FAQs

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

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

The minimum notice that you need to give a celebrant is 1 calendar month before your wedding date. For example, if you would like to get married on the 10th November, your Notice of Intended Marriage (NOIM) must be completed and signed with my or an authorised witness, before 10th October.  It must also be in my possession by the 10th October.  

However, there are a few exceptions, where a “Shortening of Time” can be applied for through your local court, if it is necessary to be married with less than 1 calendar months notice. There are some extra steps that need to be taken, but I can advise you of those legal steps, if this is the case for you. 

Generally not!
I would only ever book 2 weddings in a day, if there is at least 4-5 hours between each wedding and they are in close proximity to each other. But that doesn’t happen very often.
So what that means is I am there for you 100% on your wedding day. If there is any kind of delay, you can relax knowing that I will not need to rush through your ceremony, to make it to another wedding commitment.

To simplify the process, I always tell my couples there are 3 stages of Legal Paperwork:

Stage 1.

You must give a minimum of 1 calendar months notice before your wedding.  You need to complete,“The Notice of Intended Marriage” (NOIM)  and have your signature witnessed by myself or an authorised witness.  If we cant meet in person to sign the NOIM,  this can now be done via a video call. 

You will need to produce some specific identification ie Passports/Birth Certificate (original only) and if applicable, any evidence of the end of previous marriages.

Stage 2.

All of the information you give me on the NOIM, is then entered 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 or on your wedding day, BEFORE the ceremony starts. Easy!

Stage 3.

AFTER your ceremony, we will sign 3 Official Marriage Certificates, along with your 2 witnesses. 

One of those certificates  is yours to take home on the day you get married! And the other certificates  are used to register your marriage, which will be online AFTER your wedding day. 

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, we may not be able to meet until  your wedding day, so Video Chats are great to get to know each other.

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.

If you are coming from interstate/overseas, we may not be able to meet until  your wedding day, so Video Chats are great to get to know each other.

Awesome!!! If you have decided to have me as your celebrant, thats great! 
I require a $300 booking fee that will lock in your date and time. Final balance is due no later than 5 weeks before your wedding date.

One of my Wedding Packages is  for a Non Personalised Ceremony, so it is a pre-written and a “ready -made” ceremony. It is still gorgeous and meaningful, and suits most couples needs. However, you can add your own personal touch to this “ready-made” ceremony, by writing your own personal 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 most popular package, is a Personalised Ceremony, which is individually written and includes “Your Story” in the ceremony. To achieve this, I will ask you to complete a questionnaire, which gives me a clearer picture of you as a couple, and the style of ceremony I feel is right for you. Of course you will get to read the ceremony before your big day and your are free to let me know of any changes you wish to have made to the ceremony. 

I have an awesome professional and super loud Mipro PA which also has Bluetooth Connectivity which can be used for your music if you wish. I also have an extra mic for additional speakers too.

There is no extra fee for the use of my PA as this is all part of my fee. 

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 a little bit of rain, if you are happy to do that, but your guests may not be too thrilled about it, especially the more senior members of your family. 

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 great for those really hot days, where there isn’t a lot of shade. And having little bottles of water ready 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.

Rest assured, I have a network of some fabulous and very experienced 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 transferred to them as quickly as possible, to make sure you get married when you planned to get married!

Absolutely 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 excitement and nerves that you will experience on your wedding day. 

I always offer to print your vows on a card for you to read to each other, or you can repeat each line of your vow after me. Whatever you are comfortable with, is what we will work with. 

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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Your Sydney Celebrant-Catherine Kennedy

Hey lovely people! For over 15 years, I've had the absolute pleasure of being a marriage celebrant and let me tell you, it's not just a job, it's my calling! Being a celebrant fills my heart with so much joy and fulfilment that I never knew was possible. The best part of my job? Working with my couples to plan their perfect ceremony, however that may look, and then seeing their gorgeous smiling faces on the happiest day of their lives! Being a celebrant isn't just about fulfilling a role, it's about being a part of a magical moment in the lives of two people in love. And let me tell you, there's nothing better than that feeling!

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"Thank you Catherine for being part of our special day! Upon first meeting you, we knew we needn't look further for our Marriage Celebrant. Your beautiful down to earth personality, guidance and professional organisation of our ceremony, was so very appreciated."

Steph and Brent
Tegan and Michael and their Green 🍃 Wedding. It’s was sooo beautiful, truly beautiful! Not a rose in sight. 🍃❤️🍃❤️
Stunning florals by @twigandboflorist 
Venue @tumblingwatersretreat 
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On a windy Monday, Susana and James made it official at beautiful Oak Park Cronulla. 

With the wind in their hair, a handful of witnesses and family on FaceTime, they made a Monday, an extraordinary start to the week! ❤️❤️
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Hayden and Shivana and their 2 gorgeous sons. Just them , 2 witnesses, a ton of love and that’s all they needed 💕💕💕💕Congratulations Hayden and Shivana ❤️❤️
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Friday afternoon on the harbour….this is how we do it! ☀️🥂
On Valentines Day, I thought it was the best day to share these stunning images by @bedfordphotography of Sally and Craig’s Oak Park Wedding. And wow… the florals from @nunuau. Amazing ❤️🌹❤️🌹
It was a perfect sunset wedding🌅 for Maddy and Sam at one of my favourite locations, Darook Park Cronulla 💕 

And it was made even more special when a boat load of fun loving locals, decided to play full blast, in the middle of the ceremony, Billy Idols “White Wedding”. Thankfully they only played it for about 10-15 sec at full volume,  and Maddy and Sam thought it was rather funny and a great memory for their wedding day. 🎵❤️🎶🎼❤️

I was, however, a little nervous for the rest of the ceremony as they could have played any kind of inappropriate song ( there is a certain AC/DC sing that would not have been a great choice,  unless you have a really good sense of humour😜😝) 

Congratulations Maddy and Sam. Sunset nuptials on the banks of Port Hacking are pretty epic. ❤️💕❤️💕❤️
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When the secret is no longer a secret! 🤫 ❤️
And such a lovely story for Coleen and Kingsley’s wedding ceremony in December 2023,  and great example of keeping things simple but still so very heartfelt. 💕💕

I went to high school with Coleen’s sister, so I met Coleen when I was a teenager. I recently reconnected with Coleen,  when her family asked me to officiate their beautiful mums funeral back in Oct 2023. Such an honour to help farewell a beautiful soul who I had known from my high school days. 

It was after her mother’s service, that Coleen and Kingsley decided that after 35 years of life and love; children and grandchildren; it was time to get married! Yep…35 years! 

As Kingsley said in his fabulous vow…
”You don’t just jump straight in. There is a courting process,  but maybe 35 years was stretching it a bit.” 😁All said with a big smile on his face while holding back the tears. 

I married them in the family home where they all grew up, and where their beautiful mum lived for some 65 years. Amazing. 💕

But ….. they didn’t tell anyone they were getting married… not even their adult children so there was an extra layer of privacy and excitement surrounding their ceremony. FYI… everyone knows now. 👍🏻❤️

After the ceremony we enjoyed champagne, they cut a small cake from a local bakery and I had lunch with them at a local cafe! Now that’s a wedding! 💕Simple, sweet but so very beautiful. And can I tell you…. There were plenty of tears. 

A belated congratulations to these 2 gorgeous humans Coleen and Kingsley who are each other’s  best friend, and who have promised to finish this crazy roller coaster of life together. 💕💕❤️💕💕❤️💕💕
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It’s ok to think outside the square when you are planning a loved one’s farewell. There are more and more venues these days that welcome gatherings for funerals and memorial services. 
Today’s Memorial Service @tumblingwatersretreat was the perfect alternative for a family saying goodbye and celebrating a much loved and very well respected man. 
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Memorial Service at the stunning @tumblingwatersretreat 

A stunning location and an alternative to the traditional venues you may consider for a Memorial Service or Funeral. It was so peaceful for those that attended. 
It’s 2024, and it’s time to think differently about how you farewell your loved one. ❤️🙏🏻
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