Congratulations on your decision to celebrate your love!
As a wedding celebrant in the Byron Bay, Gold Coast region, I’m here to help make your day perfect. My role is twofold. Firstly, I create your ceremony according to your wishes and secondly, I ensure all legal elements of your ceremony and all supporting evidence are in order.
We will meet either face to face or via Skype or Facetime, giving you the opportunity to consider my suitability for your special occasion – whether that be an elopement, a relaxed beach wedding or a lavish black tie affair with a couple of guests or hundreds!
I will outline the legal process required for all marriages in Australia.
- The Notice of Intent to Marry NOIM must be activated by at least one signature and lodged with me no later than one month prior to your celebration. If interstate or overseas, this can be easily done where you live and scanned and emailed to me to meet the time frame. The original of the NOIM must be presented when we meet.
- Identity documents – either passports or originals of birth certificates + photographic ID must be presented any time prior to your ceremony.
- If previously married, original of divorce or death certificate must be presented any time prior to your ceremony.
- You will sign a Declaration of No Legal Impediment to Marry at rehearsal or closer to your ceremony.
Developing your ceremony
Whether you are local or live away from the area, I will work closely with you, gaining an understanding of your vision for your celebration. All planning can be done remotely and with ease if necessary and I am happy to meet however many times you need, if local. Most couples seek a warm, intimate and relaxed celebration and I am always open to your ideas and wishes.
We will review your likes and dislikes, consider possible inclusions and complete a ceremony plan, the scaffolding for your ceremony which will assist me to create a first draft. I will jot down personal threads of ‘your story’ and may ask the odd question to help make your ceremony warm, personal and if you wish, inject lalughter.
Central to initial planning will be your ideas and your vision. If you need inspiration I will share ebooks, sample ceremonies and a myriad of other resources. General information will be collected about every detail, including your attendants, dress code, colours, involvement of others, times etc.
Couples may write their own ceremony however the majority rely upon the celebrant to do this. Many hours will be devoted to writing your ceremony. It will be much like a piece of pottery, a masterpiece in the making, moulded and remoulded until it is perfect for you. Most communication at this stage is done via email.
A rehearsal is always strongly recommended as there are many last minute details to iron out to ensure your ceremony is flawless and cohesive. Always fun, your rehearsal also serves to dissolve pre ceremony nerves when you have the opportunity to see how it will pan out. Some couples elect to attend alone while others include the whole bridal party, parents and any others involved. Either works well. The initial focus of a rehearsal is your ceremony space, considering any structures you have planned and where the groom will stand to await his love. The next box to tick will be the bride’s entrance, choreographed perfectly to accompanying music. The bride’s transition to her groom and all other movements will be rehearsed. An onsite rehearsal is obviously preferred but if not possible, a mud map of your space will suffice and a practice run can take place anywhere. You will sign a Declaration of No Legal Impediment to Marry at this meeting.
Your Wedding Day
On your big day I will ensure everything is in order and deliver your ceremony with a professional calm and warmth. A stickler for detail, I like to arrive well before the arrival of guests to set up my PA system, register and all else that is required. I will cast an eye over your ceremony space and ensure it is as you wished. I liaise with photographer, venue coordinator, decorator, musicians and lend a hand wherever needed. When the groom and his party arrive I often attach boutonnieres, adjust ties, confirm last minute details and calm nerves.
After Your Wedding
In the days following your ceremony I will complete your paper work and submit it to Births Deaths & Marriages in the state you were married. I am happy to include your application for Marriage Certificate which is required for name changing. If applying this way, those marrying in Qld are required to present three POI documents to their celebrant who will then endorse their application. No further POI documents are required for NSW marriages. If you prefer, Qld and NSW couples can apply independently for their Certificate of Marriage online. I love to share any images I take at your celebration and am always thrilled to receive yours.