6 Steps to Planning your wedding

6 Steps to Planning Your Wedding

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John Middleton is Australia’s most resepcted and awarded Celebrant MC and his 6 Steps to Planning your Wedding tips, will get your planning underway. Let’s navigate through some essential tips to ensure a seamless and stress free celebration. Begin by establishing a clear vision for your ceremony, outlining your preferences and unique elements that reflect your love story.

Next, openly communicate with John, discussing key aspects such as the vibe, readings, music choices, and personal vows. Use the early stages to promptly finalise legal documentation, ensuring a stress-free lead-up to the big day.

Moving forward, collaborate closely with your celebrant on scripting, incorporating meaningful elements that resonate with your relationship. About one to two weeks before the your big day, conduct a thorough rehearsal to iron out any logistical details and ensure everyone is on the same page.

Lastly, keep communication channels open, promptly addressing any changes or concerns that may arise. Thoughtful planning and effective communication will set you on the path to creating a wedding ceremony that reflects the magic of your love story. Let’s take a look at the 6 Steps to Planning your Wedding.

6 Steps to Planning Your Wedding

John’s here to help with recommendations and tailor your wedding to your needs. John’s weddings are Fun, Engaging, Interactive and the pimary focus is on a chilled, family friendly delivery, that relaxes the newlyweds and makes for a fun celebration.

We have comprehensive checklist and planning system to capture all your details, including vital information and contingency plans.

Step 1 - Get in Touch

Establish an effortless connection with us! Our 24/7 service support guarantees swift responses through email, phone, or social channels. Initiating with an initial conversation, we’ll delve into key questions to understand your vision. Subsequently, we’ll coordinate a meeting at our Henley Beach Head Office or arrange a virtual session. Selecting a wedding celebrant is a deeply personal journey, and we are committed to standing by you during the most intimate, nerve-wracking, and exciting moments of your special day. John’s award winning experince will guide you through the seamless process and offer suggestions and ideas based on your vision.

STEP 2 - Let's Meet

Let’s bring your vision to life! During our discussion, we’ll delve into your ideas, plans, and what holds significance for you. This is the perfect opportunity to gauge if John aligns with your preferences and to outline the elements for your ceremony. John’s here to understand your wedding style and offer tailored recommendations. John brings a blend of fun, engagement, and a relaxed, family-friendly delivery to make your celebration memorable. With a comprehensive planning system, checklists, and contingency plans, he ensure no detail is overlooked. You’ll receive tools, timelines, and sample ceremonies month by month, empowering you to plan confidently with the very best by your side!

STEP 3 - The Legals

John will guide you through the legalities, ceremony flow, and share valuable tips for your big day. Assistance with the Notice of Intended Marriage (NOIM) form is part of our service, ensuring it’s completed and signed within the required timeframe. The NOIM must be signed no later than 31 days before your wedding and no earlier than 18 months before your wedding date. The ‘Declaration of No Legal Impediment to Marriage’ form is typically signed as close as psoossible to the wedding, often during rehearsals. On your wedding day, we’ll present the ‘Official Certificate of Marriage’ for your signature and that of two witnesses you choose over the age of 18, along with a beautiful  Certificate of Marriage (Form 15).

STEP 4 - We're Ready

Let’s rehearse for an exciting prelude to your big day! It’s a fantastic way to connect with your family, friends, and bridal party as we fine-tune your ceremony details. We’ll role-play, cover music cues, and work through timings and positioning. It’s a fun and exhilarating experience! On the wedding day, John arrives at least one hour before the start, he’ll set up the PA system, conduct a sound check, and coordinate with everyone involved before you’re ready to begin. Trust us to ensure a smooth and captivating start to your special day. John’s skilled in entertaining guests and engages the audience, building anticipation easing the nerves of those awaiting the moment.

STEP 5 - Your Time to Shine

The moment you’ve eagerly anticipated has arrived – it’s time to forget all the planning stress and revel in the magic of getting married! As we reach the pinnacle of your meticulously planned ceremony, the atmosphere is charged with excitement. With the heartfelt exchange of vows and rings, the spotlight is on you, your bridal crew, your two witnesses, and John as you join in signing the legal documents, officially sealing the bond of matrimony. Now, let the celebration begin – it’s showtime! Say “I do” and embark on a lifetime of love and happiness, surrounded by the joyous energy of this unforgettable moment!

STEP 6 - Post Marriage Links

At the conclusion of your ceremony, the legal documents are signed by you, your two witnesses, and John. The Certificate of Marriage (Form 15) is then yours, marking the official start of your journey as newlyweds. Immediately following your wedding day, we take care of the online registration with Births, Deaths and Marriages, and submit all necessary legal documents for a seamless and efficient process. It normally takes about 3 ewweeeks for your marriage to be registered and at that point you can the apply to Births, Deaths and Marriages for your certificate, to commence the change of names etc.

What a fantastic ceremony! 100% commitment – From our initial chats with John plus organising of all the official documents and advice with our ceremony set up and writing our vows through to meeting us on site the day before for a ceremony run through with the kids and wedding party!

Every detail was thought of and on the day our guests knew just what was expected.

The ceremony was exactly how we wanted it! Intimate, relaxed and fun! John, we had so many comments on how great you were and that you were a breath of fresh air as far as other celebrants people had encountered. This is testimony to your amazing attitude and ability to listen to your client and interpret their vision.

We can’t thank you enough for making our wedding day and amazing experience!

Jasmin and Laz