Wedding

Weddings and What’s Required

Whilst it may at first appear daunting, the process is in fact quite simple.

There are certain legal requirements leading up to the ceremony and within the ceremony itself, all of which are mandatory under the Marriage Act.

So what’s involved?

  • Initial phone / internet contact
  • We meet to discuss your requirements and for you to assess if you want me as your celebrant.
  • Having decided to proceed we need to set aside an hour, maybe a little more, for a meeting to deal with paperwork to get the process underway. This may continue on from our initial meeting. It is up to you.

As your Marriage Celebrant I am bound by the Laws of Australia to

Discuss the values of marriage & your perspective and Marriage and how it is seen under Australian legislation;

Provide you with a brochure entitled Happily Ever …Before and After and remind you of the solemness of Marriage;

I will complete a Marriage Ceremony Worksheet. This sheet will assist me in understanding how you want your Ceremony to run and whom you wish to be involved.

I will also offer

A P.A. system (if required);

A small table and chair to sign the register (if required);

A document of some 29 pages as well as a selection of actual Ceremonies (no personal details) . This document will allow you to build your own Ceremony.

At this meeting the following will occur
  • We will sign a Service Agreement detailing;
    1. the services the Celebrant will provide and
    2. the “responsibilities” of the Bride & Groom ” through out the process. We will each have a copy.
  • We will complete the Notice of Intended Marriage (NOIM). This form must be completed not later than 1 month before the wedding date and not longer than 18 months before the wedding. The sooner the NOIM is completed the better.
  • You will each also be required to sign a (Form 14) Declaration form which declares that there is no legal impediment to your Marriage. This may be signed at this meeting or a later meeting, depending on how many weeks away the Ceremony is.

You will need to bring to this meeting

Your Birth Certificates. Not a copy or an extract – an “original” is required. Photo ID e.g. A current Passport or Drivers Licence

Court issued papers which evidence of a divorce if, either or both of you have been previously married

A death certificate if either or both of you have been previously married and your spouse has passed away.

Residents of other Countries will need a birth certificate and/or a current passport.

Should you be under the age of 18 you will need to provide signed parental proof or a Magistrates order allowing the Marriage to proceed. A sworn Statutory Declaration if you were not born in Australia and cannot get or do not have a Birth Certificate.or a Passport..

Your Ceremony to Remember – Your Way

REMEMBER This will be your ceremony and apart from the mandatory requirements
you are limited only by your imagination in designing your very own unique “Ceremony To Remember”. There is nothing “you have to do or that must be done” other than the mandatory components .

You may choose to include music pre recorded or live, cultural components etc.

You might find ways to involve family members and friends.

If you have children from a previous relationship or this relationship , there are ways to involve them in the ceremony, if this is something you would like.

As I said limited only by your imagination.

MANDATORY COMPONENTS OF A WEDDING CEREMONY

Monitum from the Marriage Act

“I Christopher Breen am duly authorised by law to solemnize marriages according to law. Before you are joined in marriage in my presence and in the presence of these witnesses, I am to remind you of the solemn and binding nature of the relationship into which you are now about to enter. Marriage according to law in Australia, is the union of a man and a woman to the exclusion of all others, voluntarily entered into for life”.

The couples declaration

“I call upon the persons here present to witness that I…..(full name)……take thee….(full name)…..,to be my lawful wedded wife (or husband)”.

This must be said by both the bride and the groom one to the other using relevant names

Declaration of Marriage

“By the power invested in me by The Government of Australia I now pronounce you man and wife – Husband and wife-wife and husband Your preference

Signing of the register and certificates

Wedding Rehearsal

The law dictates that where the parties to be married request a rehearsal then one must be held.

The fees you pay for your wedding ceremony include the rehearsal as a standard item. There is no cheaper price available for choosing not to have a rehearsal.

If you do not require a rehearsal , that is acceptable . I do, though, recommend a rehearsal.

The Ceremony

You may have definite ideas on your ceremony structure, If you are unsure of how you want the ceremony to proceed , I am here to assist you put together your own Unique “Ceremony To Remember”

The fees you pay for your wedding ceremony include the rehearsal as a standard item. There is no cheaper price available for choosing not to have a rehearsal.

I will supply you with a document of some 29 pages as well as a selection of actual Ceremonies (no personal details) . This document will allow you to build your own Ceremony.

You are required by The Laws of Australia, to have 2 witnesses 18 years of age or older. Gender is not important nor is their place of residence or their citizenship. These witnesses along with Bride and Groom will need to sign the relevant legal papers. If you haven’t already thought who this ,now is your opportunity to do so. These witnesses can be anyone attending your ceremony. It does not have to be members of the Bridal Party.

Think about whom you would like to hold and present the wedding rings.

If you have children from a previous relationship or this relationship , there are ways to involve them in the ceremony, if this is something you would like.

Finally the Ceremony will go very quickly so remember this and really just take in and enjoy every moment.

Wedding Fee Structure

The fee will vary depending on where the ceremony is to be held and what is required.

My basic fee includes

  • Up to 3 face to face meetings
  • A Rehearsal, if you require one.
  • Completion and lodgement of all Statutory Forms
  • Provision of information that will assist you to craft your ceremony.
  • My assistance / guidance in writing the ceremony
  • On the day I will be in place a minimum of 20 minutes before the planned start.

When we complete the Notice Of Intended Marriage, I will require a non-refundable deposit of $150 .

The balance of the fee is payable 10 working days prior to the wedding date and is preferably paid by direct deposit.

Testimonials

Joel and I would like to send you a big thank you for making our day easy and worry free. You were very patient and understanding as we were trying to organise everything from Victoria. We really appreciate all you did, so thank you!
Sorry we didn’t get to say goodbye or thankyou - the whole day was full on and such a blur!!

Kate & Joel

Chris did a great job of our ceremony. He was very friendly, funny, helpful and accommodating of our requests leading up to the day. The ceremony went smoothly and was our favourite part of the entire day.

Marianne & Julian

We just wanted to say a huge thank you for being our celebrant & contributing to making our day so special. We have had so many compliments about how heartfelt & beautiful the ceremony was & a big part of that was because of you!
We are eternally grateful. Thank you!

Saira & Dean

Chris, thank you so much for being part of our special day. We were nervous about the idea of being at the centre of attention and you made us feel very comfortable, from our first meeting though to our wedding day. You helped us tailor the ceremony we wanted and we feel that it perfectly reflected who we are. Thank you for your time and guidance, we will certainly remember this day for the rest of our lives.

Carole & Scott

You were very helpful , we couldn’t have asked for a better celebrant....All went to plan and without any issue....... It was perfect.

Sarah & Luke

We were both very happy with the way you delivered the ceremony. You have a warm, kind manner that we both responded to really well. You made our ceremony very memorable for all the right reasons!

Jon & Ren

The day was exactly what we wanted , simple and small... The afternoon was perfect and Chris made it easy..... My Husband and I always wanted to elope, and Chris made an easy process... we would change nothing.

Mr & Mrs Melrose

We were extremely happy with Christopher Breen as our marriage celebrant. He provided us with a lot of guidance in preparing the kind of ceremony that we wanted and we had a lot of flexibility in how we wanted the day to run. The ceremony went perfectly. Christopher also completed all of the paperwork very efficiently so that there was no issue in collecting our marriage certificate.

Bianca & Luke

Julie & I would like to thank you for all you did to make this, such a wonderful time for us. Everything was so perfect. Thank you.

Julie & Bill

From the moment we met you we immediately felt comfortable and relaxed. You were just what we were looking for. We could not have asked for anything more on the day, the ceremony was fantastic. It was personal and relaxed with a sense of humour. Many of our guests commented on how moved they were by the ceremony. Thank you for helping us create one of the best days of our lives!

April & Ed