Michael Elwood – Marriage Celebrant

One of Adelaide's most popular celebrants

After a life in the media and public eye, I was considering something that used my experience and skills combined with my passion for ceremony and celebration and that’s how I came upon the idea of being a celebrant. It became a totally natural decision, combining my out-going personality, confidence and creativity to assist couples in making their wedding day the perfectly memorable event that it should be.

I love people and find it easy to relate to all kinds. I especially love the challenge to offer couples something fresh and out of the ordinary, sometimes even way out. Nothing is too much trouble for me.

A wedding ceremony is one of the most important occasions to happen in the life of a couple – and perhaps it is their first BIG event. For me, it means that I am committed to ensuring that everything happens in the ceremony that they wish for.

It quite often happens that couples have not attended many if any, weddings and they are not sure of what it is that they want. Therefore I need to provide them with a wide range of options and styles that will fit in with their priorities and help them with their decision process.

On a wedding day, my couples should be calmly confident that their ceremony will flow like clockwork because:

  • Ideally the ceremony will have been completed some weeks beforehand, and the couple have had the chance to read it again and be confident that it is what they want.
  • There has been a simple rehearsal soon before the wedding day, so that everyone, especially the bride and her/his attendants know what is expected of them.
  • That they know there will be no surprises and that contingencies, such as weather, have been planned for.
  • That when they come together in front of their guests, they will be excited, happy and smiling, ready to take their big step in front of their friends and family.
  • And they know that I will be there, quietly welcoming, encouraging and supporting them all the way.
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    Melissa & Gene

    Michael was fabulous to work with – He is very experienced and organised. He helped us all the way along with creating our vows and he also managed the ceremony on the day. Very personable and supportive celebrant. He was recommended to us and we are very pleased with his services

    Melissa & Gene
    February 25, 2016

    Lida & Mark

    I thought he was really professional, really reliable, and very efficient. He was really quick to accommodate to suit our individual requests. He even asked beforehand what our colour scheme was and it was really nice. We got some beautiful photos. We wanted something simple and effective

    Lida & Mark
    October 25, 2015

    Natalie & Jeff

    The way his profile was written made it sound like his job was more about the couple than a business. On the first meeting we decided to go with him. He was happy with to work with us and answered any questions we had. He was just wonderful. When we sat down and had chats together he was so friendly and gentle and warm. Very easy to deal with him. He knew exactly what he was doing, he knew what we needed to be doing. He dresses really well and he was happy to work in with our colour scheme.

    Natalie & Jeff,
    October 25, 2015

    Kathy & Craig

    Michael was very friendly, very easy to get along with. We had a very laid-back attitude. He looked friendly in his pictures online and that reflects him in real life. Never had any issues with him. Very easy to organise things with. We weren’t interested in a traditional ceremony and he was flexible in creating just what we wanted.

    Kathy & Craig
    October 25, 2015

    Melissa & Dan

    Michael was amazing, after our first catch up we knew Michael was the right choice. He gave us so many ideas for the ceremony and he was great at calming Dan’s nerves when I was running late

    Melissa & Dan
    August 25, 2015

    Skye & Josh

    Everything was very straight forward. Everything went smoothly on the day. He was lovely to deal with and very helpful. We had ideas on how we wanted to do things and he gave us some advice and details we could do on the day. He made everything very easy!

    Skye & Josh
    February 25, 2015

    Melli & Jaimie

    Thank you Michael for giving the most touching and professional service. We are both so happy to have had you play such an important part of our day

    Melli & Jaimie
    December 25, 2014

    Carol M

    Michael, what can I say? Your ceremony was truly beautiful and as I write this I still have a lump in my throat. You certainly have a gift for taking information and developing it into a moving and memorable ceremony

    Carol M
    December 25, 2013

    Karina & Ben

    Dear Michael, thank you so much for your efforts on our wedding day! You helped us turn our day into everything we dreamed of and more. We will definitely be recommending you to our family and friends

    Karina & Ben
    November 25, 2012





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    Step One

    Let’s catch up for a coffee, obligation free so we can find out more about each other and for you to see if if I am the right person, then I will explain how it all works.

    Step Two

    I will spend time with you, finding out what you might be considering for your ceremony, and I will have many suggestions to offer if you are unsure. I will provide a wide range of sample elements for ceremonies for you to consider.

    Step Three

    I start drafting a ceremony and send it to you for your checking, and to ensure that it is what you are wanting. We keep making alterations until you are absolutely happy.

    Step Four

    We spend a bit of time planning how the ceremony will happen on the day, and then I always recommend a short rehearsal just prior to the wedding – normally a day or two before, especially to ensure that members of the wedding party feel confident about what to do on the day

    Step Five

    You will have a wonderful and enjoyable ceremony. I will be there gently supporting you both. I will have managed completion of all the legal paperwork, which I then lodge with the Registrar.

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    Thank you for visiting my website, I will be honoured to be part of your special day.

    I am happy to discuss any other ‘special circumstances’ and will do my utmost to work with you for a fantastic result.