Caroline Jackson Marriage Celebrant

Award Winning Tamborine Mountain and Gold Coast Marriage Celebrant

Congratulations! You’ve decided to marry. Your Ceremony of Marriage is your opportunity to share with family and friends your love and commitment to each other in a way that is meaningful to you both. It is important that your ceremony reflects your personalities and your values.

My name is Caroline Jackson. As a Commonwealth Registered Marriage Celebrant, and Tamborine Mountain’s preferred full-time Celebrant it is my pleasure, as well as my business to ensure that your wedding ceremony is one of the most memorable days of your life.

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I have a lifetime’s experience of working in both the UK and Australia (I became a naturalised citizen in 1985) including within the hair and beauty industries. Working with people from all around the world has enriched my career, and this experience I bring to my role as a celebrant.  I enjoy sharing that experience and knowledge, to help you plan a beautiful and unique occasion and build memories, which will last a lifetime. I am able to officiate for, Civil Marriage, Renewal of Wedding Vows, Commitment Ceremonies, Name Giving Ceremonies, and Funerals. 

Whatever the occasion, I will help you to personalise the ceremony and include many memorable and culturally enriching words and acts that have special meaning for you and those you love.

I have been a celebrant for ten years and have officiated at hundreds of ceremonies. I am a past president of the Alliance of Celebrants Queensland, Queensland’s largest celebrants association and also a past board member of CoCA (The Coalition of Celebrant Associations). CoCA is a group formally recognised and acknowledged by the Attorney-General and the AGD as the most influential body for marriage celebrant associations.

Whatever the occasion, I will help you to personalise the ceremony and include many memorable and culturally enriching words and acts that have special meaning for you and those you love.

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Let’s have a chat about your ceremony.

Wedding Ceremonies

Whether you are having a small and intimate ceremony, or a grand event, your day will be unique and memorable. Your ceremony may be a simple event with only the legal or the more traditional components, or you may like to choose, to include one of the following rituals to enhance your ceremony.

The Rose Ceremony

In the Rose Ceremony, the Bride and Groom give each other a single red rose bud. This is to symbolise the first gift to each other, as husband and wife, two roses are all that is necessary. The Rose Ceremony is placed at the end of the wedding ceremony after the couple has been pronounced husband and wife.

Unity Candle Ceremony

The unity candle symbolises the very essence of the wedding ceremony. Two taper candles, representing the couple as individuals, are used to light a single centre candle as a visible symbol of their commitment to each other.

Handfasting Ceremony

The term “Handfasting” is taken from Old Norse “hand-festa” meaning “to strike a bargain by joining hands”. Handfasting is the tradition of lightly binding together the hands of a couple using a cord, rope, ribbons, a scarf, or strips of fabric…

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, often of a tartan design. It is meant to signify a couples coming together as “One”. Or perhaps to keep the Groom from running away!) Whatever its original intention, it has become a popular new tradition for today’s couples seeking new and spiritual ways to honour their love.

Additional Wedding Ceremonies

Unity Sand Ceremony

The Sand Ceremony is one of the most popular elements in weddings today, often taking the place of the traditional candle ceremony. Sand Ceremony vases can be personalised with names, dates, monograms, and even logos…

The ceremony is used to symbolise the uniting of the bride and groom. Their separate lives are symbolised by two vials of sand (usually different colours). After the exchange of rings, the celebrant explains the meaning of the sand ceremony. The bride and groom then come together and pour into one vial, the contents of the two individual vials of sand.

The flowing together of the sand symbolises the joining of the couple as they share their first experience of unity as husband and wife. The newly formed union is represented by the intertwined pattern of sand created by the couple. This symbol is then a keepsake of the wedding.

Warming of the rings ceremony

With a ring warming, in your ceremony, the rings will not only be a gift from the bride and the groom to each other, but they will be seen to be exchanged with the love, support, warmth and wisdom of all present.

The rings are passed between all the guests. Each guest, momentarily, holds the rings thereby giving his or her personal blessing upon them before the bride & groom exchange the rings.

Whether you are having a small and intimate ceremony, or a grand event, your day will be unique and memorable. Your ceremony may be a simple event with only the legal or the more traditional components, or you may like to choose, to include one of the following rituals to enhance your ceremony.

Love Lock Ceremony

Love Lock Ceremony is of Chinese origin but no one knows how or when this ancient custom began. It symbolizes opening your hearts, your lives to one another. Your

Partner, is the key that has made this love possible. Now, in your wedding, you fasten this love in absolute, eternal unity.

A lovelock ceremony involves two locks and two keys.

My Services include

 All meetings at my residence or a place to be agreed.

 Your Wedding Information Package.

A personally written ceremony and vows of your choice.

Provision of bound copy of the wedding ceremony to keep.

Marriage Certificate (government approved).

Completion of all legal paperwork where required (Inc NOIM and Declaration) and lodging paperwork, with BDM to register marriage within 14 days of the date themarriage is solemnised.

All time and travelling costs on the day of wedding.

Telephone, postage, photocopy, and facsimile costs within Australia only.

Provision of PA system and microphone to ensure that the wedding is audible.

A rehearsal at the venue or my residence if necessary.

Wearing clothes that fit in with the theme of the wedding if requested.

Provision of a CD player to play your original CD soundtrack (no CD copies please unless tested on my system first).

Provision of signing table, cloth, & chairs.

Additional Ceremonies

Naming Ceremony

Name Giving Ceremonies are as old as time itself. For centuries and in different forms, people have been performing these ceremonies for the purpose of introducing a new child into the family; in many cultures, a son was not legal until his father named him in a ceremony.

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Naming ceremonies as we know them today, are fairly new being non-religious and conducted by a civil celebrant, usually at the parent’s home, this allows the parents to affirm their love for their child in front of family and friends.

Let me personalise a name giving ceremony for your child. There are many things we can do, such as having a time capsule in which you place small gifts, photos, letters or hand written cards to be opened either on the child’s 18th or 21st birthday.

Alternatively, how about planting a tree or lighting a candle? A naming ceremony normally takes between twenty and thirty minutes with poems and readings and while the ceremony has no legal status, I provide all involved with a beautiful certificate by which to remember the day, and what a wonderful way to introduce a new child into the world.

Funerals

I conduct a non religious ceremony which is personalised in a way that you and your loved ones are comfortable with and which truly reflects the individuality of the deceased. I will work closely with you and your family members and you and they may even like to take part in the ceremony.

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Saying good bye to someone you love is never easy so a personal funeral ceremony for a close friend or family member can be a lovely way to say good bye.

If you would like me to perform a ceremony for you, you can contact me direct, or have your funeral director contact me with your plans, including the date and time of the funeral and where it will take place.

A funeral ceremony should be a happy event, as it is a celebration of life, and how that life impacted on the lives of others.

Should a funeral ceremony be sad? I don’t think so, it should be a celebration of the life that has been, however old or young or how someone’s life has ended.

After the loss of a loved one you will go though many stages of grief, I believe in listening to people and have been trained to assist those, who are going through such emotional time in their lives.

I conduct a non religious ceremony which is personalised in a way that you and your loved ones are comfortable with and which truly reflects the individuality of the deceased. I will work closely with you and your family members and you and they may even like to take part in the ceremony.

Renewal of vows

No matter how long you have been married, this is a wonderful way to show and reaffirm the love you have for each other. Perhaps you never had that dream wedding in the first place and now consider it the right time to celebrate in the way you always wanted to.

I would love to work with you to create a cherished moment in your life.

Let’s talk and see why I am a good fit for your ceremony.

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Your First Appointment

Planning the perfect ceremony is as simple as choosing the right celebrant. The first step is to meet so that we can discuss your requirements. I can fit in around your schedule to meet and have a chat – oh and by the way, I do not charge for the initial consultation!

You can choose to meet wherever you feel most comfortable, whether it be in your home, my home, or your favourite coffee shop. For your first appointment please bring the following items, this will enable us to start the legal processing of your pending marriage; The Notice Of Intedned Marriage NOIM  needs to be completed one month prior to your wedding and up to 18 months in advance of the wedding.

What documents do I need to bring?

Your original Birth Certificate. (Obtainable from Births Deaths and Marriages in the state where you were born) or Passport.

Proof of identity, i.e. Australian passport, overseas passport, driver’s licence

If either of you have been married previously, I will need your B.D.M issued Marriage Certificate, and a Federal Magistrates Court Certificate of Divorce (Obtainable from the Family Court in the state where you were divorced)

If either of you have been widowed, I will need a copy of the Death Certificate of your deceased spouse.

Any documents provided in a foreign language must be translated into English and a Translation Certificate supplied.

All documents must be originals not photocopies or certified copies.

Choosing the right celebrant for you is as important as choosing your venue. Your ceremony to the one you love, shared with family and friends is one of the most meaningful moments in a person’s life. In addition, regardless of your sex, age, or cultural background I would love to work with you to create a cherished moment in your life.

My mission is to work closely with you both to create a memorable ceremony. I will assist with all the legal requirements and help you to plan this beautiful and unique occasion. Every couple has different ideas of what they want for their ceremony. I offer all couples a one hundred plus page ceremony guide, which will help you, make your choices or may inspire you to create your own ceremony. I have a large selection of readings to choose from and my job is to listen to what you both want and make your special day a memory that will last a lifetime. We will work closely together to ensure that your ceremony is what you want. I have had a lifetime of experience working with people from all around the world, from different cultures and with different beliefs. I believe that this experience gives me the skills that make my job so enjoyable.

Get in touch

0413 600 116  |   caroline@carolinejackson.com.au