Marlaine Nicholson-Smith

Address: 7/55-59 Parkview Road Russell Lea NSW 2046

Today's Opening Hours: By Appointment Only

Phone: 04192670...


About us

Affordable Weddings - from $350 - $550. Are you looking for a professional, down to earth celebrant? Well look no further, Marlaine is a full time celebrant available 7 days a week in any area of Sydney.

Marlaine is a down to earth,professionally trained commonwealth authorised civil marriage celebrant available 7 days a week forweddings, renewal of vows, commitments and baby name givings.

No matter whether your wedding is large, small, casual, on a beach, in your back yard oran elopement,...


Opening Hours

Monday:By Appointment Only
Tuesday:By Appointment Only
Wednesday:By Appointment Only
Thursday:By Appointment Only
Friday:By Appointment Only
Saturday:By Appointment Only
Sunday:By Appointment Only

Payment Options

  • Cash
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  • Mastercard
  • Eft
  • Direct Debit
  • Eftpos

Our Team

Marlaine Nicholson-Smith Marlaine Nicholson-Smith
Position: Owner/Operator
Year Joined: 0
Profile: Marlaine is a commonwealth authorised, professionally trained, civil marriage celebrant. She also conducts baby name givings, renewal of vows, commitment ceremonies and funeral services. Apart from being a celebrant, Marlaine has also run a successful hypnotherapy and natural therapy business since 2000. For many years Marlaine was a bookkeeper for a natural therapy assoiciation but received so much pleasure form being a celebrant that she decided to work full-time for herself in 2008.


Can we still get married if we have no birth certificates?

Anyone born in Australia must obtain a copy of their birth certificate from Births, Deaths and Marriages. If you were born overseas and do not have or cannot obtain a copy of your birth certificate, your overseas passport will suffice. If you do not have an overseas passport or birth certificate, and cannot obtain one, I can complete a Commonwealth Statutory Declaration for you.

Do you do weddings anywhere?

Yes, within reason. I am not as young as I used to be so won't climb down cliffs or go to areas that are hard to access! Also, i am no longer available for weddings on beaches or boats in the harbour. My fees cover travel anywhere in Sydney within 50kms of my home/office in Russell Lea, so that is a pretty wide area. Wedding Package #3 covers travel within 40kms of my home/office only.

How old do we have to be to get married?

Australian law requires the person to be 18 years to be married. A court order and permission from your parents is required if you are under the leagal age.

Do we have to pay a fee to be married on a beach or park?

Some councils only charge if there are over 50 people at the wedding, whilst others charge for any amount of people. The  Royal Botanic Gardens and privately owned gardens do charge a fee. It is advisable to check with the council.

What documents do we need to show you?

If you were born in Australia - an original or extract birth certificate. If you were born overseas - a birth certificate or overseas passport. If you do not have a birth certificate from your country of origin and are unable to obtaine one, I can complete a Commonwealth Statutory Declaration for you. If either of you have been married before - a certificate of divorce, annulment or death certificate. All documents must be originals or extracts, photocopies and laminted documents are not accepted. Documents in other languages must be officially translated.

Are there any hidden charges in your fees?

My fee includes all legal documentation including letters for visa applications, registering the marriage on-line and sending the paperwork to Births, Deaths and Marriages, the official marriage certificate, creating the ceremony, all travel to interviews, rehearsal and venue for the wedding (within 50kms of my office), providing a covered signing table, chair and *red carpet (*depending on wedding package). The only other cost is to BDM for the standard marriage certificate, which is required if you wish to change your name or for visa applications.

How soon can we get married

The notice of intended marriage has to be completed, witnessed and lodged with the celebrant one month before you can get married. I can provide the notice for you. In special circumstances a shortening of time is available from local court houses, but you must fit into their categories. Please contact me for more information.


Please note that the following testimonials are collected, supplied and maintained by Marlaine Nicholson-Smith.

Marlaine Nicholson-Smith
"Marlaine, thank you very much for all your help with the ceremony, everything worked out perfectly. We wanted it to be special and stress free, but most importantly us. It was exactly that. You have a keen ability to figure out what people want and need and you deliver it well. Many of our guests commented that it was the best wedding they had ever been to, with beautiful readings and good humour to lighten the mood. All of our ideas came from you, so thank you."
Danielle & David from Narrabeen Lakes , 5 November, 2010
Marlaine Nicholson-Smith
"Thank you very much for everything, you are a lovely person and you were very professional with all aspects of our ceremony. It was also nice that you have followed through to help us with the marriage certificate."
Carley & Brent from Balmoral Beach , 5 November, 2010
Marlaine Nicholson-Smith
"Thanks for making our day a very special one. Everyone there commented on how lovely the ceremony was and how different it was from the traditional one. Thanks again very much."
Robert & Deidre from Kingswood , 5 November, 2010
Marlaine Nicholson-Smith
"Marlaine was the best celebrant, she went above and beyond, to make our day the happiest of our lives. Thank you so very much, we would not hesitate to recommend you to anyone."
Milo & Tracy from Stanwell Beach , 5 November, 2010
Marlaine Nicholson-Smith
"Thank you so much for a great ceremony yesterday. It felt like you were the wedding fairy, that breezed in, married us and slipped away. So thank you again. We had a fabulous day and I love that you made the booklet as a keepsake, I will treasure it."
Patrick & Belinda from Woollahra , 5 November, 2010
Marlaine Nicholson-Smith
"Marlaine thank you for being involved in our special day. We had a wonderful time and I will recommend you to my future brides."
Jessica & Franco - Angelic Events from Royal Botanic Gardens , 5 November, 2010
Marlaine Nicholson-Smith
"Marlaine, our guests and us included believe that our wedding was the best they have ever been to. They all commented on how gentle, sincere and professional you were, and how unforgettable the ceremony was. Thank you for making our day memorable."
Brett & Catherine from Bicentennial Park, Homebush Bay , 5 November, 2010
Marlaine Nicholson-Smith
"The wedding ceremony went perfectly and the family members were all very impressed with the ceremony. You were calm (which helped us a lot to stay calm). You made many suggestions to us that made the ceremony even better and more meaningful. We also loved the booklet that you have put together for us. Thank you."
Marios & Patricia from Curzon Hall, Marsfield , 5 November, 2010
Marlaine Nicholson-Smith
"We would like to thank Marlaine for her professional and friendly service. It was a very special and meaningful day for us and our families, and I am glad and happy that I have chosen Marlaine to be our celebrant. She was very helpful in many ways, takes her job seriously and is very passionate about what she does. I like the ceremony gift pack that she made for us so that we can remember the day, and the reading cards that were beautifully made for us to keep. Thank you once again Marlaine for your brilliant service, we would not hesitate to recommend you to any of our family and friends."
Adam & Jue Jue from Auburn Botanical Gardens , 5 November, 2010
Marlaine Nicholson-Smith
"Marlaine was wonderful and anticipated all our needs. She was warm, spoke well and put together a lovely ceremony. All our guests commented on the qualities of warmth and tone of her work. I would highly recommend Marlaine."
Megan's Name Giving Ceremony from Leichhardt , 5 November, 2010
Marlaine Nicholson-Smith
"Marlaine thank you for making our day so special! What you did went beyond our expectations. We felt very lucky to have you marry us and are more than happy for you to call on us for references."
Sally and Adrian from Balmain , 5 November, 2010


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