Steps Involved

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Congratulations – You’re engaged!
Follow these 8 steps to get you all the way to Happily Ever After!

Step 1

Your next step is to contact me to see if I’m available for your day, after which we can schedule in a time to meet to discuss all your requirements and options in more detail. I will also provide you with a free info kit, which includes helpful information relating to your wedding planning and legal obligations, as well as some samples of ceremonies that I have written for other couples, just to give you an idea of my style!

Step 2

If you decide that you would like to proceed with a formal booking, a second, planning meeting will be arranged, to complete a Notice of Intended Marriage , where I will also need to sight any legal documentation relating to the notice (please refer to “Legal Requirements”). We will also begin the process of designing and creating your ceremony, where I will provide you with resources containing selections and samples to assist you with this process.

At this stage, I will also require a booking fee to secure my availability for your day.

Step 3

I will prepare the first draft of your ceremony, based on information and details you have provided me with, and forward it to you for approval. You are welcome to contact me via email or phone as often as you like with any questions, additions, or amendments you may have.

Step 4

If you would like to have a rehearsal in the time leading up to your big day, I would recommend a time during the week leading up to the wedding, and that you contact your venue first to ensure that they can accommodate you.
A rehearsal is NOT compulsory. For some couples, it can help to create a more relaxed approach, for others, they prefer to NOT to have a rehearsal, in order to ” experience it all for the first time” on the day.

You will also be required to sign a Statutory Declaration at this time, to confirm that there is no legal impediment to your marriage.

If you do not wish to have a rehearsal, I will contact you to arrange a final meeting in the week or two leading up to your wedding, in order to sign the Statutory Declaration and discuss any final details of the day.

Step 5

The final draft of your ceremony will be completed and forwarded to you for authorisation, together with a final invoice for the balance of my fees. I will also provide you with your own personalised presentation ceremony on the day of your wedding as a keepsake.Melbourne celebrants

Step 6

On the day of your wedding, I will arrive at the venue approximately 30-45 minutes prior to when the ceremony is due to begin, to ensure everything is in order.Celebrants in Melbourne
A professionally printed Marriage Certificate will be provided to you on the day.

Step 7 

I will ensure that all legal documentation is completed and forwarded to the relevant authorities at the Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages, where your marriage will be officially registered.

Please note that the registration process can take up to 6 weeks during peak periods, until which time you will not be able to apply for a change of name.

Step 8

Once your marriage has officially been registered with the Victorian Births, Deaths & Marriages, I will notify you via email, with instructions on how to obtain an official Registry issued Marriage Certificate, which is required in order to move forward with a change of name application.Melbourne wedding celebrants; marriage celebrants in Melbourne;