Frequently Asked Questions
You must both be over the age of 18 years. * some exceptions apply
You must complete and lodge a Notice of Intended Marriage Form one month and one day prior to the ceremony date. * some exceptions apply
You are both required to show your identity documentation to your celebrant prior to the wedding day i.e. original Birth Certificate or your current overseas Passport if not born in Australia
If previously married, the celebrant is required to sight your original Divorce papers, or Death Certificate of a former spouse.
You can book a celebrant up to 18months prior to your date. This is a great way of securing that special date i.e. New Year's Eve, Easter or popular Saturdays
Often civil marriage celebrants will offer an obligation free first meeting. This is a great opportunity to get to know each other. Please take along your identification documents i.e. birth certificate and papers relating to any previous marriage so that if you do decide to engage the celebrant you can save yourselves a little time
- You can include other people in your ceremony other than the celebrant
- The bride can choose to be given away by her father or mother or children or a close friend or not at all. Often it is just nice to have someone's arm to hold as you walk up the aisle. A giving away is optional.
- Most ceremonies last for 20 - 30 minutes
- There are certain words/phrases that must be included in the ceremony for it to conform with the Marriage Act 1961. Your celebrant should ensure these are included
- You can have spiritual and religious wording in your ceremony if your wish. Please discuss this further with your celebrant
- Music is often played as the bride enters, as the signing is occurring and at the end of the ceremony
- You require two adult witnesses for the ceremony
- It is no longer customary for the bride to be late.
The same signature your signed the Notice of Intended Marriage Form
This should be discussed at your first meeting as it can vary based on the ceremony type, date, time of day, day and any extra travel or ceremony requirements.
In general the fee includes: (confirm your specific situation with your celebrant)
- Standard travel
- Lodgement of Notice of Intended Marriage Form
- Preparation of the marriage ceremony
- Consultations with the bride and groom
- A rehearsal
- Often the use of a PA System
- Presentation of the ceremony
- After the marriage, lodgement of all relevant paperwork to Births, Deaths and Marriages
Make an appointment with a Celebrant so that you can complete and lodge a Notice of Intended Marriage Form. The Celebrant can then provide you with a letter confirming your lodgement of a Notice of Intended Marriage Form for the Department of Immigration. Only one party is needed to complete the form at this stage. Most celebrants will charge an additional fee for this extra paperwork
No. However, should you wish to, all Celebrants have course information available for you.
Having a baby naming often is chosen by parents as an alternative to a religious christening. The baby naming ceremony names and welcomes the child leaving the child free to make a choice regarding religion to a later date.
A naming can be done at any age, the ceremony will be written for the age of the child. Often a naming is combined with the child's first birthday.
No. A baby naming is not a legally binding arrangement.
As many baby namings are held in the child's home they are often customised to suit the specific situation. Your celebrant will work with you to ensure your ceremony captures your wishes.
For those couples who are legally unable to marry or choose not to marry a commitment ceremony is an opportunity to publicly declare their commitment to each other. Your celebrant will clearly identify the ceremony as a commitment ceremony so that there is not confusion with a legal marriage ceremony.
A commitment ceremony can include many of the features of a marriage ceremony. You can exchange vows, rings and kiss. However the legal vows as per the Marriage Act 1961 & the celebrant's authority cannot be included. The celebrant will also clearly identify the ceremony as a commitment ceremony so that there is not confusion with a legal marriage ceremony.
Yes. To find a celebrant who will perform this task for you please select "Funeral" as your ceremony type on the search page then enter your postcode or region.
Often the answer to a question can very much depend upon the specifics of your situation. Please select a celebrant and give them a call or send an email to explain your situation. Most celebrants are happy to assist you.