Craig Batchelor - Celebrant & MC

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Service Area
Sydney, Newcastle and the NSW Central Coast
Business Hours
7 days a week
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How long before our wedding must we sign our forms?

Craig Batchelor - Celebrant & MC

Your Marriage Celebrant must receive a completed Notice of Intended Marriage form at least one month before the wedding. You can give it to your celebrant up to eighteen months beforehand and it still remains valid during that period. Contact me discuss your Notice of Intended Marriage form 

Can we have our wedding sooner than the 1 month waiting period?

Craig Batchelor - Celebrant & MC

Prescribed authorities, which are usually at your Local Court or Registry officials can shorten the required period of notice if they are satisfied that the circumstances prescribed in the Regulations are met.
There are five categories of circumstances set out in the Regulations.

  • Employment–related, or other travel commitments
  • Wedding or celebration arrangements, or religious considerations
  • Medical reasons
  • Legal proceedings, and
  • Error in giving notice.

Shortening of time is not automatic. Contact me to discuss shortening of time and how I can help you. 

What documents do I need to provide?

Craig Batchelor - Celebrant & MC

Your original Birth Certificates and a current photo ID or a passport are required for both parties. If you don't have a birth certificate then just a passport and current photo ID is sufficent. 

If either of you have been previously married, then you must provide evidence of the termination of the marriage. This can be in the form of an original of your final divorce papers or a Death Certificate (if you have been widowed).

Please ensure that all the documents you provide are the originals, and if the originals are not in English, then a qualified interpreter (NAATI interpreter desirable) must have translated them.

Can we have a surprise wedding?

Craig Batchelor - Celebrant & MC

You can’t have a surprise wedding for your intended spouse. Both of you need to be fully aware that you are getting married.

However, you can have a surprise wedding for your guests. 

How do we choose the right Celebrant?

Craig Batchelor - Celebrant & MC

Your wedding day is a once in a lifetime moment - you want it to be perfect, and finding the right celebrant that fits your vision for the ceremony is absolutely critical.  The only way to find the perfect celebrant is to contact them and meet with them in person, starting with celebrants that have websites, media and recommendations that resonate with you.

Don’t settle for a celebrant that you’re not comfortable with.  A good celebrant will:

  • Inform you of the legalities of a civil marriage
  • Explain all the paperwork required
  • Give you plenty of ideas and tips for planning before your big day
  • Listen to your ideas and seek to integrate them into your wedding ceremony
  • Make sure your wedding day is memorable and stress free.

In terms of my experience as a wedding celebrant, I can offer couples a fresh, youthful and personable approach to wedding celebrations.  My speciality is being able to customise and tailor ceremonies that will reflect the unique personalities of the couple.  

How far in advance can we/should we book a celebrant

Craig Batchelor - Celebrant & MC

I recommend booking your celebrant as early as 18 months before your intended wedding date.   Two months prior to your wedding date is the recommended minimum time to book your celebrant.  By law, the latest you lodge your intention to marry is one calendar month before your wedding.

How input can we have for our ceremony?

Craig Batchelor - Celebrant & MC

I encourage as much input from all my couples for their ceremony - after all it is your wedding!  The Australian Marriage Act 1961 has a few legal requirements that must be said in the ceremony, but other than this, I am more than happy to incorporate your ideas, and involve whomever you want in your ceremony.  

What if we don't know what we want in our ceremony?

Craig Batchelor - Celebrant & MC

If you are unsure of what to include in your ceremony, I am here to provide plenty of ideas, suggestions and resources!  I will guide you through the process and discuss what works and what doesn’t so that we create a memorable ceremony that is unique and tailored to reflect both your personalities as a couple.

Should we have a plan B wet weather option?

Craig Batchelor - Celebrant & MC

Yes, if your ceremony is going to be outdoors.  I highly recommend a Plan B option in the event of poor weather to take away the stress and last minute panic.  Ensure that your alternative venue is indoors.


Should we have a rehearsal?

Craig Batchelor - Celebrant & MC

Yes, I highly recommend a rehearsal preferably 1-2 weeks from the big day.  A rehearsal will help to ensure your actual wedding day is as stress free and enjoyable as possible.  I attend the rehearsal as part of my standard fee.  

A rehearsal allows everyone involved in the wedding ceremony to run through the placement and roles of people; to get an idea of how the music and microphone system will sound; and to go through the ceremony to get a feel for how long it will take.  Also, the rehearsal would be an ideal time for the couple to sign a Declaration confirming that there is no legal impediment to your marriage.  Please note that if it is not possible to do the rehearsal at your intended venue, an ideal alternative would be a place that resembles the characteristics and size of the actual venue.  


How will I obtain my official Marriage Certificate

Craig Batchelor - Celebrant & MC

No need to worry about this. I will register and order your offical marriage certificate with Birth Deaths and Marriages on your behalf within 24 hrs of the ceremony taking place. Once I recieve it I will then post it to you. 

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