If you have a question that is not under the FAQs list please give me a call, I’m sure I can help you. My mobile is 0429 997 771.
Q: Can I have my ceremony on any day of the week and any time?
A: Yes, I can conduct ceremonies any time you desire – morning, noon or night.
Q: Can I have my children as witnesses?
A: Yes, if they are over the age of 18 years.
Q: Is it possible to be married earlier than the one month time frame?
A: Yes, but you have to apply to the Courts for a shortening of time. There are 5 categories of circumstances. The Notice of Intended Marriage must be completed prior to applying for a shortening of time.
Q: Do we get a Marriage Certificate that we can take to the Bank etc. to change my name?
A: No, on the day of your ceremony you will receive a “Couples Certificate of Marriage” which is the nice looking Certificate you can hang on the wall. I will give you an Application for Marriage Certificate (there is a cost of $45 payable to Births Deaths and Marriages) which you can complete and send to Births Deaths and Marriages with Certified copies of documents covering the 100 point ID check. I can Certify these documents as True and Correct copies.
Q. We are not religious are there any parts of the ceremony that we can leave out?
A. The only part of the ceremony that has to be included are the legal words the Celebrant says – “The Monitum/Celebrant Authority” and the bride and groom stating the following words in their vows “I call upon persons here present to witness that I …… take …… to be my lawful wedded husband/wife”
Q. I don’t know where to start can you help me with everything?
A. I can guide you towards Wedding Suppliers I have dealt with in the past who are experienced professionals and very reliable.
Q. My fiance and I are not baptised/christened but we’d like to get married in a church. What do we have to do?
A. If you wish to be married in a church, but not have a religious ceremony, there are quite a number of chapels available where Civil Celebrants conduct the ceremony with the same beauty and warmth as in a church.
Q. We want to write our own ceremony, is that OK?
A. It’s OK if you wish to write your own ceremony as long as the legal wording is included in the ceremony – “the Monitum/Celebrant Authority” and the wording in the vows “I call upon persons here present to witness that I …. take …. to be my lawful wedded husband/wife”. I’m always available to assist you in any way possible.
Q. How often do I need to talk or meet with you?
A. I’m available by phone, email or Facetime as often as you like. I’m happy to have face to face meetings if you feel the need. However, we will be meeting a number of times to discuss the ceremony, rehearsal and to sign the Declaration stating you are free to marry.