Don’t forget to plan! Deciding to tie the knot is the first step towards officially declaring your love for each other. Planning your special day with a ceremony that resonates with you as individuals, and as a couple, is a process to be enjoyed. Planning is everything, so deciding well in advance how you would like wedding ceremony to flow is essential. This includes your choice of venue, music, readings, vows and guests you invite to take part.
I have lots of ideas and tips which I can share with you during our consultation. Below is a breakdown in what is involved in my service to you as your Wedding Celebrant. If you have any queries please get in touch.
Meetings and Consultations
The initial meeting will be to introduce ourselves and to discuss your requirements. Following this meeting you can let me know if you would like to go ahead and I can book you in.
During the second meeting we will complete the paperwork and discuss ceremony arrangements including any loved ones you would like to include.
Following this meeting I will provide you with a draft of the ceremony for your approval. You may advise me of any changes you would like by telephone or email. If you would like another personal visit to discuss your ceremony further, or if you are likely to make major changes, this can be arranged. Once you are happy with the ceremony we will be ready for the big day.
During the second meeting you will be required to complete the Notice of Intended Marriage. This must not be signed more than 18 months prior to your wedding or less than one month before. You can find out more about this here.
Please bring ID either a passport or birth certificate, and if either party has been married previously, a divorce or death certificate.
On your wedding day the Bride and Groom and two witnesses will be required to sign the Register, Certificate of Marriage form and Marriage Certificate. Within fourteen days I will forward the Notice of Intended Marriage and Certificate of Marriage form to the Registrar of Births, Deaths and Marriages.
I advise all my brides to have a full rehearsal of the day to ensure that everyone is aware of where they should be and what they should be doing.
While you may think it’s just walking down the aisle there are lots of different steps during the day and standing up in front of everyone will be easier if you have practiced.
I try to arrange this at the same time as the wedding, so we can be aware of the weather conditions and light. This is also the time to sign the Certificate of Marriage to confirm that there is no legal reason why you should not be married, and settle the balance of fees.