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Welcome to our 2021 Conference for Celebrants, students and interested persons. 

We are offering a wonderful array of top trainers presenting three inspiring topics, capped off with a panel session to answer all your questions. 

We will be announcing the panel presenters very shortly. 


Conference Details

Conference date Monday 13 December, 2021 - 1:00 pm
Conference end date Monday 13 December, 2021 - 6:00 pm
Conference Fee $150.00
Location Zoom teleconferencing LIVE TRAINING SESSION

Registration and Networking

1:10pm - 1:15pm

Welcome and Housekeeping

1:15pm - 2:15pm

Dealing with the unexpected

Presenter: Nicole Penning and Sally Cant

This topic will provide examples, and initiate discussion about some unexpected and unusual situations that celebrants have found themselves confronted with. Then how they were able to resolve them. We have probably all had experience of some kind with the unexpected happening at ceremonies. Sharing solutions can help us provide insights. The insights will benefit celebrants greatly when striving to deliver an excellent service to our client couples and families.

2:15pm - 3:15pm

So you think you know grammar!

Presenter Diane More

Grammar underpins the way we communicate. Without grammar there is no logic to our sentences. Grammar assists us to understand each other as we speak or as we read. It removes ambiguity by assisting a common understanding of the spoken or written word. This topic will explore the mechanics of our language and how it best works to our advantage when dealing with couples, suppliers etc. and in ceremony writing. We will work through some common mistakes made in sentence construction. Example paragraphs from ceremonies will be given to small groups to work through and decide the correct way to construct them.

3:15pm - 3:30pm

Lunch Break

3:30pm - 4:30pm

De-constructing 3 complex funerals

Presenter: Sally Cant

This topic will work through three very difficult funerals. This will enable to celebrants to workshop issues and decide how best to handle them. They are real life case studies which will allow those present to discuss what did happen and what could have been changed to improve the outcome.

4:30pm - 5:30pm

Panel Session

Presenters: Sally Cant and Nicole Penning,  panel members will be announced shortly.  

This wonderful group of panel members will answer all your questions.

5:30pm - 5:45pm



Sally has a been an authorised celebrant since 1995, Training celebrants since 2001

  • Owner and Director of The Celebrant Training College (Australia)
  • Owner and Director of The Celebrant Training College (NZ)
  • CERT IV in Celebrancy CHC40115 and a Grad Dip of Celebrancy
  • TAE40116 CERT IV in Training and Assessment
  • Author of The Heart and Soul of Celebrancy 
  • Author of Conversations About Death -
  • Board member of The Groundswell Poject 
  • Member of the inaugural FIMAC - Funeral Industry Ministerial Advisory Council
  • Previously Lectured at - RMIT and Swinburne University in Marketing, Public Relations, Celebrancy and Information Technology.
  • Former Vice President of NDAN - Natural Death Advocacy Network
  • 20 years - CEO of Communication Agencies
  • Member of CANZ - Celebrant Association of NZ
  • Corporate MC
  • Award winning artist


Nicole Penning has been a vibrant and passionate Full-time Authorised Marriage Celebrant since 2009.

  • CERT IV in Celebrancy CHC42608 
  • TAE40116 CERT IV in Training and Assessment
  • Nicole is considered a leader and mentor within the Wedding Industry, advising new Celebrants on their practices and how to be the best Celebrant they can be.
  • Described by her peers as “The best in the business”, by fellow Wedding Suppliers as “A new breed of Celebrant” and is introduced as “Geelong Wedding Royalty!” or the “Queen of Weddings”…
  • Nicole is extremely sought after, strongly recommended and always in high-demand! Nicole prides herself on knowing Marriage Law whilst always being friendly, warm and welcoming.
  • 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, she is comfortable in front of a crown or just as seamlessly is able to strike up raport easily one-on-one.
  • We challenge you to find someone that loves being a Celebrant, just as much as Nicole! She lives, breathes and sleeps celebrancy, she would eat it if she could! 


Appointed a celebrant in 2009. Training celebrants since 2011

  • CERT IV in Training and Assessment TAE40110
  • CERT IV in Celebrancy CHC41015
  • Flight Service Director Air New Zealand 1972 – 2002.
  • Team manager and Crew Presenters 1998 to 2002,


  • BA Psychology and Sociology
  • Cert IV Business Management
  • Originally a Nurse and policy writer, Diane has been involved in the celebrant industry for a number of years.   
  • She is passionate about grammar and the English language and will lead a session on improving celebrants’ writing skills.