Ceremonies by Rosemarie

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How long does it take to get your official marriage certificate after the wedding?

Can't wait to change my name!

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I usually post the wedding documents the day after the wedding. Here in Perth, the BDM (Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages) will generally register your marriage within about 5-10 working days (depending on Australia post delivery times and the workload of BDM). If you want to have proof of your marriage, then you need to apply to the BDM office for your certificate. Applications can be submitted by post, in person or online. And don't forget, they charge for this.

Is it OK to ask a celebrant to wear a costume at our wedding?

Hello! I've read some responses to celebrants dressing in a matching style etc. Is it rude to ask if they wouldn't mind wearing a costume? I've read somewhere a couple got married by batman and then the obvious Elvis option.. I like the idea of an iconic character and think it would be something to remember but wouldn't want to offend anyone or make it a bad experience. TIA

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This is what I would call a 'themed wedding' and I'm sure they're lots of fun...but I haven't been asked to do one yet. I'm really looking forward to someone asking me to dress up in a steampunk or goth costume. Most Celebrants would be game enough to go along with a themed wedding but that all depends on whether you're talking about kilts and sporrans, Hawaiian shirts with leis or something else. If the costume is not something that can be put together from items in the closet, then I'm fairly certain the couple will incur the cost of hiring the outfit for their Celebrant.

Can the celebrant refer to us as husband and wife in a commitment ceremony?

In a commitment ceremony is the celebrant allowed to say husband and wife?

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Apologies on the slow response but, as my esteemed colleagues have pointed out, the term 'husband and wife' is essentially reserved for those who have been legally married.

Can a person with student/travel visa gets married in Australia?

During my trip to Melbourne, my partner proposed to me and we are planning to get married in Australia. However, he is holding a student visa while I'm traveling on a tourist visa. Please advice, thanks :)

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There's no problem getting married in Australia while you both have visas, just as long as you have at least one month left on them. This is because you have to give your celebrant a 'Notice of Intended Marriage' form at least one month before the wedding date. I hope this helps you.

Do you think the goal of couples in 2018 is to have a wedding or to have a marriage?

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A marriage is supposed to be the union of two people in a personal relationship. It's a fusion, a combination, a connection with each other. That's what couples should really aspire towards. The wedding is just the symbolisation and celebration of that union.

Eloping without witnesses?

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

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Even if you do elope you will still need 2 witnesses over the age of 18 for your marriage ceremony.

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.

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If you want to get married in Melbourne, you need to give one months notice to the celebrant of your choice. This is because you have to submit a 'Notice of Intended Marriage' form to the celebrant at least one month before your wedding. So make sure your visas don't expire before the wedding date. 

Do Celebrants fly/travel to perform destination weddings?

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Most celebrants would be thrilled to travel to perform a wedding but this comes at a price as you would be expected to cover travel expenses beyond 30kms. Especially if the destination is another country.

If we're getting married in a garden, do we need a undercover plan B for weather reasons?

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When I was studying to be a celebrant, it was drummed into us to always have a plan B to fall back on should the weather turn. It's very sound advice.

How does the idea of an unplugged wedding go over with guests?

Do some choose to ignore it?

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I have actually done a ceremony where the bride and groom specifically requested that no photos or videos be taken during the ceremony and phones were to be left at the door. It was great...no interuptions and we were able to give our full attention to the couple.

What are some quintessential australian wedding traditions?

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To be honest, I've never heard of any really Australian wedding traditions. One suggestion is to have the 'Welcome to Country' included at the start of the ceremony which recognises the traditional owners of the land.

I also had a friend who was a country girl and she had her wedding in a barn with folks sitting on bales of hay draped with tablecloths to keep peoples clothes clean. Lanterns hung from the rafters. Table flowers were in wine bottles...you get the idea. It was very rustic.

If my partner is muslim, should I be having a civil or religious ceremony?

Are they both equal in the eyes of the law? I was not born in Aus so need a little help understanding

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Hi Nelly,

You can have either a civil or religious ceremony as long as the religion is listed as a recognised denomination with the Attorney General's office. Also, the orgaisation must nominate its ministers to be authorised celebrants. Then, both types of weddings are recognised by law. Check this site to see if your partner's religious organisation is recognised by our government... https://www.ag.gov.au/FamiliesAndMarriage/Marriage/Pages/Recognisedreligiousdenominations.aspx.

If it isn't, you can have a religious ceremony (which won't be legal by law) and, sometime later, have a small civil ceremony just to make your marriage legal.

I hope this helps. If you want more clarification just contact me again.

Kind regards


Can you become a celebrant and preside over your own wedding?

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Certainly, you can study and qualify to become a celebrant, but you definitely can't preside over your own wedding.

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