My name is Gwen Ford I am qualified to undertake a variety of ceremonies including funerals and authorised by law to officiate marriages. My business Shoreline Ceremonies takes the name from Torquay, Victoria where I live and work as a Civil Celebrant

My business is centred on the following values and traits; trust, credibility, and honesty. You will find me to be well organised, cool, calm and collected and on time. My life experience as a nurse, midwife, teacher, wife and mother has given me a compassionate understanding of people’s hopes and needs and a sensitive communication style to assist with crafting ceremonies. You will find me flexible, punctual, reliable, and a having a genuine interest in creating a stress-free ceremony.

I belong to the:

  • Australian Federation of Civil Celebrants
  • Civil Celebrant’s Network
  • Surf Coast Business Women’s Group

General Information

A Celebrant enables people to feel at ease, in a non-religious atmosphere, by creating aspects of ceremony that bring feelings and emotions to the surface, and expressing them in a meaningful way. A Celebrant brings people together through inclusion in your ceremony, in a less formal manner.

As a Celebrant I listen carefully to your needs and wishes and help you to express your feelings sensitively and in a manner that you want them expressed. As a Celebrant I will give you time to think about what you really want included in a non-judgemental way, and I will assist you with ideas when needed. By enabling feelings to be expressed that is what a good ceremony does. I do this by researching and writing prose, selecting poems and music to your liking, then presenting ideas to you for you to choose from. From your selection the ceremony is structured into an order of service until you are happy with the proposed presentation.

Choosing a celebrant is not a luxury, it is a necessity. My business is centred on values of trust, credibility, punctuality, reliability and honesty. Meeting with you to learn about your ideas and discuss the details of your ceremony gives you the benefit of feeling assured that we can work together.

  • A well planned, stress free service
  • Our first meeting is obligation free
  • Two further meetings
  • Unlimited phone calls and emails
  • Clear well spoken voice with sound system to make sure everyone can hear
  • Professional approach
  • Suitable dress for the occasion
  • Complete attention, I only conduct one ceremony a day - yours.