Initially we get together for an informal meeting before you make a decision about securing my services. If you decide to proceed with me as your celebrant a $200 ‘save the date’ deposit is required.
What paperwork is required?
Although you are welcome to meet with me personally, for convenience, all of the paperwork (see below) and design of the ceremony can be completed electronically (the originals to be sighted later). My forms and resources are electronic.
- The NOIM – A completed Notice of Intended Marriage form must be lodged with me between 18 months before and no later than one month prior to your proposed marriage.
- You and your partner will need to provide me with copies of your Birth Certificates. If you were born overseas you can provide me with your overseas passport instead of a Birth Certificate.
- Where appropriate I will also need to sight original versions of Decree Absolute if divorced, Death Certificate if widowed, Change of Name Certificate or re-issued Birth Certificate.
- New legislation introduced in 2015 requires photo ID, either your driver’s license or your passport will be suitable.
- You will also need to provide the full names of your two witnesses.
All the paperwork will be checked off and signed at the rehearsal, usually the Sunday before the wedding or a week or two before the wedding if you are not having a rehearsal.
Do you write the ceremony?
I am happy to advise and/or write the ceremony in consultation with you.
The resources provided include sample weddings, readings and vows to make planning your wedding even easier. You are welcome to meet, email, and phone me as much as you need to.
Do you have a PA?
- I provide a powerful PA system for the ceremony, and to play your music if required and a ‘wireless’ microphone for readings and vows (it is a legal requirement that all guests are able to hear the ceremony).
- In addition, I provide electronic resources.
- Preparation of all the legal paperwork.
- Designing the ceremony (in consultation with you).
- Unlimited draft, emails and phone calls.
- Solemnisation of your marriage.
- Lodgement by registered mail of all legal documents to Births Deaths & Marriages.
- Official Marriage certificate & presentation copy of your ceremony.
What are your fees?
The Ultimate Package – $680
Winter Special (June – August) $550 – save $130.00
Naming Ceremonies – $450
Commitment Ceremonies – $580
Renewal of Vows – $580
Balance of fees to be paid 3 weeks before the wedding or at the rehearsal.
Do we need a rehearsal?
Not necessarily, but I am happy to get together with you to run through what will happen on the day.
An on-site rehearsal will incur an extra fee and will need to be negotiated depending on day, time and distance.
How long does the ceremony last?
The average ceremony takes about 20 minutes. Generally a wedding ceremony consists of several parts beginning with the entrance of the Bride/bridesmaids usually to music (the Groom and attendants are already in place) then:
- Welcome or Introduction (celebrant to the guests).
- Giving away/presentation of the Bride (optional).
- Reading (friend or special person).
- Celebrant reciting Monitum/Authorisation from the Marriage Act (a legal requirement).
- The Asking – the celebrant asks the bride and groom if they take one another as husband and wife. (Here’s where you get to say “I do”!)
- Recitation of the Wedding Vows either traditional or words written by the couple (the legal requirement here is the prefix to the vows which is “In the presence of these witnesses, I (full name), take you (name) to be my lawful wedded wife/husband”.
- Exchange of rings and/or other symbolic event like lighting candles, drinking wine, etc.
- Reading/s by celebrant, friend, guest or the bride or the groom.
- Declaration of Marriage (celebrant declares the couple husband and wife) and the first kiss as a married couple!
- Signing – the Register and the Marriage Certificate are signed by the bride and groom, the two witnesses and the celebrant and the Marriage Certificate is presented to the couple.
- Congratulations and presentation.
How far will you travel?
I am happy to travel but if the distance of a return journey between the celebrant’s home and the place of marriage exceeds 80 kilometres there will be an additional fee to be agreed between us (similarly if accommodation is required).
What if the wedding is cancelled?
In the event that the ceremony is cancelled by you, the deposit is non-refundable. Should either of you cancel the ceremony within 30 days of the scheduled ceremony date having paid the balance, no refunds will be paid (at our first meeting you will receive a statement of fees in writing plus a copy of the conditions and refund policy). In case of unforeseen circumstances and I cannot attend the wedding I will organise a substitute celebrant.