As a registered Celebrant, I am authorised to perform marriages in all States and Territories in Australia. I can also officiate at renewal of vow ceremonies, commitment ceremonies, naming ceremonies, and funeral/memorial services.
As your Celebrant, I will actively assist you in creating a personalised ceremony that reflects who you are as individuals and as a couple celebrating your unique story. With you, I will craft a memorable ceremony that incorporates your beliefs, cultural traditions, and values. I will actively guide you leading up to your wedding day, solemnise your union on the day and complete and lodge all associated legal paperwork, as required. My service fee includes planning meetings, (as few or as many as you like!) plus a full rehearsal, all administrative costs, a selection of introductions, readings and vows to assist you in creating your own ceremony, and P.A. System and microphones on the day.
Under Australian law, couples must complete and lodge a Notice of Intended Marriage with their Celebrant at least one full month prior to the date of the ceremony. Many celebrants are booked months in advance so, please contact me as soon as possible for an obligation-free, cost-free initial meeting.
How long does a ceremony usually last?
Simple Civil Ceremonies usually take about 30 minutes to complete, including the signing of certificates, but the duration of the ceremony depends on the elements you wish to have included. It’s up to you.
What are the legal requirements?
You will need to complete a Notice of Intended Marriage (NoIM). This will be supplied and witnessed by me. Alternatively, you can find and download if from www.civilcelebrants.com.au (under Legals), on my Useful Links page. The Minimum period of notice is one full month prior to the wedding date. A Notice is valid for 18 months after being witnessed.
In order for me to witness this, you will be required to present proof of identity, and your date and place of birth. A current or expired passport may be used. You must be over the age of 18 years.
If there have been any previous marriages, legal proof of Termination of that marriage or a Death Certificate is required.
Where can we get married?
There are plenty of options! Many couples choose to marry in their own homes, restaurants, gardens, at the beach or in public parks. If you choose to marry in a public space, it is important to check with the local council regarding any fees and other requirements.
If you are having an outdoor wedding, it is advisable to have an alternative indoor venue in case of inclement weather.
Note: If you want your ceremony to be held later in the day, it is always useful to check on the time of sunset to ensure that there will be adequate light for the photography.
Do we have to attend pre-marital education courses?
This is your choice. I will provide the necessary information, as I am obliged to do so. Please note that these courses are educational, developed to set you up for success. Many couples who have taken advantage of marriage education courses have benefited from the insights they’ve gained.
These can be as traditional or non-traditional as you like – it really is your vision that matters. These are suitable for all couples, regardless of gender. Even if couples don’t want to (or can’t) get legally married, many want to publicly affirm their relationship. Commitment ceremonies provide couples with an opportunity to celebrate their love with their family and friends. Others choose to exchange vows in a private ritual. The options for how to create your own ceremony are limitless.
While the content and format is similar to a marriage, the only practical difference between a marriage and a commitment ceremony is the necessity to include the legal requirements for a marriage to be valid.
As a Celebrant officiating at a Commitment Ceremony, the only thing I am unable to do is to tell people that you’re getting married. (N.B. It is important that, if inviting guests to the ceremony, you are clear about the type of ceremony it will be. You must ensure that you do not invite guests to a ‘wedding’).
Renewal of Vows Ceremony
A Renewal of Vows Ceremony is a great option for all couples who are already in a committed partnership, but who wish to publicly affirm this again.
Under Australian law, it is illegal to be married twice to the same person, unless you have been legally divorced in between the marriages. However, there is nothing preventing you from publicly re-affirming your love and commitment to your partner, and a Renewal of Vows Ceremony may be just the thing.
These are an excellent, non-religious way to celebrate the arrival of a new family member. They can be tailored for newborns, children of any age, and for welcoming adopted or foster children into their new families. I’ll assist you (and your child, depending on their age, of course) to create a special ceremony for everyone to enjoy and remember.
Trans Naming Days
Naming Days can also be created for people who are transitioning. These can be an important public celebration and affirmation of their identity.
Funerals / Memorial Services
It is not legally required to have a Minister of Religion to conduct a funeral. Anyone can perform a funeral or memorial ceremony. However, it is often preferable to have someone who is not emotionally attached to the family to perform these ceremonies.
There is no requirement for a specific format to be followed. You can choose to create a ceremony that is most appropriate for celebrating your loved one’s life, and acknowledging their passing. To personalise the ceremony, you can include your loved one’s favourite music, readings and written tributes with photos for family and friends.
Civil Funerals are generally appropriate for a Crematorium. A Memorial Services can be held at almost any venue. These days some people choose to hold a service for their loved one at home.
Other Rites of Passage and Life Events
Of course, life is full of rites of passage and other moments that should be celebrated and acknowledged. I am happy to work with you to create something most suitable for the occasion.
Whatever the ceremony, I will actively listen to what is important to you, and guide you, in creating a truly memorable celebration.
Feel free to call me to discuss your ideas.