Welcome, and thank you SO much for choosing me as your celebrant. I’m thrilled to be working with you on such an exciting part of your lives and can’t wait to hear what ideas you have for your ceremony. Here’s the process from here on…
1. Notice of Intent to Marry
This is the first form to start your process – basically, it’s an identification document to be lodged with your celebrant any time between 18 months to 30 days prior to your wedding. A copy of the Notice of Intent to Marry (NOIM) can be found here – have a read of the information, and once you’re happy to proceed, please fill out this page and I will generate the form for us to sign when we meet.
This is where things really get exciting. We will meet up somewhere (with coffee or other preferred drinks…) and start planning!
We will use this meeting to sign the NOIM and to check your identification. Please bring along originals of
– Passport OR Birth Certificate
– Drivers licence
– Proof of end of previous marriage (if applicable).
If any of your documents are not in English, please let me know and I will let you know if we need anything further.
Once we have sorted the legalities, it’s onto planning your ceremony! Please bring along any ideas you have – I’m open to any thoughts and planning and very inclusive.
I want to make sure your ceremony is exactly what you want, so feel free to discuss any ideas you have had! There are minimal rules around what a ceremony “should be” – as long as I say my legal part (the Monitum) and you say your legal vows to each other, the ceremony is yours to personalise.
3. Scriptwriting and Ceremony Planning
Your wedding celebration is a celebration of your love and commitment, and should be a reflection of yourselves as a couple. Whether your preference is for a serious and heartfelt ceremony, a lighthearted, short and sweet service, a themed wedding complete with costumes, or a ceremony steeped in tradition, I will work with you both to tailor a bespoke ceremony that reflects you beautifully.
To help me along with the process, I would love to get to know a little more about the two of you. If you click here, you’ll find a little questionnaire to help me along with some scriptwriting. It’s so important to me to have a ceremony written especially for you – as the two of you together are something very special, and it would be a disservice not to write something unique.
If you are writing your own vows, I have plenty of examples I am happy to share with you – please ask if you’d like to see some.
You will also need two witnesses for your ceremony. They can be anyone at all as long as they are over 18 years of age. Please enter their details below and I will add them to your official certificates.
4. Leading up to Ceremony Day!
If you like, I am more than happy to do a rehearsal in the week or two prior to your ceremony date. At the rehearsal, we don’t read through the script; it’s more of the physical process – who is standing where, which hand to put the ring on, walking through with music… It’s a good chance to have a final talk together before the big day and nut out any last-minute questions you might have. The rehearsal can be either at the venue or somewhere else local – as long as we have the three of us there, that’s all we need. If your wedding party are available they are also very welcome to come and walk through the ceremony too.
We also sign another form before the wedding called the ‘Declaration of No Legal Impediment to Marriage” – I will have this form prepared for you on the rehearsal day. If you prefer not to have a rehearsal, this can be done right before your ceremony.
5. Happily Ever After
And just like that, you’re officially married! The big day is over but the truly exciting future has just begun.
I will get your documents sent to the Registry of Births, Deaths & Marriages within a few days of your ceremony.
In the week or so after your wedding, you will receive an email from the Registry asking if you’d like to order an official marriage certificate. Generally you would order this only if you’re needing the official paperwork to prove your marriage (for example for a name change). There is a fee associated with this which is set by the Registry office, and this will be visible in the email sent to you.
If you feel a Celebrant has not worked within their Code of Practice at any stage of your contact, it is important that you are able to report this.
The Attorney-General website has information on complaints here.
I would also be so keen to hear any feedback you have about your time with me as your celebrant! Feel free to email me at any time, or visit my Facebook / Instagram pages to follow what I get up to. I would also be overjoyed if you would share or send through or tag me in your photos afterwards – I absolutely love seeing your memories of such a special day!
Thank you again and don’t hesitate to reach out at any time!