Contact me to arrange a free, no-obligation meeting to have a chat about your ceremony and see if I’m the right celebrant for you.
At our first meeting, I’ll go through all of the important legal information you need to know, run through the different packages and options, and if you decide to go ahead with your booking, we can complete the Notice of Intended Marriage form. (It’s a good idea to bring along your original identification to this meeting)
Once you’ve booked my service and paid a $100 deposit to secure your booking, I’ll send through all of the planning information, ideas, resources etc and we’ll get working on the draft copy of your ceremony, book in a planning meeting, if that’s included in your package, and make unlimited edits to your script until it’s just right.
About a week before your ceremony, we’ll have a ceremony rehearsal or final meeting to sign the last few documents, and to finalise all of the details (if applicable).
Your ceremony day! Relax, enjoy every moment of your day, and be assured I have your ceremony all under control
On the next business day following your ceremony, I’ll lodge all of your paperwork as required for your marriage to be registered with the Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages.
You can then apply to the Registry of BDM for your official marriage certificate. This certificate can be used as legal proof of your marriage, and is required if you wish to change your surname to your married name (just take this certificate to Dept Transport, Medicare, your bank etc to request your name be changed.)
A few important, legal things you need to know about getting married in Australia!
Choose an authorised celebrant (like me) for your ceremony – your celebrant should be someone you feel comfortable and confident with and will create and perform your ceremony to meet your needs and wishes.
Before you can be married, you’ll need to lodge a Notice of Intended Marriage form with your chosen celebrant, at least one month before the date you wish to be married.
Your celebrant will need to sight your original identification and eligibility documents for both parties. These must include:
photo identification (eg drivers licence)
evidence of date and place of birth (birth certificate or current passport showing date and place of birth.)
evidence of any previous divorce or death of any spouse, if applicable (eg. divorce papers, death certificate)
You are required to have two witnesses, who are over the age of 18 years, to be present at your marriage ceremony.
A translator/ interpreter will be required to translate any documents that are not in English, and to translate during the ceremony for a bride, groom, or witness who does not speak or understand English. This service will need to be organised by the couple.
You’ll find more information on the Queensland Government website
Some important info about civil partnerships in QLD
A civil partnership is a legally recognised committed relationship that may be entered into by 2 eligible adults, regardless of their sex. A civil partnership is recognised in Queensland, however may not necessarily be recognised in other states and territories.
Check out the attached ‘Written notice setting out the legal effect of civil partnership’ brochure issued by the Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages Queensland for more information.
At our first meeting, I’ll go through all of this information with you and if you choose to go ahead with you booking, we can complete and lodge the required forms together.
To enter into a Civil Partnership in Queensland, there are certain requirements that must be met.
To be eligible to enter into a civil partnership in Queensland:
both partners must be 18 years or older
neither partner can be married to another person or already in a civil partnership
the relationship cannot be with a parent, descendent, sibling or half sibling
OR you can enter into a civil partnership without a declaration ceremony by submitting the required paperwork to the Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages.
You’ll need to complete and lodge a Notice of Intention to Enter into a Civil Partnership application form with your registered civil partnership notary at least 10 days before your declaration ceremony, and no earlier than 12 months before. For example, if you lodge your application on 1 February then the declaration ceremony may be held on 12 February or in the 12 months after.
Your registered civil partnership notary must sight the following original identification for both partners at the time the Notice of Intent is lodged with the notary:
Proof of ID for both of you
Evidence that at least 1 of the partners resides in Queensland
Evidence of any previous divorce or death of any former spouse, if applicable—such as an original divorce or death certificate
Your civil partnership notary will then send a copy of this completed notice of intention to the Registry of BDM Qld. After your ceremony your notary is responsible for registering your civil partnership on your behalf.
All of your documents must be in English—or you must supply the original document along with accredited translations if they are not.
You will need to arrange to have one witness present at your marriage ceremony. This witnesses must be 18 years of age or over, of sound mind, and be able to understand and comprehend the ceremony. They will also be required to sign the official documentation as a witness.
A translator/ interpreter will be required to translate any documents that are not in English, and to translate during the ceremony for either partner who does not speak or understand English. This service will need to be organised by the couple.
You will be presented with a keepsake Civil Partnership certificate at your ceremony, however this is not an official document. You will then need to lodge an application and pay the required fee for an official Civil Partnership Certificate through the Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages Qld.
I understand the importance of celebrating your uniqueness and I would love the chance to get to know you and work with you to create a ceremony that celebrates and reflects your love, life and commitment to your future together.