Thank you, Des, for your major role in our wedding ceremony. Your
experience, valuable suggestions and understanding made our marriage
ceremony an unforgettable occasion, not only for Kristie and I, but also for
our family and friends. We are so pleased you were available and hope you
will be involved in our future special occasion ceremonies.

Luke and Kristie


Wedding & Marriage Celebrant

Des Kelly, is a Civil Marriage Celebrant (CMC) and Justice of the Peace (JP) located in Lismore, NSW. He performs wedding ceremonies, renewal of vows, baby naming ceremonies and funerals

Des is a full-time professional celebrant and has extensive experience in conducting:

Wedding Ceremonies
Renewal of Marriage Vows
Commitment Ceremonies
Baby Naming ceremonies
Funerals & Funeral Ceremonies

He conducts these services in Byron Bay, Ballina, and Lismore as well as throughout the Northern Rivers and Gold Coast.

Whatever the occasion, be it a Wedding Ceremony, a Naming Ceremony, a Commitment Ceremony or a Funeral Ceremony, Des will perform it for you at the highest level of professionalism.

All of Des’ ceremonies are conducted with the utmost respect and integrity.

For all Marriage Ceremonies and Commitment Ceremonies, Des incorporates joy, love and a sense of beginning.

Des uses the undertones of tradition, family and belonging in his Naming Ceremonies and has a wide knowledge of the different cultural influences that can be used.

Funeral Services are very personal and Des works with the family to say goodbye in a tender emotive way. Des conducts all Funeral Services with sensitivity, caring and dignity.

Regardless of the circumstances or the type of service desired, Des will work with you to make your ceremony exactly how you want it, or if you prefer Des will develop a ceremony from your directions, to suit your requirements.

Please contact Des for more information and to discuss your requirements.

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Interstate and Overseas Weddings

Specialising in Interstate and Overseas couples weddings.
(In the UK a ‘Marriage/Wedding Registrar’ is similar to an Australian ‘Civil Marriage Celebrant’ - both are appointed to perform legal marriages.)
Des operates throughout Byron Bay, Lismore, Ballina, North Coast, Gold Coast, and other areas of NSW.

The style of your ceremony can be whatever you wish it to be – casual or formal, traditional or contemporary ceremony.

Whether you are planning your wedding on one of our beautiful Byron Bay beaches, at the Byron Bay lighthouse, Open Air Cathedral or elsewhere on the North Coast, Des can work with you as your wedding celebrant.

Des writes and performs a wide range of personalised ceremonies to suit individual needs for all occasions. All couples receive a Ceremony Guide to assist them in making their own wording selections – every possible assistance is given in writing for you, the ceremony of your choice.

Des can help you through all aspects of your day. He relates warmly and connects with people, priding himself on paying special attention to detail to create a ceremony that reflects your feelings, beliefs and personality in a totally professional, relaxed manner. Most couples enjoy planning their own very special day - no need for a wedding planner! Des can assist with everything – please see Resources page for assistance.

Overseas and Interstate Weddings

Overseas and interstate visitors, please feel free to contact Des for more information on your special day. You are welcome to include any cultural traditions in your ceremony, or you may wish to use the services of an interpreter on your wedding day which can all be arranged for you.

Immigration Letters for Visa requirements and Statutory Declaration service

Appointed by the Federal Attorney General in 2009 as a fully Authorised Civil Marriage Celebrant and as a Justice of the Peace, Des has officiated many weddings for local, interstate and overseas couples.

Des conducts marriage, wedding ceremonies, renewal of vows, baby naming ceremonies, commitment ceremonies, and funeral services as well as a range of other ceremonies. Des is located in Lismore on the NSW North Coast nearby Byron Bay, Gold Coast, and the Sunshine Coast.

Des performs ceremonies all across the North Coast of NSW in areas such as – Byron Bay and hinterland, Lismore, Bangalow, Clunes, Ballina, the Gold Coast, and the Sunshine Coast.

Celebrant Services offered

Des performs a wide range of personalised ceremonies to suit individual needs and all occasions.

Legal Marriages
Commitment Ceremonies
Renewal of Marriage Vows

Whatever style of ceremony you require, please contact Des for an obligation-free quote.