Here are the 6 steps that I will take you through to develop your wedding ceremony:
Step 1 – Obligation free meeting
After an initial contact to establish whether I am available on the date you have booked, we have an obligation-free first meeting to discuss my services, costs and a general outline of your ceremony. I will have a folder of material for you and you can ask any questions you want. If you are planning a very small wedding, I can offer my home in Thornbury for the ceremony, free of charge You then decide whether I am the celebrant you want.
Step 2 – Second meeting
We have another meeting in which we complete the Notice of Intended Marriage (NOIM) and then discuss your wedding concept and various options within the wedding ceremony. At this meeting you must show me evidence of: your date and place of birth (preferably your birth certificate or it can be your passport); your ID (usually your drivers licence); and the end of any previous marriages, if applicable. Allow at least an hour for this meeting as there are some additional items to cover: sign our “Confirmation of Details and Costs” agreement; pay the deposit; receive Relationship materials, the Celebrant Code of Practice, the Complaints Procedure and the process for obtaining a Victorian Certificate of Marriage after your wedding.
Step 3 – We create your wedding ceremony
I give you a questionnaire to fill in about your wedding ceremony and your background. I use this to fill in the details of your ceremony and to write your story. After you return the questionnaire, I write the first draft of your ceremony and then we have ongoing consultations about details like wording, readings, rituals, marriage vows, order of service, etc. I keep liaising with you until you feel the ceremony has the words, music and symbols that truly express the love and commitment you feel for each other.
Step 4 – Rehearsal
About a week before your wedding, we hold the rehearsal, preferably at the venue, with key members of your wedding party, if they can be there. You sign the “Declaration of No Legal Impediment to Marriage”, make your final payment and any last minute adjustments to your ceremony.
Step 5 – The big day!
It’s your Wedding Day! I arrive about 40 minutes before the start, set up and test the sound system; put the three prepared marriage certificates on the signing table; check that the groom is feeling calm and confident, the best man has the rings and the people who have roles to play are ready to go. At the conclusion of the ceremony, I present you with your Ceremonial Certificate of Marriage.
Step 6 – Make it official
After your wedding, I submit all your paperwork, both electronically and by mail, to the Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages in Victoria, where it will be registered. And finally I send you my congratulations and ask you for feedback about your wedding ceremony and my services.
And of course if you have any questions just contact me here.