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Australian Marriage Celebrant

CELEBRANT AND WEDDING SERVICES

Renewal Of Vows

A beautiful way to reaffirm your love and commitment to each other is to renew your vows. This ceremony can include just the two of you or your family and friends. You can select the vows used on your original wedding day or make new ones to look to the future. It is a beautiful way to mark a major wedding anniversary.You may have had your wedding in another country and wish to celebrate with family and friends in Australia and this is a great way to do so.

Same Sex Weddings and Commitments

 Same sex couples can now declare their love for each other and commit to sharing their lives together. As of the 15th of November 2017 Same sex Marriage was nearly legal, Australia Voted YES- .and on the 8th of December 2017 - the Government of Australia declared Same sex weddings are LEGAL The Governor General signed the last bill making Australia the 26th country in the world that stopped discrimination and allows love to be solemnised by everyone, so a huge congratulations to the whole LGBTQI community.

 Both same sex weddings and commitment ceremonies  can be done in a small intimate ceremony or with all the bells and whistles, celebrating with friends and family. It would be my pleasure to put together a ceremony, or a marriage ceremony,  .Some heterosexual couples may not be free to marry and would prefer to have a commitment ceremony rather than a legal marriage.Both same sex and heterosexual couples can register their relationship, provided one of them lives in Australia. For this information check- Births Deaths and Marriage

Celebrant Fees

My fee as your celebrant is $790 and a non-refundable deposit of $300 is required to hold the date that you have requested. The remainder is due 3 weeks before the ceremony, you are welcome to pay the amount in full, .if you would prefer.

If the journey between the celebrant’s home and the venue exceeds 50 kilometres, a fee will be negotiated between the celebrant and the parties to the marriage.

Interstate and all weddings  away from Sydney  will need to be negotiated with the parties of the marriage.

Funerals

After consultation with the family I will put together a service that is respectful, will pay tribute, give dignity, and honour the life of the deceased. A service that will give family and friends the opportunity to express their grief at a very difficult time.

Baby Naming

A beautiful way to welcome your baby into the world, and introduce him/her to your families, is with a naming ceremony. Giving of a name is an occasion for celebration. Your baby’s personalised ceremony celebrated with family and close friends. Your baby will receive a certificate as a keepsake of this special day.

More Info

I also suggest we meet for a chat. This gives you a chance to see if I’m the right celebrant for you. I am happy to come to you, or you come to my home, alternatively we meet at another venue of your choosing for this meeting.* Note: Your Official Certificate of Marriage, given to you on your wedding day, is conclusive evidence of your marriage, but not of your identity. Some organisations, e.g. Passport Office & RTA require you to produce a registered copy of your Marriage Certificate. This is obtained from NSW Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages $53, non urgent or $77 for urgent. You can apply for this yourself, or I am happy to provide you with an Application for a Marriage Certificate and submit this on your behalf.

WEDDING DETAILS

Celebrant Duties

My role is to guide and support you as we create your ceremony together. Most importantly, as a registered Civil Celebrant, I will ensure that all the legal obligations and requirements are met for your lawful marriage.

Choosing your celebrant is one of the most important decisions you will make as your ceremony will be something you will remember for many years to come. I love seeing the smile on every couples face when they are finally married. We can select poems, vows and readings, as well as any rituals and symbols that are meaningful or culturally significant to you. It would be my pleasure to share this day with you, as your celebrant and make it truly special.I will make sure the ceremony runs smoothly and most importantly attend to all legal requirements. This day is the beginning of your life together,  it’s also your time to share your love with family and friends, and I understand how memorable you want it to be.


.My service as your celebrant includes:

  • Preparation of legal paper work and lodgement with Births, Deaths & Marriages, including Certificate of Marriage
  • First meeting and lodgement of Notice of Intended Marriage
  • Provide resources – vows, verses, sample ceremonies
  • Creation of your personalised ceremony
  • On-site rehearsal
  • Wedding Ceremony
  • Register your marriage with the Department of Births, Deaths & Marriages
  • Cordless PA system with microphone
  • Signing table & chair (if required)
  • All stationery, emails & phone calls


Officiant and Legals

What you need To Know: A ‘Notice of Intended Marriage’ is the form which must be completed and lodged with me at least one month prior to the wedding. It is a legal requirement for a marriage within Australia to lodge this form. A celebrant must sight all original documents before the wedding can take place. 

Once lodged, it is valid for a maximum period of 18 months and the marriage cannot take place until one month after I have received the ‘Notice of Intended Marriage’.You must produce documentary evidence of date and place of birth, as well as photo identification which includes:

  • Australian Passport or Original Birth certificate (copies not accepted)
  • Current driver’s licence
  • A current or expired passport or naturalisation certificate, for anyone born overseas (a cancelled passport is not accepted)

More Legals

If previously married you will need to produce:

  • Divorce Certificate or Decree Absolute

If party is widowed you will need to produce:

  • A Death Certificate of the person deceased

If the document provided as evidence of date and place of birth is written in another language, the couple should seek a translation of the document by an accredited NAATI translator.
For translation or interpreting services contact (NAATI) National Accreditation Authority of translators & Interpreters. Offices all over Australia www.naati.com.au or phone 1300 557 470

Its all you need

  • For the special ceremonies in your life, including weddings, baby namings, partnership committments or funerals, please get in touch with me. Simply send me an email or pick up a phone. 

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