Congratulations on your engagement!
It’s such a lovely milestone in life – and I bet you’re enjoying immersing yourself in all the wedding information you can right now.. which is why you’re here!
As your authorised Marriage Celebrant, I look forward to working with you to answer your questions about the process and legality of getting married in Australia. As we get to know each other, I’ll guide you along the path as we create your perfect, tailored ceremony – as simple or as elaborate as you’d like. I have a relaxed process which can be adapted to suit your preference and includes a combination of phone calls, emails and meetings.
I’ve been a speaker and MC for 20 years for all types of events and my philosophy has always been to provide a supportive framework for the event to shine – it’s not about me…. It’s your day and it should be special for you, your family and guests.
Who am I?
I’ve been married to Andrew 17 years and we’ve kept a lovely tradition alive which my parents have done for their entire marriage (50 years and counting): we take turns every wedding anniversary to surprise each other with ‘something we’ve never done before’.
Of course these activities can be a little hit and miss like the Moroccan cooking class I took Andrew to where we drove 1.5hrs across town at peak hour to a teacher who wouldn’t let anyone touch anything. Or the romantic gondola ride on the Yarra river at Southbank at the unfortunate same time as an AC/DC tribute band was playing on the forecourt……
BUT on the whole, there have been tons of incredible new experiences together such as Treetop walks off the Great Ocean Road; the Restaurant Tram (better than it sounds!); Surfing lessons at Phillip Island; Off-road quad bike riding with a homestead farm dining experience and so many more – if you’re ever looking for anniversary ideas, do let me know!
When we got married, I had been appearing on the Today Show for years as ‘Ms Megabyte – IT Reporter’ so Woman’s Day did a story called ‘Get Me To The Church Online’ featuring my organisation of the 2001 wedding on the ‘world wide web’ lol!
To be legally married in Australia, a person must:
- not be married to someone else
- not be marrying a parent, grandparent, child, grandchild, brother or sister
- be at least 18 years old, unless a court has approved a marriage where one party is aged between 16 and 18 years old
- understand what marriage means and freely consent to marrying
- use specific words as part of the ceremony (I will advise you of these)
- give written notice of their intention to marry to their authorised celebrant, within the required time frame (between 1 month-18 months before your wedding).
How we’ll work together
- Let’s chat
on the phone and meet in person, no obligation – you’ve got to be sure I’m the right person for your ‘I DO CREW’!
We’ll discuss your thoughts about your upcoming wedding and I’ll help you understand the legal process, the forms and the steps involved.
Make an enquiry over here and I’ll get back to you very quickly to make a time.
- Confirm your booking
As soon you pay your deposit your date is secured and I’ll email you some resources including a questionnaire for you both to start thinking about, which will help me to create your perfect ceremony. The resources will also include a sample ceremony structure and a collection of readings, poems, wording for vows to kickstart the discussion about the type of ceremony you would like.
I’ll include the NOIM (Notice of Intended Marriage) which you can begin to fill out. Don’t sign anything until our meeting, as I will need to witness your signatures.
- Let’s Meet
We’ll meet again to cover off any questions and thoughts you have, and we’ll complete the Notice Of Intended Marriage form together. You can download it here to have a look. You’ll need to bring your relevant legal documents for me to sight in person and I’ll let you know what they are in an email before the meeting.
- Ceremony creation
I’ll create a draft of your ceremony and send for your consideration and comments. Once finalised, I’ll also create a run-sheet detailing the logistics of the ceremony. All along the way I’m available to you by phone and email for questions.
- On site run-through
We’ll organise a quick run-through (mini rehearsal) at the venue 1-2 weeks before the wedding. This is to ensure we all know where everyone is standing and what everyone does at each stage of the ceremony, including people with special roles.
- The big day
On the day, I’ll arrive around 45 minutes early and together we’ll deliver a beautiful, memorable and personal ceremony you and your guests will treasure forever.
I have one quick question – of all the people you need to engage for your wedding day, which one of them is the only one you can’t do without? 😉
Did you know: To become a celebrant in Australia you must undertake a very rigorous study curriculum of exams and practical components to gain a Cert iV in Celebrancy, which includes 13 complex assignments including legal, ethical, business and writing categories. You create and present many ceremonies – quite a few on video. THEN you apply to the Commonwealth Attorney General’s Department for approval which is another rigorous and intense process. The day you get that approval email – believe me – it is such an incredible and satisfying, joyful, momentous occasion!
Fees start at $500 for a simple legal ceremony
(minimum ceremony required by law, close to Doncaster, Vic, with you and your 2 witnesses)
or $1200 for a tailored, thoughtful, memorable ceremony for your wedding day.
A $300 deposit (non refundable) is payable to secure your date,
then the remaining fee is payable a month before your wedding.