Choosing a celebrant is a personal decision only you can make. You should have a genuine connection and feel comfortable with each other. After all, they are the ones standing alongside you, making things legal and telling your love or family story on your day!
You can choose your celebrant as soon as you like! In fact, the sooner the better! Just like your venue, photographer, and florist, key dates will fill up fast. Most celebrants, including myself, will only perform one (or two, depending on timings) ceremonies a day. The NOIM requires 30 days' notice after being completed unless a shortening of time is granted, so you do need to lock in your celebrant in time to complete this. It is valid for 18 months, so it can also be done well in advance.
Contact me, let's have a chat, and then you can decide if I am the right fit for you, with no pressure.
That's the easy part!
If you would like to book me, just contact me, and we will get the ball rolling!
We start with a chat, and if you are happy to proceed, you fill out the booking form and off we go! I do ask for a non-refundable $200 deposit to secure your booking, with the remaining balance due 30 days before your event.
We will then meet up to start planning your ceremony, complete the legal paperwork, and discuss your ideas before I go away and create your unique personal ceremony.
This is entirely up to you and your package choice.
I truly enjoy getting to know you and establishing a genuine connection, and this is best achieved in a relaxed and unhurried manner!
Initially, it may involve a phone call or a brief meeting. If you're ready to proceed, we'll schedule our interview meeting to begin the ceremony planning, which usually takes about 1.5 hours to cover everything.
Following this meeting, the choice is yours. We can continue our communication through phone, email, virtual meetings, or once again in person.
Totally your choice! Remember, this is YOUR day, done YOUR way!
It is a lovely and very personal touch to write your own vows to each other; however, if you are not wanting to, this is also totally fine.
I will offer you assistance, guidance, support, and examples in choosing your wording.
I am happy to write something for you, offer suggestions for you to choose from, or let you write your own.
My role is to help in any way I can.
It's your choice!
We can certainly arrange a rehearsal before the day. This doesn't need to take place at your venue. It's a great way to help your wedding party understand when and where they are meant to be and also assists in calming any nerves. However, please know I will guide you through every step of the ceremony on the big day, so a rehearsal is not essential.
If you are planning an outdoor ceremony, then it is always advisable to have a backup plan in place, just in case of inclement weather on the day. This can include any type of weather, such as rain, wind, or extreme heat.
I can conduct the ceremony anywhere; however, if we are using a PA system, it needs to stay dry, and usually, you and your guests also prefer to be comfortable for the rest of the celebrations.
You most certainly do!
After we meet and I get to know you and what you would like to include, I will create a draft ceremony just for you. We will then have plenty of time to review, adjust, add, and edit it as we need to until we all agree it's just perfect and as you dreamt of.
I most certainly can also act as an MC for your event.
Please just chat with me about what you would like, and we will discuss package options.
Having come from a wedding and events operational background, I have acted as the Master of Ceremonies for many weddings and events over the last 20 years. I love every second of organizing people and being with you throughout your entire day!
MC prices start from $600, depending on your requirements.
Celebrant and MC Package available for $1250.
Although I really dislike this even having to be asked!
Yes, I am fully vaccinated and boosted; therefore, it will not be a concern for your planning.
I do not and will not discriminate against anyone's choices and truly believe in free choice. My role is to support and assist in any way I can.
That said, I do have to abide by any current mandates and restrictions in place at the time of your ceremony, whether I agree or not with them.
Please feel free to contact me if you need help navigating any hurdles.
Please do not worry about me!
I assure you I will arrive at your venue within plenty of time, be set and ready to welcome your guests before you arrive.
Usually an hour before the agreed start time.
I am more than happy to discuss dress code with you.
If you want a costume- lets do it!
If you want sparkles - my pleasure!
If you want shorts and thongs - no problem!
Otherwise I usually opt for something neutral and flattering!
Don't worry it wont be all white or all black, unless that's your request!
It is a good idea to nominate someone for this role, a friend or family member might like this job! Of course on the day I will guide them through the process and let them know when to press play!
I am happy to assist with playing your chosen music during your ceremony if you require.
Alternatively you may have a live entertainer/musician
My PA is blue tooth compatible to make life a little easier!
Yes I do have a microphone and PA system to use for your ceremony. With Blue tooth connection if you need to play your music through it.
This is really your choice - as long or as short as you wish!
On average a full ceremony, with signing, is best kept 20-30mins to keep everyone engaged
Where as a legal only ceremony can be completed within as little as 10mins!
My other ceremonies usually about 20mins again all depending what you would like included.
I totally understand that from time to time things don't always run to schedule and I will work with you to the best of my ability.
However in the event that the ceremony is delayed more than 30 minutes beyond the agreed starting time, I do reserves the right to proceed to my next commitment if need be.
This is your day so we can have anything you want to include- just tell me and I will work it into the Ceremony.
With regards to confetti, petals, bubbles you need to check with your venue what is permitted.
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For a Marriage ceremony a Notice of Intention to Marry, NOIM, must be lodged with your celebrant 30 days before your ceremony can take place. In certain circumstances a shortening of time can be applied for and granted. the NOIM is valid for 18 months
For all other ceremonies there are no legal waiting times so we can arrange for as soon as you like!
In order to marry in Australia you must be over 18 years, not already married to each other or someone else, not directly related and are understanding and consenting to the nature of the marriage. Being able to prove to me all the above!
In order to complete and lodge the Notice of Intended Marriage, NOIM, I require evidence of your date and place of birth, along with proof of Identity:
Therefore I need to see Your Original Birth Certificate and drivers license OR Passport. Passports can be expired but not cancelled.
If you have been divorced or widowed previously I require proof of how your previous marriage/s ended by providing me with any Divorce or Death Certificates.
If any of your documents are in a different language they will need to be translated by an approved translator in English
On the day you will need two people who are 18 years or over to be present at the ceremony as your witnesses. These can be anyone and I am more than happy to provide people if you would like.
I try my upmost to remain fit and healthy however in saying this there is always that odd occasions no one foresees.
In the unlikely event I am unable to conduct your ceremony please be assured I will find a suitable replacement to step in.
I have many wonderful Celebrant friends, and contacts I work closely with, along with being a member of the AFCC. There would be no problem or additional stress created for you, I promise.
Sadly sometimes things don't always go to plan and we have to rethink.
In the event of COVID-19 related restrictions I will work with you on an individual basis for a positive outcome for all parties
If you have booked a full ceremony I am happy to contact a legals only ceremony on your originally chosen date and then a vow renewal at a later date if you decide to hold a celebration after.
In the event of cancellation, the non-refundable deposit will be forfeited and the balance of the fees will be considered, and will be at my discretion.
In the event of a change of date, a fee of $50.00 may apply and is subject to my availability.
For full terms and conditions please see the page below
I would describe my style as kind, caring, sincere, authentic and personable always striving for everyone to feel relaxed, stress free and comfortable!
I do believe your ceremony should reflect your personalities and be about you in a way you feel comfortable with - so if you want serious that's fine, to the point - no problem, relaxed or light hearted I can make this happen.
If you are looking for a swearing stand up comedian or an all singing dancing performer maybe that's not me everyday! However we only live once and anything goes so chat to me and see!
On the day of your ceremony I will present you with a Ceremonial Certificate.
This looks lovely however isn't your official marriage certificate and cannot be used for changing your name or proving your marriage officially.
After your ceremony has taken place and all the documents are signed by yourselves, witnesses and myself I will lodge these with Births, Deaths and Marriages who officially register your marriage. They then issue your Official Marriage Certificate, which has an additional cost to my fee's
I will assist and guide you in applying for your marriage certificate or can do on your behalf.
Either party can take on the others surname, you can double barrel your names or stay as you are!
You can go by you new name straight away - get those socials changed asap!
However you need to wait for you Official Marriage Certificate from BDM before you can start updating your ID, accounts and records! There’s no formal steps to register your name. Simply show your marriage certificate to all the companies where you have an account or identification. It does takes weeks to contact each company, learn their process and look for forms. I do send you a guide after your day however I recommend using a name change kit. Simply check off the companies to notify and Easy Name Change will send you a custom pack of forms. Just attach your marriage certificate and send!
Yes I most certainly can suggest suppliers/vendors for all your planning needs!
Having worked in the Gold Coast wedding scene for the past 8years I have met, worked with and used many suppliers for everything you need to make your day a great success.
Please just ask me if you need suggestions.
I will only suggest suppliers I know personally, have used or worked with in the past and am confident in their service.
My fees include travel time and petrol for up to one hour travel each way from to your chosen venue or location from my house in Pacific Pines, Qld.
An additional charge of $18.75 per 15min block is applied to your invoice if driving is required after this.
Any other means of travel costs, other than time/petrol, can be discussed & quoted on an individual basis.