Civil Celebrant

 John Whitford, Civil Celebrant, Bendigo.

The exchange of wedding vows is an integral part of a wedding ceremony. It is a very romantic moment and often the perfect place to express your feelings towards your affianced.

John Whitford, whose warm, good-natured disposition is invaluable for stress-free nuptials, creates a ceremony honouring your unique story, personalities, and values.

John incorporates religious and/or spiritual beliefs, if needed, and blends elements from the couple's respective cultures, to ensure a meaningful, memorable event.

As a Commonwealth Accredited Marriage celebrant I conduct Weddings, Commitment Ceremonies, Vow Renewals, Funerals, Naming Ceremonies and more.

Please browse my website to find all the supporting documentation and links to help with your special occasion.

I conduct services within Victoria and interstate. Contact me as early as possible so I can help plan your unique day. Feel free to contact me by phone or through the website to discuss any aspect of your event.

I am fully Covid vaccinated and encourage you to do the same.


A wedding is an event celebrating two people uniting in marriage. Wedding traditions and customs vary greatly between cultures, ethnic groups, religions, countries, and social classes Choosing an approachable celebrant you can trust and communicate your ideas to is vital when planning your wedding.

Commitment Ceremonies

Commitment ceremonies are for those couples who are seeking a commitment to each other but prefer not to have a legally binding ceremony. For example this is often the case for separated, but not divorced, individuals who wish to celebrate their union but cannot have a legal marriage.

Naming Ceremonies

A naming ceremony is the event at which an infant, a youth, or an adult is given a name or names. The timing can vary from mere days after birth to several months or many years afterwards. Some of these ceremonies have religious or cultural significance.

Vow Renewals

Simply put, a vow renewal is a way to celebrate your marriage. Perhaps you've made it to 2, 5, 10, 25 or 50 years together and you want the world to know you'd do it all over again in a heartbeat. Maybe you want to reaffirm your commitment to each other after a rough period in your relationship..

Celebrating a Loved One's Life and Achievements

Planning a wonderful and fitting funeral or memorial service for a loved one, is an art.  It is often daunting for family and friends, especially when each person is dealing with their own grief.


Planning Your Special Day

Are you looking for an amazing ceremony which flows seamlessly, with your guests loving every moment, all while putting you at ease so you can share a beautiful connection and enjoy a seriously awesome wedding. If the answer is yes then feel free to contact me.


With the Law now changed all couples can look forward to their marriage with excitement. All necessary forms and processes have been updated by the various departments at State and Federal level. All couples can contact me to discuss their plans for formal or not so formal marriage ceremonies.

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