Deanna McKeowen

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Frequently Asked Questions

Why did you become a Celebrant?

I think it is the best job in the World!!!! I feel extremely privileged that my life’s journey has led me to this profession, and I treasure the process of getting to know my couples and sharing their love story on their wedding day.

How long have you been a Celebrant?

I have been an authorised Commonwealth-registered Marriage Celebrant since 2007

How many weddings have you conducted?

Since becoming a Celebrant in 2007 I have been fortunate to marry over 1500 couples so far.

How much is your Celebrant fee?

My celebrant fee depends on where you wish to be married so for more information on pricing and my availability please follow this LINK to contact me today

What is included in your Celebrant fee?

My celebrant fee includes, and is not limited to:

* Unlimited phone calls and emails to assist with legal documentation and to discuss your exciting wedding plans and Vows

* My services as an experienced, fully qualified, and engaging Marriage celebrant

* A very high level of service and responsiveness before, during, and after your wedding day.

* Use of my professional PA system with one wireless microphone for pre-ceremony music and use for the ceremony

* I will prepare personalised Vow Cards to read from if desired

* A ceremony planning form and guide to assist with creating a personalised, bespoke ceremony

* A white butler’s tray table for signing the marriage documents

What are the legal requirements?

Before you marry you must submit a Notice of Intended Marriage form to me at least one calendar month before your wedding date and no earlier than 18 months. A copy of the legal document form can be found here INFORMATIONWhitsunday Wedding Info

What documents do you need to see?

Original Birth Certificate & Drivers Licence OR Passport (Australian passport or Overseas passport), and if applicable, evidence that any previous marriage has been dissolved.

Can you help us write our vows?

Of course, I can help and I would be absolutely delighted and encourage this – as your Vows are the BEST part of the wedding ceremony!!! There is a legal sentence that must be included as per the Marriage Act 1961 and then we can include your heartfelt, personalised wedding Vows and promises,  that you will cherish forever. I can provide lots of ideas and help you along the way, providing feedback and guidance.

Do we need to memorise our vows?

You don’t need to memorise your Vows – you can repeat a few words at a time after me – or I can provide Vow cards. The choice is yours!!

How long does a Civil Marriage Ceremony usually go for?

Most civil ceremonies last between 20-30 minutes, depending on the content. The signing of the marriage documents can take up to 5-10 minutes, depending on photography and videography opportunities, during this time.

Do you have a PA system we can use at the ceremony? 

Yes, you can use my professional Bose PA system with a wireless microphone for the ceremony and there is no extra charge for this.

How can we book you?

Please check my availability by getting in contact today!

After the confetti has settled, what happens next?

I am required by law to lodge your wedding documentation with Births, Deaths and Marriages in the State that you were married within 10 working days. From there, the married couple can apply for the standard registered copy. You will need this registered copy to change your surname.

What My Couples Are Saying...

Highly recommend Deanna! She was amazing on our special day. Guided us through the planning process and made sure everything was perfect and exactly how we wanted it. Super friendly and caring and very professional. We can't thank you enough! Loved every moment!

Hannah 14/12/2023

Deanna was an absolute gem! Her cheerful demeanour and warm presence added an extra layer of joy to our special day. She orchestrated the ceremony flawlessly, with a delightful touch of humour, making it truely memorable and a heartwarming experience. I highly recommend her for your happily ever after start!

Emma Wade 25/09/2023

Deanna is incredible at what she does! Right from the very start she made sure our day was exactly as we wanted. Her easy going approach and attention to detail made everything come together perfectly. Super professional and genuine. Couldn’t recommend her enough!! So grateful she was apart of our day !

Bek Gallagher 10/09/2023

We had the absolute pleasure of having Deanna as our wedding celebrant, and I cannot recommend her enough. From the moment we met her, we were immediately drawn to her warm personality and lovely sense of humour. One of the things that impressed me most about Deanna was how easy she made everything. Planning a wedding can be overwhelming, but Deanna's calm and organised approach reassured us throughout the entire process. She took the time to really listen and get to know what really mattered to us, ensuring that our ceremony felt personal and reflective of our love story. If you are looking for a wedding celebrant who brings a lovely sense of humour, makes everything easy, and tailors the ceremony to your personalities, Deanna is the perfect choice. Her positive energy, professionalism, and genuine care for us as a couples shone through every step of the way. We are forever grateful to have had her be a part of our special day.

Jason Maddock 23/08/2023

Deanna was absolutely faultless! From the moment we met her we felt comfortable & at ease. Deanna offered constant communication, professional & personalised advice. She was fun, modern & honest, and felt like family on our wedding day. Highly professional & highly recommended.

How lucky are we to have had Deanna as our celebrant.Deanna went above and beyond to make our day perfect, and we honestly cannot thank her enough. She was professional, kind, accomodating, a breath of fresh air on a day where things change sporadically. We would recommend her over and over.11/10!!

Deanna is very professional, authentic and personable- she’ll make you feel comfortable and at ease with her beautiful nature, warm personality and wicked sense of humor.

When Deanna married both Tracey and I on Long Island resort nearly 13 years ago , we could not have asked for a more professional and well presented person to oversee our marriage vows We are both indebted to her as a person and a professional and would highly recommend her to any aspiring brides and grooms out there considering on taking their vows

Bill Gilmore 31/03/2023

I have worked with Deanna at our wedding venue since 2011 and her professionalism is faultless. Deanna’s ceremonies exude heart felt warmth and joy with happy tears and laughter often emanating from the gathering. Whilst also being impeccably presented, her calm and unflappable demeanour provides reassurance for even the most nervous of couples. One thing I have personally recognised, is Deanna’s friendly interaction which makes each guest feel as though they are very much part of the ceremony.

Tanya Watts 31/03/2023

Highly recommend Deanna as a celebrant.

Hedley Heale 30/03/2023

We used Deanna for our wedding back in 2012. She was amazing, funny, accommodating and just a genuinely lovely person. Highly recommend and will definitely use her for my next wedding!

We cannot thank Deanna enough for our beautiful day. Deanna took the time to make our ceremony so special. Not only was Deanna warm and caring but she was beautifully presented and spoke so well. It was a lovely ceremony and we received nice feedback from our guests about how warm and welcoming Deanna was. Thank you from Mick and Adele

Adele Smith 03/01/2023

We had Deanna as our celebrant and I must say that I could not have had a better ceremony! Deanna is such a beautiful, kind and well spoken celebrant and I felt very connected to our ceremony and remember it as such a beautiful part of our wedding day. Chosing a celebrant is very important as you should feel comfortable with them at the main part of the day and I couldn’t have been more comfortable with her during the planning and on the day.THANK YOU DEANNA! Xx

Deanna was exceptional! Deanna made the ceremony planning process so easy and worked with us to get a style we were looking for. She was so professional and well spoken, and the ceremony ran smoothly. Every easy to talk with and nothing is any trouble including getting your vows done at the last minute! Highly recommend Deanna!!

Holy Moly! You haven't met a wedding celebrant until you have met Deanna! Deadset the nicest person that actually cares about your wedding, her personality is next level and soooo professional.I had zero clue what I was doing in terms of weddings but Deanna made EVERYTHING flow, gave us fresh ideas to use, made sure I knew what to do & say also what not to say in my vows haha (foot in mouth stuff) and made me a comfortable and confident groom in the process!She is so calm and knows how to welcome all our guests to ensure they feel included with her well spoken words and effortless presentation.Deanna, from the bottom of my heart & Erin's heart we thank you for making our day that extra special. We couldn't have had the magical day we had without Deanna and her support.

Deanna was lovely, professional and helpful every step of the way! The day went very smoothly. She is an excellent celebrant.

Alex T 06/09/2022

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