Common Questions

Below I’ve compiled answers to Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) for you. If you have additional questions, or you wish to book your occasion, you can do so HERE.
When should I book the Celebrant?

Book as soon as you have decided on your date, time and venue. Celebrants can be fully booked months in advance.

How long does a ceremony last?

The majority of ceremonies are 15-20 minutes long.  However, it can be as short or as long as you like, depending on what you want to include, as long as the minimum legal requirements are covered.  Longer wedding ceremonies usually have special rituals involved.

What paperwork do we need to lodge for our wedding?

In terms of legal documentation for your marriage, you will need to fill out a Notice of Intended Marriage Form. This needs to be officially lodged with me no earlier than 18 months and no later than one month before the date of the marriage.  You need to provide proof of identification, such as passport, or birth certificate and photo ID. If widowed or divorced, proof of eligibility to marry must also be produced.

When and where we can a couple marry?

A marriage occurring in Australia may be solemnised on any day, at any time, and at any place.  The marriage must be registered in the State or Territory where the marriage was solemnised.  

Can we elope?

Yes, elopements are very popular.  This can happen as long as you lodge the Notice of Intended Marriage Form within the legal timeframes. There will also need to be two witnesses over 18 years old present during the ceremony.

Is a booking fee required to secure your ocasion?
Yes,  I require a booking fee of $250 to secure the wedding date.
How many witnesses do we need?

You will need to have two witnesses who are 18 years or over and understand English. You may want to ask someone to be your witness that you could not include in the bridal party. This way they still play a role in your wedding. They will be required to sign the marriage certificate on the day. 

What are your wedding fees?

My fee is $550 and includes: 

Initial Meeting: (obligation free)

  • to discuss ideas for the outline of your ceremony
  • to look at sample ceremonies, readings, examples of vows, etc. to help your decision making
  • to explain the legal requirements and preparation of all paper work

After the initial meeting I will:

  • lodge all the necessary paperwork for registration
  • compose the draft ceremony including your personal story and send it to you for consideration

Follow up meetings:

  • to discuss the draft wedding ceremony and any possible changes you would like
  • to arrange a wedding rehearsal, including a discussion for contingencies for emergency or unforeseen occurrences

The Ceremony:

  • Officiate at wedding ceremony
  • Supply of a public address system
  • Keepsake Official Marriage Certificate
  • Presentation folder with your printed ceremony as memento
What are your renewal of vows ceremony fees?

My fee is $350 and includes:

  • giving you sample renewal ceremonies, ideas for readings/poems
  • support and guidance in planning the ceremony
  • designing and writing the ceremony that is just right for you
  • officiating at the ceremony
  • supply of PA system if required
  • presentation of keepsake certificate and printed copy of ceremony
What are your baby naming fees?

My fee is $350 and includes:

  • giving you sample baby naming ceremonies, ideas for readings/poems
  • support and guidance in planning the ceremony
  • writing the ceremony with your input
  • officiating at the ceremony
  • supply of PA system if required
  • presentation of keepsake certificate and printed copy of ceremony
How can payment for your fees be made?

I accept direct bank transfers. These will be provided to you once you make a booking with me.

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