Testimonials – what people say

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Thank you for coming to my web page.  I have retired as a Marriage Celebrant.

1297-Eloise-&-Julien-Althea-Hurwood-Civil-Marriage-Celebrant-BrisbaneThank you for your help & support.  Your guidance, availability & flexibility helped us create a tailored ceremony that we both felt reflected us perfectly. Being in such good hands helped to relieve the pressure on the day, so we both were able to live in the moment.  Several of our guests commented on your warmth & professionalism, both qualities we noticed as early as our initial conversations with you. Thank you for helping us prepare a ceremony we will never forget.  Eloise & Julien

1289-Virginie-&-Paul-Althea-Hurwood-Civil-Marriage-Celebrant-BrisbaneYou made our ceremony absolutely effortless for us – it was precisely what we wanted. Love from both of us.  Virginie & Paul


1312-Alice-&-Theo-Althea-Hurwood-Civil-Marriage-Celebrant-BrisbaneThank you Althea for the beautiful ceremony.  Alice & Theo



1215-Georgia-&-Caleb-Althea-Hurwood-Civil-Marriage-Celebrant-BrisbaneThank you for making our wedding just that extra bit more special.  You did a wonderful job.  Georgia & Caleb


1286-Michelle-&-Nick-Althea-Hurwood-Civil-Marriage-Celebrant-BrisbaneOur wedding was absolutely perfect & a large part of this was thanks to your service!  Thank you so much.  Michelle & Nick


1077-Antoinette-&-Maher-Althea-Hurwood-Civil-Marriage-Celebrant-BrisbaneDearest Althea, How can we thank you?  You were integral to our wedding day and making it the wonderful day that it was.  Your professionalism, experience and enthusiasm shone through from the moment we met you to communication right up until the wedding day.  You helped us prepare a ceremony that we loved and that our guests commented on over and over.  Your confidence and encouragement to prepare early enabled us to be confident that the day would go smoothly.

We really appreciated you taking the time to do a run through with us a couple of days before the wedding, to be able to be guided through what to do, what to expect and how you were going to run things ensured that the ceremony was totally seamless.

All the little touches didn’t go unnoticed either, we loved that you wore colours to compliment our theme, that you were always on top of the paperwork required, that you communicatied efficiently and with warmth and that you were genuinely interested in our story and making the wedding ceremony truly lovely.

You are wonderful at what you do, you are a happy, gorgeous person and we are so lucky to have had the good fortune that you were free to be able to marry us on our wedding day. Thanks again Althea, you were truly excellent.  Love,  Antoinette

Once again thank you for your love and professionalism.  You far surpassed my expectations and many people commented to me on your ceremony.  Thank you.  With much love Nessie

1045-Natalia-&-Drew-Althea-Hurwood-Civil-Marriage-Celebrant-BrisbaneNothing was too much for Althea.  You were proactive in helping us with every minor detail. Your friendliness & professional service had all our guests commenting to us what a great choice we had made. The day was everything we expected it to be and we have you to thank for it. Natalia & Drew

1004-Natalie-&-Jordan-Althea-Hurwood-Civil-Marriage-Celebrant-BrisbaneThank you so much for making our day so perfect.  You and Vicki worked so smoothly together and we couldn’t have asked for anything further in regards to the ceremony … Just perfect!  Jordan & Natalie
988-Bianca-&-Chris-Althea-Hurwood-Civil-Marriage-Celebrant-BrisbaneEloping was a big decision for us to make and while we were happy with our decision, it was made all the more easier because we had that guiding support from Althea.  We could not recommend her more highly.  She made the ceremony flow smoothly and we felt at ease and comfortable the whole time.  Thank you, Althea for helping make our day so special.  Love, Bianca and Chris x
753-Laura-&-Simon-Althea-Hurwood-Civil-Marriage-Celebrant-BrisbaneThe official thank you is coming out soon but I want to let you know how grateful we are for you making our day so perfect.  We warmed to you straight away.  After our first meeting we both said we felt like we have known you forever.  We had lots of people tell us they thought you were wonderful.  We have been singing your praises.  I hope you do naming ceremonies coz when we have a child we want to call on you. Xo Laura & Simon
Thank you for helping to make our wedding very special.  Thank you for bringing your love & kindness to our ceremony.  You words really resonated with us.  Love Louise & Rhys


805-Tarame-&-Ian-Althea-Hurwood-Civil-Marriage-Celebrant-BrisbaneThanks Althea the day went brilliantly in no small part due to your help.  Thank you so much & we’ll definately recommend you to others.  Ian & Tarame


686-Lauren-&-Tom-Althea-Hurwood-Civil-Marriage-Celebrant-BrisbaneAlthea married us on 11.11.11 at the Marriott Hotel in Brisbane.  Her ceremony was outstanding – personal, warm, perfect.  Many guests commented that it was the best ceremony performed by a civil celebrant they had ever seen.  We couldn’t have asked for anything more in the lead up to & on the day.

Althea also saved the day for us by asking to hear my entrance music right before the ceremony.  Our DJ had gotten his wires crossed & had something completely different altogether.  If she hadn’t checked this I would have walked down the aisle to chipmunks singing over polka music rather than Rodgers & Hammerstein wedding processional from the Sound of Music!!!  Tom & Lauren

646-Georgie-&-Michael-Althea-Hurwood-Marriage-Celebrant-BrisbaneAlthea was brilliant from start to finish.  The entire process was seamless & the experience of marriage enriched by her expertise & gentle approach.  The service was drafted & amount of material supplied for us to find the perfect readings and poems was spot on.  The suggestions were perfectly tailored to our personalities & we thoroughly appreciated how much effort & work Althea put into our service & marriage process.  I cannot fault her!  She was wonderful.  I would recommend her to anyone looking for a celebrant that goes above & beyond to ensure a perfect day.  Georgie & Michael

We had an amazing day and the ceremony was everything we wanted and more.  Di & Anthony

Just wanted to say a big thank you for all your help in the lead up & on the day of our wedding.  You were awesome & we really appreciated all your help.  Heaps of our guests commented on what a good job you did, so thanks once again.  Althea we will definately recommend you to anyone who is looking for a celebrant.  Tim & Ashley

439Tom & I want to thank you so much for all your help on the day & for all the preparation beforehand…. we are sure it would have been a bit of a schmozzle without you.  Megan & Tom


Thank you for the beautiful ceremony you performed.  Everyone was telling us how wonderful you were.  Florencia & Shane

Thank you for the wonderful job you did  on our wedding day.  We were so happy with how you did everything on the day and how everything went.  I actually had friends approaching me & saying how wonderful you were & saying that they would love your details when they get married – none of these friends are even engaged, just thinking ahead!  Sharon & Anthony

326Thank you so much for working with us to create such a beautiful ceremony.  We just loved it.  It contained all the magic ingredients & you led us through the marriage pathway with warmth, colour, humour, honesty & spontaneity.  Love Melia & Serge

Thank you for being the biggest part of the best day of our lives.  You were amazing.  Luke Munro and April Murphy

Thank you so much for helping to make our special day so wonderful!  We had a fantastic day, all beginning with the most important part – the ceremony.  What a lovely ceremony!  We felt at ease and comfortable, thanks to your calming and reasurring presence.  Many of our guests commented on how lovely our ceremony was and the wonderful celebrant.  Thanks again.  We are so pleased to have met you and that you were such an important part of our day.   Kim and Aaron Beckinsale

What a sensation! Working to an extremely tight deadline Althea made our wedding day happen! She has such wonderful nature and great presence in large groups. Our day would not have been the same without her.   Victoria J Waller

It’s commonplace to be married by a celebrant but it is a rare occasion to be married by a friend.  Thank you so much for a wonderful ceremony.  Drew & Nicole

Thank you for making our Renewal of Vows ceremony a happy & memorable event.  We had many comments from our guests saying how delightful the ceremony was & how you made everyone feel comfortable & involved.  Thank you for sharing our special day with us.  We hope you bring as much joy to others as you have brought to us.  Natalie & Andrew

Just a quick note to say THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU for such a lovely ceremony on Saturday.  We have had so many comments on how great it was and this was due to you being our celebrant.  It was awsome.   Linda and Graham King

I think it’s really hard for a lot of people getting married for the first time to know what’s required and what to expect but you gave us a lot of confidence that everything would run smoothly and very much helped with ideas/suggestions for our ceremony. Aaron and I just had a really good feeling when we met you, I think because you balance professional and personal very well.  Your upfront warmth and understanding made us feel very relaxed during what can be a slightly stressful time.  We went away and started to plan our ceremony knowing you would accommodate us wherever possible and on the day I didn’t need to give a second thought to how things would run, because you had taken care of everything.  I think it’s easy to have an expectation that everything will go well without appreciating how much time and effort are put in behind the scenes to make it that way.

So from Aaron and me, thank you sincerely for being such an important part of what was a perfect day…we enjoyed every minute and we look back on the ceremony as a very special, very happy moment.  We wouldn’t hesitate to highly recommend you in the future.   Karen & Aaron

It was such a fantastic day and we are very grateful to you for keeping us so relaxed and making sure everything ran so smoothly.  Many of our guests have commented on how warm and genuine you were and how lovely the ceremony was – we couldn’t have asked for a better celebrant!!   Michelle and Paul

The wedding couldn’t have gone better – we had a wonderful day at both the ceremony and the reception. Thank you so much for your help – we were both extremely happy to have you as our celebrant. I was a bit stressed on the Friday but after our rehearsal
I calmed down completely – I had complete confidence in you!   Sally

Thank you for helping us to create such a special & personal wedding ceremony.  It was beautiful!!…and you made the process so effortless for us – thank you again!   Fran and Craig

Thank you so much for helping our day be a most memorable one for us.  If anyone needs the services of a ‘groovie’ celebrant, I shall have no hesitation in recommending your services to them!   Anna and Marc Gordon

We highly recommend Althea as a celebrant.  She was invaluable for both the organisation of the wedding and on the day she was superb.   Neil and Elissa

I just wanted to say ‘thank you’ for all your help leading up to the wedding, and on the wedding day itself.  The ceremony was everything we hoped it to be, and you made it very special for us.   Shauna and Dean

Thanks Althea – it was everything we hoped for.  Thank you for the ceremony – we and our family thought that it was perfect.    Vanessa Dierselhuis

Thank you for helping make our special day so memorable.  We really appreciate your support along the way.   Michelle and Paul

We got lots of complements from our guests about how professional you were.  Thanks for making it a wonderful ceremony.   Annette

Thank you very much for conducting this special service for us.  We will always have the fondest memories.   The Wellers

My husband and I were married in November 2006 and had the honour of having Althea as our celebrant.  Our ceremony was filled with great love, emotion and happiness as we joined from ‘I’ to ‘We’.  Althea’s ability to reach out and be in touch with us was amazing and we were so impressed by all the love, care and time she went to in preparing our special day.  We both received so many compliments from our friends and family about the ceremony and how they were so deeply moved by it. I highly recommend Althea to those that want to be truly inspired by someone who has a wonderful spirit and presence.   Liz and Marcus Gaffney

We were after an unconventional wedding in a hurry!  At one weeks notice, Althea accommodated our requests with unquestioning professionalism and care, putting us completely at ease.  She went out of her way to make sure the ceremony and necessary legal arrangements were in place on time and to our liking.  The day was made comfortable and relaxed by Althea’s warm, welcoming presence and more than generous hospitality.  We highly recommend Althea and can see that she would be equally as skilled and giving in the case of a larger, more traditional wedding ceremony.   Jon and Natasha

Raymond & I would just like to thank you for your wonderful service on our wedding day. We have had numerous comments to us about how wonderful and beautiful our service was. You have been such a delight to work beside. You helped us every step of the way and we honestly can not thank you enough. The service was run to perfect timing and everything was just perfect. Thank you again……   Raymond & Shelley

Thank you so very much for making our day so fantastic!  you really did an awesome job.  It was a real pleasure to have met you.  Your hubby is a very lucky man!   Rachel & Martin & Chantelle

Allison and I give our sincere thanks to Althea Hurwood. Throughout our wedding preparations and on the day itself, Althea showed professionalism and dedication. Althea, who we found to be always available, and very approachable, offered prompt answers to our many queries and concerns and through her encouragement and care, we felt at ease with the whole marriage process. We have no reservations about recommending Althea to other couples, her service to us was first-rate!   Allison and Greg Dench

Thankyou so much for being a fabulous celebrant.  You were a delight to deal with.  Such a professional.  We would recommend you to any of our friends looking for a celebrant.   Rhian, Trevor, Claudia & Henry (Renewal of Vows)

Where to from here? Contact us for your complementary obligation-free consultation on 043232 0584 or email altheahurwood@hotmail.com so we can talk about your ultimate ceremony experience …just the way you want it to be.

A Gift for You – The Big Day Pack: ideas & helpful hints for your ceremony: As a client, you will also receive the beautiful Big Day Pack which includes the very popular ’24 Tips to Help Keep Your Costs Under Control‘, the ’12 Tips to Help Plan Your Outdoor Ceremony’ & the ’20 Point Ceremony Checklist’ + ++ some fabulous special offers from a range of outstanding small businesses.


Althea thank you so much for creating the PERFECT day for us. You just fit us down to a tee. I am so pleased to have had such a wonderful person make our dreams come true.  Cassandra & Hayden

Thanks for an awesome ceremony Althea.   Natalia & Drew


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