Same Sex Commitments

samesex ceremoniesInitially many people, including ourselves, didn’t know what to expect from a same sex commitment ceremony. However, Ellen was so professional and delivered our ceremony with such respect, humour and eloquence. She put everyone at ease from the beginning and took us all on a journey rather than just any old traditional ceremony you’ve seen so many times before. It was inclusive of the youngest newborn guest to our ninety year old grandparents. Ellen created the most beautiful and original ceremony that told our story as individuals, a couple and as a family. It was so unique to us that it could never be used for any other couple. All of our friends and family commented on what an amazing experience it was and some even thought it was the most beautiful ceremony they had ever been a part of. Even months after our big day we still have so many people comment about the ceremony. This is a testament to Ellen as a celebrant and there really are no words that can truly describe her ability in this role. We would highly recommend Ellen to any couple dreaming of a truly magical day.

Aleisha & Amanda
Nov 2012

As a proud member of Melbourne’s queer community, you can be sure that your relationship and your commitment ceremony will be treated with total dedication and every bit of respect it deserves. I will work with you and your partner to create an unforgettable ceremony that says everything you want it to about your love and the uniqueness of your relationship.

Finding the person you feel you want to make a commitment to is no small feat, indeed, it is a magnificent achievement. So expressing that love in public is to be taken very seriously. To solidify a great partnership with a beautiful ceremony in the presence of your friends and family, will be one of the greatest moments in your life. While our partnerships cannot yet be legally recognised in Australia in the form of marriage, through a meaningful, personalised ceremony, you can express the depth of the value of your relationship and make a public commitment of real significance.

Whether you’ve been together 10 months or 10 years, this public display of your love becomes a significant juncture, a moment of renewal, a symbolic beginning for the rest of your life together. I will do everything in my power to work with you so that this ceremony reflects you and your passion for each other.

How I Work

To do this well I need to start to get to know you, and find out just what your dreams are for your special day. From our meetings, I will begin to get an impression of who you are as individuals and as a couple, and discuss at length your ideas and visions for your commitment ceremony.

I hold an extensive library of resource material and will do whatever it takes to find that special ritual or reading which really says what you want to say. If it happens that you’re a couple who need a bit of guidance in coming up with ideas, I will be there to help you with that as well.

I will then begin the process of writing up your Commitment Ceremony. This will be followed by consultation, feedback and lots of fine-tuning, until it is absolutely perfect for the big day.

A rehearsal is a vital part of making sure all goes smoothly so I will be there to guide you through a well-run rehearsal to iron out any little bumps. Frightened you’ll mess up your vows? No problems, we’ll have them flowing smoothly. Never used a microphone before? That’s ok, I’ll show you how it’s done. You cannot overestimate just how important a well-run rehearsal is in making the everything run like clockwork when it counts.

As part of my services I will also provide the PA system to ensure the ceremony is presented clearly and audibly so none of your friends or family will miss a word.