How soon should we contact you before our wedding?

I am legally required to lodge a Notice of Intended Marriage at least one month but not more that 18 months before the wedding, so we need to meet up within this time - I will normally complete this form when we meet up to design your ceremony. So saying, if you want me for your wedding you should contact me as soon as you know your dates. I can book you in and once you have paid your deposit the day is yours.

What if we can't wait a month for our wedding?

There are some exceptional circumstances when a “shortening of time” can be organised. If this is you contact me as soon as possible and we can discuss your situation and if you meet the criteria. I will be able to assist you with the paperwork and what you need to do.

Do we have to book if we have a meeting with you?

Definitely not, in fact I highly recommend that you meet a range of celebrants, as I truly believe your day should reflect your personalities, and this can only be achieved by making sure that your celebrant is someone with whom you feel fully comfortable.

How do we know you will design a ceremony that is 'us'?

We will have at least two meetings when I will ask you and your partner lots of questions about you and your life together. I will also send you a questionnaire that I will ask you to fill in individually that helps me write a ceremony that is about the two of you and your story. I will send you the draft version of your ceremony six weeks before the date and work with you to make any changes you require.

Do we have to have a rehearsal?

A rehearsal either at the venue, at your home or mine is a really good idea. The rehearsal gives a good indication of the flow of the ceremony and helps to alleviate some of the inevitable nerves.

Do you charge more if we want a rehearsal?

No, the rehearsal fee is covered by my fee.

What time do you get to the venue before the cermony?

I like to get to the ceremony at least 30 minutes to one hour before the start time on your invitations. This allows me time to set up my equipment, check in with you and your photographer, wedding planner, videographer etc. help you greet your guests and make sure I am organised to perform a fantastic ceremony!

What will you wear to our cermony?

Generally l will wear a dress or skirt and top that complements your colour scheme, if you have a themed wedding, I am happy to discuss dressing in costume, although there may be an additional fee for this.

What do we do if things don't go to plan on the day?

The truth is that life doesn’t always go to plan so when planning your ceremony, we will talk about how to manage wet, windy or very hot weather and ensure we have the right plan in place so it doesn’t upset your day. If the groom or bride is running late, then I ensure that I allow ample time to still have the ceremony complete however I may need to leave if I have another engagement if the delay is longer than one hour.

Do you do more than one cermony per day?

Occasionally. My rule is that I won’t book weddings that are less than 3 hours apart from each other so I have plenty of time to travel between venues and ensure I can do the set up I need to do. I don’t take any more than 2 bookings in a day.

Are you a Registered and Authorised celebrant?

Yes, I am authorised by the Attorney-General’s Department. You can confirm this by checking out their website.

Are there any standards or guidelines you need to follow?

Absolutely! As marriage is a serious and legal binding affair, all celebrants must comply with the requirements of the Marriage Act (1961) and abide by the Celebrant Code of Practice.

What if we aren't happy with our cermony?

If at any time you are unhappy with the service I provide, please do not hesitate to discuss the situation with me. I will be only too happy to do everything in my power to rectify the situation. I want your ceremony to be unforgettable for all the right reasons. In the event that I am unable to amend matters to you satisfaction, please be aware that there is a special procedure set out in the Marriage Regulations to enable complaints concerning the performance of marriage celebrants to be responded to. For more information look on the Attorney General Department website - Complaint against a marriage celebrant

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