Jill Player Cotton

(3 reviews)
Service Area
Sutherland Shire, Sydney North, South, East&West, South Coast, Southern Highlands, Blue Mountains -  View Map
Business Hours
7 days by Appointment
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Whatever wedding theme or style you're looking to host, Jill will design your ceremony to perfectly suit you!

Jill Player Cotton is an engaging and experienced celebrant who has conducted weddings throughout Sydney, NSW, the Sutherland Shire, the Blue Mountains, the South Coast, the Southern Highlands, Perth, and the Gold Coast.

Whatever the size or style of wedding you are planning, Jill will be there to support you every step of the way and design your ceremony to perfectly suit you!

 - Designing and writing the ceremony
 - Unlimited access to Jill by phone and email - or in person - leading up to your wedding
 - A rehearsal
 - Officiating and conducting the ceremony on your wedding day
 - Supplying a PA system for the ceremony
 - Providing and overseeing all of the legal documentation and registering your marriage with the Department of Births, Deaths, and Marriages
 - Happy to travel!

Please get in touch so that we can begin planning your special day. 

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What do we have to do first?

Step one is to drop me a line via the Easy Weddings enquiry template on my storefront or give me a call.

Please ask me any questions at all that you may have, and as we chat you’ll be able to tell me some of your thoughts and plans for your wedding.

This is one of my favourite parts of being a Celebrant – learning about you, your story, and what you have in mind for your wedding day.

Nothing is set in stone at this stage. It’s simply a good chance to get to know each other a little.

I'll also outline the various legal requirements regarding marriage in Australia to you.

And we’ll check the date, to make sure I’m available – before we go too much further along. J

What are the legal requirements for marriage in Australia?

The first step is lodging a form called the Notice of Intended Marriage with a licenced and qualified Celebrant.

I will supply this form and all of the legal forms that will be required moving forward. In order for the marriage to take place, the Notice of Intended Marriage must be lodged with your Celebrant no later than one calendar month prior to the wedding date, and no sooner than eighteen months prior to the wedding date.

Once the Notice of Intended Marriage has been signed, dated, and witnessed by your Celebrant, you are “on the clock.”

It all begins to feel pretty exciting and real!

It’s a vital part of your Celebrant’s job to oversee the legal requirements for your marriage, to ensure that everything is completed accurately and in the correct order, and to register your marriage with the Department of Births, Deaths, and Marriages in whichever state or territory it takes place. Here’s an interesting tidbit that isn’t widely known: Your Celebrant carries the responsibility for the legal validity of your marriage.

What Do We Need In Order To Lodge A Notice of Intended Marriage?

Both people who are to be married need to show the Celebrant photographic ID and evidence of place and date of birth.

If a current passport is available, it ticks both boxes at the same time.

Otherwise, a driver’s licence, a proof of age card, an RSL membership card, anything current with a photograph, plus an original birth certificate, will fill the bill.

What If I Can’t Find My Birth Certificate?

No problem. A new one can be easily obtained by applying to the relevant state of territory in which you were born.

As long as your Celebrant can see your birth certificate and record its details on the Notice of Intended Marriage before the wedding date, everything will be fine.

What other Legal Requirements Are There?

There are four more legal documents that I will provide and explain to you.

One is a statutory declaration of no known legal impediment to the marriage, which you both sign and I witness just before the ceremony.

If there is to be a rehearsal we can do it then, or I can catch up with each of you prior to the ceremony on the day.

(Regardless, I always like to check in with both my brides and grooms before the ceremony starts. J )

During the ceremony and while at the signing table, you will each need a witness of 18 years or older.

Five of us sign three documents, yourselves, your witnesses, and me.

I will provide the documents and have them all ready to go – two certificates of marriage – one of which is a presentation copy that you keep – and the marriage register – what’s known as “the big red book.”

During the “signing” there are often lovely moments for some wonderful photos to be taken.


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19 Oct 2019

We found Jill while doing some research online; From our very first email with Jill, we knew she would be the one to officiate us. Jill was able to answer all our questions that we had with very warm and helpful responses. Jill will go above and beyond for anyone on their special day. Jill kept in frequent contact and her emails put us at ease knowing that the big day was going to run smoothly. From our first day of contact with Jill and to after the wedding she has been nothing but great and i would recommend Jill to anyone in a heartbeat.

Jill Player Cotton  

Thank you for choosing me! It was the happiest of weddings, and my absolute pleasure working with you both to ensure everything was exactly as you wanted it. Thank you very much for the kind review. And congratulations to you both! Jill

24 Nov 2018

We were both extremely pleased with Jill's services, and it is clear she genuinely cares for her clients. She was helpful, friendly and accommodating when it came to planning our ceremony, and she took it upon herself to make sure we had no worries or concerns on the day of the wedding, which made it possible for us to truly and completely enjoy our special day. We couldn't recommend her higher, it was a pleasure to be married by her.

Jill Player Cotton  

Thank you for writing such a warm review, Sean and Veronica. I enjoyed helping you with your plans and being with you as your celebrant for your wedding day. It was a pleasure to meet you both along with all of your lovely family and friends. It was a wonderful day. Every best wish for today and always! Jill

9 Oct 2018

Jill was absolutely amazing..... From start to finish she was so helpful with every detail and made the whole experience easy. We forgot our rings and she could tell by the looks on our faces when we realised right before the exchange. She quickly and calmly passed us her rings without anyone even noticing! We were absolutely blessed to have had such a fantastic celebrant to help make our day so beautiful.

Jill Player Cotton  

Thank you for having me as your Celebrant, Bianca! It was a wonderful day, and I enjoyed every minute of helping you both with all of your thoughts and plans. And the quick sleight of hand at the moment of the ring exchange was no trouble at all - you truly were married with something old, something borrowed, and something blue! Thank you again. Best wishes to you both today and always. Jill


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Sutherland Shire, Sydney North, South, East&West, South Coast, Southern Highlands, Blue Mountains -

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