Hills Celebrant Services

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Brisbane & Surrounds | Sunshine Coast | Gold Coast | Northern NSW | Willing to Travel
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7 Days by Appointment
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Can the celebrant refer to us as husband and wife in a commitment ceremony?

In a commitment ceremony is the celebrant allowed to say husband and wife?

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The Marriage Celebrant Guidelines state that to avoid doubt, celebrants must avoid using the words ‘wedding’ or ‘marriage’ to describe the ceremony. Whilst the Guidelines do not specifically mention that "Husband" and "Wife" cannot be used, they do of course pertain to a "marriage".

A commitment ceremony could incorporate important rituals and provide photographic records; however, it has to be publicly made clear to everyone present that the ceremony is not a marriage.

Celebrants may conduct commitment ceremonies for a couple. These are "not" marriages and the commitment ceremony must not purport to be a marriage.

As a commitment ceremony is not considered a legal marriage, the celebrant must not prepare or submit any paperwork (such as the NOIM and declarations as to conjugal status). Witnesses are not required for a commitment ceremony. A certificate of marriage, or any other certificate referring to the Marriage Act, must not be prepared for a commitment ceremony.

Celebrants should deliver an appropriate introduction at the beginning of the ceremony making it clear to the guests that the ceremony is not a marriage ceremony and that if applicable the marriage has already occurred or is due to occur at a later date.

What does a marriage celebrant have to say?

What are the legal requirements?

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To ensure the validity of your marriage, an Authorised Celebrant is required to say the Legal Monitum (what marriage is according to law). You must say legal vows (4 lines in total), usually read as a 'repeat after me'. These are the words that "legally" make you married and then the signing of the Marriage Certificates with 2 legal witnesses formalises it all. Feel free to get in contact if you would like to know the exact words. I wish you all the best with your planning.

How can I help my celebrant to provide a personal and fun service?

What's the best way for me to help my celebrant to provide a personal and fun service?

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I believe the best way for a Celebrant to create a personal and fun ceremony, is for you to give them as much information about you and your relationship. You could help them by answering questions like: - How and when you met; and the proposal? - What you liked about each other when you first met? - When did you decide that you wanted to be together forever? - What were the good things that helped you decide? - What does marriage mean to you? - What you each (individually) love about each other? - What leisure, sports and/or interests you enjoy together? - What does family mean to you? - What your hopes and dreams are for the future? - Anything else you think is relevant, especially if you have any children. What they mean to you and how they have changed your relationship. Getting to know my couples better, certainly helps me to create personalised and fun ceremonies.

How do I choose a celebrant that will suit my partner and I?

What is the best method for choosing the ideal celebrant?

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A young bride contacted me recently and asked if I would be available to perform her ceremony, but unfortunately I was already booked. She asked this very question…”So what should I look for in a Celebrant?” With such a large number of Celebrants now registered to perform legal ceremonies, couples are spoilt for choice, although this can be quite overwhelming. Getting married is one of the most important days of your life, so it makes sense to choose a Celebrant that you feel most comfortable with to help you make one of life’s most important promises. Your Celebrant should be able to understand your feelings and ideas of love and communicate them well. This can make all the difference to your special day. So where do you start? The most important credentials of an Authorised Marriage Celebrant are – Professionalism – Experienced – Good reputation – Reliable and trustworthy – Accessible and approachable – Well respected and highly regarded – Welcoming and accommodating The first step is usually online. Google is your friend ?? Search for Celebrants in your area and have a good look through their website. What do they include in their ceremony packages? Are they easily contactable? Do they present well and suit your wedding style? It’s also a great idea to take the time to read through Testimonials and reviews to see what other couples have said and how have they rated their experience. The next step is to contact the celebrant and arrange a face-to-face, no obligation meeting. This is an opportunity to meet and greet, for your Celebrant to find out all about you and to make sure you feel totally comfortable with your choice. It’s important that you are able to relate and communicate well together. Once you have made this important decision, your Celebrant will guide you through the ceremony process by providing a thorough explanation of the legal paperwork and what is required of you. Your Celebrant is required to provide you with the following information: – A copy of the Code of Practice for Marriage Celebrants. – Advice on the availability of relationship education services. – A brochure titled ‘Happily Ever…Before And After”, which contains Important Information for couples planning to marry, once the Notice of Intended Marriage form is signed. – How to make a Complaint against a marriage celebrant, if you are not happy with the service you are provided. Another great way to meet celebrants is by attending Wedding expos and venue open days. At these events, you will usually find everything and everyone you need to plan your perfect wedding day. If you have any questions at all, please feel free to contact me.

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