How To Go About Organising Your Ceremony
The Purpose of the Ceremony
The Civil Marriage Ceremony is designed to give you the widest choice of proceedings on your wedding day. It is your ceremony – you choose what is to be said, what poetry to be read, what music to be played. You are limited only by your imagination.
Official role of the Wedding Celebrant
The wedding celebrant should not be the centre of attention, but a facilitator. You or your friends can present readings, or the celebrant may guide you through all parts of the ceremony, ensuring that the legal requirements are met and that the ceremony runs smoothly.
Your wedding celebrant bears witness to your ceremony and gives it legality. She makes the proclamation of your status as “husband and wife” official.
The Wedding Celebrant’s Requirements
- Usually two meetings with you to complete papers and discuss your needs (allow a minimum of half an hour for the first meeting, a maximum of half an hour for the second).
- A completed Notice of Intended Marriage (provided by the wedding celebrant) which must be lodged (i.e. in the celebrant’s possession) ONE MONTH before the wedding date, but no more than eighteen months before.
- Your Birth Certificate.
- Your Photo ID.
- If you are under 18, the permission of a parent or guardian, as well as court approval. (In some cases Court Approval is sufficient).
- If you have been married previously, your final divorce order, or a Death Certificate.
THE ABOVE DOCUMENTS MUST BE ORIGINAL.
IF THESE ARE NOT SIGHTED BY THE CELEBRANT THE WEDDING CANNOT PROCEED BY LAW.
- At the second meeting, two weeks before the wedding, a final copy of your chosen ceremony, where possible typed clearly on A4 paper.
- In the event of not meeting personally, confirmation of your wedding arrangements one fortnight before the wedding.
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