Only to stand beside you, only to hold your hand, only to stare into your eyes
Only to lay next to you, only to grow with you, only to be with you
Claire Paterson Civil Marriage Celebrant
Let Claire handle the most important details of your wedding ceremony, so you can focus entirely on your special day, your relationship and your future, together.
"Claire, thank you from the bottom of our hearts for making our special day absolutely perfect."
As a bride who organised her own beautiful Melbourne wedding, a dear friend who has served as Matron of Honour, bridesmaid and Master of Ceremonies; a proud guest at dozens of weddings and Celebrant at a growing number across Gippsland and Melbourne, Claire Paterson appreciates the sweet, serene, feeling of raising a glass of sparkling in a toast to love, knowing that – behind the scenes - the i’s are dotted and t’s crossed.
A mother of three gorgeous children (including twins!) and amazing wife to one very lucky man, Gippsland-born Claire understands that sometimes it can be difficult to remember everything. She understands the stability of love, family, commitment and togetherness, and the importance of finding a local Celebrant who values your wedding, vow renewal or commitment ceremony as much as you do.
Claire’s personal stake in your wedding ceremony comes in the form of the knowledge and understanding required to handle all legalities on your behalf, the style to blend into your wedding vision, and the quiet control required to keep your ceremony (and guests) on track to the dance-floor.
It is crucial to have one member of your bridal team who can take care of business and deliver a joyful service with humour and grace, so that when that first official embrace marks the start of your future together you know, officially, that it’s for real.
How does this work?
Everybody loves a love story
Let’s Get Together!
Your first meeting with Claire is, in a way, the most important of all! She hears your story, listens to your desires, understands what your wedding vision is, and what it simply must include to show the world how important and special your relationship is.
Claire meets with you at your favourite coffee shop, your dining table or even over a celebratory drink to explain what she does to solemnise your union, so you can focus on the fun of your big day!
Little things make big things happen
Let’s Get To Work!
This is where Claire rolls up her sleeves: if you're struggling to get your feelings on the page, Claire offers guidance. You may have your vows (maybe you don’t!), you may have the songs (or not!); you may have loved ones to include.
Claire helps smooth your ideas into a beautiful experience, ensures your legal documentation is complete and lodged; and conducts a rehearsal with your nearest and dearest to calm any jitters and finesse your heart’s desire.
You got me, and baby I got you
Let’s Get Married!
On the big day, emotions can run high, the unexpected can sometimes be expected, and all the decisions you've made are ready to prove themselves. Even the most intimate weddings need a professional to steer the course and ease the nerves.
Claire’s work in the lead up to your declarations ensures your peace of mind: all the paperwork is official, Claire is with you to guide your big moment, and to deliver the service you have dreamt of.
Kind words from Claire's beautiful clients
Danni & Alex
Wedding cruise to Kangaroo Island
"We can't thank you enough for making our DREAM wedding the most magical day ever!
You have not only been such a great support from the very first day, but you always found the time for us whenever we had questions or suggestions regarding our ceremony.
We loved how much time and effort you put into finding the most amazing words and readings that fit our lives, it was simply ELECTRIC! We honestly couldn't have done it without you!"
Courtney & Dan
Beautiful barn wedding in Baxter
"From the moment we met Claire at a casual coffee meeting we knew she would be perfect for us and our wedding.
Her bubbly personality made working with her both easy and so much fun. She worked really hard on our ceremony to make it just perfect and we felt completely comfortable throughout the whole process.
Thank-you, Claire for everything, you were incredible. We couldn't imagine anyone better marrying us!”
Lora & Andrew
Fantastic Fitzroy Gardens ceremony
"Claire, thank you from the bottom of our hearts for making our special day absolutely perfect.
Your support throughout has been amazing and I know I couldn’t have done it without the laughs and texts of encouragement.
You are such a beautiful soul and we are very lucky to have you marry us."
Civil Marriage Celebrant Guidelines
Guide lines on the marriage act 1961, these guidelines provide essential information for celebrants and couples