Beswick Life Celebrations - Lesley Beswick

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Service Area
Melbourne and Surrounding Areas. Gippsland, Yarra Valley, Mornington, Geelong & Peninsulas
Business Hours
By Appointment
Mon - Sat 8am - 8pm
Closed Sundays & Public Holidays (except for ceremonies)
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As a wedding professional, Beswick Life Celebrations - Lesley Beswick offers expert advice to help couples plan their perfect day. Ask a question or read their expert advice.

How many people can you have at the moment with the virus?

Beswick Life Celebrations - Lesley Beswick

As of Stage 4 Lockdown in Melbourne, the answer is zero. For Stage 3, a total of five consisting of the couple, your Celebrant and two witnesses. Note - Witnesses can also be an Interpreter or Video/Photographer. For Stage 2 onwards, please check with the Government website.

How do I go about officiating my Hindu wedding if the priest is not recognised as a marriage celebrant?

I will be having a traditional Hindu wedding with a priest performing all the rites and rituals. Our priest performs many weddings but is not a marriage celebrant to officiate the wedding on the day with signing the paperwork. How do I go about this?

Beswick Life Celebrations - Lesley Beswick

You would need to have a 'legals only' ceremony with a Registered Civil Celebrant prior to the Hindu wedding rites. Otherwise, the marriage will not be legal in Australia.

Do I need to register my wedding if I got married in a church?

This might seem like a dumb question but we were married in a church last year and got our marriage certificate from the priest - do I need to register this or is it automatically registered? Thanks

Beswick Life Celebrations - Lesley Beswick

No. The minister should submit your paprwork to the state Registry. However, to receive your Official Marriage Certificate from Births, Deaths and Marriages, if the minister has not asked for this on your behalf, then you need to do so yourselves.

Who exactly can be a witness?

My fiance and I are having a small ceremony and just want it to be us. We are hoping the celebrant can be one of our witnesses. As for the other, can it be one of us or does have to be someone else? I can't find any specific information online anywhere. We want it to be as small and quiet as possible. Thank you in advance for any help :)

Beswick Life Celebrations - Lesley Beswick

The Celebrant cannot be a witness. You need two adults (persons over 18 years of age) to be your witnesses. The smallest ceremony is the couple, two witnesses and the celebrant.

Looking for ideas for a small quarantine-friendly ceremony

We are re-sizing our wedding and hoping to find a celebrant in Melbourne or Albury/Wodonga if we can't travel.

Beswick Life Celebrations - Lesley Beswick

Congratulations. I am located in Melbourne and can help you out. Contact me for more details regarding the number/s of people you want involved. The minimum requirement is the couple, two witnesses (18 years of age or older) and the Celebrant. Apart from that, you can live stream to as many people and places as you want - I recently did one with 10 people from two overseas countries attending via streaming. It was great!

How to get married in Australia?

We are thinking of getting married next year's whilst in Adelaide. Can you have a celebrant legally marry you at a family house in the garden or have you got to go to hotel?

Beswick Life Celebrations - Lesley Beswick

You can be married at any location, at any time, prvided it has been at least one month since you completed your Notice of intended Marriage and gave it to your Celebrant.

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