brian&jeanBrian and Jean Venten

papillon.Papillon visiting Magnetic Island


Who am I?

Hi, my name is Brian Venten. Originally from Melbourne, and now living in North Queensland. I am involved full time working in the celebrant industry as a marriage and funeral celebrant based in Townsville, Queensland. and am available to perform ceremonies including weddings, renewal of vows, funerals and baby naming throughout the Townsville, Magnetic Island, Bowen and Whitsunday regions.

For many years I worked in an educational and people serving role and more recently in various hands on management roles within the building industry. I have a Bachelor of Theology, am a registered Civil Marriage Celebrant and am a Commissioner for Declarations..

 Family and Social Interests...

Outside of work commitments and civil celebrant engagements, I am a father of three adult children and also enjoying being a 'Grand Pop' as well.

Spare time is devoted to the hobby of playing music and together with my wife Jean, we spend as much time as we can sailing around the Townsville region in our yacht Papillon.

Jean is a keen photographer and you will find samples of her photography through out this website.


Choosing a celebrant...

How do people go about choosing a celebrant? That's a really good question and I think, in a general sense, it must be a tough call for couples, families or individuals to make that decision. Maybe it has to do with having a sense of 'connection' with a person, or perhaps something about the 'presence' of a person and their ability to carry themselves well. Maybe it has to do with feeling 'personally valued' by the celebrant. I often reflect on this subject as no doubt you have.... hopefully my celebrant services will meet your needs.

As a professional, I have always been hesitant to put in a public forum the various comments that my clients have proffered in respect to using my celebrant services. At the same time, I recognise how difficult the choice must be for clients in knowing whom to choose as a celebrant for a particular event. To help in making that choice, I have included client comments at various points throughout this website together with the feedback forms clients have optionally returned to me. A range of sentiments are expressed and I hope you find them meaningful.