Mitchell Coulthard - Celebrant

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Service Area
Adelaide, Adelaide Hills and Surrounds
Business Hours
9AM to 8PM - 7 Days a Week
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Who Am I?

Mitchell Coulthard - Celebrant

I'm American born, educated in Las Vegas, Nevada, forty-five years in Data Processing and Information Technologies - the last thirty-five before coming to Australia as an Alaskan business owner and technologies consultant.  Having decided I needed to figure out what I wanted to do 'when I grow up', I chose to sell my business and take a serious sojourn... kind of like taking a rather late gap year.  Ending up in Australia, I reconnected with someone I had worked with online many years ago.  We had a cup of coffee... and she would not let me leave.  Now retired (mostly) from technologies, I've begun my new vocation and avocation as a writer and celebrant.

What are my fees?

Mitchell Coulthard - Celebrant

Celebrant fees vary widely – from $250 right up to $1500 and more. I’ve found the average to be about $650, varying with popularity and experience of the celebrant.  I choose to anchor my fees here for the time being.  But, with the variability in wedding ceremonies, am delighted to discuss options and see what we can do for you.

What do my fees include?

Mitchell Coulthard - Celebrant

My fee includes meeting with the couple – several meetings – the writing of the ceremony, the performance of the ceremony, and lodgement of all paperwork.  I like to include some extras to the ceremony to make it all the more special for you.  I am a bit of a stickler for organisation so I often use checklists and insist upon at least one full rehearsal - usually performing several rehearsals by myself to be certain everything flows and is ready for your big day.

What additional costs are involved?

Mitchell Coulthard - Celebrant

Beyond my base fee, there are occasionally additional charges such as travel.  You may also wish to include additional ceremonies such as a Sand Ceremony, Water Ceremony, perhaps including kids and family members.  I try to include as much as I can without affecting the price, but it’s a good idea to discuss all of these upfront so there are no surprises.

What are my legal qualifications?

Mitchell Coulthard - Celebrant

An Australian marriage celebrant qualified to perform marriage ceremonies anywhere in Australia, must be registered with the Attorney Generals’ Department and have carried out training (including yearly training) in order to perform their role.  Australian celebrants can’t just register online without this specialised training.  You can check your celebrant has the qualifications to legally perform your ceremony by checking with the Attorney’s General Office online.

When is full payment required?

Mitchell Coulthard - Celebrant

It is required that you provide a deposit at the time of booking your wedding day.  The balance is to be paid prior to the wedding, typically the latest time is at the rehearsal or one to two weeks prior to your wedding.  If not paid in full, the service is not to go forward.

What paperwork is required and when?

Mitchell Coulthard - Celebrant

The first document required is called the Notice Of Intended Marriage (NOIM).  Previewing this document is helpful in knowing what is required.  There are specific date requirements for the NOIM requiring that is completed no later than one month and one day before the wedding, and no earlier than 18 months prior.  You can view the NOIM here -

It is helpful to bring your paperwork to the first meeting – ID, birth certificates, drivers’ licenses, passports, and any marriage/divorce related paperwork.  Your situation may vary a little and we can discuss that at the first meeting.  Once your booking is confirmed, all required documents and dates for sighting will be discussed.

What equipment do I bring?

Mitchell Coulthard - Celebrant

I have a high-quality sound system with dual speakers and remote power – this enables me to perform a wedding service just about anywhere.  Some venues provide this equipment and it is important I check with the management and you to assure readiness.   My system allows for multiple microphones and multiple inputs to play music from Bluetooth devices, guitars, vocals, or more as needed to assist you with your ceremony music choices.  Depending on how complicated the music and/or vocal requirements are, it may be necessary to have someone separate assigned to running the music system for the timing and choices of music and readings.

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