you decide to have a ceremony with a Civil Marriage Celebrant in Australia,
how do you choose the right one for your ceremony?
the marriage celebrant prepared to give you a choice to
meet at your home or office?
the marriage celebrant conduct the ceremony where you want it?
you feel comfortable with the celebrant and communicate easily
with each other?
the fees and services meet your expectations?
the marriage celebrant perform the type of service that you require?
the Celebrant registered to conduct weddings and have experience
in conducting ceremonies?
celebrant to discuss the type of ceremony you want, and the availability
of the celebrant for the time and place you wish. If you wish
to proceed, you and the celebrant arrange to meet each other at
a mutually convenient time, usually at the celebrant's home or
office, at your place or maybe at a cafe nearby.
If you are from overseas
or live in the country an e-mail or phone call may be better for
The celebrant then posts or e-mails you information about the
Ceremony and or Marriage Licenses and and/or legislative
requirements for your part of the world, helpful information, and
a book or CD of information to assist you to create your own
ceremony. He/ she will probably have his/her own form requesting
your instructions and initial particulars; alternatively, you may
give the celebrant this information at a meeting with the
For Weddings Government officials at the Office of Births Deaths
and Marriages, require
birth (e.g. extracts of birth), passports). Where there has been
a previous marriage,
you must provide evidence of
how it ended, usually a
Certificate of Divorce( in the case of a divorce0,
or a Death Certificate if a previous partner
You then meet the
marriage celebrant by arrangement. You should have access to your
Birth Certificates or Passports for the legalities.
You may start to compile your ceremony from the resources
given. (choose from existing examples or cut and paste various
ceremony elements). You can dialogue further refinements of the
ceremony via email or in any way that suits you. Important
details include: the given names by which you wish to be called
during the ceremony, and the exact time and address of the place
for the ceremony. This is the best time to discuss any details
regarding the arrangements, discuss any of your special needs,
and also to get to know the celebrant.
The marriage celebrant and the ceremony party should meet
for a rehearsal, preferably at the place of the ceremony, or some
other suitable venue at least one week prior to the ceremony.
On the day, and at the place and time arranged,
all parties, including the guests, meet and the ceremony takes
a Marriage Celebrant
The big advantage
is that you can choose your marriage celebrant. Celebrants are not
confined to areas. Different celebrants suit different people; not
all celebrants are the same, and they differ in their approach.
All celebrants should give you complete choice of ceremony. If you
cannot decide on a celebrant - by seeing one conducting another
ceremony or by personal recommendation - one way to find someone
suitable without inconveniencing people is to make a phone call.
Ask what the celebrant's procedure is for choice, consultation,
planning, rehearsal and ceremony. If this is satisfactory to you,
then ask about the celebrant's availability on the day and time
you require. You can learn much from a phone call.
Your first meeting
If you have all
your documents prepared in advance, you can spend the time with
the celebrant discussing the details that concern you, and getting
to know your celebrant as a person. It is also more convenient to
pay the fee or a deposit at this time.
Making contact with the Celebrant
Sometimes it is
necessary to phone or send
an email to a celebrant, especially when an interview is
not possible or documents for the ceremony, which were not available
at the time of the interview, have to be forwarded.