Steps to getting married
Legal requirements for getting married in Australia the following must comply:
Both parties be at least 18 years of age (unless your have a court approval)
Not be in a prohibited relationship i.e. (parent, sibling, aunt, uncle, grandparents)
The couple must have 2 witnesses over 18 years of age who speak and understand English to witness the marriage and sign your official marriage documents
Freely provide your consent
You are legally required to complete the notice of intent to marriage (NOIM) at least one month prior to your wedding ceremony date to your chosen celebrant. Once completed, the (NOIM) is valid for 18 months
You must provide evidence of date and place of birth by either original birth certificate or passport.
You must provide one form of photo identification i.e. drivers licence, passport, or proof of age card
If you have been previously married you must provide a court issued Divorce Certificate or if you are widowed you must provide an original Death Certificate. Certificates must be legible in English
Step One - Availability
Find out my availability for your wedding or ceremony date. You can get in contact with me over the phone, FaceTime or via email whatever you are more comfortable with for a commitment-free chat. I will discuss with you the services I offer as well as help to answer any questions you may have regarding your big day.
You can decide if you would like to book me during this time, or if you need some more time that’s fine and I can follow up with you in a few days.
Step two -Let's Meet Up
Meeting you is my favourite part! The most rewarding aspect of being a celebrant is getting to know you individually and discovering what makes your love story so special and unique. I love to hear about your journey together that brought you both to one of the most special days in your life.
During our first meeting, if you have not already completed the Notice Of Intended Marriage (NOIM), within the required time frame, we can do this together. If you have already completed the (NOIM) I will witness and sign it. I will need to sight the originals of your birth certificate, passport and valid photo ID as well as other relevant certificates such as divorce or death of a spouse. I will discuss the format and structure of the ceremony, the minimum vows you will need to use and how long you would like your ceremony to go for. We can discuss the different options with creating personal vows that can be written together or individually.
If you know your colour scheme or theme for your day at this point please let me know as I will pick a fabulous outfit to wear that goes with your wedding style and run it by you before your big day.
On the conclusion of the meeting I will email you through my easy guide to wedding ceremony guidelines, which is full of scripting suggestions and tips to build your perfect ceremony. Whether you want a more personal touch or you are happy to choose a format from my guidelines, the sky is the limit. Included in the guide is a “get to know the couple” sheet which helps me to find out more information about you individually and as a couple, your love story, how you met, your plans for the future and how love brought you to this special day in your life.
I will email you through an invoice for the $250 initial deposit which will need to be paid within 7 days of this meeting. Payment options will be outlined on the invoice.
Step Three: Creating Your Personalised Ceremony
Once I have gathered your information and all of your ideas, I will then start working on your unique ceremony that will be a reflection on your personalities and style. I will email through a first draft and we can discuss any changes or additions.
Step Four: Closer to the day/Rehearsal
Over the next months leading up to your wedding day, there will be a considerable amount of communication between us, whether it is by email, SMS, video call, or phone.
One month out from your wedding day I will email through the final draft of your ceremony where any last minute changes or additions will need to be advised.
If you have already advised me of your colour scheme or theme for your wedding day we can discuss my outfit that I will be wearing on your day.
About two weeks before or closer to you wedding day at a mutually convenient time, we meet up again to ensure all legal papers have been sighted and official documents have been completed. This would also be an ideal time to do a rehearsal (this is optional) at your ceremony location and run through timings with music, readings and to take any props being used to ensure everyone is comfortable and confident with the proceedings on your big day.
Step Five: Let’s get Hitched
I will arrive at the venue at least 30 minutes prior to scheduled time of your ceremony. I will set up my PA system and any other equipment required. I will greet guests as they arrive and also speak with all participants involved in the ceremony. I will provide support to the groom/bride/partner and their bridal party to ensure everything runs smoothly and hassle free.
We will complete your ceremony and then sign the necessary documentation.
Step Six: After your Big Day
I will submit your marriage documents to Births, Deaths and Marriages (BDM) to finalise legalities in your state within a week after your ceremony. Happy honeymoon love birds!