Authorised as a Civil Celebrant in 1999 I believe ceremonies should be special occasions which allow people to step outside of their normal routines into a magical space in time where the day to day world is forgotten.

I understand the importance of correct delivery in ceremonies, and celebrations, and have helped people from all walks of life celebrate many occasions from weddings, renewal of vows, namings, life ceremonies and memorial services.

The content of these ceremonies have been woven from a vast and varied collection of words. Some have followed a traditional theme, others more cultural, and many more followed a spiritual theme.

Importantly each ceremony was created and conducted exactly as the person or couple wished.

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Memorial Services

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Naming Ceremony

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  • Melva has been brought to our attention through a friend. Before we found a celebrant we found a spot for our ceremony! It was in the middle of the Royal National Park in Sydney that included a hike through the bush. After our first initial consultation over the phone we knew Melva, who was open for any kind of “wedding adventure” would be perfect for us.

    As my Partner and I were based in Sydney and Melva in Queensland the communication was mainly via phone calls and email. Her prompt, funny, and bubbly “I can do anything” attitude made it super easy to find the right words for our ceremony on the cliffs.

    Janine Johnston

  • Melva beautifully conducted both our wedding ceremony and our daughter’s naming ceremony back in 2011. Not only is Melva undoubtedly professional in every way but her knowledge with words is invaluable, making the whole process smooth and easy. I highly recommend Melva Elvey as a celebrant.

    Mellissa McDonald

  • Our family is most grateful to Melva whom we went to see at a time of great stress in our lives which was the departing of our much loved Mother and Grandmother. Melva spoke respectfully to our family members and friends gathering facts and stories. The resulting ceremony she created from our words and thoughts portrayed Nancy’s personality and life to a T.

    Many thanks Lance and Trish

  • Thanks very much Melva. We appreciate the time you spent talking with us so we could create our wedding day in a relaxed way. Loved your energy, warmth and humour when sharing our chosen words with our close friends. It was the best way to start our married life together. Thanks again.

    Richard and Shelley


Every ceremony is different and so is my scale of fees.

For example the fee for an underwater ceremony with many sharks is one million dollars. A bungee jumping ceremony will attract a similar fee whereas a casual garden ceremony would attract a much smaller fee. Whatever you choose, I will ensure your ceremony is one you will remember with pleasure.

I love all ceremonies but I will only perform one ceremony per day so each person/couple/family have my undivided attention to ensure everything is done in a relaxed professional manner.

Please CONTACT ME and we can discuss your special requirements.