Celebrant Timeline and Procedures
what to expect
nitial Contact. I will ask you a few straight forward questions in relation to the date, time and location of your ceremony in order to confirm our availability.
Our First Meeting
An opportunity for us to meet and greet and for us to find out all about you! We will ask you to bring with you some documentation to establish your identity, including:
- an original: (1) *Birth Certificate; or (2) an *official extract of an entry in an official register (*preferable if born in Australia), or (3) an Australian or overseas Passport showing the date and place of birth; and
- if providing a Birth Certificate, a driver’s licence or a Passport by way of photo ID; and
- evidence of any name changes (if applicable); and
- evidence of any divorce or death of a party’s spouse (if applicable).
We will explain all legal documentation to you, including the Notice of Intended Marriage form (‘the NOIM’) and the Declaration of No Legal Impediment to Marriage (‘the Declaration’). The NOIM must be completed no earlier than 18 months and no later than one month before the date of the marriage.
The Declaration is usually signed closer to your ceremony date (for example, this will be done at a rehearsal approx. 1-2 weeks before your ceremony).
A significant obligation of a marriage celebrant is to advise you on the availability of relationship education services. Whilst this is not compulsory to you getting married, it is important. There are various courses available to help you develop and maintain strong and healthy relationships.
Once the NOIM is signed, we will provide you with a brochure titled Happily Ever…Before and After which contains Important Information for couples planning to marry. We will be upfront with my fees, booking fee and refund policy. If you are happy to engage our services and an agreement has been reached, we will ask you to sign a Service Agreement and Statement of Fees.
Terms and Conditions to be signed and Deposit Paid – A deposit of $250 is required to secure your date and confirm our services.
Comprehensive information regarding ceremony readings, music selections and vows can also be made available to you both. All personal vows, music, poems and scripts are to be sent and formalised by couples and sent to us for scripting. This is to be completed no later than 4 weeks out from your wedding to allow us sufficient time to plan, prepare and write the script for your wedding.
We’ll guide you through the entire process!
3 – 4 Weeks Before the Ceremony
By now we will have worked together to have a good outline of your wedding ceremony. Communication in person or via email or Skype. We will send you copy of the completed script for your perusal and confirmation which will outline the structure of your ceremony.
2 Weeks Before the Ceremony
Any changes are to be sent via email clearly outlining your changes and final payment and balance due.
1 Week Before the Ceremony
Rehearsal/final meeting at venue (if convenient) or another suitable/similar venue.
Confirm ALL wedding details.
The Perfect Day
Everyone at the venue on time, perhaps a little nervous, but happy and looking forward to this very special occasion. There is only document for you to sign on this day, otherwise relax and enjoy.
All legal documentation will be processed for you, copies to you on the day. Our role as your professional celebrant is ongoing, but after a review of the day at your convenience, we hope not to see you again!! Except perhaps as your celebrant in a baby naming ceremony or re-affirmation of your vows at some later date.
There is only one document for you to sign on this day, otherwise relax and enjoy.