Fabulous Ceremonies Sydney

Hello! I’m Lana James.

I am a Sydney based Civil Celebrant, specialising in fabulous, fun & exciting weddings.

About Us

Hi, I’m Lana James and I have been a Commonwealth Registered Celebrant for over 16 years. As a published author, I enjoy writing and I would love to capture your personal story and create a marriage ceremony that is warm, fun, meaningful, unforgettable and most importantly – about you

I feel very fortunate to have my husband Paul involved in the ceremony. He operates the PA system, music, set up and everything else required, allowing me to concentrate on being a celebrant and delivering a seamless ceremony. You get two people for the price of one!

Your ceremony will be designed to create impact, evoke beautiful emotions and delight you and your guests.

As every wedding ceremony is unique, it’s important for me to approach each and every ceremony with a fresh perspective and style the content to exclusively reflect your personalities, objectives and ideals.

My goal is to relax and entertain you and your guests and through sentiments expressed, conjure thoughts that I have known you for many years.

I am a passionate and enthusiastic marriage celebrant based in Sydney’s Cronulla and Sutherland Shire area. I perform weddings, commitment ceremonies, renewal of vows and baby namings throughout Sydney, down to Wollongong, the Illawarra and Southern Highlands, and up to the Central Coast.

I offer my marriage celebrant service to you exclusively on your chosen day and once the date of your ceremony is confirmed, I will not take any further bookings for that day.

I want to deliver you an experience that goes beyond your expectations, creating a ceremony that will be a wonderful memory that lasts for a lifetime.

Marrying couples and being a part of their special day is extremely rewarding for me.

Your Wedding

Declaring your love and commitment to your partner is a profound and intimate moment in your life. As a Sydney Marriage Celebrant, my role of wedding celebrant is one of great trust. It’s one of the most important days of your life and I am here to support you through this journey.

Whether you’re after a traditional service or a themed ceremony, there’s plenty of room for self expression and it’s my role to make your ceremony unique, engaging and enjoyable.

It’s as easy as…

Let’s Chat!
We’ll discuss your wedding then arrange a time to meet.

We’ll Meet!
Let’s have a cuppa or a glass of wine and see if I’m a good fit for your vision of your Wedding.

Let the Wedding Bells Ring!
Let’s book the date and we’ll make this the best day of your life.

Talk to me about your special day

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As your Sydney marriage celebrant, your wedding ceremony will be a wonderful and unforgettable experience. It will be warm , creative, entertaining  and  most importantly – about you. You will be able to relax and enjoy your day with confidence knowing that through my professional wedding celebrant services, it will be exactly as you wish.

Over the years,  I’ve gained  a tremendous feeling of pride and satisfaction to have delighted couples with high quality and personalised services as a marriage officiant.  Each and every wedding ceremony is unique, heart warming and  fabulous.

Getting to know you is part of the fun!

I am committed to ensuring your marriage ceremony is well organised, relaxed, stress free, entertaining and most of all one of the best experiences of your life.

I provide a professional, portable PA system, signing table and covered chair (for weddings), feather or gold pen and presentation folder containing your written ceremony. I am also accompanied by my very charming and talented husband, Paul, who facilitates the ceremony by managing sound and set up, enabling me to mingle with and welcome your valued family and friends as they arrive.

I highly recommend a rehearsal on site a week or two prior to the wedding.

During our initial call or e-mail inquiry I will explain the legal requirements and we can organise a time to meet and chat about your day and begin completing the required paperwork for the Registry of Birth, Deaths and Marriages.

  • An initial, obligation-free meeting to listen to your ideas and discuss how we can create a meaningful and unique ceremony together. During this meeting we’ll discuss the process of writing your ceremony.
  • Access to my resources ( Including extracts from Spiritual, Religious Hindu & Buddhist, Tea Ceremony, Candle Ceremony, Exchanging of Roses, Sand Blending, Flower Ceremony, Jumping The Broom, Aboriginal Ritual Ceremony, Hand fasting, Lover’s Knot Ceremony, Sharing of Wine Ceremonies, Ring Warming and Blended Family Ceremonies).
  • Rehearsal at the venue (venue permitting) in the days prior to the ceremony, if required.
  • Presentation copy of ceremony.
  • A professional quality PA system.
  • A beautifully dressed signing table and chair
  • Official Marriage Certificate from the Registry of BDM (at cost).

Other Ceremonies

A naming ceremony is a celebration that can involve all of the people in your child’s life.  Children of all ages can be celebrated and supported in these ceremonies. A naming ceremony does not need to be serious and formal. It can be a lighthearted, meaningful, personal and fun occasion for everyone involved.

Should you wish to write your inclusions, have a certain poem or reading, or play a particular piece of music; this can all be incorporated into the day. Music is a very important aspect of a ceremony of any nature, and pre recorded music on a PA system can be looked after on the PA system I will provide on the day.

Some options for inclusions in the ceremony include:

  • Welcome and Introduction
  • Readings
  • An official ‘Naming’ of the Baby/Child
  • Appointment of supporting adults such as a ‘godparent’ or ‘guardian’
  • Welcoming of Child to their family and community of friends
  • Closing words and Signing of Naming Certificate

Planning a wonderful and fitting funeral or memorial service for a loved one, is often daunting for family and friends, especially when each person is dealing with their own grief. I promise you will get nothing less than my best to deliver a personal and professional funeral or memorial service for your loved one.

If you decide to ask me to be your funeral celebrant, I will visit you in your home to have a discussion with you and other family members about what will be an appropriate tribute to honor your loved one. It is a good idea for you to make brief biographical notes about the deceased’s life. I can use your notes and your ideas to write a eulogy which reflects the life and spirit of the deceased. Family members or friends may wish to add their own tributes to be read at the service by them, or if they feel that is too difficult, I can read the tribute on their behalf.

A renewal of vows ceremony can be held whenever you would like! Important anniversaries (tenth, twenty-fifth, fiftieth) are often chosen for renewing your vows, however any special time in your lives that you feel would be appropriate to recommit, renew and celebrate is perfectly fine.

You might like to reaffirm the vows you actually made on your wedding day, or you may like to write new vows which reflect on the time you have spent together. You can incorporate readings and ceremony rituals as you may have in your wedding ceremony, such as warming rings (if you plan of exchanging rings), lighting candles or a sand ceremony. Your ceremony can be as similar or different to your original wedding ceremony as you like. A few services you might like to include are:

  • Pre Ceremony Music
  • Entrance Music
  • Introduction and Welcome
  • Poetry, Readings, Songs
  • History highlights or recollections of the couples married life to date
  • Re exchanging of rings or exchanging of eternity ring/s
  • Declaration and presentation of couple
  • Announcement Music

I am an avid supporter of marriage equality. Though same sex couples are unable to marry under Australian Law, a commitment ceremony can be just as meaningful and significant as any legal ceremony. I would be honoured to meet you to discuss your vision for your wedding ceremony.

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Love Letters

A few words from my happy couples

Thank you Lana for creating the most beautiful and unique ceremony ever. It was perfect in everyway and will always be a fond memory for us.
Julie and David

Lana, you are the best wedding celebrant in the Shire! We can’t thank you enough for such a perfect day. I would highly recommend you to anyone wanting a fantastic celebrant.

Janice and Johnathon

Thank you Lana and Paul for a wonderful wedding ceremony! Warm, humorous and entertaining – just as we had always dreamed. Many guests complimented you on a professional and thoroughly beautiful ceremony.

Terry and Kien

Thank you so much Lana for our amazing wedding ceremony, it was magical!

Justine and Lucas

My sister Justine’s wedding was so beautiful and I am so happy that you will be marrying Matt and I. We can’t wait!

Felicity and Matt

Dear Lana & Paul, Ryan and I cannot thank you enough for all your efforts and perfect wedding ceremony. It was exactly what we both wanted.

Mr and Mrs Veness

Lana and Paul were absolutely amazing. Getting married was a breeze with Lana and Paul. They were in constant communication and always available to answer any questions we had, as well as provide help and support in anyway they could. Thanks to them our wedding day was perfect. Lana provided a flawless service, it was professional, funny and warm. Our family and friends were most impressed with how smooth and seamless our wedding was, they were very impressed with our choice of celebrant and by the end of the ceremony Lana and Paul felt like they were part of the family. We could not be happier with the service Lana and Paul provided and would recommend them to our family and friends without any hesitation at all.

Andryani and Kirt

Thank you so much Lana and Paul you made our Wedding Day perfect! It was everything we dreamed of!

Debbie and Scott

Lana & Paul, thanks for making our day so special. The ceremony was amazing! Thanks also for the beautiful engraved champagne glasses which will always be a reminder of the great time we had.

Helen & Bob

We had a wonderful wedding and dinner and we thank you both so much for making it the terrific event it was – despite the rain! Your flexibility with the different plans was so appreciated. We thought you might like to join us for dinner one weekend. Again thank you for your help and we look forward to hearing from you.

Suzanne & Martin

Hi Lana, thank you to you and Paul so much. We had a wonderful day and your lovely calming voice was a big part of that.

Kate & Matt

Lana and Paul, thank you so much for everything, especially, for our beautiful ceremony. Mark and I loved it and had a wonderful time. It wouldn’t have been the same without you. We were also totally thrilled that you could attend our reception.

Heidi & Mark

To Lana and Paul, can’t begin to tell you all the things this ought to say, but there’s a world of meaning in the THANKS it brings your way. Our daughter’s wedding day was so beautiful, it was just perfect! Thank you again.

John & Jeanette

Lana, thank you for the fantastic job you did as celebrant for our wedding. We loved the ceremony you put together – so many people commented that it was very “us”. You certainly have a talent! You just seemed to know how we wanted our ceremony to be and you made it happen. Thank you to both you and Paul for making our wedding day run so smoothly.

Monica & Michael

Dear Lana and Paul, we’d just like to thanks you for the wonderful ceremony you performed for our daughter Nicole and her new husband Adam on the 18th March. It was a lovely ceremony and we had many comments from family and friends about how good the ceremony was and how well Lana conducted it. We can understand why Adam and Nicole were so certain after meeting you for the first time that you were the people they wanted to be involved in their marriage. Thank you for the guidance and kindness you showed Nicole and Adam. Also for the professional, well organised ceremony that was both personal and endearing to all who attended

John & Sandra

Lana was absolutely great. She did a great service. I was so happy with it and the way it was done. It was really nice.

Belinda N.

Everything went really well. Lana impressed me. Her husband Paul was really involved as well. She helped everyone work out where they were going and where everyone would stand, where the signing table would go, etc. She really was great! Lana was a fantastic marriage celebrant. We felt very comfortable from the first time we met with her. She put together a beautiful and personalised service for us for which we received compliments from our guests. Lana was very professional and patient throughout the process and particularly on our Wedding day. I would highly recommend Lana to any couple.

Nicole S.

I honestly couldn’t be happier from start to finish. Very professional from the start and made sure everything was running okay! I couldn’t be more happy!

Kia B.

Almost a family member now, Lana officiated my sisters wedding 9 years ago. We certainly weren’t disappointed when she was recommended to us all these years later! Calm, punctual, thorough with a side of humour and compassion. These are the things you should expect from Lana and her husband, Paul. They stayed in touch with us right up until the day and read our vows with great emotion. They were only too pleased to help with anything and everything. We can’t recommend them more highly! Thank you Lana & Paul!

Kelsey E.

I was really happy with her services. We went and watched her at another wedding to see what she was like. We contacted her again and we met up with her and her husband, who does all the background stuff. Worked fantastically as a team. We got together and discussed what we wanted out of it, and we picked what suited us the best. There was a lot of communication and I was really happy. They guided us through everything that we would need and looked after everything on the day!

Heidi R

Lana was very professional, very caring and she did a great job!

Amber B

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