We begin with a free, no-obligation consultation where you can meet me. This is an opportunity for you to tell me about yourselves what you are looking for and, in turn, I tell you about myself and the services I provide. It's really a time for 'getting to know' each other. Choosing a celebrant is a very personal choice; it’s important that you feel you’ve chosen a celebrant who suits you.
You are welcome to book me when we first meet, but you should also feel free to talk about our meeting in my absence and arrange our first ‘official’ meeting if you so choose.
This meeting may be a continuation from our first consultation (if you decide to book me during our initial consultation) or a separate meeting. There are three main objectives of this meeting: to complete the Notice of Intended Marriage and to provide you with my wedding ceremony information pack.
When completing the Notice of Intended Marriage in accordance with the Marriage Act 1961, I will ask to sight identification documents as well as any applicable Divorce or Death Certificates. Identification documents include your birth certificates, drivers’ licences, passports, etc.
I will go through my wedding ceremony information pack with you. It includes samples of readings, music, vows, ring verses, rituals, etc. You will be provided with plenty of ideas, information and inspiration so you feel equipped to make well-informed choices.
I will also provide you with my invoice and client agreement. Payment of a booking fee at this point will secure your booking.
Allow one hour for this meeting. It should take place four-six weeks before your big day. I'll be asking you a whole lot of questions about your vision for your ceremony and madly taking notes.
I will also send you a GoogleDocs link and ask you to complete the form individually; no peeking at each other's answers! I will also ask for the email addresses of some of your closest friends and family; they might have some insights to offer which will help me write your story. I will then write and create the ceremony based on your answers as well as notes I’ve taken during our meetings and the information I've obtained courtesy of Google. I will send you a copy of your ceremony a month before your special day to ensure there is enough time for you to review and give feedback before we have the rehearsal or final meeting.
Whether you choose to have a rehearsal or not, we need to meet a week or so before your wedding day. We will run through and confirm all ceremony details and, importantly, the Declaration of No Legal Impediment to Marriage must be signed by you and witnessed by me. Any outstanding monies can be paid and any identification documents that I have not yet sighted can be provided by you (Birth Certificates, Passports, and Divorce Certificates etc.)
This is the best part of being a celebrant. I will arrive about an hour before your ceremony. When I arrive, I’ll check everything: ceremony set-up, weather, audio, music etc. I touch base with all applicable parties (groom, bridal party, musicians, photographer etc.) As the start time gets closer, I usher people to their seats. I will probably also do a pre-introduction before the parties/bride walk(s) down the aisle. At this point, I cover any housekeeping points such as phones to be placed on silent and announce if this is an ‘unplugged’ wedding. Then it’s show time.
I will pack up my PA system about half an hour after the ceremony. I’ll then say goodbye and leave. I will be wishing you all the happiness in the world.
I send off your paperwork to be registered in accordance with the Marriage Act 1961. If you wish, I can also apply for a copy of your Registered Marriage Certificate and your chosen Commemorative Certificate. The fee for this is that specified by the NSW Department of Births, Deaths and Marriages.
When the certificates arrive a few weeks after your wedding, I will contact you to arrange delivery and to also ask if you will be kind enough to provide a testimonial for my website. I will also ask you to send me some photos from your ceremony when you receive them for inclusion on my website.