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Welcome to the website of Shoalhaven Celebrant, my name is Tony Dagger. I’m a registered Australian Marriage Celebrant approved by the Attorney General’s Department to assist Australians with their special events including Marriage, Same-Sex Marriage, Reaffirmation of Vows, Naming Ceremonies and other civil ceremonies in Australia.

I specialise in creating a relaxed, yet special environment, sprinkled with a sense of humour, so if you have an event coming up which needs that atmosphere present, please get in touch for a friendly, no-obligation chat. My extensive experience carrying out marriage and other civil ceremonies will ensure your event is filled with warmth and happiness, with not a shred of stress in sight! I’m based in the beautiful Shoalhaven/Jervis Bay area of New South Wales however I can travel all over Australia (and I have!) to make peoples special days just perfect!

You can read some of my Testimonials here

I can be contacted on 0411 485 850 or via email at tony@shoalhavencelebrant.com

For more information on the services I conduct, please click on the links below:

Click on one of the links below for more information on the specific services.


Many people don’t realise that their local registry office will charge $521 for a “standard” wedding ceremony on a Saturday!

For just $150 more, I will provide a far more personal and bespoke ceremony experience at a location of your choosing. This can be a location which holds a special place in the heart of you and your loved one, or just a picturesque location where you’d like to make your union official. I’m always happy to suggest some beautiful locations if you don’t have a set place in mind, and once it is chosen, you can design it to fit your individual desires and personalities. This will ensure an incredible event which you will cherish forever.

For a marriage ceremony, my fees are $600 if the event is held in the Illawarra/Shoalhaven/Southern Highlands region or surrounding areas. There is a map further down on this page which outlines this large catchment area, but effectively it’s a triangle with the top point being the Sutherland Shire area of Sydney, and the bottom two points being Canberra and Batemans Bay.

My fee of $600 is fully inclusive, meaning there will be no hidden additional costs later which will help with the budget for your big day.

While this area is my standard catchment area for marriage and civil ceremonies, I am willing to travel far and wide to make your day perfect. Simply get in touch for a travel price if you are outside the area mentioned above.

Once we have come to an agreement, a deposit of $100 is required to book my services on your preferred date and time. At this point I can begin to prepare all the necessary paperwork. The remainder of the fee is due 10 days prior to your ceremony.

Please Note: If the ceremony is cancelled by the couple, the deposit will not be refunded. If the couple would like to negotiate another day/time, that will be arranged. If the alternate day/time is available, there will ne no additional costs incurred by the couple.

Rehearsal: If the couple would like a rehearsal at the chosen venue, it will be free of charge provided it is within the Shoalhaven/Southern Highlands area. If it is outside this area, a further charge may apply depending on travel time and costs incurred by me. Typically, these costs will be charged at a rate of $40 per hour for travel time to and from the rehearsal venue.

Fees for other services within the ‘triangle catchment area’ are:

  • Naming Services – $275
  • Reaffirmation of vows – $375
  • Funeral Services – $325



To discuss any questions you may have about any of the services I offer or require additional information, please use the form below to contact me.

I am happy to offer a totally obligation-free phone consultation to answer all questions you may have.

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