Frequently Asked Questions
FAQ’s…Frequently asked questions
Please do not hesitate at any stage to contact me to answer a question or clarify anything for you. I am happy to help you!
How do we book you?Simply contact us via email, website or phone to check our availability for your date. Once we confirm we are available, we will send via email a deposit invoice & basic booking form. I will hold your wedding date for 10 days, giving you time to complete the booking form / confirm basic details & pay the $100 non-refundable booking deposit.
Where do you perform weddings?I live in North Lakes, which is North of Brisbane. Currently I mostly conduct ceremonies to the Redcliffe & the Northern Brisbane suburbs with regular visits to Brisbane CBD celebrations; however, I am more than willing to travel to the Sunshine Coast
& Gold Coast for a small travel charge.
I have had clients that have met me prior, or thru word of mouth & I have happily traveled to Fraser Island, Hervey Bay, Byron Bay, Melbourne & am more than willing to discuss should you be interested in my services for those locations or any other, interstate, intrastate or even overseas*!
How much do you charge?My rates depend on the day, time, location and ceremony service of each wedding, and start at $390. I aim to keep my prices reasonable for my clients. Additional information on pricing is all up front and located on our brochure. If you require travel quote or something different, just ask & I am more than willing to put this quote in writing for you.
Do I have to memorise my vows?No, of course not… You do not need to memorise your vows unless you want to,
simply repeat after me, or read them from your notes.
Can we personalise our ceremony?Yes – in fact, I would love to do this for you! Once you decide to book me in for your special day, we will make a time for our first meeting. I will then ask you a few questions & or can give you a questionnaire (don’t worry it’s not painful) that will help me get to know you both better & this will assist me to draft a ceremony that is reflective of your personalities, beliefs, and relationship. After the draft is complete, I will email you a copy for you to edit & also give comment to further additions you may like to see. You do not need to memorise your vows unless you want to, simply repeat after me, or read them from your notes.
Can you just write the ceremony for us, I don’t want the stress to decide on all the readings & how it works?Yes for sure, I always offer a ceremony guide for you to be a part of the ceremony writing, however if you just want me to do this, just tell me & I will do this for you.
Do we have to write our own vows? No, not at all. This is a personal choice & you can if you like & I can help guide you at any stage. These are usually a few words about what you love about the other person & why you love them above all others! However if you simply just want to do the legal vows only, this is fine too. Everyone must say the legal vows, & I will ensure these are written into your ceremony.
Who can be my witness?On the day of your wedding we require two witnesses, over the age of 18 that are happy to witness the ceremony & sign accordingly. It does ot matter if they are related to you, so long as they are above 18.
Can we involve children in the ceremony?Of course! Check out the Ceremony Additions / Ideas that go beyond the traditional flower girl and ring bearer roles, and I will be happy to tweak something to make them feel special too.
I don’t want to mention God, religion, etc. in my ceremony, is that okay?Definitely! I am a non-religious registered celebrant & respect all religions (or not), relationship & cultures. I have a few vows / lines that are required by law for me to have within your ceremony, but other than this I can personalise to suit & ensure you are comfortable.
Do you perform same sex weddings?Yes! Absolutely…I have worked with many LGBT couples throughout my career
& am so very excited that we finally…got the YES VOTE!
I am more than happy to marry any couple who wants to tie the knot & declare their love for each other at either a ceremony or elopement celebration.
I have always been inclusive, throughout my event career, and have worked with many LGBT professionals & have some very good friends that are now engaged to be married too! I will ensure flexibility, and creativity when creating a customized ceremony for each couple, whether LGBT or not.
What if I can’t find my Birth Certificate?Contact the (BDM) Register of Births Deaths and Marriages in the state in which you were born, they will issue you with another copy of your Birth Certificate for a small charge.
What if I can’t find my divorce documents?You can contact the Family Law Court in the state & country your marriage was dissolved, and they will issue you with a new Divorce Certificate for a small charge. http://www.federalcircuitcourt.gov.au/wps/wcm/connect/fccweb/how-do-i/divorce/proof-of-divorce/fcc-proof-divorce
Can we get married straight away?No, you will need to seek approval from your local court. It is called ‘Shortening of Time.’ The reason must fall within one of these categories for it to be granted:
‘Employment related or other travel commitments, Wedding or celebration arrangements, or religious considerations, Medical reasons, Legal proceedings, Error in giving notice’. Other than those reasons mentioned, you will need to wait 1 month before you can get married.
When is my final payment due?We ask for at least 50% of your ceremony fee to be paid no later than, six months from your wedding date & the final 50% balance payment is due no later than 60 days prior to the wedding date. However, should you wish to pay it off in smaller direct debit installments, this is fine, many clients do this.
What if I must change my start time or wedding date?While we try to be as flexible as possible in accommodating changes, we cannot guarantee our availability for a date or major time change. Please let us know as soon as possible if you plan to change your wedding date or time so we can try to find a solution for you.
Do we have a rehearsal? Will you come to this?In my packages I usually include two meetings prior to your special day. The initial meeting is usually done, to get to know each other, complete the legal paper-work & sight legal documentation etc. The second is usually up to 4 weeks prior to the wedding day and based on our availability as to when we do this. This allows us to briefly go thru standing positions, where you will walk from, where you are having the ceremony & also allows us to come up with any items we may have missed & have time to implement.
Do you allow pictures during the ceremony?Yes, of course! This is your choice though, and keep in mind some photographers prefer to only have them photographing until after the certificate is signed. Often, couples ask, for guests to refrain from photos, until after the celebrant welcomes guests to do so. If you prefer an unplugged ceremony, I am happy to announce this too. (No pictures to social media until the bride does).
What happens if our celebrant gets sick on the day of our wedding?In the event that something ‘god forbid’ happens to me on your wedding day, I carry & keep an emergency celebrant contact list whereby I am able to call from a group of celebrants who would perform the ceremony.
We’re already legally married …but no one knows! Can you still perform a ceremony?Yes, I am more than happy to do this, perhaps you got married overseas or your partner is in the military & you married before deployment. It is very illegal to perform a “fake wedding ceremony”, so we simply need to see a copy of your marriage certificate before you book us. No one will know the difference, unless you choose to tell them! This would then technically be called a commitment ceremony & I can offer you a slightly cheaper price for this.
We want to get married but don’t want to do a big wedding, or just go to the courthouse. What are our options?We have several options available depending on where you would like to be married, from in-home ceremonies to outdoor smaller ceremonies or elopements. Please just contact me and let me know what you have in mind & I am more than happy to keep it low key, however still special. I am sure I can give you a few ideas too.
On our Wedding Day do I sign my maiden name or my married name?You sign all documentation with your maiden name on the day.
How long does a ceremony need to go?Depending on what you choose to include, how many readings, any optional ceremonies etc… most ceremonies will go between 15 and 20 minutes.
What is the usual format of a wedding ceremony? (This is a guide only & we can tailor to suit you as a couple, & if you prefer it short & sweet & legals only I can also do this for you…just let me know).
General Housekeeping to Guests (Photo rules, format etc),
Entrance of the wedding party (Optional)
First Poem/Reading/Music/Other (Optional)
Giving away of the bride (Optional) / Children Commitment Ceremony etc….
Monitum – Legal wording spoken by the Celebrant from the Marriage Act of 1961
The Asking (Optional) (e.g.: “Do you take Tori to be your husband?”)
The Vows (Your promises to each other)
Ring Ceremony (Optional) (exchange of wedding rings)
Conclusion and Declaration (“… I now pronounce …”)
Signing the Marriage Register
Presentation of the Marriage Certificate (Optional Photos)
Exit of the bridal party (Optional)
Would you like further information on pre-marriage / post-marriage education services….Do we have to attend pre-marital counselling or church?
No however, I am required by law to give you a brochure ‘happily ever after’ prior to the ceremony and can further provide a list other of contact details for Relationship Education Centers should you wish to pursue this option at any time.