How it works
The foolproof guide to getting hitched
The legal parts
The fun parts
The after parts
Cayla and Liam- The Deck. Photo: Kelly McInnes Photography
Step 1.Find your celebrant (aka - me)
Let me buy you a coffee or ale of your choice, sit down and decide if I'm the right fit for you and your ceremony.
Step 2. Complete and Sign the Notice of Intended Marriage (NOIM)
I will have a copy of this form and we will go through this together. I am required to sight all documents relating to your identification and to witness you signing the notice. I will then keep this with me until after the ceremony and send it, along with all the other documents, to register the marriage. It is important to note that this form must be signed at least one calendar month before and a maximum of 18 months before the ceremony.
Dale and Ellen: Bendooley Estate. Photo: Mel Hill Photography
Step 3. Plan the ceremony
After all the necessities are out of the way, I will draft up a ceremony, based on our conversations and ideas. I can also lend my wordsmith skills to suggest vows, poems or readings to be incorporated into the ceremony. The ceremony can be chopped and changed as many times as you like and I can always keep the vows a secret. There are certain requirements that must be said within the ceremony for it to be legally binding which will be discussed in the planning stages.
Step 4. Rehearsal
I suggest that in the days leading up to your wedding we do a rehearsal. This ensures all facets of the ceremony are considered and we all look like we know what we are doing on the day!
Step 5.The ceremony
This is where we put all the previous steps into action. I will always be at the ceremony well before hand to ensure the ceremony runs as smoothly as possible.
Step 6.Signing of the marriage certificates
After the ceremony we take a few minutes to sign the official marriage certificates with two witnesses. These witnesses can be anyone present at the ceremony, as long as they are 18 years old or over.
Step 7. Registering the marriage
After the ceremony I will send all documents to Births Deaths and Marriages within the state the ceremony was held. I'll provide you all the information you need to arrange your official certificate.
Step 8. Enjoy married life
After the hangovers have passed, the presents opened and the honeymoon done. It's then time to enjoy the rest of your lives together. Easy!