MARRIAGE CELEBRANTS AND CEREMONIES – WHERE TO START?!?
Commonwealth-authorised Marriage Celebrants have the letters CMC after their names and are listed on the Register of Marriage Celebrants who perform civil ceremonies. You already know it’s important to choose well… choose someone experienced; someone you trust – don’t choose on price! With me you can expect quality – and a great experience!
CONGRATULATIONS ON YOUR FORTHCOMING MARRIAGE!
My site is a great place to find advice and information about planning a wedding ceremony!
As your celebrant I’m qualified to handle the legal obligations and officiate at your ceremony – you’re sure to find helpful suggestions and inspiration when you meet with me.
YOUR WEDDING CEREMONY
WHAT YOU MUST HAVE:
* You both must understand what marriage means and be legally able and willing to enter into a life-long relationship with a person of the opposite gender who is not closely related to you (direct descendants or siblings) including by adoption – at least one of you must be aged over 18 years (if the other is aged 16 or 17, a Court must give approval), and you must not already be married!
* Following the required one month notice period, you must have an authorised (or registered) civil marriage celebrant who takes full responsibility for all the legal processes even if you choose other people to participate in your ceremony, and specific words must be used in the ceremony
* Your full names (as on your birth certificate) must be publicly stated at the beginning of the ceremony or during your vows.
* The Monitum from the Marriage Act, 1961 – these words must be stated by the celebrant before your vows and cannot be altered even if you disagree with the current Australian legal definition of marriage
* Your vows must include this line: “I ask everyone here/call upon these persons here present to witness that I, (full name), take you, (full name), to be my lawful, wedded husband/wife/spouse.”
* Two competent witnesses over the age of 18 years who are able to understand the ceremony in English. (Speak to me about translations or interpreters if necessary)
* Accurate proof of identity documents and completion of legal documents before and during the ceremony
* You should be sober and not affected by drugs during your wedding ceremony: you must be capable of making a full, informed decision about marrying!
WHAT YOU DON’T HAVE TO HAVE:
* Loads of people – your wedding can be as small as five… You two, your witnesses and your celebrant!
* Wedding rings!
* Any mention of obeying one another!
* Any questions of your guests about whether they object!
* A walk down the aisle!
* Being given away!
* Any mention of saying “I do”!
* Anything religious!
* A fancy venue or dress code – as long as it’s safe and accessible I can conduct your ceremony anywhere!
Your wedding ceremony is a chance to celebrate your love your way. You can choose from traditions you love or work out something unique.
I’m highly trained to help you find a way to reflect your beliefs, your hopes and your dreams, and begin your marriage the way you want it to continue!
I can take away all the stress of planning your wedding ceremony… my couples say, “Thanks Jen, you made it so easy!”