Noelene Smith Marriage Celebrant

(11 reviews)
Service Area
Melbourne, North and North West Melbourne, Geelong, Bellarine Peninsula and surrounds
Business Hours
9am to 6pm

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Do couples usually use vow books?

Noelene Smith Marriage Celebrant

I like to chat with my couple and try to understand to the type of people they are and what vows may be appropriate for them.  If they don't have any vows they have seen on the internet or have not composed their own vows,  I then provide a book of suggested vows that I have used which they can change in anyway they wish once the legal lines of "I call upon the persons here present" has been said.  Most ocuples I have married prefer to repeat after me when saying their vows which they do by holding hands and looking at each other, but some have requested to read from their own cards which I print and provide opn the day of the wedding.  The vows are incorporated into their draft of the ceremony and therefore can be changed and approved well before their big day.  The ceremony is also given in a keepsake folder at the conclusion of the wedding.

When should I start to think about hiring a Celebrant?

Noelene Smith Marriage Celebrant

Hi Carli,  I agree with the responses you have received below in that it is best to book your celebrant once you have locked in your wedding with the venue you choose.  From a celebrant's point of view, this gives time to provide birth certificates or other documentation required to complete the Notice of Intended Marriage and to prepare a ceremony without any pressure or haste.  All the best with your wedding plans!

what time is your favourite for a wedding ceremony

Noelene Smith Marriage Celebrant

I have presented ceremonies at different times but mostly mid to late afternoons seems to be the most common possibly because the morning gives time for the bride, her party and family to gather and prepare for the big day ahead.  The time can also depend on the time of year/season and possible weather conditions for an outdoor venue photos following the ceremony.  If the ceremony is to be indoors these considerations would not be necessary unless it also involves some outdoor photos as well.  Your wedding day is a special and memorable one for you both, and therefore whatever feels right for you and your fiance is best.

Have you ever made a mistake in a ceremony? Like saying a name wrong or anything?

Noelene Smith Marriage Celebrant

Hi Carlaj,

Thank you for your enquiry - no, fortunately I haven't made a mistake with names etc during a ceremony!  At the initial meeting with a couple, I usually check I am saying either the Christian or surname correctly of one or both the bride and groom.  To make sure I have heard the name/s correctly, I write the name/s phonetically into my notes so that I can practice it many times well before the wedding and when speaking with the couple.  I also then write it phonetically into my copy of the ceremony so I don't find myself being tripped up at the most important time - the presentation of the wedding ceremony!  I hope this answer is of assistance to you.  Kind regards.

is the ceremony the only part that HAS to happen for the marriage to be legal?

Noelene Smith Marriage Celebrant

Hi there,

Apart from the details below for the ceremony, to begin the legal paperwork bride and groom need to provide details of proof of age (birth certificates) and a photo ID (e.g. passport, proof of age card) to complete the details of the Notice of Intended Marriage.  This is then signed by both bride and groom and given (lodged) with your celebrant (who also signs) no less than one month before the marriage and valid for up to 18 months prior to the wedding.  The remainder of the paperwork is then completed by the celebrant using the information provided and includes the Declaration of No Legal Impediment to Marriage which states that the information the bride and groom have given is true.  This is then signed by bride, groom and celebrant within 14 days prior to the marriage.

The ceremony can be as short or as long as bride and groom wish but the following must be included to be legal:

1.  2 witnesses present over 18 years of age (and an interpreter present if required)

2.  Celebrant to say the Monitum - brief explanation of the nature of the marriage relationship

3.  Bride and groom exchange vows beginning with the wording "I call upon the persons here present to witness that I A take you B to be my lawful husband/wife", after which these can be as long or short as desired.

4.  Declaration (after signing of legal documents (3) by bride, groom, witnesses and celebrant) that couple are husband and wife.

All the best with your wedding preparations.

Noelene Smith

If I'm not taking his name, can we ask the celebrant to not say 'mr and mrs (husbands last name)?

Noelene Smith Marriage Celebrant

Hi there!  Totally agree with the responses you have been given.  Once the ceremony is at this point alll the legal formalities have taken place (promises, signing of documents etc.), and there is no legal requirement for the celebrant to announce you as "Mr & Mrs".  Could I suggest:  "Congratulations to our newly married couple/newly weds (first name of bride and first name of groom)" or wording to suit.

All the best with your wedding plans.  Noelene

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