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Same Sex Marriage
Love knows no boundaries. And since January 2018, marriage in Australia doesn’t either.
In 1976 Australia was the first country to appoint civil celebrants to perform wedding ceremonies that were every bit as enriching as their religious counterparts. And while Australia lagged sorely behind in achieving marriage equality, I am excited to finally be able to help you realise your dream wedding.
No matter the dream.
Extravagant affair, cocktail party, themed wedding, raucous revelry, quiet elopement, backyard surprise or sitting at your kitchen table with your best friends and a cup of coffee. It is your dream and my job to help make it happen where and when you want.
If you are a same sex couple living overseas and looking to get married in Australia, I would be honoured to help. Marriage equality was achieved in Australia at the beginning of 2018 and as long as you are over 18 and not already married, Sydney is the ideal place for a destination wedding. Please contact me below for further information on eligibility and how to get married in Australia.
Small and simple or big and bold. Let’s work together to create a meaningful, memorable ceremony that you will tell your children about in years to come.
Why Choose Me?
The best same sex marriage celebrant is one who is not looking to perform a same sex wedding.
The best marriage celebrant is one who understands that a wedding is a wedding. No qualifier necessary.
I am interested in performing your wedding. Marriage is about the celebration of two people committing to spend their lives together. How you choose to do that, well, that is up to you. And I can’t wait to find out what you have in store for your guests. Or even just your two witnesses if you choose an elopement.
From the moment we meet to the moment you walk away in legally wedded bliss, I am there to help you plan the perfect ceremony, take care of all the legal necessities and answer any questions you may have along the way. Together we will create the perfect moment that reflects the love you and your partner have for each other.
- Fully insured member of the Australian Marriage Celebrants Association
- Free initial consultations to make sure we are a good match
- Unlimited wedding rehearsals to make sure the big day is stress free
- All paperwork provided and submitted on your behalf
- Over six years’ experience helping couples create ceremonies that are a celebration of their shared experiences
- Connections with florist clubs to pass the savings on to you
- Open and clear communication so you’re never out of the loop
- Same-sex wedding friendly
Same-Sex Wedding Location Tips
Do you dream of having your wedding photos on the steps of the Opera House?
Perhaps looking back on your wedding photos and remembering the feel of the sand between your toes is more your style? After all, beach weddings in Sydney are sublime with our stunning coastline.
Or are you considering getting married in the shade of towering trees in a garden wedding?
Whatever the location of your wedding in Sydney, the lower Blue Mountains, Kangaroo Valley, the Hunter Valley and the greater Sydney region, I will be there, dressed the part and ready to help make your special day meet your expectations.
Ballroom, botanic garden, beach or back yard, I’d love to hear about your visions and see how I can help.
From the moment we first sat down to talk with Darran about getting married we felt completely at ease with him. He understood exactly the type of celebration we were looking for and helped us find ways to incorporate everything we wanted into our ceremony.
- Melissa and Aris (Kangaroo Valley)
My wife and I are so glad we chose Darran to be our celebrant. Relaxed, professional, and very knowledgeable – he had answer for every question and found a solution to everything we asked for.
- Ranny and Rustam (Revesby)
Frequently Asked Questions
Luckily for you, most of the paperwork is provided by 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.