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Susan Artup | Authorised Celebrant
A Ceremony by Design
…true to your relationship…


Susan Artup is a straight woman with a 45 year connection to the gay community.

She has been a civil celebrant since 1995 with “ A Ceremony by Design … true to your relationship…”, defining her approach to commitment. Susan has done it all – complex traditional rituals, “ short and sweet” legalities, alternative ceremonies… all reflecting the personal style of her couples and capturing the tone they wish for. A marriage starts in the heart, and straight or gay, Susan will honour the celebration of your commitment and the expression of your vows. For a personal conversation, call Susan on 0408 826 743, visit www.ceremonybydesign.com.au or email susan@ceremonybydesign.com.au.









I have been a Celebrant in the Blue Mountains for several years, and have been fortunate to celebrate many ceremonies.

A particular joy I have is being able to work with couples looking for a commitment ceremony. In my experience they are always loving and heartfelt ceremonies and can be shared with as few or as many people you like.

I write all ceremonies from beginning to ensure I capture the essence of who the individual people are as well as the story of their relationship together. For me, being so particular and taking the time needed to shape a ceremony with a couple, is not a chore. I love doing it.

I know that on the actual day, when I deliver the ceremony, I have created a true reflection of a couple’s life together and of the strength of their commitment to each other. It is something they will be proud to remember for many years.

For some couples, having a commitment ceremony sets the stage to be legally married when Australia finally catches up with our NZ cousins. For others it is a public declaration of their love and their life together as it is today. Whatever it is for you, I would welcome the opportunity to help you celebrate.

Give me a call on 0428652188 or send me an email at js.celebrant@bigpond.com

My website www.jscelebrant.com.au will also give you a real sense of the services I offer. It also includes many questions and answers you may have.

As part of this page I have included a testimonial and photo of a ceremony I recently celebrated at the beautiful Blackheath Gardens. It was an honour to be asked by Stewart and Scott. I hope their words will encourage you to make an enquiry. I know I will be able to provide you with equally good and professional service.


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Judy was instrumental in making our day special. She allowed us to collaborate with her in creating a distinct and personal ceremony, and produced a beautiful final ceremony that many of our friends remarked upon. Throughout, her concern for the finer details reassured us we were in the right hands; and her professional manner and sheer charm meant we had someone who was not merely a celebrant, but someone who was vital to our ceremony and truly believed in our union. She comes highly recommended.