Deborah Jenkins
 
 
FAQ |MARRIAGE

How far in advance do I need to contact the Celebrant?
When you have decided on a date please call Deborah as soon as possible. Most celebrants are booked months in advance.
A minimum notice of one month and one day is required prior to your wedding date.

What are the legal requirements?
You will need to complete a Notice of Intended Marriage form (click here to download PDF). It is valid for 18 months and is required to be lodged with your Celebrant no later than one month and one day prior to your wedding date. If you are signing the notice outside Australia it can be witnessed in the presence of an Australian Diplomatic Officer, an Australian Consular officer or a notary public and then sent to your Celebrant.
You will be required to present your birth certificate (not an extract) if you were born in Australia, and for overseas people,
a birth certificate translated into English or a current passport of your country of birth. You may not provide an Australian passport if you have become an Australian Citizen. If there has been a previous marriage, either a Decree Absolute of Divorce, or a Death Certificate is required. You must be over the age of 18 years.

What is the Celebrants Role?
  • Attends to all the legal paperwork
  • Helps to create and tailor a ceremony to suit your needs
  • Solemnises your marriage
  • Can assist you with ideas and options for venues
  • Arrives 30 minutes before the ceremony takes place to organize the guests and meet the bride and bridal party
    on their arrival.

When do I need to pay?
Your deposit / booking fee will need to be paid at your first interview or sent through in advance to secure your booking, with your final payment to be paid at your last interview which
is usually the week of the wedding.

What does the fee cover?
  • Completion of all legal work
  • Initial and subsequent meetings
  • Any travel required to conduct the ceremony
  • All administrative costs
  • Use of PA system which has an IPOD and NP3 connection
    for your music and extra microphone for readings
  • A selection of introductions, reading, poems and vows,
    to assist you in creating your own ceremony


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How long does the ceremony last?
The average ceremony usually takes between 16 to 20 minutes to complete, including the signing of certificates, but allow 30 to 40 minutes for congratulations, well wishers and group and family photos, Invitations should note that guests are to arrive 15 to 20 minutes prior to the commencement of the ceremony. A 2pm start should state a 1.45pm arrival time to allow for late comers.

Where would we get married?
There are many beautiful venues around Sydney, such as gardens, Council Parks, National Parks, beaches and waterways which all need to be booked either through the local Council or National Parks. You may wish to be married at home, in a restaurant, a function centre or on a boat.

How long do we need for photos?
Usually allow 1 ½ to 2 hours between your ceremony and your reception start time if you are having location shots and need to travel, but always check with your photographer. Keep in mind what time the sun sets so you can plan the best back drop for your ceremony, so guests and the photographer are not looking into full sun. Many a couple have booked a venue with the Harbour Bridge or the Opera House as a backdrop and been disappointed due to the angle of the sun.

What if it rains on our wedding day?
If you are having an outdoor wedding, always have an alternative indoor venue booked for the same time in case of bad weather. Always put the alternative venue on the invitations with a contact number in case guests are unsure where to go. If you are unable to have a back up venue you may have to book double time with Deborah at a rate to be negotiated.

We would like to celebrate our relationship, but we don't want to get legally married. Can we do that?
Yes, many people feel that a legal marriage is not a good option for them. They would prefer to celebrate their love surrounded by their family and friends or exchange vows with each other in a private service, or just have a commitment ceremony.

We would like to renew our vows.
When should this take place?

Couples tend to renew their vows on their 10th, 20th or 25th anniversary. It can be a similar format as a wedding or something less formal. Family members are often included in the ceremony. Children, grand children , great grandchildren. Once again Deborah is able to help you with all aspects of your ceremony.