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.
"We have been very fortunate to have Michael as our marriage celebrant and would love to recommend him to anyone. He was always easy to communicate with and answered any questions that we had from the beginning of the wedding planning stage up to the day of the wedding. My husband and I are from interstate so planning a wedding in Brisbane was challenging. However, Michael managed to make it all stress free and was very flexible with all of our schedules even agreeing to meeting us interstate! We are also very appreciative of how he made sure that our wedding ceremony was all about celebrating my husband and mine's love. Thank you so much Michael for making our wedding extra special!"
"We would definitely recommend Michael to other couples looking for a celebrant. Michael was personable as well as professional. He organised all the official paperwork and submitted these promptly. He is easy to talk to and helped guide us with planning our ceremony script to tailor it to suit us. He made himself available when we had any questions or concerns regarding our ceremony. On the day he worked well with our wedding organiser and photographer to make our day special. Anyone who chooses Michael will be happy they made a great choice of Celebrant."
Lockie and Selena
"I would highly recommend Michael. He was very organised, he thought of everything which made it super easy and stress free. We could create our ceremony exactly how we wanted it. Michael was great on the day he had everything ready, we didn't have to worry about a thing. I would highly recommend Michael. He was very organised, he thought of everything which made it super easy and stress free. We could create our ceremony exactly how we wanted it. Michael was great on the day he had everything ready, we didn't have to worry about a thing. "
"Michael was wonderful. He was very well organised and ensured that we had the best ceremony with all that we could have wanted in it. Michael was flexible, friendly and very helpful throughout the planning, rehearsal and on the day of the wedding. When discussing our wedding plans with others they were very impressed with how far Michael had gone to ensure our day was perfect and we had many people stating that they wish they organised Michael as their celebrant for their big day. We are very thankful that we chose Michael as our celebrant."
"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."
"Thank you Michael for being there for me and Robbie on our special day, we couldn’t have asked for anything more. Michael was an absolute joy and we are very happy that he was a part of our special day. The pre-wedding preparation was completely stress free and Michael ensure that all paperwork was completed as necessary and on time. We met Michael twice before the day itself and he also ensured that the music for the ceremony was put on, which he arranged. We cannot thank him enough."
"From our very first meeting, Michael made us feel at ease. Michael was extremely helpful and approachable, he made the whole experience very easy."
"We are so happy we chose Michael as Celebrant for our wedding. He is so cheerful and pleasant but also very professional and attending. We had a very small wedding at home which with his guidance brought it all together so well. A very special and intimate occasion for us. We would highly recommend Michael to all couples searching for the perfect celebrant."
Robyn and Michael
"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 😊 "
"I cannot recommend Michael highly enough. Organised, flexible, cheerful and an excellent communicator. We switched dates and left key details to the last minute, but Michael was there to keep us on track. He kept us focused on enjoying and celebrating - I don't think our wedding day would have been the same without him.
Compared to many other celebrants, I found that Michael connected really well with us, and immediately grasped what we wanted. He made organising and planning a breeze. Again, I cannot recommend him highly enough. Thanks again for your hard work and enthusiasm, Michael!"
Brian and Rita
"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
MASTER OF Ceremonies
About Michael Janz
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.”
"I only conduct one Wedding per day to ensure you are my only focus."
Michael provides Marriage Celebrant 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.
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+ 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.
+ 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 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.
+ What are some examples of Wedding Ceremony Readings?
Maybe - Author Unknown Maybe...We are supposed to meet the wrong people before meeting the right one so that, when we finally meet the right person, we will know how to be grateful for that gift Maybe...it is true that we don't know what we have got until we lose it, but it is also true that we don't know what we have been missing until it arrives Maybe...the happiest of people don't necessarily have the best of everything; they just make the most of everything that comes along their way Maybe...the best kind of love is the kind you can sit on a sofa together and never say a word, and then walk away feeling like it was the best conversation you've ever had Maybe...you shouldn't go for looks; they can deceive. Don't go for wealth; even that fades away. Go for someone who makes you smile, because it takes only a smile to make a dark day seem bright. Maybe...you should hope for enough happiness to make you sweet, enough trials to make you strong, enough sorrow to keep you human, and enough hope to make you happy Maybe... Love is not about finding the perfect person, it's about learning to see an imperfect person perfectly.'
We each have our love stories - Author Unknown
We each have our own love stories. Some are short, others long. Some are yet unwritten while others are just getting to the good part. There are chapters in all of our stories and it is Mabel and Fred’s own love story that brings us all here today. It is a time to pause and smile at all the moments that brought them here – and a time to look ahead at all the moments that are still to come. Love is the experience of writing your story – it’s not one moment, not even this moment. It’s every moment. Big ones like saying ‘I love you’, moving in together and getting engaged, but mostly a million little ones that come in between the big – making each other a cup of tea after dinner, riding their bikes to sushi on Tuesdays, spending time with their families and friends, Thursday morning coffees at Velo, getting a big hug from Mabel as Fred walks through the door from work. These everyday moments fuse together into one big experience. Mabel and Fred fell in love by chance, but are here today by choice – they choose each other to be there through all of their adventures in life together.
Union- Robert Fulghum
You have known each other from the first glance of acquaintance to this point of commitment. At some point, you decided to marry. From that moment of yes, to this moment of yes, indeed, you have been making commitments in an informal way. All of those conversations that were held in a car, or over a meal, or during long walks – all those conversations that began with, “When we’re married”, and continued with “I will” and “you will” and “we will” – all those late night talks that included “someday” and “somehow” and “maybe” – and all those promises that are unspoken matters of the heart. All these common things, and more, are the real process of a wedding. The symbolic vows that you are about to make are a way of saying to one another, “You know all those things that we’ve promised, and hoped, and dreamed – well, I meant it all, every word.” Look at one another and remember this moment in time. Before this moment you have been many things to one another – acquaintance, friend, companion, lover, dancing partner, even teacher, for you have learned much from one another these past few years. Shortly you shall say a few words that will take you across a threshold of life, and things between you will never quite be the same. For after today you shall say to the world – This is my husband. This is my wife.
+ What are Candle Lighting Rituals?
Candle lighting rituals add a lovely symbolic feature to a wedding ceremony. Below are some examples of Unity Candle and Memorial Candle Ceremonies.
Make sure the candle/s is/are within a jar of some sort as there's nothing worse than a memorial flame going out during the ceremony.
Use tapers for the candle lighting.
Memorial Candle Lighting
A Memorial table could be set up with photos of the deceased person/s and the candles lit there. Alternatively, the Candles could be lit on the signing table or the Altar.
Example Wording A:
Before we begin our celebration today, Mabel and Fred would like us all to take a moment to remember those family members who are with them today only in spirit, especially __.
Mabel and Fred appreciate all of the love and support __ have given them throughout the years and would like to take a moment to remember them now with the lighting of these candles.
The light of their memory can never be extinguished in the hearts of those who loved themm.
Example Wording B:
Although death has separated us physically, faith and love have bound us eternally.
Though we cannot see you, we know you are here.
Though we cannot touch you, we feel the warmth of your smile, as we begin a new chapter in our lives.
Today we pause to reflect upon those who have shaped our character, molded our spirits and touched our hearts.
May the lighting of this candle be a reminder of the memories we have shared, a representation of the everlasting impact you have made upon our lives.
Example Wording C Verse:
Although we cannot see you
We know that you are here
Smiling down, watching over us
As we say “I DO”
Forever in our hearts
Forever in our lives
And so we say our vows in
In loving memory of you
This light shines
as a symbol of life
and love remembered.
Usually the Candles are light on the signing table or the Altar area if one is available.
Example Wording A:
The lighting of these family candles symbolises and separate lives and pasts before today (bride and grooms mums light the candles). Through the love, support, wisdom and guidance they have both received from their families, they are here today to join their lives as one.
and , with the light from your family candles, unite the two flames into one (bride and groom light centre candles). The unity of this flame symbolises the union of your families and your separate lives, into a commitment made in love and kept in faith. The two of you now have a fire that represents love, understanding and the future. It will give you warmth and happiness through even the darkest times. This new fire represents a new beginning, a new life and a new family.
Example Wording B:
Love is like an eternal flame, once it is lit, it will continue to burn for all time.
(by Frans Candles)
Example Wording C:
Soft mists embrace two golden flames,
Alone they search the night.
Two souls adrift in dreams of love,
They seek to claim the light.
The path is long from which they came,
But sure they are it’s right.
Two flames embrace in dreams of love,
Two Souls – Two Hearts Unite.
(By Harold Douglas)
+ 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.
+ General Wedding Songs
- All of Me by John Legend
- Amazed by Lonestar
- Annie’s Song by John Denver
- At Last by Etta James
- A Thousand Years by Christina Perri
- Best Part of Me by Busby Marou
- Better Together by Jack Johnson
- Can’t Help Falling In Love by Elvis Presley
- Come Away with Me by Norah Jones
- Dog Days are Over by Florence and the Machine
- Everything by Michael Buble
- Everything is Awesome by Tegan and Sarah
- First Day of My Life by Bright Eyes
- From This Moment On by Bryan White
- Happy Tother by The Turtles
- I Found Love (Cindy’s Song) by BeBe and CeCe Winane
- I Won’t Give Up by Jason Mraz
- I Swear by All For One
- Like I’m Gonna Lose You by Meghan Trainor
- Let’s Stay Together by Al Green
- Let’s Stick Together by Bryan Ferry
- Make You Feel My Love by Adele
- Marry Me by Train
- Marry You by Bruno Mars
- Pachelbel Canon in D by Pachelbel String Quartet
- Run the Red Light by British India
- Sea of Love by Cat Power
- Thinking Out Loud by Ed Sheeran
- Tiny Dancer by Elton John
- Today by Brad Paisley
- Tonight, Tonight by Smashing Pumpkins
- Truly, Madly Deeply by Savage Garden
- When God Made You by NewSong
- Why I Love You by Major
- You’ve Got the Love by Florence and The Machine
+ Traditional Wedding Music
- llegro Maestoso —George F. Handel
- Brandenburg Concerto No. 1 — Johann S. Bach
- Brandenburg Concerto No. 4 — Johann S. Bach
- Coronation March — Sir William Walton
- Fugue in E Flat Major - Johann S. Bach
- Hallelujah Chorus — George F. Handel
- Ode to Joy — Ludwig van Beethoven
- Spring — Antonio Vivaldi
- The Arrival of the Queen of Sheba — George F. Handel
- Toccata — Charles Marie Widor
- Tuba Tune in D — Craig Sellar Lang
- Wedding March — Felix Mendelssohn
+ Oldies But Goodies
- You're All I Need to Get By, Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell
- Signed, Sealed, Delivered (I'm Yours), Stevie Wonder
- Do You Believe in Magic, The Lovin' Spoonful
- Dancing in the Moonlight, King Harvest
- Gimme Some Lovin', The Spencer Davis Group
- You Are the Best Thing Ray LaMontagne
- Just the Two of Us, Bill Withers
- The Best is Yet to Come, Frank Sinatra
- At Last, by Etta James
- Can't Take My Eyes Off You Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons
- The Way You Look Tonight, Frank Sinatra
- Let's Stay Together, Al Green
- Hallelujah I Love Her So, Ray Charles
- Baby I Need Your Loving, Four Tops
- This Magic Moment, The Drifters
- Love Never Felt So Good, Michael Jackson and Justin Timberlake
- Best Day of My Life, American Authors
- Home, Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros
- Dog Days Are Over, Florence + The Machine
- Strawberry Swing, Coldplay
- The Way I Am, Ingrid Michaelson
- Accidentally In Love, Counting Crows
- Us, Regina Spektor
- First Day of My Life, Bright Eyes
- Good Life One Republic
- Beautiful Day, U2
- Crazy in Love, Beyoncé and Jay Z
- I Do, Colbie Caillat
- Happy, Pharrell Williams
- Halo, Beyoncé
- This Kiss, Faith Hill
- I Want Crazy, Hunter Hayes
- Bless the Broken Road, Rascal Flatts
- Deeper than the Holler, Randy Travis
- Cowboy Take Me Away, The Dixie Chicks
- Somebody Like You, Keith Urban
- Just to See You Smile, Tim McGraw
- Amazed, Lonestar
- Ain't Nothin' Bout You, Brooks & Dunn
- Sunday Kind of Love, Reba McEntire
- I Need You, LeAnn Rimes
- Forever and Ever, Amen, Randy Travis
- We Danced Anyway, Deana Carter
- Stuck Like Glue, Sugarland
- Suds in the Bucket, Sara Evanz
+ 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 shortening of time request can be considered ?
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.
Have to got any more questions?
I'd be delighted to help ... contact Michael Janz on 04114 20918 or email firstname.lastname@example.org