Marriage or Wedding Ceremonies
Congratulations on your engagement
The first thing to do is to make contact. with your request and declare your intention to get married along with the proposed date and location of the ceremony. You can also send me an instant message to chat if available or use the Quick Contact Form. As a registered Civil Marriage Celebrant I will reply with full instructions about how to proceed.
Download or click on the link below for more information on the Notice of Intended Marriage (NOIM); if you like you can complete the relevant details and submit or bring it to me at our first meeting? You can also scan and upload, email, fax or post it. The necessary documents will need to be sighted at some stage prior to the ceremony.
For more information and lodgement options please visit Notice of Intended Marriage
This Notice of Intended Marriage must be submitted to your celebrant at least one month before the wedding can take place. Once completed and signed it is valid for 18 months. Download my Steps to Marriage checklist below which contains all the information to assist you in preparing for the big day.
If you are overseas, further information on getting married in Australia can be found on my information for overseas couples wishing to get married in Australia page Overseas Couples.
It is best to get the ball rolling now as I take bookings many months in advance, please view . You must be sure you have all of the necessary requirements in place in time. For example you will need an original birth certificate or a passport, if you have been married previously then you will also need some additional documents. Some documents can take some time to get if you haven’t got them already. I will inform you of any other requirements when we correspond.
If you would like to request a meeting to catch up and discuss your ceremony you can use my meeting request form to select a convenient date, time and place.
📸 Photography & 📹 Video
It is best to plan early so that the period near to your wedding is relaxing. Please consider photography carefully as it is usually a one time moment . After the event, the pictures will be your precious memories. See the Links & Partners page for some ideas and many quality suppliers.
⛪ Venues for your Ceremony
Choosing your venue can be a daunting task, for a start where do you want to have it, in your hometown, out of town? A function room in a hotel, at home, a marquee, a restaurant, a resort, on Sydney harbour or maybe water views?
Eloping? Why pay more and get married in the registry office? Perhaps you would like to say what we need to and simply sign the paperwork? No frills, no fuss, just the legal essentials for marriage. You may pay less and the wedding ceremony can be anywhere you wish! Click on the button below to visit my Venue Tips page which has some ideas, locations and other information to consider when narrowing down your venue or ceremony location. Always remember the safest thing anyone can do is check twice do it once!
📜 Your Ceremony
A sample basic ceremony format may be found by clicking on the button below. This ceremony or any others can be personalised along with readings and music added to suit you.
On confirming your booking you will be provided with a login to the client resources area and have access to all the resources and sample ceremony material to assist you in personalising and tailoring your ceremony as much as you like. Everyone is different and I try and provide ceremony options and elements that allows you to create a ceremony that truly reflects you. This has sample ceremonies, vows, readings and much more. This includes the legal parts that must be contained in the ceremony and the parts that can be tailored to personalise the ceremony to suit.
Bookings are confirmed on payment of a deposit of $100.00, the balance can be paid any time prior to the ceremony. For more information on payments or to make a payment please visit the Payments page.
After your wedding ceremony
As an online marriage celebrant with Births, Deaths and Marriages (NSW) I will register your marriage with NSW Births, Deaths and Marriages on the day of or the day after your wedding. You can apply for a NSW Births, Deaths & Marriages certificate online, in person or by completing an application form. You can view the different designs, apply online or download an application form on my Information page. The following links may also be useful, After the Wedding and Next Step name and address change kits.
Couples from overseas countries, who marry in Australia may require an Authentication or an Apostille Stamp to be placed on the registered copy of their Marriage Certificate issued by Births, Deaths & Marriages. To determine if you require an Apostille or Authentication stamp follow the link to Smartraveller or the Department of Foreign Affairs & Trade . Certain countries require this before they recognise an Australian marriage certificate as a legal document.
General Information & Requirements
Please find my PDF fact sheets below containing all the information (Select the type of ceremony):
For Links & Partners along with many quality suppliers to assist you with your ceremony please visit my Links & Partners.
Questions❓ The answers to many common questions may be found on the FAQ’s page.
You can Upload a File, arrange a meeting to have a chat about your ceremony at a date, time and place convenient, make a payment, submit your notice of intended marriage details or make a booking using the forms below.
Please select one of the contact options below and let’s get in touch.
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