Peta Finn Civil Celebrant

'Wow!' factor ceremonies with elegance, style and a sense of fun... always.

Weddings

Weddings should be relaxed and fun and I write amazing, unique ceremonies that are never boring! Personal, heart-felt, engaging ceremonies filled with laughter, smiles and happy tears. Ceremonies that acknowledge the significance of your commitment and just how wonderful you are together. Why shouldn't you have the ceremony everyone remembers?

Renewal of vows

Love at first sight is easy to understand. It's when two people have been looking at each other for years in the same way that it becomes truly remarkable. Want to celebrate a 'milestone' anniversary or just redo the whole thing in the way you always wanted to? A vow renewal is the perfect way to show love at its best and say: 'I still want you... on Sunday mornings, with all your quirks.'

Namings

Welcome a new life or step child into your family with a relaxed ceremony in a casual location with lots of littlies having a ball. After all, families are the substance of where we come from, who we become and what we value and our name gives us a sense of who we are and why we are important. Let's laugh, rejoice, make promises and celebrate that newest life in your family together.






- About Me -

Looking for a celebrant who is warm, engaging, relaxed, funny, creative and wonderfully supportive; someone who can breathe life into your ceremony and is totally committed to creating your wedding YOUR way? Someone who really cares about what she does? Then look no further!

You'll think you've known me forever.

Living on the gorgeous Mornington Peninsula, I'm a writer, a world traveller, a teacher, a mentor, a mum, a Justice of the Peace and a celebrant with more than ten years' experience in the wedding industry so I've conducted hundreds of weddings where no two have been the same for everyone's story is different.

But just as importantly, I'm easy to talk to, a great listener and I love what I do! My passion is writing and working with people like yourselves. And my talent is in creating meaningful bespoke ceremonies that are different from all the rest.

Don't worry about the legalities - I can do all that - just share your story with me and I will create a unique ceremony for you! No 'mass produced' ceremonies here where only the dates and names change, but rather, 'Wow!' factor ceremonies with a sense of fun.

I have received 5 star ratings from Easy Weddings and top ratings from my clients for I always go above and beyond to create the wedding you always dreamed of. My promise is that I will always be there for you - whatever it takes.

Covering the Mornington Peninsula, all Melbourne areas, the Dandenong Ranges, Yarra Valley and Gippsland. All other areas Australia wide on request.

Peta

- My Services -


This type of ceremony is for those couples who want to celebrate with a full service so your options are unlimited. Doesn't matter how many people, where or when - sunrise, peak times, in a hot air balloon, with 300 people; you name it and I'll be there.

Ceremony duration (including signing) around 30 minutes but the length can be extended to suit your requirements.

My professional fee includes:
- Minimum 3 face to face meetings in a place of your choosing
- Bespoke ceremony: an individually written, personalised wedding ceremony that reflects what you and your partner mean to each other - the 'wow' factor that will have your guests smiling and laughing and fully with you on the day. Just share your story with me and I will create a unique ceremony for you! No need to take home questionnaires or fill in forms, no templates: let's just have a chat - over a good glass of red or a great coffee - and see where it takes us. You'll get to meet the 'Roadie' too.
- Assistance to write your own personal vows. You are not alone and you'll be surprised what you can create with a little help if needed.
- Wedding rehearsal. Invite as many or as few as you want but let's try for the same time as your actual ceremony so we can see where the sun is and which is your best angle!
- After your wedding, I'll apply for and pay for your 'Certified marriage certificate' to be mailed to you. (Please contact the BDM website for turn-around times) No need for you to do anything!
- Provision of a P.A. system so Aunty Marge can hear up the back
- and yes... of course we can play your music for you.
- A signing table, decorations and cloth if needed
- My 'Roadie' at no extra cost who'll carry all the bags, play the music, do the sound checks, look after nervous grooms, move furniture, pin on flowers and help everyone to relax. You'll love him!
- My undivided attention - you'll be my only wedding on the day and I'll be there for as long as you need me. No watching the clock or dashing in at the last minute.
- Access to all of my resources, special rituals such as ring warmings, unity candle ceremonies, including children in your ceremony, hand fasting, readings, no extra charge for 'peak' times.


This is a basic ceremony that is shorter than a full service but is incredibly meaningful and includes personalised vows and ring exchange wording.- suiting those who want a brief ceremony but in the place of their choosing; parks, beaches, backyards, wineries. They don't want all the fuss and hype or stand up in front of a lot of people - no P.A. or rehearsal or readings or large numbers - just those people closest to them.
Group size: maximum 15 guests - we want everyone to hear your amazing vows!
Ceremony duration: 10-15 minutes
Location: wherever you like within 50 kilometres of my home
My professional fee includes:
- minimum 2 face to face meetings in my home to complete legal paperwork and design ceremony
- resources and assistance to write your own vows and ring exchange wording
- ceremony at a location and time of your choosing
- copy of your ceremony and vows
- rehearsal at my home
- travel costs and time
Please note: this ceremony does not include an application for your 'certified marriage certificate'. If you would like me to do this for you, please add $50 to my fee.
Also not included: section describing your personal relationship history, readings, extra speakers and special rituals, music, rehearsal, P.A., 'Roadie', certified marriage certificate.
However, feel free to provide your own music and for someone to play it for you. A signing table would be great too!


Perfect for those who want to get away from it all and marry before two witnesses... intimate, private, without the eyes of the world watching. Just pick your destination. Maybe a cliff top or your favourite beach in the early morning or the place that means the most to you both with your 'fur babies' beside you. The options are unlimited.
Ceremony duration: 10-15 minutes
Location: your choosing within 50 kilometres of my home
Group size: 5: the two of you, me and two witnesses. (I can provide the witnesses if you wish)
Please note: this ceremony does not include an application for your 'certified marriage certificate'. If you would like me to do this for you, please add $50 to my fee. Also not included: section describing your personal relationship history, readings, extra speakers and special rituals, rehearsal, music, P.A., 'Roadie', bound copy of ceremony.
All meetings take place in my home.
- minimum 1 face to face meeting in my home
- inclusion of personal vows and ring exchange wording


A brief ceremony before 2 witnesses where I make a legal statement, you say the legal exchanges and the paperwork is signed... 5-10 minutes - so easy! This type of ceremony suits couples who want the minimum of fuss.
Ceremony duration: 5-10 minutes
Location: my home or yours
Group size: 5: the two of you, me and two witnesses. (I can provide the witnesses if you wish)
My professional service includes:
- One face to face meeting in my home to complete legal documentation
- Delivery of legally required wording
- A glass of bubbly to celebrate!
Availability: Monday - Friday after 4pm except school holidays where I am available 9-4pm, all day Saturday or Sunday when available
Please note: this ceremony does not include application for your 'certified marriage certificate'. If you would like me to do this for you, please add $50 to my fee.


The 'Take me away' package
Yes, I marry couples all around Australia. Just keep in mind that along with the package you choose, my fee will also include reasonable travel expenses. But I'll try to keep it to a minimum so I'm happy to get that cheaper awful early morning flight or try to combine your wedding with a family holiday. Contact me for more information.


Package 1
'All The Bells And Whistles'
Package 2
'Short But Sweet'
Package 3
'Run Away With Me'
Package 4
'Kiss and Go'
Package 5
'Take Me Away'
Type Full service Condensed service Elopement Legals only Destination wedding
Ceremony wording Entire personally tailored bespoke ceremony Personalised vows and ring exchange words Personalised vows and ring exchange words Legally required words only Entire personally tailored bespoke ceremony
Face to face meetings Unlimited - at venue of your choice 2 - in my home 1 - in my home 1 - in my home Unlimited - at venue of your choice
Rehearsal Yes - at your venue Yes - at my home No No Yes - at my home or yours
Approximate ceremony duration 30 minutes + extra time if required 10-15 minutes 10 minutes 5-10 minutes 30 minutes + extra time if required
'Roadie', P.A., music, signing table Yes No but you can provide your own No but you can provide your own No No but you can provide your own
Location Australia wide Anywhere within 50km of my home Anywhere within 50km of my home My home or yours
Certified marriage certificate Yes Extra $50 if required Extra $50 if required Extra $50 if required Yes
Group Size Unlimited 15 maxmimum 5 5 Unlimited


ALL WEDDING CEREMONY PACKAGES INCLUDE:

- The completion and lodgement of all legal paperwork to 'Births, Deaths and Marriages'
- Getting together in my home to complete all the necessary paperwork and sight your identification documents
- A great coffee or glass of red while we chat. I'm also happy to chat via email and Skype.
- Your commemorative marriage certificate
- Arrival at your ceremony 45-60 minutes prior for ceremony set up
- Unlimited access to all my resource materials
- Wedding lectern
- Never ending support via email, phone and social media
- A bound copy of your ceremony wording or vows
- Insurances and parking costs
- Marriage register
- Opportunity to meet the 'Roadie'

Renewal of vows Naming ceremony Commitment ceremony Funeral and celebrations of life
Ceremony wording Bespoke ceremony written from scratch all about you! Bespoke ceremony written from scratch all about your child Bespoke ceremony written from scratch all about you! Personalised ceremony
'Roadie', P.A., music, signing table Yes Yes Yes If ceremony takes place in public area
Face to face meetings 2 2 2 Minimum 1 with family members
Rehearsal Yes – at your venue No Yes – at your venue No
Weekends and peak times Yes Yes but think about best sleeping times Yes Yes
Approximate ceremony duration 20-30 minutes 15-20 minutes 20-30 minutes 60 minutes
Location International Anywhere within 50km of my home International Australia wide
Other inclusions Personalised signing register, vow renewal commemorative certificate, special rituals, printed copies of readings, speeches and pledges Baby register, commemorative certificates for baby, parents, grandparents & significant others, toys, special rituals, printed copies of readings, speeches and pledges Personalised signing register, commemorative commitment certificate, special rituals, printed copies of readings, speeches and pledges Bound copy of ceremony wording
Group Size Unlimited Unlimited Unlimited Unlimited


ALL 'OTHER CEREMONY' PACKAGES INCLUDE:

- Relevant, beautiful hand decorated signing registers
- Personally designed certificates to be signed by all parties
- ‘Thank you’ certificates for all participants
- At least two face to face meetings at a venue of your choice to chat about and design your special ceremony over a great coffee or glass of red. I’m also happy to chat via email and Skype
- Provision of a P.A. system, 'Roadie' and extra speakers if required. You supply the music and I’ll play it for you
- Full access to my resource pack to assist with vows, pledges and special rituals
- Arrival at your ceremony 45-60 minutes prior for ceremony set up
- Ceremony lectern
- A bound copy of your ceremony wording
- Never ending support via email, phone and social media
- Insurances and parking costs
- Supply of table and cloth if required
- Compliance with the Celebrants Code of Practice


Note: I am more than happy to discuss tailor-made packages to suit your unique circumstances.

Hi; I'm Steve, the 'Roadie', and Peta's husband.

I'm really good with nervous grooms as I love to chat and tell a few jokes to relax you.

In my emergency kit I carry scissors to cut off forgotten tags and safety pins to secure that last minute lapel flower. I've been known to fix hems, provide mints and water, move tables and chairs and straighten ties.

My main task is to organise the P.A. system and ensure your chosen music is played where requested.

I'll do a sound check before your guests arrive and I love chatting to your guests before the ceremony starts. I'll also look after any guests that may seem lost or alone.

I'm warm, friendly and chatty and will make sure your ceremony runs smoothly.

I look forward to meeting you and helping to make your day as memorable and special as possible.

- Reviews -

I love what I do! Here's a few of my most recent Google reviews... and there's even more on Facebook too!


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- Let's Chat -

Like what you see? Then I'd love to hear all about your 'must haves' and your 'not on OUR wedding day' ideas.

Contact me on 0414 836 143 or via the form below.