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Best Wedding Venues Melbourne

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A few of Karine Hart’s favourites…

As a Marriage Celebrant, I quite often get asked where the best or where my favourite wedding venues are in Melbourne… So, here are some of my favourites  (in no particular order), where I enjoy officiating marriages. There are so many options in Melbourne and these are just a few I enjoy visiting, including areas in bayside, and the Dandenong Ranges.


Brighton Savoy

I have worked here a few times over the years and simply love The Brighton Savoy. Depending on your guest numbers and the availability, there are various locations to choose to have your ceremony within this bayside venue, such as the Gala Atrium, Wellington Room or the Seaview Courtyard. You can then pop across the road if you like and have some beach photos taken before enjoying your wedding reception with delicious food options! Accommodation is also available.

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Photo credit 1 & 2 | Rosa Photography

Photo credit 3 & 4 | Passion8 Photography


Sails on the Bay

In beautiful bayside Elwood, Sails on the Bay is great for those wanting a beach vibe wedding, whilst being sheltered from the elements. It’s on the foreshore in Elwood and the terrace space and the private dining room are beautiful and light filled so capturing great memories is a breeze. With the option of easily heading onto the beach front before your wedding reception begins (and perhaps at sunset), you’ll have no shortage of awesome photos of your special day!
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sails on the bay wedding

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Photo credit 1 & 2 | White Canvas Photography


Tatra Receptions

I really enjoy working in the Dandenong Ranges and Tatra Receptions is perfect for those wanting a secluded spot to host their wedding. With the option of outdoor area (the cupola) or the chapel with floor to ceiling windows, it’s a perfect spot no matter what season it is!  The cozy Ballroom features stunning views of the gardens, for everyone to enjoy during the reception. Accommodation is also available.

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Tatra Wedding

Photo credit 1 | White Canvas Photography


Marybrooke Manor

This lovely venue situated near Sherbrooke Forest has the option of a sunken garden which has a lot of character. With an old-English style vibe, Marybrooke Manor is an option for those wanting a traditional wedding and even has a wine garden where your guests can enjoy pre dinner drinks! The gardens are beautifully manicured and look wonderful no matter what the season is. Accommodation is also available.

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Old Cheese Factory Berwick

A lovely historic venue in Berwick with a story to tell! The Old Cheese Factory is perfect for those wanting a relaxed vibe on their big day. The gardens are cheery and colourful and you have the option of using the indoor chapel in case of inclement weather. The photo opportunities are endless here with the historic buildings and the ceremony set up  is always proficient. Reception options can include Marquee (or even Tipi Hire!)

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I hope you enjoyed reading a bit about some of my favourite wedding venues in and around Melbourne! If you would like to discuss your wedding ceremony with me, please don’t hesitate to be in touch! I look forward to hearing from you!


Karine Hart | Marriage Celebrant

How do I change my name once married?

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How do I change my name once married?

A question that I get asked very often is “how do I change my name once married?”

This is answered in detail at our first meeting. Here is a quick and easy explanation for you.

On the wedding day after the ceremony, we sign 3 certificates (the Official Certificate of Marriage, my Register and a Keepsake Certificate).

After the ceremony, I present you with the keepsake certificate. As you cannot use this certificate as evidence to change your name, you may choose to frame it and put it somewhere special.

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After the wedding day, I will submit your paperwork to Births, Deaths & Marriages of Victoria which includes the Official Certificate of Marriage.

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As I submit the information online also, I can keep track of the registration and advise when your marriage has been officially registered. (Generally allow 4 – 8 weeks).

I will send you the link so you can then order your Official Certificate of Marriage.

You can use a standard marriage certificate as proof of your wedding for official purposes, such as changing your name on a passport or driver licence.

BDM can only issue a marriage certificate once the marriage is registered in Victoria.

Once you receive the Official Certificate of Marriage, you are then able to use this as evidence of your marriage and request the name change.

In a nutshell, once you are married and the marriage is registered, it is legally recognised. It is up to you to order your certificate to then have your name changed to your new married name.

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It is a personal choice to change your name once you are married and there is no obligation to do so.

I hope that has answered the question of “how do I change my name once married”.

If you need clarification, please don’t hesitate to contact me!

Scott and Megan’s wedding at The Brighton Savoy

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Scott and Megan’s wedding at The Brighton Savoy

Scott and Megan…. so much fun is pretty much them in a nutshell! Our meetings included a lot of laughter and it was no surprise to see their light hearted theme come together so well in the Wellington Room at the Brighton Savoy.
Before we started, I had to get a token selfie with the groom!
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It was a rainy January day but it didn’t deter anyone from enjoying themselves in the indoor comfort of the venue.

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Comfort was a big factor in shoe wear also with the boys wearing Vans and Megan wearing her yellow converse!
DJ Bruce Harrison also created this awesome light feature for the day…
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Beautiful flower arrangements were created by Scott’s Aunt.

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Both Scott and Megan wrote their own heartfelt vows.
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We included a sand ceremony using blue and red to match their fun superman theme!

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Before the ceremony ended, I had the pleasure of reading one of my favourite Dr Seuss quotes:-

“We’re all a little weird. And life is a little weird. And when we find someone whose weirdness is compatible with ours, we join up with them and fall into mutually satisfying weirdness—and call it love—true love.”

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“Married life is good .
Thanks for everything , for being a calm force. It was a wonderful ceremony I can’t speak more highly about you. All the guests were chatting about our quirky, wonderful celebration and our service all night.
Thanks so much!
Hope u like the photos I really love the one of u and Scott taking selfies.
Thanks Megan and Scott”

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Thank you to Scott and Megan for being a great couple to work with and for choosing me as their marriage celebrant!


Cake by Nikos
Flowers by Scott’s Aunty Carol
Hair by Kimberley Kinsella-Nye
Makeup by Isabelle Branchflower
Photos by Recalcictrant

Chris & Angie’s Melbourne Wedding at Red Scooter

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Chris & Angie’s Melbourne Wedding at Red Scooter

Chris & Angie’s Melbourne Wedding at Red Scooter

Chris and Angie were keen to have an easy going time in the lead up to their wedding day. We made sure that there were always laughs and fun during our meetings, knowing that their Melbourne wedding would soon arrive and be a festive celebration!

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Chris and Angie chose to celebrate their Melbourne Wedding at the eclectic Red Scooter in Balaclava and the atmosphere was truly lively!

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As Angie walked down the aisle in her beautifully designed knee length dress, made by her mother Sonia, she was cheered on by the guests and had a smile from ear to ear!

In one word, the ceremony was FUN! We shared lots of different emotions and it was great to have a variety of elements throughout the service. Most importantly, adding their ‘bit of history‘ proved to add a great light hearted feel amongst everyone.

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“Decked out in tracksuit pants, watching the Simpsons and eating left over Chinese, they talked about their future together…..”

“Angie and Chris complement each other well… on one hand, Angie is super organised and loves doing cultural activities, whilst on the other hand, Chris is slightly disorganised and loves the adventurous side in life”

Chris and Angie chose to have the wonderfully talented Darin Collison to photograph memories, and Stu and Beth from Stu Art Video Productions were there to capture the emotion of the day with videography.

Before the formalities concluded, Chris and Angie chose this great quote by Albert Einstein:

“Gravitation cannot be held responsible for people falling in love. How on earth can it explain in terms of chemistry and physics so important a biological phenomenon as first love? Put your hand on a stove for a minute and it seems like an hour. Sit with that special girl for an hour and it seems like a minute. That is relativity.”

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Thank you to Chris and Angie for choosing me as their Melbourne Marriage Celebrant!

Karine Hart | Marriage Celebrant

“Hi Karine. Thank you for being our celebrant! We are so lucky that we had you as part of our day. You understood us from the start and made sure we had an amazing time. Much love xxx” Angie & Chris 09/11/14

Photo credit | Stu Art Video Productions (frame grabs)


White Rabbit Productions | Wedding Photography Melbourne

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White Rabbit Productions | Wedding Photography Melbourne

Wedding Photography Melbourne | White Rabbit Productions

I invited Joel and Chloe from White Rabbit Productions, to chat a bit about their wedding photography Melbourne….

White Rabbit Productions is Joel Noon and Chloe Carbines, a team of two professional photographers based in Elwood.
Photographing weddings gives us a wonderful opportunity to be part of your day, and provide you with beautiful, natural photographs that will remind you of how special that day was. That’s why we love our job!
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We are a team of two professional photographers who live and breathe photography and weddings, and who love the stunning scenery of the Melbourne. Whether its a wedding in the city, by the beach or out in the Yarra Valley our knowledge of the areas  allows us to take you to the best locations and create beautiful imagery. And yes, you get both of us on your day for even more photographic coverage.
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Our professional yet easygoing manner ensures your wedding will run as smoothly as possible. We capture the moments of your wedding day as the events unfold, in a natural style.

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We would love to hear about your wedding plans and be part of your day!

Joel & Chloe at White Rabbit Productions

Melbourne Wedding of Becca & Wade

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Melbourne Wedding of Becca & Wade

Melbourne Wedding of Becca & Wade

I had so much fun working with Becca and Wade in the lead up to and on their wedding day!
As I was the celebrant for Becca’s sister, it was really lovely to be a part of the family celebrations once more.
Becca and Wade chose to have their Melbourne Wedding at Beau Monde International.

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During the asking, I started asking Wade if he would take Becca to be his lawfully wedded wife and before I could finish my sentence, he was quick to reply “I Do”!!!

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Not surprisingly, this made all the guests (including myself) laugh out loud and the relaxed atmosphere was just perfect for this celebration.  The ‘I do’s” continued for a little while before they exchanged their vows…
After the ring ceremony, Becca and Wade performed the unity sand ceremony in matching theme colours of passion (purple) and midnight (black), provided by Jacki from Candles for Ceremonies & Celebrations.

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After the ceremony, it was great to be invited in a few photos taken by Mark Teague Photography! Mark and I have worked together a few times over the years and it is always fun and fuss free working alongside him.

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So… another lovely couple tied the knot over the weekend and I feel truly privileged to have seen the family again and be involved in such a special moment in their lives.

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I wish Wade and Becca all the very best and thank them for choosing me as their celebrant for the Melbourne Wedding.

Karine Hart | Marriage Celebrant


Tim & Lara’s wedding at The National Rhododendron Gardens in Olinda


Tim & Lara’s wedding at The National Rhododendron Gardens in Olinda

Tim and Lara met with me last year to discuss their upcoming wedding for 18th October 2014 . Straight away, I could see there was lots of humour, fun and great vibe between them both.

When we caught up to discuss their ceremony preferences, I was really happy to hear their story of how they met and their relationship developing, before an unforgettable proposal 9 years on… This was going to form part of their personalised ceremony and their big day soon came around.

Their ceremony was held in the Camellia Garden of The National Rhododendron Gardens in Olinda in the Dandenong Ranges. My husband Jason came along and captured the fun of it all!

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“After years of enduring burger rings and cheezels as an ‘engagement ring’, Lara was excited to have the real deal and made it facebook official before calling everyone.”

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Tim and Lara read out their personal vows… Both of which were truly heartfelt with a bit of added humour (of course!)

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“I promise to keep you guessing so you never get bored but I can’t promise I won’t do something dumb from time to time…”

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“With you I have learned to take it slow, although I could have dealt with getting to the alter a little faster…”

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Tim’s best man Grant then bought the rings forward…. upon opening the box, Lara’s ring fell out and, you guessed it, the laughs continued on…. and on…. and on.

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A bit of video footage was taken of this too… stay tuned for that!

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Luckily the ring was quickly spotted in the grass and Tim was able to eventually wipe his tears of laughter away to continue. Needless to say, it was truly an unforgettable moment.

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A unity sand ceremony followed before Tim was able to seal the deal by kissing his beautiful bride Lara (along with giving her a couple of token bum squeezes.)

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Tim and Lara enjoyed the whole process of developing their ceremony to suit their down to earth and easy going nature and I had so much fun with them both!

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If you are looking for a relaxed process in the lead up to and on your wedding day, please don’t hesitate to contact me!

Makeup by | Jessie E Makeup & Beauty Design

Transport by | Kombi Love

Bride’s dress by | Bernadette Pimenta Couture


Marriage Celebrant in Melbourne

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Marriage Celebrant in Melbourne

Marriage Celebrant in Melbourne

As a marriage celebrant in Melbourne, I have had the privilege of marrying couples since being registered in 2008. With comprehensive information provided during our first meeting, you will be able to enjoy the experience without any stress.

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I offer a friendly, easy going and fun service so you can enjoy the time leading up to your wedding day. Your family and friends can also enjoy the atmosphere by experiencing a lively ceremony before the festivities begin at your reception.

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The options for your wedding day are endless as are the options for your ceremony. Together, we can create a ceremony that truly reflects who you are as a couple. I take the time to develop a draft that is to your liking so that there are no surprises on your wedding day!

Your ceremony will set the mood for the day, so if you are looking at having a fuss free and relaxed experience, please don’t hesitate to contact me as your marriage celebrant in Melbourne!

For further information on how it works, please click here.

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I look forward to hearing from you!

Karine Hart | Marriage Celebrant


Photo 1 credit | Enhance Photography Studios

Photo 2 credit | Rosa Photography

Photo 3 credit | Karina Jade Photography

Bayside Wedding Group bridal expo

Bayside Wedding Group Bridal Expo

I had a lot of fun at the bayside wedding group bridal expo which was held at The Brighton Savoy on 14th September.

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Along with giving away chocolate packs, one lucky bride was going to be the owner of a funky geo candle holder with everything in it valued at over $400!

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As the day went on, it was lovely meeting so many couples and having a friendly chat with them all about my services.

The 40 plus vendors had lots of fun as the atmosphere was very friendly and relaxed. Couples were treated to cake tastings, dancing, music, coffees and were able to look at bespoke dress design, suit options, jewellery, decorating ideas for their big day plus much more!

That following week, I met with Amanda and Dwayne who are organising their Brighton Savoy wedding and were super happy to be the winners of my prize!

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If you are looking for friendly and experienced wedding suppliers for your wedding day, please head over to Bayside Wedding Group!

The Bayside Wedding Group are committed and trusted suppliers who cater for weddings throughout Melbourne Victoria.

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Photo credit | Enhance Photography Studios

Ben and Aislin’s Autumn Wedding at Royal Botanic Gardens

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Ben and Aislin’s Autumn Wedding at Royal Botanic Gardens

Ben & Aislin were married at Picnic Point at the Royal Botanic Gardens in May 2014.

Their fitting theme they described to me was ‘autumn colours’. I was excited to see it all come together, as like myself, they love the colour orange!

Wanting a relaxed and informal ceremony, I knew I would be able to help them. We had a great time catching up with each other in the lead up to the wedding day, and I knew it was going to be a wonderful occasion for everyone involved!

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The day came and we were lucky that it was a perfect autumn day with no rain in site! Peter and Denise from The Wedding Zone arrived to style and transform the site into an even more beautiful ceremony spot.

Guests arrived, followed by Ben and his best man Tom. The atmosphere was relaxed and it wasn’t long before we could see the girls arriving.

As they entered to a lovely version of Canon in D, there were a lot of ‘wows’ in the crowd. Along with Aislin, who was a stunning bride, she had her four sisters as the bridesmaids and as they were in different autumn leaf shades, the effect was gorgeous!

Sharing their love story of ten years proved to be quite fun. Guests were treated to hearing the story of the proposal and what they look forward to once married…..

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Ben and Aislin wrote their own vows which included lots of emotion as well as a bit of cheekiness!

Here are part of Ben’s :-

To kiss you goodnight and warm your hands when they’re cold

To feed the cats if you get home late…mainly because they won’t stop hassling me until I do.

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Here are part of Aislin’s:-

I promise to care for you and protect you as you care for and protect me in return.

I promise to always laugh at your jokes, even after hearing them for the tenth time.

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Their service included a sand ceremony and three readings by family members.

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Before we knew it, it was time for Ben to kiss his new bride and sign the register to one of their favourite songs “Distant Sun” by Crowded House.

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Since meeting Ben and Aislin a couple of years ago, I’ve really enjoyed getting to know them better and it’s been great seeing them after their wedding and honeymoon as a happily married couple.

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I wish them all the very best and thank them for choosing me as their celebrant!

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Photos by the lovely Andrea from White Canvas Photography