The steps involved are very straight forward and I am happy to walk you through them. Have a look below to find a Summary and all details.
Give me a call or send me an email and I can let you know if I am available on your wedding date. We can then have a chat about what I can offer. If you are happy to proceed to the next step we can then arrange an Initial Meeting, which is obligation free.
This will give you an opportunity to meet me and decide if I am the right Marriage Celebrant for you. There is no obligation to go ahead at this stage.
At this meeting we can talk about your specific ceremony and how I can help you.
We will complete a Notice of Intended Marriage (NOIM) at this stage. So you will need to bring your Birth Certificates and Decree Absolute/ Divorce papers (if you have previously been married)
Obviously, even if we complete the NOIM there is no obligation to go ahead.
Following the meeting, you can discuss with each other privately and make your decision.
We will work together and you will have the aid of my Resources Folder to develop a ceremony that meets your requirements.
At the rehearsal on location (if distance permits) we will walk through your ceremony making sure it flows as you wish.
Your Wedding Day
I will ensure that your wedding ceremony meets all your expectations. You and your partner can be confident that your ceremony will be just as you planned, so you will be able to enjoy the excitement of this special day.
Lodgement of Legal documents
I will lodge all documents in a timely and accurate manner.
Your first contact is to initially establish if I am available. We can then chat about any ideas you may have and how I can help you achieve them. I can also make suggestions, that may help.
I will also fill you in on the legal requirements.
If you are happy, at this point, to continue we will arrange a convenient time to meet. I will also explain what documents you will need to bring with you to complete the Notice of Intended Marriage (NOIM).
This meeting will give us the opportunity to meet in person and ask any questions, as I go into details about the sort of service I offer.
There is no expectation that you are going to use my services at this point. Your wedding day is a very special occasion and it is important that you are both happy with the person who is going to help you to prepare and then deliver your ceremony. I suggest couples take time to discuss their thoughts and notify me later by phone or email of their decision.
I will also help you to complete the Notice of Intended Marriage at this stage.
I will provide the paper work, however you will need to bring original Birth Certificates (For people born outside of Australia we require Passport or a Birth Certificate) and Decree Absolutes (if applicable).
The NOIM has to be lodged 1 month prior to the intended marriage date. (A shorter period can be arranged in some circumstances which I can discuss with you). Completing the document does not mean you are committing to use me as your celebrant. I can hold the completed documents for you or you can take them with you and email them back to me if you wish to proceed.
Once you have decided I am the right Marriage Celebrant for you give me a call.
I will arrange to get my Resources Folder to you and we can start work on creating your ceremony.
I am available to discuss your ceremony with you. If you need any additional suggestion or ideas let me know. I may also be able to help guide you in your search for other services you may require.
I also ask that a deposit is paid at this point to hold your date.
Depending on the venue and distance, we will meet up on location and walk through the whole ceremony.
From the guests and groom’s arrival, to signalling the music, to the brides entrance, right though to signing the register and getting your guests together for a group photograph (if required)
This may not seem necessary for a simple service however it does help to reduce the nerves you may potentially experience on the day. It also gives you an opportunity to get a feel for how your ceremony will look and for you to make the best use of your location. I would highly recommend it.
You may wish to include your bridal party in the rehearsal. It isn’t critical that they are all there, though it can be a great opportunity for every one to get together.
I will also ask you to sign a Form 14 Declaration (A Statutory Declaration, stating that there is no reason why you shouldn’t marry), which I will have prepared for you.
I also ask that the full account be settled and my Resources Folder be returned at this point.
The Big Day
My role on the day is to coordinate with all involved (including your guests, photographer, musicians, venue organizers etc) and ensure that you can be calm and relaxed. And, that your wedding ceremony meets all your expectations.
The idea is that on your wedding day you shouldn’t have to worry about anything.
You should be enjoying it!
I will arrive at least 20 minutes before the service to help welcome your guests and make sure that all is in order.
I am able to provide the following by arrangement, if you wish (at no additional charge):
Table to sign the register
P.A system – which can also be used to play music (through and MP3 / Ipod during the ceremony)
Following the service
I will leave you with a Certificate of Marriage. The next day I will lodge the original Certificate of Marriage and other documents with Births, Deaths and Marriages to finalise the legal process.
If you require a copy of your Certificate of Marriage (Example: for change of name purposes) you will need to make an application through Births, Deaths and Marriages NSW. See http://www.bdm.nsw.gov.au/marriages/marriageCertificates.htm
Note: This is a general outline of the service I offer, however, I am always happy to discuss variations.
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