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M:  041000 6459

E:  collette@toowoombacelebrant.com.au

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Many people ask, 'What exactly does a Civil Marriage Celebrant do?'

In a nutshell, a Civil Marriage Celebrant is there to write your ceremony (with a little advice from you!), conduct the ceremony and ensure all legalities are covered. Of course, that's the simplified version.

Upon booking with me, we would complete your 'Notice of Intended Marriage' (NOIM) form, which must be done no earlier than 18 months and no later than one month prior to the ceremony taking place.

(As a matter of interest, there is no such thing as a Marriage Licence in Australia.)

You would also need to present the necessary legal documentation - (a) original birth certificates/extracts or current/expired passports, which show your date and place of birth (cancelled passports are not acceptable), (b) evidence of the cessation of any previous marriages ie. divorce certificate or death certificate; and (c) photo identification, such as driver's licence or passport.

At this time, you would also pay a non-refundable booking fee of $200, which confirms the date and time of your booking, as well as covering administration costs in relation to the lodgement of the NOIM and the supply of wedding resources.

After this time, I will liaise with you regarding the details of your wedding, then proceed to design your ceremony, based on your wishes. Through regular contact, I will gain feedback from you, ensuring your wishes are still being met.

If a wedding rehearsal is requested (although not compulsory), this can be done right up until the day before the ceremony, so that everyone knows where to stand, what happens when, etc.

I also offer the use of my P.A. system if needed. This not only provides amplification for those nervous little voices, but also USB / iPod / iPhone facilities for those couples who wish to have their favourite songs played at some stage before, during or after the ceremony. (Clients will need to provide someone to actually play/stop the music) Of course, you are most welcome to provide your own musical entertainment if you wish, such as a guitarist or a singer. I also include a table, chair/s, pen and attractive cloth for the signing of the Marriage Register and Certificates, and you will receive a Presentation Copy of your Wedding Ceremony as a memento of your special day.

Once the ceremony is over, I submit all your legal documentation to the Department of Births, Deaths & Marriages (BDM) for registration.

Even though you are issued with a legal Marriage Certificate on your wedding day, this certificate is not readily accepted as proof of marriage for change of name details. If you wish to change your surname to your new spouse's surname after the wedding, you will need to apply to the Department of Births, Deaths & Marriages (BDM) for your official Marriage Certificate - I will lodge this for you. At the time of writing, the fee charged by the Department in Queensland was $48.20 for a Certified Copy, and $63 for a Commemorative Package (which includes a Certified Copy for business use, plus an attractively designed Certificate for you to frame, if you wish) - subject to increase by BDM on the 1st July each year.

If you would like to make a booking with me or would just like to have an informal, 'get-to-know-me' chat first, please use the details at the top of this page or see my Contact Details page.

(See my 3 Ceremony Types, Fees & Inclusions below)

1. FULLY PERSONALISED CEREMONIES:  Conducted any time.

 

'Fully Personalised' Wedding Ceremonies - $600 (subject to change) - include:

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Initial Interview (either within 30 kms of my home office in Toowoomba, or by correspondence)

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Supply and lodgement of all legal paperwork with Births, Deaths & Marriages Dept.

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Loan of extensive 'Wedding Ceremony Guide' and other related information

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Preparation and conduct of bespoke personalised ceremony (within 30 kms of my home office in Toowoomba)

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Unlimited communication via phone, email, etc. regarding wedding plans

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Rehearsal (if requested) at wedding / other venue as agreed upon by both parties (within 30 kms of my home office in Toowoomba)

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Supply of legal Presentation Marriage Certificate

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Supply of bound Presentation Copy of your ceremony

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Supply of Change of Name information

I am also happy to provide the following at no extra cost, should you need them:

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a signing table, choice of pens, 2 white or black chairs and an attractive white cloth;

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a quality P.A. system with cordless or corded microphones (also includes USB or Bluetooth/corded facilities for iphone/ipod). I can also supply your music for you, if you wish.

Please Note: I am more than happy to travel outside the Toowoomba region, however, further costs will be incurred for travel outside of 30 kms of my home office in Toowoomba.

Excludes the following:  Official Marriage Certificate from Births, Deaths & Marriages Dept. (currently $48.20 - subject to increase 1.7.19)

 

2. LEGALS ONLY CEREMONIES:  Conducted Monday to Friday inclusive only.

Quite often, couples come to me requesting a short, simple ceremony, usually with just myself, the couple themselves and two witnesses involved. This might be because they are heading overseas for a full cultural ceremony afterwards, or there is a degree of urgency due to one partner being sent overseas on business (ie. armed forces) - they may then follow this up somewhere down the track with a Renewal of Vows ceremony, where all their family and friends would be invited. And sometimes, it is simply because they prefer to have a very small ceremony, with a minimum number of guests, and fuss.

They are not recommended as just a 'cheaper option' to the regular 'Personalised' ceremonies I conduct.

 

'Legals Only' Wedding Ceremonies - $450 (subject to change) - include:

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Initial Interview (at my home office in Toowoomba, or by correspondence)

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Supply and lodgement of all legal paperwork with Births, Deaths & Marriages Dept.

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Selection of 3 short and sweet, but no less meaningful, ceremonies to choose from (you may write your own Vows, etc., if you wish)

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Preparation and conduct of chosen ceremony (within 30 kms of Toowoomba)

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Unlimited communication via phone, email, etc. regarding wedding plans

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Supply of legal Presentation Marriage Certificate

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Supply of bound Presentation Copy of your ceremony

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Supply of Change of Name information

I am also happy to provide the following at no extra cost, should you need them:
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a signing table, choice of pens, 2 white or black chairs and an attractive white cloth.

Please Note:  I am more than happy to travel outside the Toowoomba region, however, further costs will be incurred for travel outside of 30kms of my home office in Toowoomba.

Excludes the following:  Official Marriage Certificate from Births, Deaths & Marriages Dept. (currently $48.20 - subject to increase 1.7.19), a Rehearsal, or the use of my P.A. system, although these are available at an extra cost.

 

3. 'OFFICIANT ONLY' CEREMONIES:  Conducted any time.

Occasionally, I am asked to officiate in a legal capacity only, as a couple may want a family friend to conduct their ceremony for them. In this instance, the couple or their friend will write the ceremony, however it must include all legal requirements, which is where I come in. I will ensure all legalities are covered, by meeting with you once you have booked my services, where I will sight all your identification documents and lodge all legal paperwork with Births, Deaths & Marriages Dept. See below for all inclusions and exclusions.

 

'Officiant Only' Wedding Ceremonies - $500 (subject to change) - include:

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Initial Meeting (at my home office in Toowoomba, or by correspondence)

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My attendance as Official Marriage Celebrant at the ceremony (within 30 kms of Toowoomba)

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Supply and lodgement of all legal paperwork with Births, Deaths & Marriages Dept.

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Supply of legal Presentation Marriage Certificate

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Supply of quality P.A. system with cordless or corded microphone (also includes USB or Bluetooth/corded facilities for iphone/ipod)

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Supply of signing table, attractive white cloth and 2 white or black chairs (if needed)

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Supply of Change of Name information

Please Note:  I am more than happy to travel outside the Toowoomba region, however, further costs will be incurred for travel outside of 30kms of my home office in Toowoomba.

Excludes the following:  Official Marriage Certificate from Births, Deaths & Marriages Dept. (currently $48.20 - subject to increase 1.7.19) or my attendance at a Rehearsal, although this is available at an extra cost.