Ceremonies with Style - Jan Littlejohn JP

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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?

you can marry while here but you have to give 30 days notice of intended marry

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 :)

Yes you can married on either of those visa's .....

jan Littlejohn

can we still get married?

Hi, we got married in a china registry 2 years ago and now planning our Australian wedding this January, but have heard we cannot actually get married twice. is this correct and could we still get married anyway.....or just allowed to have a fake ceremony/register?

if your marriage in China was a legal marriage...yes that is correct you can not get married twice

what you can have is a renewal of vows ceremony there will be no legal requirements and you can have a lovely celebration

wishing you both the very best life has to offer


Jan Littlejohn

my celebrant read the wrong reading at my wedding...is it wrong to ask for some money back?

i am sure it didnt spoil your beautiful wedding..i wouldnt focus on the negative but on the best parts probably nobody else knew....sometimes things dont go as planned.....just make light of it....you a legally married now just enjoy your time together

wishing you both the very best life has to offer

warmly Jan Littlejohn

When meeting with a celebrant am I supposed to know what readings I want already?

or do they usually offer suggestions and examples at the meeting? Is there anything else my partner and I should decide on first?

Not at all i prefer to discuss all your thoughts and dreams.....i will assist with many choices and guide you i will look after all your legal requirements and explain what they mean feel free to contact me at anytime should you have any queries or concerns

warmest wishes Jan

How early can I file my marriage documents?

Should begin ASAP or does it not matter as long as it's a month prior to the wedding?

18mth prior to your wedding date but not less the 1 month prior....feel free to contact me at anytime should you have any queries Jan Littlejohn

I'm looking into booking a celebrant, but I don't understand the difference between ceremony types?

Some provide a "full personalised" ceremony, and others a basic package, what's the biggest difference there? I thought all ceremonies had to be pretty much the same, ie: "Do you ___ take ___ to be your lawfully wedded wife". Please explain how there's such a big difference in price and services? :)

are marriage ceremony is a legal binding contract a commitment ceremony has no legal requirements and is not a marriage

a personalised ceremony is one especially written with your guidance all legal requirement would be included usually you have several friends to do a poem or reading ....

a basic package maybe for the two of you and two witnesses...it is a simple service with all legal requirements included

legal words are I call upon the people present to witness that I.(full name).....take you....(full name)..to be my lawful wedded husband/wife

a large wedding does require more work and preparation...and would need a pa system to be included

hope this helps

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?

you celebrant should announce before the service starts that the bride and groom request no phones are taken during the service or posting of photos on social media until they have seen them first.....they would just like you to enjoy and focus on the ceremony

If someone objects to a wedding... what do you do?

I know most people leave this part out... right? But if it did happen, what would you do? :)

it is not a legal requirement to ask this question.....these are two consenting adults who choose to marry legal papers where signed with both freely choosing to marry each other

jan littlejohn civil celebrant and interfaith minister

Why do you have to kiss at the wedding ceremony?

Does it actually serve a purpose or is it just a thing people do...?

Hayley it is a personal choice...some people are a little shy and choose not to kiss....it is not a legal requirement...wishing you and your fiancé a very special day warmly Jan Littlejohn

What vows would you recommend for a commitment ceremony?

i reaffirm my love for you as i continue to share my life with you

I need a suggestion for a special poem or reading

I am getting married next year on Remembrance Day and I would like a few words or a short poem commemorating mine and my fiance's grandparents. We would love to acknowledge their vintage weddings and we are having a vintage-themed wedding for this reason. There will also be two Veterans present at our wedding so I’d love a reading or poem that would appropriately honour them too.

Hi Jordyn and congratulations on your coming marriage

I often use "Oh the places you'll go" by dr seuss   you can ham it up

hope this helps


Jan Littlejohn

How can I help my celebrant to provide a personal and fun service?

What's the best way for me to help my celebrant to provide a personal and fun service?

Hi Tayna and congratulations on your coming marriage

i often use "Oh the places youll go" from Dr Seuss

you can ham it up a bit or have a child or family friend to read it

you can write a short paragraph on what you both thought when you first met

hope these ideas assist you and wishing you both the very best life has to offer


Jan Littlejohn

How do I choose a celebrant that will suit my partner and I?

What is the best method for choosing the ideal celebrant?

Hi Bianca and congratulations on your coming marriage here are some tips which may help you

How to select the right celebrant for you?

1. Contact a celebrant and check their availability for the time, day and date

you would like to have your ceremony.

2. It is important to be precise about the venue location.

3. Tell the celebrant about the type of ceremony you want. For example, will

it be a simple ceremony in a park, or a formal event? Do you have a theme

in mind - for instance, would you like to have a medieval style ceremony, or

will you be barefoot on the beach?

4. Arrange for a time to meet with the celebrant. This may be an obligation free meeting, where you will be able to ask questions; this will help you to

make your choice for the right celebrant.

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What sort of questions should we ask the celebrant?   Here are some suggested questions:

? How will you assist us in creating a meaningful, personalised ceremony?

A good celebrant will work with you to find

out what is important for you and how to

include those things in your ceremony.

Can we see samples of previous ceremonies? (Privacy respected)

Are samples of suitable poetry, readings, rituals, symbols available to

be used?

Will the celebrant work with us to personalise our ceremony?

? What procedure do you suggest for consultation prior to the ceremony?

Where and when will we meet?

How many times should we meet prior to the ceremony?

? Do you offer an on-site rehearsal prior to our ceremony?

? What time will you arrive to our ceremony?

? Will you dress in accordance with our chosen style of wedding?

? Do you have a PA system to ensure our guests will hear the ceremony?

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? Will you provide us with a presentation style copy of our wedding ceremony


? Will you show us a celebrant standard agreement including a statement of

your fees clearly outlining all the services you offer, what is expected of the

couple and the costs involved?

? What is your refund policy in case of the unfortunate need to cancel?

i hope you find this helpful best wishes for the very best life has to offer

Jan Littlejohn

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