Many couples find the process of planning a wedding daunting. It is my promise to make the planning of the ceremony as easy as I can. I’ll let you know what I need, and have checklists to keep both of us on track.
To give you a brief overview, the process is outlined below.
MEET AND GREET
We can meet at my home, yours or local café. You can tell me the plans for your big day, I’ll answer any questions you have, and ask lots too. This is a chance for you to decide whether you’d like me as your celebrant. To make it official, a 50% deposit will secure your date and time. That’s when the fun starts.
WRITING THE CEREMONY
You might not be aware of all of the possible parts in a ceremony. I’ll give you an Information Kit with lots of things to consider including readings, rituals and more. Once I’ve got an idea about what you like, and dislike, I’ll get drafting. There are a few sections which I must include to make it official, but other than that we can do whatever you want.
There is some important paperwork (specifically the Notice of Intended Marriage) that we will need to complete at least one month before the wedding. The other pieces are done closer to or at the wedding. I’ll need to see your original Birth Certificate or Passport, and a few other items, but I’ll give you a list of what I need and when.
I know that planning your wedding could be one of the busiest and stressful times in your life but I’d recommend making time for a rehearsal. It helps the two of you get a feel for the ceremony so you can relax and enjoy the ceremony. This can be done at your venue, or at another location that suits.
THE BIG DAY
Your wedding day, or as I like to call it – the best day ever! You’ll both be off getting ready, but you can rest assured knowing that I’ll be at the venue and set up at least 30 mins before the ceremony. I’ll deliver the ceremony, with everyone involved, direct you in saying the all important vows and sign all the paperwork so I can officially announce you as a married couple.
AFTER THE BIG DAY
You’ll be off enjoying your honeymoon or newly married life, but I’ll make sure all paperwork is completed and that your marriage is registered with Births, Deaths and Marriages. You would have received the Commemorative Marriage Certificate during your ceremony, but I can also complete the forms you need to receive the official Marriage Certificate that allows you to change your name.