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Wedding and Marriage FAQ

Below is a list of some of the most common questions celebrants are asked. If you need more information regarding any aspect of my services, or cannot find the answer you are looking for, please do not hesitate to contact me.


General

  • Ensures your marriage meets the legal requirements in Australia.

  • My fee includes all consultations whether in person, by phone, by post or email, assistance with completion and lodgment of statutory paperwork, creation of ceremony in consult with couple, rehearsal, solemnisation of marriage, presentation copy vows and certificate, forwarding of paperwork to registry, assistance with completion and lodgment of application to obtain standard certificate from registry to enable change of name. Should additional transport (e.g. water taxi, etc.) be required the cost of same would need to be met.

  • Upon booking a non-refundable fee is paid to keep the date/time for you. The balance is then paid 4 weeks prior to the ceremony. Should you book less than 4 weeks prior to the ceremony the total fee is to be paid at that time. Other payment arrangements can be made upon request. Payment can be made by cash, cheque or electronic transfer.

Planning

  • As soon as you have chosen your date it is best to check my availability. Your Notice of Intended Marriage must be lodged with me no later than 1 month prior to your marriage. As the Notice is valid for 18 months from the date of lodgment, by attending to it as soon as you have your date, ensures you meet the time requirements.

  • For a civil ceremony it is not mandatory for you to partake in such a course but you will be given information regarding pre-marriage education programs that are available should you wish to partake.

  • Anywhere in Australia – for example beach, park, chapel, home, garden, hot air balloon. Should you wish to marry on a boat it must not be more than 12NM out to sea and the same applies to an aircraft (not more than 12M above Australian land).

  • The content of the ceremony is your choice provided the legal requirements are met.

  • Yes - this is a way to personalise your ceremony. There are certain words that must be included in the vows and you will be advised of these.

  • An average ceremony, runs for approximately 20 minutes. This is a guideline, so the ceremony is not too lengthy for you, or your guests, particularly if they are standing. This can include readings and sub-ceremonies (such as a covenant of sand, candle lighting etc.) and is not too extensive that you may feel overwhelmed with nerves and excitement.

    A short ceremony would be 5 - 10 minutes and this is usually when there is just the couple and the two witnesses, or a small group of guests, similar to a registry office ceremony or elopement.

  • Depending on your venue and number of guests, a PA system is supplied where considered necessary for your guests to hear the ceremony. A handheld microphone for the bride and groom, and for any guest readings, is available for your use.

  • Should I not be able to perform your ceremony, due to illness or other unforeseen circumstances beyond my control, another celebrant will be contacted to perform the ceremony. This arrangement is discussed at our initial meeting.

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