Marriage Ceremonies

marriage and weddings

Organising your marriage ceremony is an exciting experience but it can also be a little stressful.

As your authorised and registered marriage celebrant I am ready to answer any questions you might have about your wedding plans and help to relieve you of some of the stress.

I provide:
  • 12 years experience and a friendly personality
  • Unlimited telephone and email consultations
  • Completion and lodgement of the Notice of Intended Marriage (NOIM) form
  • Help with acquiring legal documents pertaining to the marriage
  • Unlimited assistance with the planning of your ceremony
  • Step-by-step instructions for creating your own personal ceremony
  • Loan of my online ceremony booklet which contains many options for vows, ring exchange, readings, rituals, etc
  • Rehearsal at my office if requested
  • Professionally deliver your ceremony
  • Portable public address system with cordless microphone & music player for celebrant use
  • Commonwealth Presentation Marriage Certificate
  • Assistance with obtaining your Registered Marriage Certificate from Registry of Births Deaths & Marriages

Please Note: You must fill in a Notice of Intended Marriage (NOIM) form with me no later than 1 month and not earlier than 18 months before the wedding date. This is a legal requirement.

Each party to the marriage needs to show me the following:
  • Birth certificate or passport. Although I can accept an expired passport I cannot accept a cancelled passport
  • If married before, a divorce certificate or death certificate (whichever is applicable) showing the end of the latest marriage
  • Photo ID (example; driver's licence or passport)
  • Documents must be original

Couples choose the type of ceremony that suits them best. For example:

  • Incorporate cultural traditions such as breaking the glass, exchanging garlands, include sponsors, etc.
  • Incorporate a meaningful ritual such as a sand ceremony, releasing butterflies or doves, ring warming, etc.
  • An elopement style ceremony which has no more than 6 guests, is at the celebrant's office/garden, is short and simple, includes some meaningful words while maintaining all that is legally required.

Here are some examples:

  1. The Blending of the Sands ceremony. The pouring of two (or more) different coloured sands together is used to symbolise the joining of the bride and groom or the joining of their families.
    This ceremony requires three small vases or jars, one for you and your fiancé to pour the sand into and two for each of you to pour the sand from. Each of the two vases of coloured sand symbolises the separate lives of the bride and groom and their families. If you are including children in the ceremony, obtain a few extra vessels with different coloured sand for each child. You can put your vase containing your combined sand on display as a constant reminder of your wedding day.
  2. The Wine or Loving Cup ceremony is for the bride and groom to share their first drink together as a married couple and to show the coming together of two families. One small carafe of white wine and one of pink (or red wine or beer, etc) represent the two families. The bride pours a portion of her wine (pink) into her glass and her husband's glass then the groom does the same, topping up each glass with his wine or beer. The two wines are thus mixed together and the couple take a sip of their unique blend.
  3. As a true symbol of Love, the White Dove chooses its mate for life, therefore they are a very fitting and final addition to any wedding. They create a wonderful atmosphere as they head to the skies on their new journey together.
My fee for a wedding ceremony starts from $580.00. Road tolls, entry fees, water taxi requirements, paid parking or travel which is more than 30km from my base at Mount Druitt are added to the invoice.
I ask for a non-refundable booking fee of $170.00 to secure the date and time you have chosen for your wedding ceremony, the acceptance, handling and care of the NOIM form as well as all meetings, a rehearsal if requested (except a rehearsal at the wedding venue which will incur a fee), email/phone/text correspondence and the online registration of your marriage (the booking fee comes off the balance of the original quote).
Ask me about my special discount price for an elopement style ceremony which consists of a short standard ceremony with your two witnesses at the celebrant's office or garden.
Please Note: Once I register your marriage you can apply or ask me to apply on your behalf for a Marriage Certificate from Births Deaths and Marriages (BDM). They charge a fee of $60.00 for a standard certificate as at 1/7/2019.

Fill out and send me the email below or ring/text 0425269706 and make an appointment to see me. We can discuss your wedding plans obligation free 🙂