Kylee Payne Celebrant

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

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

Kylee Payne Celebrant

Absolutely, okay!  I always ask my couples as to their colour tones and theme for their wedding.  And professionally present myself to complement that.  Costumes too, yes, what fun!  Whatever I can do to help my couples create a wedding day to cherish and remember forever, is fine by me.  [I may draw the line though if, say, requested to complement a nudist themed wedding! HaHa!!]

What does a marriage celebrant have to say?

What are the legal requirements?

Kylee Payne Celebrant

A Commonwealth Registered Marriage Celebrant, ensures a legally valid marriage.  In a legal marriage ceremony, the Celebrant is required to state the "monitum".

  "I am duly authorised by law to solemise marriages according to law.  Before you are joined in marriage in my presence and in the presence of these witnesses, I am to remind you of the solemn and binding nature of the relationship into which you are now about to enter.  Marriage, according to law in Australia, is the union of two people, to the exclusion of all others, voluntarily entered into for life."

The legal vow to be exchanged by the couple is: "I call upon the persons here present to witness that I [Party 1 Name] take you [Party 2 Name] to be my lawful wedded wife ... or husband or spouse or partner in marriage."  The other legal obligation is the signing of 3 x marriage certificates during the ceremony.   Around these legal components, your celebrant will guide you in creating your ceremony exactly how you want it to be!   Happy wedding planning!  Kylee Payne Celebrant, Perth WA.

Guardian's Visa Marriage in Australia?

I am a U.K. Citizen & hold a Student Guardian Visa in Australia. Can I marry an Australian Citizen whilst here or will I have to leave and re- enter on a tourist visa for purposes of our intended marriage and spousal visa application?

Kylee Payne Celebrant

Yes, you can marry whilst in Australia.  As with all legal marriages in Australia, a Notice Of Intended Marriage must be lodged with your authorised celebrant, a minimum of one month prior to your marriage.  Original, official documents must be sighted by your celebrant prior to your marriage for the NOIM to be completed.  Eg: Birth Certificate, Passport, ID Card.   Plus official evidence of the end of the previous marriage, if that is the case with either party.

Can you go without a rehearsal with bridal party?

Is a runsheet enough to coordinate everyone on the big day or are rehearsals necessary? If so what is the best approach for this?

Kylee Payne Celebrant

Hi Julia, I always encourage my couples to have a ceremony rehearsal, and all are happy to do so.  Plus, it's a fun time for the wedding party, and all involved in the ceremony, to get together before the big day. Sometimes, practical reasons will preclude a rehearsal, if key people involved cannot be present, etc.  In this case, I would create the ceremony format in consult with my couple and ensure all involved know their role on the big day.  A rehearsal ensures all - including me, the Celebrant - are familiar with the venue, the people, the format and all the little details which contribute to the presentation of a beautiful wedding ceremony.  Plus, it allows, time for final ammendments, if needed.  Wishing you a wonderful wedding!  Cheers, Kylee

can celebrants offer advice on vows? or even coach us?

Kylee Payne Celebrant

Yes, of course!  It's definitely worth spending the extra time and care on preparing your personal vows and how is most comfortable for you to exchange them on your special day.  The exchanging of vows is the most beautiful and intimate part of a marriage ceremony.  These are the hearfelt words which you and your partner will reflect back on, in years to come.  I provide examples of vows as inspiration for my couples and suggest an easy, fun task to do together, to help write your own.  Kylee P

how long is too long for a ceremony? and do celebrants charge by duration of the ceremony?

Kylee Payne Celebrant

Hello!  Marriage ceremonies usually run between 20 - 30 minutes, but vary according to the wishes of the couple.  Anything over, is probably getting a little long, not so much for the couple, but perhaps for their guests!  Providing that the legal components are met, the ceremony can be as long or short as agreed between the couple and celebrant.  Inclusions in the ceremony, such as readings and rituals, increase its duration, adding a lovely personal touch.   Celebrants usually have a fixed service fee for ceremonies, regardless of duration.  I choose to conduct only one marriage ceremony per day, so if my couples wish for a longer ceremony, it is absolutely fine by me.  For the couple, marriage ceremonies go so quickly, so a word of advice ... savour every moment on this, your most special of days!  Kylee P

can i ask my celebrant to mention marriage equality during the ceremony?

I'm still looking for one- but this is really important to me

Kylee Payne Celebrant

Yes, of course!  And, hopefully the celebrant/s you meet with, will mention this to you first.  As I talk my couples through the creation of their unique ceremony, I always offer to include a statement of support for marriage equality, at their discretion.  The legal wording of the Celebrant Authority (Monitum) can't be changed.  But, yes, it can certaily be followed by a statement as per the wish of the bride and groom.  

If im having a destination wedding somewhere that doesnt speak english...

do i have to import an english speaking celebrant??

Kylee Payne Celebrant

Destination weddings are increasingly popular, but of course, legal validity of your marriage must be assured, in advance, with whom you book in that country.  Here in Perth, many couples love to 'marry' in nearby Bali. Sometimes legalities of marriages performed in other countries can be problematic, so I urge that you check and double check the detail.  A Commonwealth Registered marriage celebrant in Australia is authorised to conduct legal marriages in Australia only. Many couples choose to avoid any potential legal issue by having their legal marriage ceremony at home here in Australia, then follow up with a marriage celebration with (non legal) ceremony, overseas.  Good luck!  

What was the best wedding ceremony you've done and why?

I am wanting to make my ceremony really amazing, located in SA

Kylee Payne Celebrant

Gosh ... that's a hard question.  I've been fortunate in Perth to have presided over many and varied weddings.  All special and memorable in their own way, so I couldn't say one is 'better' than another. An especially memorable ceremony was for a bride and groom who created a "Woodstock" music festival theme for their wedding.  Set on a rural farming property, it was just that and more! The stunning bride and her Dad arrived on the back of the farm ute. She wore lace and cowboy boots. The guests sat on hay bales.   Personal wedding vows (some heartfelt, some very funny!) had been pre-prepared, and drawn at random from a bucket by the Bride and Groom, and read out.  A ritual of jumping over a broom, ensured they "swept away their single lives and former concerns." All speeches and formalities were conducted within the ceremony, the brides' Dad having everyone in happy tears with his emotion-charged words.  The rest of the night was party-time. There were live bands, food trucks, bar stations.  No cutting of a wedding cake, instead the bride and groom jointly lit a massive bonfire, bigger than a bus, which kept all the guests warm into the night.  A favourite little touch was the sound of "Greensleeves" heralding the arrival of the one townsite Mr Whippee van! I've never seen adults (including me) run so fast to form a queue for an icecream late at night! Guests were asked to byo tent to camp overnight.  All woke up to the most magnificent "wedding recovery" bbq breakfast.  

How long does a civil ceremony take?

I'm having a civil ceremony but I don't know how long it should be to give me enough time to do photos after and also not bore my guests? How long does the average civil ceremony take?

Kylee Payne Celebrant

A civil marriage ceremony can be as short or as long as you, in consult with your celebrant, want it to be. I suggest, up to 30 minutes. To date, I haven't had any feedback that one of my ceremonies has bored guests ... quite the opposite! Providing that your ceremony includes all legal components, it can be as you wish. The inclusion of readings, rituals, stories adds time, but can also add to making your ceremony even more special for you and your guests. I urge you to take the time, with your celebrant, to craft your ceremony, exactly as you wish, taking special care in writing your personal vows. It's those beautiful words which you will especially reflect on during your marriage. Happy planning, Judith! Kylee Payne Celebrant, Perth, WA

I have an issue with someone posting pics of us before we do on social media...

How do we make it known to our guests?

Kylee Payne Celebrant

Protocol for wedding photos on Social Media is a discussion topic I have with all of my couples. There are varying opinions and there is no right or wrong. After ascertaining the wish of the couple, it's easy for a Celebrant to address this, sometimes, sensitive topic, amongst any other "housekeeping" points, prior to the commencement of the ceremony. Some couples welcome photos being taken and have no problem with guests uploading them instantly to Social Media. Some prefer that photos are only uploaded, after they have first had opportunity to do so. Some create a Facebook group so that photos are only shared within that group. Some request no photos be taken by guests, as all will be taken by their professional photographer and shared by the couple. I don't think any bride likes to walk toward her groom and see just a sea of iphone lenses pointed at her during one of the most important moments of their lives. A marriage ceremony is a moment to focus, savour and enjoy! Cheers, Kylee Payne Celebrant

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