I pride myself on giving my clients the full service when booking me to be their Civil Marriage Celebrant. I offer a flat fee which covers pretty much everything from beginning to end. I have meetings with couples where we discuss likes, dislikes, dreams and random thoughts, and I turn that into their personalised ceremony. There’s the choice of rituals, readings, poems & inclusions. There’s emails to and fro with the draft ceremony to make sure everyone is happy, and a wedding rehearsal so all who are involved knows what to do on the big day. Ultimately, the end goal is to be legally wed, which I also ensure happens along the way!
Some couples however just want the ‘short and sweet’ version. It may be an elopement, it may be a second marriage, or you simply may want just ‘the legals’ without any of the ‘extras’. As a celebrant I am here to offer you what you want, ensuring at the end of the day that you are legally wed. So what would ‘just the legals’ entail? (Note that this is skimming over the details – I’m happy to explain it all in full when discussing options with you)
A signed, completed NOIM (Notice of Intended Marriage) in my hands AT LEAST one month prior to your wedding day.
Evidence of Date and Place of birth, and Identity documents must be sighted by the Celebrant.
A declaration of no legal impediment to be completed and signed with the Celebrant prior to the wedding.
A ceremony that must include the following:
- The marriage celebrant should identify themselves and the names of the couple to be married.
- The marriage celebrant should state the Monitum to the bride and groom, and at least two witnesses over 18.
- The bride and groom must say the following legal vows: I call upon the persons here present to witness that I, [_ _], take thee, [_ _], to be my lawful wedded wife/husband. (Or words to that effect).
- Signing of the required forms with two witnesses over 18.
And then you’re married!
Everyone has their own idea of the perfect wedding. My role as an Authorised Marriage Celebrant is to offer you the choice, and to ensure at the end of the day, that you are legally married…and HAPPY!
The first chat with me is obligation free. I’m happy to meet with you somewhere nice, we talk about your hopes and dreams, and you decide if I’m the right fit for you. Then we can take it from there 🙂