A Special Day,
A Special Way
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Wedding and Civil Celebrant Services Sydney
I am duly authorised by law to solemnise marriages according to law. Before you are joined in marriage in my presence and in the presence of these witnesses, I am to remind you of the solemn and binding nature of the relationship into which you are now about to enter. Marriage, according to law in Australia, is the union of two people to the exclusion of all others, voluntarily entered into for life.
From simple ceremonies to elegant extravaganzas, the question of how to get married is one that every couple invariably asks. At the crux of a it, a civil ceremony needs to include the following:
- Your Notice of Intent to marry needs to be handed to your celebrant a month before your intended wedding date.
- During the ceremony your celebrant needs to recite the monitum (as above).
- And you both need to recite the following as part of your vows:
- I call upon the persons here present to witness that I, A.B. (or C.D.), take thee, C.D. (or A.B.), to be my lawful wedded wife (or husband, or spouse).
- After your vows, you will need to sign your marriage certificate.
Everything else is window dressing that can be as unique to you as you want. Regardless of whether you desire a themed wedding, a sophisticated cocktail party or an elopement, from my end I aim to make it an easy wedding.
And if I’ve done my job right, when someone asks you in the future ‘what does a celebrant do?’, you will be able to answer “takes care of everything we didn’t even realise we needed to be legally married and helped us design our perfect ceremony.”
Why Choose Me?
Your celebrant is an integral part of your ceremony. A fully insured member of the Australian Marriage Celebrants Association with over six years’ experience helping couples create ceremonies that are a celebration of their shared experiences, I would value the opportunity to sit down with you and find out how I can help do the same for you.
- 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
Wedding Location Tips
Based in Sydney, I’m happy to travel when love calls.
I’ve worked from Kangaroo Valley to the Hunter Valley, so if you’re in need of wedding ideas or have any questions, please reach out and get in touch!
I appreciate how important your wedding location is. Here are some quick and easy questions to ask to make sure your wedding goes off without a hitch.
- Is the venue available?
Weddings in Sydney have a multitude of venues to choose from, however if you are after one of the in demand venues, you may need to book well in advance and it pays to have your booking secured before making any other plans.
- Is it the right size for the number of guests you are inviting?
The last thing you want is for guests to be remembering that they were elbow to elbow with the person alongside of them during the reception, or that it was cold and the room echoed because it was twice the size needed.
- Is your wedding venue within your budget?
Budget is one of the biggest considerations when planning a wedding. And while you may have dreamed of a harbourside wedding with the Harbour Bridge as a backdrop to your reception, beach weddings in Sydney can be a more affordable way to get those water views you desire.
- Will you need a backup plan?
Outdoor weddings in Sydney are wonderful with the array of beautiful gardens and beachside locations to choose from. Who wouldn’t want one of our iconic landmarks or beaches in the background of your photographs? Just be mindful that Sydney weather can be unpredictable and you may need a plan B.
- Parking Is there street parking only around your venue?
Is there street parking only around your venue? Will grandma need to walk half a kilometre from her car to the venue? Parking may not be a problem when you are arriving in a chauffeur driven limousine, but it can greatly impact your guest’s comfort.
With so many things impacting the decision on where to hold your wedding, your choice of celebrant should not be one of them. Fully flexible and open to your needs, I come to your choice of venues across Sydney and the greater Sydney region.
Easy weddings *are* possible with Darran. He was organised, accessible and came to us so we didn’t have any headaches aside from figuring out where to seat everyone.
- Marcus & Dianne
Thank you, Darran. It was so nice to have someone genuinely interested us and in helping us find ways to personalise our ceremony.
- Samantha and Isaac
Frequently Asked Questions
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 (NOIM) 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 (NOIM) is easy. 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.