Peter Willington Weddings | Brisbane Marriage Celebrant

Brisbane Marriage Celebrant

Beyond a conveyancer of marriages

First and foremost, I am a celebrant and there’s a core legal function to what I do. However, I don’t see my role as being a conveyancer of marriages.

What I do is create moments, draw out emotions and enhance the excitement that you and your guests are already feeling for your wedding day.

During the ceremony, I’ll create an atmosphere where you and your guests are relaxed, engaged and excited to celebrate your marriage at the party to come. I do this by finding out who you are and what you care about, so that I can create a ceremony that truly reflects you; while being relevant, engaging, warm, meaningful and full of laughter.

Contact:

Phone: 0435 719 065
Email: peter@peterwillingtonweddings.com
Social: @peterwillingtonweddings

 
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What are my ceremonies like?

I like to make every ceremony like an episode of Scrubs (well season 1-5 of scrubs - it wasn't as good after that).

This means that there's a ceremony that’s around 20-25 minutes long. It has a few sweet moments, there are a few laughs along the way, but it will still be serious when it needs to be.

A great ceremony is the first part of a kick-ass wedding; not the bit of the day that everyone has to suffer through before getting on with the party. It should be enjoyable, it should be engaging and it should feel authentic, but above all else, it should be about you.

I have a simple approach to getting these things right; I focus in on the qualities that you demonstrate and that are worthy of admiration and then give examples of these qualities through great anecdotes. This is a fresh and engaging approach for wedding ceremonies that creates an amazing vibe in the ceremony space, is easy for your guests to relate to and they can connect with with what I’m saying. But most of all, it’s not the Pete show. I see my role as being the warm up act for your vows - that’s what everyone is there to see. I don’t want to make a big deal of myself, I’m not going to be cheesy and I’m not going to pretend that I know you better than your family and friends.

If you’d like to see the kind of vibes I create with my ceremonies and how this works, you can check out some videos from past weddings using the button below.

FIve star review | facebook

“Joel & I always wanted a celebrant who was going to reflect us as a couple - someone fun, someone we could really be ourselves around. When we met Pete at an expo we immediately knew he was our guy. We hit it off straight away and after our first meeting he already felt like an old friend.

Pete put so much heart into getting to know us (over many a beer might I add) and this reflected in our ceremony - filled with laughter and warmth... and a little bit unconventional! He made the whole process not only easy and stress free - but a whole barrel of fun. Our ceremony couldn’t have been more perfectly us and we can’t recommend Pete highly enough.”

Anita + Joel | 14 July 2018 | Obi Obi hall, obi obi Qld


 

Five Star Review | Easy Weddings

“If you are looking for a celebrant that will make you wedding ceremony uniquely "you" then Peter is your guy! From the first meeting to writing our vows, the many emails back and forth, right through to helping calm the grooms nerves (even helping to wipe down the chairs when a rainstorm came through just before the ceremony!) Peter was so friendly and always ready to jump in if we needed anything.

We were after a relaxed ceremony that was filled with humour and personal touches and Peter delivered for sure. Many of our friends and family have told us how much they loved our ceremony and that it reflected our personalities and that was thanks to Peter.

We would not hesitate to recommend him to anyone.”

Zoe & Nathan |1 March 2019 | Ocean View Estate

 
 

Photo: Bliss Photography By Leah
Couple: Callum & Bek | 6 July 2018 | Maleny Botanic Gardens

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I stand out because I don’t stand out

I don’t want “me” to be the memorable part of your wedding

I genuinely believe that if your guests are talking about “me” during cocktail hour I’ve failed… I don’t want to stand out and be the single most memorable part of your wedding.

Don’t get me wrong, I do want to be remembered as a nice guy who was fun, engaging, polite and obviously got to know you, but I don’t want your guests remembering “me”.

Instead, I want you and your guests to remember and be talking about “your” ceremony that I delivered. I want them to be talking about how they felt during the ceremony. I want them to be talking about how “you” the ceremony was. I want them to be talking about how they got caught up in the moment and how it was the best wedding ceremony they’ve been to. None of these things have anything to do with “me” but instead are all about the ceremony.

It’s a fine distinction, but for me it’s the most important one.

Facebook Recommendation

“My husband and I can’t recommend Pete more. Choosing a celebrant was one of the most important choices we had to make and boy did we make a great choice! Pete provided us with emails, face time, texts and support on the day which really helped ease our mind and made us trust him with every aspect of our ceremony. He made our day so special and personalised that people are still talking about how great of a celebrant (and all round great guy) he was! 

Thank you so much Pete, we are blessed to have met you and shared our day with you!”

Cassie & Nik | 27 October 2018 | Spicer’s Clovelly Estate



FIVE STAR REVIEW | EASY WEDDINGS

“The most important part of our wedding ceremony (besides getting hitched) was to feel comfortable... Peter achieved that without a doubt. Peter answered our email saying we wanted someone to hear our ideas and take it to another level... Peter jumped at the chance, proving to us that we made the best decision choosing him. We wanted different, we wanted unique, we wanted short and sweet. We were aiming for no yawning with our guests but instead we made everyone cry (yes even the big burly men). He truly made our experience memorable and we can't thank him enough.”

FIONA + NAOMI | 27 APRIL 2018 | TOOWONG ROWING CLUB

 

Photo: Bonnie Jenkins
Couple: Anita + Joel | 14 July 2018 | Obi Obi Hall

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FAQs

Before we talk packages & prices, let’s cover a few basics about who I am and how i go about things

Many websites, forums and advice articles all suggest questions that you should ask potential celebrants and while I’m not going to cover all of them here, let’s tick a few boxes right at the start.

Q: how long have you been a celebrant & how many weddings have you done?

A: I received my registration as a celebrant in March of 2017 and I marry about 75 couples per year.

Q: Do you marry same-sex couples?

A: Yes. I’ll marry anyone who wishes to invite me to be their celebrant.
A quick PSA: There is only a small group of celebrants who are legally able to decline to marry couples based on their sexual orientation.
These bigots are obligated to identify themselves specifically as a “religious marriage celebrant” on all public material as opposed to “Marriage Celebrant”.

Q: do you include a rehearsal?

A: No, but I do offer them as an optional extra.
As an alternative, I include a local catch-up with everyone who would come to a rehearsal where we’ll run through all of the details in both of my traditional(ish) wedding packages.

Q: Do you book more than one wedding in a day?

A: I guarantee exclusivity as part of my signature package (including scheduling meetings with other couples), however, I may take more than one booking, or schedule meetings with other clients on the day of your wedding if you select my other packages.

Q: How many meetings are included?

A: It varies based on the package that you select; however, I meet with most couples three times before the wedding.

Q: when is our payment due?

A: After our initial meeting I will send you a formal quote for you to review and accept. This quote will expire after 14 days at which stage I ask that you touch base to ensure your date is still available.
Once you accept this quote, a booking fee is required within 14 days and the balance of my fee is due either two months before the wedding or nine months after you accepted the quote, whichever is earlier.

Q: what form of payment do you accept

A: I accept payment through direct deposit, credit card, debit card or cash (please note that I do not accept “Cash *Wink, Wink*” payments).

Q: Do you have your own PA system & is it good?

A: Yes, I actually have several, however, my primary PA System is the Bose S1-Pro which is widely considered (and outlined in great detail by my friends at the Celebrant Institute here) to be the single best all-round portable PA system on the market.

 FIVE STAR REVIEW | EASY WEDDINGS

"Absolutely Amazing! Was like a best friend from the day we met at the wedding expo! He has been an absolute godsend for advice, mentoring and just being a straight up awesome guy! He made the ceremony so personal and we want to get married again just to have him do it!"

SHANNON & JOSH | 19 SEPTEMBER 2018 | CORRONATION HALL


FIVE STAR REVIEW | FACEBOOK

“Pete was incredible!

We had no idea what we were looking for when we started searching for a Celebrant but as soon as we saw Pete we knew we had found the right one. So easy going, fun, and just all round friendly.

The most important thing for us was to have someone who made us feel comfortable and someone who would tell our story and that's exactly what we got. Our guests raved about our ceremony and how beautiful it was. If we ever had to do this again (God forbid) we would be calling Pete up straight away!!”

SASSA & STEPHEN | 14 APRIL 2018 | CEDAR CREEK LODGES

 

Photo: Luke Middlemiss Photography
Couple: Rachael + Christian | 30 March 2019 | Maleny Retreat

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View packages

I offer a range of packages to suit all types of weddings and couples which you can view by using the button below.