Got some questions? FAQs?
STARTING TO BOOK YOUR WEDDING SUPPLIERS
Who can marry?
Any two single people over the age of 18 can marry.
“Marriage according to law in Australia, is the union of two people to the exclusion of all others, voluntarily entered into for life”… this is what the law says, and what is read out at your ceremony.
Australia now has equal marriage laws to incorporate all identities including people who identify as LGBTIQ.
Where will you travel to, Kari?
Most likely your wedding is on the Sunshine Coast, anywhere from Caloundra to Noosa, Maroochydore to Kenilworth. However, I’ll travel to your wedding ceremony anywhere in Australia.
I conduct most weddings in the Hinterland of the Sunshine Coast, servicing Maleny, Montville, Flaxton and Mapleton, and along the coast including Noosa Main beach, Noosa Woods, Sunshine Beach, Peregian, Coolum, Marcoola, Maroochydore, Mooloolaba, Kawana, Golden Beach and Caloundra.
I do often travel south to the Gold Coast or to Byron Bay, or north to Rainbow Beach, Hervey Bay and beyond.
What does a celebrant cost?
A celebrant in Australia can cost anywhere from $400 to $1400.
I give you a premium service, for less cost than others.However, I charge more than the budget celebrant, because I won’t give you a budget service. My fees fall somewhere in between those costs. Ask me for a quote on your particular wedding details.
Have a read of this article before you book a celebrant, to get an idea of what you might be paying for.
What does your service include?
- Most Importantly, my time … as long as it takes to get your ceremony perfect, including full consultation to design your wedding ceremony
- All legals before, during and after, including lodgement with Births, Deaths and Marriages
- All contact, be it SMS, emails, phone calls, meetings…. the lot
- Bespoke ceremony written and sent to you for your input
- Travel to your wedding location
- A beautifully presented ceremony engaging and heartfelt for all present
- Professional quality outdoor PA with attachment cord for media playlist
- Quality pen for signing
- Keep-sake gift booklet of your vows and ceremony
- Bride’s emergency kit, with hairpins, safety pins rescue remedy, tissues, small scissors, buttonhole pins
- Groom ceremony advice
- Tips on how to overcome nerves or anxiety.
- Tie knotting service for the groom, including the Full Windsor style. Also buttonhole flower pinning
- Care and attention to little personal details
How do I book? And when?
Contact me via the availability checker to the right here and I’ll book you in, or send you more information.
Book your celebrant as soon as you have a date in mind. Some seasons of the year book out very quickly. And weekends are highly sought after.
PLANNING YOUR WEDDING
I’m not sure where to start for my wedding ceremony? What do we need to do?
Basically I metaphorically walk beside you in the planning all the way towards your wedding ceremony. So let’s start by meeting. Everything flows from there. I’ll guide each step. My aim is to make it easy, yet open to all your ideas.
I assist with everything to do with the ceremony. I offer to write up a full script for your ceremony drawing on your story your ideas, your personalities that I glean from discussions.
You can create as much as you wish or else, you need do nothing at all, and I will do it all for you.
You will need to lodge a Notice Of Intended Marriage with your chosen celebrant, at least one month before your wedding. This form lasts for 18 months, so the sooner the better really.
Download the form here.
What documents do we need?
You will need to submit the original documents of your ID. Here is a basic list. I will send you a more comprehensive list on booking:
- Birth Certificates or a current, valid passport
- Some other form of Photo ID, like a driver’s licence or passport.
- If either party has been previously married, some evidence of the termination date of that Marriage (death certificate, decree nisi, or other)
YOUR WEDDING CEREMONY
What will you wear on my wedding day, Kari?
Actually I will ask you that question. What do you want me to wear? Let’s discuss your colour and theme, and the possibilities. I aim to fit into your wedding day seamlessly. So just let me know what you’d like me to wear!
How do I choose witnesses to my marriage?
Choose two people over the age of eighteen. Anyone you like. Yes it can be family, friends or someone else.
Can other people be involved in the wedding ceremony?
For sure they can…. readings, stories, gifts, acknowledgements, MCs, musicians, poetry, prayers, blessings, rituals, … just to name a few things. I’ll come up with ideas for anyone you wish to include.
How long will the ceremony be?
Let’s see what ideas we come up with. In the end it’s not how long, but how meaningful and engaging? I don’t do boring, so short or long is up to what you decide to include. A good bench mark is 30 minutes. However, ask me about the options. I promise it will be interesting.
What do we need to sign?
Three certificates on your wedding day, and a declaration before the ceremony.
Do we need to mention religious things?
Not unless you want to.
I’m undecided about walking down the aisle?
Let’s talk about the options.
Not many women, if any, need to be “Given away” these days? I believe it’s more about having family accompany you down the aisle. There are many different options that my couples have tried, which acknowledge your particular family and circumstances. I have even dealt with tricky situations and made even those touching and beautiful.. Let me explain when we meet.
Can I write my own Vows?
Of course you can, as long as you include this legal sentence:
“I ask the people here present to witness that I, ____, take you, ___ to be my lawful wedded husband/wife/spouse”
What if I have no idea what to say for my vows?
Ah, now that’s where I can definitely help you. I have tools to help us nut this out, and can offer a variety of examples, and tips. I can even chat with you and write a draft for you. No-one need know.
What name do I sign? What signature?
Sign with your maiden/batchelor/current name on all documents.
Once you are married… then you can use a married name anywhere.
But that’s after the wedding of course!
So what name do I use to book the honeymoon?
If you are travelling straight after your wedding, then book in your current name. Your official documents may take a while to change. Give yourself time for this process to happen easily and smoothly.
AFTER YOUR WEDDING DAY
How do I change to my married name?
I will explain all this during our meetings, but I will also email you with details after your wedding and explain the steps again in detail. I can assist with some of the steps, and I give you a change of name guide. AND I will send you this information again after your wedding day.
I have other questions.
Call me: 0437 714 965 All questions are welcome.