Frequently Asked Questions
What is the first step we need to take when planning to get married in Australia?
The first step is to meet with me informally so we can get to know each other and chat about what it is you want for your special day. I typically meet my couples at a local café for a coffee and we go over all the ideas you may have about your wedding day.
If you are both unable to attend or don’t live locally, we can arrange for a video chat if that’s more suitable.
What paper work is the celebrant required to complete for the wedding ceremony to be legal?
Prior to your wedding, you need to complete and sign a Notice Of Intention To Marriage. I would normally complete this with you at one of our initial meetings however this MUST be completed a minimum of one month prior to your intended wedding date.
When signing the Notice you will need to provide identification in the form of photo ID which is either a passport or driver’s license.
You will also be required to complete the Declaration of No Legal Impediment to Marriage form prior to your wedding.
Please note that I will supply you with all of this material and guide you through the process.
How many times will we need to meet with the celebrant before the wedding?
Typically you will meet with me up to 3 times before your wedding.
This may also include a rehearsal at the venue prior to the wedding, depending on your requirements. It is my absolute guarantee that I want you to feel fully prepared prior to your most memorable day.
How long will the wedding take?
This is up to you as a couple and is dependent on how long you wish your ceremony to be. You may be including a special ritual during the wedding or some readings of poetry which will take longer. Usually, a wedding ceremony will last for 20 to 30 minutes.
Can we write our own vows?
Absolutely, I always encourage my couples to be as involved as they wish to be in this process. Writing your own vows also makes the process of exchanging them even more intimate.
Can you provide a signing table for us on the day?
Yes, I have a signing table that I can provide and can also decorate on the day of your wedding.
What is your fee and are there any additional fees?
You will find all the information about my fees for Gold Coast weddings here.
If you’re weighing up a few different celebrants it’s best to ask what’s included in the overall fee.
- Does filing the official marriage documentation cost any extra or is it included in the final price?
- Is there an additional fee for transportation costs if the venue is out of the usual distance that is expected to travel to and from the venue?
Can you help us with music on the day ?
I provide a PA system for use on the day which you can utilise for the operation of music. I recommend you choose 3 songs as that is usually enough time to run before, during and after the ceremony.
Be mindful that it is a distraction for the celebrant to be stopping and starting the music at the appropriate times so ideally, you will have someone close to you to take care of this detail.
It has been somewhat a tradition for the bride to be a bit late to the wedding on the day. What is the appropriate amount of time that would be considered acceptable without offending and upsetting your guests and partner to be?
The appropriate time to be late is approximately 10 to 15 minutes. If you wait too much longer, guests start to get restless.