Celebrant Cameron Owens has married many of his friends.
Celebrant Cameron Owens has married many of his friends. Tony Martin

Bet between mates leads to dozens of marriages

DON'T go betting against Cameron Owens.

Commitment is what he's known for.

After betting his mates he would become a celebrant and marry them, not even the $2500 course fee, flights to Brisbane or nine months of studying would deter the 22-year-old.

Now he's got 76 marriages on his books.

"I went to school with a girl who was getting married and wanted me to be part of the bridal party," he said.

"Off the cuff, I bet I would marry them instead.

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"If I say I'm going to do something, nine out of 10 times I'm going to follow through with it."

Being part of people's special day and travelling to Australia's most picturesque locations quickly had Mr Owens hooked.

While he had a job as a purchasing officer and was studying a business degree, most weekends were spent getting people hitched.

"I just get a kick out of it," he said.

"I'm 25-years-old now so all my friends are starting to get married. I started doing their weddings but now all sorts of people have heard of me.

"I've even made friends just by attending their weddings. It's awesome."

As one of the youngest men in the trade, people were often sceptical when Mr Owen's announced his part-time job.

"But it's pretty cool when you can jump on the Attorney-General's website and show them your name is there," he said.

And as an unmarried man himself, the job has given plenty of food for thought when his own big day arrives.

He's been to backyard weddings, mock weddings and even surprise weddings.

"The most important things I reckon are that it's modern and humorous," he said.

"And definitely on a beach."

 

Marriage in Australia

  • Civil celebrants oversaw 72.5% of marriages
  • There were 118,962 marriages
  • Median age for males was 31.5, for females it was 29.5 years old.

(ABS, 2013)


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