What’s the first step?
Once you have started making your arrangements, you should book a celebrant. Then, get your paperwork in order, the documents we’ll need to do the Legals and complete your Notice of Intended Marriage. If you can’t find your passport or that birth certificate that you thought was in the bottom drawer….you’ll need time to organize replacements.
What does it cost to get married?
There are no fixed prices here, each celebrant will set their own fees – but in the scheme of things the celebrant’s fee shouldn’t be at the bottom of your budgeting list. It’s good to remember the old adage – “You get what you pay for” and to take into account that most of the work a celebrant does is before the ceremony, with the attendance on the day being the “tip of the iceberg”. I believe that choosing the perfect celebrant for you, is definitely one “wedding” decision that shouldn’t be based on price alone. It’s more important that you feel comfortable with your celebrant, confident that he or she can communicate, listen and then deliver your perfect ceremony. So feel free to Call me to discuss your requirements and budget.
We only want a short, simple ceremony – just us, our witnesses and you. Where can the ceremony take place and when should it be?
Just because you want a short, simple ceremony, it’s still your wedding day! How will you celebrate this wonderful moment – a lovely meal, a glass of champagne? What will you do after the ceremony? Answering these questions sometimes helps you decide where and when to have your wedding. A ceremony in your home can be very special, or there are beautiful intimate locations throughout Melbourne that might suit.
Depending on your requirements, your ceremony could be conducted in my office, or my garden. Call me and we can talk through your arrangements.
We’re eloping to Melbourne but live overseas, how do we organize things?
No problem at all, with email and Skype, it’s easy to work long distance. Plus if you’ve never been to Melbourne before, it’s a beautiful, vibrant city and I’d be happy to help you with suggestions.
We’re getting married in the country, do you travel?
Absolutely. I’m based in Northcote – inner city Melbourne, but my work takes me all over the place. I’m always happy to help – but once outside the metropolitan area, you’ll understand that I’ll need to build travel costs into my fee. Call me for a quote.
Can you recommend any other wedding suppliers?
Hard to know where to start isn’t it – there are so many options. From my point of view, it’s always a pleasure to come across other wedding professionals who take the same story telling approach that I do and of course, to work with those who have the same dedication to making your wedding as easy for you as possible and the most amazing day of your lives. I try to always collaborate with your chosen service providers, so that we can all do a great job. Communication and respect is the key. Be it hire cars, photographers, venues, florists, event companies or caterers – you want someone who cares about your whole wedding day and has the experience to anticipate what each professional colleague needs.
So for no reason other than personally, I’ve liked what they’ve done; here in no particular order are some who’ve impressed. –
Flower Jar – http://www.flowerjar.com.au
These girls do some amazing installations – telling your story with flowers.
Fi Mims – http://fimimsphotography.com.au
Fi has that special nack of capturing the very essence……. The feel, the mood, the magic of every ceremony.
Tigs Macallan – www.tigsmacallan.com.au
A wonderful visual story teller.
Balwyn Events – www.balwynevents.com.au/
Always there on time and always helpful and obliging.
Brent Lukey – brentlukey.com.au
Knows exactly what shot he’s after and gets it whilst being almost invisible.
Naomi Rose – http://www.naomirose.com.au
A wonderful floral eye for detail and all the little finishing touches.
Jason Vannan – http://www.jvp.com.au
Got to love a photographer in a suit……and he’s never in the way!