. She was very flexible with creating the ceremony to suit us, and ended up writing a beautifully personal introduction. Jackie is easy to get along with, and made preparing for our wedding seamless and calm, as well as managing nerves on the day with light humour and understanding. Many of our guests commented on her style and we were very happy overall.

Isabella W.

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Thank you lovely Izzy! It was such a pleasure and a privilege to be your celebrant and tissue supplier ;-) Love to you both.

April 2023

Jackie was incredible to work with throughout the entire process. She did a beautiful job writing our love story and weaving in my cultural elements into our ceremony and went above and beyond to make sure everything ran perfectly for us. We couldn't have asked for anyone better and would highly recommend her to anyone looking for a celebrant. Thank you again Jackie!

Rachel Y.

Jackie Bailey Celebrant

Thanks Rachel and Adam, I just loved your ceremony and how we incorporated the elements of culture, family and your personalities. I especially loved the hobbit theme music ;-). I hope you got lots of gorgeous photos once the sun came out and I look forward to seeing the artwork too! Wishing you all the very best, x Jackie

May 2024

Jackie was so down to earth and easy to communicate with. She was respectful and responsive during the whole process. Without her guidance, we wouldn’t have been able to have had such a smooth ceremony. Jackie made the process inclusive and stress free for us who had no idea how plan a ceremony. We cannot thank her enough.

Kayla D.

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Thank you Kayla! It is so easy to have a smooth ceremony with such a relaxed pair as you and Josh. Also, your mum was the drill sergeant I dream of. Congratulations, I hope you are loving married life. xx

April 2024

We originally had booked with Jackie to be our celebrant, but due to circumstances outside of her control she was unable to attend on the day. Nevertheless, we still highly recommend Jackie as a celebrant because she was so organised with all our paperwork in advance, wrote us a lovely ceremony, and arranged a new celebrant for the day - which was very considerate and helpful and reduced our stress levels greatly! She was also very friendly and had some great advice for what we could include in the ceremony.

Catherine M.

Jackie Bailey Celebrant

Thank you so much for your understanding, Catherine. I wish I could have been there. All the very best to you both xxx


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