FAQs

What is the first step that I take to organise a marriage ceremony?

When you have chosen a date for your ceremony, contact me via phone or email. Feel free to ask any questions that you have and arrange to meet me, free of charge, to ensure that you will be confident that I will assist you to create your dream ceremony. You are welcome to meet with me before you commit to using my services.

If you are certain that you would like me to be your marriage celebrant, let me know quickly so that I am available on your day. Then begin to locate the necessary documents. See below.

What are the Legal Requirements for a civil marriage in Western Australia?

The Marriage Act (1961) requires several steps in the legal process before your Wedding Ceremony.

  • Firstly, you must complete and lodge with me the Notice of Intention to Marry Form. I am required to sight your Birth Certificates (or Extract or Certified Copy) or Statutory Declarations. Photocopies are not allowed. This form needs to be completed at least one calendar month and no longer than eighteen months prior to the wedding.
  • Bring Photo ID.
  • If you were not born in Australia you must provide either your Birth Certificate OR your overseas Passport.
  • If you are divorced you must provide the Decree Absolute (original and in English). If in another language it must be translated by an approved translator.
  • If you are widowed you must provide the Death Certificate of your previous spouse.
  • On the day of your marriage, during the ceremony you will sign the Marriage Certificate in the presence of two witnesses who will also sign. These witnesses must be over 18years of age.
  • A Ceremonial Marriage Certificate is also signed and presented to you on the day.

Once you are married, I will immediately lodge all the legal paperwork with the Registry of Births Deaths and Marriages to whom you may then apply for an official registered Certificate of Marriage at a cost of $44.

When I meet with you I will show you the legal requirements in the ceremony.

Where do you conduct ceremonies?

I happily work in Perth and the surrounding suburbs, Mandurah, The Swan Valley, Perth Hills and in the South-West. I am open to travelling to other areas according to my commitments at the time.

What are your fees?

My fees vary according to a variety of factors. Please contact me and I will offer you the best value for money according to your requirements.

What do your fees include?

  • No obligation free meeting to make sure that you feel comfortable with me.
  • Open communication via email and phone to plan your perfect ceremony.
  • Extensive ideas of ceremonies, sub- ceremonies, readings, poetry, music for you to peruse in your own time.
  • Knowledge of legal requirements.
  • Completion and submission of all legal documentation.
  • Use of my Public Address system if required, which can be used to amplify your music via iPod or iPhone.
  • My time and writing skills to craft a ceremony to suit your particular needs. You can view this exactly as it will be conducted before the big day.
  • A rehearsal of your ceremony.
  • A signing table with a choice of cloths and elegant pens if required.
  • Responsibility for conducting the ceremony.
  • Often key people involved in a ceremony are interstate or overseas beforehand. I have conducted interviews via Skype where necessary. Ceremonies are usually planned using email. Documents are registered and posted to me where necessary.

What do we do if we can’t be present until shortly before the ceremony?

Often key people involved in a ceremony are interstate or overseas beforehand. I have conducted interviews via Skype where necessary. Ceremonies are usually planned using email. Documents are registered and posted to me where necessary.