Frequently Asked Questions

Marriage Celebrant FAQ

There are many questions a couple may want to ask when they first speak with a Marriage Celebrant.

Some of these are:

What are the legal requirements to get married?

You must be over 18 years of age. If one of you is under 18 but over 16 you will need to speak with the Celebrant about the legal requirements.

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What do we need to do?

  1. A ‘Notice of Intended Marriage’ must be completed by both parties and lodged with a Celebrant at least a month (and no longer than 18 months) before your proposed wedding date. In extenuating circumstances a ‘Shortening of Time’ authorisation from the relevant Government body can be sought. Should this be necessary your Celebrant will assist you with this.
  2. In order to complete the Notice of Intended Marriage your Celebrant needs to sight an official copy of your birth certificate (if born in Australia) before the wedding. If you were born overseas and don’t have a birth certificate a current overseas passport will suffice. Your Celebrant can advise on what to do in those cases where neither of these documents is obtainable.  Evidence of divorce, or of the death of that person’s previous spouse, must also be shown to the Celebrant.
  3. Two witnesses, known to the couple, are required. Both must be over 18 years of age.
  4. Celebrants are required to inform you about Relationship Education programs. The purpose of these programmes is to help couples identify and develop the strengths of their relationship, and to recognise strategies to help them avoid potential problems. These courses are well worth your consideration, and can be done even after you are married.

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Can we write our own vows?

You can write your own vows as part of your ceremony. But note that Australian Federal Law imposes some minor inclusions in the ceremony wording about which a Celebrant has no choice.

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What is your fee? (pricing)

This can be discussed at our first meeting as it depends on how far I have to travel and the type of ceremony you require. My total fee includes:

  1. All administration costs associated with the ceremony
  2. Lodging of all relevant paperwork to the Department of  Births, Deaths and Marriages
  3. Advice on the style of ceremony and assistance with readings and music selection
  4. Composing and writing your ceremony
  5. Meetings, emails, phone calls as needed to ensure you are involved in all aspects of the ceremony.
  6. A PA system if required
  7. A rehearsal
  8. A keepsake copy of your ceremony
  9. A Professional Presentation

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How long will the ceremony take?

Most wedding ceremonies take 20-25 minutes. The art of presenting a good ceremony combines clarity of purpose with an appropriate sense of occasion. Even a “simple” ceremony needs space and time for this sense of occasion to be experienced by the couple as well as their guests.

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