Life Events by Laurel-Lea

(14 reviews)
Service Area
Brisbane, Sunshine Coast, Gold Coast
Business Hours
By appointment
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Expert Advice

As a wedding professional, Life Events by Laurel-Lea offers expert advice to help couples plan their perfect day. Ask a question or read their expert advice.

Which wedding traditions can you skip at your wedding?

You can have your wedding ceremony done your way!  However, as Celebrants we much include our Authority to marry you (set wording), the offical vows need to be said by the couple ensuring their full names are used (somewhere in the ceremony) but I like them said in the official vows section.  And finally, you need your witnesses who are over 18 y.o. and can see and hear the ceremony clearly.  Outside of this, the ceremony is yours and yours alone.  All Celebrants are always happy to guide you through creating your ceremony.  We help you create magic to ensure your day is memorable in all ways.

Does the bride go on the Honeymoon with her maiden or married name?

Short answer is you have to keep using your maiden name whilst on your honeymoon........   It takes a few weeks for your official marriage certificate to be issued by BDM.  In Qld it is an online system where the celebrant can tick a box at the time of registering your marriage for an official certificate to be mailed out to you.  You then of course need to change your name legally.  I always give my couples a quick reference to all the areas of consideration for changing your name, and boy there are a few!  You would use your official marriage certificate to verify you are now legally able to use that surname.

Who can be a Wedding Celebrant?

These days Celebrants all complete a Certificate IV in Celebrancy (which is a 12 month course).  Once that is completed, we go through a ardous application process with Dept of Attorney Generals, which includes sitting a test, obtaining professional referrees, having a police check and composing marriage ceremonies for the Dept to view to ensure we are capable of holding the registeration.  We also have to complete 5 hours of ongoing professional development yearly.  But it is all worth it as we get to marry beautiful couples and make their life complete!  

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