Maureena Tilley Civil Celebrant

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As a wedding professional, Maureena Tilley Civil Celebrant offers expert advice to help couples plan their perfect day. Ask a question or read their expert advice.

Do celebrants usually recommend pre-marriage counselling or courses?

Good morning, Celebrants are legally obligated to provide information via leaflets,  to the couple who are to be married.  They do not need to ask the couple if they  intend to enrol in a course, however it is important to let the couple know that such courses are available. Religious celebrations e.g. in the Catholic Church - usually request that couples attend a course run locally to them.  Some couples enjoy these courses immensely.  Civil Celebrants are not obligated to recommend a particular course.  


How much should I expect to pay for a celebrant?

And is it cheaper to go for a religious officiant? I'm not fussed about the cost just want to know what to budget for. :)

Happy Monday. There is no set payment  for a Celebrant to charge for their services, and there is a wide range of charges. Travel costs for a particular celebrant can up the cost - for example a Melbourne Celebrant who needs to travel to Lorne. But if you love the Celebrant then you will need to pay the extra. In my expereice Celebrant chages range from $300 to $1500. Remember however, that a higherr charge  does not necessarily mean a better celebrant.  There are some wonderful celebrants who charge around $600 and will even include travel.    Good luck in your choice.  Maureena

Can I get married in both a religious and civil ceremony?

My fiance is muslim and I am catholic, we want to respect the mother and have a 'Katb al kitab' but this happens on a different day to the reception. On the day of the reception we want to have a civil ceremony, please help. Need some advice. Thank you

Hello.  No unfortunaltewy you can only be married once, however I have performed some beautiful ceremonies where a Priest and Celebrant work together to perform the ceremony.   Many Civill Celebrants are willing to include prayers and blessings in their ceremonies, and to respect and include cultural aspects of a couple who wish for a more spiritual ceremony. best wishes. Maureena

Do couples usually use vow books?

Good morning. I have never yet celebrated a ceremony where a couple has used a "Vow Book".  When you meet with your Celebrant, he/she will have a wide range of  sample Vows from which you can find ones which ring true for you and your love. Your Celebrant can also assist you in writing your own Vows. Once again there are so many Vows you can read through to get your creative and loving juices  flowing in order to assist  you to truly express what you want to say to each other. Happy writing or  happy choice. Which ever, I am sure your Vows will be beautiful.   Maureena

Any tips on writing vows?

I have no idea where to begin. Are they meant to be promises?

Hello. Writing Vows!  

This is the most important part of your  ceremony, and the most beautiful.

There are both formal vows to take  in order to comply with the legal sections of the Wedding Ceremony, but it is in the personal vows  where you pledge yourselves to each other in a most intimate manner, which are truly beautiful.

The formal  Vows are as follows

 I call upon the persons here present to witness that I,  ………    take  you ……….. to be my lawful husband

I call upon the persons here present to witness that I, ……….. take  you ………… be my lawful  wife.

This is a once in a lifetime event. So here are some ideas which might help in writing you own Vows. 

1. When writing your Vows your planning time together is truly special as you consider what it is you want to say to each other - what you want for your shared life together. 

2.  Read through some sample  Vows which your Celebrant will provide for you. Underline some phrases which you love and which  speak of your relationship with your partner. 

3. Find a quiet nook with your pencil or fingers poised, and just write  what you would like to say to your partner. Don’t worry about sentences, or correct wording, just write from your heart and get to the core of what you want to say. Think about

(a)  Why do I want to marry you?   (b) What I will try to be for you.   

At some stage  you can decide on whether you will  write your Vows together,  or whether  each of you will write your Vows privately. 

Remember, you don't need to be a writer or poet. You just need to write from your heart what you feel. This is what beautiful Vows are all about.  Sincerity and truth. They are about you and your love, and noone else in the world, at that moment, matters.  Best wishes. Maureena

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