The list below guides you through the process for creating a wedding ceremony with me – from our first contact to your amazing wedding day.
The first contact
The first step in getting married is to contact me using the Quick Contact Form. Please let me know some brief details about you, including when you wish to get married. I will then check that I am available on that date. Celebrants can get very busy, particularly in the warmer months, so be sure to make contact as soon as you have a date in mind for your wedding. The size and style of your wedding is, of course, up to you. It’s your day! It may be small and intimate, casual and relaxed, or lavish with all the traditional trimmings. Each couple has their own ideas about their ultimate wedding ceremony, and there is a lot to be considered – who to invite, venue, music, vows, rings, special requirements etc.
Let’s meet! Our first meeting . . .
I am excited about meeting you. The best part of my work is meeting couples from different backgrounds and walks of life, getting to know them, creating a ceremony that is unique to them and ultimately bringing them together in marriage.
- Let’s meet so that we can start to discuss what sort of wedding you want
- We will look at a range of options and have a chat about how we will create your ceremony. I will happily show you the resources I use.
- We will check all the legal requirements for your wedding, so that you have a clear idea of what paperwork is needed and when.
- If you wish to proceed with me as your Celebrant, then we will complete a booking form and I will ask you to pay a non-refundable deposit of $200.
From the time of our first meeting, you can email or phone me as much as you like, to ask questions, seek my advice or sound out ideas.
Our second meeting . . .
- We will meet again to firm up ideas to help create your ceremony – what it will look and feel like. I will help you choose music, poems, readings, and other parts of your ceremony that reflect what you are looking for. And, of course, if you already have an idea of the type of music, etc that you’d like, even better!
- Please bring with you any content you’d like woven into your ceremony. We will also have a chat about who else will be participating and their roles – eg bridesmaids, groomsmen, parents, readers and witnesses. It’s important to note that your wedding ceremony must be witnessed by two people who speak and understand English, and who are at least 18 years of age. They will be required to witness the ceremony and sign the certificates.
- I will need to sight identification that is relevant to your personal status. Please bring with you:
- Proof of Birth
You must provide proof of birth by original birth certificate or your passport. If you cannot find your original birth certificate and were born in Australia, you can obtain your birth certificate by applying at the Victorian Registry of Births Deaths & Marriages http://www.bdm.vic.gov.au/ If you were born overseas, you can provide either your original birth certificate or foreign passport, both of which must be legible in the English language.
- Previous Marriage
If you are divorced you must provide an original Certificate of Divorce from the Family Court, legible in English. Information on how to obtain a copy of the certificate of divorce can be found at http://www.familycourt.gov.au/. If you are widowed, you need to provide an original Death Certificate from the Victorian Registry of Births, Deaths & Marriages http://www.bdm.vic.gov.au/. The Certificate must be legible in English.
- Notice of Intended Marriage
It is a legal requirement that you complete the Notice of Intended Marriage (NOIM) and submit it to me at least one month prior to your wedding day. Please bring the (NOIM) to this meeting. You can download the NOIM here:
I would encourage you to read carefully the notes on page 2 of the NOIM and follow all the instructions. If you are confused or need help in filling out the NOIM, please contact me for assistance, using the Quick Contact Form.
- Booking from Interstate or Overseas
If you are from interstate or overseas and are getting married in gorgeous Victoria, you have made a great choice for your wedding. You will need to contact me by using the Quick Contact Form to check my availability. You can download the Notice of Intended Marriage (NOIM) at http://www.bdm.vic.gov.au/home/marriages/notice+of+intended+marriage+form, complete it and have your signature/s witnessed. I’d urge you to read the notes carefully on page 2 of the NOIM and follow all the instructions. Once you have this completed and signed, you can email it to me to secure your booking.
- Immigration / Couples from Overseas
If your fiancée is intending to marry you in Australia and is currently located overseas, you need to complete the Notice of Intended Marriage (see above), and give it to me, along with a proposed wedding date. If you need documents translated I’d suggest you contact the National Accreditation Authority for Translators and Interpreters (NAATI) http://www.naati.com.au/.
When I have received all your paperwork, I will send a letter to the Department of Immigration and Border Protection stating that you have booked me to be your celebrant at your wedding and that you have completed the Notice of Intended Marriage.
Our third meeting . . .
- I shall send you the first draft of your ceremony, which we will discuss at this meeting, making changes and tweaking it until it is perfect
- I shall provide you with further hints and tips on how to make the most of your day.
- Within a couple of weeks of your wedding, we’ll hold a rehearsal with you and your bridal party and other ceremony participants at the venue. This will enable us to step through the ceremony. This does two things: it helps calm the nerves on the day and it allows us to make any final tweaks that are necessary.
- We will discuss how to make the most of your venue.
- At the rehearsal, we will also check that the details on all the paperwork are correct
- It’s at this point that you will pay the balance of my fee ($600).
- We will already have been through the ceremony at the rehearsal. So today – your day – we will hold the most amazing ceremony that has been designed specifically for you
- I shall arrive at the venue at least 45 minutes before the ceremony, allowing me plenty of time to set up and speak to anybody who is participating – particularly with regard to readings, music, witnesses etc
- I shall provide a professional quality audio system
- As part of the ceremony, we will complete and sign all the legal paperwork
- I shall present you with a printed marriage certificate and a copy of your wedding ceremony for you to keep
- I will lodge the paperwork with the Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages within 48 hours.