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!
Our first meeting needs to occur at least 31 days before your wedding and we’ll need to complete some necessary legal forms.
The first necessary form is the Notice of Intended Marriage. This must be completed no earlier than 18 months before the date of the marriage and no later than 31 days before the date of the marriage. You can hand it to me or post me a witnessed Notice of Intended Marriage form at least 31 days before your wedding day.
AT OUR FIRST MEETING PLEASE BRING THE BELOW:
Original Birth Certificates or Passports.*
Where applicable – an original Divorce Certificate* or a full and original Death Certificate*
* Foreign language certificates or passports must be officially translated into English by an authorised interpreter/translator
STEP 2 – Plan
Based on what you have told me 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 Wedding
I’ll arrive 30 minutes before the wedding 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 ceremony started. Afterwards, I’ll make sure you’re happy with how things went and take care of your paperwork.
STEP 4 – Registering Your Marriage
After the ceremony, I’ll send all of your paperwork to the NSW Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages and your marriage will be officially registered.
A few weeks after the ceremony you will receive your official certificate in the post and this is what you use to change your name.