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


Des Kelly is a Civil Marriage Celebrant (CMC) and Justice of the Peace (JP) located in Lismore, NSW. Apart from conducting marriage ceremonies, he also conducts renewal of vows, commitment ceremonies, baby naming ceremonies and funeral services in Byron Bay, Ballina, Lismore and throughout the northern rivers and Gold Coast, Australia.

Des was raised in Central N.S.W. and moved to the NSW North Coast in the 1970’s. He married a local girl and they have been married for over 35 years with two grown children and four grandchildren.

Having worked and lived in the Lismore, Byron Bay and Ballina areas, Des has built a huge network of contacts and skills that he brings to his Celebrancy occupation.

Des is a qualified assessor and workplace trainer having achieved Certificate IV in Assessment and Workplace Training and also has qualifications in Certificate III Hospitality, Certificate IV in Retail Management, Certificate IV Business, Front Line Management as well as Marriage Celebrant, Funeral Celebrant and Life celebrant which qualifies him to perform Commitment Ceremonies, Naming Ceremonies and Renewal of Vows Ceremonies.

Des has been the President of Kids in Community Inc. for the last 3 years and has previously held office as the President of Ballina toastmasters with whom he won many Public Speaking Competitions.

Sport has played a large role in Des’ life and he has played and coached A Grade in Men’s Hockey, First Grade Rugby League and has coached Junior Men’s hockey teams and A Grade Women’s Hockey.

The main focus in Des’ life has always been his family and he brings that passion into all ceremonies and situations with which he is involved.

Des’ integrity, honesty, sincerity and compassion are the key points to his success as a Marriage Celebrant and one can be assured that his attention to detail, his passion for family life and his professionalism will draw you to him and make you appreciate any service he performs for you.