Legal and Fees

Legal

To legally commence the marriage process, it’s important to sign the Notice of Intended Marriage at least one month before your wedding date.

 Most people have a good idea as to what they’ll need to organise for their wedding; venue, reception, flowers, hair, suits, cars, rings, caterers, cake, DJ. But what do you need to make it legal?

Enter your celebrant. As well as helping create and conduct your wedding ceremony, it’s our job to deal with the paperwork necessary to officially register the marriage. Apart from all the other preparation and organisation for your wedding, to legally commence the marriage process, it’s important to sign the Notice of Intended Marriage at least one month before your wedding date.

To do this, your celebrant will need to confirm your identity and your place of birth. So, you’ll need to provide a legal document (usually a driver’s license, a passport or birth certificate).

If you’ve been married before, we’ll need proof you are no longer married, either by way of a divorce order or death certificate. If any of these items are problematic, please contact me and we can discuss what options you have and possible solutions.

Signing the Notice of Intended Marriage officially green lights the wedding process. This form, along with the Declaration of No Legal Impediment and Marriage Certificate all form the paperwork that needs to be submitted to register your wedding.

As your celebrant, it’s my responsibility to help you with the submission of these documents to make your marriage legal in Australia.

During the ceremony we will need two witnesses to the marriage: they must over 18, and they must be able to hear what is being said, and understand English (or have an interpreter present).

We can create a unique event, or follow traditions for your ceremony, but it must meet legal requirements. I’m more than happy go through all of these with you.

Fees

Simple Ceremony $440

  • “Registry style” legal elements only completion of paperwork and short ceremony.
  • One pre wedding meeting to complete the Notice of Intended Marriage required paperwork
  • Five people to attend – Celebrant, couple, two witnesses (provided by couple).
  • Supply, completion and lodgement of all legally required paperwork, including support letters if required, and official certificates.
  • Can perform at your home or nearby park in the same suburb as your home.

Personalised $POA

  • Personalised wedding ceremony, complete with all required legal elements, to your specification
  • Meetings as needed plus rehearsal if requested
  • Unlimited phone and email contact – I’m always available!
  • Supply, completion and lodgement of all legally required paperwork, including support letters if required, and official certificates.
  • Travel within 100km of Essendon (additional fees may apply to further distances)
  • High quality PA system with microphones for music before during and after the ceremony.