My CELEBRANT HISTORY:
I was appointed in 1995, and until June 2015, have been the mentor
for the many of the new NQ Celebrants, as well as being the NQ
delegate on the Federal board of Celebrant Stakeholders and the
liaison person between the Queensland Births, Deaths and Marriages
Dept., and the celebrants of NQ. I am a full-time celebrant, and I
do go out of my way to help you with whatever plans you are thinking
about or have already made. I have been most fortunate to have been
invited to officiate at weddings in the Blue Mountains of NSW,
Sydney, Brisbane and even the beautiful Fraser Island. I just love
my work as a celebrant and have formed strong friendships with many
of my couples.
Do look at my ‘ABOUT KAY’ page to give you a little indication of my
personality and interests as well – even about my love of
bushwalking, travel, natural beauty, the desert and rainforests - to
make sure we are suited!
HOW I CAN HELP YOU:
One of my ‘key’ factors is that I ask that you to either write me a
few lines about yourselves, or complete the 'About Us' form I give
you, just so that I can write a ceremony that will be absolutely
relevant to you. No two ceremonies are the same. You will also have
a wide range of Vows, Ring words and Readings to choose from, and
you can choose any of mine, change them around, or be inspired to
write your own.
If we have already met in the weeks/months before, I would have
picked up on many aspects of your being together and the journey you
have already taken. For instance if you already have a family, or
been together for quite some time this is an important aspect. So
rest assured that by the day of your wedding, all these points will
have been accounted for and will have helped me to write that
There will be no unexpected ‘surprises’ at the ceremony, and
everything will run smoothly because we have both worked together to
make your day as memorable as possible. But of course, if there is a
little hitch (perhaps the little flowergirl has had second
thoughts!) then these will just make the day, not spoil it.
It is important also, that your celebrant is a person you can relax
and enjoy a laugh with. But just as important is to know that you
are in good, and well-experienced hands. By the time of your wedding
day, all the legal documentation will have been taken care of, you
would have received and made your ceremony choices and sent them
back to me 3-4 weeks before your wedding, so that I can have your
ceremony almost finished by the time of our last meeting, and all
the finer details (wishes and instructions) would have been noted
and acted upon.
I am committed to making your ceremony one that will reflect your
interests, your values and vision, and your personalities. I am
friendly, attentive, organized and professional. To me it is
important that you have chosen a celebrant who is in tune with you,
and your guests. I speak almost as much to them as I do to you,
because I regard their presence as an integral part of your
Over the years too, I have helped couples from ethnic and indigenous
backgrounds to celebrate their marriages according to their own
rituals and beliefs.
Aside from the photos on this
website, you will find that in your wedding photos, you will very
rarely find me in them. I am very conscious of not ‘imposing’ myself
into your special moments.
My ceremonies are always relaxed and happy occasions for everyone.
If you are a local couple, we can arrange a meeting at a place and
time convenient for us both – either of our homes or coffee in the
If you are coming from outside of Cairns and arriving by plane, I
quite often arrange to be there waiting for you at the Airport
Terminal – nice to be greeted by a familiar face.
North Queensland is a safe destination with so many options and so
much to see.
There are -
- GREAT BEACHES - (I do have a
couple of favourite ones that are away from the ‘touristy’ spots
and crowds) – Council permits need to be acquired.
- ST. MARY’S CHAPEL BY THE SEA
IN PORT DOUGLAS - I just love the authenticity and simplicity of
this little wooden Chapel. If only it could speak! It is one of
the oldest timber buildings still standing in North Qld., and
has a rich history. I have been fortunate over the years to
officate at hundreds of weddings in this little Chapel.
- PARKS - these also require a
Council permit but worth it.
- PRIVATE HOMES AND GARDENS –
always special to have a couple being married in their own
- RESORTS – of your own
- Renewal of Vows
SO WHAT ARE THE FIRST STEPS?
Firstly, once you have looked over the website and feel comfortable
with what you have read you can then contact me to see if I am
firstname.lastname@example.org , or you can give me a
You would need to read carefully the
of this website.
Once the booking is confirmed and the NOTICE OF INTENDED MARRIAGE is
downloaded, witnessed by the correct authorities, and emailed to me
with all the relevant supporting documents (See Legalities) and I
have officially lodged your proposed marriage document, I will then
send you your Ceremony choices, About Us sheet, and a Ceremony
Detail Sheet which is ‘my picture’ for the day – whether you have 6
or 60 guests.
I realise this is an important part of your planning and budgeting,
but it is important for you to be aware that my fee is fair and
based upon the fact that I spend approximately 8-10 hours per
wedding and I do go ‘the extra mile’ in helping you. I cannot give
you here an estimate because every wedding is different. I do not
keep a deposit because in 21 years, I have never kept one in the sad
case of a cancellation. And whether your ceremony is very small and
simple, or more formal and involved, the amount of paperwork is
still the same.
HELPING YOU TO HELP YOURSELF:
If you are budget conscious, or just wish to arrange things
yourself, I do have a SELF HELP document that I send on request
after your booking is confirmed. As Celebrants are appointed by the
Federal Attorney-General, they are not to be affiliated with any
other wedding related businesses, so therefore the document
comprises a number of choices in each category of Hair stylists,
photographers, florists etc., plus things to do and see that I would
take my friends to. This has a Disclaimer and 99% of the suppliers
on there, are not aware of the document.
Kay Earl – Cairns Weddings
Civil Marriage Celebrant
28 Mann St. Edmonton, Queensland 4869
Tel: 07 40 452 660 Mobile: 0419 799 637