Simply Love Celebrant - Pauline Hunter-Knight

Rating
New To Easy Weddings
Service Area
Sydney
Business Hours
8-8 weekly
Phone
0430 866 155

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What makes you unique to other Celebrants?

Everyone is, of course, unique. So too, are you ... at an exciting stage in your life.

Recognising this individuality, I focus on encouraging the couple or family to participate in their own ceremony however they may wish. Flexibility is vital to ensure each ceremony meets the ideals and ideas of those taking this significant step.

My totally inclusive approach is reflected in my work.

I have experience working with people from non-English speaking backgrounds. So too, in working with interpreters and people with some form of disability and their communities.

** With this philosophy, I believe my work has the happiest conclusions for everyone! **

What does your fee include?

» Initial (no cost) meeting to discuss your ideas and to give you the opportunity to see if I am the Celebrant you would like for your ceremony.

» Always a second meeting for Ceremony planning.

» Any other meetings as requested by you.

» Communication encouraged: I'm readily available by email and phone.

» All legal forms, submissions and legal costs. Guidance to ensure all legal requirements are met.

» Encouragement with comprehensive suggestions to design a Ceremony that realises your vision. Your personalisation of your Ceremony is key.

» I use my own transport.

» I have my own Professional Liability and Personal Indemnity Insurance.

How do we start the process?

Simply submit an enquiry or phone me for a complimentary (no-cost) meeting to discuss your vision for your ceremony, and how we can work together. This gives you the opportunity to confirm that I am the Celebrant you feel comfortable with to be creating and carrying out your ceremony.

I explain and help you complete the legal details (as required for a Marriage).

I have many suggestions of readings, vows and styles that can be used or creatively adapted for your Ceremony.

My fiance is Swiss, and won't be coming to Australia until a week before our wedding. Can we be legally married?

Absolutely! No problem!

For Marriages, only: One legal form, 'Notification of Intention to Marry', must be completed at least one month before the wedding.

Details required eg. family names and passport numbers can be sent to me, email is fine. I just need signature and to personally sight some original papers eg. passports, before the Ceremony.

The same applies when two non-Australian citizens, also not living in Australia, wish to be married here.

Can we write our own vows?

Most definitely! I encourage people to personalise their ceremonies as much as they choose. Vows, particularly, take on a very special meaning. I have suggestions to guide you in this, should you wish. Legally, however, there is also a vow that each person must say exactly in their marriage promise: 'I call upon the persons here present to witness that I (Name) take thee (Name) to be my lawful wedded 'husband/wife/spouse.'

Can we include symbols from our own culture in our marriage ceremony? And an interpreter?

Of course. The more a ceremony is personal and relevant to those involved, the more meaningful it is.

Certainly, I welcome the opportunity to work with interpreters. My professional background includes significant time with communities of cultural and linguistic diversity.

What is the difference between a wedding with a Celebrant, and a church or registry marriage?

A wedding with a Celebrant, such as myself, is a civil ceremony. It is based on spiritual love, friendship and happiness. Ceremonies with a Celebrant give free rein to design your own Ceremony: its content - eg readings, music, symbols, choice of venue - at home, in a garden, by the water, daytime, evening etc.

A church wedding is founded in its religion. Music and readings chosen by the couple can usually be included to personalise your religious ceremony.

A marriage in a Registry Office is also a civil ceremony, taken by a Marriage Celebrant, who is appointed by the Registrar. The ceremony is simple in content, it concentrates on the essential authorised wording, and the couple's legal vows.

Can we include religious elements in our marriage taken by you?

Certainly. While I am a civil Celebrant, so ceremonies are not based on religion, I am only too happy to incorporate religious elements as you may wish. Some choose to have faith-based readings, songs, or blessings. Some couples include wedding rituals and symbols, eg. some candle ceremonies, which may have a religious representation for them.


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