If you choose to marry in my Heart Garden, there's no extra fee for this. I'm also the Heart Gardener, so I'll put many hours into making the garden look its best for you and your guests. The Heart Garden Weston ACT will be printed on your three Certificates of Marriage.
You may marry in my garden on any day. The maximum number of (adult) guests is around ten. All children are welcome. If the weather's not human-friendly, your ceremony and signing can take place in my green room, with windows in three walls overlooking the garden.
BYO bubbly or other celebration drink and I'll supply the crystal flutes. Maybe bring a favourite music track for your entrance along the garden path.
I will travel to any venue, on any day (or night) for your wedding, with any number of guests. If you have about 30 guests or more, I'll bring my high-quality portable PA system.
As a celebrant, I'm experienced, flexible, friendly and efficient.
Six civil marriage celebrants have chosen me as celebrant for their own weddings. This is my favourite endorsement of my heart-felt work.
Preparing for your wedding
I have streamlined the pre-marriage process into one one-hour meeting. This is held at least one month before your wedding day, as required by law.
You'll lodge your Notice of Intended Marriage with me at our meeting (not the Registrar of Births, Deaths & Marriages).
I usually hold wedding meetings (in Weston) on Monday and Wednesday evenings. Please note here that I only have meetings with couples who book me as their celebrant. Up until then, we can have phone calls together, or texts, or messages on Messenger or Facebook. We can Skype as many times as you like.
If you wish to marry ASAP, you'll still need to wait the legal month (unless the Registrar grants you a shortening of time in extraordinary circumstances). When you contact me about your wedding, I'll tell you how to lodge your Notice with me straightaway so you can marry in exactly one month's time.
Absolutely everything for your legal marriage is included in my fee of $600. (If your wedding's out of town I'll add extra for return travel beyond Canberra's edge at the rate of $1/km to a max of $200.) If your wedding plan changes, $300 of this fee may be refundable.
As soon as you contact me, I'll email you a Notice of Intended Marriage and three files of information about the pre-marriage process, including a list of the documents you'll need to produce (such as passports or birth certificates). I'll send full details of the service I provide.
When you lodge your Notice of Intended Marriage, I'll sight your required documents. As required by law, I'll explain legal obligations and give you information about getting married in Australia. I'll help you choose options in your ceremony wording. After your wedding, I'll send your papers to the Registrar.
Your ceremony could be as short as five minutes but with the signing, the photos and mingling with your guests, your wedding will probably last about an hour. It's not unusual for a wedding in my garden to last an hour and a half, maybe two.
In Australia you can't 'just do the paperwork'. You must have a ceremony and that ceremony will have certain compulsory parts, e.g. your legal names must be announced at some time during the ceremony. You must be informed by your celebrant of the legal nature of marriage in Australia. (That it's voluntary, permanent and exclusive.)
You'll actually legally marry during your marriage ceremony when you make vows of marriage to one another. This must be done in the presence of your celebrant and at least two witnesses. Legal name change takes place then as well, if that's your choice.
Your witnesses must be 18 or over. They can be family if you wish. If you want to elope or keep your wedding very private, I can help find witnesses for you.
There'll be three certificates of marriage to prove that your marriage has taken place. I'll send one of these certificates to the Registrar for the registration of your marriage and keep one for my records.
You'll take home with you, a personal marriage certificate (in the font of your choice) along with your ceremony, printed on parchment, also in the font of your choice.
If you're asked in the future to show evidence of your marriage for an official purpose, the personal certificate you received on the day won't be enough. You can apply to the Registrar in the state or territory in which you were married, for a transcript of the certificate your celebrant sent in. It will have a registration number on it. Fees will apply. You could Google Access Canberra for more info. You can apply online as soon as you are married.
Your ceremony will be short and simple, but it will still be memorable and special. All legal requirements will be included but you'll have the opportunity to add your own personal touches to make it unique.
I invite you to bring your own personal vows to your wedding, or perhaps you'll simply want to make vows of marriage. The exchange of rings is optional.
I love being a celebrant and I feel privileged to be an integral part of such a significant event, as two people in love begin their married life together.
Please feel free to contact me about your wedding any day, at any time from 9am to 9pm, by phone, text, email
or PM on my facebook page - Michele the Celebrant Canberra
. We can arrange to Skype if you'd like, especially if you're living overseas when you lodge your Notice.
I'd be delighted to be celebrant for you both on your most special day.
My delivery of your ceremony will be heartfelt and sincere. My voice is clear and well-modulated. If I'm your celebrant, I won't stand between you. I think when you see your wedding photos, you'll be glad about this. I'll stand to the side, in a good place to communicate with you and also with your guests. I'll be dressed in a way that won't attract attention.
You'll be standing together, at the centre of everything, sharing the time of your lives!
And my congratulations to you both.
Your day is my focus.
That's my promise.
It's my pleasure.