Stephen Perry -  Civil Celebrant
Naming Ceremonies
Other Celebrant Services
Contact Details
Stephen Perry -  Civil Celebrant

Throughout our lives we all celebrate occasions with people who matter to us. Weddings, namings, funerals, 21st birthdays, burials at sea and graduations are just some of the times where we feel the need to have the special event directed by someone with developed expertise, and one who is genuinely interested.

Stephen Perry, through his celebrant services, offers all this and more; he is a celebrant for all occasions. He will listen, guide and then develop and present the service or ceremony you wish to have. Past clients have remarked on his attention to detail and professional manner. Throughout his professional life, he has been involved with people in one way or another. From an education background his many skills are applied to making the way forward for people by celebrating the present.

Stephen has a discerning eye for the right approach to services, which is gleaned through personal interviewing and listening to your requirements of him. You can be further assured that each service is unique.
Making a public commitment to very personal feelings is such an important occasion in life, and we all have the need to celebrate such important occasions. How we achieve that, is as unique as each couple.

Through getting to know something about you, I am able to bring together a ceremony which truly reflects your wishes.

So as to ensure that your day is memorable, we meet and discuss those individual requirements you have. Some couples have very well thought out ideas for their ceremony, whilst others find they need more guidance and suggestions.

By putting you at ease, and through dialogue we ultimately structure the words to be delivered in the ceremony. I offer suggestions as well as sample ceremonies for you to think about. For me to be the one to communicate to others the words and feelings you wish to express on your wedding day, we communicate through email, phone or fax until you are satisfied the content is right!

In Planning Your Wedding
- The process explained
- Obligation free interview
- Paperwork involved is accurately completed & lodged with Registry of Births, Deaths & Marriages
- Support offered
- International & interstate couples catered for
- Visa letters
- Honeymoon letters
- Advice on all your wedding requirements
- Website for ideas
- Sample ceremonies
- Incorporate your own - Unique vows created reflecting your wishes, backgrounds and future aspirations
- Your special day requirements are discussed & incorporated, ensuring the day is memorable

Individualising Your Ceremony

Couples may wish to include a further ceremony within their ceremony to individualise the devotion they have for each other. Such ceremonies include the Sand Ceremony, Unity Candle Ceremony, Wine Ceremony and The Rose Ceremony.

Couples of mixed faith can, through selective readings, make reference appropriate for them.

One individual way is through the vows exchanged; there is advice given on writing your own vows and how to deliver them meaningfully.

Often a couple will wish to discuss their arrangements and perhaps have a further meeting. If a rehearsal is required, that can be carried out, with all the main players.

On the day, I arrive well ahead of the appointed time, to familiarise myself with the location and to meet up with those people essential to making the ceremony perfect.

My background as an educator, communicator and trainer allows me to address large or small gatherings, with ease and clarity for all.

As The Wedded Couple you will be given a keepsake copy of your ceremony.

You are assured of ongoing professional support and, of course, all legal aspects of marrying are attended to - efficiently, accurately and without delay.

ASK Stephen about . . .
- Venues - outdoor - indoor - that work well
- How a contingency can work effortlessly for you & provide peace of mind
- Reception Establishments
- Individualised ceremonies by inclusion of Special Symbols
- Variations within a contemporary wedding - simply done, yet memorable
- Rehearsal requirements you may have
- Joint Wedding ceremonies
- Combined Wedding/Naming Ceremonies
- His recommended wedding associates - photographers/ video/cakes/cars/floral to list a few... he is only too happy to invest time with you as a couple to ensure all happens exactly as you hope

- "Just a short note to express our heartfelt thanks for your beautiful ceremony. We couldn't have asked for anything else, it was perfect..." - Dylan & Suzie
- "Thank you so much for being a wonderful celebrant on our wedding day. We had a great day. We were so glad that you "married" us..." - Michelle & Steve
- "Thank you very much for making our wedding ceremony special. All our guests asked us how we had managed to find such a great celebrant. Many thanks again." - Margaret & Rod
- "Thank you for the wonderful job you did in conducting our wedding ceremony. It was perfect! The ceremony had such a warm and friendly feel to it, you engaged all our guests and helped us to feel very relaxed and at ease. It is certainly a day we will look back on with very fond and happy memories and we are very grateful to you for the part you played in that..." - Jo & Jason
- "Both Sean and I were so happy with the way the day came together and we couldn't have asked for a more perfect ceremony. Thanks again for the beautiful service..." - Jannie & Sean
- "...we would like to thank you so much for your beautiful ceremony on Saturday- so many people mentioned that it was just special and so beautiful. It was a real pleasure having you there, making us feel comfortable and just so happy! Our best regards." - Tony & Gabriela
- "Dear Stephen, Thanks a bundle! For helping to make our marriage ceremony perfect and for making it all so easy and stress free. We had a great day - thanks so much." - Briet & Justin

Name Giving Ceremonies
A naming ceremony enables the modern family to celebrate a rite of passage for their child, with those closest to them.

- Usually non-religious in content, the naming welcomes officially and serves as a reminder to all that the investment of time and effort into the raising of children reaps its own dividends.

- Not preclusive in nature, the occasion recognises the importance of cohesion in families whilst ensuring future faith direction can be made.

All people seek to know more of their roots, their origin & family – of those who brought them into the world and where they belong; from where they have come, capturing the present and anticipating the future…

‘The Chronicle of Life’, Stephen has developed is a means by which any child can carry through their years, a true living history.

The Chronicle enables the child developing through adulthood to pause, and reflect through their lifetime on days past.

Its incorporation within a naming ceremony is the natural commencement point.

- "Thank you for the great service for Teegan and our family - it was a beautiful day..." - Jodie, Pete & Teegs

"We appreciated the time and effort you put to making the naming for our twins so special. We are sure their keepsake verses will be treasured by them both in the years to come. Thanks again for a good day." - Chris & Andrea


"On behalf of Jill, & myself, thanks Steve for the (second!) naming ceremony you recently conducted for our family. We are honoured to have had you and we are especially grateful that you made the ceremony very special and different from that for our first... we will be in touch when number 3 comes along! All the best ..." - the B family (J, R, T & J)


"Dear Steve, we were wrapped when you were our marriage celebrant and we look back on that day's photos with delight. When you were able to perform our gorgeous daughter's naming we were thrilled. You made it so special for us - we hope you enjoy the photo." - Bill, Laura & Talitha


"Thanks for being with us in February when we gave our son, Michael his name. Thank you also for your advice and ideas about what we could include to make the day extra special. I am glad we have begun 'The Chronicle of Michael’s Life'..." - Jenny & David & Michael


No two lives are the same and each person should be remembered for their unique qualities.

As an opportunity for the community who knew and loved to come together publicly and pay due respect to the deceased person, a funeral should be fittingly reflective and in complete accord with the bereaved family's wishes.

In the celebration of a life, to capture the essence of the person being farewelled, many families elect to personalize the service with tributes from family, work colleagues, fellow enthusiasts and hobbyists. This can be accompanied with some traditional words of comfort and solace; of either a religious or secular nature.

Stephen has a background from within the funeral profession as a director and company trainer of personnel, and has genuine compassion and a contemporary understanding of grief, ensuring the service is both sincere and appropriate, through close individual consultation with family and friends.

- "Thank you for the way in which you conducted my mother, DC's funeral yesterday. I am amazed that you managed to capture her personality so accurately after such a brief discussion. You concentrated on the positive, taking her love and wisdom with us in moving forward. She would definitely have approved..." - Rhonda S

"…I would like to express the appreciation felt by Ann (Geoff’s mother), Richard (his brother) and myself for making the service such a good one. We felt that at this most important of times, the very best had been done for Geoff…" - Peter B


"On behalf of our family, I would like to thank you for conducting the service for our mother, VR, yesterday. We appreciated your presentation, warmth and understanding..." - Barbara R


" ...thank you for giving our John such a wonderful farewell. We thought you did a fabulous job and we’re very grateful. Kind regards," - K, J & P G


"...thank you for the beautiful service that you did for Ron. So many people asked me who Ron’s friend was that conducted the service…Ron was a loving, happy, adventurous man – exactly as you portrayed him. Thank you again so much, " - Denise

- "Thank you for the beautiful service you conducted for our son, Hamish in December. We appreciate the time and energy you put into his memorial. Your compassionate and honest words made the occasion "less" painful for us. It was also reassuring that so many people commented on what a lovely heartfelt service it was. I hope we can meet again under happier circumstances." - Sally & Sue T
- "...thank you so much for officiating at DO’s funeral…the service was quite touching and genuinely delivered with quiet dignity. Our family was impressed with you. We appreciated your reflections of mum’s simple life and choice of poems and readings. Thank you again on a job expertly done, during such sad times..." - M, J & A M and F O
- "Dear Steve, thank you for the wonderful service you delivered yesterday. You certainly found mum’s spirit and love of life. The flow of the service gave her the best farewell. We are sorry you couldn’t come back later, but be assured, lots of stories and drinks flowed. Many thanks again." - Love D & all the family
- "...I must say how professional you were in your conduct of the service for my late husband. You have a handle on many aspects of what is going on in a family at such a sad time for them - it is not easy ensuring people who are quite vulnerable are at terms and comfortable with that." - BG
- "Your kindness, sensitivity and understanding went a long way to making the most painful morning of my life bearable. We were all amazed that you got such an accurate picture of C’s character and personality so quickly - the whole ceremony was a perfect hour to honour his life, thank you, Stephen ..." - TH

Other Celebrant Services
Other Celebrant Services

Stephen, as a celebrant for all occasions, has developed expertise in ceremonies involving:

- Affirmation of intentions
- Renewal of vows
- Scattering of ashes
- Memorialisation
- Burials at sea

and he welcomes contact regarding how these ceremonies are developed

Contact Details


Office: (02) 9918 7198
Mobile: 0412 150 492

Stephen Perry Civil Celebrant
28 John Street
Avalon Beach, NSW 2107