Brisbane CBD Wedding Venues

with Michael Janz Brisbane Celebrant

As a Celebrant in Brisbane, I’ve had the honour of conducting many weddings in a range of Brisbane CBD Wedding venues. In many cases the meandering Brisbane River offers a wonderful backdrop. Here are some of my favourites. There are options to cater for a broad range of budgets. After you’ve selected your venue, it important to lock your Celebrant and Photographer.

Brisbane Botanic Gardens Wedding with Celebrant Brisbane


City Botanic Gardens : Brisbane CBD Wedding Venue

The gorgeous sub-tropical Gardens offers 10 beautiful outdoor sites that can be booked for wedding ceremonies. This can be an ideal location for a DYI wedding. Sites are booked through the Brisbane City Council. If you want someone look after it all for you, check out The Gardens Club.


Lightspace Wedding with Celebrant Brisbane


Lightspace : Brisbane CBD Wedding Venue

This is great venue for those seeking something a little different. Its combination of raw industrial and purpose-built design features has created an incredible space with limitless possibilities. Every wedding has exclusive use of the venue.
Your wedding ceremony can be conducted in an indoor setting followed by your cocktail
or sit-down reception.

Olde Government House Wedding with Celebrant Brisbane


Old Government House :Brisbane CBD Wedding Venue

Old Government House provides an element of elegance and distinction for a truly special day. The romantic grandeur and vintage charm of Old Government House pairs is generally the location for the ceremony. The modern top-floor reception space Room Three Sixty, is modern and stylish. These venues can be booked together or separately.


Riverlife : Brisbane CBD Wedding Venue

Riverlife can be a BYO wedding venue or all inclusive. It offers the perfect opportunity to combine your ceremony, reception and photos all in one stunning waterfront location. Generally, the ceremony is conducted in the surroundings of the Kangaroo Point Parklands. It is embraced by the sensational panoramic views of the city skyline and Brisbane River. Riverlife’s open plan outdoor marquees allow you to add personal touches to transform them into the wedding of your dreams.

Roma Street Parklands Wedding with Celebrant Brisbane


Roma Street Parklands : Brisbane CBD Wedding Venue


Roma Street Parkland is a romantic subtropical paradise hugging the northern side of Brisbane’s CBD. The parkland is a truly spectacular venue to hold your wedding or civil ceremony. It’s also extremely convenient – it’s located just a short walk from the bustling restaurants and reception venues in Brisbane’s CBD.

There are five unique wedding venues to choose from.

Stamford Plaza Wedding with Celebrant Brisbane


Stamford Plaza Hotel : Brisbane CBD Wedding Venue


Stamford Plaza Brisbane hotel provides romantic elegance as a Brisbane riverside wedding location.
Outdoor garden, riverside ceremonies coupled with top class reception options with accommodation make this an ideal all in one venue. The classic grand staircase and historical building nearby offer some great settings for photographs.
It’s also adjacent to the City Botanic Gardens.

The Gardens Club Wedding with Celebrant Brisbane


The Gardens Club : Brisbane CBD Wedding Venue


Nestled amongst the natural beauty and sunshine of the City Botanic Gardens and only a short walk from the CBD, The Gardens Club is a truly unique event space. Your ceremony can be conducted in space within the Gardens adjacent to The Main House, Inner Deck and Terrace. It can host 80 guests seated and 150 cocktail style.

Let’s Elope: without expense & stress

Springfield Elopements: without expense & stress

Wedding Suppliers … when should I book them?

When to book wedding suppliers is an important question for engaged couples. As a Brisbane based Marriage Celebrant, I speak to many couples who disappointed their preferred wedding venue is booked out years in advance. 63 percent of weddings are held on Saturdays. Consequently, Saturdays book out quickly.


My best advice is once you are engaged, book your key wedding suppliers. Decide your preferred date/s. Then book your wedding venue, Marriage Celebrant and wedding photographer.

When should the rest of your wedding suppliers be booked? To help, my Ultimate Wedding Planning Checklist can be downloaded free. This Wedding Checklist gives you a great idea of what suppliers you may need so you can book them in a timely manner. I am a full-time Brisbane based Marriage Celebrant and have developed this checklist based on feedback from couples I have married.


If you are looking for an electronic To Do List or App Easy Weddings offers some great free tools. A broad range of wedding professionals’ profiles can be found on their site.

When looking for your wedding suppliers it is wise to seek suppliers who focus on weddings. Be aware that many wedding suppliers are casual or part-time. This is certainly the case with Marriage Celebrants. A small proportion of the thousands of Celebrants are full time. Here are so useful tip when choosing a Marriage Celebrant.

Over the coming months, I’ll be adding my thoughts on wedding venues I’ve conducted weddings at in Brisbane, Mount Tamborine, Gold Coast, Sunshine Coast, Ipswich, Logan and Toowoomba. Look out for future Blog posts. Here’s my first on Mount Tamborine wedding venues.

Most professional wedding photographers work can be readily viewed on their websites, Facebook and Instagram pages. Here are a few great wedding photographers that I enjoy working with. These wedding suppliers are true professionals … check out their work.

Evoke Studios,

Richard Grainger,

Heart and Colour,

Rod Noendeng Photography,

Twig and Fawn Photography.

Kat Cherry Photography

How to Choose a Celebrant

Michael Janz, Brisbane Celebrant, shares 10 tips how to choose a Celebrant.

There are many things to consider in choosing a celebrant. Some people go on first impressions or “gut feelings”. Others choose on price – the least or most expensive.

You only want to get married once… ensure it’s what you want! Remember your celebration can’t be repeated! Apart from 5 sentences that must be stated to cover legal obligations, the rest is what you want. Remember it’s your ceremony not your celebrant’s.

Here are 10 tips to help you decide the best celebrant for you.

Talk to/meet the Celebrant before choosing

The best way to choose a Celebrant is to meet them.

I offer a no obligation meeting to enable us to get to know each other. It’s important I understand your needs. You can make sure I am the right one for you. I am pleased to travel to you. This is all at no obligation/cost for you. Also, I supply a comprehensive wedding kit when we meet.

Check the Celebrant’s availability

Is the celebrant available on the date and time you have in mind? Does the celebrant conduct multiple ceremony a day? Do you want to the Celebrant being delayed at their previous ceremony?

I only conduct 1 wedding per day. I prefer to focus on making your day the best it can possibly be.

Choose the Celebrant’s with the right attitude

Does the celebrant show they’ll deliver a ceremony that meets you needs? How are they going to help to determine what you need? Does the celebrant listen to your needs, ideas and concerns? Is the celebrant keen to ensure they understand what you expect from them? It’s also important to understand what is required of you when you choose a Celebrant.

I believe you are the “stars of the show”. I’m facilitating your show.

Choose the Celebrant with a proven reputation

Does the celebrant have a proven reputation? Take the time to read their reviews/testimonials. Check their website and sites that you can be confident of the validity of. Sometimes social media may not be truly reflective of quality. See if you can observe them performing a ceremony in a video.

Easy Weddings has a rigorous checking process that ensures validity of reviews.

Bride and Groom enjoying the Brisbane Celebrant conducting the wedding
Elise and Olly’s Mount Coot-tha Wedding Ceremony

Choose the Celebrant with the right personality

Does the celebrant have a personality that you find attractive? Above all only you will know when you meet. Alternatively a  phone discussion is a pretty good start in helping to choose a Celebrant.

Choose the Celebrant who demonstrates professionalism

Choose a Celebrant that demonstrates professionalism. Does the celebrant have a professional website? Do they respond in a timely manner? Does the celebrant have appropriate professional equipment. Things such as a PA system, computer and internet facilities, appropriate clothing, a reliable car, signing table etc?

I am a full-time Brisbane Celebrant who takes pride in my professional attributes. Responding to phone calls, texts and emails in a timely manner is very important to me.

Choose a Celebrant who continually develops themselves

Is the celebrant a member of celebrant associations/networks? Has the celebrant done recent training  in celebrancy or workshops held by celebrant associations? Choose a celebrant who is always developing.

I believe in continually improving my approaches with working with couples. I never stop learning.

Choose a Celebrant with the right experience

How much experience does the celebrant have?  Above all try to gauge whether they have spent years using the same old formula. In contrast are they focused on continually learning through experience.

Choosing a Celebrant with 10 years experience doesn’t ensure quality.

Check out the Celebrant’s location

Is the celebrant within reasonable travelling distance to the venue? Do they charge for travel? Choosing a Celebrant who lives around the corner isn’t the best indicator.

I’m a Celebrant living in Brisbane. I enjoy travelling to the Gold Coast, Tamborine, Ipswich, Lockyer Valley and Toowoomba. It’s my job.  I’m happy to travel. unless I need to jump on a plane, I don’t charge extra for travel.  I’m happy to fly.

Understand the Celebrant’s fees…

Is the celebrant charging a commensurate fee.  Choose a Celebrant where the fee matches the work/service provide. Do they offer a flat fee or add on extras for  travel and extra meetings?

I offer a flat, all-inclusive fee with no surprises. I’m also happy to provide if required at no extra cost:

  • A portable, professional standard Bose PA and sound system. This ensures all of your guests clearly hear your wedding ceremony ;
  • Recorded music for playing throughout the Ceremony as required;
  • A well-presented table and chair for signing your marriage documentation if required.
Sophie and Giampoalo's Wedding Day at the Bpuevard Gardens Indooroopilly
Sophie and Giampaolo’s Wedding Day

Tamborine wedding venues

Tamborine wedding venues are  so close to Brisbane and the Gold Coast. As a Marriage Celebrant, I really enjoy marrying couples in  these delightful Mount Tamborine wedding venues. With all popular venues, don’t leave your decision too late or you’ll miss your preferred date.

Here’s several venues I enjoy visiting as a Marriage Celebrant at Tamborine:

Tamborine wedding venue: St Bernards over looking spectacular views

Tamborine wedding venue: Cedar Creek Estate Chapel with
Deb and Paulo’s Wedding Day with me, Michael Janz Celebrant

Cedar Creek Estate 

Cedar Creek Estate is a beautiful Tamborine venue for  your wedding ceremony and reception.

Choose a delightful wedding chapel adjacent to a lake or in the manicured gardens or Arbor for your wedding ceremony. There are plenty of perfect garden settings for you to  say, “I do”.

Several reception options are available for intimate celebrations through to up to 120 guests.

You’ll be assisted by a highly experienced wedding coordinator. I’m always happy to help as your Tamborine Wedding Celebrant.

St Bernards Hotel

St Bernards is an historic venue of Tamborine Mountain. Day visitors are impressed by the stunning views.  However, the stunning garden wedding setting is a wonderful surprise.

The hotel is set in beautiful rainforest gardens. The breath-taking views of the hinterland and Gold Coast are a great  backdrop for your wedding ceremony.

Receptions can be held a few steps away from the Ceremony. Choose from  either  The Grand Marquee or Siganto Room.

An experienced wedding coordinator will help your wedding day go off without a hitch. 

I’m always happy to help a no extra charge as your Tamborine Wedding Celebrant.

St Bernards  offers the Bride and bridal party a new luxurious lodge.  Edges has 3 double rooms.  What a great way to  enjoy the night and  your wedding night! Check out Edges.

Tamborine wedding venue: St Bernards over looking spectacular views

Tamborine wedding venue: St Bernards over looking spectacular views

The Old Church

Tamborine wedding venue: The Old Church

Tamborine wedding venue: The Old Church

The Old Church offers both a charming Chapel as well as well-established gardens on a 2 acre property to celebrate your wedding day.


Dating from the early 1900s, the Old Church seats 60 people. It has been kept in excellent condition. The fabulous, well established garden have several options for an outdoor ceremony.


The adjacent Old Church Restaurant can seat 90 guests. I had the pleasure attending a reception as a couple’s Tamborine Wedding Celebrant. The food, service and wines were fabulous.

It is walking distance from several accommodation options.  Mount Tamborine has limited public transport options. As a result its important to pre-plan transport for guest at Tamborine wedding venues.

Pethers Rainforest Retreat

Pethers Rainforest Retreat is set in a superb rainforest setting. This is an ideal setting for elopement style or intimate weddings of up to 70 people.
There are 10 individual and private tree houses.

The balcony of a private treehouse can be an intimate setting for an elopement style wedding ceremony. It is gorgeous and private Tamborine wedding venue.


The newly created Wedding Garden features a manicured lawn and wedding gazebo.  It comes complete with red carpet and white fold out chairs. This area is enveloped by a rainforest.  It is a perfect place for your wedding ceremony with a larger group of guests. Other ceremony options include the balcony of the Main Lodge or beside their pond and water fountain.


The stunning restaurant can cater for a reception up to 70 people banquet style or up to 100 people cocktail style.


The onsite Event Manager can assist you celebrate your wedding.

Other Mount Tamborine wedding venues worth checking out:

Albert River Wines nestled at the base of Tamborine Mountain. It has multiple ceremony venues and 3 reception venues. 

Cedar Creek Lodges can host your ceremony, reception, wedding party and guest accommodation in one rainforest Tamborine wedding venue. 

Hampton Estate Wines(previously Heritage Wines) is surrounded  by beauty of the landscape, mountain views,and the history of its majestic old building.

Tamborine Mountain Garden Weddings is home to magical gardens, comfortable cottage accommodation, stunning reception centres and friendly staff.

There are many more terrific Mountain Wedding venues, feel free to share the details.
If you’re looking for a Tamborine Marriage Celebrant, contact me, Michael Janz Celebrant.

Prerston Peak Toowoomba Sunset Wedding Picture with Brisbane Celebrant

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Wedding Advice with Brisbane Celebrant

Seventeen gems of advice on marriage

1. Manage your Expectations

“My parents always say relationships are all about communication and expectations.”

2. Never Assume, Ask

“My dad told me, ‘never assume.’ You will never really know what your partner wants unless you communicate”

3. Remember To Always Say “I Love You” and “Thank You”

“I’ve been married 21 years and we got married young — at 19 and 20. A couple things I think have helped us. Anytime we say goodbye, we always say, ‘I love you’; and we make sure to thank the other for all the things we do. Like if he takes out the trash, I say ‘thank you.’ If I wash the dishes, he says ‘thank you.’ It just makes sure you never take the other for granted and they know it.”

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