Your Ceremony

 In order to help you create your perfect ceremony I will provide you with a package of useful material from which you may wish to select vows, readings and declarations. I will also lend you material that will support you at every step.


If you wish, we can create a personal introduction to the ceremony which tells your story in a very special way. Some couples like to create virtually the whole ceremony themselves apart from the legal requirements provided by the celebrant, and I would assist you to do this if it is your choice.

On the day, I will arrive early at the venue to check the public address system, the placement of chairs, practise the words of the ceremony with you, liaise with personnel on site, and diplomatically organise the guests for the greatest intimacy.


I will be encouraging you and your bridal party to have an on-site rehearsal to smooth out any concerns, and make sure that everyone is comfortable with the procedures. This is particularly important with regard to people who are participating in the ceremony as readers, as they are sometimes inexperienced in public speaking and may need extra practice.


I will produce a beautiful copy of the ceremony for you to keep afterwards with your photographs and other memorabilia.


In short, I will endeavour to make sure that your wedding goes just as you have dreamed.

Location

You will be choosing the site of your ceremony which most closely reflects the vision you want to create at this special time: it might be a park, a marquee, reception centre chapel, your home, a river bank or even a beach. The choices are unlimited, and only need to be backed up with a Plan B in case of bad weather on the day.


I am happy to accommodate any unusual requests such as a marriage ceremony on board a helicopter or hot air balloon, or deep in a State forest at dawn for instance.


Please request the loan of my helicopter wedding DVD which will answer many of your questions about such an exciting event.


Overseas couples wishing to marry in Australia are invited to discuss all options with me. There are innumerable, beautiful, memorable places to be married in magical Canberra. Just tell me your preferences and I will help you design the perfect ceremony in the perfect location.


I am happy to assist with a covering letter to the relevant Australian Embassy overseas regarding your planned marriage arrangements if you are in the process of applying for your fiance/ee's visa.


Most of my ceremonies are performed in Canberra and suburbs. I am also happy to go anywhere in Australia by arrangement.

7 Steps to a Perfect Wedding

  1.  An obligation free meeting between you and me at a convenient place.

  2. Book my services, fill out the notice of intended marriage and pay deposit.

  3. I provide sample ceremonies and readings by email or post.

  4. The ceremony is created jointly, with as many interviews in my office, e-mails or phone calls as needed.

  5. On-site rehearsal a few days before the wedding.

  6. WEDDING DAY.

  7. I submit all legal paperwork to the Registry Office.