Zena Lythgo Melbourne Celebrant
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Zena Lythgo Melbourne Celebrant

Zena Lythgo


Hi, I’m Zena  & I am a young Otways, Geelong & Melbourne based wedding & funeral celebrant. I became a celebrant because connecting with people, hearing their stories & helping you share them with your loved ones sounds like the best time going round to me.

Do you want the process of planning your ceremony to be easy, fun & rewarding?

My role is a support one. I am here to guide you, give you choices & make things simple, calm & reflective along the way.

The couples I work with want to do something different to the norm… They aren’t overly traditional & don’t want their day to be a cliché that feels separate from who they are. They want simple, heartfelt & honest.  Does this sound like you?

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I like to make the process as collaborative as possible, that way it’ll be the truest representation of the two of you.

A winning wedding ceremony is an honest reflection of who you are day to day. It allows everyone to have a few laughs (with you, not at you), and is an engaging and heartfelt experience that your guests feel a part of! It raises the energy in the room and leaves everyone feeling privileged to have been invited in to that moment with you.

Planning a wedding can be busy and high-pressure.

Ceremony planning should be the opposite:

  • It is a chance to reflect on what brought you to this place.
  • And where you want to go together in the future.
  • It shouldn’t feel like work.
  • It should be fun, a little revealing & very insightful.

Amongst the busyness that is planning your wedding, ceremony planning is a chance to pause and reflect on why you chose each other and get excited for the day ahead.

Your wedding should be:

  • Fun and easy
  • Calm and authentic
  • Organised and individual

I am Melbourne based – but love to road trip to scenic locations!

If this sounds like the way you’d like to collaborate, then please get in touch. I look forward to connecting with you.

How it all works

Get in Touch

We’ll chat and book in a time for a face to face meeting

Let’s Meet

We’ll get to know each other and discuss your dream wedding


We plan your ceremony down to the nitty gritty details

Let’s discuss your ceremony!

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Good times with great people

Feeling the Love

Amazing! She was so easy to get along with, we felt so relaxed around her which helped us to open up around her and allow her to get to know us and create a beautiful ceremony.

Tessa Z.

A few words from my lovely couples

Zena was an absolute pleasure to deal with from start to finish. She easily adapted to our unique wedding ceremony and was mistaken as a guest by many of our relatives as she blended so perfectly with our nearest and dearest friends before she delivered the ceremony flawlessly.

Aaran H.

Zena was such an amazing celebrant and genuinely warm and kind person to be around. She took a great deal of time to get to know us as a couple and put immense effort into making our ceremony so special. She was calm, collected and extremely well spoken.

Stephanie H.

Zena Was an absolute delight to deal with. She made everything easy, we felt comfortable opening up with her to share our story. Everyone commented on how real and beautiful the ceremony was and that they felt the love in the room. It was exactly what we wanted.

Connie W.

Zena was fantastic! She was flexible and accommodating and worked with my partner and I to achieve exactly what we wanted for the day. I loved working with Zena and would recommend it highly!

Shannon G.
2nd September 2016

Zena was absolutely perfect. She made what we thought would be such an awkward part of our wedding to organise so enjoyable. Our ceremony was relaxed, casual and so ‘us’. We’ve had so many comments that ours was the best ceremony our family and friends have ever witnessed.

Paige P.
7th October 2016

Zena was absolutely fantastic! She was one of the best suppliers we had dealt with. Zena was very relaxed and accommodating. Zena was fantastic with even the littlest thing. She had great attention to detail with what we wanted and what we didn’t want.

Vincent S.
12th November 2016

We clicked with Zena immediately. She was warm, friendly, natural and caring. Very reasonably priced considering the time and effort she put in to writing and planning our ceremony. She really went above and beyond in every way. We cannot recommend her highly enough.

Caroline E.
25th November 2016

Amazing! She was so easy to get along with, we felt so relaxed around her which helped us to open up around her and allow her to get to know us and create a beautiful ceremony.

Tessa Z.
17th December 2016

I would like to thank and congratulate our amazing celebrant Zena on a wonderful experience. She was very pleasant to deal with, a relaxed personality which takes the edge off the nerves on the big day. A very organised and well planned ceremony. Very highly recommended. Regards, Dino & Ajla.

Ajla D.
5th Jan 2017

Zena was absolutely wonderful and it was a pleasure having her conduct our ceremony. Zena made sure she made the time to sit down with me and my husband to get to know us as a couple and I felt this was reflected in her ceremony. She was stress free, and so easy to work with! She is so calmn and just a beautiful soul to work with! Thank you for being there for our special day!

Georgina C.
7th Jan 2017

Zena was perfection! We felt completely comfortable as if she was one of our friends. We were worried with how some celebrants can be quite naff but Zena interpreted our relationship and requests so incredibly well. She has a beautiful soul and we would recommend her in a heart beat!

Bonnie J.
3rd Feb 2017

Zena was absolutely amazing, she spent the time with us to get to know us and wrote a customised ceremony which captured everything about us. Zena was very easy to work with and nothing was too much trouble. We have had great feedback from our family and friends on the day about the service Zena prepared for us. Highly recommend her to anyone after a one of a kind ceremony.

Jena B.
7th April 2017

a bit about me

We get to know a lot about you… Here are some random, albeit curated, tid bits about me!

I used to hate olives and now I eat them by the jarful! I drink cups of tea as big as my head, like to hula hoop, listen to podcasts & go on road trips in my campervan Nel. I try to get down to the Otways to stay with my fella as often as I can. We have a caravan down there (& a fire place. Essential!).

I work weekends these days but you will still find me having a BOOGIE at a music festival atleast once a year!

I am a sucker for a cause and have a penchant for getting euphoric and saying ‘these are the moments’.

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Charity Work - ZENA | Fun Melbourne Celebrant | Ceremonies + Weddings

Before I was a fulltime celebrant I worked at SisterWorks Inc.

SisterWorks is a not for profit social enterprise that supports women of asylum seeker refugee and migrant backgrounds to work towards financial independence and settle happily in Australia.

These women are my family & I still volunteer there today, because I get so much out of being apart of this community. I find that having this connection in my week is especially important when I work from home.

SisterWorks has also taught me the importance of making a contribution; A percentage of the fee I charge couples is donated directly to SisterWorks to support this organisation to continue to grow.

My most recent project there has been working with my gal Petronia, helping her to design and digitally print her fabrics. It is the best fun EVER!!! This ipad is usually only used for ceremony writing, it’s SO nice doing something creative with it as well!

Marriage Equality - ZENA | Fun Melbourne Celebrant | Ceremonies + Weddings

Doesn’t this photo look like the best time ever! I gotta be honest, it really was. I worked in one of Melbourne’s BEST gay bars for five golden years: SIRCUIT! Here, I had the opportunity to discuss marriage equality with many people. These conversations with dear friends and complete strangers left me clear on one thing, this issue mattered! And when equal marriage was finally recognized I wanted to be a part of it. Because, you know: love is love.

I am not sure I would even have become a celebrant if I hadn’t had these conversations. Marriage wasn’t really on my radar!

So now marriage equality has been passed and it is the new normal – woohoo! (about time!) But I understand that for a lot of couples, the wedding industry is still complex to navigate & pretty heteronormative.

It is really important to me, that the experience I offer couples feels genuine, safe & fun every step of the way ; not just for you but everyone you invite to be a part of your day with you.

Industry Mates…

Otherways to work with me

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