Other Ceremonies


I love hearing about babies born to the couples I’ve married – and I really love creating Naming Day ceremonies for them! Everyone remembers me from “the wedding” and it’s a lovely feeling to walk back into the warmth of a familiar family… Naming days highlight the importance of family!

Naming Ceremonies are usually for babies or children. Some parents choose to marry on the same day their children are named… it’s a fairly complex day but it isn’t uncommon.

Naming celebrations aren’t always for babies, however. There are many reasons people change their names and a ceremony can help confirm a change in someone’s life… it’s never to late to hold a Naming Ceremony! (Naming Ceremonies can even be for restaurants, houses or boats…)

A Naming Ceremony is all about sharing love and hopes for the future! Drawing from legends, lullabies or even lunchbox love letters, parents (and others) share their wisdom and blessings as they celebrate their identity: a family-focussed ceremony helps provide a new, welcoming sense of community and belonging.

It’s also a chance to appoint others to take a caring, lifelong interest in your child. Reflecting your values and beliefs, it’s a wonderful occasion to gather your friends and family and formally welcome and name your child!

As lots of my families have said, it takes a village to raise a child!

Balloons! Blessings! Naming Ceremonies are a chance to be creative! Let your imagination run wild or draw from your families’ heritage. Books, bears, tree plantings, craftwork, clay… the symbols of your life can be blended into a Naming Ceremony just for you – your baby – and your family!

Naming Enquiry


Anyone can conduct a funeral but it’s a good idea to have someone supportive to help you. A Funeral Director will make all the legal and practical arrangements and as your celebrant, I will help you plan and deliver the ceremony.

You can choose your own celebrant – you don’t have to use one employed by a Funeral Director.

Although I’m well known as a marriage celebrant, I conduct funerals as well. I’ve found that families find real comfort in having a celebrant who already has a sense of who they are.

“Dear Jen, you became a very important part of our family very quickly!” Kath M

Funerals are a chance to join with others and celebrate a life. I can guide you through this challenging time and help you reflect, and find the words and actions to begin a period of grieving.

As a former critical care nurse, I’ve worked with families at times of great stress and this has given me a strong sense of empathy, and I know the pain of losing precious loved ones.

I started my funeral work while studying celebrancy at university, and at that time I volunteered to conducted funerals for those who, sadly, had nothing.

Since then I’ve had the honour of conducting funerals or memorial ceremonies for young people through to the elderly; for people I’ve known well to others I’m actually glad I didn’t know (because they caused so much pain for their families); for those who died as a result of accidents to those who chose to end their lives; those who seemed to know few people to those who touched thousands of lives; those whose families were devastated to lose them, to those whose families were either glad to see them go or who barely knew them.

And that’s where the skill of a celebrant is important. A death in the family touches many people and sometimes reactions can be raw. When you can’t find the words, let me help. I can help you navigate a path which might be difficult, or I can craft something with you or for you. As someone recently said, “Jen, you held a mirror up for us, and we are so grateful.”

Hopefully your loved one’s life was well-lived.

There’s usually no rush to arrange a funeral and people often feel a little stronger when some time has elapsed – I’ve conducted memorial ceremonies some weeks after cremation and this can allow time for friends and family to arrive from overseas.

I’m happy to chat about honouring someone’s life and planning a funeral celebration even if that person hasn’t died. Talk to me about a “Hoo-roo, I’m Off!” planning pack! It can be empowering and very fulfilling to plan ahead. A few people have even attended their own wakes…!

I’m happy to provide the following rituals as well as being open to your ideas and wishes:

  • RSL / CFA
  • Scattering Ashes on land or at sea (Coast Guard)
Funeral Enquiry

My American couple who had a beautiful, private commitment ceremony on the beach…

Civil Partnership Ceremonies

Not everyone wants to be married… for various reasons. Registering your relationship with BDM provides conclusive proof of evidence of your relationship for the purposes of Victorian law.

Commitment ceremonies (or civil unions) celebrate love in a very meaningful way. For those who don’t want to (or can’t) marry, celebrations of love can follow a traditional format or be as contemporary and eclectic as you like! People often appreciate the sense of purpose that ritual provides. You can say your vows to your partner publicly or privately and you may certainly change your name if you want to!

It can be tricky… Don’t confuse Civil Unions with Same-Sex Marriage… contact me about the difference: I’m here to help!

Civil Partnership Ceremony Enquiry