You’re getting married – congratulations! Every couple wants their ceremony to be meaningful and memorable; it’s one of the most important parts your wedding. Whether you’re blushing first-timers on your maiden voyage down the aisle, or you’ve been here before and know what you’re after, I’m here to guide you down the blossom-strewn path to marital bliss.
I’ll write a ceremony especially for you. You may want your ceremony to include friends, family, or children – together we can design a unique celebration. I also give all my couples a complimentary 70-page booklet which compiles a number of readings, vow and ring exchange samples, ideas and suggestions to help with your ceremony. It’s designed to get the ideas flowing and make your day easier.
Using an approach that is relaxed, fun and friendly, I’m confident that I can guide you, step-by-step, through this exciting, tender and serious time in your life.
Most of all, we’ll make sure your wedding is memorable for all the right reasons. You want it to sparkle with magic, power and authenticity. You want your assembled loved ones to feel the words, be wrapped up in the moment, smile and cry in turn. I want to deliver to you a warm, charming, fuss-free ceremony – with your own stamp firmly upon it. And to make it one less thing to worry about on that big, busy day.
How it works
When you first make contact, I’ll ask you to fill in a questionnaire to help me learn more about you, e.g., the things in life you value most and the way you like to present yourselves. We will then organise a time to meet in person, get to know each other better and complete required paperwork.
After getting a better feel for you as a couple, I will then craft a ceremony that is 100% adapted to your tastes and circumstances. I will give you a script of the ceremony well in advance of the big day, and you’ll have plenty of time to request changes and suggest additions if required. You are in effect, steering your own ritual with as much hands-on control as you need.
I will help you with all the legal requirements and will complete all the necessary paperwork to perform your marriage. Here’s a brief rundown, so you know what to expect:
You will need to lodge your Notice of Intended Marriage (NOIM) with me at least one calendar month prior to the date of your wedding. There are only a few strict exceptions to this. A ‘shortening of time’, can only be granted by the Court Registrar or appropriate authority. You can lodge the NOIM up to 18 months in advance if you wish.
In Australia, you need to be over 18 years of age to marry. I need to sight your birth certificates and photo ID, or your original passports. If either of you has been married before you must provide your Divorce Decree Absolute papers, or the Death Certificate of a previous spouse.
On your wedding day you will need two witnesses over the age of 18. If you are bringing a partner into Australia on a prospective spouse visa, I can provide the necessary information.
I am over the moon that same sex marriage is now recognised in Australia. It is love that I celebrate, the love of any two people who are committed to each other, irrespective of gender.
If you wish to get married in Sydney but you’re not presently living in Australia don’t worry one bit, your wedding ceremony can still be fabulous! I can organise all your legal paperwork, suggest venues and other providers of wedding services.
Sydney offers a stunning array of potential wedding locations for the overseas visitor – there’s our glorious harbour with a choice of picturesque beaches; lush parks and historic sites, elegant restaurants, purpose-built function rooms and other, quirkier locations if that’s your desire. There’s nothing we can’t do with the help of skype and email.
Almost everything is the same, as if you were living in Australia except when you fill in your Notice of Intention to Marry form (NOIM), you will need to get an Australian Embassy or Consulate, in the country you live in – to witness it, and then send it to me at least a month prior to your ceremony date.
You should also check to make sure that an Australian marriage is recognised as valid in your country. If it isn’t, you will need an Apostille Stamp. Talk to your consulate about how to get one of those.
Everything else can be done when you get here. It’s really easy, I perform wedding ceremonies for overseas visitors all the time.