You have just got engaged and you have SOOOOO many questions! I understand. There is a lot to get your head around.
You are in good hands. I consider myself a bit of a wedding expert and I happy to share my knowledge with you.
These are the questions I get asked most frequently.
When should I choose my celebrant?
Once you have decided on a date and a venue you should definitely find your celebrant without delay. Remember without a celebrant, you are just planning a very expensive party! Don't put it off as the good ones book up fast! The standard of celebrants varies wildly and you want to make sure you book a celebrant that you can trust to do a good job.
I will ask for a non-refundable booking fee to secure the date for you.
How should I chose my celebrant?
Look for the sort of person who has the qualities that attract you in friendship because this is probably the celebrant who will give you the ceremony that will leave you with happy memories. The price will not answer this question for you. Price is what you pay but value is what you get. You'll never regret spending money on a great celebrant. Their skills can be hard to define but you'll know what magic feels like when you experience it.
Do you have to be an Australian citizen to marry in Australia?
No. Anyone can marry in Australia providing they are both over the age of 18 and not currently legally married. If one or both of you is between 16 and 18, you are required to obtain your parent's consent on the required form and a court order under Section 12 of the Marriage Act.
Is a Wedding Rehearsal necessary?
I am a big fan! Ultimately, I'll leave the decision up to you though.
It is an opportunity to go through the choreography so that everything looks smooth on the day. Most importantly your photos will look so much better because of it.
It can also help to settle the nerves on the day of the wedding. Everyone knows where they need to be and what they need to be doing and when.
It doesn't have to be at the venue with the full bridal party. We can also do it at your house.
There is a document that needs to be signed close to, but normally not on the day of the wedding. The Rehearsal is the perfect opportunity to do this paperwork.
Having said all that, it is absolutely fine if you don't think you need one.
How much notice needs to be given before marrying?
At least 1 month.
(In exceptional circumstances the Registrar may approve a shortening of time for the 'Notice' Form).
Can we get married anywhere in Australia?
Yes. An Authorised Marriage Celebrant is permitted to perform a wedding ceremony anywhere in Australia. That includes some of our beautiful remote islands, rainforests, aeroplanes, boats, hot air balloons etc. Please be aware that if I have to travel interstate you will probably have to pay for my travel costs. We can work out a reasonable price together.
Can we re-marry in Australia after being married in another country?
No. The only type of ceremony you would be able to have is either a Renewal of Vows Ceremony or a Commitment Ceremony.
What will the celebrant wear?
I will dress to fit in with your wedding: formal or casual or something in between. Picking my dress to match your colour pallete is one of my favourite parts of my job. (My husband thinks I am a marriage celebrant to hide my shopping addiction!). I don't dress corporate. I'll look more like a guest. I take into consideration what the bridal party are wearing and the vibe of the day.