Whether it's your first rodeo or you've been to one or two before, you probably have some Qs about getting hitched. So head on down to FAQ town and get yo'self some answers. If you can't find what you're looking for, we can cover it off on our chat. Ya never know, yours may even make it on this page #faqgoals
Go on a date and chat about what kind of wedding you’d like. Big, intimate, on a mountain top, disco themed? Think about how you want it to feel for you both and your guests (if you’re having guests). What vibe and personality do you want for your big day? Your answers will help guide you to a venue and the type of celebrant you want.
Choose a date and a venue. There are so many cool venue directories online. Ask me if you need ideas!
Yes, sure do! All throughout Sydney, Eastern Suburbs, Inner West, The Shire, Western Suburbs, Northern Beaches, ACT, Blue Mountains, Central Coast, Hunter Region, North Coast, Byron Bay, Kangaroo Valley, Newcastle, South Coast and Southern Highlands. Talk to me about interstate and overseas weddings too!
There may be a small travel fee for some faraway destinations.
So you've probably seen all those romantic scenes in movies where the couple look at each other and say
"Let's just get married now!"
I hate to break it to you. That ain't happening in Australia. You need to give a minimum of a month's notice by lodging a Notice of Intended Marriage Form with your celebrant. Your celebrant will usually help you fill it in and witness your signatures. After your ceremony, they send it to the Registry of Births Deaths and Marriages. Check out my process of getting married.
One tip: When it comes to a celebrant, go with your gut. Choose a celebrant that gets you and will feel like a friend is marrying you on the day. Everyone has a different budget but if you can spare the extra say $100 to get the celebrant you want, you're probably gonna be pretty chuffed with yourselves on the day when they nail your ceremony. Here are some tips on choosing a celebrant!
I love this question! If you want to know what a celebrant wears then you're probably my kind of human.
A celebrant will usually ask you what your colour palette and theme and try to wear something that suits. If you're on a beach and your theme is sparkly mermaid, you don't want your celebrant turning up in a long black ball gown. Or maybe you do? Check out their website to get a feel for their style too. I love chatting about your wedding fashun :) so any excuse for me to get a new outfit, I'm down for. Gotta look good to feel good, right?
You do not need to be an Australian Citizen to be legally married in Australia. You do need to follow all the normal legal requirements. Check out the question above "What are the legal requirements for getting married in Australia".
The mother of all wedding questions, right there! Planning a wedding is exciting but dayum it's freaking overwhelming too! I'm not a wedding planner but I can help you out with some advice. For example: Be clear (both of you) on your wedding brief and let that be your guiding light throughout the roller coaster ahead of you.
I've got a little checklist I can share as well as some practical tips if you're keen. And if you just want to delegate the whole shebang to someone, I can even introduce you to some wedding planners who are all over it.
Notice of Intended Marriage – must be lodged with a celebrant at least a month before the ceremony. I will fill this, and you sign it when we meet. I’ll need to see some ID, but I’ll explain all that before we meet.
This question my favourite question ever, cos I get to not so humble brag about how awesome (the good ones) are! So a celebrant does many things but here are the most important things they do as well as a couple of fun things I've added to my job description:
1. An authorised marriage celebrant is duly authorised by law to solmenise marriages according to law. That means they get you legally hitched. Without them, you just have a commitment ceremony. In a nutshell, you can't get married without them.
2. They get all the marriage paperwork completed and send it to the Registry of Births Deaths and Marriages. This is how your marriage is officially registered.
3. They create your ceremony! This can be as personal and unique as you ( my kind of ceremonies) or it can be a quickie ceremony that just covers the legal ceremonies ( I can do this too). Check out my ceremonies here.
4. They create an awesome couple experience from the moment you book them. This is my favourite thing to do cos I want you o feel crazy good every step of the way to your big day.
5. They tell your love story! Seriously, how often does your story get told publicly? Once? Twice? So your celebrant has a huge responsibility to tell it like it's the greatest one ever told! They will tell it like you are true superstars, even if you think it's totally boring way that you met. Do not despair! They will give it a great spin!
7. They are your sounding board for all things wedding! Tell me everything, show me your shoes, ask me about flowers, share your creative choices. I'm that one person that will ALWAYS want to hear about your wedding!
Writing your vows can be stressful, I get it. There is a lot of pressure to get them right, not to mention you're usually pouring your soul out in front of a tribe of people. I'll help you with your vows but in the meantime here are a couple of tips:
1. Start writing little things down that you love about your favourite human, either in a notebook or your phone. Add to this whenever you think of something.
2. Decide together, how long you want your vows to be. You don't want one of you writing a novel and the other coming up with a #Iloveyousomuch
If you wanna tell traditions and clichés to go find another wedding to bother, then I’m your biggest supporter. There are very few legal requirements in a ceremony that you must include. Other than these, you're free to do exactly what you damn well want.
The celebrant must say the Monitum – a legal statement
You must say a line each – mandatory vows
We must sign 3 marriage certificates ( 2 witnesses over 18 to sign as well)
I’m not sugar-coating this – YES! A solid Plan B means less stress and more smiles. If you’re planning an outdoor ceremony we’ll come up with a plan for an indoor option if what we don’t what to happen, happens. We’ll have it covered!
It's so important that you pull together the right wedding team that's gonna make you feel relaxed and confident that they'll works their butts off to give you a killer wedding day! I have some favourite wedding superstars I can introduce you to from wedding photographers to wedding planners, wedding cakes, hair and makeup artists and videographers and even super cool cadillacs! Just let me know what you need lovesters.
So on the day of your ceremony, sign some paperwork that your marriage celebrant will send to the Registry of Births Deaths and Marriages in the state that your ceremony took place (which may not be the state you live in). Your celebrant can then apply for your official Registered Marriage Certificate on your behalf, at the same time they lodge this paperwork. The fee charged by the BDM in NSW is $60. Once you get this registered marriage certificate in your hot little hands, you can use it to change your last name/s if that's how you're rolling.
On the day of your ceremony, your wedding celebrant will also give you a fancy marriage certificate which is pretty but you can't use it for anything other than photos and a souvenir. It ain't official.