Your Wedding Ceremony

Your Wedding Day is a day of celebration but also the first day of the rest of your life together. The wedding ceremony is only part of your Wedding Day but it’s the most important part and the only official part of the day – make it a day to remember and a ceremony to treasure. No two couples are alike, therefore no two ceremonies should be alike. I have sample readings, introductions and vows as well as a vast selection of other resources for you to look through. This will enable you to build your ceremony to your beliefs, traditions and dreams.  I am happy to offer suggestions on music and the roles you may want your guests to have.

I will attend a rehearsal to ensure that everyone in the wedding party is comfortable with their role, we don’t actually rehearse any wording, just go over the way the ceremony will unfold.  There are many things to think about in the preparation of a wedding, I aim to make it as enjoyable and stress free as possible. Your wedding will be the only ceremony I will perform on that day, so my focus will be on you. Our first meeting is designed for us to get to know each other and see if we are a good fit.  We can meet at your home or my home office at a time to suit. This initial discussion is free.

Documentation

Notice of Intended Marriage Form (NOIM)

Once confirmation of the time and date has been established the Notice of Intended Marriage (NOIM) should be lodged with the Celebrant no earlier than one month and no later than eighteen months prior to the wedding day. The NOIM will be completed at our first meeting. Valid Passports can now be used in lieu of your original Birth Certificates, original Birth Certificates are still accepted, and if either parties have been married before, divorce papers and/or death certificates. I also ask to see your Driver’s Licence or other photo ID.  You may visit the Attorney General’s website to download the NOIM form www.ag.gov.au but I have supplies so it’s not necessary for you to download the form.

Declarations

Before the marriage takes place, you will be required to sign the Declarations which are on the back of the Official Marriage Certificate. I usually ask you to do this when we are discussing the final wording for your wedding ceremony or during the rehearsal.

Certificate of Marriage

On your Wedding Day you are required to sign three documents – the Official Marriage Certificate, the Marriage Register and the Couple’s Certificate (I will present the Couple’s Certificate to you after your ceremony). These documents are also signed by your witnesses who must be over the age of 18 years.

Spouse Visa Applications

To apply for a spouse visa application you will require a letter to the Department of Immigration www.immi.gov.au. You will need to complete a Notice of Intended Marriage, I will then give you a letter addressed to the Australian Embassy in the country your spouse resides stating that you have lodged the necessary forms with the date and time of your wedding. When approval is granted we can then meet and discuss your wedding. There is a fee for this service.

Changing your Name

You are legally able to take on your husband’s name without completing a Change of Name Application.  I encourage you to complete the Application for the Certificate of Marriage that I give you in the Resources Pack.  You will have to provide the 100 points ID check but I can certify these as being ‘true copies of the original document’.  The cost of the Certificate of Marriage is $45 or $59 for the Commemorative  Certificate pack (which includes a certified copy).
http://australia.gov.au/topics/law-and-justice/births-deaths-and-marriages-registries.  This document can be used to prove your Marriage to Superannuation Funds, Banks, Transport Depts (Drivers Licence/Car Registration), Electoral Office etc.

“After years together, I want my heart to still miss a beat when you enter the room”

Contact me today to discuss your wedding on 0429 997 771