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More Than Words Ceremonies

5.0  ( 43 reviews ) · Adelaide and Surrounding Suburbs (View Map) · Show Phone
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OVERVIEW

Are you overwhelmed yet? I wouldn't blame you, as wedding planning can be stressful! But it doesn't need to be. Let me remove some of the pressure by helping you with your ceremony so that, at the end of the day, you are actually married. After all, that's what it's all about, right?

My name is Michaela Von der Borch. I believe it is important to feel completely comfortable with the people around you on your wedding day, so am happy to meet with you and your fiance,  with no obligation, to discuss what I could do to help make your ceremony special.

Planning your wedding is an exciting time but it can be daunting. Often, couples don't know where to begin in planning their ceremony, and that is where I come in.Whether you want your wedding to be formal or casual, traditional or modern, elaborate or intimate we will work together to create the perfect ceremony for you. No matter what style your wedding is, it should reflect you as a couple – your personalities, your values and your relationship.

It is a privilege to be a part of any wedding and I pride myself in my ability to provide inspiration and guidance as we work together to plan your ceremony. Using my skills, resources and experience we can create a ceremony that is unique, personal and memorable.

As well as creating the ceremony and solemnising your marriage, I prepare and lodge all legal documents necessary in accordance with the requirements of the Attorney General’s Office, leaving you free to concentrate on the other important details of your special day.

Please feel free to contact me with any questions you may have (or check my availability for your ceremony date). We can arrange an appointment  to meet and see if I am the right marriage celebrant for you

About

Way back in 2010, I married my husband Peter (aka Roadie-Pete) on what was the BEST day of our lives and it’s my mission to make sure every couple I marry has the same amazing experience we did! We have two wonderful sons, a beautiful daughter-in-law, a gorgeous granddaughter….and a very spoilt golden retriever named Murphy – and it’s definitely Murphy’s rules in our house! Be prepared for him to make an appearance at any meeting at my home office, but I assure you he is a gentle giant!

Mrs Michaela Von der Borch

Owner


Location

Service Area Adelaide and Surrounding Suburbs

Adelaide and Surrounding Suburbs
Adelaide and Surrounding Suburbs

FAQ

In Australia, we don't get a "marriage licence" like you see on all those American sit-coms. Instead, you must lodge a Notice of Intended Marriage (NOIM) with your celebrant no less than ONE MONTH and no earlier than 18 months prior to your wedding date. I can send you the link to fill in yourself, or we can make it really easy and sit down to do it together.

There are two components to your ceremony that must be included in order for you to be legally married. The wording cannot be altered or left out, and it must be audible to your witnesses.

As your authorised celebrant, I must say  "My name is Michaela Von der Borch and I am a Registered Marriage Celebrant. Before you are joined in marriage, in my presence and in the presence of these witnesses, I am to remind you of the solemn and binding nature of the relationship into which you are now about to enter. Marriage, according to law in Australia, is the union of two people, to the exclusion of all others, voluntarily entered into for life."

Each partner must say to one another "I call upon the persons here present to witness that I (insert full name) take you (insert partner's full name) to be my lawfully wedded husband/wife/spouse."

Of course! I have plenty of resources to give you inspiration for your own personal vows to one another, and am happy to guide you along the way. Many couples choose to keep their vows secret until the big day and send them to me to be printed onto cards that they can keep as a memento.

Or perhaps you might like to try "Ninja Vows", where you write each other's vows and don't know what you will have to promise until you are reading them! Alternatively, if you really don't want to share your personal feelings and thoughts with everyone you know, you can recite just the legally required words and share your personal vows with one another at a later time - perhaps after the reception when the two of you are alone. Whatever floats your boat!

That is completely up to you. I have no definitive rule stating you should or shouldn't have a rehearsal. However, I do find that they can be very beneficial if you have little children involved in your ceremony. As adults, most of us have been to, or at the very least, seen a wedding and have a rough idea of what to expect. Children don't often have that experience and it can be quite overwhelming for them on the day. A rehearsal gives everyone involved the chance to meet those they will be spending a lot of time with on the big day.

Your bridal party might also be wondering how they will know where to walk and stand. A rehearsal can help to calm those nerves, but if you don't have one, I am very practiced at directing everyone on the day, using simple little hand gestures and signals to make sure they know what to do. (Think of me as your wedding stewardess - your exits are here and here!)

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Some venues might not be able to accommodate your request for a rehearsal time, or it may not be convenient if there is a distance to travel. Your rehearsal can be in your backyard, a local park, or at my home office. As Shakira says - Whenever, Wherever!

As soon as you decide you want to have one! This allows me to lock in the time and date to ensure I am available. And it gives fair warning to your bridal party and family too!

Despite common belief, celebrants don't simply turn up for half an hour on the wedding day then go home and count their money! There is a lot of behind-the-scenes work that goes into the preparation of a ceremony, in order to ensure your wedding is exactly how you imagine AND that you end up legally married.

But just like our couples, celebrants are all unique and offer different levels of service with many different inclusions and ceremony options. Before booking your celebrant, you should be sure to discuss what is included in your ceremony package.

After your wedding ceremony, your celebrant submits all the required paperwork to BIrths, Deaths and Marriages in the state the ceremony was held, for the marriage to be registered. The process then varies from state to state, but in SA you must then apply for your Official Marriage Certificate, which is to be presented with your birth certificate and/or other identification at any department that you wish to change your name.

Further information is provided upon booking me as your celebrant, and I am happy to provide ongoing assistance after the wedding if you need it.

Absolutely! While I like to think that all my couples end up considering me a friend, there is nothing more special than involving your nearest and dearest in your ceremony. You can choose to have family and friends do almost everything, or just a little bit - whatever they are happy to do. 

Of course, there are some elements which an authorised celebrant is required to do, but I am more than happy to have a co-pilot!


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February 2023

Michaela is a true professional! I didn't hesitate to book her - her sunny nature is addictive and just what we needed for our wedding! Michaela made every step along the way super easy and chilled. She involved us at every turn and took the stress out of what could have been an extremely stressful situation. She is a remarkable celebrant and an even more remarkable person. Highly recommend!

Peta T.

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Wow! Thank you for those beautiful words Peta....I don't know how I can possibly live up to that, lol. But I am so happy that you had the day you had dreamed of and more importantly, that you and Dave both deserve. I had so much fun helping you plan your ceremony and to be a part of such a beautiful family milestone was a true pleasure for me. I know we'll keep in touch, and I can't wait to see what the future holds in store for you all. xxx

January 2023

It was an absolute privilege to have Michaela in charge of marrying us on our wedding day. She is very approachable, fun and delivered a professional but light-hearted ceremony to us, which is exactly what we wanted - she reads her clients well. Michaela clearly loves what she does and this showed in her work. Thank you to Michaela for making sure we had the best day ever!

Jacqui E.

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Thank you for those lovely words Jacqui. I certainly hope you, Leigh and your guests all had as much fun at your ceremony as I did! And knowing that you had all had such a family health scare only days before, I couldn't have been happier to help make it a day that you would all remember. Travel safe and please keep in touch - I want to hear about all your adventures to come! xxx

November 2022

Michaela was a wonderful help to our wedding. As we are generally awkward people, we were super happy with Michaela's direction and ability to make us feel comfortable in an uncomfortable situation. A celebrant was the service we were most worried about finding and Michaela went above and beyond to exceed our expectations. She answered my abundance of questions and never made me feel silly for asking. Even after completion of the wedding Michaela is still helping me with official certificates and name changing. Highly recommend!

Emma B.

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Emma, thank you and Elliot for trusting me to help you through the daunting process of getting married! It was never a chore to answer your questions - there truly are no silly questions - and I was just so delighted to be a part of your big day. I know it was nerve-wracking for you both to be the centre of attention, but now that I've seen the photos I can see you only had eyes for each other...just as it should be! Keep in touch. xxx

May 2024

Could not be happier with Michaela's service in the lead up to and on our wedding day. Michaela is a breath of fresh air, bubbly, warm, and reassuring. She went above and beyond for us, guiding us with our vows, even putting together a package for us to help with what to do in the lead up and after the wedding. Everyone loved Michaela's ceremony, and commented how lovely she was. Highly recommend More than Words ceremony, she is a gem.

Kathryn S.

May 2024

Wonderful demeanor and just the right about of relaxed but organised. Michaela put together a beautiful ceremony for us to then edit how we liked which made it incredibly easy. She was fantastic on the day with guidance for the bridesmaids and groomsmen and got out of the way for our first kiss without having to be asked. Highly recommend.

Holly P.


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When should we be booking a celebrant?

How much time is needed before the wedding to get everything done?

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As soon as you meet the right one for you! There is a legal requirement to lodge a Notice of Intended Marriage (NOIM) with your celebrant no later than ONE MONTH prior to your wedding date, so that is your absolute cut-off point. 

But remember that it is the "people" aspect of your day that you will need to feel comfortable with and have some sort of rapport. So it's important to meet with your celebrant before booking and see if you "click".

Also, keep in mind that celebrants (just like photographers, videographers, and DJ's) can only be in one place at a time. So if you get your heart set on one, but they are already booked, there's not much they can do about it. So if you find the celebrant you feel is right for you, don't wait. Book them now and then relax, knowing they will take care of you and all the legal stuff to make sure you actually end up married! After all, that's what it's all about, isn't it? Happy wedding planning!

How many weddings do you book in per day?

Are celebrants usually doing one per day? or two on some days? How is this possible?! haha

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That is a very good question. I notice that most celebrants here are stating they would only accept one booking per day, which is reasonable. However, I find that I am getting more requests for morning and evening weddings lately, which is fantastic!  So I find that as long as I have several hours between ceremonies (and the locations make it possible) I can accommodate more than one ceremony in a day. 

However, I always ensure that all parties are aware of my other commitments, so that we are all on the same page.  I would never book ceremonies back-to-back unless I am confident that there was enough time to get from one to another (even allowing for extreme delays), as I don't feel it's fair to put couples under that sort of pressure on their big day - or myself! 

Any advice on writing my vows to my wife-to-be?

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Nathan, the beauty about writing your own vows is that there is no right or wrong! Aside from the one line you are legally required by law to say (your celebrant will advise you on this) you can say anything you feel. 

So if you aren't the type of person who is usually mushy and romantic - don't feel that you have to be mushy in your vows. If you want to promise that you won't spend all weekend watching the footy, or that you will buy her flowers at least once a month, that's fine! 

Generally I advise my couples to make their vows about them as a couple, whether that is sweet and serious or lighthearted and funny - your vows should reflect who you are. 

If you are finding it difficult to begin, sit down together and work out your first line, then go from there. Good luck!!

Nathan L

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