by Jo Lincolne from Big Love Weddings & Celebrations
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What Are the Advantages of Choosing a Civil Marriage Celebrant?
The advantages and beauty of using a civil celebrant are that aside from the legal components you have full control over the ceremony. You have control over the wording, the location, the time, any rituals you may wish to include. A great civil celebrant will work with you, hear your ideas, make suggestions based on their experience and craft an amazing ceremony that is unique to you as a couple.... Read More »
How Many Witnesses Do We Need For Our Marriage In Australia?
"You need two witnesses, who are over the age of 18. Traditionally, couples ask their best man & maid of honour. I like to suggest that this could be done by other important people in your lives- Grandparents or siblings, or other honoured people. Or turn this part of the ceremony into a spectacle- there are many ways to incorporate this into your ceremony in a fun & creative way." Jo Lincolne
Should I Include Personal Vows in My Ceremony?
If you want to, yes! If you don't want to, then no. The beauty of being married by a Civil Celebrant in Australia is that you have the choice. If you feel the need to express yourself during your wedding ceremony & set your intentions for your life together, then go for it! Some people are nervous about speaking too much or saying the same old thing they've heard loads... Read More »
Do We Need to Be in Australia or Have Lived in Australia for Any Given Time Before You Can Marry?
No. You can arrive in Australia the same day as you marry, if you choose. As a reminder - you must be eligible to marry by Australian law and lodge all relevant paperwork with your chosen celebrant in the required time frames. JO Lincolne
Should I Pick a Male or Female Wedding Celebrant?
Choose whoever floats your boat! Choose the person who makes you feel comfortable, excited to be married and who creates the space for you to be & express yourselves fully on the day. Jo Lincolne
If a Couple Wishes to Elope How Soon Should They Contact You?
"To be married in Australia, the Notice of Intended Marriage must be lodged with your chosen celebrant at least one calendar month prior to the wedding date. There are some extenuating circumstances in which this time can be reduced, however choosing to elope on a whim is not reason enough for this to be allowed.You can still marry in secret, or on a holiday, or without having a huge wedding... Read More »