Phone enquiries & Bookings:
1300 668 459


Wedding FAQ.

The type of ceremony we are after is non-religious, not "frilly" or "fancy". We aren't writing our own vows and we don't want a long ceremony. Is this the kind of wedding you do?

Yes! Unless you'd like it in any other way. However you'd like your wedding, it will be my pleasure to make it that way.

How do we check if you are available for our wedding date?

You can check using the calendar here. If for some reason dates are not clear or you'd like to discuss, please simply call 1300 668 459

How much you charge for the day and what does that include

In short, my fee for a wedding is $499.
This is for weddings within Adelaide metropolitan area, on most days of the year.
For locations beyond 30 mins drive of Adelaide GPO, there is a $44/h travelling surcharge.
For weddings on long weekends, public holidays and between December 24th to January 7th, the fee is $699.
My fee includes: Booking your wedding, meeting with you to discuss exactly how you’d like your wedding to be and doing a “pretend” wedding with you at that initial meeting so you can see how a typical wedding goes; taking care of all the legal paperwork ahead of your wedding; my availability for phone consultation as much as you may like between the first meeting and your wedding day; a second meeting just a few days prior to your wedding; my celebrant services at your actual wedding (of course!); and my availability any time after your wedding to discuss any questions you may have after getting married.

How long before the ceremony do you normally arrive?

At least 20 minutes.

Will all our guests be able to hear the ceremony? Do you use and supply a PA system?

I don’t supply a PA system.
However, if you want to hire a PA system and you want me to use a microphone, I will. After all, it’s your wedding and I’m happy to do it the way you want.
Still, I’ve found that in nearly every wedding I’ve ever done, your guests will be able to clearly hear everything without a PA system.
In fact, a "PA" system is certainly not required, for your voices or for mine in most weddings.
On the other hand, if your wedding is in a completely open, outdoor area and you have more than 100 guests, it could be a consideration.
Otherwise, I recommend that you don't need one.

What about music that we might like to play for the "walk down the aisle"?

I've usually recommended for most of the hundreds of weddings that I have conducted, that a Bluetooth speaker will do. And in nearly every event, that has worked out perfectly. If you really want to pump out the sound, you could hire a PA for the day, to add power to your sound. They cost around $75-$120 generally…

Would we meet up before our wedding day to run through everything?

Yes, we would meet at time of booking the wedding (or soon after, if you book by phone). In addition we would normally do a full practice just a few days prior to your occasion, at my venue. Please ring me around 4 weeks prior to set a time for that meeting.

Can you attend a rehearsal "on location" a few days before our day?

In some cases. However you might feel, after our first meeting, that an on-site rehearsal is superfluous, because I make the whole process of getting married so easy! In fact 95%+ of brides who have asked me that question, feel so confident after our first meeting that they decide it really isn't necessary.
Even so, if you really feel you must have an “on-location rehearsal”, as long as I am available to do it, I will do it.
An “on-location” rehearsal will engender a small charge of $20; plus a travelling surcharge of $44/h, if the location is beyond 30 mins of Adelaide GPO.

Do you have a standard set of vows that you provide? If so are you able to give us a sample?

I provide you with an entire "draft format" of your entire wedding ceremony, along with sample vows and a whole raft of alternative content you might like to consider. From there, it's just a matter of "cut-&-paste" to customize your wedding the way you'd like it. You can even choose to write your own vows if you like! I'll be on-hand at all times after your first meeting, if you need to phone me with any questions.

Do you organize all the official documents for the day?

Yes. Your only concern with official papers is to provide the required ID and marital status documents as indicated in the checklist on the right of this page. Beyond that, I take care of everything!

How soon can I obtain that extra certificate, the "Registered" Marriage Certificate*, from Births, Deaths and Marriages after the wedding? *(The certificate required by Immigration or Motor Registration depts.)

If you require a copy of the “Registered” Marriage Certificate, remember – it will not arrive automatically.
Many couples do not need this extra certificate but probably, most do. If you want a copy of this extra certificate, you’ll need to apply for it. But you can’t apply for it until after you are married. So, on the wedding day itself I’ll email you a link, so you can apply for it.

Here’s what happens after your wedding:

Your wedding will typically be registered by the Births Deaths and Marriages office within one to two weeks after your wedding day.
If you decide to apply for the extra certificate called “Registered Certificate”, you may like to know, that:
Once your marriage is registered, your application for a copy of the "Registered Certificate” will be processed.
If you need that “registered” certificate more urgently, you should call Births, Deaths & Marriages, to discuss, on 131 882.

Got another question?

Please phone me or my bookings officer, on 1300 668 459 to discuss.

Notice of Intended Marriage
Be ready for your first meeting!
Download this form:

"Notice of Intended Marriage"

(Can be filled out within the PDF on your computer; or simply print out and fill in with a biro and bring to first meeting.)

Checklist for first meeting Ideally please bring:
  • blue tick Birth Certificate OR Passport for each partner
  • blue tick Divorce certificate (for any divorced partner)
  • blue tick Death certificate (for any widowed partner)
  • blue tick Driver's License or any other photo ID (if passport not shown)

Don't worry if any of these items are not available in time for first meeting, but I must see them prior to your wedding day (where applicable).

Statutory Declaration
*Can't provide a birth certificate?
Nor a passport?
Download this form:

"Statutory Declaration"

(Please print out this form and have it witnessed by any of the prescribed authorities shown on p2 of the document; then provide it to Chris). You will also need to provide a drivers license or another photo ID.