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Frequently asked


Frequently asked questions

How long have you been a celebrant?

I started marrying loved up couples in late 2008! Best decision I ever made and the best job...EVER!!!

We would like to book you. How do we do that?

Awesome!!! If you have decided to have me as your celebrant, thats great! Smiles all round! I ask my couples for a NON REFUNDABLE $300 deposit, that will lock in your date and time. Final balance is due no later than 4 weeks before your wedding date. Bank transfer seems to be the most popular payment method these day, but PayPal works too, as does good old cash!

Do you travel for weddings?

Sure do! There would be an extra travel fee added, for weddings further than the 50km radius from my home.

How many times do we meet?

I love to meet my couples at least twice, if that is possible, but Video Chats are always good for a 2nd meeting, if distance and job commitments make it difficult. Sometimes just 1 meeting plus lots of emails and phone calls, is all that some couples need too. My fees include unlimited contact. If you are coming from interstate/overseas, I may not meet you till your wedding day, so Video Chats are great to get to know each other.

What is the paperwork we need to complete to get married?

To simplifiy the process, I always tell my couples there are 3 stages of Legal Paperwork: Stage 1. A minimum of 1 month before your wedding, you need to complete, "The Notice of Intended Marriage" with me in person, or via a link I can send. (If you are coming from interstate/overseas, I can advise you of the process) You will need to show me some specific identification ie Passports/Birth Certificate (original only) and if applicable, any evidence of previous marriage. Stage 2. All of the information you give me on "The Notice of Intended Marriage", is then enterted into a database with Births, Deaths and Marriages. From that information, I will print out the "Declaration of No Legal Impediment to Marriage" form, which needs to be signed BEFORE your wedding. This is usually done at a final meeting/rehearsal, or on your wedding day, BEFORE the ceremony starts. Easy! Stage 3. AFTER the ceremony, you and your 2 witnesses, will sign 3 Official Marriage Certifcates. One of those certificates, is yours to take home on the day you get married! I usually give it to an agreed upon parent/relative/friend, to take it for you, as you will be way to busy drinking champagne after the ceremony, to look after a certificate!

How much notice do we need to give before we can get married?

The minimum notice that you need to give a celebrant is 1 month before your wedding date. However, there are a few exceptions, where a "Shortening of Time" can be applied for, to get married with less than 1 months notice. I can advise you of the legal steps you need to take, if this is the case for you.

How do you put together a ceremony?

Two of my Wedding Packages are for Non Personlised Ceremonies, so they are a "ready -made" ceremonies. They are still gorgeous and meaningful, and suit most couples needs. However, you can add your own personal touch to these "ready-made" weddings, by writing your own wedding vows. I have a "Tips and Tricks" Cheat Sheet to help you write your vows, or I have plenty of "ready-made" vows for you to choose too. My 3rd package and most popular, is a Personalised Ceremony, which is individually witten and includes "Your Story" in the ceremony. To achieve this, I will ask you to complete a questionniare, which gives me a clearer picture of you as a couple, and the style of ceremony I feel is right for you.

Do you have a PA?

I have an awesome professional and super loud Mipro PA which can also be used for your music, if you wish. There is no extra fee for the use of my PA during the ceremony.

What if it rains or it is really hot on my wedding day?

This is one of the first questions I will ask a couple when I meet them is, "do you have a back plan?" As your celebrant, I'm more than happy to stand in the rain, if you are happy to do that also, but your guests may not be too thrilled about it. However, you could have umbrellas handy for your guests if you are still really keen to get married in the great outdoors, and "YES"..... I have done some weddings standing under an umbrella (and it was rather fun too!) Umbrellas are also handy for those really hot days, where there isnt alot of shade. And having little bottles of water for your guests during those hot summer months, is also a great idea too!! Your guests will thank you for all these little added extras.

What if you are sick on my wedding day and can't attend?

Rest assured, I have a network of celebrants that I can contact at a moments notice to step in and officiate your marriage. All legal paperwork and the ceremony script would be transfered to them, as quickly as possible, to make sure you get married when you planned to get married!

Do I have to memorise my vows?

Absolutley not!!! And I would never encourage that either. Your wedding day is such a high emotion day, you do not need that extra stress on top of all the excitment. Having said that, in all my years of marrying couples, I have had 2 grooms memories thier vows and they both nailed it.....but they were a bit nervous. I always offer to print your vows on a card for you to read to your loved one, or you can repeat each line of your vow after me. Whatever you are comfortable with, is what we will work with.

Do you do more than one Wedding a day?

Generally not! I will only book 2 weddings a day, if there is at least 4 hours between each wedding. But that is not very often. So what that means is I am there for you, no matter what happens with any kind of delay, I will not need to rush through your ceremony, to make it to another wedding commitment.

Are there Standards and Guidelines that you need to work by?

You bet I do! Getting married is a serious legal union between 2 people. As an Authorised Marriage Celebrant we must follow the Marriage Act 1961 and the Celebrant Code of Practice. To see the Code of Practice, click here.

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