Noelene Smith Marriage Celebrant

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

Questions and Answers

How much do you charge to present a wedding?

Noelene Smith Marriage Celebrant

Weddings can be and I understand that couples are working to a budget.  My fees are a one-off cost of $780.00 and includes meetings/a rehearsal at the venue (if requested)/several drafts of the ceremony to final stage/all legal document preparation and lodgement to Births Deaths & Marriages for registration of marriage/Certificate of Marriage/Presentation Copy of Ceremony as a keepsake/a wireless PA system suited to indoor or outdoor use/travel to and from venue on the wedding day and last but not least, presentation of the ceremony!  There are no hidden extras.

I like to meet with a couple for an initial no-cost meeting to help with the decision-making of choosing a celebrant.  Phone conversations are helpful, but I find face-to-face much more beneficial to all.

NOTE:  To book my services I usually require a booking fee of $350 with the balance payable up to two weeks prior to the wedding or part payments along the way, whatever suits best.

How much notice do you need for us to book you as our marriage celebrant?

Noelene Smith Marriage Celebrant

As soon as possible is the short answer – firstly so a couple can secure the date they wish and secondly to have their NOIM (Notice of Intended Marriage) ready on time.  The required legal time frame for a couple to lodge and sign a NOIM with the celebrant is no less than 30 days and no more than 18 months prior to the proposed wedding date.  To ensure this important document is dated and signed within the time frame, original birth certificates, current drivers licences/passports, divorce or death certificates (if relevant) for both parties, need to be provided.

We have not been married before, what documents do we need to provide for you?”

Noelene Smith Marriage Celebrant

For a celebrant to complete the legal documentation required to register a marriage in Australia, a couple need to provide their original birth certificates, a current drivers licence or Australian/overseas passport.

What do I/we do if we can’t find our birth certificates?

Noelene Smith Marriage Celebrant

If a couple were born in Australia, it is an easy online process to request a new birth certificate from Births Deaths and Marriages.  The small fee involved also includes postage.  If one or both parties were born overseas, they would need to seek the documentation from that country.  If for some reason those records were unavailable, a Commonwealth Statutory Declaration would be required stating full details of their birth.

We don’t know where to start to prepare our ceremony? Are you able to help with some samples or suggestions?

Noelene Smith Marriage Celebrant

Absolutely!  My role as a celebrant is to guide you through the process with samples and suggestions and of course incorporate your own ideas on how you envisage your wedding ceremony to be.  My aim is to provide a ceremony that reflects a couples own individuality.

Do we need to organise a PA System for the ceremony?

Noelene Smith Marriage Celebrant

I have my own cordless PA system which is suitable for indoor or outdoor use and capable of playing all formats for music.

How is our personalised ceremony written?

Noelene Smith Marriage Celebrant

I will provide you both with samples and suggestions for your ceremony, incorporating in any of your own ideas to create a ceremony that is perfect for you. During the writing process I will provide several drafts of my work until you are completely satisfied with a final copy for presentation!

How do we know what will be said on the day?

Noelene Smith Marriage Celebrant

As I work with the couple through the ceremony process, I provide drafts of the ideas and inclusions until a final draft is approved by the couple well prior to the wedding day.  This is then exactly what I will present – no additional wording or changes. 

To establish if there is any additional documentation required, it is usual for the celebrant to ask if one or both of the parties have been married before, and if so, how did the marriage end?

Noelene Smith Marriage Celebrant

If a marriage ended in divorce, then the original Divorce Order document would be required.  If a marriage ended in death, then the original  Death Certificate would be required.  The details of these documents are required for the legal documentation and registration of the marriage.

Do we have to have a rehearsal?

Noelene Smith Marriage Celebrant

No, this is personal choice.  Whilst I always offer a rehearsal, for some couples they may find this unnecessary or difficult to arrange due to work or other commitments.  The benefit of a rehearsal can help the couple and the wedding party be comfortable with the part they are playing on the day.  It can also settle any “pre wedding jitters” or concerns on how the ceremony will run.

NOTE: If you decide to have a rehearsal, a time and date needs to be booked with the venue at a convenient time for all parties. 

Do you have Packages for your ceremonies?

Noelene Smith Marriage Celebrant

My fee of $780.00 is for a complete package of preparation for a full 30 minute ceremony.  As an alternative , I offer to my couples who may wish to have a shorter 15 minute ceremony  (also referre to a “Legals Only” ceremony) for $450.00 .  I would be happy to discuss these ceremonies in more detail if requested.

How long have you been a marriage celebrant?

Noelene Smith Marriage Celebrant

I have been a registered celebrant with the Attorney-General’s Department since 2011.  My details can also be found on www.ag.gov.au.


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