Frequently Asked Questions

Q. Are there any limits on where a marriage ceremony can take place?

A. Marriage ceremonies can take place almost anywhere, private homes, reception centres , restaurants, hotels, beaches, mountains, national parks, gazebos and chapels to name a few.

Q. Do I need a permit to marry in a park?

A. Permits are necessary if you choose to marry in national parks and some beaches. Your local council will give you advice on this or contact.

Q. What does the celebrant's cost include?

A. All the necessary documents, preparation of the ceremony, a typed copy of same, calligraphy on the Marriage Certificate, use of my portable P.A. system, my time and travel.

Q. Is a rehearsal included in the cost?

A. I do a "run through/mini rehearsal" a week prior to the wedding at my home office, which is included in the price. If you require an 'on site' rehearsal, I am happy to provide this for an additional fee.

Q. We have a small child already and would like to have a naming ceremony included within our marriage ceremony. Is this permissible?

A. Yes, quite often we have weddings followed by a naming ceremony. It is always a lot of fun, and only a small additional fee applies for the extra ceremony.

Q. Will a photocopy of a birth certificate be acceptable?

A. No . An original birth certificate or extract of birth entry must be provided for any person who was born in Australia. . Photocopies are not acceptable. If either party was born overseas a valid overseas passport or birth certificate is acceptable.

Q. I did not know one month and one days notice is required, can I get married any sooner?

A. No, unless there are exceptional circumstances in which case the appropriate statutory authority may overrule this, but not necessarily so. You must first meet with the celebrant, complete a Notice of Intended Marriage then apply for an interview with a prescribed authority in the Dept. of Births, Deaths and Marriages.

Q. Our wedding is not for 12 months, is it too early to book a celebrant?

A. No, it is preferable to book as early as possible to avoid disappointment. The Notice of Intent to Marry is valid for eighteen months, from the date of signing.

Q. Can my own children be the witnesses for the wedding?

A. Yes, provided they are over 18 years of age.

Q. How many times do we meet with the celebrant?

A. At the initial meeting the Notice of Intended Marriage is completed, and documents sighted and noted, and a deposit is paid. Usually then we go through samples of ceremonies and choose the appropriate words. Sometimes couples may take information sheets home to peruse at their leisure. We meet again about a week before the wedding to complete a Statutory Declaration and finalise details. Payment should be made at this meeting also. Other appointments can be made to suit, or any number of phone calls are welcomed.

Q. Can we write our own vows?

A. Yes, and you are encouraged to do so.

Q. Can both my parents give me away at my wedding?

A. Yes, there are no restrictions on this. The person who presents the bride for marriage usually walks the bride up to the groom and then steps aside. Later, within the ceremony, the celebrant will ask "Who presents the bride", the person then replies.

Q. We are having a naming ceremony for our child, is there an age limit for godparents?

A. No, there are no restrictions, but you should choose someone who will be responsible and a good role model for the child.

Q. It is "fashionable" for the bride to be late, but how late can the bride be?

A. This is usually discussed with the celebrant, I always advise that the bride should arrive 15 minutes after the actual time that is printed on the wedding invitation. I also reserve the right that should I have another booking, and the bride is more than 15 minutes later than the agreed arrival time, then I have the right to leave to officiate at my next appointment, and that I will return to the reception to carry out the ceremony. Fortunately this has never happened to me yet.

Q. How will the attendants know where to stand?

A. I arrive at least 20 minutes earlier, and arrange the groom and his attendants, and invite the guests to stand in a semi-circle or any other position that is suitable for the venue. When the bridesmaids lead the bride in, I instruct them where to stand. All this is discussed at the initial interview with me and again when we meet the week before the wedding.


Sand Kits now available

Couple Sized Kit

Includes Small Heart Shaped Glass Bottle

2 x 95g Coloured Sand

Paper Funnel

Ceremony Wording

Packed in Decorated White Carrier Bag


Family Sized Kit

Includes Medium Heart Shaped Glass Bottle

4 x 95g Coloured Sand

Paper Funnel

Ceremony Wording

Packed in Decorated White Carrier Bag