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Steps


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Steps


How to get married!

 

get in touch

Give me a call or send me an email to arrange our first obligation free meeting.

At this meeting we can get to know a little about each other. I will listen to your wedding plans and explain the legal requirements for your marriage. This is where you can check me out and decide if I am the celebrant for you.

 

second meeting

We start to plan your wedding ceremony together.

We begin the process of crafting a beautiful, unique and memorable ceremony.  I will ask you lots of questions so that I can create something that perfectly reflects you as a couple.  A Notice of Intention to Marry (NOIM) needs to be signed here (at least one month prior to the wedding) and I need to sight some original identity documents.  I will require a booking fee to secure my services on your chosen date.  Following this meeting I will prepare a first draft of your ceremony.  I will revise this ceremony again and again until it's exactly as you would like it to be.

 

rehearsal

If you feel you need it, we will have a final run through to help soothe nerves and make sure we have it exactly right.

This will be either at the venue or in my office a week or two before your wedding.  We will work at it until everyone feels relaxed and happy so that all runs smoothly on your wedding day.  

 

ceremony

Your wedding day has finally arrived!

I will arrive at the venue one hour before the start of the ceremony to meet other service providers, check the set up, PA system etc. and be ready to begin.  I will be dressed appropriately, depending on the style of your wedding and will try hard to blend in with your colour scheme rather than stand out in bright colours!

 

DOCUMENTATION

I will ensure that all documentation is accurate and that you are legally married!

Marriage documents will be accurately completed and promptly lodged with the Office of Births, Deaths and Marriages.  After the marriage, couples may wish to apply to Births, Deaths and Marriages for their official marriage certificate.  This certificate is needed if either party is planning to change their name.

ALL INCLUSIVE FEE FOR LOCATIONS WITHIN 30 KMS OF BENDIGO $650 

(I LOVE to travel, so for locations further away I only charge a per kilometre fee to cover basic travel expenses)

 

 

 
 
 
 

 

 

 

Memories


Memories


Memories

 

 Image: Carmen Bunting, Winery wedding, Bendigo

Image: Carmen Bunting, Winery wedding, Bendigo

KATIE + JOSH

Thank-you Sue for making our wedding day so special. From the moment we met you we knew you were the right fit for us, from meeting us with a cup of tea, to enthusing at our desire to walk in together. You made it all so easy, and we're very grateful!

 
 Image: Brianna, Bendigo Art Gallery

Image: Brianna, Bendigo Art Gallery

JANINE + KEN

A big thank you to you, Sue, for conducting our wedding ceremony. Your delivery and attention to the details was amazing. Thank you for making the planning suggestions during our meetings with you; it made everything so easy and our special day was fabulous. Many of our guests remarked about our ceremony and no doubt this was due to your amazing ability to engage with them on the day. Thank you so much again for making our special day so happy, wonderful and memorable.
Love Janine and Ken

 
 Image: Lisa Sorgini, Little Logan Church

Image: Lisa Sorgini, Little Logan Church

RUTH + JOEL

Sue is an absolutely wonderful celebrant who genuinely cares for her clients. She has a way of making you feel like you’ve known her for years, even though you may only meet a few times. She helped us put our ideas into words and to craft our ceremony exactly how we wanted it. Thank you, Sue.

 

 Image: Shaun Guest, Sutton Grange Winery wedding

Image: Shaun Guest, Sutton Grange Winery wedding

ALYSSIA + KEIR

We couldn't recommend Sue more highly.  She has a wonderfully warm and engaging personality and will work to ensure that your special day reflects your own personality, style and preferences.  Thanks to Sue's experience she makes the process so easy, providing guidance and advice at each step of the way.  Thanks Sue!

 

 Image: John Carlin, Sails on the Bay, Elwood

Image: John Carlin, Sails on the Bay, Elwood

MAEVE + ALEX

We are so lucky to have had you as our celebrant! Thank you!!

Sue put together such a unique and genuine ceremony. She went out of her way to be accommodating, thorough, and make the process fun. Our family and friends loved the summary of our journey as a couple and how we came to marriage, as well as Sue's engaging delivery on the day. We couldn't be happier with how it went!

 
 Image: Lacey Singe, Castlemaine elopement

Image: Lacey Singe, Castlemaine elopement

KAYLA + KEN

Recently my partner and I eloped. We couldn't have asked for a better celebrant. Sue went above and beyond to help us for our special day.
Thank you again - we couldn't be happier with how our special day turned out.

 
 Image: Joy Thorup, Waratah Weddings, Huntly

Image: Joy Thorup, Waratah Weddings, Huntly

LAUREN + KRISTIAN

Thank you Sue for being a part of our special day. You put together a lovely story about our past together and what we have been through to get to the point of marriage. We loved how relatable you were, in the consultations and during the ceremony, which made for us to be less nervous during the whole process. Thanks so much.

 
 Image: Marthin Nanere, Shelbourne farm wedding

Image: Marthin Nanere, Shelbourne farm wedding

SIMONE + SAHIL

Sue was amazing! She made everything so easy and created a relaxed and intimate ceremony. Sue was very accommodating of all our requests and had wonderful suggestions about other ways to make the day special. Sue really did go all out to make the day exactly what we wanted it to be and we can't thank her enough!

 Image: Noni Hyett, Conservatory Gardens wedding, Bendigo

Image: Noni Hyett, Conservatory Gardens wedding, Bendigo

MELISSA + LACHIE

Sue was a fantastic celebrant. She made all of the ceremony planning so simple and was very flexible in meeting our needs. Sue met with us regularly to help plan all of the components of our wedding and provided us with a great level of assistance and feedback. On the day of the wedding Sue was extremely organised and performed the ceremony flawlessly. We would definitely recommend Sue to anyone in need of a celebrant.

 
 Image: Holly Engelhardt, Lot19 Arts, Castlemaine

Image: Holly Engelhardt, Lot19 Arts, Castlemaine

GENIE + JACE

From the minute we met Sue she made us feel so comfortable. We were both pretty nervous and always walked away from our sessions feeling more relaxed and excited about our wedding. Sue is such a warm person and really looks after you in the lead-up and on the big day.

With so much else to organise, it was a blessing to be able to rely on Sue to properly take care of the paperwork and official side of the day. Sue was so approachable and quick to get back to us to answer any questions we had.

On the day Sue was so professional, organised and caring. She made our guests and family feel welcomed and included. The words and ceremony that she put so much effort into, were just perfect.

Thanks Sue for all your help. We really enjoyed sharing this experience with you. You are such a lovely and caring person and it was an absolute delight.
Genie and Jace xx

 
 Image: Darren Roberts, Sandy Creek Park Weddings, Huntly

Image: Darren Roberts, Sandy Creek Park Weddings, Huntly

BRYAN + KYLIE

Sue was fabulous on our special day. We wanted a fun, relaxed and very simple ceremony that brought our family together as one, and that’s exactly how it was. Could not be happier.

 

 Image: Sue Begg, Bendigo elopement

Image: Sue Begg, Bendigo elopement

DANIEL + KEVIN

Thank you so much for making our day so special.  It was an absolute pleasure to meet you and to have you perform our ceremony.  As a same sex couple, it is wonderful to be able to now call my partner my HUSBAND.  Thank you, Sue.

Highly recommended.  Thank you again.  Dan & Kev

 
 Image: Elle (Bohemian Prints), Trentham wedding

Image: Elle (Bohemian Prints), Trentham wedding

SOPHIE + DANIEL

Sue is amazing!

Beyond being incredibly kind and thoughtful, she knows what she's doing. Sue guided us through the whole ceremony process (there is much more to it that I had originally thought) and made great suggestions on how we could make this moment really memorable. Everything felt very personal, thoughtful, and special.

Not least important was Sue's care and thoughtfulness on the day – from helping me fold my pocket square properly, to helping the groomsmen put their button holes on, not to mention the amazing ceremony she delivered!

Sue – thank you, thank you, thank you!

 
 Image: Hannah Combe, garden elopement ceremony, Shelbourne

Image: Hannah Combe, garden elopement ceremony, Shelbourne

JESS + BRETT

Sue has such an amazing warm personality who instantly made us feel at ease and confident she was the one to marry us.
She was very quick to get back to return calls and messages and went above and beyond for us.  We couldn't be more thankful.
Thanks again Sue x

 
 Image: Samantha Elizabeth Photography, Golden Square wedding

Image: Samantha Elizabeth Photography, Golden Square wedding

JESS + NICK

Thanks very much Sue for your time, assistance and complete understanding of what Jess and I were after. You helped us all the way, and it is greatly appreciated. We felt very welcomed by you, felt at ease by your professionalism and kind manner. We both agree that it couldn't have gone any better. Thank you so much for everything, thanks for being our celebrant and being a part of our wedding.

 

 Image: Christine Treacy, Rosalind Park, Bendigo

Image: Christine Treacy, Rosalind Park, Bendigo

LINDSEY + PETE

My partner and I were delighted to have Sue as our marriage celebrant recently. Sue is professional, has a great level of attention to detail and also made us feel very comfortable on the day. Our ceremony was just how we wanted it. Highly recommend Sue!

 
 Image: Terri & Bec, Intimate Bendigo wedding

Image: Terri & Bec, Intimate Bendigo wedding

ALANA + DAVID

If you are planning on getting married, get married with Sue! She was absolutely brilliant from start to finish and made the whole process completely stress free and exciting for us both. On the day itself she was superb and made the occasion even more special. Thank you so much Sue!

 
 Image: Sarah Darby, Wine Bank on View - Bendigo

Image: Sarah Darby, Wine Bank on View - Bendigo

ROGER + JARRARD

Sue was absolutely the right choice for our same sex wedding. We were met by a warm and friendly person who was genuinely thrilled to be conducting our ceremony. She was punctual and always available to answer all those questions you may have. My husband and I could not have wished for a better celebrant. Cheers to you Sue!

 
 Image: Goldsmith & Company, Mitchelton Winery wedding, Nagambie

Image: Goldsmith & Company, Mitchelton Winery wedding, Nagambie

KIRI + KYLE

Sue, you are a such beautiful person and Kyle and I cannot thank you enough for helping make our day so special. Right from the start your kindness, experience and professionalism shone through and we enjoyed being on the journey with you. We felt so prepared which made the day so much more relaxing as we knew exactly what to expect.

You have a natural gift and working with you, you can see how passionate you are to make everyone's nuptials so memorable; you truly care about what you do. Thanks again!
Best Regards, Kiri and Kyle x

 

 Image: Nicholas Hales, Harcourt bush wedding

Image: Nicholas Hales, Harcourt bush wedding

SARA + BRANDON

Sue was absolutely amazing on our wedding day - we couldn’t have picked a better celebrant. She listened to every detail we wanted, she was warm and welcoming and we felt like we already knew her!

I recommend Sue to anyone looking for a celebrant, thanks so much Sue.

 

 Image: Steven Tucker, The Capital Theatre, Bendigo

Image: Steven Tucker, The Capital Theatre, Bendigo

GABBY + BRETT

This will be long winded, (short version, Sue is the BOMB).
Sue is the most amazing and supportive celebrant that I have ever met. After our first meeting I knew Sue was perfect for us. Sue was so friendly, easy to get along with and her calm manner helped us feel relaxed. Sue was there every step of the way to help with anything and everything that we needed.  When the day came Sue was just so supportive and again her calming manner and softly spoken reassurance helped more than I think she knows. We had family issues and Sue handled these with great love, thoughtfulness and concern for us.
I feel like I have known Sue for years and hope that we continue to stay in touch. I adore Sue and feel so lucky to have had her marry us.  We honestly couldn't have asked for anyone better, she was literally perfect.

 
 Image: Sue Begg, Ironbark Naming Ceremony

Image: Sue Begg, Ironbark Naming Ceremony

BABY THOMAS

Thank you Sue for a wonderful and professional Naming Ceremony. Your thoughtfulness in the words you chose really made everyone feel included and a part of what our vision for the day was. Thank you so much.

 

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Other Services


Other Services


Other services

 

Elopements

Some couples wish to marry with a minimum of fuss in a 'Registry Office' type ceremony.  Come in to my Bendigo office, with your two witnesses over 18 years of age and in about 10 minutes you will be married, documents signed and you'll be on your way (Notice of Intended Marriage must be signed at least one month before). There will be an additional fee to travel to other locations.

FEE $330

If you are planning to have an intimate, simple wedding with only a few guests, please ring for a quote.

 

 

Commitment ceremonies

Such ceremonies may be suitable for couples who wish to acknowledge their commitment without a legal marriage.   It can contain all the elements of a marriage ceremony outlined above without the legal wording or documentation. 

FEE $450

 
 
 

Baby naming ceremonies

A baby naming ceremony can take place anywhere - a garden, bush setting, hall, reception venue or in your own backyard!  It is a delightful way to welcome your newborn or child of any age into your family and community.  It is also a wonderful way to introduce adopted children or step children into your family.  Baby naming ceremonies are heaps of fun and can incorporate poetry, music, blessings and rituals.  As with all ceremonies, you have the final say on everything that is included in a baby naming ceremony.

FEE $350 (BUT A DISCOUNT APPLIES TO COUPLES WHO I HAVE MARRIED)

 
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35 Creek Street South

BENDIGO 3550