Congratulations on your decision to get married.
You may have very clear ideas about your ceremony, you may have no idea at all. It’s all good. My role as your celebrant is to support you and give you the tools to co-create a ceremony that truly reflects you as a couple whilst taking care of all the legal requirements.
Our first meeting
Your first step is to contact me so that we can check my availability and arrange to meet for a complementary, obligation-free chat for about half an hour. This will be a chance to share your vision for your wedding, get a sense of my offerings, ask any questions you may have and discern whether I’m the right fit for you. I will give you some sample ceremonies and other planning information to get you started.
Our second meeting
Once you feel I am the right fit for you, our second meeting will be arranged to complete a Notice of Intended Marriage , where I will also need to sight any legal documentation relating to the notice (please refer to ‘Legal Requirements’). The process of crafting your ceremony begins here. This is where I will ask you to share your first meeting, anecdotes about yourselves and your relationship and get a sense of you as a couple. If required, I am happy to provide you with further samples and selections of readings, music and rituals.
At this stage, I will also require a booking fee to secure my availability for your day.
Fine Tuning Your Ceremony
Following our second meeting, I will prepare the first draft of your ceremony and email it to you to ensure we are in alignment. You are welcome to contact me via email or phone as often as you like with any questions or fine tuning you may have. When you feel your ceremony is ‘just right’, the final draft will be completed and emailed to you for your approval. I will also provide you with your own keepsake copy on the day of your ceremony.
Should you choose to have a rehearsal, I strongly recommend having one no earlier than two weeks prior to your big day. It will help everything to run smoothly and will set you and your family/friends involved at ease.
You will also be required to sign a Statutory Declaration at this time, to confirm that you see no legal impediment in relation to your marriage.
If you do not wish to have a rehearsal, I will contact you to arrange a time in the week before the wedding, to sign this document and discuss any final details of the day.
Your Wedding Day
On the day of your wedding, I will arrive at the venue approximately 45 minutes prior to when the ceremony is due to begin, to ensure everything is in order.
A professionally printed Marriage Certificate will be presented to you at the end of the ceremony.
I will ensure that all legal documentation is completed and forwarded to the relevant authorities at the office of Births, Deaths and Marriages, where your marriage will be officially registered.
Approximately two to four weeks after your ceremony has taken place, I will post you a follow up letter containing an application form and instructions on how to apply for, an official Registry issued Marriage Certificate, which you will need to obtain in order to update any name changes. A feedback form will also be included so that I may continue to grow as a celebrant.