Throughout our lives we all celebrate occasions
with people who matter to us. Weddings,
namings, funerals, 21st birthdays, burials
at sea and graduations are just some of
the times where we feel the need to have
the special event directed by someone with
developed expertise, and one who is genuinely
Stephen Perry, through his celebrant services,
offers all this and more; he is a celebrant
for all occasions. He will listen, guide
and then develop and present the service
or ceremony you wish to have. Past clients
have remarked on his attention to detail
and professional manner. Throughout his
professional life, he has been involved
with people in one way or another. From
an education background his many skills
are applied to making the way forward for
people by celebrating the present.
Stephen has a discerning eye for the right
approach to services, which is gleaned through
personal interviewing and listening to your
requirements of him. You can be further
assured that each service is unique.
Making a public commitment
to very personal feelings is such an important
occasion in life, and we all
have the need to celebrate such important
occasions. How we achieve that, is as unique
as each couple.
Through getting to know something about you,
I am able to bring together a ceremony which
truly reflects your wishes.
So as to ensure that your day is memorable,
we meet and discuss those individual requirements
you have. Some couples have very well thought
out ideas for their ceremony, whilst others
find they need more guidance and suggestions.
you at ease, and through dialogue we ultimately
structure the words to be delivered in the
ceremony. I offer suggestions as well as sample
ceremonies for you to think about. For me
to be the one to communicate to others the
words and feelings you wish to express on
your wedding day, we communicate through email,
or phone until you are satisfied the content
Individualising Your Ceremony
Couples may wish to include a further ceremony
within their ceremony to individualise the
devotion they have for each other. Such ceremonies
include the Sand Ceremony, Unity Candle Ceremony,
Wine Ceremony and The Rose Ceremony.
Couples of mixed faith can, through selective
readings, make reference appropriate for them.
One individual way is through the vows exchanged;
there is advice given on writing your own
vows and how to deliver them meaningfully.
Often a couple will wish to discuss their
arrangements and perhaps have a further meeting.
If a rehearsal is required, that can be carried
out, with all the main players.
On the day, I arrive well ahead of the appointed
time, to familiarise myself with the location
and to meet up with those people essential
to making the ceremony perfect.
My background as an educator, communicator
and trainer allows me to address large or
small gatherings, with ease and clarity for
As The Wedded Couple you will be given a keepsake
copy of your ceremony.
You are assured of ongoing professional support
and, of course, all legal aspects of marrying
are attended to - efficiently, accurately
and without delay.
about . . .
||Venues - outdoor
- indoor - that work well
|| How a contingency
can work effortlessly for you &
provide peace of mind
|| Reception Establishments
by inclusion of Special Symbols
a contemporary wedding - simply done,
|| Rehearsal requirements
you may have
||Joint Wedding ceremonies
||His recommended wedding
associates - photographers/ video/cakes/cars/floral
to list a few... he is only too happy
to invest time with you as a couple
to ensure all happens exactly as you
a short note to express our heartfelt
thanks for your beautiful ceremony.
We couldn't have asked for anything
else, it was perfect..."
- Dylan & Suzie
you so much for being a wonderful celebrant
on our wedding day. We had a great day.
We were so glad that you "married"
Michelle & Steve
you very much for making our wedding
ceremony special. All our guests asked
us how we had managed to find such a
great celebrant. Many thanks again."
- Margaret &
you for the wonderful job you did in
conducting our wedding ceremony. It
was perfect! The ceremony had such a
warm and friendly feel to it, you engaged
all our guests and helped us to feel
very relaxed and at ease. It is certainly
a day we will look back on with very
fond and happy memories and we are very
grateful to you for the part you played
- Jo & Jason
Sean and I were so happy with the way
the day came together and we couldn't
have asked for a more perfect ceremony.
Thanks again for the beautiful service..."
- Jannie &
would like to thank you so much for
your beautiful ceremony on Saturday-
so many people mentioned that it was
just special and so beautiful. It was
a real pleasure having you there, making
us feel comfortable and just so happy!
Our best regards." -
Tony & Gabriela
Stephen, Thanks a bundle! For helping
to make our marriage ceremony perfect
and for making it all so easy and stress
free. We had a great day - thanks so
Briet & Justin
A naming ceremony enables
the modern family to celebrate a rite of passage
for their child, with those closest to them.
non-religious in content, the naming
welcomes officially and serves as a
reminder to all that the investment
of time and effort into the raising
of children reaps its own dividends.
preclusive in nature, the occasion recognises
the importance of cohesion in families
whilst ensuring future faith direction
can be made.
All people seek to know more of their roots,
their origin & family - of those
who brought them into the world and where
they belong; from where they have come, capturing
the present and anticipating the future...
'The Chronicle of Life', Stephen
has developed is a means by which any child
can carry through their years, a true living
The Chronicle enables the child developing
through adulthood to pause, and reflect through
their lifetime on days past.
Its incorporation within a naming ceremony
is the natural commencement point.
you for the great service for Teegan
and our family - it was a beautiful
Jodie, Pete & Teegs
"We appreciated the time and
effort you put to making the naming
for our twins so special. We are sure
their keepsake verses will be treasured
by them both in the years to come.
Thanks again for a good day."
- Chris &
"On behalf of Jill, & myself,
thanks Steve for the (second!) naming
ceremony you recently conducted for
our family. We are honoured to have
had you and we are especially grateful
that you made the ceremony very special
and different from that for our first...
we will be in touch when number 3
comes along! All the best ..."
- the B family
(J, R, T & J)
"Dear Steve, we were wrapped
when you were our marriage celebrant
and we look back on that day's photos
with delight. When you were able to
perform our gorgeous daughter's naming
we were thrilled. You made it so special
for us - we hope you enjoy the photo."
- Bill, Laura
"Thanks for being with us in
February when we gave our son, Michael
his name. Thank you also for your
advice and ideas about what we could
include to make the day extra special.
I am glad we have begun 'The Chronicle
of Michael's Life'..." -
Jenny & David & Michael
No two lives are the
same and each person should be remembered
for their unique qualities.
As an opportunity for the community who knew
and loved to come together publicly and pay
due respect to the deceased person, a funeral
should be fittingly reflective and in complete
accord with the bereaved family's wishes.
In the celebration of a life, to capture the
essence of the person being farewelled, many
families elect to personalize the service
with tributes from family, work colleagues,
fellow enthusiasts and hobbyists. This can
be accompanied with some traditional words
of comfort and solace; of either a religious
or secular nature.
Stephen has a background from within the funeral
profession as a director and company trainer
of personnel, and has genuine compassion and
a contemporary understanding of grief, ensuring
the service is both sincere and appropriate,
through close individual consultation with
family and friends.
you for the way in which you conducted
my mother, DC's funeral yesterday. I
am amazed that you managed to capture
her personality so accurately after
such a brief discussion. You concentrated
on the positive, taking her love and
wisdom with us in moving forward. She
would definitely have approved..."
- Rhonda S
"...I would like to express
the appreciation felt by Ann (Geoff's
mother), Richard (his brother) and
myself for making the service such
a good one. We felt that at this most
important of times, the very best
had been done for Geoff..."
- Peter B
"On behalf of our family, I
would like to thank you for conducting
the service for our mother, VR, yesterday.
We appreciated your presentation,
warmth and understanding..."
- Barbara R
" ...thank you for giving our
John such a wonderful farewell. We
thought you did a fabulous job and
we're very grateful. Kind regards,"
- K, J &
"...thank you for the beautiful
service that you did for Ron. So many
people asked me who Ron's friend
was that conducted the service…Ron
was a loving, happy, adventurous man
- exactly as you portrayed him.
Thank you again so much, " -
you for the beautiful service you conducted
for our son, Hamish in December. We
appreciate the time and energy you put
into his memorial. Your compassionate
and honest words made the occasion "less"
painful for us. It was also reassuring
that so many people commented on what
a lovely heartfelt service it was. I
hope we can meet again under happier
Sally & Sue T
you so much for officiating at DO's
funeral...the service was quite touching
and genuinely delivered with quiet dignity.
Our family was impressed with you. We
appreciated your reflections of mum's
simple life and choice of poems and
readings. Thank you again on a job expertly
done, during such sad times..."
- M, J & A M and F O
Steve, thank you for the wonderful service
you delivered yesterday. You certainly
found mum's spirit and love of
life. The flow of the service gave her
the best farewell. We are sorry you
couldn't come back later, but be
assured, lots of stories and drinks
flowed. Many thanks again." -
Love D & all the family
must say how professional you were in
your conduct of the service for my late
husband. You have a handle on many aspects
of what is going on in a family at such
a sad time for them - it is not easy
ensuring people who are quite vulnerable
are at terms and comfortable with that."
kindness, sensitivity and understanding
went a long way to making the most painful
morning of my life bearable. We were
all amazed that you got such an accurate
picture of C's character and personality
so quickly - the whole ceremony was
a perfect hour to honour his life, thank
you, Stephen ..." -
Office: (02) 9918 7198
Mobile: 0412 150 492
Perry Civil Celebrant
28 John Street
Avalon Beach, NSW 2107