Six Steps to I do!
Contact me via email or phone so I can check to see if I am available for your chosen wedding date. We can then set up an obligation free meeting so you can decide if I am the right celebrant for you. If it’s all good to go then I will give you a checklist of a few things to bring with you to the First Interview.
First Interview- Once you have confirmed that you would like me to be your celebrant, we will organise to have our first sit-down interview. This meeting has to take place at least one month and one day by the calendar before the proposed date of your wedding. I will meet you both at a time and location that is convenient. During this first interview, we will do the following:
- Complete a very important legal document known as the ‘Notice of Intention to Marry’ (NOIM).
- I will need to sight your original Birth Certificate and other relevant paperwork.
- To help with your ceremony I’d like get to know you and your partner. This is the time where you relish the story of how you met, what you love about each other and what is important in your relationship. I will ask you questions and listen to your story and record everything so I can refer back to it later when I am crafting your ceremony. I will discuss with you the various compositions of a ceremony (including the non-negotiable legalities required in the ceremony) and we can discuss what your ceremony will be and other possible elements that can included.
The First Interview is preferred to be done as a couple. But don’t worry if you need to meet me separately. Sometimes the best ‘secret information’ can be given when you see me at different times! Perhaps a Second Interview will be when I see you both at the same time… and fear not- I am a great secret keeper! (Ask me about my own secret idea that I did at my own wedding… ;-)
Step Three: Crafting of your Ceremony
I will prepare a first draft for your ceremony and this will be emailed to you as soon as possible. Any changes can be emailed back and forth until you are completely happy with it. Feel free to cut, paste and polish as needed.
If you have trouble writing your vows, I would be happy to help. I have plenty of samples, formats and ideas for you.
I also have plenty of music to help you throughout the ceremony.
Step Four: Rehearsal
I encourage a wedding rehearsal, which if available and convenient, is held at the wedding venue- the day before your wedding is ideal. Anyone with a role in the ceremony should be present if available. This is our opportunity to finalise any logistics of the ceremony and organise cues for music/musicians or guests with a speaking role.
Step Five: Your BIG Day
I will arrive at least 30 minutes before the ceremony is scheduled to begin and ensure everything is ready so that the ceremony flows beautifully. You will get married and you will receive your Commemorative Marriage Certificate.
Step Six: Registration
Registering your Marriage with Births, Deaths and Marriages (BDM)
Within 14 days after your ceremony, I will ensure all relevant and legal paperwork is lodged with the BDM of your State.
PLEASE NOTE: You will need to apply to BDM for your Official Marriage Certificate. Once applied for and paid online, your Official Marriage Certificate will be mailed out and may take 3-5 weeks. If you are looking to change your name on other official documents, you will need to wait until this arrives.