So HOW DOES THIS WORK...
One of the most common things I hear when I first sit down with couples is that they have no idea where to start when it comes to the ceremony, so below is a breakdown of what to expect from the first email to the big day.
Let me know what your thinking
Send me an email and let me know what you're planning, the date, time, and venue and I can get back to you and let you know if I'm available as well as my fees, plus answer any other questions you might have. If all this sounds good I can send you through my booking form, otherwise we can arrange a time for a coffee/wine/skype to answer any other questions you might have
Generally a couple of months out from the wedding we arrange a catch up to discuss your plans including, length and feel of ceremony, how the ceremony will run, anyone you might like to include, or any ideas you have for doing something a bit different. I also ask you a bunch of questions to make sure I have the logistics of the ceremony taken care of as well as getting to know a bit more about you and your story. I also run you through the process of getting a marriage licence that you will need for the big day too.
Approximately 4-8 weeks out from your big day you'll receive the first draft of your wedding ceremony. Once you've read through it if there are any changes or suggestions you would like let me know and I'll make the changes to get it perfect.
In the week leading up to your big day, if you wish, I can do a rehearsal with you and your bridal party. During the rehearsal I check that the marriage licence is sorted, run through the music for the ceremony, cover off who stands where, how the signing of the marriage certificate will go and check any last minute details.
I arrive at the venue at least half an hour before your ceremony and during this time I will speak to anyone involved in the ceremony and make final checks. Then I get down to it and marry you, complete the legal paperwork, then leave you to have a great party!
Hold On What About...
No doubt you have a few questions, I've tried my best to answer the most common ones below but feel free to get in touch if you have any others.
What does the celebrant do?
I attend to all of your legal paperwork, assist you by writing a ceremony to suit your needs and legally solemnise your marriage. I also help keep you calm on the day, have spare tissues, and make sure that the rings haven't been forgotten.
How Much is Your Fee?
My fees start from $550 depending on where and when you are getting hitched, for more information about my costs or my availability feel free to email me. If your thinking of eloping let me know and I can provide you with an alternative fee.
Do you perform same sex weddings?
Sure do, it doesn't matter if you're a man and a man, a woman and a woman, or any other combo along as you love each other and want to celebrate that love.
How do I obtain a marriage Licence?
The couple must complete a Notice of Intended Marriage (BDM 60) form, which must be lodged at a courthouse with one of the couple present to complete the statutory declaration. Once processed the licence is able to be collected from the courthouse. The licence is valid for three months from issue. More information about applying for a marriage licence outside of New Zealand can be found here.
Can I INCLUDe a friend or family member in my wedding?
Yes, I would encourage this as it adds another dimension to your ceremony ensuring it is personalised and unique to you and your partner, here's a few ideas as to how you can do this.
I want to write my own vows but I'm not sure where to start?
It can seem daunting but taking the time to write your own vows can help to make your ceremony more personal. I have a few sneaky tricks up my sleeve to help make it easier.
Do you work with couples based overseas?
Yes, with the wonders of Skype and email it doesn't matter where you are based.