What is a celebrant’s role?
The heart of every important event is the ceremony.
I like to think of it as the centrepiece.
With all eyes on you, my eyes are on everything else (ceremony wise).
So, you may be wondering exactly, what is a celebrant’s role?
Our role is to officiate legal marriages and conduct additional ceremonies such as commitment ceremonies, vow renewals and baby naming ceremonies.
You don’t need another event checklist. I’ll guide you through the most important part of the wedding – ’the ceremony’. There are just a few rules (which I’ll sort out) and lots of fun guaranteed.
The celebrant engagement process
should be simple but fun
If you choose me, I will want to get to know you. So please be ready for a few questions – quite a few actually.
Along the way I’ll be gathering juicy tidbits of information, so your courtship becomes a legendary love story for your big day. Don’t worry it will be ‘G’ rated, of course.
I will ensure all the important information is correct, so you can focus on your dress and drinks, and all the other fun stuff.
I’m flexible; I’m easy to get along with; and I’ll inject your ceremony with frivolity, humour and the all-important serious bits. I’m always happy to answer as many questions as you need, whenever you need.
is too much trouble or too hard
The celebrant engagement process should be transparent, simple and honest to ensure you engage the right person for you.
Hopefully that will be me!
Still wondering about the actual celebrant role?
This is how the process generally works when you seek to engage my celebrant services, although it may of course differ slightly, depending on your chosen package or needs.
- Initial Meeting: We get your Notice of Intention to Marry (NOIM) paperwork ready for lodging.
- Lodgement: Your NOIM paperwork is lodged with me as your celebrant.
- Discovery Interview: I interview you, the couple, to get to know you and gather all the details I need to prepare your amazing ceremony.
- Ceremony Creation: I get busy writing and planning your ceremony to be exactly as you want it. This often includes the introduction, couples’ story, intention, readings, vows, ring exchange, declaration of marriage and signing of the registry.
- Refine The Ceremony: I present you with an initial draft and we work together to refine it until you’re 100% happy.
- We meet again prior to the ceremony: This is where we sign your declaration to be married.
- Optional Rehearsal: If required, we do a full run through and practice your ceremony so you can feel more confident about the big day.
- The Big Day: We finally get to conduct your ceremony for real – before celebrating! I also provide you with a presentation certificate of marriage on the day, and a copy of your ceremony as a keepsake.
- Legalise the marriage: I submit all the legal paperwork to Births, Deaths and Marriages to formalise the marriage that took place.
- Marriage Certificate: You’ll receive your formal marriage certificate in the mail a few weeks later from Births, Deaths and Marriages.
Regardless of the type or style of marriage ceremony you choose, there are legal requirements that I must adhere to in order for your marriage to be considered legally valid. Pretty important, hey!
Firstly, we need to lodge a Notice of Intended Marriage (NOIM) at least one month before your wedding date.
Both partners in marriage will need to provide relevant forms of identification at this stage – along with other documentation should either of you have been married before.
It’s also a legal requirement that I supply with you with a pamphlet entitled ‘Happily Ever After’ which outlines the legal implications of marriage, along with the availability of couples / pre-marriage counselling.
You and your partner must sign a statutory declaration in front of me that states that there is no legal impediment to your marriage. You can sign this declaration with me prior to the ceremony.
During the ceremony, there are certain statements that must be said by myself and both partners in marriage. I’ll let you know what these are and naturally work them into your ceremony.
The marriage certificate must be signed by both partners in marriage, two witnesses over the age of 18 and myself. Finally, your wedding must be registered with the Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages, which is something I do for you.
You can find out more about the legal requirements here.
(Phew! Stressful parts all done!)
Packages & Fees
Weddings can cost a bomb.
To help you avoid surprises like that I have several different packages to choose from. If you want more that’s fine but these prices will give you an idea of my fees. Take a look at my pricing.
Brisbane wedding venues
This Brisbane wedding venue website lists a good range of wedding venues available in Brisbane.
Brisbane City Council Parks hire
Brisbane City Council has many parks for hire for your wedding ceremony venue. Visit the A-Z list of parks that have designated sites page for more information.
Brisbane City Botanic Gardens
The Gardens has 10 areas you can book for functions. Weddings and corporate functions can be tentatively booked up to 12 months in advance. Designated sites are available for hire.
Visit the City Botanic Gardens park booking page for more information.
Official Government Marriage Site
For information for couples intending to marry in Australia visit the Attorney Generals Website.
Notice of Intention to Marry
The form couples need to complete prior to their wedding ceremony is the Notice of Intended Marriage form.
Sunrise and Sunset times
The Australian Government Geoscience Australia website has Sunrise, Sunset, Moonrise, Moonsets times.
If your marriage ceremony is on a beach or near water, you may want to visit the tide times website to ensure your ceremony doesn’t get washed away.
Immigration and spousal enquiries
For any immigration questions or concerns, visit the Department of Immigration website.
- Relationships Australia Queensland supports people to form, maintain and / or improve their relationships through education courses, information sessions and skills training. Visit their Pre-Marriage Services page.
- Making the Difference offer professional pre-marriage counselling and courses.
- Centacare offers pre-marriage courses to support couples to explore and discuss with each other their relationship strengths and differences in a supportive, non-judgemental environment.
What is the role of the marriage celebrant?
The role of a marriage celebrant is to conduct marriage ceremonies according to the legislation set out in The Marriage Act 1961. But it’s also to help make your ceremony as special as it can be – in any unique way you choose. While we have certain legal processes to cover off – the rest is up to you.
Just a few rules – but lots of fun guaranteed.
What makes a unique wedding ceremony?
A unique marriage ceremony incorporates the unique style and personalities of both partners in marriage, individually and as a couple.
It’s a celebration of you both and your desire to continue life, together. You have complete control over choosing your music, vows, readings and more. And besides the legalities – it’s all done your way. Hooray!
How many meetings do we have with you?
Generally, we will meet in person twice before your ceremony. These may include:
- Initial meeting where you can meet me (optional)
- Lodgement of the NOIM and interview to discuss what kind of ceremony you want
- Refinement meeting and finalisation of legal paperwork
- Rehearsal (optional)
Alongside our in-person meetings, I’ll also be in regular email or phone contact to refine your ceremony and provide any extra support that you might need.
I don’t have any idea about where to start with the ceremony. How much can you help us?
I sure can help you! That’s my specialty!
I have been an authorised marriage celebrant for many years now and have lots of experience in creating personalised, fun and memorable ceremonies, with awesome feedback on my work. I have so many ideas on what can be integrated into your ceremony. Through experience, I know what works and what doesn’t work.
The first thing we need to do is sit down with a cuppa and have a chat about your thoughts, and then I can help you by sharing all of the ideas that will help create the ceremony of your dreams.
I am knowledgeable in all the legalities required
I can help you with all the paperwork
I know how to build a beautiful ceremony
I have lots of examples of wording that you might like to read over to get into the spirit of things
I have ideas about traditions and rituals that can be included in your ceremony
I can assist you in choosing readings and poems should you want this aspect involved
I can guide you in writing your promises and vows
I will give you all the prompts that you need to be ready for your big day
I can calm you and guide you in preparing for the most wonderful day of your life
No matter how exciting it is to be engaged, planning your ceremony and approaching the big day, can be incredibly daunting too. I want nothing more than to ensure that you both feel comfortable, supported and as relaxed as possible – so you can truly enjoy your ceremony in the way that matters most to you.
You bring you – and I’ll handle the rest!
IT WAS A PERFECT DAY
Thank you so much
“Thank you so much for your help with the ceremony.
We really appreciated your guidance (because we started off with no idea what we wanted in the ceremony), your flexibility when COVID postponed the event (twice!), and especially your patience when we decided to completely rehaul the ceremony in the weeks leading up to the event. It was wonderful to be able to put things in our own words, in our own style, for a small ceremony with our closest friends and family.
It was a perfect day, and the ceremony beyond exceeded in articulating who we are, and everything that has been and will be for us in our marriage.”