Find answers to my most frequently asked celebrant questions below. If you can't find the answer that you are looking for here, don't hesitate to contact me.
What does a Celebrant do?
I, as a fully qualified Marriage Celebrant conduct and legally bind people in marriage. I also perform naming ceremonies, vow renewals, commitment ceremonies and funerals. I am also happy to create any other ceremony , for any occasion you may desire!
What legal documents and/or requirements do I need?
To be legally married under Australian law, you must be eighteen years of age. One person in the couple may be a minimum of sixteen years old. This would require court and parental consent.
You must be single and free to marry. Original documents of divorce and death certificates are required if you have been previously married.
Passports or original birth certificates and licences (photo I.D) are also required.
An interpreter may be required for foreign language or language impairment. We can discuss any further requirements that may arise.
A “ Notice of Intended Marriage” form must be lodged with the celebrant a least one month before the wedding.
Together we will discuss the other forms required and any other special obligations needed. As part of my job, I will prepare the documentation and lodge it with Births, Deaths and Marriages.
Where can we get married?
I can conduct your wedding wherever you like in Australia! On a beach, in a park or garden, function room, the list goes on! As long as it is in Australian territory and you have any relevant permits.
What does the Celebrant wear?
I wear whatever is appropriate to your occasion. I am happy to tie in to any theme you decide upon, whether formal or avant-garde. I won’t overshadow the stars of the show though...You!
What happens if the Celebrant is sick?
If an emergency arose, I would organise a replacement and deliver your documents to them. Rest assured, this would only happen if there was a serious situation.
Do we need a rehearsal?
Having done amateur theatre in the past, I’m a big believer in rehearsals. This is a great way to see how the ceremony flows, what the natural lighting is doing, where everyone stands and so forth.
What happens if it rains?
During the planning, we will organise a wet weather option, just in case.