Cheryl Forbes

Marriage Celebrant & Master Celebrations

"Wow you really listened to us!"

That's my favourite response when I email the first draft of a wedding ceremony to a couple for feedback. Until I hear back, I'm as nervous as I would be if I'd submitted an exam for marking, because it really matters to me that you love it every aspect of your ceremony.

For the couples I marry starting their new life together, surrounded by people they love, in a ceremony that's all about them, is a priority.

After getting to know a couple so intimately during the planning of the ceremony I love to tell their story to the guests. Even though many people there know parts of it they usually manage to learn something new & maybe a bit quirky about them. The look of joy on the couples faces as their story is told and the interaction from their guests, often including some heckling, is priceless.

I love being a celebrant!

As a Marriage Celebrant, people describe me as fun, organized, caring, empathetic, perceptive and adaptable to any situation with the ability to use the right amount of energy at the appropriate time and to bring a sense of quiet and calm when needed.

I'm based in Newcastle & service Newcastle, The Hunter Valley, Port Stephens & beyond.

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Starting from $650

Many of us have dreamed of our wedding day our whole lives. You’ve now found your perfect partner, what does your dream wedding look like?

Is it on a beach? A mountain top? A garden? On the water? Indoors? Jumping from a plane?

Does it have traditional or religious components or would you prefer a purely civil wedding ceremony?

Will there be guests to help you celebrate? Or will it be intimate with just you and your witnesses?

As your Marriage Celebrant I’ll work with you to make sure all of your dreams come true. Leading up to the happiest day of your life, there seems to be so much to do. I love being a wedding celebrant, so please don’t worry, I’ll ensure that the process of creating your ceremony will be a joyous experience!

Working with you, I’ll create a ceremony that is exclusively for you and all about you.

Starting from $650

Whether your after a registry style legals only ceremony, a short & sweet ceremony or something more tailored I'll be happy to discuss your vision.

Starting from $750

All those years ago you made a promise to each other to live and love together. What better way is there to affirm that your love is still as strong than with a renewal of vows?

When renewing vows, many couples renew wedding vows previously made and add new promises for the bright future stretching out ahead. Others start again with new promises, new hopes.

As you renew your vows you may invite people who are special to you to take part in your ceremony such as your children, grandchildren, original wedding guests and of course newer friends you have made throughout the years.

Your Renewal of Vows ceremony can be exactly as you dream it, as simple or as extravagant as your imagination. Because it’s your day and all about you I’ll write a special & individual vow renewal ceremony.

Starting from $650

A declaration of love! What could be more romantic?

A Commitment Ceremony can provide the perfect platform to declare your love, publicly or privately to each other and can be the equivalent of a non-religious Wedding Ceremony.

It gives you the opportunity to tell the person you love what is in your heart and really, the only differences between Marriage Ceremonies and Commitment Ceremonies are the legal components of Marriage Ceremonies.

A Commitment Ceremony can be set in the most romantic of locations including your favourite beach, park, garden, reception venue, club or even your home. You may like to include children, friends or family to support you on this special day.

Starting from $450

It can be so hard to say goodbye.

Funeral services are time-honoured traditions that acknowledge and honour your loved one. A funeral provides the opportunity to acknowledge that life and to say goodbye. It is an opportunity to share, to laugh, to cry. In whatever form it takes, it is an opportunity to show respect to the person who has passed, and to demonstrate support to those who are affected by the death.

The funeral honours the life of the person who has passed and can bring a level of comfort to those who are close. It is a great opportunity to share your loved one’s life experiences and also to learn about their life and times from others.

The Funeral Ceremony allows people to express and share their feelings. It often brings people together who may not have met for a while, to reflect on their memories. For many, the ceremony may be the final chapter of what may have been a time of great sadness, sometimes prolonged, and although that doesn’t finish on the day it may be the point where they return to a “new normal”.

For many people, funeral plans in the 21st century are a changing landscape. While some take comfort in the tradition of a church or a chapel, others are thinking differently & holding the ceremony in a location meaningful to them, such as in a garden, a park, a beach or a bushland setting. These ceremonies can feel more relaxed & offer varying opportunities to honour and celebrate a life as they often have no time constraints.

As your funeral celebrant my focus is to liaise with you to create a ceremony that has meaning, substance & dignity, and truly honours your loved ones life.

Working with a funeral director I can offer funeral assistance by planning a funeral for you & organising all of the funeral arrangements.


Thank you Cheryl for making our wedding the most beautiful day of our lives, from the bespoke hand fasting ceremony to the ceremony you tailored for us, It was truly fantastic. You made us feel comfortable from the day we sat down to talk about the wedding and on the day, we were so nervous, your kindness and humor helped us calm down. I couldn't thank you enough.

Naike & Alex

Thank you again for being a part of our special day. It was absolutely perfect. We have had many compliments on the ceremony and you. Everyone thought you were fantastic and they enjoyed the relaxed feel of the ceremony. You're rap was awesome and the way you were able to create a ceremony that was a direct representation of Stuart and myself is a true testament to you as a celebrant. Thank you again for everything we couldn't of done it without you!! We will definitely be recommending you where we can!!

Regards Amy

Cheryl is an amazing celebrant & I would highly recommend. She is very professional but also personable and cares about every detail. She helped us above and beyond her role, before and after the wedding. Cheryl wrote a beautiful ceremony and helped to make our day very special.


Cheryl was the celebrant at our wedding recently. She was very warm and made everyone feel at ease and welcome. She was very organised and professional, and had my husband , the wedding party and congregation feel at ease when I arrived 40 minutes late. The ceremony was relaxed whilst still being professional and the ceremony went very well. I would recommend Cheryl to anyone getting married. In fact, I already have done so to two other couples that I know are getting married later this year! Thank you very much Cheryl!!

Charmaine and Andrew

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