Q: What considerations should I give to choosing a Civil Marriage Celebrant (CMC)?
A: Your first responsibility is to ensure that your chosen CMC is registered with the Attorney General’s Office.
You should feel connected to the person that you choose to have marrying you.
The CMC should have a clear understanding of all legal requirements and be your resource guiding you through the process.
They need to be confident, professional and importantly have your best interests at heart.
The CMC that allows you creative freedom for your special day to flow the way you envisioned is the right one for you.
Q: What can you expect from me?
A: A professional approach in guiding you through the process from the legal requirements right through to creating the perfect ceremony for you.
Q:Do you have your own PA System?
A: Part of my statement of fees service includes the use of my own PA System.
Q: What documents do I need before I meet with you?
Passports, both Australian and International. You may present an expired passport however cancelled passports are unable to be used.
Birth Certificates - I will be required to sight the original prior to your wedding day. Should your birth certificate not be in English you are to prepare a translated version by NAATI only.
Divorce Decree should this be applicable. I will be required to sight the original prior to your wedding day.
In the event your previous spouse is deceased I will need to sight the certificate of death.
Q: Do you as a celebrant need ongoing training?
A: As a Civil Marriage Celebrant I am required by the requirements of the Attorney General Office to complete Ongoing Personal Development once a year.
Q: Do you travel and if so how far?
A: I am happy to travel as per the statement of fees outlines up to a 50kms radius. Please discuss with me the charges for travel that extends outside this parameter.
Q: We might need an interpreter, can you help?
A: Absolutely! In the event that you do need the services of an interpreter from our first meeting right through to the ceremony, I am able to provide you with the correct resources.
You will be responsible to ensure they are present at the interviews and the ceremonies.
The cost incurred falls outside that of my statement of fees.
Q: My fiancé is not a resident of Australia, can we still get married?
A: Yes you can, speak to me about the correct process to move forward with this situation.
Q: We are both non-residents of Australia, can we get married?
A: Yes you can. I will be able to guide you through the process and ensure that you are educated regarding all the correct legal processes to make your day happen in Australia.
Q: How soon do we need to see you prior to the ceremony?
A: We will need to meet and have the Notice of Intended Marriage lodged no later than one month and one day prior to the date of ceremony.
Q: Do you come to rehearsals?
A: Rehearsals I believe is a very important part of the process. I believe it is the best way eliminate stresses leading up the ceremony by having all parties that will contribute to your special day go through a rehearsal. It relaxes everyone, your bridal party, family and friends that will be partaking in your special day.
More importantly it relaxes you the couple.
Q: How early are you to the ceremony?
A: I will arrive at the ceremony no later than 40 minutes prior to the ceremony unless otherwise arranged for me to arrive earlier.
Q: What do you wear?
A: I am more than happy to discuss options that suit your theme, venue and style of your special day. Ensuring that my ensemble does not clash with the theme of your wedding.
Q: How long are the ceremonies?
A: Generally speaking ceremonies can take anywhere from 25 minutes to an hour depending on how short or detailed you would like it to be.
This is YOUR day! The inclusions you would like to make this the perfect day we can be work through it and ensure it is just as you dreamt.
Keep in mind an average length is around 30 minutes from beginning to end.
This will include all the necessary elements and still allow for readings should you choose to have these.
Q: How secure is our information we supply to you?
A: Please be assured that the Private Policies I have in place are consistent with those required under the Code of Practices of Civil Marriage Celebrants authorised by the Attorney General's Office.