A simplified approach
Wedding planning has now reached dizzying heights, with nothing left to chance.
One of your most important decisions is about your celebrant, because without one of them, it's just a party!
You need to feel some affinity with a celebrant, and be confident with the services that s/he offers.
My aim is to ensure that your ceremony is just as you want, and with no stress.
General order of service
- Usually 20-30 minutes
- An introduction about the couple
- A reading of prose or poetry
- Vows and exchange of rings
- Another reading or a favourite song
- Celebrant declares you legally married
- Signing of the documents
- Presentation of the couple
This is not a prescriptive list, and can be changed to suit.
What I offer to you
- A personalised service that reflects what YOU want. I do not have a 'one size fits all' approach to any of my services, and write each one from scratch.
- An initial no-cost, no-obligation meeting for you to decide that you want to proceed with me as your celebrant.
- Information about the legal requirements, the forms that need to be completed and samples of readings and vows.
- A further meeting to complete the paperwork and start the planning of your wedding service.
- A draft of the service, as we will have discussed, for your approval.
- Ongoing and prompt communication and consultation, via phone, email or in person.
- A wedding rehearsal, either on-site or elsewhere, as appropriate.
- A realistic fee with no hidden costs (click through to see fees). Any additional costs, such as extended travel, overnight accommodation or extravagant costumes, will be clearly outlined and agreed at our first meeting.
A completed Notice of Intended Marriage (NOIM) form must be given to your celebrant no later than one month before the wedding. This is clarified in the examples below.
- Example 1: if the parties to an intended marriage give written notice (the NOIM) to a celebrant on 15 November 2018, the first day the marriage could be solemnised would be 15 December 2018.
- Example 2: if the parties to an intended marriage give the NOIM to the celebrant on 31 August, the first day the marriage could be solemnised would be 1 October that year. This is because September (being the calendar month after August) only has 30 days.
- Example 3: in a year that is not a leap year, the notice period for a NOIM given on 29, 30 or 31 January ends at the end of February in that year. For a NOIM given to a celebrant on 29, 30 or 31 January, the first day the marriage can be solemnised is 1 March of that year.
- Example 4: In a leap year, the notice period for a NOIM given on 29 January, ends on 28 February, and the first day that the marriage could be solemnised is 29 February of that year.
You can give the NOIM to your celebrant up to eighteen months before your wedding.
You don't have to be an Australian citizen or a permanent resident of Australia to legally marry here. However, you must meet the requirements to legally marry in Australia.
To be legally married in Australia, both people must:
- not be married to someone else
- not be marrying a parent, grandparent, child, grandchild, brother or sister
- be at least eighteen years old, unless a court has approved a marriage where one party is aged between sixteen and eighteen years old
- understand what marriage means and freely consent to becoming married
- use specific words during the ceremony
- give written notice of their intention to marry to their authorised celebrant.
You will need to give your celebrant ORIGINAL evidence of date and place of birth, identity and the end of any previous marriages for each party. You may also be asked to complete a statutory declaration to support your evidence.