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  • Aside from officiating civil marriage ceremonies, civil celebrants officiate baby naming ceremonies, renewals of vows, funerals, the scattering of ashes, and other life events.

  • The only legal requirements are the Monitum where the celebrant explains what marriage is and the part of your vows starting with ‘I call upon the persons here‘. Both of which are explained here.

  • The answer to that question is both the same and different for everyone. The one constant is to find a celebrant who supports your vision for your wedding day and with whom you are comfortable. You will need to fill out the Notice of Intended Marriage and provide proof of identity to your celebrant. From there, it is all about the details.

  • Marriage paperwork can feel a little daunting when you have never been through the process before. The good news is that filling in your Notice of Intended Marriage is easier than signing up for an iTunes account. Not only is it quick, but I will bring copies of the forms with me to our first meeting for you to either fill out straight away or take home and fill in. This needs to be handed to me at least a month before your wedding date, but no more than 18 months before.

    Following your vows, you will be asked to sign three copies of your marriage certificate. These will also need to be signed by myself and two witness’ and submitted to the Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages by me within 14 days of your marriage.

  • The short answer is, right here. While you head off to get your wedding photos taken, let me direct your guests on what comes next and get the party started for you. Already have a celebrant or minister of religion to perform your ceremony? Then the answer is still, right here! Head on over to my DJ and MC Services page to find out more.

  • Renewing your wedding vows is a personal choice. Some people do it to reaffirm their love for their partner after a particularly difficult time or to celebrate a milestone anniversary. You may choose to renew your vows for any reason or none at all. If you are still in love after getting to know every odd quirk, unique habit, and all the baggage that is along for the ride then that is cause enough to celebrate the journey you are on together and the road ahead.

  • You can renew your vows any time after getting married. After a month or 50 years. It is completely up to you how soon or how long after you get married you renew your vows if you choose to. Or even how often. You can choose to combine a photo shoot and vows renewal to celebrate and reaffirm your commitment to each other every year on your anniversary if you wish.

  • You do not need to complete any official paperwork to renew your vows are this is a symbolic ceremony, not a legal one. Because you this is not a legal commitment, I need to make it clear to the guest that this is a renewal of vows and has no legal standing.

  • Luckily for you, most of the paperwork is up to me. You need to fill in your Notice of Intended Marriage (NoIM) and return it to me at least one month before the ceremony. This paperwork is easy and I will have it with me at our first meeting. If you are happy to move forward together to plan your service we can even get it done there and then. After the NoIM is completed, there are no more forms you need to sign until after your “I do’s”. Along with myself and your two witnesses, you will need to sign three copies of your marriage certificate at the end of your service. Again, it is myself who will submit these to the Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages.

  • In short, no. And marriage equality does not need to have been achieved in your country for your marriage to be legal in Australia. As stated on the Attorney General’s website:

    To be legally married in Australia, a person must:

    • not be married to someone else
    • not be marrying a parent, grandparent, child, grandchild, brother or sister
    • be at least 18 years old, unless a court has approved a marriage where one party is aged between 16 and 18 years old
    • understand what marriage means and freely consent to marrying
    • use specific words during the ceremony
    • give written notice of their intention to marry to their authorised celebrant, within the required time frame.

    This does not mean your marriage will be legally recognised in your home country, however it will be in Australia and I would love to help you realise your desire to marry your partner. Sydney is home to many of Australia’s iconic landmarks, pristine beaches and close to the stunning waterfalls and parklands of the Blue Mountains making it the ideal place to say “I do”. Please do not hesitate to contact me below to discuss getting married in Australia further.

  • A baby naming ceremony, or naming day, is a non-religious, informal gathering of friends and family to celebrate the arrival of a new child, or children. It can involve all the people in your

  • A celebrant is not a requirement for a baby naming day, however having someone with experience and expertise can help. As a celebrant my only vested interest is to support you in creating and having the day that you want and to free you up from the duties of host in order to let you concentrate on the important job of being a proud, new parent.

  • That all depends of what you, as parents, would like to happen. A naming ceremony is not just for the arrival of a new child. It can be to unite a blended family, welcome an adopted child, celebrate a step-parent adoption or change of name for older children and young adults.

    Naming ceremonies tend to involve all the important people in a child’s life and it is a time to come together to commit to playing a supportive role in the child’s life. As the old adage says, it takes a village to raise a child.

    Poems, readings, quotes and rituals such as time capsules, lighting naming day candles and the giving of blessings/wishes can be included as part of welcoming the addition to your family.

  • A funeral celebrant is someone who is committed to helping you create a professional, personalised ceremony. Civil celebrants are not affiliated with any religion or belief in a specific afterlife. Our aim as civil funeral celebrants is to perform a funeral service that truly reflects your loved one. Where a funeral director will be focussed on all elements of the funeral, a celebrant is focussed on the service itself.

    A funeral celebrant will assist you with everything you need to plan and perform the service itself. Readings, music, rituals, photo galleries and telling stories that remind everyone of why they were such an important part of everyone’s lives.

  • Absolutely. Everyone is different, and the way they would like to be remembered is equally as different. I can assist with memorial services tailored to your needs, the scattering of ashes or whatever type of send off you envision. Some personalities shine brighter than others and cannot be done justice by a subdued graveside service.

  • Average fees for funeral celebrants in Sydney vary between $250 – $600 depending on the length of the service and what is involved. Please contact me for more specific pricing in line with your needs.

  • A Master of Ceremonies, MC or emcee is the official host of your wedding or event. Your MC will make sure the evening runs smoothly by making announcements, introducing speakers, engages with the guest to keep the order of events on schedule and supports everyone to play their part in the night.

  • A wedding DJ in Sydney can be priced anywhere from $1,000 – $2,500 depending on what your needs and expectations are and how long their services are required.

  • It always pays to ask questions before engaging the services of a wedding DJ. You will want to find out, at a bare minimum:

    • How long have you been doing this professionally?
    • How many weddings have you played?
    • How extensive and up to date is your music library?
    • Can we submit a Do Not Play list?
    • Are there any other fees I might accrue that are not covered in your rates?
    • Is my wedding date available?
    • What is your style?
    • Do you take breaks, if so how many and how long?
    • What are your rates and what doesthat include?
    • Are you insured?