Robin Austin, Civil Celebrant

Personalised ceremonies

Getting to 'I do'

First let's meet so you can get to know me before making any commitment. Normally this initial meeting is at my home in Stirling in the Adelaide hills (just ten minutes drive from the tollgate at Glen Osmond). But if that is difficult for you I can come to you.

Whoever you choose as a celebrant I expect that:

You'll want to meet with them as often as you need to but as little as you have to - you'll have so much else to organise

I usually meet with couples three or four times - to discuss what you want, to review how we're going, to visit the location you have chosen, to put the final touches to the ceremony and to have a rehearsal just before the day. Between meetings we'll almost certainly also exchange emails about the ceremony content.

You'll want the experience to be stress free - of course!

I'll take you step by step through the process , I'll make sure all the legalities are looked after, I'll make it easy for you  and I'll help you stay relaxed and happy through what should be simply a very exciting time for you both.

You'll want know what the legalities are

See my Legalities page if you want the full story, but briefly you'll need to:

  • Complete a Notice of Intended Marriage, which I can provide or you can download.
  • Provide photo evidence of identity and evidence of your date and place of birth.
  • Complete a form declaring that you are both legally eligible to marry the other person.
  • Have two witnesses at the ceremony who sign the marriage certificates with you.
  • Have a few 'required' words in the ceremony. There aren't many but the Australian Government does specify a little bit of standard wording to make it a legal marriage. 

You'll want the ceremony to reflect your two personalities and wishes for your future together, to be meaningful, memorable, in fact just perfect

Everyone is different so I'll spend time getting to know you, finding out what matters to you, asking what kind of ceremony you'd like. I'll talk about how I make sure the ceremony is very personal to the two of you

I'll  show you some examples of ceremonies, offer suggestions of readings, special rituals you can include, music, etc.

From there we'll work out between us how to bring it all together into one perfect celebration. Just how we do that is up to you. I can write the whole thing for you to review, or you can write whatever parts you want you want and send it to me, and we'll go backwards and forwards refining it till you're both completely happy with it.


. . . you may want something really different

. . . . location . . . style . . . content . . . great! I'm up for any challenge.


You'll want to be sure everything goes right on the day

Which is why I always recommend a rehearsal in the week before your wedding, ideally with everyone who has a role in the ceremony.

That's also a convenient time to sign the final legal paperwork.


And on the day . . . you'll want it to be perfect

I'll be there in plenty of time.

I'll put you at ease - by that stage all you have to do is soak up the atmosphere, look happy, feel ecstatic, gaze into each others' eyes and follow my prompts.

At the end I declare you TO BE MARRIED!

Most ceremonies take about 20-30 minutes, but it will be as short or as long as the two of you want it to be. The 'required wording' takes less than two minutes!

It's your ceremony for your day. What I do is offer my skills, my ideas, my passion, and a professional touch, to make it real, alive, and then some.

You'll also want the cost to be reasonable

Celebrant costs can vary considerably. I aim to keep my price reasonable and currently charge $550 for anywhere in Adelaide or the hills, which I believe is about average in South Australia. If I have to travel a long way there may be a small extra charge.


And here's a short checklist for you that may be helpful

Thank you. We will always remember the part you played in our special day.

You were on top of it, kept us on track but without any stress.

Duane & Meranie


Thank you so much for all your help in planning the official part of our wedding.

The suggestions you gave us shows how you listened to us in our conversations and really got to know us, our likes and dislikes in a short period of time.

I have and will continue to recommend you as a very professional yet personalised celebrant.

Alyson & Jake