Kate Morgan

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Should we have signs at our ceremony to leave the front row vacant for immediate family?

I was thinking maybe this is tacky, but then maybe it's necessary. (Or am I really just overthinking it?) Someone suggested that this is the role of the celebrant - to ensure that it's family in the first row. Is that generally true?

Kate Morgan

In my experience in marrying over 250 couples I find that seat placements are rarely used or needed. Most guests are very respectful about leaving room for the family to sit down. In fact it can be a difficult job to get anyone to sit down!! I would put your time and energy into more important tasks and simply ask your celebrant to keep an eye on seating if you are worried.

Good luck with your wedding!!!!! x

Civil marriage in melbourne... is it possible?

hi, My self a Muslim & my girlfriend is Hindu. I live in Melbourne on aus pr visa & my GF lives in the USA on a work visa. we are planning to get married in Melbourne. please advise what is the best way to marry her in Melbourne without any religious marriage. I can contact you personally too discuss more abt my scenario.

Kate Morgan

Hi - yes you can definitely get married in a civil ceremony if you are over 18 years of and are not married to anyone else already!

In order to get married in Australian you will need to fill in the Notice of Intended Marrigae, which I can email you and appoint a Celebrnant at least one month before your wedding date (not earlier that 18 months before.)

For further information, don't hesitate to get in touch.

Warmest regards


have anyone ever done a same sex civil ceremony?

located in melb

Kate Morgan

YES! I am a huge supporter of marriage equality. 

In fact, I see the LBGTI as my own community, having grown up with gay parents, myself.

I love working with same sex couples to create a really meaningful ceremony. And I include in my package the legal lodgement of marriage documentation. Personally, I am convinced that it's just a matter of time before marriage is available to all Australians over the age of 18, so I will be there first in line to legalise your marriage, when the time comes. 

I always ask, why wait for someone to tell you it's OK to make that commitment?

do you think celebrants would be up for flying to officiate a destination wedding?

would i have to pay for their flights accommodation food etc

Kate Morgan

Hi - great question!

I think many celebrants would love to fly to a destination wedding. Once you find a celebrant you connect with, just ask them and have an honest chat about costs. 

Depending on the time of year and place I would love to fly to marry a couple.

Best of luck. 

how can we make a mention of same-sex couples and marriage equality in our civil ceremony?

we're not gay ourselves, but our dear friends are and we were wondering if celebrants would be open to making a special mention of it during our ceremony

Kate Morgan

Great question!!

As a marriage celebrant, I am a passionate supporter of marriage equality. 

Many of my couples ask me to address the issue of the 'Monitum' which requires me to state that "marriage in Australia is the union of a man and a woman to the exclusion of all others."

Whilst there is no option but make this statement in order to ensure you marriage is valid, there are many ways of stating you own personal views following that wording.

I either talk to my couples about what it is that upsets them about that statement and often send them to the Australian Marriage Equality site which has some great options here: https://www.australianmarriageequality.org/werewaiting/cant-wait/

Many celebrants I know look forward to the day when marriage is available to ALL Australians. x

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