What considerations should we the couple give to choosing a Civil Marriage Celebrant (CMC)?
Your first responsibility is to ensure that you chose a CMC registered with the Attorney-General’s Office. You should feel connected to the person. The CMC should have a clear understanding of all legal requirements and be your resource guiding you through the process. They need to be confident, professional and importantly have your best interests at heart. The CMC that allows creative freedom for your special day to flow the way you envisioned is the right one for you.

What can we expect from you the CMC?
A professional approach, guiding you through the process from the legal requirements, through to creating the perfect ceremony.

What documents do I need before I meet with you?
If you are born in Australia you will need to provide your birth certificate. If you are a born overseas you are required to provide identification in the form of a passport or original birth certificate, translated in English by the authorised body, NAATI. Previously married? I will need to sight your divorce decree. In the event your previous spouse is deceased I am required to sight the certificate of death.

Do you as a celebrant need ongoing training?
As a Civil Marriage Celebrant I need to fulfill the requirements of the Attorney-General’s Office completing Ongoing Personal Development every year.

Do you travel and if so how far?
I am happy to travel as per the statement of fees outlines up to a 50kms radius. Please discuss charges for travel that extends outside this parameter. Fees will be discussed and advised prior to finalising the Statement of Fees.

We might need an interpreter, can you help?
Absoultely! In the event that you do need the services of an interpreter from our first meeting right through to the ceremony, I am able to provide you with the correct resources. You will be responsible to ensure they are present at the interviews and the ceremonies. The cost incurred falls outside that of the statement of fees.

My fiancé is not a resident of Australia, can we still get married?
Yes you can, speak to me about the correct process to move forward with.

We are both non-residents of Australia, can we get married?
Yes you can. I will outline the process and ensure that you are advised of all the correct legal processes to make your day happen in Australia.

How soon do we need to see you prior to the ceremony?
We will need to meet and have the Notice of Intended Marriage lodged no later than one month prior to the date of ceremony.

Do you have your own PA System?
This is inclusive in the statement of fees service, the use of my own PA System.

Do you come to rehearsals?
Rehearsals are encouraged. I feel it is an important part of the process. I believe it eliminates stress and relaxes everyone that will be part of your special day. More importantly, it relaxes you the couple also providing a platform for all last minute questions and changes to be addressed.

How early are you to the ceremony?
I will arrive at the ceremony no later than 40min prior to the ceremony unless otherwise arranged for me to arrive earlier.

What do you wear?
I am more than happy to discuss options that suit your theme, venue and style of your special day.

How long are the ceremonies?
This is YOUR day! Anywhere from 10 minutes depending on the type of ceremony and inclusions you would like. The day is about what you want.

How secure is our information we supply to you?
Please be assured that the Privacy Policies I have in place are consistent with those required under the Code of Practices of Civil Marriage Celebrants authorised by the Attorney-General’s Office.

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