by David Schneider from Professional Ceremonies
* A Professional Marriage Celebrant based in Melbourne.
* 2013 Top Male Celebrant in Melbourne Victoria and runner-up in 2014 & 2015.
Does a Couple Need to Provide Witnesses for Their Elopement Ceremony?
Here is Australia two witnesses are required for all forms of a legal marriage, whether it is an elopement or a full large-scale wedding. The witnesses do not have to be residents of Australia but need to be over 18 years of age and have an understanding of English. Hope this helps. David Schneider
When Should You Begin Preparing for Your Wedding?
Generally the 3 main suppliers you need to book early are, venue, celebrant and photographer. Whether it is as soon as you get engaged or at least 12-18 months out from the wedding. many suppliers are booked for the busy wedding dates 2 years out. Once the main suppliers are booked you can then take things a bit easier and slowly start the planning. David Schneider
What Happens at a Wedding Rehearsal?
I love a wedding rehearsal, it takes all the stress away from the bride and groom on the wedding day and also the bridal party. It is all about where to stand etc, how to walk down the aisle. Also, you can check the music choices to make sure the bride does not run out of music walking down the aisle. I always make them enjoyable with a bit of... Read More »
Do We Need to Be in Australia or Have Lived in Australia for Any Given Time Before You Can Marry?
Anyone from overseas can marry in Australia without having lived here. As long as the required one months notice period is given then you can marry. Your celebrant can explain about the required form that needs to be submitted to commence the waiting period. David Schneider
What shall Dads do at a Wedding Ceremony?
Often, of course, the father is walking his daughter down the aisle and then during the ceremony I like to ask "who presents this woman to be married to this man?" There have been times where the family may be religious and they will do a blessing for the bride and groom. There have also been times where the fathers have presented the rings. There are ideas that your celebrant... Read More »
Do We Need any Witnesses at the Wedding?
Yes under Australian law you are required to have a witness each, aged over 18, who understand English. Often it is the best man and maid of honour or one of the parents each. As a lovely gesture, it can also be a grandparent which really ties in the generations. David Schneider
Should I Include Personal Vows in My Ceremony?
I love personal vows and many celebrants will give you ideas and resources to help you write your own. You can always think of the things you love about your fiance, the funny things, and the cute things. How you look forward to seeing them at the end of the day, their smile etc. As long as they are you...they sound like you and are not just cut & paste... Read More »
How Do Same Sex Couple Lodge Notice of Intended Marriage Paperwork?
Lodging the Notice of Intended Marriage (NOIM) is very easy. Any celebrant will have a copy of the NOIM they can either email to you or give to you personally. The one months notice period commences when the celebrant receives either in hard copy or electronically. Youc an also get the form from the Attorney Generals website... https://www.ag.gov.au/FamiliesAndMarriage/Marriage/Documents/New-notice-of-intended-marriage.pdf Hope that helps. David Schneider
What Should I Ask When First Meeting a Potential Celebrant?
There are many things that you want to ask with many being personal questions relevant for you and the style of wedding you are having. For example: How long have you been a celebrant? Is this your only job? Do we get a personal ceremony or a standard one? Do you give help writing the vows? What do you wear to the wedding? How can we involve family or special... Read More »
Can a Celebrant Do Last Minute Weddings?
Under the Australian Marriage Act, one month's notice must be given to be married here. The notification must be on the Notice of Intended Marriage form and submitted to the celebrant, and that is when the one months notice period commences. There a few criteria when the state Births Deaths & Marriages office can waive the waiting period, mainly due to the terminal illness of family or bride or groom,... Read More »
My Celebrant Said I Should Go to a Counselor, Is This Right?
Here in Australia, it is a couple own personal choice as to whether they see a pre-marriage counselor. We do discuss it but is solely their choice. David Schneider