Pauline Fawkner Marriage Celebrant

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8.30am - 7.30pm
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do you think celebrants would be up for flying to officiate a destination wedding?

would i have to pay for their flights accommodation food etc

Pauline Fawkner Marriage Celebrant

Absolutely!  What is not to love about that?  Of course the cost of the travel would be at the couple's expense.

can i ask my celebrant to mention marriage equality during the ceremony?

I'm still looking for one- but this is really important to me

Pauline Fawkner Marriage Celebrant

Most definitely!  And why not if that is what you believe (like the majority of Australians).  We are of course obliged to say the legal words (The Monitum) but I have for many years offered all my couples some ideas on how we can express their beliefs.  After all, the ceremony should reflect you and your partner.

Hopefully the laws will be changed very soon to eliminate the need to differentiate.

who walks me down the aisle if my dad is no longer with us?

Pauline Fawkner Marriage Celebrant

Absolutely anyone can walk you down the aisle - or you can walk on your own.  The thing to remember is the only thing you HAVE to do at your wedding ceremony is say the legal words.  Everything else is up to you!  A good celebrant will supply you with many options and suggestions.

Can I hire a celebrant and have a "wedding" for my friends and family even if I already eloped?

Just wanted to do something nice for my family because we eloped about a month ago but it's not like we need to get remarried... haha. I don't want to do a reception at all and only want it to be small. Mainly a photo opportunity.

Pauline Fawkner Marriage Celebrant

You can indeed engage the services of a celebrant to have a ceremony for your family and friends, but it cannot be a legal marriage ceremony. You can renew your vows and sign a Renewal of Vows certificate, but the celebrant is required to state early in the ceremony that you are already married. It is an offence to pretend this is your legal ceremony. Having said that, the ceremony can be run very much along the lines of a legal ceremony with simply changing a few words. I conduct many such ceremonies where people think it is a good idea to elope, or have a small private wedding for visa reasons, and then want to have a "wedding" to share with family and friends. You definitely cannot lodge a new Notice of Intended Marriage form with your celebrant for the second celebration as you are already married.

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

What is the best method for choosing the ideal celebrant?

Pauline Fawkner Marriage Celebrant

It is important to meet the celebrant to see if you are a good fit.  My best advice is do not book a celebrant because "they are a friend of a friend" etc.  They might be a lovely person, but that does not mean they are a great celebrant - although they might be.  And don't just go on price alone.  Fees vary, but the most important thing to remember is that you only have one chance to use the right celebrant, so make sure you are comfortable with the celebrant and feel confident they will ensure the ceremony part of your day is perfect.

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