Looking for Marriage Celebrants
is an important part of your marriage ceremony. There are
so many choices available these days, and each wedding usually
opts for something a little different.
One of the first things you
will need to decide when choosing a marriage celebrant is
whether you want a civil or religious one. While the "traditional"
church priest is still what many view as the only "right"
choice for a celebrant, not every couple follows a religious
faith strongly enough to go down this path. Hence, civil celebrants
are definitely much more popular now than in the past.
Another reason many couples
are choosing to go with a civil marriage celebrant is because
one or both of them are divorced and looking to remarry, and
some religious denominations do not allow divorcees to remarry
under their faith. If you fall into this category and still
want a proper church wedding, you'll need to discuss this
matter with your priest. While there are no guarantees of
success, this is still the best place to start.
If you are planning on opting
for the religious marriage, then it's usually a much simpler
process in finding a marriage celebrant. It's usually your
regular family priest. Of course, if you are not a regular
church goer, but were baptised and are still considered 'one
of the faithful', then you might need to visit some churches
and meet the priests to find one you like AND one that has
an opening for the wedding date you both want.
The following comments on Marriage
celebrants come from the Attorney-General's
Marriage celebrants are encouraged
to offer a choice of ceremonies, or assist the couple in writing
their own. You should feel comfortable with your celebrant
and feel confident that he/she suits your needs and will complement
your special day. Ring and make an appointment to meet the
celebrant if you are uncertain. It is also advisable to confirm
your wedding arrangements in writing in plenty of time before
You should ensure that your
proposed celebrant is authorised as a marriage celebrant under
the Marriage Act 1961. Click
here to see if your celebrant is authorised. You will
also find marriage celebrants from non-recognised denominations
on this list.
You must give a completed
Notice of Intended Marriage form to an authorised marriage
celebrant within 18 months of your proposed marriage and no
later than one month and one day prior. All marriage celebrants
should have all the necessary paper work to perform your marriage.
When meeting with your celebrant,
ensure that you have all your required documentation with
you eg. birth certificates (original) and evidence that any
prior marriage has been dissolved.
Marriage celebrants authorised
by the Australian Government are entitled to charge for any
services that they provide. Fees for weddings are not fixed
and may vary from celebrant to celebrant. Ensure you reach
an agreement on the fees before asking the celebrant to hold
the date. You should also ensure that you understand what
charges are non-refundable.
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