FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

What questions should we ask?

Are you available at the time and place we plan to hold our ceremony?
Can we request a unique ceremony?
What process do you use to gather information from us about our needs and wants?
What sort of resources and information will you provide us?
Are there any additional costs above your fee?

How soon should I book you as our celebrant?

It is best to book as far ahead as possible to make sure I am available on your preferred date.

How much notice do we need to give you before we can be married?

The current Marriage Act requires that a Notice Of Intended Marriage MUST be lodged at least one calendar month before your marriage can take place. The maximum notice is eighteen months.

What documentation do we need to supply before the marriage can take place?

Original Certificate of Birth, either an extract or a full certificate.
If you have been previously married, the original Decree Absolute or Divorce Certificate.
If you are a widow or widower, the original Death Certificate of your late spouse.
If certificates are written in a language other than English then I need them to be translated by a registered translator.

Are there any restrictions on time or places that a marriage can take place in Australia?

Marriages in Australia can take place at any time and in any place, providing that the ceremony does not cause a nuisance to other people, and that you are not trespassing on private land.

What documentation do we need to supply for a naming ceremony?

There are no legal requirements to supply any documentation for a naming ceremony.

Are there any restrictions on when and where a naming ceremony can be held?

No. A naming ceremony can be held anywhere and at any time.

How much notice do we need to give you for a naming ceremony?

There is no legal requirement for a period of notice for a naming ceremony.

Can single parents, unmarried and same sex couples have a naming ceremony for their child?

Yes. The marital status or sex of a parent does not affect naming ceremonies.

Do we receive a certificate?

Yes, I will provide a certificate as a memento of your special occasion.

Who can have a commitment ceremony?

Anyone! A commitment ceremony is held between two people who love each other, but for personal or legal reasons cannot or do not wish to marry. This ceremony gives public recognition to their love.

How much notice do we need to give you for a commitment ceremony?

There is no legal requirement to submit notice to a government department so there is no legal requirement for a period of notice for a commitment ceremony. Again, it is best to book me as early as possible for your special ceremony.