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Love Letter Zoe + Rachel Wedding The Mobile Barber Shop Bundall Gold Coast
Marilyn is a wonderful person and a very gifted celebrant who made our wedding (and the lead up) so special, meaningful and fun. She is a true champion of love and she was able to create a ceremony that perfectly reflected who we were as people and what we hoped to create in our marriage. Since then, so many of our friends and family have commented on how great Marilyn was, and that our ceremony felt very personalised. I can't recommend Marilyn enough! Love Rachel & Zoe xoxo
LET’S GET YOU MARRIED
You’re in love and have found the partner of your dreams, you’re engaged, your buzzing…… now what?
Time to make your love official, tie the knot and update your relationship status.
Your wedding is an opportunity to shout your love from the rooftops and share it with family and friends.
You need a celebrant who gets you, who you vibe with, who will hear you and is as excited as you are about your special day and has so many fun, upbeat, crazy, wonderful, unique ideas and ways to make your dream wedding come to life.
Let’s chat on the phone, send me an inquiry form, email or What’s App, Zoom or Skype me or send a carrier pigeon and make a time to visit me at my home office!
At our first meeting you just sit back and relax, chat over coffee, get to know each other, have a laugh and see how all of this fits together.
I will lead you through the legal process making everything easy, straight forward and most importantly stress free.
Love Letter from Emily + Denise' Commitment Pavilions Broken Head Byron Bay Northern NSW
Dear Marilyn, Denise and I cannot thank you enough for helping make our day so special. We really had the most perfect day and couldn't have asked for anything to be better. Since we were planning our wedding from America and couldn't meet with anyone in person, we were a little apprehensive at first. But once we spoke to you on the phone and then via Skype, you made us so comfortable with the whole process and we knew you were the one we wanted to tell our story. We were unsure with how to begin the process of writing our vows and our love stories but with your examples in your resources and assistance, you made it so much easier. Your experience and kind nature made us feel at ease with the whole process. We even had some last minute changes (the day before the ceremony), but you handled everything as if we had nothing to worry about. We didn't actually meet you until the morning of the ceremony but we felt like we had known you for a while. The ceremony was beautiful and your telling of our love story made us (and our guests) laugh and cry. We are so grateful to you and everything you put into making our day one we will forever remember. Both of our families loved meeting you. Thank you again for all you did. Please stay in touch! Sincerely Emily and Denise xoxo
Love Letter Penny + Jess Surprise Wedding Yeronga Brisbane
When we first met Marilyn we were struck by her character, sincerity and professionalism. Of course, a celebrant’s primary role is to be able to proficiently guide the couple through the logistics and legal of the wedding ceremony, but the choices you make to hire someone are almost always down to the gut feeling you get from their character and personality. Marilyn ‘knew her stuff’ and made every step of the process easy but her warm and bubbly nature was what sold us. We also felt passionate about finding a celebrant who was experienced and passionate about LGBTQ+ unions and her knowledge and extensive experience was appealing to us as a queer couple. As our wedding was a surprise, we had few people who were in on the secret, but it was great to have Marilyn in on the conspiracy. It always felt like we were checking in with a family member who truly cared about our day when we would have our appointments. Her knowledge of the processes and legalities allowed us to relax in the lead up, and focus on the important elements, like crafting our vows and ceremony (which is the aspect that is the most memorable when you look back on the day). Marilyn was so encouraging of both of us in writing our unique vows and love story and the many resources that she offered were hugely helpful. Having her experienced eye over both sets of vows was a comfort, and she was always willing to give and take feedback on the vows and ceremony until everything was perfect. She was very flexible on the day as well, in the face of time changes and weather, which relaxed us a great deal. We are very grateful to have found Marilyn; she comes across as someone who truly loves her job and takes great pride in it and that made the whole process a joy. Thanks Marilyn!
The reason I became Rainbow Pride Celebrant over 14 years and over 1200+ ceremonies ago was my strong belief in equal rights for same sex couples! I believed Same Sex Marriage should be available in Australia to all couples who love one another. When I started Rainbow Pride Celebrant no one in Queensland or to my knowledge elsewhere in Australia had created a dedicated celebrant website for LGBTQIA+ couples. Some have now followed in my footsteps which is a giant leap forward. We have had same-sex marriage for quite a while now and the next generation will be shocked that their ever was a time when LGBTQIA+ couples could not be married.
Love Letter Zane + Julian Wedding Tamborine Gardens Wedding Resort Tamborine Mountain
Firstly, Marilyn is a superstar, from the first call, to our first meeting and rehearsal in her welcoming home, to the actual ceremony. There are no words that can describe how overjoyed we are that we choose our first choice (we just knew she was the one after speaking to her on the phone) of celebrant. After reading some of the reviews that others had posted you could only hope you day could be a half as good, but believe me when I say it was much better than any review posted. “this is one of the best ceremonies I have attended”, one guest offered up, and another saying “you took us on an emotional rollercoaster. One minute we were laughing and the next crying”. Not only did this give us comfort it was our wedding they were talking about but the tone was set by Marilyn’s amazingly written words throughout, interjecting such fabulous humour and sensitivity. She, also kept control throughout the ceremony and even when things didn’t go to plan, she professionally continued giving enough time for what we had planned ( our dog to howl and bark at a set point), and when it didn’t she continued on, with no-one even noticing (except those in the knowledge)! The vows booklets, ceremonial marriage certificate, the copy of the ceremony and the hand fasting ties were all handed over at the end of the ceremony at a respectable opportunity by Marilyn, and the genuine heartfelt excitement and enthusiasm about us officially married was overwhelming. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts, as this magical moment Marilyn promised us it would be, was everything we expected it to be and more, for not only Zane and I, but for each and every person that attended the wedding at Tamborine Gardens Wedding Resort. Love Jules & Zane x
Love Letter Martin + William Wedding Palazzo Versace Main Beach
Marilyn is a beautiful soul and gave us a multitude of options for our ceremony. She supported us with our decisions around the wording and the flow and we were very happy with how everything went. She has a lot of experience which meant that she was able to give good advice, and nothing was too much trouble. She also has a lot of resources with which to plan the day which were very useful. Thank you Marilyn!!
Love Letter Candice + Maisie Commitment Burleigh Waters Gold Coast
THANK YOU so very much Marilyn for joining us and conducting our Commitment Ceremony on 31.12.14 and for making our Commitment Ceremony so wonderful. We had the best day ever! You were fantastic and did a brilliant job. It was simply amazing and everyone was RAVING about YOU and our amazing CEREMONY!! Everyone loved you and they loved the fact that everything you designed was about Maisie and I ;) It was wonderful to be able to share our journey with others and we have you to thank for bringing it all together. Thank you for making our day SO SPECIAL!! Love Maisie & Candice xoxo P.S. We can’t wait to do it all again when it becomes legal and we look forward to you being a part of that day too :-)
Love Letter Thomas + Tristan Wedding Brookfield Hall Brookfield West Brisbane
Right from the start Marilyn was friendly and welcoming. She worked with us to create a wonderful ceremony, both providing ideas and accepting criticisms. What was especially helpful was her candidness about what could be done during Covid, and she helped us create a backup plan in the case of a severe lock down. Luckily, the wedding day itself was restriction free and Marilyn welcomed all our friends and family with a warm smile. The ceremony was lovely, easy, and she made sure that me and my partner could completely enjoy the moment.
Love Letter Kylie + Bronwyn Wedding Southport Yacht Club Main Beach
Marilyn, Thanks you so much for making our dream wedding finally come true. You were just amazing and we loved having you a part of our special day. She did an amazing job at our wedding and made the entire process of the ceremony less stressful. We were looking for a celebrant that specialises in same sex marriages. We did not want just a normalised celebrant. After a quick google search we come across Marilyn. She guided us through the whole process. From day 1 of meeting Marilyn, after meeting her we were very confident we've chosen the right celebrant for us. Marilyn calmed our nerves through the whole process. She created our love story from a few basic questions. It was on point from the first draft. Nil editing needed. We had sooo many compliments from our guests of how beautiful our ceremony was.
Love Letter Peter + Tye Wedding Brisbane City
Marilyn has a warmth and loving curiosity about couples that really helped Tye Shepherd and I to bring out our joy and vulnerability so we could express our truth to each other in front of our guests without any fear. Even when my accidentally unmuted phone received a text that we all joked about, Marilyn brought everyone gently back to the beauty of how we wanted to journey through our vows. Marilyn greatly assisted to make or wedding uniquely us. Apart from her resources and experience, she fostered trust that enabled a relaxed, enjoyable and meaningful day; no matter our nerves (yes I was the really nervous one). Rachel resent through the wedding video it was so fantastic; we were both crying watching it! Friends found our wedding moving too as we personalized what we said to each other without ‘fluff’ (as a some said) and that you made the ceremony seem so relaxed and natural. Much love and thanks…our day was perfect! 1/5/21 Love Peter & Tye xoxo
Love Letter Tanja + Hayley Wedding Tugun Beach
Marilyn thank you so much for helping to arrange and conduct our ceremony on Tugan beach. You made the whole process from start to finish very stress-free. From the first email up until our pre-ceremony meeting we felt incredibly comfortable and relaxed with you. Your passion for your job comes through in the professional and engaging way you conduct yourself. We are so pleased we used Marilyn's services for our special day and would recommenced her to anyone thinking of making that special occasion just perfect. She is engaging, approachable, flexible and most of all has a real desire to help your day be just right for you. Kind Regards Tanja and Hayley x
Love Note Nicci + Ariane Wedding Artichoke Restaurant Sanctuary Cove
As soon as we met Marilyn, she made us feel at ease with planning our wedding ceremony. She was thoughtful, organised and provided some very useful tools for developing our vows and love story. The day was perfect and our intimate group of friends and family spoke very highly of the touching ceremony that they were able to be part of. Nicci & Ariane xoxo
Love Letter S + D Wedding Palazzo Versace Main Beach Gold Coast
Marilyn is a beautiful soul and gave us a multitude of options for our ceremony. She supported us with our decisions around the wording and the flow and we were very happy with how everything went. She has a lot of experience which meant that she was able to give good advice, and nothing was too much trouble. She also has a lot of resources with which to plan the day which were very useful. Thank you Marilyn!! S&D
Love Letter Cassie + Saskia Commitment Eco-Studio Fellini Mudgeeraba Gold Coast
Hi Marilyn, we just wanted to say thank you for making our special day extra special. The ceremony was perfect and everything we wanted it to be and more. We had a guest comment that it was the best ceremony she has ever seen - so we just had to pass on those compliments to you. Thank you so much. The rest of the day was filled with laughs, dancing, awesome speeches and delicious food. Thank you so much again for making our day so special, you did a fantastic job on the day! Love Cassie & Saskia xoxox
Justin holds David's hands for the Blessing of the Hands at their Commitment Ceremony on the beach at Main Beach on the Glorious Gold Coast.
Love Letter Maria + Sally Commitment Ceremony Mt Ommaney Hotel Apartment's Wedding Garden
Hi Marilyn, Well it’s hard to believe we are almost 3 weeks of married bliss.... we are both back at work now and it’s been tuff trying to get back into it. We just wanted to thank you so very much for making our day so wonderful and special. Everything was just as we pictured it and so many of our guests are still talking about what a wonderful ceremony it was. The Love Story was a huge hit as so many people did not really know where we began and they thought it was such a lovely touch. Our day was emotional, loving, fun and very beautiful and that is all thanks to you Marilyn. As I said to you from when we first met the ceremony for us had to be just right and to us was the most important part of our day. Thank you so much for everything you did, and I have passed on your name to many of our friends both gay and straight who want to make that life commitment to soul mates. Take care and we will talk soon. Kind regards Maria & Sally Fox
Email from Maria & Sally
My dear Marilyn, We have just watched the video and it is the most amazing thing I have ever seen. It captured things that we had not seen during the day and we have really relived the day. We are both in tears now of joy and are truly grateful to you both for making our day the most amazing, loving and caring day ever. And now we have this wonderful video to look back on. I cannot find words big enough to express our thanks to you both. So from the very bottom of our hearts thank you so much for everything. We look forward to catching up with you again one day and let’s hope that day is to legalise our union. Take care and thank you again!
Kindest regards, Maria and Sally Fox xoxoxo
All fabulous Photos of Maria & Sally, Jude & Barb's Commitment Courtesy of John Bortolin Photography
Love Letter Jude + Barb Commitment Pumicestone Passage Beach Bribie Island
Marilyn's lovely, friendly approach made our commitment ceremony a very natural process for us; we were wanting something elemental and she steered us to a place where we could articulate and make real, what we wanted to share with everyone joining us. We both felt present on the day and that our day was unique, all due to Marilyn's respectful and professional style as our Celebrant. Thank you Marilyn!!! The Girls xoxo
Love Letter Jude + Barb Wedding Reflections on the Sea Coolangatta Gold Coast
Good to reconnect with you again at our Wedding. Thank you again for such a lovely sealing of our marriage last month - we had a blast! We were so impressed you had kept our vows from our Commitment Ceremony and had even printed them in large print for us ready for us to read to each other. Love Barb & Jude xoxo
Love Letter Jody + Naomi Handfasting Civil Partnership Old Petrie Town North Brisbane
MARILYN MADE OUR CIVIL PARTNERSHIP CEREMONY SO PERFECT! She helped us make the best decisions and engaged everyone attending in the ceremony. It was the very best day thanks in no small part to Marilyn. We will always be grateful to her for her help in the time before the ceremony and the way she directed us through the ceremony. I cannot think of anyone else I would want to do this for us. MARILYN IS AMAZING!! Love Jody & Naomi
Love Letter David + Justin Main Beach Gold Coast
Dear Marilyn, David and I (Justin) would just like to say thank you again for the superb job you did for our Commitment Ceremony. Your total professionalism from the very first contact was evident, you put your visions into reality. All of our guests were very impressed with the way you conducted the day and we both can only speak highly of your service. Looking forward to our Renewal of Vows with you next year!. Thanks again David & Justin x
Love Letter Yvonne + Karen IndigiScapes Centre Capalaba Redlands Brisbane
Dear Marilyn, We'd like to say a sincere and heartfelt thank you for helping us to create, and for being a part of, the best day of our lives. The ceremony was beautiful and you were perfect. Your constant guidance made the lead up to our wedding day completely stress free. We are so grateful! Your guidance also helped us create a ceremony that was unique and very special to the both of us and we have received many comments about the beautiful words that were spoken on the day. So many of our guests were blown away with how beautiful the ceremony was and they felt that you could not possibly have done any better. You looked so lovely as well. You have a natural ability to put people at ease, and assure them everything will run smoothly on the day. Nothing at all was too much trouble and you solved any problem we threw your way. We truly could not have had a better celebrant. Pat who read the poem at our Commitment was a Celebrant also and she said you were fantastic and that she could not have done better! We would recommend you to anyone in need of a celebrant. We just wanted to say a huge thank you! IT WAS PERFECT. This is a day we will never forget and you were huge part of it. Lots of love Yvonne and Karen xx
Love Letter Penny + Angela Kurrawa Surf Life Saving Club Broadbeach Gold Coast
Marilyn, Thank you so much for making our commitment ceremony so memorable and filled with love, not only for us but for our 100 + guests. Your passion and belief for our future together was projected through every word. Your delivery and sound quality was perfect and hard to achieve on the beach, so well done! You were very warm and composed that we relaxed the instant you started speaking. Your continuous support and ideas throughout the planning process was priceless. You made us feel very comfortable and helped us combine traditional vows and practices with the Celtic tradition of hand fasting. You also incorporated our fathers with a ring blessing rather than the traditional giving away. Everyone who attended said they had never been to a ceremony like it and enjoyed every minute of it. We are two very happy brides and will recommend you to anyone we know who wants to get married. Thank you, thank you, thank you for making the start of our lives together unforgettable. Love Penny & Angela xoxo
Love Letter Debra + Sheila Commitment Mt Tamborine Botanic Gardens Japanese Gardens
Hi Marilyn, We would like to thank you once again for what you did for us at such short notice, a beautiful ceremony, a wonderful day. We will let everyone we know how wonderful you are! Thank you from the bottom of hearts! Deb & Sheila xxx
Love Letter Vienna + Keava Commitment Lancaster Park Waterford West Logan
So we hit the internet looking for the perfect celebrant and found you Marilyn. You were delightfully refreshing, informative and available to travel and free on the date so we booked you there and then. Your website had plenty of information to pre-guide us, and you filled in the gaps and offered further suggestions. The quality of the ceremony was extraordinary - we could not have planned it without your expert assistance and guidance. The Celtic Handfasting with ribbons as binding ties were an awesome experience for our family, friends and all our guests. The Handfasting included our daughter, grandchildren and friends in presenting these special words and ribbons was an incredibly effective way of including them in the momentous occasion. As our son guided the bride into the gathering where the better half was waiting, all your ceremonial planning with the wedding planner fell into place exactly, and from that moment on, despite one small tear-up for which the maid of honour was ready, all was smooth sailing right down to the almost smallest participant! A prompt fixed that, and no stumbles, not even with large words to say for the ten year old. Bubbles filled the air-triumphantly after the happy couple emerged from signing the Certificate of Commitment - after 33 years together! Whoohoo!! Thank you so much for all your advice beforehand and understanding of our requirements for the inclusions of our family, grown as it has over the intervening years. Love and Best Wishes from Keava and Vienna Leary xox
Love Letter Peta-Jane + Tara-Lea Commitment Main Beach Northern Gold Coast
The space that Marilyn held allowed me and my wife to experience each other’s synergy of spirituality and love in a way that was life-changing. The whole experience was very comfortable and natural. Marilyn provided us the tools to create an atmosphere where our life long bond was fully expressed and Marilyn supported this graciously and with professionalism. We had a fabulous day you truly made it beautiful! Kindly, Peta-Jane and Tara-Lea Harley xoxo
Love Letter Cara + Helen Commitment Vic Lucas Park Bulimba Brisbane
Marilyn had wonderful ideas to make our ceremony special, but also really listened to what we wanted to make our day unique. She perceptively picked up the mood and style that we wanted and help make it the day truly ours. I especially liked the balanced way that we could rely on her professional advice when we needed it without taking away from any of our own input or desires. Thank you so much Marilyn for helping to create the special ceremony and atmosphere just the way we wanted! We will be in touch again when it is made legal! Love & Peace Helen x
Love Letter Adrian + Drew Wedding Spicers Hidden Vale Grandchester
Hi Marilyn, Drew and I wanted to thank you for helping make our day so special. We felt entirely at ease throughout the entire lead up to the wedding and during the ceremony itself, which surprisingly flew by. We have had multiple people tell us about how much they loved your style and your blend of humour and emotion through the weaving of our love story, and we couldn’t agree more. Even our wedding coordinator commented that your style and demeanour was beautiful and she wanted to have you back for more weddings at Spicers Hidden Vale! If anyone based on the Gold Coast or Brisbane is looking for a marriage celebrant we couldn’t recommend Marilyn more, from the first meeting to the last she provided us with lots of assistance and support and has access to a great online resource bank for vows and askings and other ceremony tidbits. We felt at ease going into the ceremony and as a result was able to enjoy the moment and had the most wonderful day. Thank you again! Love Adrian & Drew xoxo
WHY CHOOSE MARILYN RAINBOW PRIDE CELEBRANT
Voted #1 Best Celebrant 2022 Wedding Industry Awards Gold Coast + Scenic Rim
Voted #1 Best Celebrant 2019 Brides Choice Awards Gold Coast + Scenic Rim
Voted #2 Highly Commended 2021 Brides Choice Awards Gold Coast + Scenic Rim
12 Five Star Awards Easy Weddings
More than a Celebrant...Your Rock, Cheerleader, Guide, Wedding Coach, Inspiration, Supporter, Adviser, Friend, Zen Master, Sounding Board, Wine & Cheese Taster & Party Starter!
Love Enthusiast Down to Earth Authentic Person who loves to laugh, have fun and connect with awesome people.
Celebrant Wizard & Designer of Dream Weddings for 16 wonderful wild full time years.
1200+ Custom Designed Unique Personalised Ceremonies written & performed.
Rave Reviews from 600+ of my amazing couples, 115 Five Star Google Reviews, 205 Five Star
Easy Weddings Reviews + 62 Facebook Reviews.
Queen of Equal Love - 16 years as full time Rainbow Pride Celebrant for LGBTQIA+ Couples.
Master Storyteller & Weaver of Love Stories with the whole Roller Coaster of Emotions.
Vow Genie helping you create Personal, Funny, Romantic, Heartfelt & Hilarious, Meaningful, Magical, Conscious, Secret or Shared Vows! Vows with the LOT! Fear not grab my 'How to Write your Vows Guide' and just listen to your heart and the words will follow! Send your draft vows to me for tweaking, making them flow and advice anytime!
Choreographer of exciting photographic opportunities, setting the stage, enhancing energetic connections with seamless flow and finding the beauty in every moment.
Juggler of Hats; Ring Master, Crowd Motivator, Skilled Actor, Director, Creative Writer & Event Manager.
Master of Mindfulness, Meditation, Mind reading & Relaxation.
Handfasting Wizard & Creator of Original Magical Rituals.
Secret Squirrel Strategies to be fully present in the moment and embrace your emotions, relax, have fun and make memories!
I am so excited to get you started on your ride of a lifetime contact me today & say Marry Me Marilyn!
Love Letter Ronja + Emily Wedding Pethers Rainforest Retreat Mt Tamborine
Marilyn, we can’t thank you enough for the part you played in our wedding. All our friends and family have commented on how beautiful and unique the ceremony you created for us was, and how nicely you captured our personalities. We met with other celebrants but knew straight away that you were the right fit for us when we met. You were a calming influence during the ceremony as well as in the months leading up to it during a hectic period of wedding planning. We decided to include the wine box ceremony which turned out to be a beautiful addition that we will remember every year when we crack open a new bottle and read our vows and letters! Marcel taking care of the ceremony music was great as well. The timing of the songs was perfect and it meant that we didn’t have to stress about it.. Thank you again for creating such a special ceremony for us! Love, Ronja and Emily xoxoxo
Love Letter Jayney + Sarah Wedding Palmwoods Home Sunshine Coast
Dearest Marilyn, On this, nearly the eve of our 12th year together and 1st year anniversary I sit and ponder why I still haven’t done a review for you. I’ll tell you why......Every time I have sat to put some words of gratitude and recommendation together, the words simply escape me. The truth is words cannot encompass what you brought to us, to our special day, to the months leading up and to some truly beautiful memories. You understood us in a way I didn’t realise someone outside of our relationship could and then managed to articulate our Love Story in a way that warmed, delighted and humoured us all. You thought of absolutely everything and shared so many priceless tips that saved us running around at the last minute. Our guests had so many questions about you and how we found you, you really made our ceremony something truly memorable for us and our guests. Words don’t do you justice, you’re incredible and we were so incredibly lucky to have your incredible expertise and spirit with us on our wedding journey. Wow!!!! You are the bomb Marilyn!! We loooooooved our ceremony so much, it is much more than we could have ever hoped for. What a gift you have to capture us in this way! WE LOVE YOU AND THANK YOU WITH A MILLION STARS, 5 SIMPLY ISN’T ENOUGH! Your friends, Jayney, Sarah, Izzy and Bax xoxoxo
Love Letter Mairi + Kristie Scottish Handfasting Wedding Mobile Barber Shop Bundall
Hi Marilyn, HOW EXCITING, OMG the day was absolutely fantastic! My parents were sooooooo impressed by your ceremony and my dad did mention you in your speech because he thought it was incredible. All our guests said it was the best ceremony ever and how they loved the Scottish Handfasting touch. Thank you so much! Love Kristie + Mairi xoxo
Love Letter Candice + Maisie Wedding Three Blue Ducks on the Farm Byron Bay
Hello Marilyn and Marcel, Thank you both for making our SPECIAL WEDDING DAY EVEN MORE AMAZING THAN WE COULD HAVE EVER IMAGINED it to be. WE KNEW IT WOULD BE TOTALLY AMAZING BUT YOU GUYS WENT ABOVE AND BEYOND. There is not one thing that I would want to change about our Wedding. I only wish it never had to end. So many amazing memories made that we will both cherish forever and ever! Kind Regards Candice & Maisie Floyd xxxx
Love Letter Allyce + Kate Mt Ommaney Apartments Mt Ommaney Brisbane
As anyone planning a wedding will know, it can be very stressful and trying to book everything and everyone can make you nervous and apprehensive, my partner, Kate and I found some really amazing people, especially one lady, the one and only Marilyn Verschuure. We knew she was the right celebrant for us after the very first phone call which took place, not even 24hours after we had inquired in her Marry Me Marilyn Website. On our very first initial meeting, Kate and I didn't feel like clients, we felt more like friends, everything we could possibly want to know and things we had no idea we could do was covered in our very first meeting. Kate and I had the most wonderful ceremony; you can't begin to imagine all the tiny little detail until the day of your rehearsal, but we didn't need to worry as Marilyn was a wonderful support to us, our bridal party and both of our parents the whole time. She is full of love and patience and we found her to be so encouraging. Marilyn knew and understood just how important our parents and best friends were and she helped us to shape our ceremony so perfectly so we could have these special people involved! There was no request too big or too small and nothing was ever too much trouble. Marilyn made us feel so comfortable and relaxed. These are some of what our dear friends and family said about our ceremony and Marilyn.' Your ceremony was elegant, funny, lovely, joyous, hilarious, surprising, you and Kate looked so connected, I loved how close you stayed to each other, Your celebrant created a wonderful atmosphere right from word go'. These were elements that were so important to us, and it was these things and the small things that set our ceremony apart from many others that we have witnessed. I would recommend Marilyn to anyone! She is truly wonderful at what she does and so helpful. Once again thank you Marilyn, you are a wonderful soul and we couldn't have asked or hoped for a better celebrant! Love Allyce & Kate xoxo
Love Letter Kate's Mother Barbara Commitment Mt Ommaney Apartments Brisbane
Hi Marilyn, All the guests were very impressed with the sensitivity of the ceremony. They loved the 'Love Story' which shared Kate and Allyce's experience of getting to know each other and ultimately forming a relationship. The blessing of the rings was very touching and the general intimacy you created with your beautiful words. It moved not only females but males to tears. At least 4 men came up to me after the ceremony and said they had shed tears during the ceremony as it was just so lovely. Quite a feat, I must say, as these were men I have never seen so moved. It was a formal, well prepared ceremony but had a very happy and relaxed atmosphere throughout. It was full of love and joyfulness. Your ceremony set the mood for the reception to follow. If there were any reservations among the guests attending a 'gay' union, you certainly won their hearts over - there was not one negative comment. Everyone sung your praises and just how beautiful the ceremony was. You are a true professional who takes great pride in their work and provides a very personal and intimate ceremony - one that my daughter and her partner will never forget. You certainly helped reinforce the fact that everyone has the right to marry the person they love. For all of this Rob and I will always be grateful. Kind regards Barbara Merrin x
Love Letter Sean + Lee Wedding Tattersals Brisbane
Thank you Marilyn so much for being our celebrant for our beautiful Handfasting Wedding you’re fantastic! Everyone absolutely loved our ceremony. We really enjoyed your help and guidance. You really helped both Lee and I relax and 'be in the moment'. Thanks again, it was the best day of our lives we can't believe it's all done. Sean and Lee xoxo
Love Letter Ashley + Jordan Wedding Ormeau Hills Gold Coast
Marilyn, You are phenomenal!! Thank you so much for a wonderful wedding day yesterday you really do make every wedding ceremony so amazing and so special it really touched our hearts!! You are caring, warm, inviting, you always welcome everyone like family and to Jordan and I and Lynette & Tracey and all of us you feel like family!! Everything you achieve is done with creativity and personalised flair! Nothing is ever to big or small and you always go above and beyond for us all!! WOW Voted #1 Celebrant on the Gold Coast at the Brides Choice Award such a well deserved win, we are all lucky to have found you! Recognition well deserved Love Ashley & Jordan xo
Love Letter David + Bill Wedding Nerang 45 years
Dear Marilyn, Today we received our Certificate of Marriage. Thank you so much for helping to make our day so special. It was a wonderful day and all had a great time. We loved the actual ceremony and thank you for the effort and energy you put into it. All of the guests here for our wedding ceremony really enjoyed it and there were just a few tears shed. Dinner that evening at Little Truffle in Mermaid was great and again everyone, including us, had a great time. It took us a few days to recover, but after family all returned to Canberra and Melbourne, we sat back and felt very happy that we had taken that final step. Once again, Thank You Very Much. Kind Regards David and Bill xoxo
Love Letter Julie + Pier Wedding Warner Brisbane
We met with 3 marriage celebrants and Marilyn won hands down! She is very experienced and has loads of resources at her fingertips. Marilyn spent a lot of time with us, going over every detail. We were certainly well prepared for our wedding after Marilyn gave us so much confidence and empowered us with her knowledge. We are SO glad we chose her. So many of our wedding guests said it was the best wedding that they have ever been to! Love your work Marilyn!! Love Julie & Pier xoxo
Love Letter Robyn + Lyndall Wedding Mantra Zanzibar Mooloolaba
Our Wedding was Very Special and Marilyn made it so easy because she possesses a calming nature and we felt comfortable in her hands. WE WOULD HIGHLY RECOMMEND HER TO CONDUCT ANY WEDDING CEREMONY ESPECIALLY SAME SEX MARRIAGES. She also gave great advice and suggestions for our special day as we combined traditional wedding vows as well as our Scottish Family Tartan Handfasting Ceremony. After an evening discussing their same sex marriage with our neighbours and how highly they spoke of how wonderful Marilyn was as their celebrant we knew straight away Marilyn was for us. We immediately arranged for a phone link chat with her. After the initial discussion we felt like old friends and how amazing she is as a person and as a celebrant. So, after 33 years together we finally settled on a date and Marilyn did the rest. Marilyn made the whole process so easy and we felt very comfortable with her as she possesses a lovely demeanour, a very sweet personality and is extremely passionate, just what we needed to help us through the wedding preparations. Marilyn arranged all the legal paperwork and assisted us with the ceremony procedure we wanted. Lyndall and I will always be grateful to Marilyn for her help before the ceremony and the way in which she directed us through the ceremony on the day. All our Love Robyn & Lyndall 2018 xoxo
Love Letter Shirin + Neeta Wedding Theme Park Central Holiday House Helensvale
We never regretted choosing Marilyn as our celebrant. We went thru a few celebrants and instantly chose Marilyn as she gave us the good vibes that everything would work out with her guiding us. Marilyn was patient with us and held our hands throughout the entire journey in getting us legally married. We can’t thank her enough for the beautiful ceremony she customised for us. She tried her best to cater to our needs and beliefs and the last minute changes here and there. She made the wedding ceremony a solemn and memorable event that is everlasting, just the way we wanted it to be. Thank you once again Marilyn for all your tips and patience. You are a kind soul. We are blessed to have had you as our celebrant.
Love Letter Stephen + Junyu Wedding Coombabah Gold Coast
Dear Marilyn, Thank you so very much from myself and Junyu. THE WEDDING CEREMONY at your lovely house was PERFECT, just what we wanted. OUR WITNESSES CONTINUE TO COMMENT ON HOW IMPRESSED THEY ARE WITH THE SHORT & SWEET BEAUTIFUL WEDDING CEREMONY YOU WROTE. Junyu and I are very happy to be married and look forward to a long and happy life together. Thanks also to Marcel, who was so warm and welcoming and went out of his way to provide the wonderful video of the ceremony. It is very special and we are so grateful. We are so pleased to have chosen you as our celebrant and will happily recommend you to anyone wanting a professional and meaningful wedding! Kindest regards, Stephen and Junyu xoxo
Love Letter Lauren + Kim Civil Partnership Boulevard Gardens Indooroopilly Brisbane
From the moment we researched and then met Marilyn in person we knew we had made the right choice for our special day. The CEREMONY WAS PERFECT on the day and she also took time to dress to blend in with our colour scheme. She looked gorgeous! Marilyn’s words and our handfasting ceremony that incorporated our wedding party and family members will always be a cherished moment. Nothing was left up in the air, and we experienced the best day of our partnership. We couldn’t be happier to recommend her for any ceremony you may want to choose as Marilyn will believe in you! We were initially concerned that as we were a same sex couple that our decision to hold a Big Gay Wedding Day wouldn’t be met with as much enthusiasm as we felt towards it. We were wrong! Marilyn was amazing beyond words. She quickly explained that Queensland had recently passed a legal Civil Partnership option for couples like us that either couldn't legally marry, or for those that chose this option instead of marriage. We were so happy to find out that we would have some form of legal document to sign on the day that legitimised our union. Marilyn also helped us heaps with listening to and understanding what our families would like as far as participation on the day. Thank you Marilyn! Cheers, Kim Harman & Lauren Ely xxx
Love Letter Donna + Bridget Crowne Plaza Hotel Chapel Surfer's Paradise Gold Coast
Hi Marilyn, Thank you so much for our special day it really was awesome. We enjoyed your thoughts and service so much! We went online and found Marilyn on her Rainbow Pride Celebrant Website by Google searching. She made such a good first impression at our initial meeting. Donna and I wanted someone who had experience with Commitment Ceremonies, someone who was as just as passionate about love and family for all, as we are. We found Marilyn just this. Marilyn is thoughtful, extremely helpful, warm, supportive and above all passionate. Marilyn offered us oodles of resources to help plan our Commitment Ceremony. There was more than enough just in her Commitment Resource Pack and then there were all the online resources. We have three very small children, and over our busy year Marilyn has been so understanding about the minimal contact and at times the running, jumping and screaming of three small boys that often took place during our meetings, phone calls and rehearsal. Marilyn puts such effort and thought into every little detail. She also gave great advice and suggestions for our special day. We loved our ceremony that included our 3 boys, not a thing went wrong and it was the most perfect day for us! We have also recommended a number of people to use Marilyn as their celebrant for their Commitment or Wedding Ceremony plans over the next couple of years. Thank you so much Marilyn again for everything you're absolute GOLD! Lots of warm well wishes and we wish you the Happiest Christmas and a very joyful New Year : ), Bridget, Donna and the boys.
Love Note Thea + Shynie Commitment Convention Centre O'Reilly's Rainforest Retreat Lamington
Marilyn was amazing and made sure our ceremony was perfect! Love Thea & Shynie xoxo Many thanks to Kelly Pack Photography for these photos.
Love Letter Louise + Debbie Commitment Sunset Park Bribie Island South East Queensland
Dear Marilyn, Our ceremony was as perfect as we hoped it would be and we would like to thank you for everything. As I'm sure you remember we wanted a very simple and short ceremony (too short we came to realise after our first meeting with you) You did not try to persuade us to change our minds however Marilyn you did offer us examples of other ceremonies, readings, and poems and gave us ideas of things we could include. Marilyn became a really important part of our day, offering support and guidance. The service Marilyn provided was outstanding and made our ceremony a really stress free event. The ceremony was the perfect start to the rest of our lives together. Thank you Marilyn!!!!!! Warm Regards Louise & Debbie xxx
Love Letter Liz + Danielle held their Commitment
at the New Farm Bowls Club New Farm Brisbane
Hi Marilyn, Thanks so much for conducting our beautiful ceremony. Your experience and advice made planning stress-free, and we felt our ceremony was very personal and reflected our commitment to each other. You put us at ease from our first phone call and meeting, and your passion and enthusiasm made the planning fun. I liked meeting you first and talking about what we wanted. Your ideas for our vows and ring-warming were really great, and we enjoyed writing our personal Love Story. We always tell people our love story (because we think ours is the greatest), and with our ceremony we got to tell everyone at once. It was great how friendly, calm and supportive you were throughout everything. We have framed our certificate and put it in the living room. A lot of people said to us that our ceremony was the nicest and most meaningful they had ever been to, and we have already recommended you to a lot of our friends. Thank you for your support. We can't wait to have you back for the baby naming. Again, thank you so much! Liz & Danielle XOXO
Love Letter Nat + Bec Broadway Chapel Woolloongabba Southside Inner City Brisbane
Dear Marilyn, Our day could not have been more perfect! The ceremony was just as we had hoped and we thank you very much for everything. We wanted a very simple and short ceremony; Marilyn did not try to persuade us towards any particular type of ceremony however Marilyn did offer us examples of other ceremonies, readings, and poems and gave us ideas of things we could include. Marilyn also gave us advice regarding many variables we may need to consider on the day, which helped us plan for any event. Marilyn became a really important part of our day, offering support and guidance. We are really happy with the service Marilyn provided and have had numerous comments from our guests on how beautiful the ceremony was. The ceremony was the perfect start to the rest of our lives together and we will never forget the help we received from Marilyn. We highly recommend Marilyn to perform any ceremony and know Marilyn will help make your day very special! Kindest regards Bec & Nat xoxox
Love Letter Lynette + Tracy from England Commitment Sovereign Islands Gold Coast
Dear Marilyn, Lynette & I would truly like to thank you for the most Beautiful Commitment Ceremony you arranged for us. Your PROFESSIONALISM, PASSION AND ENTHUSIASM ARE BEYOND WORDS. You really understood our long distance relationship and life journey we are on. Lynette is hoping to join me in the UK to be able to live together and to lawfully marry. At very short notice you were able to advise, organise and plan our Commitment Day. We just can’t thank you enough! The 30th October will always be celebrated with such love and the fondest memories. We will also always remember to raise a glass to you too, for your support and for being our celebrant on our special day. Thank you again from the bottom our of hearts! Much love Tracy & Lynette Xxxxxxxx
Love Letter Cara + Helen Commitment Vic Lucas Park Bulimba Brisbane
When I first met Marilyn, I knew she would be perfect for our ceremony. We only had a short space of time to prepare the wedding (6 weeks!!) and Marilyn was so professional and organised without being stressful - just what we needed!! Marilyn's wealth of knowledge and on-line resources allowed us to tailor a unique, memorable and meaningful ceremony for both Helen and I and our two children. People did not stop talking about how beautiful the sand ceremony was! Throughout the ceremony Marilyn was relaxed but professional, she interpreted our love story perfectly: she just "got" us and it showed. The guests laughed and cried throughout the ceremony (at all the right places). To sum it up; two of our friends said that they had never cried before at any wedding they had been to...until ours. Practically all our guests said that they had never been to a more beautiful wedding. Thank you Marilyn :-))) Love Cara x
Call Marilyn Rainbow Pride Celebrant on
0413 344 134 for information and to see if I have availability on your special day. I offer a free obligation-free meeting at my home or by Zoom or Phone to discuss your vision for your perfect day. You can also email me or use the Contact Me page.
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