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Marriage Celebrant

Weddings by Knight

What is a NOIM?

A Notice of Intention to Marry is provided by/returned to me between 1-18 calendar months before the wedding (you must be over 18 … if under 18, contact me for legalities). If in Australia, contact me for availability, download the Notice from this site and have your signatures witnessed by me, a JP, doctor, solicitor, or member of the police force, and post to me. Email me first for overseas enquiries, there are different signatories required for witnessing the Notice.

What are the fees and when are they paid?

Contact me for a written quote. When you return the Notice, a $220 deposit is payable, the balance being due prior to your marriage – usually at the rehearsal.  You can pay by electronic banking, cash, bank cheque, money order or PAYPAL (includes a surcharge).  Be sure not to just pick a Celebrant on cost alone – some charge for items on top of the ceremony…with my service it is all included except for travel over 50km or ceremonies that involve a level of personal risk.  Call me today to discuss your needs.

What do I need to bring?

·        Both original birth certificates and, if divorced, divorce certificates

·        If widowed, your late spouse’s death certificate

Please note originals are required, not photocopies. I return all documents immediately.

What if I was born overseas and do not have a birth certificate?

If you were born overseas, a passport from that country is OK if you cannot obtain a birth certificate in time.

Can we meet you and other celebrants before choosing the one who best suits us?

Yes, I am happy to have a no obligation meeting with you, weekdays or weekends, to discuss  ceremony options and ideas.  Remember that your booking is not secured until a deposit is made and the booking form completed.

Must we see the celebrant beforehand?

The majority of the paperwork and contact can be via mail/email/phone, however both parties need to sign declarations in my presence before the wedding. I am flexible and understand couples have work demands, so I am happy to work with you to ensure all of the legal aspects are finalised with as little inconvenience as possible. 

Do we have to have a rehearsal?

No.  I advise couples that it is a good opportunity to ensure everything is in place and sometimes it can help calm the nerves but if you don’t wish to or don’t have time for a rehearsal that is fine.  We do need to sign a form 14 and arrange final payment and I will negotiate that with you as we work towards “Your Perfect Day – Your Perfect Way”

Can we choose a unique ceremony and can I write my own vows?

Yes. I have a range of pre-written vows, ceremonies, poems, music and prose for you to peruse and we can work together on creating a unique and personal ceremony reflecting your relationship and values.  I stand by my motto “Your Perfect Day – Your Perfect Way”.  You can choose a pre-written ceremony, mix and match sections from various ceremonies, write one yourself, or I can help you write it until we get it just right for you – no matter how many emails and phone calls it takes.

Do I put the booking time on the invitations?

I advise couples to print/write invitations with a starting time 15 minutes before the time you have booked with me. This allows the bride to arrive “late” whilst not holding up the reception/photographs. As there are always stragglers, generally most will be there in time for the bride’s arrival.  I will be there 30 minutes ahead of time.

How long does the ceremony have to take?

The length of the ceremony is up to you.  It depends on the service, music and readings you choose.   The ceremony can be 5 minutes up to 45 minutes. On average, most ceremonies take around 30 minutes all up.

I am nervous about having to remember vows – do I have to? 

No, most couples choose to repeat a few words at a time after me. If you prefer to say the vows or anything else without repeating them, you could use palm cards or simply read them from a sheet of paper.  Remember you will probably be nervous so if you are going to speak the words yourself, have a back up plan in case you need it!  I will be there to help you and we are the only ones who know what the plan is, so if we have to alter it no one will ever know except us!

We don’t like speaking in public – do we have to say a lot?  Do we have to use a microphone?  

No – “Your Perfect Day – Your Perfect Way” means that I will tailor the wedding to your needs.  I can limit what you need to say to the bare necessities as there are some words you need to say publicly but not many.  If you don’t want to use the lapel microphones that is ok too, I use the microphone to save my voice.  The ceremony is part of your special day and I will assist you to make it just right for you.  

When do we sign the register?

The register is signed at the end of the ceremony and two witnesses over 18 are required. After the signing, I present the marriage certificate, your keepsake copy of the ceremony and a personal gift and leave shortly after.  Generally, I would not attend the reception.

What does the celebrant wear?

I usually choose a semi-formal style of dress but I will dress to suit your requirements.  

 

Please contact me for a free, no obligation meeting or quotation

Your Perfect Day - Your Perfect Way

Text Box: “A successful marriage requires falling in love many times, always with the same person”
Mignon McLaughlin