Below is a rough outline of the process timelines:
- I will arrange a meeting to discuss your plans.
- On acceptance of my services, complete the Notice of Intended Marriage Form.
- In the months leading up to the wedding, we will keep in touch and or meet up again to discuss the format of the wedding (I can provide you with a wide range of materials and suggestions).
- One month before the Wedding, we will finalise your ceremony selections.
- Two weeks before the Wedding – sign remaining legal documentation and rehearse your ceremony.
- On the Wedding Day – I will conduct your Ceremony according to Australian Law.
- After you are married – I will register your marriage and forward all documentation to Births, Deaths and Marriages.
I am also available to officiate as MC at your wedding reception as well.
The key legal requirements to be met before I can marry you are as follows:
- Neither party must be lawfully married to someone else
- The parties must not form a prohibited relationship
- The consent of each party has not been obtained by duress or fraud
- Neither party is mentally incapable of understanding the nature and effect of the marriage ceremony
- Both parties must be of marriageable age.
The Notice of Intended Marriage Form (NOIM) must be completed at least one month and one day prior to your Wedding (I would suggest earlier rather than later to secure your date and time). It can also be lodged with me up to 18 months in advance of the Wedding.
The documents you need to supply for completing the NOIM are:
- If born in Australia ~ your Original Birth Certificate (If you need a copy please contact Births Deaths and Marriages in the State that you were born) or Australian Passport.
- If born abroad ~ your Original Birth Certificate or Overseas Passport.
- If either of you have been previously married then your Original Divorce Decree papers or Death Certificate of a previous spouse. (If you need a copy of your Divorce Paper please contact the Family Law Court in the State you were Divorced).
- Any documents in a foreign language must be translated into English and a Translation Certificate supplied.
This whole process can be extremely complicated but I have considerable experience with the Marriage Act and the documentation so can guide you through this whole process.
Under the 1961 Marriage Act, a marriage celebrant is obliged to provide information about family relationship services. When we first meet I will provide you with a brochure called “Happily Ever……Before and After” which will provide you with more details but suggested services are listed below.
- Prepare-Enrich – www.prepare-enrich.com.au
- Focus Australia – www.csme.catholic.org.au
- Interrelate – www.interrelate.org.au
- Relationships Australia – www.relationships.com.au
- Family Relationship Counsel – 1800 050 321
I have more options if none of these seem suitable or you have more specific requirements.
No two marriage ceremonies are the same. Different venues, guest numbers, bridal party sizes, cultural backgrounds and individual taste are just some of the things that make every marriage ceremony unique.
I am committed to help you create a marriage ceremony that fulfils your needs. I provide couples with an extensive choice of ceremonies and/or help them create their own. Below is a basic order of ceremony to give you some idea of the structure of my services.
- Processional (Bride and Groom entrance)
- Welcoming (I welcome friends and family and introduce myself)
- Giving away of the Bride
- Introduction (Brief paragraph about what marriage means to the couple and maybe a brief story of their meeting).
- Reading (although this may be anywhere in the service)
- Legal Monitum (Celebrant declaration by Celebrant)
- Declaration in Intention (Bride and Groom declaration to public)
- Vows (Standard or personalised).
- Ring Ceremony
- Declaration (where I have the honour of declaring you husband and wife)
- Signing of the Register
Whilst this is the standard order, this can be changed around as long as the legal wordings appear at some point. This is really your day so I can be as flexible as possible to suit both of your needs.
I have a considerable collection of suitable readings, poetry, prose, music and blessings that you may wish to incorporate into your ceremony.
It is extremely important that your ceremony meets your cultural upbringing and surroundings. I have been lucky enough to experience weddings from different cultures and tastes as well as the numerous different customs and rituals that are used in the services.
I am willing to assist with any cultural themes and requirements you may have and have managed to accumulate a number of different ideas which may assist you in creating the perfect wedding that will satisfy all your needs.
The code of practice for Marriage Celebrants (regulation 37L) states that celebrants must respect the privacy and confidentiality of parties. This can be done in a number of ways:
- Only discuss the wedding with the bride and groom.
- Hold meetings in a private location.
- Keep all paperwork in a locked filing cabinet and all computer files need to be password protected.
- All documentation no longer needed will be shredded.
Your marriage is between you and your fiancée and I will keep it so.
As a marriage celebrant I need to be aware of activities that may be an exercise of the exclusive rights of copyright owners and prevent infringement of copyright for which legal action could be taken.
For example, the performance of music during a wedding service do not need the usual public performance licenses as it is acknowledged that music plays a traditional role in services. However, a lpicense may be required from PPCA or APRA for performances at the reception.
I can provide guidance on what is needed based on your requirements.
When you agree to sign up to my services, I will require a 50% deposit. When you provide this deposit I will provide you with an itemized Statement of Fees. This statement will break down all individual costs, details of what has been paid and what remains outstanding. The statement will also detail when the outstanding payments need to be made. A sample Statement of fees is available on request.
My standard fee for my services is $680 per ceremony.
This package includes the cost of:
- Attending of initial meeting to discuss requirements.
- Unlimited ongoing communication throughout the planning of the ceremony.
- Rehearsal in the week ahead of the ceremony.
- The co-ordination of the wedding ceremony.
- Registration of marriage through Births, Deaths and Marriages.
There will be additional costs for travel to the ceremony location if outside of Metro cities.
Section 112 of the Marriage Act provides that where a celebrant considers it desirable to do so, they may use the services of an interpreter in or in connection with a marriage. Other key points to consider are:
- The interpreter must be a person other than a member of the wedding party.
- The interpreter must provide a Statutory Declaration stating their fluency in the relevant language.
- After the ceremony, the interpreter must provide a certificate of faithful performance of his or her services.
I can provide you with details of good interpreter providers if required.
It is extremely important that Marriage Celebrants are provided with feedback and an evaluation of their marriage services. I always provide a feedback form for customers to complete at the end of the service and I request that you provide me your thoughts (good or bad!) so I can continue to provide the highest possible level of customer service and meet all my customer’s needs.
I have been lucky enough to have been provided with a number of testimonials from happy customers offering kind words expressing how happy they are with my services. A sample of these comments can be found in the Testimonials section of the website.
The Registrar of Marriage Celebrants ensures a high quality of service will be provided by registered celebrants and encourages any complaints to be sent to them in writing within 3 months of the issue worthy of complaint taking place.
I can provide you with the contact details in the extremely unlikely situation where a need to make a complaint has arisen.