Deciding to formalise your love and commitment is quite a milestone. Choosing a celebrant who will enable you to present your style, character and personality is a leap towards your wishes being realised. I relish the opportunity and privilege of working with you to create a ceremony that can reflect you, your values, culture and traditions with warmth, humour and kindness.
Creating a civil marriage ceremony to meet Australian legal requirements is undertaken in respectful collaboration with couples. I will guide your decisions concerning every element of your ceremony to ensure an authentic expression of your commitment.
A step-by-step guide to what you can expect from me as your celebrant..
Congratulations on your decision to be married! In an effort to respond to enquiries about my services as a registered marriage celebrant, I have prepared the following information.
In the beginning:
- An initial, no obligation, meet and greet can be arranged with the purpose of getting to know each other to enable you to make an informed decision on whether you would like me to work with you in creating your wedding. This is usually half an hour in length and at a mutually agreeable location.
The couple, that’s you, advise me of your intention to book my services or otherwise, as a courtesy.
At our first meeting we complete the paperwork (Notification of Intention to Marry). This needs completing between twelve months and 31 days prior to your intended wedding date. I will also need to sight original copies of your birth certificates, passports and drivers license - or other photo identification.
We continue the discussion on what you would like your ceremony to include. This is an ideal time for me to capture your story, ie how you met, significant moments, where you are at now, where you're heading. I like to guide a very natural conversation to give me the information I need to assist you in creating a ceremony that reflects you both. This meeting is usually one hour in length.
I provide you with the Happily Ever After brochure, a legal requirement.
A deposit is required soon after this meeting which will allow me to a) hold the date and b) commence work on your ceremony.
I will provide you, preferably by email, with a selection of readings, vows and rituals for you to choose from or work from and invite you to change things around to suit your needs or to write something of your own.
With your valuable input, I write up your back-story, for your approval, for inclusion in your ceremony.
The big day approaches
Every word of your ceremony is approved by both parties to this marriage.
Ten ceremony booklets are included in the cost.
A meeting 1 - 2 weeks prior to the wedding is recommended, for a final run-through of the ceremony, including wedding party where practical, or a full rehearsal will be arranged. Depending on location and specifics of the ceremony.
Any audio equipment required will be an additional cost ie. music, microphone, speakers. This will depend largely on the location for the ceremony.
Information that will assist me in confirming the booking and providing you with the best service possible includes;
location of ceremony, indoors or outdoors and proximity to Melbourne’s CBD
the number of people who will be attending your wedding
how many people are you considering for your bridal party? Any children?
is this the first marriage for both of you? If not, do you have relevant paperwork?
are you both born in Australia? If not, do you have original birth certificates and/or passports from your country of origin?
Have a look at the photos and testimonials on my website.
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This information will hopefully provide you with a good starting point. If you have more specific questions, please let me know.
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