Ceremonies by Rosemarie

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Monday 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Tuesday to Friday 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
Saturday & Sunday 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
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Questions and Answers

When to book your Marriage Celebrant.

Ceremonies by Rosemarie

Once you have chosen your wedding date and venue, it is recommended you select your celebrant. Particularly if you want to be able to choose a celebrant that suits you.

Remember that legally the latest you can lodge your intention to marry is one calendar month before your wedding date. You should also take into account the busiest time of the year for a celebrant and this is generally October through to February.

Can we get married in Australia if we are not citizens?

Ceremonies by Rosemarie

Anyone can be married here in Australia, as long as they can meet all of the legal requirements and have all of the original, necessary supporting documents such as valid passports. The same applies if you're here on a student or travel visa. Just remember that Australian marriages are 'recognised' in most other countries so if you want another ceremony when you return to your home country, it can only be a commitment ceremony.

What equipment do I provide on the wedding day?

Ceremonies by Rosemarie

I always have a professional Mipro707 PA system available at no extra charge. I also provide a table and two chairs for the signing of the marriage documents.

Any other equipment needs to be supplied by you e.g. if you decide to include a sand ceremony then you will need to obtain the sand and containers required.

Do I usually attend a ceremony rehearsal the day before the wedding?

Ceremonies by Rosemarie

Absolutely, but the decision to have a rehearsal is totally up to you. I usually recommend a rehearsal so everyone is comfortable with what will happen on the day and often calms nerves.  This allows everyone to know the order of the ceremony as well as where the bridal party will stand.

It's also a good opportunity to make sure all the equipment is working correctly and that everyone involved in readings, witnessing, etc., knows what's expected of them.

It's not necessary to run through the ceremony from start to finish but it's certainly a good idea to have a meeting in the weeks leading up to the wedding to step through the details and answer any questions people might have. It is also an opportune time to sign the second bit of legal paper, the Declaration of No Legal Impediment to Marriage.

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

Ceremonies by Rosemarie

The Marriage Certificate you receive at the end of your Ceremony is often referred to as a ceremonial Certificate. Within 14 days, the Celebrant must lodge all of your marriage paperwork to the relevant state's Registry of Births Deaths, and Marriages for your official Certificate.

The timeline for your official marriage certificate to become available will depend on the time of year and backlog the BDM may be experiencing, but you should receive it within 7-10days.

Why is there such a difference in the prices of Celebrants?

Ceremonies by Rosemarie

There are many factors why some Celebrants charge more than others. Some celebrants only present the legal wordings and legal paperwork.  Other celebrants go to an enormous amount of energy and time into writing a ceremony unique and individual to you. And don't forget the other little things like rehearsals, meetings and the paperwork that is required to ensure the ceremony is legal.

Having said this, I always believe and have encouraged potential clients to NEVER shop by price. After all, your wedding ceremony is the most intimate part of your entire day where the bride and groom will be expressing their love for each other. A good ceremony also sets the tone for the rest of your wedding day.

Can I request my celebrant to wear a certain colour or outfit?

Ceremonies by Rosemarie

I am always conscious of ensuring my outfit will match the style/aesthetics of your ceremony. I have photos of myself in an array of dresses and I get you to choose which you prefer. I take the time to get my hair, makeup and dress to fit the style you want. It's as easy as that. However, if you are having a themed wedding such as Star Wars, then you would be expected to provide the costume.

What should couples know about my role as their Celebrant.

Ceremonies by Rosemarie

Legal requirements aside, I tend to play a significant role at your ceremony, from emotional support to guide you as you make promises to each other, to helping coordinate your friends and family, even offering a wealth of advice for the entire wedding planning process.

Your wedding is one of the most magical days of your life, but it can also be the most nerve-wracking. I can put you at ease during the ceremony and can confidently tackle any unexpected surprises that may crop up.

Can pets be included in the ceremony?

Ceremonies by Rosemarie

I would love your pet to be in your ceremony. I have made a wedding wagon for just such an occasion and there's no extra cost to use it. Imagine your furry friend as the ring bearer, bridesmaid, or groomsman. But be sure to check with the venue to clarify they are happy to accommodate your furry friend.

Do I have a suggestion for a special poem or reading?

Ceremonies by Rosemarie

Two of my favourite readings are Apache Wedding Blessings. I've included one here...

" Treat yourselves and each other with respect, and remind yourselves often of what brought you together. Give the highest priority to the tenderness, gentleness and kindness that your connection deserves. When frustration, difficulties and fear assail your relationship, as they threaten all relationships at one time or another, remember to focus on what is right between you, not only the part which seems wrong.

In this way, you can ride out the storms when clouds hide the face of the sun in your lives - remembering that even if you lose sight of it for a moment, the sun is still there. And if each of you takes the responsibility for the quality of your life together, it will be marked by abundance and delight."

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