Informal Formalities


"We're getting married!"

That short statement carries such love, hope and anticipation. When you say it, everyone smiles with joy for you. So what's involved? Let's look at some of the procedures we'll go through together to make it happen:

First, let's get together - your place or mine is fine. After we get to know each other a little, I'll talk you through the basic legal requirements. For example:

  • I'll need to see both of your Birth Certificates (originals, notcopies).
  • If either of you is not an Australian Citizen, a current Passport.
  • If one of you has been married before, I'll need to sight the Decree Absolute/Divorce Certificate.
  • If by chance, one of you is a widow or widower, I'll need to see your previous partner's Death Certificate.
  • If either of you was born overseas, it'll be your Birth Certificate or current Passport.

Once I've seen all that, then we get on to planning your wedding day. First we'll fill out the Notice of Intended Marriage, which has to be lodged with me at least one month (but not more than 18 months) prior to your marriage. I keep that until your wedding day when I lodge it, together with your Marriage Certificate with the NSW Dept of Births, Deaths and Marriages

Your wedding can be anywhere you choose and at any time. (At home with the family, in a park with 100 friends, on a beach, just the two of you watching the sun set, or maybe on a headland at night looking up at the stars.) Yes - be different!

Once we're on the same wavelength, we'll talk about the ceremony itself. How long it will run for, who says what, the music, poems (would you prefer a love sonnet by Shakespeare, or an Apache Blessing?), we'll brainstorm all of it.

I'll lend you one of my ceremony 'Ideas Folders' which you can keep until the next time we meet. It contains dozens of ceremonies (from low-key and traditional, to petals and wine, up to a full-scale family affair) Whatever works for the two of you.

Call: 0416 098 908, or email me:


  • Many thanks for conducting our wedding ceremony so beautifully and for helping Glen and I put together a ceremony that would touch our children and families. We had a wonderful day which will be remembered always. Carol and Glen.
  • Steve and I would like to send you our deepest thanks for all your help and support in the lead up to our wedding, and for your beautiful ceremony on the day. Our most grateful thanks for helping to make our day a wonderful experience. Elinor and Steve.
  • I just wanted to drop you a quick emails to thank you for all your help throughout the wedding planning phase and for being so great on the day. The ceremony was just wonderful and absolutely everything we had dreamed of and I can tell you honestly both our favourite part of the whole day, it felt like it was filled with so much love and laughter it was just magical. Katie and Lee.
  • I just wanted to say thank you for being part of our wedding day. You were so wonderful to work with and we had so many comments on how lovely the ceremony was. Thank you so much for all your help in preparing us for the day. We loved every minute of it and are so glad we chose you to marry us. Zoe and Tim.
  • Thank you for everything you've done. You did an amazing job and we are both so happy, so thank you from the bottom of our hearts. We will be sure to call you for our Naming Day day. Thanks Mhairi. Stacey and Nick
  • Raef and I would just like to extend a huge THANK YOU for the beautiful ceremony you performed for our wedding, exactly one month ago today! Not only did you help us create the perfect vows, but you also did such a wonderful job as settling our guests and making sure everything ran smoothly. I don’t think the day would have been of what it was without your help and guidance throughout the whole process. Also a big thank you for taking care of all the legal stuff too. The ceremony was everything we had hoped for (and more) and was the perfect way to initiate our married life – your ideas folder and your openness to our own ideas ensured the ceremony was exactly what we wanted. Jessica and Raef.