Trevor Rice Celebrant

(10 reviews)
Service Area
Melbourne and surrounding areas
Business Hours
Monday to Sunday
By Appointment
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Expert Advice

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

What’s the difference between a traditional and civil ceremony?


What you have in your ceremony is entirely up to you and it can be traditionally based even for a civil Marriasge ceremony. The difference is that in a civil ceremony the celebrant is registered by the Attorney General and must say certain words in a Marriage Ceremony. If you are thinking of a marriage in a church, these are considered to be traditional and you may not be able to choose what you want in your ceremony. In most cases religious celebrants are authorised under their churches right to conduct marriages. However there are those who were once considered to be civil marriage celebrants who refuse to conduct same sex marriages under religious grounds and have been exempted are now classed as Religious Marriage Celebrants

What is the process when it comes to having our Banns read?

We're getting married in a church that isnt our local parish so need our banns read. Do both churches read them on the same dates, taking 3 weeks, or does one church read them for 3 weeks followed by the next, taking 6 weeks?

As a Commonwealth registered marriage celebrant my couples need to complete the Notice of Intended Marriage, sign it and have it witnessed by an appropriate person then lodge it with a celebrant at least a month and a day prior to the marriage. As I am not affiliated with any religious body I have no idea about banns, so therefore I would consult the relevant church for clarification.

Eloping without witnesses?

My partner and I are thinking of eloping but just with our children and no witnesses. Is this possible?

Yes you may elope but you also have to provide two witneses who are 18 years or older. In some instances I have provided witness for a couple as they had few friends and no relatives living in Melbourne. Canadian friends are eloping while on a world cruise and I'm marrying them in Melbourne and may need me to provide witnesses. Good luck with your plans.

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