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meet wendy haynes,
leading australian wedding & civil celebrant

Wendy HaynesQuotation MarkI love my work and have been passionate about celebrancy since I was appointed in 1995.
It's been an inspiring and rewarding journey working side by side with many couples and families creating personal, unique and heartwarming ceremonies that have touched not only the couple but everyone present. 
Whether your celebration is a wedding ceremony, name giving ceremony, funeral, birthday celebration, or any other of life's 'touchpoints', I can help you to make it unforgettable, exciting, relaxed and friendly and, most of all, fun and inspiring."Wendy Haynes Signature
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See what Wendy's been up to recently! Wendy recaps weddings, events and more in her personal blog.


Hearts in the Sand and Candles in the Chapel



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Groom wouldn't sign stat dec


All couples getting married in Australia have to sign a statutory declaration before they get married. It states there are no legal impediments to the marriage: ie they are over 18 years of age, not in a prohibited relationship (ie closely related), not legally married to somebody else or any other reason that would be legal impediment).   ... read more

Sunday morning greetings


Arriving at Saltwater Restaurant at Emerald Beach saw me inundated with hugs from three different couples dining there. It was quite emotional.  ... read more


Justin and Aneliese - the first wedding on the 17th Tee at Bonville


I was blessed to be the first celebrant to conduct a wedding on the 17th Tee at   ... read more

Carissa and Josh's Wedding


I fell completely at home with Carissa and Josh the first time I met them and we were all excited about their wedding on Look at Me Now Headland. They have five children between them and make a great family. Their wedding celebration was to be a small and intimate affair with just their family present. The venue was very special as it was were they had spent of lot of time together walking, swimming and having family outings with the children. It was a place they all loved... and I, too, hold a great fondness and love of this magnificent headland and beaches.  ... read more


Busy Busy Busy


A naming, two weddings, two funerals and a blessingway ceremony... what a busy ten days... will be back on line to share each of the ceremonies after this weekend in Canberra where I am attending my Graduation ceremony as a Dru Yoga Teacher! Yay!  ... read more


Lauren and Ryan's Wedding 8.10.11


The afternoon was perfect as we gathered for Lauren and Ryan's wedding rehearsal down at the cove of Serenity Bay. This has to be one of my favourite places to be. Quiet and secluded, small waves rolling in and just the wide ocean and islands out to sea. Lauren and Ryan chose the northern side of the bay which was a beautiful ten minute walk through grassy  scrubland, across the sand and around the rocks to the hideaway spot. Ryan's sister joined us as we ran through how the ceremony would unfold and they practiced their wedding vows.  ... read more


Unexpected Challenges at Weddings


As I was setting up for a wedding down on the beach a lovely young rock wallaby was grazing nearby. Suddenly a big family dog came bounding down the dunes and chased the young wallaby back and forth. Three of the wedding guests started after the animals but the dog was too fast and brought the young wallaby down and fatally maimed it in the scrub before running off. Upon closer inspection the wallaby was a young mother with a baby joey in its pouch. The gentlemen who gave chase were very discreet about the incident and played it down considerably. Even when I asked I did not find out the animal had died til later. One of the guests called WIRES (a wildlife care organisation) who came and retrieved the animal and took care of the baby.  ... read more


Miho and Dominik's Wedding 8.10.11


On the Friday I had met Dominik and Miho for the first time. It was an easy meeting and we went through the final legal requirements and rehearsed their vows and ceremony. Miho's father, Hiroaki, joined us, who had travelled from Japan to be with his daughter on this special occasion. While neither of us spoke the same language communicating was easy with lots of laughs and demonstrations of what he was to do.  ... read more


Double Wedding


A celebrant recently sent me an enquiry regarding the challenges and fees for a double wedding ceremony... my reply:  ... read more





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