Call or email me and I can let you know if I am available on your wedding date. To secure a particular date you should make a tentative booking as soon as possible, so I can pencil it in. We can then have a chat about what I offer. I will also fill you in on the legal requirements. If you are happy to proceed to the next step we can then arrange an Initial meeting, which is obligation-free.
Prior to our first meeting I will email you a questionnaire. The answers to these questions will help me get to know you and in turn, write a ceremony based on your story.
I will also give you 70-page booklet titled: Your Wedding. This folder is a gift from me, to help us think through the details that will make your ceremony perfect. It contains poems, readings and useful information compiled by me to help personalise your wedding event.
This will give you an opportunity to meet me and decide if I am the right marriage celebrant for you. It's vital that you're both happy with the person who is going to help you prepare and then deliver the ceremony on such a special occasion.
At this meeting we can talk about your specific ceremony and how I can help you. And you can ask any questions you may have. I will go into detail about the sort of service I can offer and make recommendations that may help. I suggest couples take time to discuss their thoughts post-meeting and notify me later by phone or email of their decision.
Notice of Intended Marriage
We will complete a Notice of Intended Marriage at this stage. So you will need to bring your original birth certificates and if you have been previously married, a Decree Absolute; or the Death Certificate of a previous spouse.
In Australia, you need to be over 18 to marry. If you were born in Australia you need to show your birth certificate, and if born overseas, then your birth certificate or passport from your country of birth.
On your wedding day you will need two witnesses over the age of 18. If you don’t have friends or family in the country, I can organise this for you. If you are bringing a partner into Australia on a prospective spouse visa, I can give you the necessary letter for the Department of Immigration.
Obviously, even if we complete NOIM there is no obligation to go ahead.
Once you have contacted me to confirm I'm the right marriage celebrant for you, I will start working on creating your ceremony. I will make myself available to discuss the detail with you. If you need any additional suggestions or ideas let me know. I may also be able to help guide you in your search for wedding-related services.
I also ask that a deposit is paid at this point to hold your date.
Closer to your special day
I will email you a draft of your ceremony and we will go over it and any other finalisations. I will also ask you to sign a Form 14 Declaration, which I will have prepared for you. This is a Statutory Declaration stating that there is no reason why you shouldn't marry.
I also ask that the full account be settled at least 10 days prior to your special day.
Thank you, Jessie x