About Nicole

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Nicole Penning is a knowledgeable, experienced, generous and undeniably passionate Authorised Marriage Celebrant. Described by her peers as “The best in the business”, by fellow Wedding Suppliers as “A new breed of Celebrant”, introduced as “Geelong Wedding Royalty” and given the title by her couples as “The Queen of Weddings” and “My Wedding’s Fairy God Mother”.

She specialises in performing Weddings, Renewal of Vows, Commitment Ceremonies, Funerals, Naming Days, and can even be your Wedding Day Personal Assistant and Celebrant Coach throughout Geelong and surrounding areas, but is always keen to travel interstate if need be. (With Celebrant Coaching available over Zoom too of course!)

Nicole’s popularity with all genres of couples and families has seen her perform over 600 ceremonies since 2009, so you can be confident you’re in experienced and professional hands.

Nicole is considered a leader and mentor within the Geelong Wedding Industry, advising new Celebrants on their practices on how to be the best they can be whilst taking newly registered Celebrants under her wing to help them out when they first start!

Since 2016, Nicole has been training fellow Celebrants through The Celebrants Training College in Australia and New Zealand and prides herself on helping other Celebrants marry their couples at a gold standard- even advising Celebrants from the USA on their practices.

After completing her Certificate IV in Training and Assessment, it is with great pride and excitement that Nicole is now teaching the Certificate IV in Celebrancy through The Gordon Institute of Tafe in Geelong

Nicole is also the administrator of three Facebook Groups/Pages dedicated to Celebrants and their services in Geelong including supporting Marriage Equality.

Friendly, upbeat, humorous, Nicole will engage your guests and fit naturally with your wedding party, allowing you and your partner to just relax and enjoy as she seamlessly runs the most important day of your life. Your friends will think she is part of your family by how connected Nicole is to all of her couples.

Nicole has studied a Bachelor of Applied Science in Hospitality Studies at R.M.I.T, and worked in Restaurant, Hotel, Resort & Event Management, Sales & Recruitment.  Her background means she knows how to run an event – and all the challenging situations and diverse personalities they entail!

With over 25 years’ public speaking experience, Nicole can adapt her style from a gentle tone for an intimate gathering to confidently voicing a ceremony in front of hundreds of guests.

Nicole fiercely supported the Marriage Equality Campaign, by starting Facebook groups in support for Wedding Industry Professionals in Geelong and attended many meetings, workshops and rallies fighting for equal Marriage rights for all Australians.

Nicole joined forces with her colleague and ally, fellow Celebrant Anita Jenkins by co-creating “Geelong Celebrants for Marriage Equality” in the fight for Marriage Equality for all Australians.

Geelong Celebrants for Marriage Equality