Tanya C. McDonald

Marriage Celebrant
7 Years

Professional Experience

I completed my Certificate IV in Celebrancy in 2014 through Australian Celebrations Training Pty Ltd.

I then applied for and received my registration as a fully authorised marriage celebrant from the Attorney General’s Department. Since then I have been able to perform legal marriages and life milestone ceremonies throughout Australia. 

Since then I have had the honour of marrying over 120 couples throughout NSW and the ACT.

I have also conducted funerals, commitment, naming, and renewal of vows ceremonies.


  • Australian Federation of Civil Celebrants
  • Her Bride His Groom
  • Funeral Celebrants Associations
  • ABIA (Australia Bridal Industry Awards)
  • Civil Celebrations Network


  • Australia Bridal Industry Awards Finalist 2016
  • Australia Bridal Industry Awards Finalist 2017
  • Australia Bridal Industry Awards Finalist 2018
  • Winner of the Brides Choice Awards 2018
  • Australia Bridal Industry Awards Finalist 2019
  • Orange Business Awards Finalist 2019
  • ABIA Credited 2019
  • Australia Bridal Industry Awards Finalist 2020
  • Orange Business Awards Finalist 2020

Why I Became A Celebrant

When my husband Bruce and I married 15 years ago 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. With the ideas and suggestions our celebrant gave us for the ceremony and the help we were given in organising our special day, we ended up with great memories.

I have loved weddings and what they represent for as long as I can remember. After our wedding, the dream of becoming a marriage celebrant was ignited. Since becoming a celebrant I am able to fulfil my passion and at the same time help others to bring their dreams and ideas into life through their ceremonies.

A Little About Me

I am 51 years young, married to Bruce and am the mother to my wonderful son, Thomas.

We have lived in Millthorpe since 2012, a beautiful Historic Village in the Central West NSW. In 2016 we purchased an acre of land and built our dream home.

The same year we moved to Millthorpe we also added our wonderful fur baby Trixie to our family.

As a family, we love to travel and have visited beautiful destinations in Australia as well as Vietnam and Europe.

Bruce and my wedding day
Thomas and Trixie
Our family trip around Europe in 2019