Our First Appointment
Your ceremony should be as unique as the two of you. It should reflect your thoughts, personalities, ideas, beliefs, love and committment to each other. I encourage you to personalise your ceremony I will provide resources to help you prepare a tailor made ceremony to your requirements.
At our first meeting we will discuss what you would like in your marriage ceremony and I will listen to what you tell me and offer you a booklet I have prepared with a number of ideas for your consideration.
It will offer you a choice of wording for each section of your ceremony. With Marriage Vows, you may choose from the book, or amend one of them. You may prefer to write new vows using your own ideas. Your marriage promises do not have to be exactly the same as each others, but they must be what you personally want to promise!
At this time I ask for a booking fee to confirm your booking, which will then secure the date and time of your ceremony in my diary. The remainder will be due during the in month prior to your wedding.
There are no hidden costs for rehearsals or changes to your ceremony. The fee includes absolutely everything as my job is to create the perfect ceremony for you and to make it all as stress free as possible.
An additional charge may occur if your ceremony involves an unconventional risk, time, or place, so please be sure to advise.
In certain circumstances, the statutory period of notification between lodging the Notice of Intended Marriage with the Celebrant and the solemnisation of the marriage can be shortened. This period is not less than a clear calendar month.
Only a prescribed authority has the power to shorten this time and he or she must be satisfied that the particular circumstances justify doing so. Prescribed authorities are located within the office of Births, Deaths and Marriages and in many local courthouses in each State and Territory.
The Celebrant can assist you to find the prescibed authority nearest to you. Shortening of time is not lightly granted, and must be supported by appropriate evidence. For example, if one of the parties to the marriage, or a close family member, is terminally ill, a letter to that effect is required from that person's medical practitioner.
NOTE: If it might reasonably be considered that a couple has had sufficient time to lodge the Notice of Intended Marriage, but has failed to do so, a shortening of time will not be granted. Consult a Celebrant or the local office of Births, Deaths and Marriages for further information.
I abide by the Code of Conduct as determined by the Attorney General's Department, and am committed to ensuring and caring that your wedding day is special.