June 3, 2014

About me – Gina Callan

Congratulations on your forthcoming celebration and welcome to my website. I am an authorised Civil Marriage Celebrant who believes that ceremonies should never be created with a “one size fits all approach”.  If your special ceremony reflects who you are as individuals, as a couple and/or as a family, then your milestone occasion and your lives more generally will take on added meaning. My vision for Licensed to Wed is that you will enjoy and remember your unique ceremony always for all the right reasons, whether it be small or large, formal, informal, traditional, contemporary or thematic.

Since my own marriage some 27 years ago, I have come to realise the value of significant commitments, ceremonies and milestone celebrations in my own life and that of my family and friends.  Having worked as a registered nurse, community mediator, government administrator and trainer and presenter, I am adept at listening to, analysing, meeting and following up on my client’s varied needs and tastes to ensure excellent outcomes. I aim to truly listen to you and ensure your needs and wants are met, so that my service meets your particular expectations and legislated requirements in every possible way.
At Licensed to Wed, you may like to choose or take ideas from a range of ceremony options I will provide to you in a folder, complete with a substantial number of selected readings, poetry, music, vows and symbolic rituals, created as guidance material to get the creative process started. Alternatively, I can assist you by tailoring or creating from scratch your own memorable ceremony and celebration that fits with your specific hopes, dreams and preferences as well as all relevant legal requirements.

I often write completely unique ceremonies that include a couple’s personal story and acknowledge and/or involve those family and friends who are or have been so important in their lives. I provide clients with wonderful resources to assist the planning of their celebration and a commemorative copy of your ceremony printed onto parchment paper to retain as a keepsake.

In addition to commemorative marriage certificates, a range of other special certificates are available to recognise your commitment, renewal of vows or naming of a baby or child, to show appreciation for the efforts of those in your bridal party or special friends and family, or as a keepsake for god parents and grandparents. You may  like to choose one of my beautiful tablecloths and pens for use on a signing table at your ceremony.

I provide a high quality portable PA system with built-in CD player, USB and IPOD adapter as needed and may supply a signing table and chairs for an outdoor ceremony location in some circumstances as negotiated. My quoted prices are all-inclusive and there are no hidden extras, as detailed in the comprehensive booking agreement we negotiate together.

Ben and Tara - Photo by Steve Murray

Ben and Tara – Photo by Steve Murray

Licensed to Wed serves all parts of the ACT and nearby NSW, including (but not limited to) Queanbeyan, Yass, Cooma & Goulburn. I will  travel to other metropolitan, rural and coastal locations across Australia as negotiated.

At Licensed to Wed, you won’t just obtain a marriage license.  You’ll also experience a wholistic ceremony that reflects you and your particular journey in love and life.  Why not meet with me on an obligation free basis to discuss your special occasion.

Gina Callan
CMC, B.Soc Sci, Dip Govt (Mgt), Cert IV TAE