Patrick Meegan

(3 reviews)
Service Area
Based in Shoalhaven, South Coast Servicing NSW State Wide
Business Hours
7 Day By Appointment
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Bringing a fresh approach to a great tradition.

Having conducted over 250 weddings my goal for you is simple -  to ensure your wedding ceremony is a minimal-stress experience that allows you and all your family and friends, to relax and indulge in every moment. To that expericence:

  • we honour the the solemnity of the moment, as reflected in the love and commitment that you are both celebrating
  • we add a measure of fun and lightheartedness 
  • we hold an on-site rehearsal to ensure that all possibilities have been considered and catered for
  • I provide a quality sound system for both music and spoken word
  • I attend to and lodge all relevant paper work
  • you both live happily ever after! 
  • Ok, so the last one is up to you guys, but you'll be well on your way.

So what makes a great wedding ceremony?  More than anything, it's the sincerety that the two of you bring to the occasion.  In and around everthing else that happens on the day of your wedding, the ceremomy is relatively brief but it is the moment that you will most want to remember as being a true reflection of who you both are, the love that you are celebrating and the commitment you are making.

My intention is that your ceremony provides a moment in time when you, together with all your family and friends get to pause and to briefly contemplate what it means to love and to be loved.  The words are easily found but it's the sincererty with which they are spoken that signals their true meaning.


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Questions and Answers

Can we meet with you before we decide to engage your services?

Patrick Meegan

Of course.  We all need to be confident that I can deliver the ceremony you both want and that we can easily work together.  A telephone or skype conversation will normally provide a pretty strong indication, but I am more than happy to meet with you, when and wherever possible, so that you can more easiy decide.  Over coffee is always good.

What determines a variation in your fee?

Patrick Meegan

Location is normally the single biggest factor that will determine any changes to my fee.  My standard fee is based on me not needing to travel more than an hour or so from my home here on the south coast.  In such a situation I need to consider time and fuel costs, particularly as I believe an on-site rehearsal in the week leading up to the ceremony itself is pretty critical. 

After that, we might have to discuss danger money if you want to get married half way down a mountain.  Extreme sports aside, most things can be incorporated.

Can we include religious prayers or readings in a civil ceremony?

Patrick Meegan

Sure, we can inlude any prayers or readings, regardless of their origin, that are important to you and your family.  What I can't do, is intimate or suggest that I might be the equivalent to a priest or an elder of a religious or spiritual group.

How long is a typical ceremony?

Patrick Meegan

Rule of thumb, most ceremonies fall within a time frame of around 20 minutes from the time I begin to speak. So if you consider that the bride or partner might take a few minutes to walk up an aisle, across the grass or up the beach, plus a few minutes for signing paper work and the odd photo, 25-30 minutes, in total, is a good guide.

Are there any compulsory elements within a civil ceremony?

Patrick Meegan

Indeed there are.  First, I have to tell everyone present who I am and that I am, by law, registered to conduct a civil marriage ceremony.  It's a very short few lines and is easily included.

Second, there is a legal vow that must to be stated by each of you. Again, it's really brief, but a have to have. These are then typically followed by your own personal vows and here you can be as creative as you wish.

Lastly, I need to declare you to be married.

That's it!  Not a great impost and the rest is yours to do as you like.


(3 reviews)
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14 Apr 2018

Patrick was the PERFECT celebrant. He was incredibly organised from the very beginning and clearly laid out all the documents and information we needed to provide to ensure a very smooth and stress-free process of planning our ceremony and obtaining our marriage certificate. He gave us the freedom to really choose how we wanted to structure our ceremony, while still providing many possibilities to help with the decision making. He was incredibly patient and kind throughout the rehearsal, when we were all feeling quite nervous and gave us great advice, so we knew what we were doing. On the actual day, he was very supportive and calm, taking the time to make the ceremony very meaningful and it was exactly how we had imagined. We could not have asked for a better ceremony, its was absolutely perfect and we will remember it forever. Thank you Patrick!

Patrick Meegan  

Thanks John. It was certainly an adventure and I loved every minute.

9 Dec 2017

Everything about the process with Patrick was 5 stars. He is a wonderful person who is calm, organised, relaxed and open. Patrick's considered and thoughtful approach made us feel at ease and excited during every step of our journey toward the big day. He gave suggestions and also listened to what we wanted. He visualises and rehearses the entire ceremony to make sure that everything is considered and planned for. His calm and resonant delivery set the tone for a warm and intimate ceremony. Thank you so much Patrick - we couldn't recommend you more highly.

Patrick Meegan  

Dear Rachel and Jake. Thanks so much for taking the time to write a review. It was an absolute pleasure to be a part of your wedding day and to be able to help make it a day that you and all those present will long remember. It was a joy to meet you family and friends and I wish you every happiness in your future life together. Patrick

21 Jan 2017

From the start Patrick was really organised and professional. He gave us a lot of choice and supported our creative ideas. Patrick took the time to make everything personal and really wanted to get to know us and our values. He had our guests crying and laughing throughout the ceremony. Most of all he made us feel comfortable and at home with his words. Thank you Patrick for bringing something truly special and memorable to our celebration!

Patrick Meegan  

Thanks Madelaine. It was such a fantastic day and a great honor for me to be a part of. You are a beautiful couple. You made my job easy. I just wish we could do it all again. Patrick

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