I want to get married, where do I start?
Can I just say that if you have made it to the FAQ, then please know that I welcome you and your boo to contact me with any random questions you may have that aren't listed here. My role is to celebrate and support your love, but most importantly - I'm here to get you married!
Now, before you marry, Australian Law requires that you complete a Notice of Intention of Marriage. This document must be lodged with me no less than one month and no more than 18 months prior to your marriage ceremony.
If you are Australian born you are required to produce either your Australian Passport, original Birth Certificate or authorized extract. If born overseas your birth certificate is preferred but if you can’t produce it then your overseas passport will be accepted.
Note: You must provide photographic identification.
On your wedding day you will sign my wedding register and other documents. To complete this procedure you will need two witnesses who are both over the age of 18.
What ceremonies and services do you offer?
- Naming Ceremonies
- Reaffirmation of Vows
- Commitment Ceremonies
- Wedding Ceremonies on the Gold Coast, Tweed Coast, Byron Shire and Australia wide
- Elopement Ceremonies on the Gold Coast, Tweed Coast, Byron Shire and Australia wide
- Naming/Blessing Ceremonies...included is the 5 x element & Oil blessing for your little one
- A travel surcharge may be applied for a destination wedding ceremony, but I am happy to travel to your wedding destination as required (all costs discussed prior to confirmation of booking)
A wedding rehearsal is included on the Gold Coast & Tweed Coast, no travel fee
Wedding ceremonies and rehearsals in Sunshine Coast, Brisbane & Byron Bay and beyond incur a small travel fee
Interstate and Overseas Weddings by negotiation but welcomed! (if you are planning an overseas destination wedding, we can complete the legal paperwork in Australia beforehand)
What if I have been married before?
If you have been divorced then I must sight an original copy of your Decri Absolute. If your previous spouse has passed away, then the original Death Certificate must be produced. Either one of these documents must be produced before your marriage can take place.
You may want to have a ceremony but you have all ready been married either overseas or in a registry office? That's okay. Your wedding day is a day to celebrate your love with your friends & family. We would still co-create a beautiful ceremony that shares your story - just without the legal bits because they have already been completed prior.
Yay! we're married, now what?
The commemorative marriage certificate you receive at your ceremony is a legal document - however, if either one of you want to change your name on driver’s licence, bank details and passport, then you will need to apply for the Official Certificate of Marriage from the Registry of Births Deaths and Marriages in the State in which your marriage took place. I am happy to provide the relevant application forms from the state in which you were married and then submit your application with my paperwork following your wedding, thereby bypassing your need to provide certified ID if you submit it independently.
You may be eligible to update your Australian passport, free of charge when applying a name change, if application is made within 12 months of your marriage and your passport has at least over 2 years left till expiration.
DEPOSIT AND REFUND POLICY:
A non-refundable booking fee is required for all bookings and is payable within 14 days after confirmation. The balance of the fee is required no less than one month before the ceremony. Apart from the non-refundable booking fee, all other refunds are discussed on a person by person case.