Paul Cochran - Melbourne Marriage Celebrant

Rating
(9 reviews)
 
Service Area
Statewide Victoria, Geelong, Melbourne, Daylesford, Yarra Valley, Dandenong Ranges, Mornington Penin
Business Hours
By Appointment - 7 Days
Average Pricing
$650
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Let's make your wedding ceremony fun, relaxed and meaningful with just the right amount of formality!

I would dearly love the opportunity to work with you both to create a wonderful Wedding Ceremony that reflects your personalities as you declare your love and commitment to each other before your family and friends.

As a highly respected and experienced teacher, public speaker and Master of Ceremonies with a reputation for attention to detail, I have the qualities to make your ceremony a memorable part of a very special day.

I will guide you through the process of selecting or writing the various elements of the ceremony. I will provide you with many great ideas for appropriate readings, ring ceremonies and music. For your actual vows, we can work together, you can create your own, or I can write them for you, the choice is yours. I will ensure that the ceremony is as elaborate or relaxed as you wish.

My fabulous "roadie" Deb, (who also happens to be my wife), will manage the music, wrangle the guests, heard the paige boys/flowers girls and keep the groomsmen in line! 

Let's get started...

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Post ceremony gift bag

To help you to remember your awesome wedding ceremony, I will provide you with three copies of your wedding ceremony wording in beautiful hand made booklets together with a personalised Unity Candle with your names and the date of your wedding inscribed. 


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What are our first steps?

  1. Most quality Celebrants are busy, so please book me as soon as you have decided on your date, time and venue.
  2. Organise an appointment with me to commence planning the ceremony.
  3. Your Notice of Intended Marriage' (NOIM) needs to be completed no less than one calendar month and one day prior to marriage but it is strongly advisable to complete this with me as soon as you have decided on the date and time for your ceremony. I will supply you with a copy to complete upon confirmation of your booking or you can go on-line to download a copy.

What do I need to Provide?

You are required by law to fill out a ‘Notice of Intended Marriage’ (NOIM) form which must be received by your marriage celebrant no later than one calendar month and one day prior to your marriage date.

You will need your birth certificates (originals) and evidence that any prior marriage has been dissolved by either death or divorce. If either of you have been divorced or widowed you will need to show your celebrant the original Divorce/Death certificates. For divorce, a copy of the Decree Absolute can be obtained from the Family Law Court in the State where the Marriage was dissolved. (please note - this only apples to Marriages dissolved after 1975). For Marriages dissolved prior to 1975, a copy of the Decree Absolute can be obtained from the Supreme Court in the State where the Marriage was dissolved.

Also provide your Deed Poll/Certificate of Name Change, if your name has been changed other than by previous marriage. Photocopies are not acceptable and if any of your certificates are not available, you should contact the Registrar of Births, Deaths & Marriages for advice.

You can download the NOIM from the Registry of Births, Deaths & Marriages, complete it exactly as instructed on the document and bring it with you to our meeting, together with the above documentation.

Names must be exactly as documented on your Birth Certificates. If you would rather me help you fill out the (NOIM) I can provide one for you at our meeting and we can fill it out together, you will still need to bring the same documentation as above.

Where can we get married?

There are many beautiful and romantic wedding locations you can get married in. Parks, Botanical Gardens, Historic Trust homes, bush settings, universities campuses, even your own backyard. Some public parks and gardens require a fee for usage but many are free, although a booking through the local council or Parks Victoria is often necessary. I can advise you and assist with your booking requirements for your ceremony location. 

If you prefer an intimate marriage ceremony you may choose a hotel or restaurant venue, or perhaps on a beach for a sunset wedding.

Can we choose spiritual or religious wording and readings for our ceremony?

Certainly. You are welcome to include any wording you feel reflects your beliefs or way of life.

What does the Celebrant do?

  • Attends to all the legal paperwork.
  • Assists you to create a ceremony to suit your needs
  • Conducts a rehearsal if requested
  • Marries you in accordance with Australian law (called solemnizing a marriage)
  • Provides advice on other wedding arrangements and services as requested
  • Maintains professional standards through membership of a professional association and participation in mandatory training and professional development each year

Reviews

(9 reviews)
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2 Nov 2019

Paul was amazing! From the moment I contacted him, he was personable and enthusiastic in assisting us with our wedding ceremony. We felt immediately comfortable with Paul's honesty and the way he discussed his passion for marriage was inspiring. He gave us lots of ideas for the ceremony and we were then able to bring our own ideas and use some of Paul's to allow him to put together our ceremony. Although our vows were a little longer than Paul had suggested, he encouraged us to say all the things that were important to us. Paul took all our ideas and wove them with his own, into a most memorable ceremony. He was adamant the day was about us, and moved aside to allow it just to be the two of us as we read our personal vows. We cant thank him enough!

Paul Cochran - Melbourne Marriage Celebrant  

Your personal vows were awesome, as was the rest of your wedding ceremony in that beautiful little church in the countryside. Thank you so much for inviting me to be your celebrant on such an important day. The very best to you both. Paul

31 May 2019

Paul was a wonderful celebrant and we highly recommend him. He comes with his own roadie (in our case, his lovely daughter), and does everything to put people at ease. We were comfortable with him from the beginning, and found him really easy to communicate with. He supported us with many ideas and reading suggestions as we planned our service, and was very sensitive to our style. He injected a lot of humour into our service which we loved, and he took our entourage of small people in his stride. We also loved his 'journey to today' that he wrote for us, and the beautiful personalised candle. We had so many comments from our family and friends about how special the service was, and we thank Paul deeply for his important role in our wedding.

Paul Cochran - Melbourne Marriage Celebrant  

Thanks so much Fiona and Cameron, it was so lovely working with you to create your African inspired wedding ceremony. It was a wonderful day, I was so proud to be a part of it. The very best of wishes to you both. Paul

13 Apr 2019

Paul was wonderful to deal with from the start of our planning till the very end. Our guests had nothing but great things to say, he was funny, family orientated and great with our kids. Everything was taken care of, all we needed to do was sign the paperwork and pick our music. We would high recommend anyone who is looking for a celebrant to consider Paul for their special day.

Paul Cochran - Melbourne Marriage Celebrant  

It was so enjoyable working with you, Samuel and your blended family to create such a memorable wedding ceremony in the most beautiful surroundings at Marybrooke Manor. The Sand Ceremony worked so well to bring it all together at the end, a really lovely experience. Thanks for sharing your day with me. Best wishes to you both. Paul

21 Mar 2020

Paul is an amazing celebrant and a great guy! We loved having him as such a big part of our wedding day. Paul was fantastic at guiding us through the process leading up to our big day. He was the perfect combination of professional, funny and personal! We would highly recommend Paul! So many of our guests commented on how good the ceremony was after our wedding which is a testament to Paul!

Paul Cochran - Melbourne Marriage Celebrant  

Gee Emma, you made me blush! It was an amazing day for so many reasons and Deb, (roadie), and I were blessed to be a part of it. I will always remember the sound of the Murray River flowing past as you and James exchanged your vows in the sunlight, gorgeous.

25 Mar 2017

We were so grateful to Paul for being part of our wedding. We didn't allow him a lot of time to prepare for our wedding and it was made a little harder as we lived in Perth however nothing was an issue for Paul. Paul was a pleasure to deal with and completely took the stress out of arranging our ceremony. He made us and our guest laugh and enjoy what is a very special day.

19 Oct 2013

Paul was fantastic, with the planning of the Ceremony, and on the day he made it so special for us. So happy he was part of our day. Highly recommend.

3 Aug 2013

Our ceremony went smoothly thanks to Paul and all of his hard work and preparation. He guided us through the legal requirements and through writing our own vows to help make the most of our special day. I would highly recommend Paul to anyone looking for a celebrant.

1 Dec 2012

Fantastic approach and a lovely service. Every detail covered. We very comfortable with Paul.

26 Feb 2012

Guaranteed to not miss a beat, was ahead of me, made it clear and easy to understand, followed up on everything for us and made life easy.....easy to talk to, polite, friendly, was all round great guy and knows how to do his job well!!


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