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Plan your perfect outdoor wedding

Outdoor weddings, especially in Queensland, Australia can be stunning, enjoyable and incredibly memorable. I have been celebrant at many outdoor wedding ceremonies over the years and they have all been delightful and memorable.  Most have gone off without a hitch… I do remember one summer ceremony on a secluded beach when the heavens opened but […]

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Do I have to use the same name on my Birth Certificate on the Notice of Intended Marriage (NOIM) form?

Do I have to use the same name on my Birth Certificate on the Notice of Intended Marriage (NOIM) form? If you have changed your name from the name on your birth certificate by way of an Office of Births Deaths and Marriages issued change of name certificate you must write this name in the […]

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Completing Legal Marriage documents

Completing Legal Marriage documents Subsection 42(8) of the Marriage Act requires celebrants to establish the identities of the parties to a marriage. Accuracy in recording names helps ensure that everyone is satisfied about the identity of persons intending to marry, and that they can prove that they are who they claim to be. The Australian […]

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Marriage Celebrant’s Code of Practice

Australian Marriage Celebrants’ Code of Conduct Did you know that Australian registered marriages are bound by a code of conduct?   Paragraph 39G(a) of the Marriage Act requires Commonwealth-registered marriage celebrants to comply with the Code of Practice in Schedule 1A to the Marriage Regulations. The Code of Practice imposes legal obligations on all Commonwealth-registered marriage […]

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Notice of Intended Marriage Form

Notice of Intended Marriage (NOIM) Form FAQs on how to enter names correctly on the NOIM What names should parties write on the NOIM? Most people use the name that is recorded on their birth certificate so in most cases when completing the NOIM parties will write their name as it appears on their birth […]

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A Marriage Celebrant’s role

A Marriage Celebrant’s role and obiligations Only people who are legally authorised to do so may solemnise marriages in Australia. Australian Marriage Celebrants have an important role which is critical to the parties to the marriage, not only because of its legal consequences, but also because of its central significance to them individually and as […]

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Can we get married with less than one month notice?

Can we get married with less than one month’s notice? There are some circumstances in which an application for shortening of time may be considered by a prescribed authority are set out in Schedule 1B to the Marriage Regulations 1963.  These are: • employment related or other travel commitments • wedding or celebration arrangements, or […]

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Who is authorised to be a Marriage Celebrant in Australia?

Who is legally able to perform marriage ceremonies in Australia? The Marriage Act 1961 provides for three categories of authorised celebrants who may perform, or solemnise marriages in Australia: A. ministers of religion of recognised denominations (who are registered under Subdivision A of Division 1 of Part IV of the Act) B. State and Territory […]

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Marriage equality finally in Australia

What a year for marriage equality in Australia! I’m so very happy that marriage is now legal for all in Australia – finally!!!  I mean how ridiculous we had to go to through all that for something that should have just been in place. Love is love and anyone should be able to choose who […]

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Writing your own wedding ceremony

Do I have to write my own Wedding Ceremony? I often find there is a little uncertainty from engaged couples about how to approach their Wedding Ceremony.  As most of them have never had a wedding they are unsure on what the process is for how to put their wedding ceremony together.  They have usually […]

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Brisbane Celebrant Prices

Brisbane Celebrant Price I often get asked, why do Marriage Celebrants charge what they do? Many people assume that a Marriage Celebrant just rocks up on the Wedding Day, performs the ceremony and that’s it, all over in 20 minutes! This simply isn’t the case. A Marriage Celebrant needs to do a lot more than […]

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How to become a Marriage Celebrant

Becoming a Marriage Celebrant in Australia I often get asked how did you become a Marriage Celebrant? I honestly love being a Marriage Celebrant. I first became a celebrant to marry friends of mine and fell in love with being involved with happy couples on one of the best and most important days of their […]

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Changing your name after marriage

Changing your name after you get married Something I often get asked is ‘how do I change my name after I get married’? The wedding certificate that you receive on your wedding day from your marriage celebrant and signed by the bride and groom, two witnesses and celebrant  is a beautiful keepsake wedding certificate.  Unfortunately […]

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Rustic weddings

Rustic Wedding Bridal Guide Rustic Wedding Is a Rustic Wedding right for you? Choosing a theme for your wedding and a venue can often go hand in hand. One option is a lovely rustic themed wedding. What is a ‘rustic themed wedding’?  It is a style of wedding and can incorporate any of the following: […]

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Garden weddings

Garden Weddings As a celebrant I’ve been involved in many garden weddings.  They are always beautiful. On a wonderful, perfect temperature spring day without rain in a lovely lush setting, a garden wedding can be something many young girls (and not so young) dreams of for their wedding day.  Unfortunately sometimes things can go not […]

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Wedding ceremony legalities

The legalities of your wedding ceremony Did you know that there are a few legalities to be aware of for your wedding ceremony if you get married in Australia? Marriage celebrants in Australia need to be trained and registered, unlike in America were you can be ordained online in 10 minutes according to TV shows […]

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Your Dream wedding dress

Where do you start on your search to find your dream wedding dress within your budget? The search for the perfect wedding dress can be overwhelming, there’s so many different styles and colours and then you need to find one you like and that suits your body shape.  Then… of course suits your budget! Most […]

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Wedding ceremony structure

What you need to know about structuring your wedding ceremony A lot of people are guests at many weddings but don’t pay detailed attention to the structure of the ceremony so when it comes to planning their own wedding ceremony are a little confused about where to start.  This is totally normal and nothing to […]

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DIY wedding ideas

Planning a wedding can be overwhelming in a lot of ways but mostly in terms of the budget! There are many things you can do yourself that can help keep the cost of your wedding and wedding reception down, and they don’t have to look ‘cheap and nasty’.  If you plan in advance and are […]

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Wedding planning

Planning your wedding… Phew it can be overwhelming for some and for others a dream come true!  I loved planning my wedding and wish I could do it again! LOL Here’s a list of some of the key (but certainly not all) items you need to think about and hopefully help you get started. I’ve […]

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