Hi! I'm Gillian, an authorised marriage celebrant
email: gillianf_4@hotmail.com

My Commitment to you

As a Civil Marriage Celebrant, I would be honoured to be a part of your special day. To help you create the ceremony of your dreams with advice on content and structure. To give you a ceremony that will be a magical memory with a presentation copy to keep

Step 1

Contact me and we will meet to discuss the type of ceremony you want. There is absolutely no cost for this initial meeting but I will explain what costs there are. You get a chance to meet me and decide if you want to go ahead. I will ask some basic questions and go through some options and set up the next meeting. I will leave you a list of what you will need for our next meeting (birth certificates etc).

Step 2

We will meet again and complete the first set of forms which is the ‘Notice of intended Marriage’ – note this must be done at least one month and one day prior to the ceremony and no more than 18 months prior. A deposit will be required at this meeting and you will receive my information folder.

Step 3

We can have a chat at this meeting to establish what you would like to have included in your ceremony. Once I have an idea of your requirements I will create a draft of your ceremony. I will send it to you for you to check and make any changes. This draft can go back and forth until you are totally satisfied, after all this is your day.

Step 4

Depending on your ceremony and how many attendants you have, I recommend a rehearsal within the week before your special day. We will discuss who is required to be at rehearsal. At this time we will have some paperwork to sign and if payment of the balance of my fee has not been paid, it is to be paid at rehearsal.

Step 5

On the day, I will be at the time and place arranged. I will arrive at (the venue) 30 minutes prior to the arranged time of the ceremony. I will set up and ensure all is in place – especially the Groom and his attendants.

Step 6

In the couple of days after your ceremony I will complete and forward all legal documentation to the appropriate authorities.

Julie & Steve

Danny & Jerilee

Gillian Freestone

Meaghan & Jarrod

Lauren & Gav

Emily & Robert

Creating Your Ceremony

I can help you with all the information you will need about having a civil marriage ceremony. I will explain all you need to know about the whole process from our first meeting to pronouncing you to be husband and wife.

A civil ceremony provides freedom of expression, which can be fine-tuned and personalised to suit your individual preferences.

I will work with you to design a ceremony that will fulfil your individual requirements. I will present you with a folder which has examples of ceremonies, vows, wording for the ring exchange, lots of readings and other rituals you can have within your ceremony (eg sand ceremony, unity candles etc.)

I prepare and lodge all relevant paperwork and ensure compliance with legal requirements.

I recommend a rehearsal within the week before your special day. Especially if children are to be in the ceremony, it familiarises children with the proceedings and is less intimidating for them.


I can conduct your ceremony at an appropriate location of your own choosing.
Some examples are:
  • Private Home
  • Garden
  • Reception Home
  • Beach
  • Hotel
  • Public Park

Gillian Freestone - Authorised Marriage Celebrant
Mobile: 0408 503 963

About Me

My name is Gillian and I have lived and worked in Ballarat for over 30 years. I am a registered marriage celebrant with 60 + weddings performed.

I would like to congratulate you on your decision to show the world how much you love and care for each other by taking the wonderful step into marriage.

My aim for you, should you choose me as your celebrant, is to ensure that your ceremony runs smoothly and is all that you wish for. I will take you through all the legal requirements and help you to design the ceremony of your dreams. My fee includes all meetings, telephone calls and emails, all legal documentation, assisting you in writing your ceremony, rehearsal, providing a PA system if required, performing the ceremony and travel up to 50 kms. of Ballarat. I am happy to travel further, but a small travel cost may be involved.

Choosing to spend the rest of your life with someone is one of the most exciting and rewarding decisions that you will make in life and being able to share in that process is a huge honour and privilege for me.

As one of the most significant events in your lifetime, I will work with you to ensure your wedding day reflects you as a couple.


  • Australian Federation of Civil Celebrants
  • Celebrants For Marriage Equality Logo
  • Ballarat & Region Civil Celebrants Network
  • Commonwealth Authorised Civil Celebrant


Dear Gillian,
We would like to thank you for the fantastic and beautiful ceremony you performed on our wonderful wedding day.
A little soggy weather didn't ruin the occasion and thanks for the invaluable assistance you provided both before and on the day.
Thank You

- Kellie & Matthew

Dear Gill,
Thank you so much for helping make our wedding day so special and for all of your support, both prior to, and on the day of the wedding
Having you as our celebrant made the day so much more special!!
- Ellie & Nick

Hi Gill,
Thank you for your wishes, and those lovely photos
The ceremony was absolutely perfect, and we could not have asked for anything different. It was very representative of us, which was exactly what we wanted - and I think everyone really enjoyed themselves.
The reception was wonderful, and a fantastic night was had by all.
Steve and I can't thank you enough - your contribution to the process and the evening was everything we could have hoped for. We could not imagine a more perfect fit for us than you, and that was a huge contribution to the success of the day!
Well, we're off to Mexico now, but I will make sure to send you some snaps when we're back.
Thanks again!
- Julie & Steve