Ceremonies 2017-08-15T03:47:53+00:00

Ceremonies

Wedding Ceremonies

Your wedding day should be the most memorable day of your life and my commitment to you as your celebrant is to ensure your ceremony is exactly what you have dreamt it would be.

Your ceremony – apart from the legal requirements – can be anything you want it to be. You might want to keep it very simple and low-key, there might only be the two of you, a witness each and myself.

My role is to guide and support you through this process and make it not only easy, but enjoyable, too.
This should be a time of joy, not stress!

It’s essential that you trust and feel comfortable with your celebrant, so I offer an obligation-free meeting to see if I’m the right celebrant for you.

I’m excited to learn more about the two of you and the life you share.

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If you decide that I am the celebrant for your special day, my services will include:

  • Initial no-obligation meeting

  • Guidance in signing legal documents

  • A unique, personally created ceremony

  • A selection of vows and readings which can be included or I will incorporate anything you may already have.

  • Draft ceremony prior for approval

  • Travel to the ceremony

  • Performance & solemnizing of the marriage

  • Marriage certificate on the day

  • Subsequent meetings and rehearsal (if required)

  • Presentation copy of the ceremony

  • Table and cloth (if required)

  • Registering of the marriage

  • Audio equipment – large PA & hand held microphone

Elopements – $500 all inclusive

An elopement is a very personal and intimate occasion and is reflected in the wording of your ceremony. Let me arrange everything for you.
Plan your elopement with me for a stress- free ceremony at the location of your choice in the Newcastle area.
You must have at least 2 witnesses present at your ceremony who are over 18 years of age.

Legal paperwork- Notice of Intended Marriage form needs to be completed at least 1 month before your wedding day.

Please note that to be married at the Births, Deaths & Marriages Registry office – their fee is now $507 ! Newcastle BDM Registry office closed 2015, so closest office is now in Sydney.

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Naming Ceremonies

For a baby or child gives parents the opportunity to give thanks for the safe arrival of their son or daughter and introduces him or her to the family and friends. It allows parents to publicly express their love and devotion to the child.

It is a non religious ceremony which allows the child to choose their own beliefs later in life.

A Naming Ceremony lets parents choose other adults who will take a special interest in the child’s journey through life.

These people may be called Godparents, guardians or special friends.

I have a selection of readings from which to choose as well as many other symbolic and meaningful ceremonies.

These include candle lighting, to symbolize the child’s heritage; a wish box with messages to the child from guests and many more unique ideas from which to select.

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If you would like me to perform a naming ceremony, my services will include:

  • Samples of readings/ceremonies to include

  • Draft ceremony for your approval.

  • An initial no obligation meeting to discuss your requirements.

  • Certificates for the child & Godparents.

  • Candles, wish box if required.

  • Presentation copy of ceremony.

  • Travel to the ceremony.

  • A professional ceremony on the day.

  • Use of table/cloths, audio equipment for ceremony.

Renewal of Vows

A Renewal of Vows Ceremony is a perfect way for a couple to express how they feel about their relationship now, years after their marriage ceremony.

It is popular to have this ceremony as part of a significant wedding anniversary celebration; amongst family and friends who have supported you throughout your marriage.

Your family and friends may also wish to participate in the ceremony by reading special verses or poems.  You may wish to base your vows on the words used in your original marriage ceremony, or by creating a whole new service reflecting on the pathways your lives have taken.

Couples who have been married overseas or who have had an elopement ceremony and now wish to share their love with family and friends may wish to have a renewal of vows ceremony.

A Renewal of Vows Certificate and a presentation copy of your ceremony is presented to you as a special reminder of your ceremony.

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Commitment Ceremonies

As same-sex couples are (currently) unable to marry in Australia, a commitment ceremony provides an opportunity for couples to celebrate their love and commitment to one another in the presence of their loved ones.

I am an advocate of same sex marriages and hope soon that the laws will be changed.
I am happy to be involved in Commitment Ceremonies for same sex couples, to recognize the importance of their relationship and their commitment to each other.
The ceremonies I create are meaningful, unique and personal and I offer a large selection of vows and exchange of rings ceremonies to be included.
The only difference to a traditional wedding ceremony is that no legal paperwork is completed.
I will offer you a beautifully created certificate on the day.

I offer a no obligation meeting for us to have a chat about what you wish your ceremony to include and if you select me as your celebrant I will create a ceremony for you to reflect your life style, beliefs and personalities.

For couples wishing to register their relationship click here.

For information on Australian Marriage Equality click here.

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