Steven Murray Marriage Celebrant

(28 reviews)
Service Area
Sunshine Coast / Brisbane and Surrounds
Business Hours
7 Days by appointment
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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

Steven Murray Marriage Celebrant

Speaking for myself, no problem at all in wearing a costume to suit the theme of your wedding - it is your wedding so it is important to have everything as you wish it to be.  It could be a bit weird if only the celebrant was in costume however.  One thing to consider is the cost of the costume hire - in the past the couple have been happy to pay the hire fee.

Confusion around roles of matron of honour, maid of honor and who can be a witness with the best man

I have a Maid of Honor who is unmarried and a Matron of Honor who is married. I want my Matron to be a witness along with the Best Man. Even though she is married, can I have her as the Maid instead?

Steven Murray Marriage Celebrant

Anyone can be a witness as long as they are over 18 and able to understand what the celebant is saying (e.g. they speak English).  These days there isn't really a distinction between Maid and Matron as most brides just use the term 'Maid' - regardless of marital status.  You can still have her as your Matron of honour and be your witness.

Who writes the vows? Do we say them or have to repeat after the celebrant?

Steven Murray Marriage Celebrant

There are the official vows which must be said by the couple.  In most cases the celebrant will ask you to repeat it after him/her.  You can also do personal vows to each other (which I think is the best part of the ceremony).  You can write them and bring them along yourself or send them to the celebrant who will print them out for you.  I usually put the official vows on the bottom of your personal vows, so you can easily read them rather than do a repeat after me thing.

Are marriage annulments a thing in Australia?

Steven Murray Marriage Celebrant

Yes, you will need to contact the family court for more information on that.

Is it bad to have my guests sitting in the sun?

What if it's really hot? It's a feb wedding. What can I do to ensure no one faints? :/

Steven Murray Marriage Celebrant

Try and avoid placing guests in the full sun.  If it can't be avoided, the celebrant will ask them to be seated at the last minute

How long would I require a celebrant for?

Generally, when couples book a celebrant how long do they book them for?

Steven Murray Marriage Celebrant

It depends on the style of ceremony you are after. The average ceremony would take approx. 20 minutes, but it depends on how many readings or other ceremony activities you include.

Is it ok to use the same Celebrant that our friends used?

What are your thoughts on using the same celebrant that a friend used? Have you experienced this before?

Steven Murray Marriage Celebrant

Yes, it is a great idea as you have seen the celebrant in action so to speak and it is quite popular.

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