Your wedding day is one of the most significant moments of your life. The day you make a promise……… a promise to not only your life partner but to yourself. Whether the ceremony is traditional, contemporary, relaxed, informal, intimate, grand or indeed anything in between, most importantly it allows you the opportunity to declare and celebrate the love and special bond that you and your partner have for each other.
Although a marriage ceremony conducted by a civil celebrant does have a just a couple of mandatory sections, as a non-religious ceremony it offers a great amount of flexibility, allowing you to to create a personalised and meaningful celebration that reflects your values, personalities and beliefs.
You must be pretty darn excited right now!!! Congratulations! Preparing for a wedding can be a real roller coaster – fabulously exciting but also more than just a teensy bit stressful at times. I understand that ( been there, done that….and came out alive!)
As I mentioned, you really need to take your time to choose a celebrant, because ultimately they can affect the whole tone of how your special day will pan out.
In preparation, here are a few essential things that you will need to gather together before you lock in your celebrant and wedding date.
You will need to complete a Notice of Intended Marriage ( Form 13) – you can only complete this when you have chosen your celebrant, agreed on fees, and confirmed the date of the wedding, but you will need some documents when you DO complete it, so here’s a heads up…..
- You must both provide your birth certificates as your primary source of identification. For people born in Australia, there is no alternative.
- If you do not have your birth certificate and were born in Australia, another authorised copy can be obtained from the Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages (BDM) in the state in which you were born.www.bdm.nsw.gov.au
f you were born overseas, you should apply for an authorised copy of your birth certificate (or the legal equivalent of your birth certificate) from your country of your birth.
- If your birth certificate (or legal equivalent) is not in English, you will also need to provide an authorised translation.
- Furthermore, you should note that some countries may take up to 6 months (e.g. South Africa) to provide the requested document.
- If you were born overseas and hold an overseas passport, you should bring it with you to your meeting with your Marriage Celebrant.
- If you have been divorced, you will need to provide the divorce document. If you have misplaced or lost this document, you must obtain an authorised copy.
- If you are a widow or a widower, you are to provide the death certificate of your deceased spouse. If you have misplaced or lost this document, you must obtain an authorised copy.
- Certificate for a Change of Name (only if applicable)
DON”T FORGET – The NOIM must be lodged with your celebrant ONE MONTH & ONE DAY before the wedding date !
DEVELOPING A BESPOKE CEREMONY
After the formalities are taken care of we will get onto the fun stuff that is working together to create a beautiful and personal ceremony for your special day. The most important thing for me is that YOU get exactly what you want…..not just a “ceremony” but THE PERFECT CEREMONY.
We’ll have an initial where I can meet you both and explain all the other ins and outs of getting ready for a wedding ceremony. I’ll probably ask you heaps of questions ( make sure you bring along any questions you have for me too!) and we will make sure that we both know what we want the end outcome to be like.
Then I’ll go away and get writing. I’ll send you a complete draft copy of your ceremony and from then on we can have unlimited emails and chats about this and that until we really do end up with your perfect ceremony.
You might have lots more questions right away….. have a look at my ASK AWAY page…..give me a bell or drop me a line if you have other questions, and rest assured, I will fill you in on all the other legal info you need to know at our first meeting.