Arranging a meeting:
After checking out some websites, googling or just asking around you will come up with names of some celebrants you may wish to meet. If you contact them most will be able to find a convenient time to meet. I personally prefer to meet in my home office as I have all my resources but I am happy to meet at a cafe or your home . Perhaps you have young children and would prefer to be in your own environment and that i ok too!
The first meeting is really about getting to know each other and finding out what I offer (in terms of experience. equipment provided, my services etc), what you are looking for in a celebrant etc. I would provide you with a welcome pack with information about getting married and explain my pricing, inclusions and payment options. You may decide to book on the spot or you may wish to meet several celebrants to see who you make a connection with.
Booking a celebrant:
Once you have decided to book a non refundable booking fee is required to lock in your date and pricing. I also email a link to begin your Notice of Intended Marriage online and a copy of my Terms and Agreements. They may seem a bit overwhelming but never fear, I will talk you through everything.
At the second meeting you will need to begin the legal paperwork and sign your Notice of Intended Marriage. This document can be lodged with your celebrant 18 months before your wedding and MUST be lodged no later than one calendar month before. You will need to provide evidence of your place and date of birth and photo ID ( birth certificate, passport for place and date of birth, licence or Proof of Age etc for ID). If you have been married before evidence of termination of the marriage also needs to be shown. If you don’t have all the documentation needed your celebrant can advise you on how to get it. If time permits we would then move on to the ceremony but often another meeting may be needed. Alternatively, much can be achieved by email if distance or time is a factor.
The Ceremony Writing:
Once I know what you want in your ceremony ( I have lots of ideas and suggestions and ask lots of questions) I begin to write your very own PERSONALISED ceremony! It will include all the things you want…and none of the things you don’t! There will be no surprises and nothing you are not completely happy with! I know this because I email you drafts at various stages in the writing with choices of readings, ring vows etc .
You may choose to write your own vows, choose from samples provided or you may need a little help and that’s where I come in! I will give you as much or as little help as you require to put your thoughts into words.