Marriage Celebrant in Brisbane, Mount Tamborine, Gold Coast, Sunshine Coast, Ipswich, Logan
I love being a Celebrant! It’s a great privilege ensuring your wedding day is a fun, stress-free celebration of your love.
I pride myself in being very accessible and highly responsive to your needs. I will ask the right questions and listen to your needs
I have a service oriented manner, dedicated to providing a highly professional, well-organised service where nothing is too much trouble.
"Michael made us feel so confident and comfortable within ourselves to prepare our own vows. He provided us with many ideas, examples, thoughts and words of wisdom to help us along the way. He was there anytime I needed him and was always happy to help. Having the opportunity to customize our ceremony really makes your day that more special and Michael was the one who made this happen. He is a fun, loving and caring celebrant who I cannot recommend enough. Thank you for everything xx" Jessica C.
"Michael was absolutely amazing! He helped tailor make our wedding to suit our country theme. Our day was completely stress free, and even relaxing, thanks to this awesome guy! Thank you again Michael, you are a true gentleman and an even better celebrant."
"Michael was and is amazing, such a fantastic man with a lovely friendly and welcoming personality. If you live or decided to get married in the Brisbane area like we did, please consider Michael to be your celebrant. Both Gregg and myself love him to pieces."
"Michael was fantastic! He helped us feel comfortable throughout the whole process. We can't thank him enough for all his kindness and support both pre wedding and on the day! We would definitely recommend him to all our friends! Thank you Michael!"
"Michael is very friendly and goes the extra mile. He supported us through the whole process and nothing was too much trouble. We definately made the perfect choice 😊 "
"Macarthur Park welcomed Celebrant Michael Janz to the Chapel and Gardens for the very first time for the wedding of Vanessa and Geoff. Michael was a pleasure to work with! He was friendly, happy and relaxed yet very professional.
I loved chatting and working with Michael and we hope he will be back conducting ceremonies here in the near future! "
"Michael you were absolutely perfect for our day and we couldn't have asked for more. Thank you for being a gentleman and a professional. Dave and I will be forever grateful for the way our day turned out.
Thank you again."
"Professional, organised and just a great guy! Can't recommend him more highly to other couples looking for a celebrant."
"Michael was excellent throughout and made the whole process very easy for us. He helped us prepare for the ceremony, covered every detail and made us feel very comfortable. I would definitely recommend Michael!! Thank you so much."
" Thank you so much Michael for being the perfect celebrant for us! Your charisma and warmth shone throughout our ceremony. Through your professionalism and support, you helped us create the ceremony we dreamed of. "
"Michael's professionalism was absolutely fantastic. He was well organised and easy to work with. He was always available when we needed him and very quick to respond to emails and text messages. I would highly recommend him! " Ben M.
"Hi Michael, We were both delighted and impressed at your handling of the ceremony, given that we were from interstate and there was no chance for a rehearsal. You were able to guide everyone in to place and lead us through our chosen ceremony with ease. I would certainly recommend your celebrant services to any other couple.
Once again, thank you for making our special day so easy."
Hi Michael Thank you so much for making our day so special ... Thanks again Katy
"Michael officiated over our wedding in April 2017. He was very professional and easy to deal with in the lead up to the wedding, and we received lots of great feedback from our family and friends on the way in which he performed the ceremony. I would absolutely recommend Michael to anyone!"
"Michael performed the celebrant duties at our wedding in April 2016.
In the lead up to the big day despite we were overseas most of the time he made himself available to be in frequent contact to assist us work through all the paper work and helped us to customize the script several times until my wife and I were happy and ready to go.
Michael was all too happy to meet us the day prior for a final run through which helped to contribute towards the big day feeling like a dream come true.
Many thanks Michael!"
" Michael made out wedding day as special as we could have imagined. The process leading up to the wedding was so daunting before we met Michael but his attention to detail and eagerness to make us happy really made it all an effortless and pleasurable experience. I cannot stress enough how lucky we felt to have chosen Michael to look after our wedding ceremony. 10/10 would recommend him to anyone looking to be married. "
"David and I would love to thank our wonderful marriage celebrant Michael Janz for organising our wedding ceremony with us.
Michael worked with us on our wedding vows by adding personal special touches. Guests at the wedding thought Michael kept our ceremony not only personal but a little light-hearted and professional at the same time.
David and I highly recommend having Michael Janz officiate your wedding ceremony he really cares about making your special day very personal.
Thanks again Michael for a memorable wedding"
David & Amanda O'Hara xxx
"Michael made us feel comfortable with helping us prepare for our marriage. We found him to be very helpful and a true gentleman. If we (me) needed something he was always quick to respond. Michael also has a wonderful sense of humor and is a caring celebrant. Thank for all that you have done for us Michael. "
Planning Your Wedding
I will ensure your wedding ceremony exceeds your expectations. the sorts of things i'm delighted to do INCLUDE as part of my fee:
- Travel to meetings, rehearsal (if necessary) and the wedding ceremony
- Face to face interviews at a mutually convenient location (I’m happy to meet as many times as necessary or over the phone/Skype)
- Your Wedding Rehearsal (if necessary) at the wedding venue with the wedding party
- Completion and submission of all legally required wedding documentation.
The First Meeting
As a Marriage Celebrant it is my role to ensure your intentions for the wedding ceremony are realised … exceeded.
Firstly it is the celebrant’s responsibility to work with you to put together a ceremony that will live in your memories for all the right reasons. Apart from meeting the obligations under the Marriage Act 1961, the content of the marriage ceremony is totally your choice.
At the first meeting I will explain the legal obligations.
To help I’ll provide you with a range sample ceremonies
Allow Michael to ensure all the special celebrations in your life exceed your expectations and deliver exactly what you want. Call Michael on phone: 04114 20918 for a well organised, stress free celebration.
Renewal of vows
SAME SEX Commitment ceremonies
After an extensive career in education and training, Michael Janz brings his people skills, organisational and management qualities to help people turn their intentions into wonderful occasions.
As a celebrant, speaker and master of ceremonies, Michael takes the pressure out of important events such as weddings, commitment ceremonies, renewal of vows, funerals and naming ceremonies.
“I believe strongly that all couples deserve the right to formalise their love through a legal union such as marriage. I consider it a great privilege to help couples celebrate their love.”
"I've had the privilege of personally enjoying forty years of marriage."
"I have spent my working life serving others and derive great personal satisfaction from playing a small but critical role as a Celebrant."
“I look forward to the privilege of you allowing me to turn your intentions into a celebration that you will cherish for a lifetime.”
“I'll provide a highly professional service where nothing is too much trouble.”
“I take my responsibility very seriously in helping to make sure your wedding or commitment ceremony is exactly what you want.”
Michael provides wedding services throughout Brisbane, the Gold Coast, Tamborine Mountain, Logan City, Ipswich, Toowoomba and the Sunshine Coast. No additional charges are made for travel.
Michael is a member of Australia's Leading Marriage Celebrant Association, Australian Marriage Celebrants Inc. and the Alliance of Celebrants Qld Inc.
How do I change my name after marriage?
Once you are married there is no need to apply to change your name— this is covered by your marriage certificate. You will find many agencies now days want more than the evidence provided in the wedding certificate the Celebrant provides on your wedding day. It is necessary to apply for a standard Marriage Certificate from Births, Deaths and Marriages in your State. I provide assistance for couples in Qld. to apply for the Certificate prior to the wedding day, I verify your identity and submit all the paperwork after the wedding by Express Post.
After you have your Marriage Certificate, there is a great service provided by Easynamechange.com.au They provide a simple way of contacting all the necessary companies and agencies to effect the name change.
Should we include a reading in our wedding ceremony?
Readings are are great way to help tell a story about you as a couple or to illustrate things you value. It's also a great way to enable family members or friends to be engaged. Here are some special examples.
What's the best way to choose a Celebrant?
The best way is for you and you partner to meet a prospective Celebrant. I offer a no obligation meeting to enable us to get to know each other so you can make sure I am the right one for you. I am pleased to travel to you.
We want a simple ceremony but don't know what we want. How can you help?
At our first meeting I provide a comprehensive "Wedding Kit" that includes a set of Ceremony options. I also try to match you with three actual ceremonies I have conducted to help guide you in what will work for you.
What are some ideas for music during the Ceremony?
There are so things to consider when planning a wedding! As a Celebrant, I find most couples like to have music at the beginning, when the signing is taking place and at the end (recessional). I provide recorded music and a separate sound system with copyright protection as part of my service. Click here to download a collection of terrific wedding music ideas.
Is it okay for the Bride to be late?
A few minutes isn't an issue. However, many venues have a number of weddings on the day and running late is likely to cause pressure to complete the ceremony by its scheduled completion.
It's advisable for the groom and his party to arrive thirty minutes prior to the ceremony start and have one of his party as an appointed contact to the bridal party so any unforeseen challenges can be easily communicated.
Which side does the bride and groom stand during the ceremony?
There is no "correct" side for the bride and groom to stand. It is generally the case that the bride stands to the left of the groom. Interestingly this tradition stems from the days of "marriage by capture", when the groom needed to leave his right hand, which he used to hold his sword, free in the event that he should need to defend his bride from other suitors who may try to whisk her off at the last minute.
Regardless of the side the couple stand, it a great idea for your parents to sit on the opposite side you you so they can see your face and enjoy the occasion fully.
What are our Legal Obligations?
Under the Marriage Act 1961 there are certain obligations that you, as a couple intending to get married, must meet prior to a marriage ceremony being solemnised.
A Notice of Intended Marriage (NOIM) must be lodged with your chosen Marriage Celebrant no less than one month and no more than eighteen months prior to the marriage being solemnised.
Under normal circumstances the Notice of Intended Marriage form would be completed at your first meeting with your Marriage Celebrant and the required documentation must be produced to him/her at that time, or certainly before the marriage can take place. Both parties are required to give a minimum one month notice by signing and lodging the NOIM. There are some exceptions; for instance if a partner is overseas or interstate and only one can sign a month before the wedding day that is acceptable. However, if these circumstances do not exist then both parties are required to sign one month before.
Parties to a marriage must produce evidence of date and place of birth and this can be done by producing a birth certificate, or an extract of a birth certificate, or an Australian or Overseas passport. Persons born overseas, who cannot produce such original documents under some circumstances can make a statutory declaration as to details of date and place of birth. IMPORTANT: A statutory declaration can only be used in extreme cases, i.e. circumstances where social upheaval due to political situations such as civil war, or in instances of natural disaster have led to the destruction and/or unavailability of civil records. The declaration must show cause why you can't obtain the documents.
In the case of persons previously married, an original copy of your Divorce Certificate or, if applicable a Court Annulment Certificate; the case of widowhood, an original copy of the Death Certificate must be produced. These documents MUST be produced before the marriage can take place. It is essential that you allow yourself adequate time to acquire them if you have misplaced them.
Prior to your wedding, both parties will be required to sign a declaration, under the Marriage Act 1961, stating that you believe there is no legal impediment to the marriage between yourself and your partner. This is a legal document and calls for honesty at all times. Penalties may apply for false or misleading information.
Can I get married with less than one month's notice?
A prescribed authority may authorise a marriage to be solemnised despite the authorised celebrant receiving the NOIM within one month of the date of the marriage. A list of prescribed authorities is published on the Attorney-General’s Department website.
WHEN CAN A PRESCRIBED AUTHORITY CONSIDER A SHORTENING OF TIME REQUEST?
The five circumstances in which an application for shortening of time may be considered by a prescribed authority are set out in Schedule 1B to the Marriage Regulations 1963 (Cth). These are limited to:
• employment related or other travel commitments
• wedding or celebration arrangements, or religious considerations
• medical reasons
• legal proceedings, or
• an error in giving notice.
If the parties to an intended marriage have not provided the NOIM to the authorised celebrant with the minimum one month’s notice, they will need to apply to a prescribed authority for authorisation before the celebrant can make or confirm any arrangements to marry them.