What I Do

Marriages

Wedding-Flowers-optChoosing to spend the rest of your life with someone is one of the most exciting and rewarding decisions that you make in life and being able to share in that processes is a huge honour and privilege for me to be part of as a celebrant.

As one of the most significant events in your lifetime, I work with you to ensure your wedding day reflect you as a couple and your aspirations for the years to come.

Weddings format and structure

Together we will design a dream ceremony, one that you will both treasure for the rest of your lives.

This  meeting will be to discuss your ceremony at length and all aspects of your marriage and any queries you may have will be answered.

If you decide to proceed with my services, you will need to submit a Notice of Intended Marriage form at least one month ahead of your wedding date (notice of intention of marriage form). You will also need to provide a non-refundable booking fee of $100 to lock in my services. I will send you a very useful resource kit to guide you.

You must also produce original identification. A Birth Certificate if born in Australia and if born overseas, your birth certificate (translated into English if necessary) or a foreign passport is required. Your original identification will need to be provided before the marriage can take place.

If you are living overseas and would like to marry in Australia – You will then need to fill in a Notice of Intended Marriage form and your signatures on this form must be witnessed by an Australian Consulate official who will stamp the form. I must receive this form at least one month before your wedding day.

  • You will be given a presentation marriage certificate on your wedding day. However, you will need to obtain a stamped registered copy of your full legal marriage certificate from the registry office before leaving Australia. In some cases you will need to obtain an Apostille Stamp on your certificate making your marriage legal in your country. this can be obtained from the Department of Foreign Affairs office. Please check if this is necessary with your own Consulate before leaving the country.
  • Please remember that all documents must be original and in English or have been officially translated into English.

Where there has been a previous marriage, an original Divorce or Death certificate must be presented.

If under 18 years of age, only a court empowered to give a ‘Section 12′ order can give authority for the marriage to be solemnised.

You must also sign a declaration stating that there is no reason why the marriage cannot take place. This must be completed before the marriage takes place.

Another meeting will take place and just before the ceremony and under Victorian Law, I am obligated to:

  1. Identify you
  2. Sight other necessary legal documents

You will receive a final draft of the ceremony for any last amendments and a rehearsal will be conducted should you request it.

All you have to do now is get married and your marriage will registered the next working day by me.

Locations

I will conduct your ceremony at an appropriate location of your own choosing.

Some examples are:

  • chateau-yering-wedding2Private Home/Garden
  • Reception Home
  • Beach
  • Hotel
  • Public Park

Resources

I have a vast array of resources to help you draw inspiration and ideas.

  • Music
  • Singing
  • Blessings
  • Vows
  • Rings
  • Flowers
  • Candles
  • Wine
  • Poetry
  • Scripture Readings
  • Prose
  • Traditional, cultural or religious symbols and rituals

My Commitment to You

As a Civil Marriage Celebrant, I’d be honoured:

To help you create the ceremony of your dreams with advice on content and structure to give you a ceremony that will be a magical memory with a presentation copy to keep.

Commitment/Ceremonies

ringsPublicly declare your love for a partner with a Commitment Ceremony. I will conduct your celebration with the respect it deserves and reflect your right to a ceremony of equal dignity. Each ceremony I create is unique and I would consider it an honour to be part of your special day.

Renewal of vows

If you wish to re-affirm your vows with your spouse (particularly if you’ve come through some difficult times and feel the need to strengthen each other publicly), let me help you make it a truly lovely occasion that highlights your love.

Funerals

Funerals are such a sensitive time for loved ones and so I provide independent support by using my strength to help plan a beautiful send off at a difficult time. I will help to create a ceremony that is a celebration of the deceased’s life and that also helps the bereaved family to grieve. My experience in the funeral industry in the past also allows me to take extra care and with sensitivity towards the grieving families.

Eulogy

candle burningA Eulogy is a collection of memories to be shared at a funeral service and delivered by your celebrant and will include family, friends and work colleagues to celebrate your life or the life of a loved one.

Having your service pre-written will ease your family’s burden when the time comes and will give you complete control over all aspects of your last event in life.

Let me help you or your loved one while still around to confirm the information that is to be mentioned to your family and friends after you are gone.

I will interview you, your spouse, your close family and anyone else you might suggest and build a chronological memory of your life to be shared by people belonging to those memories.

Topics we cover:

  • Your Childhood Your Adolescence
  • Your family The extended family
  • Employment Hobbies
  • Club memberships Favourite holiday destinations
  • Comical stories Sporting interests
  • War service
  • What you want to always be remembered

Tell me the music or songs which are special to you that you want played on the day

I can help you compile your personalised pre-written memorial.

Your celebration of life.

Honour those that you love and cherish

It is a very loving and caring thing to do for your family

Spare your family the difficult decisions at an emotional time

The last chance you have to make a statement to the ones you love

Every life is worth celebrating… especially yours

Memorial services or pet funerals

When a final goodbye is said, when the life of someone you held dear is to be remembered, when grief can be given dignity or expression or power to heal.

 

Other ceremonies

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAPromotions, engagements, retirement, graduation and more – I would be delighted to design/organise a ceremony that will mark your special occasion with unique appeal and perfectly chosen elements that define you and the occasion.

 

 

 

 

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