Narelle Murray Marriage Celebrant

(15 reviews)
Service Area
Wollongong | South Coast, Southern Highlands
Business Hours
8am - 9pm 7 Days a Week
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I'm looking into booking a celebrant, but I don't understand the difference between ceremony types?

Some provide a "full personalised" ceremony, and others a basic package, what's the biggest difference there? I thought all ceremonies had to be pretty much the same, ie: "Do you ___ take ___ to be your lawfully wedded wife". Please explain how there's such a big difference in price and services? :)

Narelle Murray Marriage Celebrant

I write a ceremony for each couple, no 2 ceremonies are alike. We can spend up to 20 hours writing a ceremony, the costs to be a celebrant are high and most people don't realise that. We don't just turn up for 20 minutes and do the do you and will you bit. all celebrants have a big legal responsibility to ensure your marriage is done according to the laws of this country. Along with the legalities, the personally written ceremony, the PA system we have to use, the presentation of the ceremony and registration of the marriage we are an integral part of your ceremony

How does one handle someone bringing a baby to a kids-free wedding?

I didn't know what category to put this in, but my partner and I opted for a totally child-free wedding however we have a guest who has simply decided her grandchild ( a 23week baby) will be coming along - without asking anyone! The parents are invited to the wedding but only one set of grandparents. I know the other set is available to babysit (and would be delighted to) but the guest is simply insisting that the baby will just come along (and note - it's not the mother insisting, it's the grandmother). How do I have a conversation with her or at least my M-I-L (it's her cousin) to let her know that it is our wish NOT to have children attend - and there are other couples that are respecting these wishes! I think it's rude both to us and those guests that have respected our wish to simply assume that this is ok.

Narelle Murray Marriage Celebrant

I'm sorry but as a celebrant I only deal with the ceremony. From personal experience though I find you have to be direct but subtle.'"as much as we would like your grandchild there we have requested no children at all and I'm sorry but it really isn't a place for children. No one else will be bringing a child so it is only fair everyone respects our wishes"

Good luck


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