Marriage Celebrant
  Karen Dearing J.P

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That All Important First Meeting

You're getting married, your all excited and so you should be, marriage is a commitment that will
last a lifetime. That said, now there is work to be done, the planning and the preparation. This is where
I come in, this is your day, your special day and my role as your celebrant is to assist you in
making your day as stress free as possible and as unique and individual as you are.

The purpose of this page is to highlight what you can expect from me, so please read on:

The day you marry your one and only will be a day filled with excitement and new beginnings.

Our first meeting will be to get to know each other and how we can work together to
create and customise your ceremony, I will provide sample folders for you to
choose from and show how we can work together to create your special ceremony or I can assist
you in writing your own.

I understand that choosing a celebrant is equally as important as a bride choosing her
wedding gown. Your choice of a civil celebrant will be one of the most important decisions
you will make. Getting to know my couples is extremely important to me so that I can tailor your
ceremony in order to give you the best possible day.

As mentioned, I will attend to all the legal documentation before and after the ceremony and make sure all
the legal requirements during the ceremony are met. Most importantly it is your day, so I look forward to conducting the type of ceremony that you want. Do you need a venue, a hairdresser, makeup artist or photographer, again not a worry, I may just know a few.

A marriage may be solemnised on any day, at any time and at any place. It need not be necessarily
be solemnised in a building, it can be a park or your own backyard. But the marriage must however be solemnised in Australia or within Australian waters.

Your ceremony can be whatever you want it to, be it a casual affair, formal, contemporary
or even a theme wedding, it's your day and you will want it to just perfect, the wedding
ceremony you dreamed of.

My goal is to focus on your needs to make your day the most memorable day of your lives,
a day to be remembered for the years to come.

Should you decide to choose me to officiate your special ceremony, the next important
step to take is to make an appointment with me, this first meeting is 
obligation free and for us to meet and get to know each other and also to go

through everything that is required for you to marry the one you love.

There are of course the legalities to getting married in Australia

The most important document that needs to be completed in order to 
get the planning started is the 

"Notice of Intended Marriage"

This document is required to be completed a minimum of one calendar month prior
to your planned wedding date, but no later than 18 months before.

 There are many things you will need to consider before and after your 

married. The legal age in Australia is 18 years. If one person only is under 18 years permission
will need to be sought from the courts before the marriage can take place. If both are under
18years of age, the marriage will not be permitted.

There are legal documents to be completed prior to the marriage, the first being 
The Notice of Intended Marriage, as mentioned this form needs to be completed and lodged
with me no later than one calendar month before your wedding date. This document will be 
witnessed and retained by me.

In order to complete The Notice of Intended Marriage it is imperative of me to sight 
your original birth certificates, an Australia Passport if you are
unable to source the other above mentioned documents, or overseas passport if you were born overseas,
for overseas birth certificates and passports, please have these translated in english.

If either or both of you have been previously divorced or widowed, your divorce certificate
or death certificate will need to be provided also.

Another important decision for you both to make is your witnesses of which you will 
need two and they too must be over 18 years of age, you must choose your
witnesses carefully as they will be signing all your official documents.

Kind regards
Karen Dearing