Weddings in South Australia are about to get better thanks to CelebrateLife! #Sponsors#australia#ceremony#lesbian#officiant October 12 | Megan Finley meganfinley This business paid a fee to be listed on @offbeatbride because they feel their products and services are a great fit with offbeat philosophies… and we agree. Learn more about our ads. Hey look! It's Merrilyn Williams officiating another pretty rad looking offbeat wedding! Recently Ariel and I were talking about how SUPER IMPORTANT a good wedding officiant/celebrant/whatever is to the feel of a wedding. You want someone articulate, someone who can project, someone who can wrangle a crowd, someone who wants that perfect balance between sacred and sanctimonious. And Merrilyn Williams, a really good civil marriage celebrant in South Australia, is that someone. How do we know she's good? Well, for one thing, she's already kicked-ass at a wedding we've featured: Kimberley and Dan's skulls and blue birds wedding, where she helped them create a powerful yet unique ceremony, much to their delight. And then there are things like this… "Most of my referrals are word of mouth. It's soooo rewarding (and head spinning!) when guests at a wedding approach me afterward and say, 'I recognised you straight away. You did (my friend's) wedding — it was great. It was soooo them!'" –Merrilyn Williams Through her celebrant service called CelebrateLife, Merrilyn works closely with all of her couples to ensure that their marriage ceremony truly celebrates their unique relationship — shared stories, fun, laughter, tears, lots of love and, of course, the very personal vows that come from the heart of each partner. On the CelebrateLife website, Merrilyn has a boat load of information about shaping your ceremony. Of great interest — especially for you OBBs — is the section called Dare to be Yourselves and also navigating the rough waters of same sex unions in AUS. All of that to say that CelebrateLife encourages you to be yourself on your wedding day. So if you're in South Australia repeat after me… no more boring marriage ceremonies! Reporter Name * Reporter Email * Original text Enter the original text here. Edited text* Enter your suggested copyedit here. Notes You can add a note for the editor here. * Required information. Fix Typo Megan Finley Megan Finley is the Associate Publisher and Editorial Overlord. When she's not slaving away for the Empire, she's sharing her dork side on her own blog. @meganfinley @meggyfin PREVIOUS The Lady Minions with their Barbie bouquets NEXT Tina & Nico's relaxed family wedding in a castle Toggle comments [ 3 ] I've been to one of Merrilyn's weddings! We were actually contemplating hiring her for our same-sex wedding when we found out we had a celebrant in the family. Definitely recommend Incidentally, finding vendors that are not only queer friendly but actively advertise their queer friendliness in SA is near impossible, thanks Merrilyn! Reply Merrilyn is officiating for us in about three weeks time (!) and she's been awesome helping with our ceremony preparation Reply Wow, amazing! I love the colours in that photo. Definitely doesn't look boring. Reply Join the conversation Cancel Reply Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Comment Notify me of follow-up comments by email. No-drama comment policy Part of what makes the Offbeat Empire different is our commitment to civil, constructive commenting. Make sure you're familiar with our no-drama comment policy. Biz owners & wedding bloggers Please just use your real name in your comment, not your business name or blog title. Our comments are not the place to pimp your website. If you want to promote your stuff on Offbeat Bride, join us as an advertiser instead.