Fabulous Ceremonies Sydney
Hello! I’m Lana James.
I am a Sydney based Civil Celebrant, specialising in fabulous, fun & exciting weddings.
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.
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…
We’ll discuss your wedding then arrange a time to 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.
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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).
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
- 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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