Here are a few of the questions I am commonly asked. They explain my philosophy as a Celebrant and may answer some legal questions you have.
Please call me at any time to explore these and any other ideas, or to answer any other questions you may have.
I look forward to being in touch.
Everyone is, of course, unique. So too, are you ... at an exciting stage in your life.
Recognising this individuality, I focus on encouraging the couple or family to participate in their own ceremony however they may wish. Flexibility is vital to ensure each ceremony meets the ideals and ideas of those taking this significant step.
My totally inclusive approach is reflected in my work.
I have experience working with people from non-English speaking backgrounds. So too, in working with interpreters and people with some form of disability and their communities.
** With this philosophy, I believe my work has the happiest conclusions for everyone! **
Marriage Ceremonies: $540 (including legal costs). Renewal of Vows: $180. Baby/Child Naming Ceremonies: $180.
These fees include:
» Initial (no cost) meeting to discuss your ideas and to give you the opportunity to see if I am the Celebrant you would like for your ceremony.
» Always a second meeting for Ceremony planning.
» Any other meetings as requested by you.
» Communication encouraged: I'm readily available by email and phone.
» All legal forms, submissions and legal costs. Guidance to ensure all legal requirements are met.
» Encouragement with comprehensive suggestions to design a Ceremony that realises your vision. Your personalisation of your Ceremony is key.
» I use my own transport.
I explain and help you complete the legal details (as required for a Marriage).
I have many suggestions of readings, vows and styles that can be used or creatively adapted for your Ceremony.
Absolutely! No problem!
For Marriages, only: One legal form, 'Notification of Intention to Marry', must be completed at least one month before the wedding.
Details required eg. family names and passport numbers can be sent to me, email is fine. I just need signature and to personally sight some original papers eg. passports, before the Ceremony.
The same applies when two non-Australian citizens, also not living in Australia, wish to be married here.
Most definitely! I encourage people to personalise their ceremonies as much as they choose. Vows, particularly, take on a very special meaning. I have suggestions to guide you in this, should you wish. Legally, however, there is also a vow that each person must say exactly in their marriage promise: 'I call upon the persons here present to witness that I (Name) take thee (Name) to be my lawful wedded 'husband/wife/spouse.'
Of course. The more a ceremony is personal and relevant to those involved, the more meaningful it is.
Certainly, I welcome the opportunity to work with interpreters. My professional background includes significant time with communities of cultural and linguistic diversity.
A wedding with a Celebrant, such as myself, is a civil ceremony. It is based on spiritual love, friendship and happiness. Ceremonies with a Celebrant give free rein to design your own Ceremony: its content - eg readings, music, symbols, choice of venue - at home, in a garden, by the water, daytime, evening etc.
A church wedding is founded in its religion. Music and readings chosen by the couple can usually be included to personalise your religious ceremony.
A marriage in a Registry Office is also a civil ceremony, taken by a Marriage Celebrant, who is appointed by the Registrar. The ceremony is simple in content, it concentrates on the essential authorised wording, and the couple's legal vows.
Certainly. While I am a civil Celebrant, so ceremonies are not based on religion, I am only too happy to incorporate religious elements as you may wish. Some choose to have faith-based readings, songs, or blessings. Some couples include wedding rituals and symbols, eg. some candle ceremonies, which may have a religious representation for them.
Your ceremony, created with you, to mirror your love and vision ...
'We couldn’t imagine having any other celebrant. Pauline was very warm, accommodating and communicative. She guided us in developing our own personalised ceremony and vows. She is the calm, gentle and focussed celebrant we all need when planning for the happiest day of our lives.'
- Margaret and Richard Coutts, 2016