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“”You know you’re in love when you can’t fall asleep because reality
is finally better than your dreams.” –Dr. Seuss
You’re now on an exciting voyage towards your wedding day and I’m delighted you have found your way to my website. In my role as a Marriage Celebrant, I will work closely with you to provide a ceremony that is a true reflection of your personal, cultural and spiritual beliefs and one that gives you freedom of choice with both content and format. Remember, this is your day, so it is important to plan the ceremony the way you would like your special occasion to be celebrated.
In preparation for a marriage ceremony there are several forms which must be completed. Firstly, the NOIM (Notice of Intended Marriage), must be completed at least a month before the marriage. In order to complete this form I will need to see your original Birth Certificate, a current driver’s licence and your passport. In the case of a previous marriageI also need to see either the Certificate of Divorce, Death Certificate or Annulment. (There may be cases where additional documentation must also be presented.)
I will help you complete the NOIM and attend to the lodgement with the Registrar of Births, Deaths & Marriages.
As a Commonwealth Registered Civil Celebrant I am happy to be bound by the Code of Practice issued by the Australian Attorney General’s Office.
As a part of my legal obligations to you under the Marriage Act of 1961, I am required to provide you with information on pre-marriage and other relationship services. The Attorney General’s Office feels this plays an important role in developing longer lasting family relationships and stronger communities within Australia. Their information brochure ‘Happily Ever Before and After’ will be presented to you at our first meeting. Please take the time to read through it, it’s quite informative!
“M and I did a course with Relationships Australia called Together Forever. It was $160 and was run over a Friday/Saturday/Sunday for about 3 hours each day. I would highly recommend it, we were both really happy with the content and outcomes.” J & M. (Feb 2016)
I might add, these courses aim to help couples identify and develop the strengths of their relationship, and to recognise strategies that will help them avoid potential problems. They are well worth your consideration and can be done even after you are married. The courses do not aim to tell you whether you are ‘right for each other’.
Please follow these links to find courses offered locally.