USING THIS SITE
Looking for a Brisbane Celebrant? This Celebrant Directory is designed to assist you in finding the perfect Celebrant for your Brisbane wedding.
You can either browse Celebrants on the Celebrants Directory and when you spot one that looks perfect, you can click on their ‘View My Blog’ heart to view their blog posts and get to know them, then head to their website for more information and to enquire.
Or if you have a specific kind of Celebrant in mind, for example a Male Celebrant or a Non-Religious Celebrant then you can simply click on the ‘Quick Search’ categories to instantly see a short list of Celebrants that fit that description, then click on the listing to be directed straight to their website, where you can enquire directly with your favourite Celebrant.
GETTING MARRIED THE PROCESS
The process typically begins with you meeting your favourite Celebrant, where you sit down and discuss your wedding, your ideas, and the kind of atmosphere that you envisage for your ceremony. Once you are confident that you are on the same page and that you can confidently trust that Celebrant to deliver the kind of ceremony you have in mind, you can proceed to completing the marriage paperwork.
To get married, there are a number of forms to be completed, your Celebrant will provide these and happily talk you through them.
Most importantly, the Notice of Intended Marriage form (NOIM). This must be signed and witnessed by your Celebrant no later than one month before the date of your wedding.
Writing your personalised ceremony
After talking through what you would like your ceremony to look like, and asking lots of questions, most Celebrants will write a personalised ceremony for you. Many Celebrants will give their couples the opportunity to proof read, edit and personalise their ceremony further if they wish. The only components that must be included and not altered is the legal wording.
You get married and have an amazing day! Woo Hoo!
Ceremonies Including Children
Looking for ideas of ways to include your children in your ceremony? ask your Celebrant for their suggestions and for examples of how they have involved children in previous weddings. Choosing the right Celebrant that embraces your ideas of involving your children will make your day even more meaningful for you and your family.
Overseas couples marrying in Australia
You don’t need to be an Australian citizen to enjoy a wedding at one of Australia’s most beautiful locations. Many couples travel to Australia to get married. Australian Celebrants are authorised by the Attorney General to perform marriage ceremonies anywhere in Australia, the options of where you choose to become husband and wife are endless.
When choosing your Brisbane wedding location you really are spoilt for choice with Brisbane’s lush botanical gardens, golf clubs and Parklands. The perfect Celebrant will happily guide you through this process and make some great suggestions of where to wed.
If you are eloping to Brisbane for your wedding you will need to have 2 witnesses over the age of 18, present during the ceremony.
If you are an overseas couple marrying in Australia, and you can’t be in Australia one month prior to the wedding (1 month before the date of your wedding is the minimum time in which the NOIM must be completed and lodged with your Celebrant by Australian law). The Notice of Intended Marriage form can be signed outside Australia in which case it must be signed in the presence of either:
– an Australian Diplomatic Officer; – an Australian Consular Officer; – a notary public; – an employee of the Commonwealth authorised under para 3(c) of the Consular Fees Act 1955; – an employee of the Australian Trade Commission authorised under para 3(d) of the Consular Fees Act 1955.
If you are based overseas and marrying in Australia, with the time differences, you may find that most communication including finalising the ceremony and confirming the details can easily be managed via email. The other legal documentation known as the ‘declaration’ can then be completed in the presence of your Celebrant on your arrival in the country which is also when your passport and any other relevant ID will need to be sighted and recorded.
We recommend you contact your countries marriage registry to confirm if your marriage will be recognised in your home country and to confirm any additional legal documentation they may require to recognise your marriage.
VOW RENEWAL CEREMONIES
– For those who are already married and wishing to reaffirm their love and commitment.
– For those who have eloped overseas and want to hold a ‘second wedding’ at home.
– For those who have been through difficult times and want to reaffirm their commitment to each other.
– For those who have reached a certain milestone for example their 5 or 10 year wedding anniversary, or simply ‘just because’.
It is becoming increasingly popular for legally married or formally committed couples to declare their commitment and reaffirm their wedding or commitment vows to each other. This can take place on their wedding anniversary or any date they choose. Couples who have eloped or who have had a very small ceremony often choose vow renewal ceremonies as part of the larger celebration after the wedding.
Australian law doesn’t recognise vow renewals, however it is a great opportunity for you to focus on celebrating the success of your relationship and if you wish, to involve your family and children within your ceremony.
Vow Renewal ceremonies tend to follow a similar structure to weddings, however, without the legal requirements, you have as much flexibility as you wish to adapt your ceremony structure and wording to reflect yourselves and your relationship.
– For couples who want to show their commitment without a legal marriage.
– For same sex couples
– For couples who can’t be legally married because they are waiting for their divorce to be finalised or for religious, family or other personal reasons.
By having a commitment ceremony, you are acknowledging the uniqueness and commitment of your relationship. This is the perfect way to celebrate your relationship with those close to you. A commitment ceremony will show everyone present how much you mean to each other.
Commitment ceremonies are very similar to weddings, essentially following a similar structure, however, as it is not legally binding the legal wording is excluded and you have as much flexibility as you wish to adapt your ceremony structure and wording to reflect yourselves and your relationship.
To discuss the type of commitment ceremony you would like please contact your favourite Celebrant from the Directory and they will happily guide you through the process.
CIVIL PARTNERSHIPS/ CIVIL UNIONS/ SAME SEX WEDDINGS/ GAY COMMITMENT CEREMONIES
– A beautiful and special way for same sex couples to express their commitment to each other.
Civil unions may be performed in a very similar manner to weddings, generally following a similar structure.
To find an equality friendly Celebrant head to our Gay Friendly Celebrants blog.
From the Team at Brisbane Celebrants Directory & Blog, we hope our ‘Getting Married The Process’ information was helpful and we hope our beautiful site assists you in finding the perfect Celebrant for your special day!