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Celebrant Ongoing Professional Development (OPD) with Wendy Haynes

Celebrant OPD by Wendy Haynes

Wendy Haynes is a highly sought after trainer conducting workshops across Australia offering inspiring, lively and informative sessions for celebrants at  conferences and meetings.

Wendy taught government approved ongoing professional development (OPD) programs for celebrants from 2003 to 2009. With changes from the AG's department tendered these programs to Registered Training Organisations.

Having conducted over 1,500 ceremonies and shared the training programs with other fabulous celebrants, Wendy has put her experiences into writing and is the author of many inspiring publications and DVD's.

Wendy's books, DVD's and articles are an invaluable resource for new or experienced celebrants! In Wendy's books you will find the wisdom of many years experience, step-by-step processes and inspiration to help you create truly meaningful and inspiring ceremonies.

What Celebrants say about Wendy's Books and DVD Workshops

For many years celebrants have benefited from Wendy's expert guidance. Below is a sampling of what Celebrants have said about some of Wendy's bestselling books and DVD's.

The Essential Wedding Kit for Marriage Celebrants

The Essential Wedding Kit for Marriage Celebrants by Wendy Haynes
Wendy, the work, forms and all of your notes (The Essential Wedding Kit) will save me hours and hours of time in preparation and time away from Lisa and the kids, so I am sure they will be pretty happy with you as well! - David Fahey, Civil celebrant, Sawtell, NSW

Thanks for your email and the additional (Word) version of the Essential Wedding E-kit for Celebrants. I am only just starting out as a celebrant, so it will be invaluable. - Catherine Potter, Celebrant, Broulee, NSW

I found your (Wedding) book amazing: it is very practical and informative. Despite being a celebrant for 16 years, with many ceremonies under my belt, I have thoroughly enjoyed reading it. The chapters are very refreshing and very well worded. You ought to be congratulated on your book. - Silvia Levame, Celebrant, Enmore, NSW


Buy The Essential Wedding Kit for Marriage Celebrants >

Inspiring Funeral and Memorial Services Book

Inspiring Funeral and Memorial Services by Wendy Haynes

This latest book of Wendy’s is an extremely informative and intuitive guide to creating a funeral, but it is much, much more than that.  In its pages are the wisdom of many years, it is a testament to Wendy’s exceptional ability and to those who trusted her with their lives and the loss of their loved ones. This book offers the reader an opportunity to understand and explore the possibility of creating a meaningful, appropriate and beneficial celebration of a life. It is presented in a way that takes your hand and heart, and leads you expertly through the process step by step, and gently lets it all unfold, so that you feel it is possible and you can do it.  This book encourages you to trust that you will be able to do it as best you can, and that that best will be enough. It is an offering of love, may it bring comfort and inspiration.
- Zenith Virago Co Author of 'The Intimacy of Death and Dying'

So often, when people are contemplating how to create a meaningful funeralor memorial service, their minds go blank and they are unsure of how to proceed. Inspiring Funeral and Memorial Ceremonies provides a wealth of practical and personal stories and allows people to put together a ceremony that will really resonate for the family and loved ones. Wendy's book is easy to navigate and find exactly the right words and rituals to capture the moment and the memories in a meaningful way. A funeral or memorial service can provide a powerful environment for significant healing. The wisdom, readings and rituals detailed in such a personal way ensure that the reader will find an appropriate and loving way to honour the life and impact of their loved one. This book, Inspiring Funeral and Memorial Ceremonies, is fabulous. I will use it as a regular resource and recommend it wherever I can.
- Petrea King, Founding Director and CEO, Quest for Life Foundation & Author, 'Sometimes Hearts Have to Break'


Buy Wendy's Funeral Book (Paperback) >

Create Your Own Inspiring Wedding Ceremony

Create Your Own Inspiring Wedding Ceremony by Wendy Haynes
This book is a definite must-buy for any couple wanting to have a truly unique and beautiful wedding ceremony.
- Kamini Rajarethnam, Group Editor, Wedding Magazine

I found your book amazing: it is very practical and informative. Despite being a celebrant for 16 years, with many ceremonies under my belt, I have thoroughly enjoyed reading it. The chapters are very refreshing and very well worded. You ought to be congratulated on your book.
-Silvia Levame, Celebrant, Enmore, NSW

I have just finished reading your book and am amazed at the work and effort you have put into it. You have written with warmth and insight. You admit the difficulties that can arise in dealing with the very differing parties to a marriage but give encouragement and ideas that embrace their diversity. I am impressed.
- Annette Veitch, Registrar of Births, Deaths & Marriages, Jedburgh, Scotland 


Buy Create Your Own Inspiring Wedding Ceremony (Paperback) >

How to Create an Inspiring Naming Ceremony

How to Create an Inspiring Naming Ceremony by Wendy Haynes
This is a beautiful book that gave us so much more than just a naming ceremony for our son. It affirmed and celebrated our role as parents and gave us a huge insight into what we wanted as a family. I recommend this book highly to any new parent. - Jane and Daniel, Tamworth, NSW 

What a great book! We loved the way we were easily guided to create a naming ceremony that was perfect for us! Lois and Madison"s naming ceremony was heartfelt and uplifting and everyone commented on how lovely it was.
- Matt and Melissa, Brisbane, NSW


Buy How to Create an Inspiring Naming Ceremony (Paperback) >

How to be an Inspiring Godparent, Mentor, Guardian

How to be an Inspiring Godparent, Mentor, Guardian by Wendy Haynes
Wendy, your book is informative, interesting and easy to read and understand. It gives such positive and constructive ideas to those choosing godparents or mentors including wise advice e.g. stories about one's own childhood not 'when I was your age' etc. You reinforced a lot of my own thoughts and actions that I put into rearing my own children and being a new grandmother I took on board what you have written. From a mother, grandmother and celebrant's view I can honestly say that whoever reads your book will gain a variety of ideas and knowledge from all the options you have offered.
- Pam Humble-Crofts, Celebrant, Benowa, Qld

Buy How to be an Inspiring Godparent, Mentor, Guardian >

Ceremonies for the Renewal of Vows

Ceremonies for the Renewal of Vows
I used your e-book for the Renewal of Vows for a ceremony in September and it was an absolute Godsend. The book inspired me to write a ceremony I could be proud of and the couple were ecstatic... I've just referred to the book again today to help me write a ceremony for a couple who are visiting Australia on holiday and want their ceremony next week - again - I am very happy with the result.
- Michelle Paterson, Celebrant, Brisbane, Qld

I have just finished reading your e-book and, as usual, found it to be of the highest standard with the content being so inspirational and easy to understand. As a marriage celebrant I look forward to passing on your knowledge and ideas to my clients whom I know will gain an insight into how easy and relaxed their ceremony can be.
- Pamela Humble-Crofts, Celebrant, Benowa, Qld

Buy Create Your Own Inspiring Renewal of Vows Ceremony

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what celebrants say

"I have had the pleasure of stumbling across your site and was compelled to send you a message simply to say how truly inspiring you are Wendy. I am eagerly awaiting my AG accreditation which is due in the next couple of weeks. However, in all my researching and planning for my CMC role thus far, I've not come across any material or media that has met and further inspired my passion for embracing this new path until discovering wendyhaynes.com. It seems to me you arrange your words not unlike the most poetic and soulful musician might compose their innermost heartfelt piece of music. What a gift!" - Rebecca