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Jennifer Cram - Brisbane Marriage Celebrant
and Civil Partnership Notary

Queensland's No 1 Marriage Celebrant 2013
Finalist ABIA awards every year since 2009

When, at social occasions, someone asks me what I do, I always answer "I make people cry, in a good way!" I also make sure you and your guests laugh as well, and that you are touched by the beautiful words I create to express your feelings. The ceremonies I create and perform are relaxed, but not chaotic, carefully planned but open to spontaneity, and lovely to look at. I'm not a fan of "talking heads" ceremonies - which, unfortunately, is what most ceremonies are. 

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Whether you are planning to have the full white wedding ceremony experience or just to get married or enter into a civil partnership in a simple registry office style ceremony that is nonetheless an original and personal experience, a joyful commitment ceremony, a naming ceremony that truly celebrates not only your child but your family, a renewal of vows, or other ceremony, I really will deliver a ceremony that is a fresh and exciting experience and that will touch the hearts of everyone present.

The ceremony will be just traditional enough to be familiar to everyone present, as modern as you wish, and very much all about you - your personalities, your style. It will definitely not be anything like the usual a stock-standard ceremony that's been repeated time and again for hundreds, if not thousands of couples.

We are so excited when we hear of upcoming nuptials - because we really enjoy recommending Jennifer's professional services, and raving about our cleverness in selecting such a wonderful celebrant. The best part about working with Jennifer is her intelligent reading of people. We didn't know exactly what we wanted out of a wedding ceremony - but after meeting with us, Jennifer did. She skilfully evaluated what was important to us and wrote us the ceremony we never knew we always wanted. Working with Jennifer was so easy, and we will always treasure our bespoke ceremony. - Sarah and Will.

Thanks to the experience of creating and performing more than 650 wedding ceremonies since my appointment as a Marriage Celebrant in 2006, as well as more than 300 naming ceremonies and numerous commitment, renewal of vows and other ceremonies, backed up by the votes of couples who rated my services so highly that I was named Queensland's top celebrant in 2013, means I can absolutely guarantee that your ceremony will be

  • modern, personal, and different without being weird
  • as laid back and fun or as formal (with some light-hearted moments) as you wish
  • infused with your unique personalities all the way through
  • not constrained by "the rules" of tradition or of "what a wedding/commitment/naming etc should be"
  • entertaining for your guests (why make them wait for the party to begin?)
  • enjoyable for you because you will be confident that I'll include only what you want included, I won't deliver any lectures, and the whole thing will flow smoothly.
So you can relax and breathe a sigh of relief because at last you've come to the right place and the right celebrant because
  • I will never tell you that there is only one way
  • You will never be embarrassed by sexist stereotypes or unwanted religious references, or by a celebrant who has confused your wedding with a stand-up comedy gig
  • I have the life experience to be able to sensitively respond to any situation or circumstance - and in a way that doesn't draw people's attentions to whatever that might be
  • I have a deep understanding of the legal aspects of marriage ceremonies, non-legal wedding and commitment ceremonies. This means that I really know my stuff when it comes to the legalities - which means I am confident about not having to stick to a rigid view of what is included in your ceremony - and I know what can be left out if it doesn't appeal to you - and I don't put you to unnecessary trouble or expense when it comes to complying with the requirements of the Marriage Act in regards to giving Notice or providing proofs of identity etc!
  • I also have the knowledge, experience and skills to enable me to offer you ceremony ideas that are new, fresh, and guaranteed to surprise, delight and entertain your guests, and keep everyone interested all the way through (Check out my books to give you an idea of the depth and breadth of that knowledge)

Jennifer, we chose you because you default to awesome and leave out the gender bias, religion, over-explanation, tasteless jokes, awkward vows and dreary biographical readings that I’ve experienced in other weddings.

My services are great value for money. I do the hard work (hours and hours) to fully understand your wishes for your ceremony and to translate them into reality - a ceremony that delights, entertains, and engages your guests, keeps them talking for months afterwards (in a good way) and exceeds your expectations. I custom-create the ceremony just for you. It can be as creatively alternative or as traditional as you would like. And all for a very affordable fee when you consider the time, resources, and skill that goes into it.

In addition to creating the ceremony, on the way to your day I do a number of things to ensure that everything goes smoothly and that the photos are fabulous. On the day I will take care of you and your nearest and dearest so that the ceremony is an enjoyable experience infused with love and a touch of magic.

One of my brides recently commented to me that a skilled and experienced celebrant, able to inject a bit of humour into the ceremony without making it about the celebrant, able to weave the magic of the couple's relationship through every word, and able to incorporate into the ceremony unique touches that reflect the personalities and heritage of the couple is a bargain at $1000 (way above my top fee), but a bad celebrant is much too expensive at $100. That's food for thought.

Send me an email or give me a call  for a chat about my calm and unique process that guarantees the creation and delivery of a completely personal ceremony that celebrates your relationship in a vivid, memorable way with a warm and light-hearted touch, a ceremony that gives the nod to tradition but isn't hampered by it - all in a relaxed and stress-free process - and to discuss what you expect from your celebrant and how I can meet your expectations in a way that is not run-of-the-mill.

07 3378 3005 or send me an email

Some extracts from testimonials

Thank you so much for everything you did for us on our wedding! EVERYTHING was absolutely perfect – you co-ordinated everything just briliiantly. All through the night you were the topic of discussion – every guest we had was raving about how the ceremony was the best they’d ever attended, full of laughs and tears. Normally people switch-off during ceremonies (well, I do anyway!) because they can be a little boring, dull and predictable, but it was quite obvious that everyone was engaged and waiting to hear what was coming up next. Comments were things like “I’ve never laughed so hard in a ceremony before!” and “Jenny created the ceremony as if she was telling a story, including the audience and keeping everyone interested” and “she really set the mood for the whole evening”.  Kath and Cam

Dear Jennifer,  "THANK YOU",  Tony and I would like to give you a massive thank you for conducting our marriage ceremony on Monday the 14/04/14.  We had an amazing day and felt very comfortable and relaxed. We had great feedback from our family, they just loved your professionalism and personal touches and so did we. Your preparation through the ceremony was amazing and we were honoured to have you as our wedding celebrant.
Anita and Tony

We would like to express our sincere thanks to you for applying what seems to be 'a natural gift' in your ability to be engaging, sincere, lighthearted, and relaxing as a marriage celebrant. You have a well honed talent to make a ceremony feel intimate, friendly, and full of the magic of Love that flows from you to all the guests, and of course the two of us as a couple. Monique and Mike

Our friends and family all commented on how impressed they were by you, our celebrant. They were impacted by the uniqueness of our ceremony and how it  'touched all bases' regarding our love, marriage, us, family, etc. You were truly 'there' from day one, making the legal requirements a breeze and your accessibility for questions or concerns was second to none. The process you have in place for the preparation of our ceremony was so impressive and provided an opportunity for us, not only to assist in writing our ceremony, but, in reflecting upon and our love, and intentions for marriage and the wedding was more thorough and useful than our pre-marriage counseling in many regards! We chose you after being dissatisfied with our original celebrant and you didn't disappoint!
You were way beyond!!
Leigh & Francesc

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My Credentials:
  • Queensland's top Marriage Celebrant - Winner ABIA Awards 2013
  • Judged in top 0.1% of celebrants in Australia 2011, 2012, 2013 & 2014 Designer of Dreams Awards
  • Track record of consistent high-quality service as judged by couples - Finalist ABIA Awards 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2014
  • Experience of creating and delivering 1000+ ceremonies
  • ABIA Accredited
  • Advanced Diplomas in Marriage, General and Funeral  Celebrancy (all with High Distinction); Cert IV in Marriage Celebrancy

Memberships:
Australian Federation of Civil Celebrants
American Humanist Association
British Humanist Association
Humanist Society of Queensland

My Fees:
My ceremony fees are open and transparent, ranging from $300-$645. You will find them in the PDF downloadable ceremony package summaries below and also on the pages about each type of ceremony.
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