The skies cleared and the beautiful view of vineyard and sea made a stunning backdrop for Ravi and Liesa’s wedding at the Red hill Estate on the Mornington Peninsula.
Melbourne Marriage Celebrant
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I am a university-trained and federally registered Melbourne marriage celebrant with over 15 years experience in performing weddings, marriages, commitment ceremonies, renewal of vows, baby-naming and special occasions.
My personality is warm, natural and young at heart. I will listen to you, plan with you and together we can create a ceremony that is just what you want it to be. My training and experience have given me a deep knowledge of the importance of ritual and ceremony in our lives.
Please have a look around my website – I hope you decide that I am the marriage celebrant for you! If you would like to discuss anything at all, don’t hesitate to contact me.
“Rosemary Salvaris was amazing from the start. After meeting with a bunch of other celebrants, what we really loved about Rosemary was how warm and genuine she was. We were sooo happy with our decision to use Rosemary as our celebrant! She was reliable, responsive and just delightful. She wrote us such a beautiful ceremony which was exactly fitting with what we wanted and our requirements. Our wedding was a mix of our two cultures and Rosemary was very flexible and helpful in blending these in a perfect ceremony. On the day she was fantastic too!! So reassuring and calming. We would 100% recommend her to everyone!! Thank you Rosemary for making our day so special!!!”
“Rosemary was fantastic! She created such a special day for us! She was always so kind, with her beaming smile. It is good to work with someone who knows what they are doing. It is GREAT to work with someone who seems like she is genuinely enjoying herself as she does so 😊 Would absolutely get married by her again (but hope not to be a return customer)”
“It was an absolute delight having Rosemary as our celebrant. We had wanted a dignified yet personal ceremony, and it was exactly what we desired. Rosemary was professional, knowledgeable, open and warm. We received many comments from family and friends throughout the night about how wonderful our celebrant was. Thank you Rosemary for helping make our dream day perfect.”
Your first question might be, “Do I want this person to be my marriage celebrant?” So, here’s some information about me myself to give you an idea of what I am like. I hope that the stories, photographs, and testimonials on my site will give you the best impression of me, but you might also be interested in what motivates and qualifies a person to become a celebrant, so that is what I have tried to address here.
I have two adult children and have been happily married for over fifty years, and I’ve lived in Melbourne my whole life. I have retired from my career in education which spanned over forty years. This has given me vast experience in event organisation and planning, public speaking, and most importantly experience with people.
I am a qualified and professional person. I hold a Bachelor of Arts degree and a Diploma of Education from Melbourne University, and a Graduate Diploma of Civil Celebrancy from Monash University. My studies, which took several years, have given me a much more thorough education than the short TAFE course offers which is what most celebrants have.
Becoming a marriage celebrant in my retirement was a natural choice for me. I have a warm, friendly personality; a lively sense of humour and a realistic understanding of human nature. I am calm and relaxed and extremely well-organised. I decided to become a celebrant years before retiring from my career in education.
The most important thing people know about me, is that they can rely on me and trust me. My goal is to be one of the most professional, sincere and fun marriage celebrants Melbourne has to offer. I am sure that I can help you develop the right ceremony for you and rest assured I will always put your needs and wishes first.
If you would like to know anything else about me, please don’t hesitate to ask.
“Rosemary was absolutely wonderful. She listened to everything we talked about and carefully and thoughtfully adapted it into our ceremony. We adapted the ceremony into a very relaxed but still very moving event and Rosemary was with us every step of the way. So many people commented how great she was, and we felt supported and guided by her during our nervous time before. Thank you Rosemary for helping us create such a special day and being an integral part of it. We highly recommend Rosemary if you’re a legend and want a legendary celebrant!”
“Rosemary helped guide us and was so kind and thoughtful. I have no idea how we would have managed without her. She listened to our vision and really helped us make the day so special. I will always be in her debt.”
“Thank you Rosemary for such a warm, personal and fun filled ceremony! All our guests kept telling us how wonderful our ceremony was – and different from the usual, monotonous ceremonies. Mark and I especially loved that you included our son Liam as part of the ceremony too. Thank you once again for a day we will never ever forget xxx”
Andrina De Fry
Imagine the guests’ surprise when the groomsmen produced a trestle, log and handsaw for a German wedding ritual called a Baumstamm Sägen. By working together to saw the log, the couple show how…
“We really appreciate having had Rosemary as the celebrant for our wedding. Rosemary’s kind, sincere, and engaging nature helped everyone to enjoy the smoothly run ceremony she prepared for us. We recommend Rosemary to anyone who wants to have an excellent wedding.”
“Rosemary was gentle and pleasant woman to deal with. She was very welcoming to us. We really appreciate her time and effort.”
Selorm Kwame Leh
“Rosemary was fantastic. Such a personal touch with a great understanding of what we wanted and a respect for the occasion. We loved her from our first meeting and were thrilled with her work on the day. Highly recommend.”
Your wedding is special and unique! Naturally, you feel excited, but maybe also a little overwhelmed! You want your ceremony to be meaningful, dignified, joyous, memorable and fun – all at the same time!
You know what you don’t want, but you may feel less certain about how to express the emotions and significance you do feel. This is where I can really help you. I love to work with couples to develop a marriage ceremony that is personal and the “right” style just for you – whether relaxed and simple; traditional and formal; or even a bit “out there”!
Here are the 6 steps that I will take you through to develop your wedding ceremony:
And of course if you have any questions please feel free to ask.
“My husband and I are so grateful to have found Rosemary as she made our wedding day special and supported us along the way. Rosemary was kind and generous with her words and time and we both valued her guidance and experience. Her speech and the story she created for our wedding was personal, funny and romantic – reflecting our personalities and individual journey. We could not have been happier with the experience and would definitely recommend her services. Thank you Rosemary for making our day so incredible enjoyable and memorable.”
“Rosemary was such a great celebrant to my husband and me. She was extremely communicative, organised and friendly throughout the process, and put together a lovely and moving speech about us on the day. She is also progressive (supportive of LGBTQI) and culturally aware (such that she was able to tailor her service to recognise my husband and my cultural religions/traditions). Thank you Rosemary for being a great Celebrant.”
“My wife and I were very delighted to have Rosemary officiate our ceremony on such a memorable day. Rosemary was very kind and helpful, she helped us every step of the way.”
These are some answers to questions I am often asked, especially in relation to weddings. I hope you find my answers helpful. I have included links to other sources of information where it seems appropriate.
From early December 2017, marriage equality became part of Australian law, which means that the right to marry will no longer be determined by sex or gender. I have updated this FAQ section to reflect the changes to the marriage ceremony and the forms that are required.
Q: We have been to weddings which have included some lovely symbolic rituals, such as hand fasting, ring warming, pouring coloured sands and lighting a marriage candle, just to name a few. We would love to have a ritual in our wedding. Could you explain the meaning behind them and how you include them in the ceremony
Q: I am hoping to bring my future partner to Australia so we can get married. We are working through the process of getting a Prospective Marriage Visa and have been told we need to get a letter from a marriage celebrant and complete a Notice of Intended Marriage. Is this correct and where do we start?
NOTE: This is an active page and I will update it with further questions in the future. Please contact me with any queries.
“Rosemary was a wonderful celebrant for myself and my husband! She was so kind and generous with her words and time and we really felt supported by her. She created a wonderful romantic story for our wedding and was attentive in keeping us on track with what we needed to do. She really was wonderful and I highly recommend her. Thanks Rosemary for being such an important part of this incredible day :)”
“We were delighted to have Rosemary as our celebrant for our wedding @RACV City Club library. Her care and thoughtfulness in preparing a warm and memorable ceremony for us was greatly appreciated. Our guests also commented on how lovely the ceremony was delivered. Rosemary is extremely well organised and professional and we highly recommend her to anyone preparing for their special day. Thank you Rosemary!”
“Thank you so much, Rosemary, for officiating at our very special union on the weekend. Your warmth, humour and sincerity made our wedding day a very memorable occasion. We could not have wished for a more perfect celebrant. We will always remember with fondness the part you played in evoking such emotion from our guests. Our heartfelt thanks to you!”
Please contact me with any queries you have by phone, email, Facebook or the contact form below. I will do my utmost best to reply promptly.