What you need to do!
- Choose the date
- Book your Venue
- Contact me for an informal chat or by email
- Arrange a time to meet either in person or via Skype to discuss your plans
- Think about how you'd like your ceremony to be - for example; informal, relaxed, traditional, romantic, elegant, personalised or a mix of elements
- Book your chosen Celebrant immediately after your Venue is confirmed to avoid disappointment
What happens at our first meeting?
- I shall ask about your ideas and who you wish to include in your ceremony
- Offer ideas and suggestions on how your ceremony could evolve
- Discuss time frames for your ceremony and how long your ceremony could be
- Offer a vision of how your ceremony could 'look'
- Guide you comfortably through the legal process
What happens once you have booked my services?
- A deposit as agreed is required to secure your booking
- I shall offer a wide selection of ceremony elements, readings and vows from which you may choose ideas
- A wedding questionnaire for you to complete to your level of comfort
- An individual draft ceremony based on our conversations and the questionnaire so you may see how your ceremony 'could' look!
- I am available to liaise with you on every detail and shall work with you to deliver a ceremony beyond your expectations.
What does my service include?
- Lodgement of the Notice of Intended Marriage
- Working with you to create a personalised ceremony that reflects your ideas and values
- A professional PA system with dual speakers, a wireless head set microphone as well as a hand held microphone for your vows and/or reading.
- A printed Certificate of Marriage
- A presentation copy of your ceremony
- Lodgement of all legal documents with the Registry of Births Deaths and Marriages (BDM) to register your marriage
- Facilitate the application of your official marriage certificate from BDM once you are married This will save you having to apply to BDM after your marriage and produce 3 copies of your ID.
What are the Legal Requirements for Marrying in Australia?
A Notice of Intended Marriage must be completed and lodged with me at least one month prior to the date or your wedding. You can lodge this with me up to 18 months in advance of your wedding.
You can complete your Notice of Intended Marriage with me in person when we first meet – photo ID is required to proceed.
If you live overseas, interstate or regionally, the completed Notice of Intended Marriage can be scanned and emailed to me. The original can then be sent by express or registered post preferably immediately so that it is received well in advance of your wedding date.
Before you can be married you must present your birth certificate and/or your current passport.
You must be at least 18 years of age to marry in Australia.
If you have previously been married you must show the original of your Divorce Decree Absolute or a Death Certificate of a previous spouse. These documents must be sighted before you can be married.
You are required to have 2 witnesses to your marriage. Witnesses must be at least 18 years of age.
If you are bringing your partner into Australia on a prospective spouse visa I can provide you with a letter for the Immigration Department.