Ok, what are the steps for tying the knot?
Contact me - GO FOR IT. Let's check my availability and you tell me about your plans.
Let’s meet – a quick obligation free chat, over a coffee (ok, wine). Let's discuss your special event and I'll share my experience and motivation for being a celebrant and we can both gauge if we're a good fit.
Book me – Best. Decision. Ever. Just send me an email confirming you want me so I can lock it in. I will send you some forms to get things started.
Submit important paperwork – you'll send your Notice of Intended Marriage (NOIM) at least 1 month before you ceremony date. I'll need to sight I.D. originals.
Time to crack on - You'll fill out a Couples Questionnaire and I will get to work on drafting a ceremony based on our discussions and your questionnaire answers.
Want a rehearsal? If you really want one we can get that organised. It usually isn’t necessary but if you do then we should aim to do this right before the ceremony. Please understand that I generally won’t be free on weekends to do rehearsals.
YAY! It’s your wedding day! I will work my heart out to make sure your ceremony is a roaring success, seamless and stress free.
After the wedding - the next business day in fact, I lodge your paperwork with Births Deaths and Marriages. If you want an official marriage certificate (required if you want to change last names or apply for a visa) I can also get this organised for you.
How long does the ceremony take?
Well that is up to you but most ceremonies are around 20 to 30 minutes long. The legal minimum requirements are just 124 words but I will work with you to craft a ceremony that reflects you both and what you want to share or convey.
Do we really need witnesses?
Only two but they must be over 18, understand English and be sober. It can be someone different to your bridal party. They just need to be able to sign the paperwork on the day.
Can we use your PA system?
Sure, I have a beauty and you can even play your music through it. But let’s check with the venue to see what they can provide.
I can also provide a signing table and two chairs if you need these. They’re pretty cute.
What will you wear during the ceremony?
Do you have a theme or colour scheme? Let me know, I am happy to find something that fits your theme and wedding decor (I love any reason to go shopping!) if that’s what you want.
Who can get married?
Marriage can take place between two people
Participants must be at least eighteen years of age
The marriage can be celebrated throughout Australia
Must be in the presence of a Registered Civil Celebrant
In the presence of at least two witnesses who eighteen years of age or are over
A ‘Notice Of Intended Marriage’ MUST be lodged with the authorised celebrant no earlier than eighteen months and no later than one month before the date of the marriage
A person may marry if they are under eighteen in certain circumstances
What should couples look for in a celebrant?
It’s all about vibe and it’s all about communication. Treat meeting them a bit like a first date. If over a coffee or tea you aren’t really feeling it then it may not get better when the ‘wedding rubber really hits the road’. You want someone that gets you but you also get THEM.
I pride myself on being fun, approachable, organised and relaxed. I want your event to be as successful as you do and I will go the extra mile to make that happen.
What are your thoughts on marriage equality?
For me it’s all about equal rights and fairness and marriage equality took way too long to get here in Australia. Waaaaay too long. Thankfully we are here now, SO LET’S GET ON WITH IT!
I truly believe ‘love is love IS LOVE’. All love is equal. Being able to say to the world ‘this is the person I want to spend my life with and share all that I have’ is a fundamental right. Everyone has the right to live the life they want and people should ONLY be judged by how they treat and love others. NOT for who they love. I am so pleased I can help my friends, and my ‘soon to be friends’ now take that step, or in a lot of cases legalise a long-held relationship, to make it all official. Those that don’t agree can just ‘jog on’.