Complete the Paperwork
Let’s get together at a mutually convenient time, F2F or a Skype call is fine too. Once we have talked and you feel confident that we are a good ‘fit’, I will help you to complete the Notice of Intended Marriage. At this stage the booking fee of $250 is also paid, and you are provided access to the Client Resource section of this website.
The Notice of Intended Marriage must be lodged with me at least one month* prior to your wedding day.
(* this can be shortened by the Registrar of Marriages only. Feel free to call me to discuss.)
Paperwork required before the date of the marriage: either your original birth certificate (translated into English if necessary) and other photo ID, or your passport.
Previous Marriage: If you are divorced you must provide an original Certificate of Divorce, or if widowed an original Death Certificate (translated into English if necessary). These need to be produced before the wedding...you can still lodge the Notice of Intended Marriage if you don't quite have all the paperwork.
Immigration: Where required, I am happy to supply a formal letter to submit to Immigration stating that you have a booking to be married and that you have completed and lodged the Notice of Intended Marriage.
Creating the Ceremony
This is the best bit! You may have some ideas of your own and my web-based Client Resources* are designed to elicit all sorts of interesting details that help create a powerful and meaningful celebration. We will fine tune until the ceremony is 'word perfect'. After all, I am not 100% happy until you are!
(* Sorry you can't see this yet. It's for use by my confirmed clients via a special password.)
Nearer to the Day
There will be regular ongoing communication between us. In the week leading up to the ceremony, we will have a final office based meeting (I think of it as a 'logistical catch up') or an 'on-site rehearsal’ to finalise paperwork and ensure all goes to plan on the BIG day itself. The balance of payment is also due either before or at this meeting.
Your wedding ceremony must be witnessed by two people over 18 years of age. They may be attendants, friends or family members. I will need the FULL names of these two witnesses before our final planning meeting so they can be professionally printed on your marriage certificates.
The Wedding Day
Expect me to arrive at the venue at least 20 minutes before (in accordance with the Code of Practice) to set up and liaise with the venue operators and those people who have a role in the ceremony (readings, music, witnesses etc.). You have nothing to worry about but to turn up and enjoy every moment.