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Any advice on changing your religion to get married?
We want a celebrant to perform our wedding, as we both have different religions- but i was wondering on your thoughts around changing your religion for marriage? My partner wants me to but I am not sure about it. Any advice?
Thank you for your enquiry regarding advice about changing your religion in order to get married. It is a personal choice between the couple in the first instance and is something that must be discussed openly together and a resolution arrived at prior to being married. You will have many differences during your married life so this discussion together and reaching a compromise will be a strong foundation for the years ahead when your views differ. I present Christian ceremonies as well as civil ceremonies and when a couple come from different religious backgrounds we work together to design a ceremony that incorporates both traditions in consultation with the couple enabling them to both agree with what is chosen.
If the couple was intending to marry in a church then the minister/priest/pastor would need to be consulted.
Warmest wishes for your special day and abundant blessings for the future.
How long would I require a celebrant for?L S
Generally, when couples book a celebrant how long do they book them for?
Greetings Lucy - Thank you for your question. Firstly a Notice of Intended Marriage form (when applying to the celebrant to be married) cannot be signed before 18 months prior to your wedding day and the latest one month before. A celebrant can be invited to be your celebrant for your special day before the Notice of Intended Marriage form is signed and a deposit paid in order for the celebrant to reserve your date. I arrive one hour prior to your ceremony. The ceremony usually takes around 1/2 hour. After I have congratulated you both I then gather my belongings, dismantle my sound system and respectfully say good-bye to you and your guests as I wish you all a continuing joyous celebration. The approximate time from my arrival to my departure would be around 2 hours. I send my warmest wishes to you both at this exciting time of planning your joyous day - Sandra Hill
Is it ok to use the same Celebrant that our friends used?Kate T
What are your thoughts on using the same celebrant that a friend used? Have you experienced this before?
Hi Kate - From experience I have noted that many celebrants are chosen by guests who have attended a wedding the celebrant has presented. If you were feeling a little hesitant about using the same celebrant who officiated at your friend's wedding perhaps you could ask your friend her thoughts about you asking the same celebrant to officiate at your wedding. Seeing a celebrant present a wedding is always beneficial as you see first hand the professional presentation of the celebrant and it sounds as though you were impressed by the celebrant's role at the wedding you attended. My very best wishes for the exciting time ahead - Sandra Hill
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