Patricia Ma Civil Marriage Celebrant

(47 reviews)
Service Area
Sydney Metro & Surrounding Suburbs
Business Hours
7 Days by Appointment
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Questions and Answers

How long will the ceremony last?

Patricia Ma Civil Marriage Celebrant

Most wedding/civil ceremonies last between 20 and 30 minutes. Signing paperwork can take an additional 5 to 10 minutes. It is best to make sure that the ceremony content takes longer than the signing – it is your vows that the your guests have come to witness; don’t let them be over too quickly.

Does it matter how many attendants we have?

Patricia Ma Civil Marriage Celebrant

You can have as many - or as few. Big or small, it's your wedding day, so let's make it as beautiful as we possibly can. 

Some of the most memorable weddings I have been a part of have been 10 people of less. 

And... indeed, we cannot do much during Covid. Be warm, be memorable, be your day, will do! 

Our parents and relatives don't speak English, what you could do for us?

Patricia Ma Civil Marriage Celebrant

No worries, that’s why you’ve me be your celebrant. I can perform the ceremony in Cantonese and Mandarin, or I’ll practise any language you give me long as you give it to me in phonetics and coach me a bit. I have lots of lovely ideas to make your parents, grandparents, relatives and guests feel more welcome. 

Does the bride have to be given away?

Patricia Ma Civil Marriage Celebrant

No. The traditional giving away of the bride by her father is still extremely popular, but if it doesn’t suit you, there’s no need to do it.

Alternatively, there are lots of variations to choose from (like bride and groom walk-in together; bride’s parents or grandparents).

Ultimately, you can ignore this, walkin by yourself if you feel comfortable). 

What time will you be there?

Patricia Ma Civil Marriage Celebrant

I will be onsite no less than 20 minutes before the scheduled ceremony time. 

What if the bride is late?

Patricia Ma Civil Marriage Celebrant

Please try to keep to the agreed time for the ceremony commencement. Your guests will appreciate it if you are on time. 

We want you, but we are on a really, really tight budget.

Patricia Ma Civil Marriage Celebrant

It’s ok, I am always here to help. Talk to me. I’d like you to get what you want. I’m really nice and I can help. 

What if you are sick on the day?

Patricia Ma Civil Marriage Celebrant

If I am very, very sick, and really serious, I will get you someone else. No worries, great networks mean I have a few celebrants back me ups. For anything else, I will be there for you. I have NEVER double-booked, got too sick to show up or let anyone down. NEVER, and I promise you won’t be my first. 

Do I need a contingency plan?

Patricia Ma Civil Marriage Celebrant

If you are planning an outdoor ceremony, you will need to have alternative arrangements or adequate shelter – in case of rain. The weather is the one thing about your big day that you can’t control – but you can manage it. Think about shade, shelter and if necessary, an alternative venue. Talk to me if you need advice. 

Can we play music during the ceremony?

Patricia Ma Civil Marriage Celebrant

This is your marriage ceremony and all about the two of you. It will be a personal expression of your love, and personalities. You can play music before and after the ceremony.

However, it is better not to play background music while we are speaking – it makes it much more difficult to hear and can be distracting for your guests. 

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