The duration can vary depending on the inclusions of your ceremony for example; if you choose to include a reading or a ritual. On average a ceremony is usually 15min-25 minutes.
What are the legal requirements to be married in Australia?
With the exception of Section 12 from The Marriage Act 1961, both parties must be at least 18 years of age. Two witnesses are required to sign marriage documents during the ceremony and who are over 18 years of age. A Notice of Intended Marriage form must be lodged with your celebrant no less than one month and no earlier than 18 months before your wedding date. You must not be too closely related eg; father and daughter relationship (yes I am serious!).
What happens if I have been married before?
If you have been married previously, you must show your Divorce Decree Absolute or Death Certificate of your previous spouse.
Do we have a wedding rehearsal?
You can if you would like to but this is not compulsory. Some couples prefer to have a rehearsal at a location other than the actual wedding venue if it is a fair distance away.
Do I need to pay a deposit?
Yes, if you would like to secure me as your celebrant, a deposit of $200 is required which blocks out your time and date with me and restricts other bookings at the same time.
Do you have insurance?
Yes - I have Public Liability and Professional Indemnity Insurance.
How do I apply for my Marriage Certificate after our wedding has occurred?
You will need to apply for your marriage certificate through Births, Deaths and Marriages (BDM) approx. 2-3 weeks after your wedding day (legally your celebrant has up to 14 days after your wedding date to lodge all paperwork to BDM.
Once you have obtained your marriage certificate through BDM, you contact all the businesses you are connected with to change your name. Its like changing your address! **A Tip- most businesses will ask for a certified copy of your marriage certificate so have that ready.