My name is Sue Raward. I live on the beautiful Gold Coast and believe that I am so very lucky to be an official civil celebrant because I love what I do. Witnessing others happiness and joy is truly infectious, so I consider being a celebrant a privilege.
Marriage certainly is an institution that I believe in! So much so, that I am I married my husband David Thatcher back in 2004 on Valentine’s Day (at least he can never forget our anniversary!). It was a beautiful afternoon and we were married by civil celebrant, Helene Spencer, in the front yard of my parent-in-laws’ house! So whether you are planning a relaxed, laid-back wedding much like my own or something totally over the top, I know I can fit in with your desires and wildest dreams.
Sue married my husband and I at Stonehaven Manor on Saturday the 22nd of February 2020.
I had spent a couple of weeks Googling celebrants and had a couple of recommendations from other married couples but I just didn’t feel right with them. I wanted the person to marry us to have a certain quality about them. Someone who we trusted, who we could talk to about anything, who made us comfortable and one who we could maybe have a beer or wine with while we discussed one of life’s most important milestones.
I rang Sue one evening in May 2019 and we spoke for almost an hour. She was charming, eloquent, funny as hell and an absolute breeze to talk to. She got us even more excited for our wedding and I knew in my heart that she was going to be the celebrant for us.
We met Sue at a local tavern and we hit it off straight away. It was pure kismet. We laughed, I cried, we sank a few drinks and the entire time I kept thinking “I can’t believe how lucky we are to have found you”.
Over the next few months Sue, my husband and I talked even more and we started to form a very special friendship. She made the whole process so effortless and no question was too big, too small, too complicated or too stupid for Sue. Luke and I decided that we liked her and her lovely husband Dave so much that we invited them to our reception which they delightfully accepted.
My husband isn’t a wordsmith and a little self conscious about it but Sue gave him some really valuable advice and his vows ended up making everybody at our wedding cry. They were absolutely beautiful.
Sue went above and beyond the call of duty for us. She is a kind, generous, hilarious and a very passionate person. She absolutely loves what she does and you can tell because she is so bloody good at it.
The ceremony was like something out of a movie. Sue made people laugh, cry, be serious when the time came and she had this natural ability to connect with each and every one of our guests. Almost 3 weeks later and I am still getting rave reviews about Sue.
If you want a rigid wedding with no heart or soul then don’t call Sue.
If you want a fairytale wedding, one that you can talk about for years and pass stories on to for the generations after you then please do yourself a favour and have a chat to this amazing Fairy Godmother of weddings.
We love you Sue and we can’t thank you enough for what you did for us. The memories that you helped us to create will be forever in our minds and in our hearts.
Aaron and Luke MunroAaron Munro 22/02/2020 Stonehaven Manor, Tamborine
Sue was absolutely amazing! From the moment we met I new I wanted Sue to marry us. She made everything so easy, took the time to really get to know me and my husband and made our ceremony personalised and one of a kind. She absolutely nailed it with the perfect amount of humour and seriousness making our guest go from crying one moment to laughing the next and really capturing who we are as a couple. Being heavily pregnant and organising a wedding Sue really made sure I was ok every step of the way. It really felt like we had one of our family friends we knew for years marrying us even though we had only met a few months in advance. Now, weeks later after our wedding I still have comments from my guest telling me how perfect our ceremony was and Sue will forever be a special part of our lives. I really can’t recommend Sue highly enough.Rachael Webster 01/02/2020 Mermaid Park, Gold Coast
Sue made our day so much more special. She went to a lot of trouble to understand who we were and our journey and talked about this at the ceremony. Made it so much more personal. She was very efficient and helpful throughout the whole process. She took all the stress out of it. AND, she is such a wonderful personality!!! Bright, happy, fun, sincere - ALL IN ONE PACKAGE.. THANKS SO MUCH SUE XXPetrai Ferguson 07/12/2019 High Church, Brisbane
The most amazing celebrant ever!
We first met Sue for our first meeting a year before getting married. I thought it would just be a quick meeting but 2 hours later we were still sitting at the coffee shop laughing ourselves silly. We knew straight away Sue was our lady! Over the next year she helped us out with everything we needed for our ceremony. Made everything effortless for us from start to finish. And she did not disappoint at the ceremony! The perfect amount of serious when needed and light hearted, warm and funny. Our family and friends commented for weeks after how great she was we are so grateful to have had Sue as our celebrant ❤️❤️❤️ we love you!
Sue is a dynamic, organised, bubbly and friendly lady. Sue made both my husband and I feel relaxed that she had it all under control and her guidance along the pre-wedding requirements was gold. Sue has a great sense of humour and maintains a professional and efficient operation. I would highly recommend Sue to anyone looking for a friendly, thoughtful, well prepared, clear communicator to be married by. Thank you Sue! You are awesome!Anna Hewlett 26/10/2019 Pether's Rainforest Retreat
Sue married us in June this year. From start to finish Sue was down to earth, organised, friendly and made us feel comfortable. Both of us on the day were nervous wrecks but Sue settled us down and made our special day wonderful. Many of our guests commented on how great Sue was and still bring her up 6 months later. Would recommend to anyone looking to tie the knot.Kyle Harris 08/06/2019 Country Paradise Parklands, GC
Where do we even start? Both my partner and I couldn’t have chosen a better celebrant if we tried! From the first point of contact with Sue, we knew she would be great! She is a very welcoming, passionate, professional and funny individual and knew she was going to make our ceremony perfect! Sue went above and beyond to make sure we both felt comfortable and that our ceremony was going to be one to remember! Our guests were also very pleased with her and how well she managed to create such a beautifully relaxed ceremony. She did have a challenge with Ben, who, if She wasn’t there, would’ve literally passed out from all his nerves! So WELL DONE with that one Sue!
But in all honesty, if you are still searching, then stop! Because you can’t go wrong with Celebrant Sue!
Thank you, from the bottom of our hearts!
Tynielle & Ben Wilson
Sue made everything simple, stress free by her bubbly personality yet very professional.
Back in 2018 I contacted Sue to marry us at the hospital room where my step dad was. I was very stressed and really wanted to make it happen. Sue simply explained on what we could do and we had it done in a very simple way. ��✨⭐️
Then again this year we made it official over the weekend. You touched our ❤️❤️❤️ with your magic words that you have put together. Everyone were so happy, enjoyed and relaxed all under your spell.
Thank you so much. We love you ❤️❤️❤️ and we will definitely recommend to everyone we know that Celebrant Sue is the best celebrant on the GoldCoast ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
If I had to use one word to describe Sue it would be: Genuine. With her you will find someone who is both professional and warm. Not only was she friendly and easy to deal with, but she genuinely cared about us and what we were after. She's a lot of fun too, and even though we'd only just met, Sue felt like a friend you'd known for years.
We found choosing a Celebrant to be one of our hardest tasks in the lead up to the wedding. For us it was all about ensuring that our celebrant was able to appeal to not only our tastes, but the tastes of a fairly diverse and dynamic crowd. The number of comedian hipsters who think they're funny that are working in this field is mind boggling. At one point we had real concerns that we wouldn't find "The One" for us.
As soon as we met Sue, our search was over. I am quite confident in saying that the dynamic that she added to our wedding could not have been matched by anyone else. We cannot recommend her highly enough and know that any future couples wanting to use her will feel the same as us.
So thanks Sue! You're a wonderful Celebrant, but most importantly, a wonderful person.
When we were looking for a celebrant we had no idea what to expect or what exactly we were looking for other than that we were looking for someone to make our day special and someone who genuinely understood exactly why we were getting married and Sue was that person without question! Our wedding was an elopement and although it was just us Sue made sure it felt so special with her vibrant personality. She also made everything so easy, she helped us through everything and we both felt completely confident in her! We had the most beautiful ceremony, beyond my imagination and we were so happy to have Sue there! It almost felt like family! Beautiful, genuine woman! I would definitely definitely recommend her if you are looking for someone you can trust with one of the most memorable days in your life! Thank you so much Sue! It was such a pleasure!Michelle Metanoia 14/04/2017 Tallows Beach, Byron Bay