Our initial meeting gives you the opportunity to decide whether or not you would like me to be your celebrant. We can broadly discuss the kind of ceremony you are hoping for, and I can advise you on all the options available to you. I will also explain to you the legal requirements, which are mandatory according to the Marriage Act.
I support marriage equality wholeheartedly. Marriage is a union between two people who are in love and I would be thrilled to be a part of your special day.
At this point we would also discuss my fees, including payment of a deposit. If by the end of that meeting, you both feel happy for me to officiate at your wedding I will lend you a book of sample ceremonies, readings, poems and rituals, to inspire your creativity. I will give you a “Notice of Intended Marriage” form, which you will need to complete and lodge with me at least one month before your proposed wedding date. I will also need to witness your Birth Certificates or Passports. I am happy to meet with you for a further meeting if you wish, and I always like to meet the couple at their chosen venue for a rehearsal approximately two weeks before the Wedding, whether it be Bride and Groom, Bride and Bride, or Groom and Groom!
As your ceremony unfolds, you will find that your bond with each other actually strengthens, and your love deepens—it’s a wonderful feeling for me as a celebrant to see this happening. Every couple has a story to tell, and I will help you tell that story. As you plan your special day, you will discover new qualities in each other, and be surprised at just how much your upcoming marriage matters to you.