Authorised Marriage Celebrant
Plus garden wedding venue for elopement & micro ceremonies
My website is designed to give you an idea about who I am & what I can offer you as an authorised marriage celebrant in South East Qld but I'd really love the chance to meet & chat about your plans. If you're looking for a place to elope around Brisbane then my private landscaped garden could be the perfect spot.
Happily married mum to four grown ups and a four legged furry family member (who will probably come to the office and say hi when we meet). It was after experiencing all that goes with being Mother of the Bride (twice) that I decided I wanted to help spread some of that love around by becoming an authorised marriage celebrant myself.
I'm a planner, I make lists, I like being prepared but not in an obsessive, controlling way. I love nature and the great outdoors but I'm certainly no daredevil. If you're planning to marry dangling from a bungee cord or tiptoeing on the edge of a high-rise building then I may not be the right celebrant for you! If feet firmly on the ground surrounded by trees, breezes and birds chirping in the background is more your style then I'm in! I enjoy a good laugh but I certainly wouldn't describe myself as loud or out there. I'm by no means young, but not too old either.
I guess you could say I'm the Goldilocks of marriage celebrants...Just right! (hmmm...was that too lame?)
My daughters and their now husbands had totally different ideas for each of their weddings but what they did have in common was a limited budget. They proved it is possible to have a wonderful wedding and create lasting memories without spending oodles of dollars.
Budget friendly weddings can still be beautiful and If that's a priority for you I would love to help you have that same success.
If you're thinking along the lines of a DIY wedding then I can load up my car with an arbour, signing table and decorations to help set the scene if needed, or If an elopement or 'micro' wedding is more your style and you want an alternative to the Registry Office, then ask me about my private wedding garden suitable for an elopement with just your witnesses or a micro ceremony with a handful of your loved ones watching on. There are so many amazing locations and wedding venues available in South East Qld to hold your ceremony; I've driven 2 hours out past Warwick to a camping ground, I've flown 2 hours up to Port Douglas beside the sea and I've been to a neighbouring property for a back yard wedding that was perfect; I love visiting new venues and I'm prepared to travel to your dream location.
The most important thing that I will bring along for my couples on the day though is an authentically delivered, personalised ceremony; designed around your requirements, reflecting your personalities and created by spending time getting to know you both...so be prepared for lots of questions!
With your wedding countdown underway, I'm ready with the confetti!
Give me a call, I'd love to hear about your plans and become part of your wedding day team.
Let's have a chat, no obligation to book, just meet up and get to know each other a little. You can share with me some of your ideas and ask me as many questions as you like about the legal bits and pieces or even ideas and suggestions.
If you decide I am the celebrant for you, the next step is to secure your date with a deposit/booking fee and complete the necessary paper work together. At the bottom of this page you will find an example of the Notice Of Intended Marriage document (NOIM), along with a list of ID documents required to marry in Australia.
The NOIM lodgement is the first legal step in the process of getting married as there is a waiting time of one calendar month after the NOIM has been lodged with your celebrant before you can marry.
What does a marriage celebrant do?
Taking care of the legal paperwork before, during and after the ceremony is one part of our job, creating and delivering the script I think is the most important aspect but on top of that I'm here for you as often as you need leading up to your wedding date, either by phone or email.
If you have writing your personal vows under control that's great, but if you feel you need a little creative guidance then I can provide you with examples, tips or even arrange a time to brainstorm together. Along the way I will share drafts of your script, confirm changes and make sure we are all on the same page in regards to your ceremony.
If we can schedule in a rehearsal that's always wise, especially if you have a large wedding party, but book it in early as rehearsal times are limited. By the time your actual wedding day arrives, I would hope that I've helped you both feel relaxed and confident that your ceremony will be just what you wanted.
I have ceremony options available for elopement, micro and conventional big day celebrations but I understand that not every couple has the same wants or needs, so if my current packages aren't quite what you're looking for then I'm happy to see if we can tailor something specifically to suit.
Hit the ceremony options tab at the top or bottom of the page for more information or message me with your questions.
When choosing your celebrant budget may come into play but it's probably even more important to consider feelings:
Basically if you're not feeling a good vibe spending time with your celebrant in a casual meeting environment then what hope do you have for your big day!
Along with my nice neat list of words explaining my ceremony inclusions, be sure to read what my couples have said in their testimonials about how they felt after choosing me as their celebrant.
When should you book your celebrant?
Unless you are really flexible with your date don't leave us last on your 'to do' list, otherwise you might find out the one you want standing right there with you both on your special day has already said yes to another couple!
Zena Attasingh - Civil Marriage Celebrant
Mobile: 0413 151 339
Specialising in intimate garden ceremonies and elopements
Greenbank based (Logan West) but available to travel:
Ipswich, Brisbane, Sunshine Coast, Gold Coast, Scenic Rim & Somerset Region
497 Middle Road, Greenbank Queensland 4124, Australia
All couples are welcome at BTTC regardless of gender identity, race, religion or disability. BTTC acknowledges the traditional custodians of the land we live, work and celebrate on, offering respects to Elders past, present and emerging.