Frequently asked questions
What areas do you service?
I service all metropolitan areas across Adelaide. I can also conduct ceremonies outside of the metropolitan area however additional travel charges will apply for travel 50km or more outside of the CBD.
Do you personalise the ceremony or will we be getting a boring "form" ceremony?
I will personalise your ceremony so that is reflects you as a couple.
What forms do we need to fill in?
You will need to fill in and sign a Notice of Intended Marriage (NOIM) - this form must be lodged with your celebrant at least 30 days before the date of the ceremony, and no longer than 18 months before. (In some circumstances you may be eligible to apply for a "shortening of time" - read more about this here.)
How soon can we be married?
You need to give at least 30 days notice of your intention to marry, unless you are granted a "shortening of time". This will only be granted under certain circumstances. More information about shortening of time can be found here.
Do we need witnesses?
Yes you do - you will need 2 witnesses who are at least 18 years old. It is entirely up to you whom you select to be witnesses. Many couples use their attendants, but you could also choose people that you may want to involve in the wedding but who may not necessarily be in the bridal party, such as both of your mothers, your adult children, or whomever - you could even do a lucky dip amongst the wedding guests!
How long before the ceremony do you arrive? How long do you stay?
I like to arrive an hour before the scheduled ceremony time, as this allows a margin for "things that could go wrong!"
What if you can't perform the ceremony (e.g. you become unwell)?
If for any reason I am unable to perform your ceremony I will find you an awesome replacement celebrant from my extensive network. I will cover any additional costs this entails, so you won't be out of pocket.
Do we need a rehearsal?
I recommend holding a rehearsal at the venue - usually this will be in the week before the wedding date, at about the same time of day (that way you will know where the sun and shade will be).
What time should we arrive on the day?
The usual practice is for the groom and the groom's attendants to arrive at least 30 minutes before (to allow time for vehicle breakdowns etc).
Who can give me away?
Traditionally the father of the bride will "give the bride away", however nowadays ceremonies are much more relaxed - you can choose whomever you like to escort you down the aisle (e.g. mother, brother, sister, son, daughter, cousin, aunt, uncle, niece, nephew, friend, dog...) or even no-one at all - it's completely up to you.
How long is the ceremony?
My ceremonies usually last about 15-20 minutes, but could be longer or shorter depending upon what you wish to include in your ceremony. When planning your day, as a general guide I would allow about 30 minutes from start to finish (includes signing and walking back down the aisle).
We only want a small wedding, will you reduce your fee?
In short, no I would not offer a fee reduction for a smaller wedding, as whether you have 20 guests or 200 guests, I have to perform the same amount of work and put in the same amount of effort. My fee is based on my level of knowledge and expertise, my attention to detail, my reliability and organisational skills, and my accessibility - it also reflects the exemplary service you will receive from me.
Do you support marriage equality?
That's a big fat YES from me. 'Nuff said.
Do you provide the music?
I have a quality Bose portable speaker. You are welcome to bluetooth your music to this for the ceremony - however you will need to arrange for someone to play the music for you. You also need to make sure they know which songs to play...
Do you provide a signing table?
This is usually organised through the venue. However, if you don't have this option I can hire a signing table to you (with table cloth) for use during the service. This will incur an additional charge of $50.
What if the weather is inclement?
When planning an outdoor wedding it is imperative that you have a Plan B in case the weather is too wet, too windy, too hot etc.
What are your terms and conditions? What can I expect from you as my celebrant?
be punctual for our meetings
be responsive to your calls, text messages and emails
provide you with exemplary service
compose and deliver an awesome ceremony
answer all of your questions
be organised and professional at all times
ensure all of your paperwork is correctly completed and lodged promptly
provide you with all the support you need to ensure your wedding ceremony is perfect
What if I have a question that you have not covered here?
We want to write our own vows but we don't know where to start - can you help?
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