One of the great advantages in
choosing a civil celebrant to perform your marriage
is that you can have the venue of your choice –beach,
park, home, chapel - the list is endless. On the Mornington
Peninsula we have it all –world class beaches,
scenic parks, fantastic reception houses!! The choices
are endless. If you are wanting a small no fuss ceremony
consider The Marriage Office as a perfect venue –you
no longer need to travel to the Registry Office in
Melbourne but can take advantage of the beautiful
restaurants on the Peninsula to celebrate your marriage.
Or you can celebrate with a glass of champagne at
Whatever venue you choose you can have a ceremony that expresses
your individual feelings and ideas. I can provide you with
examples of ceremonies to choose from or to rearrange, or
I can help you design or write your own . Your wedding can
be as formal or informal, as traditional or modern as you
choose it to be. It may or may not contain religious elements
– it is entirely up to you .Let’s create a vision
together of your perfect day.
I have packages for any size or style of
wedding –whether you are eloping, hosting a small and
intimate occasion or surprising your friends at a party. I
can perform your wedding at any time you choose – breakfast,
twilight, evening and anything in between.
At our first interview (either in person or by phone) I will
give or send you a book I have compiled containing numerous
readings and ideas which guide you towards the ceremony that
suits you. It assists you in writing your own vows if you
would like to.
Your ceremony should be dignified yet simple, not so short
that your guests wonder what happened, but not so long that
they become restless. The entire ceremony ,from the entrance
of the bride to the presentation of the Certificate of Marriage,
should take about 20-25 minutes.
A proven successful format to follow might include:
- The Introduction
- The Monitum (what marriage means by law)
- First Reading
- Giving Away
- The Asking
- The Vows
- Second Reading
- The Marriage Declaration
- Signing of the Certificates
- Presentation of the Certificate and the newly married
~As long as your ceremony contains The Monitum,
the Vows and the Declaration, it will be legal according to
the Marriage Act Of Australia .
You may include optional rituals and symbols such as:
- The Rose Ceremony
- Hand Fasting
- The Unity Candle
- Sharing a glass of Wine
You must fill in a Notice of Intention To Marry at least
one month and one day before the date you wish to marry. (Go
to www.ag.gov.au/celebrants to download.) You may post, email.
or give this form to me at the initial interview (I can provide
it and fill it in for you if you prefer.). Once lodged a booking
fee of $150 is required, which is non-refundable and non-transferable.
The notice is valid for a period of eighteen months only,
after which a new form must be lodged.
If you are not presenting the form to me personally to be
witnessed, you must have your signatures witnessed in the
presence of an Australian Diplomatic Officer, an Australian
Consular Official, a Justice of the Peace, a barrister, a
solicitor, a qualified Medical Practitioner or a member of
the Australian State or Federal Police Force. If overseas
a Notary Public or an Australian Consular Official will need
to witness your signatures.
You will also need to provide:
- A birth certificate for each person (extract or full copy).
If you were born in Australia you MUST produce a birth certificate.
If born outside Australia – a current passport.
- If your previous husband or wife has died – a death
- If previously married – the decree absolute or
certificate of divorce
- If either party has changed their name by deed pole,
the official “change of name” document must
- All certificates must be original. Photocopies or certified
copies are not acceptable
- All necessary documents must be produced before the marriage
can take place.
- Both persons intending to marry must be over the age
of 18. If one party is between 16 and 18 years old you must
Parent’s consent on the required form and a court
order under section 12 of the Marriage Act.
The law requires that two witnesses aged
18 or over must be present at the marriage.
At Lavender Hill you will receive:
A free gift of a beautiful Bride’s
Diary on lodgement of forms
A comprehensive yet relaxed interview
to sign legal documents and discuss your ceremony and
Lodgement of all legal documents
Creation of personalised ceremony
Wedding Certificate (laser writing)
Professional sound system (if needed)
Rehearsal if required
Unlimited Phone/email consultations
All stationary costs
Free travel costs within a radius of 30
If you would like me to be
your wedding celebrant, call, email or fax me
to see if I am available on your date and to obtain
prices and to have a free brochure sent out.