I’ve been a celebrant for a few years now and each ceremony that I have officiated has been different and a new experience. I’ve shared the ceremony with another celebrant, I’ve conducted small, intimate and only legal ceremonies with just the couple and their witnesses and I have performed a ceremony for a couple who were already legally married. Every couple has their own dream wedding and I can accommodate whatever sort of ceremony you dream of.
CEREMONY – (With or without the legal requirements)
STEP 1 – Meet
We meet (YAY) at a time and date that suits you and get to know each other. Meeting you as a couple would be great, but not a problems if only one of you can make it, I can work to your availability. Similarly, if you are unable to meet in person for any reason, our interview can happen over the phone, via email, or Skype.
We will then talk about what sort of ceremony you are wanting to create, who you are as a couple, your stories and memories so that we can tailor these experiences into the service. Knowing how many people you want to include in the service also helps to create the structure of the ceremony.
I can help with inspiration for readings, music, etc or you can bring all of your own material. I am super duper flexible and ready to make you guys happy!
STEP 2 – Plan
Based on the information you provide, I will create a draft ceremony for you to approve and from there we can tweak it to suit your ideal service.
A rehearsal is completely up to you. Depending on the day and location of the wedding, we may be able to run through the service with the bridal party and music and anyone else included.
STEP 3 – The Ceremony
I’ll arrive 30 minutes before the ceremony is due to start to set up the PA, check in with both parties and make sure everything is on track. Once you both arrive and are ready to go, I’ll welcome the guests and get your love fest started.
LEGAL CEREMONY ONLY
A legal ceremony means that I attend the ceremony, I say the Monitum (wording below), I ensure that the marrying couple say their legal vows (wording below), and I witness the marriage certificates being signed on the day. I also do all the paperwork before the ceremony and then I register the marriage online within two weeks after the day of the ceremony with the Births, Deaths and Marriages Department.
I am duly authorised by law to solemnise this marriage according to law. Before you are joined in marriage in my presence and in the presence of these witnesses, I am to remind you of the solemn and binding nature of the relationship into which you are now about to enter. Marriage, according to law in Australia, is union of two people to the exclusion of all others, voluntarily entered into for life.
I call upon the persons here present to witness that I, AB/CD, take you, CD/AB, to be my lawful wedded wife/husband/partner in marriage.
This is a great option to consider if you have a friend or family member that you would like to perform the ceremony.
I follow the same steps as I would for all ceremonies. We meet, we plan, I conduct and we celebrate!