A Marriage Celebrant is responsible for ensuring the marriage is legally conducted and that all paperwork is registered in a manner compliant with the Marriage Act 1961. There is a requirement for the following paperwork to be completed and lodged:
- Notice of Intended Marriage (NOIM) - this must be completed and lodged with your chosen Celebrant between 1 month and 18 months of the wedding date.
- Declaration of No Legal Impediment (DoNLI) - this is usually completed closer to the wedding date, at the rehearsal is a good idea.
- Wedding Certificate and Marriage Register - will be signed following the wedding.
Apart from the legalities, a Marriage Celebrant will meet with you to determine your needs. It is usual for a Celebrant to provide you with a long questionnaire, its important that you take the time to complete this fully as it will give your Celebrant information to write your ceremony. They will work with you to craft a beautiful ceremony for your event. This will include meeting as many times as it takes, emails and phone calls to satisfy you.
The Celebrant is often responsible for providing a PA system to ensure all your guests are included in the event and can hear your ceremony clearly.
The Celebrant can incorporate a number of rituals into the Ceremony including but not limited to:
- Candle lighting
- Sand pouring
- Hand fasting
- Ring ceremony
- Jumping the broom
- ring warming
- wine ceremony
- Love letters
- Time capsule
- Tree planting
- Cultural rituals
There are many other options for rituals, just ask me for suggestions.
The Celebrant will also attend your rehearsal and this is highly recommended.
Following the marriage ceremony the Celebrant will ensure the documentation is delivered to the office of Births Deaths and Marriages and is legally registered.