Andrew Smith Life Events

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Where can I get a notice of intended marriage form?

Is this something that I have to find myself?

The best place to get a copy of the NOIM is through your chosen marriage celebrant. they will provide you with a copy.  Its usual to complete the NOIM at tyour first meeting when you will need to present your photo ID and proof of age. You will need to complete this with your celebrant at least one calendar month before your planned wedding date.

can a marriage celebrant marry a family member?

I went to a wedding and the celebrant was the grooms father. Is this legal?

Yes it is not only legal and acceptable, but also a great experience. There is noone better to work with to tell your story during your ceremony, and there can be no doubt your marriage is supported wholeheartedly by your parent (or sibling). I was inspired to do the training and get the qualifications in order to officiate at my son's wedding. I have heard a number of similar stories from other celebrants. 

Why do married couples renew their vows?

Renewal of vows, publically, is a very powerful statement of continuing love between two people who have been together through all the changes and challenges that marriage, family, work, brings over a number of years. When the relationship remains good, the love is still strong, its worth acknowledging that. I recently did a surprise vow renewal (risky business you might think) organised by the husband on his wife's 50th birthday. They were very busy people, doing a lot of good work for other people. The husband said the relationship had just got better and better over the years and he wanted to do something that focussed on them as a couple. It went down a treat, such a great celebration, so many smiles.

Have you ever performed an arranged marriage?

Arranged marriages arent the same as forced marriages. As Celebrants we need to ensure that the couple are willingly entering the marriage and not being forced into it unhappily.

If the couple is happily embedded in their culture and community, including the tradition of their marriage being arranged, then they will be getting married willingly. Here in Australia we dont have arranged marriages as part of the general main stream culture, but are you sure the match-making your parents, or friends, did to get get you together with your partner didn't have elements of being "arranged"?

The important thing is that the couple is happy, and willing, and wanting to be married. As marriage celebrants we are also expected to provide couples with information about pre-marriage counselling services. These services help couples to better understand each others feelings, goals, hopes and expectations around important life choices they will be making after they are married. Even without being an arranged marriage we sometiimes dont discuss before marriage our thoughts about issues that will be important for a happy marriage such as careers, children, finances, behaviours, family and personal issues and beliefs. For many couples this is very helpful towards a better understanding of each other and ultimately a long and happy marriage.

What are the point of wedding vows if you can simply choose to leave the person later?

Making a commitment, before friends and family and to each other is a significant act and one that reflects the importat decision that the couple has made. The formal/legal vows confirm the importance of the commitment that the couple is making, with the full intention of honouring. Of course the next 50 or more years can throw up all sorts of challenges, and maybe some can't be overcome. But couples never set out with the expectation that they will break up, so the commitment through the vows is genuine. I like to include a time for personal vows written by the couple, and said directly to one another, and I also ask the guests to pleadge their support to the couple in their marriage, to provide assistance and celebrate successes with them over the coming years. 

What advice could you share with the groom the night before his wedding?

Relax. Its going to happen, and it will be fantastic. You made the big decisions, you have been organising for months most probably, you have a firm circle of friends and family around you and you have a partner waiting to spend the rest of their life with you. Take the evening before quietly, check that your packing for the honeymoon is complete - make sure you have packed air tickets and passports if required. Make sure your suit is hanging happily in the wardrobe, with your speech notes in the pocket, and polish your shoes one more time. Set you alarm clock for the morning. Then sit and chat and have an early night - its going to be a long day tomorrow. Good luck, it will be great

Can you help me with a wedding vow for my husband?

I like a lot the one about the sail but my husband likes fishing and I would like to come out with a fun vow.. can you help me? Thanks a lot

The twinkle in the corner of your eye reminds me of the incandescent sunlight reflected off the scales of a freshly caught fish .....

When I see you my heart races like the white caps on the waves in a storm, racing to the horizon, and to the future.

I promise that sometimes the seas will be spectacular and exciting and sometimes as calm and relaxing as a millpond, and there is nowhere I would rather be than on this boat, this relationship ....

Personal vows do need to be personal so its difficult to write them for someone else. There are great on line articles about getting you started with the task of writing vows. Probaly three things to include - the things that make you love him, the hopes you have together, and the promises you will make. They can be humorous and serious. As long as they are yours.

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