Cairns Marriage Celebrant
Magda Joy Palmer Cordingley Australian Civil Marriage Celebrant 
"Love has no fortified perimeter, 
it can be penetrated from all sides;
It’s only defence is its depth." - Magda Palmer Cordingley.

I am a Civil Marriage Celebrant because I am devoted to marriage. I adore being married. Marriage builds a strong and caring community where future generations will have positive values nurtured. Marriage increases the scope of responsibility, but also adds the dimension of love to life, giving it a new meaning and purpose. When seen as a spiritual journey, marriage expands one's ability to love, and the world benefits.

I enjoy producing the beautiful theatre of wedding, where a couple's values and honest emotions are on display, where there is a public affirmation by the Bridal Couple of the bond they feel and and desire to spend the rest of their lives together as husband and wife.

I aim to tailor the perfect wedding ceremony for every Bridal Couple who come to me.  Couples who have already chosen their Celebrant - perhaps because  that Celebrant is a family friend or a relative - commission me to write their ceremonies which their officiating Celebrant uses on their Wedding day.Their service may be traditional, romantic or unique. Some Bridal Couple's prefer to elope, but for couples with family it is often important that they be included in the service, adding family declaration of support for the marriage. Family and Friend inclusions add significant emotional depth to the ceremony while helping to establish stable relationships and to see the newly weds as they are in their new role as husband and wife.  I believe that too often the kinship of parents, grandparents and  children is overlooked.

With every ceremony I design an "Order of Service and Ceremony" that couples have printed as keepsakes for their wedding guests and as a readable alternative to the (too often de-personalised) P.A. system.

In my role as a Celebrant I offer to help the couple choose their venue, music, flowers, help them plan all aspects of their ceremony and help manage difficult situations if they emerge. But I am not a Wedding Planner, I am a Civil Marriage Celebrant.

As a Celebrant I make appointments at least 3 hours apart allowing...

  • 3/4 hour to coduct ceremony, 
  • 1/4 hour to pack and leave location, 
  • 1 hour driving to the next location, 
  • 1 hour on 2nd. location before ceremony.

Finally, I fervently believe the marriage ceremony is not only the beginning of a new journey for two people, but also the starting point and basis for a strong, enduring and very special  friendship.

Why Have a Ceremony