Tanya McDonald

Professional Experience

I completed my Certificate IV in Celebrancy in 2014 through Australian Celebrations Training and became registered as an authorised marriage celebrant in August of that same year.
Every year as a government requirement for registered marriage celebrants, I complete 5 hours of ongoing professional development training.
I also regularly attended additional training to keep my skills and knowledge up to date and relevant.

Why I Became A Celebrant

When my husband Bruce and I married in 2005 we ran away together to the Whitsundays and had the ceremony performed by a marriage celebrant on one of the islands.  The location was romantic and our celebrant was fantastic. 

After our wedding, the dream of becoming a marriage celebrant was ignited.  For as long as I can remember I have always loved weddings and what they represent.

What I believe as a celebrant

I believe strongly that being a celebrant is more than just conducting the ceremony. The celebrant needs to be there every step of the way.

From the moment you select me as your celebrant I will be there to help with your journey to the alter.

I will help inspire you in new and exciting ways. I can help you to manage any challenge during your wedding planning, with a smile. You can be confident that all the required marriage documents will be completed and submitted as per the Marriage Act 1961. I will provide you with lots of ideas and information on how to create a unique and personal ceremony.

And at your wedding ceremony, I will create an awesome atmosphere that will be fun and engaging so you and your guests will have wonderful memories of your special moment for years to come.

A Little About Me

I am 52 years young, married to Bruce, and mum to Thomas.

We moved to Millthorpe in 2012, a beautiful Historic Village in Central West NSW. This same year we added our fur baby Trixie to our family. Then in 2016 we purchased an acre of land and built our dream home.

I love to travel and have visited beautiful destinations in Australia and many countries around the world.

I also love to cook, entertain and hang out with my friends. There is nothing better than enjoying good food, a nice bottle of wine, and great company.


  • Australia Bridal Industry Awards Finalist 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021
  • ABIA Creditation since 2019
  • Orange Business Awards Finalist 2019 & 2020 for experienced leader and elegance in my business field