FAQ’s for Couples booking a Celebrant

Frequenlty Asked Questions

Welcome to our Frequently Asked Questions for couples booking a celebrant! We understand that planning a wedding can be both exciting and overwhelming, and you likely have many questions about the process. Here, you’ll find answers to some of the most common questions couples ask when booking a celebrant. From understanding the role of a celebrant to the documents you’ll need and how to personalise your ceremony, we’ve got you covered. If you have any other questions or need further assistance, feel free to reach out to us.

We’re here to help make your wedding planning journey as smooth and enjoyable as possible!

1. What does a celebrant do?

A celebrant officiates your wedding ceremony, ensuring it’s legal and personalised to reflect your love story. They handle all the paperwork, guide you through the process, and help craft a ceremony that’s unique to you.

2. How far in advance should we book our celebrant?

It’s best to book your celebrant as soon as you have your wedding date set, typically 6 to 12 months in advance. Popular celebrants can get booked up quickly, especially during peak wedding season.

3. Can we personalise our wedding ceremony?

Absolutely! A celebrant works with you to create a ceremony that reflects your personalities, beliefs, and love story. You can include personal vows, special readings, rituals, or any elements that are meaningful to you.

4. What documents do we need to provide?

To comply with the legal requirements in Australia, it’s crucial that we complete and submit the Notice of Intended Marriage (NOIM) form. John will supply a link for you to fill out electronically in your own time.

The NOIM form serves as an official declaration of your intention to marry and includes some key information such as personal details, dates of birth, current addresses, and the planned date and location of your wedding ceremony. To avoid any hiccups, it’s essential that we lodge the completed NOIM form with the relevant authorities no greater than 18 months and no later than one month before your wedding date.

To ensure everything goes smoothly, we’ll need some essential documents for identity verification, Remember, each of you will need to provide two forms of identification.

Acceptable forms of identification include;

  • Birth Certificate – an official birth certificate or extract that shows your date and place of birth.
  • Australian or overseas Passport.
  • Driver’s License, proof of age/photo card, or Certificate of Australian Citizenship.
  • If you’ve had any name changes, we’ll need documentation for those too (if applicable).
  • If you’ve been previously married, we’ll need proof of divorce or death of a spouse (if applicable).

Read more HERE!

5.What is the order and structure of a wedding ceremony?

As you walk down the aisle surrounded by your nearest and dearest, John warmly welcomes everyone and sets the stage for a celebration like no other. From exchanging vows to sealing the deal with a kiss, John guides you through each step with ease and charm. And as you make your grand exit as a newlywed couple, John leads the way with a big smile and infectious energy, ready to kick off the next chapter of your love story in style. Read more HERE!

6. Do we need to have a rehearsal?

While not mandatory, a rehearsal is highly recommended. It helps everyone understand their roles, alleviates nerves, and ensures the ceremony runs smoothly. Your celebrant will guide you through the entire process.

7. What are the legal requirements for getting married in Australia?

To comply with the legal requirements in Australia, it’s crucial that we complete and submit the Notice of Intended Marriage (NOIM) form. John will supply a link for you to fill out electronically in your own time.

The NOIM form serves as an official declaration of your intention to marry and includes some key information such as personal details, dates of birth, current addresses, and the planned date and location of your wedding ceremony. To avoid any hiccups, it’s essential that we lodge the completed NOIM form with the relevant authorities no greater than 18 months and no later than one month before your wedding date.

Additionally, it confirms the couple’s intention to marry each other and ensures compliance with legal requirements. Once the NOIM is lodged, John can proceed with the necessary legal formalities for the marriage to take place. This includes conducting a marriage ceremony that adheres to Australian laws and regulations, ensuring the marriage is legally valid and recognised.

Read more HERE!

8. Do you provide a professional sound system?

Yes, we use a professional Bose sound system to ensure that vocals are clear and easy to hear throughout the ceremony. This guarantees that every word of your vows and the celebrant’s address is heard perfectly by all your guests. Read more HERE!

9. What happens if our celebrant gets sick or is unable to attend?

Professional celebrants usually have a contingency plan in place. John has a vast network of colleagues who can step in to officiate your ceremony if an emergency arises.

10. Can we meet the celebrant before booking?

Yes, it’s important to meet your celebrant before booking to ensure they’re a good fit for you. Most celebrants offer an initial consultation, either in person or via video call, to discuss your vision for the ceremony and answer any questions. Book a meeting with John HERE!

11. How much does it cost to hire a celebrant?

The cost can vary depending on the celebrant’s experience, location, and the specifics of your ceremony. On average, you can expect to pay between $500 and $1,500. It’s best to discuss fees upfront during your initial consultation. Read more HERE!

12. What if we want to include cultural or religious elements in our ceremony?

Celebrants are usually very flexible and can incorporate various cultural or religious elements to honor your heritage and traditions. Discuss your preferences with your celebrant to ensure these elements are seamlessly included.

13. Do we have to read personal vows to each other?

No, you don’t have to read personal vows if you’re not comfortable. While personal vows can add a heartfelt and unique touch to your ceremony, you can also opt for traditional vows or have your celebrant read the vows on your behalf. Your ceremony should reflect what feels right for you as a couple.

You will however under the marriage act 1961 be required to read the mandatory vows to each other as follows;

“I call upon the persons here present, to wintness that I (full name) take thee (full name), to be my lawful wedding wife/husband”. Read more HERE!

14. Do I sign my new name or current name on the wedding day?

On your wedding day, you must sign all legal documents using your current name (the name on your birth certificate or official ID). You can start using your new name socially after the ceremony, but legally changing your name requires a separate process after the wedding. Click HERE to read our blog ‘Navigating Post Marriage Legals with Confidence’.

15. What if we want to get married overseas?

Getting married overseas can be a wonderful experience, but it requires careful planning. Each country has its own legal requirements, so you’ll need to research and comply with those. Additionally, you may need to check if your overseas marriage will be recognised in Australia. If you get married overseas, your marriage is governed by the laws of the country in which you were married. However, for your marriage to be recognised as valid in Australia, it must meet certain requirements under Australian law. It’s also worth considering hiring a local celebrant to help navigate the legalities and ensure everything runs smoothly. Read more HERE!

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