Frequently Asked Questions
What does the Celebrant do?
– Attends to all the legal paperwork
– Assists you to create a ceremony to suit your need
– Solemnizes your marriage
– A venue, flowers, cars, cake etc can be arranged for overseas couples, for a small co-ordination fee.
What is the Cost?
Please visit our pricing page.
How far in advance do I need to contact the Celebrant?
When you have decided on a date please call me as soon as possible. Most celebrants are booked months in advance.
What does the fee cover?
– Completion of all legal work
– Initial & subsequent visits, plus a rehearsal if you feel required
– All administrative costs
– Use of microphone, CD play and music and extra microphone for readings
– A selection of introductions, readings and vows, to assist you in creating your own ceremony.
– Your ceremony will be printed into a memento booklet, which also becomes your guest book
– You will receive a change of name kit and a will kit
How long does the ceremony last?
It is your day! Civil Ceremonies usually take about 20 minutes to complete, including the signing of certificates.
What are the legal requirements?
You will need to complete a Notice of Intended Marriage (NIM), valid for 18 months. Supplied by me or your may download if from www.civilcelebrants.com.au (under legals). Minimum notice is one day and one month prior to wedding date.
You will be required to present your birth certificates, and for Overseas people, a current passport. (signed by a consulate or medical doctor).
If there has been a previous marriage, either a Decree Absolute of Divorce, or a Death Certificate is required.
You must be over the age of 18 years
Note: a deposit will be need at this time, with final payment at least 2 weeks prior to the wedding.
What venues do you recommend?
The cityscape, your own home, gardens, beach or even a lovely park are all very popular, however it would be advisable to check with the local council regarding fees.
If you are having an outdoor wedding, it is advisable to have an alternative indoor venue in case of inclement weather.
Note: Should you wedding be late in the date, determine the sunset time to ensure sufficient light for document signing and photography.
Do we have to attend any pre-marital courses?
This is your choice. I do have all the information regarding this should you wish to attend. Most couples who have taken advantage of this course, have gained a lot of insight and confidence in their marriage.
We want to have a ceremony or wedding to celebrate our relationship, but we don’t want to get legally married. Can we do that?
Yes, many people appreciate the ritual of a wedding even if they don’t want to (or can’t) get legally married. Some want to be married “in the eyes of God” but have reasons why a legal marriage is not a good option for them. Others want an opportunity to celebrate their love with their family and friends, or make vows to each other in a private ritual. If you want to, it’s even legal for one or both unmarried partners to change their last names so that they match like a married couple. The options for how to create your own ceremony are limitless.
Where are Civil Funerals held?
Civil Funerals are generally appropriate for a Crematorium. A Memorial Services can be held at almost any venue. However, these days some people are opting to hold the funeral service for their loved one at home.
Do I have to have a Minister of religion conducting the funeral?
No, not at all. In fact, you do not even need a qualified Civil Celebrant. However, it often helps to have someone experienced who is not emotionally attached to the family to perform the funeral.
Is there a specific format I need to follow?
You are free to choose whatever format you like. You may like to include your loved one’s favourite music, readings and perhaps a small written tribute with photos for family and friends.