About Sue Raward the Gold Coast Marriage Celebrant

Sue Raward and David Thatcher on their wedding day in 2004

Sue and Dave's Valentine's Day Wedding, 14th February 2004 beside the Little Tallebudgera Creek at Broadbeach Waters, Cascade Gardens in the background.

Awesome celebrant! She is fun and super relaxed and we are so happy she was part of our special day! ...
Read more of this testimonial from April 2019.
(obviously not written by Dave or I).

Marriage certainly is an institution that I believe in. So much so, that I am I married my husband David Thatcher on Valentine's Day back in 2004 (at least he can never forget our anniversary!). It was a beautiful balmy afternoon and we were married by Gold Coast Civil Celebrant Helene Spencer (now retired) in the front yard of my parents-in-law's house at Broadbeach Waters.

So whether you are planning a relaxed, laid-back wedding (like ours) or something more formal or even something totally over the top complete with a flash mob and celebrity crooner (I hear Michael Buble is available), I know I can fit in with your desires and dreams for a perfect day.

During my working life I have been a secondary school teacher, a consultant naturopath at a 5-star health retreat and a company trainer for a national health and lifestyle company.

I was first registered as a Marriage Celebrant on the 17th of October 2015 then later on after officiating at a swag of weddings I took the leap of faith and gave up my day job in August 2018 so have been a full time Marriage Celebrant from then on. Since I started being a celebrant I have conducted exactly 209 weddings (as at the 18th November 2019) and have seriously loved every minute of this amazing job, especially meeting the loved up couples and getting them married in a way that suits the style of their relationship.

Throughout my career, effective communication, confidence in public speaking and meticulous planning have been a large part of my various job descriptions, so I have the skills to design and deliver your ceremony in a professional and entertaining way.

I want to be a part of your ceremony because I am passionate about making your big day exactly as you wish it to be. Being a civil celebrant is something that I believe I was truly meant to do. There is nothing more rewarding than witnessing others happiness and joy as it is truly infectious, so I consider being a celebrant not so much a job, but a privilege.

Sue reciting her marriage vows to husband David

Sue reciting her marriage vows to husband David under the watchful eye of celebrant Helene Spencer (now retired).

I will do everything to ensure your ceremony is the perfect day it deserves to be.

I have been told I have a warm and friendly personality but you will have to be the judge of that, you could review my testimonials or ask my friends and referees but the best course of action is to call me or even pop in and visit me to see how we gel.

I love meeting new people and would be honoured to have to opportunity to work with you in creating a ceremony that exceeds your expectations.

Please feel free to give me a call anytime on 0403 605 057 for an obligation-free chat about your upcoming event and to organise a time to meet, alternatively you can email me at

Call Sue on 0403605057