Planning your wedding
You’ve made the decision to get married, and now it’s time to look at everything you need to do to make your day really special.
My role as your Marriage Celebrant is to make sure all your needs are met, and also ensure all the requirements for a legal marriage in Australia are adhered to.
What happens now?
1. Contact me via phone or email
During this initial contact we will determine if I am available for the day and time you have selected for your marriage.
We will set a time for our first meeting and I will advise you what paperwork and documents you need to bring with you (e.g. birth certificates, passports, etc).
I will follow up with an email confirming our meeting time and place, along with a list of all documents and information you will need to bring with you to our first meeting.
2. Obligation free meeting
At our first meeting we will discuss your expectations for your ceremony, and your specific requirements.
This meeting also gives us an opportunity to get to know each other better and decide if I am the right celebrant for you.
3. Confirm your booking
Once you confirm I am to be your celebrant, we will complete the NOIM (Notice of Intended Marriage Form), and the compulsory one month and one day waiting period commences.
At this time I will give you an invoice for the non-refundable booking fee which is payable immediately (see Fees page), and secures the date and time we have agreed for your ceremony.
4. Creating your ceremony
During our meeting, we will create a first preliminary draft of your wedding ceremony, encompassing the words and vows you want, along with any symbolic gestures (e.g. releasing doves, etc).
We will also discuss your requirements for music, readings, ring ceremony, and the order of the ceremony.
We will keep in touch by email and phone, and can have another face to face meeting if required.
5. Reviewing and confirming the ceremony
After our meeting, I will prepare a ceremony document for you, taking into account everything we have discussed. I will email/post this document to you and we can then adjust and edit the ceremony until you are happy that it meets your requirements.
6. Form 14
Prior to your wedding date, we will need to complete Form 14, which is a declaration confirming there is no reason you cannot marry each other.
We can meet at my place, your place or a convenient coffee shop where you can sign this form and I can witness your signatures. If we are having a rehearsal, we can also sign and witness the document at that time.
A rehearsal at the venue (or an alternate location) can be arranged if required.
8. Final payment
At least two weeks prior to your wedding date, the balance of my fees must be paid in full.
9. On your wedding day
I will arrive at least 20 minutes prior to the start of the ceremony.
I will be dressed to fit in with the style of your wedding (as discussed with you).
I will conduct your wedding in a professional manner, according to your choice of ceremony.
I will provide you with a bound copy of your wedding ceremony as a keepsake, and your wedding certificate.
10. Lodgement of legal documents
Within 14 days after the ceremony I will lodge the required forms and documents with the Registrar of Births, Deaths and Marriages.
Contact Deborah Power now to start planning your wedding.
Mobile: 0411 206 229
OVERSEAS VISITORS WISHING TO GET MARRIED IN AUSTRALIA
Regardless of your nationality, you are more than welcome to be married in our beautiful country. There is no residency qualification required and the only requirements are that you are adult and that you are free to marry (i.e. not currently married to another person).