Marlee K Bruinsma, Civil Marriage Celebrant 0438 144 269
As a marriage celebrant, I follow the code of conduct (PDF 62KB) for civil marriage celebrants, arriving at least 20 minutes before your ceremony, ensuring that everyone can hear your ceremony, keeping your private information secure and confidential, giving you a choice of ceremonies, a rehearsal and a high standard of service.
The Attorney-General’s website contains a list of authorised marriage celebrants.
To search for your celebrant, enter their surname only in the search
(full names do not work in the search)
and check that they are registered and active as a celebrant. This will also give you information about how long they have been registered and their contact details.
Once you have found a potential celebrant, it’s a good idea to have a chat to them and see if they are the right celebrant for you.
Civil marriage celebrants (officiants) can conduct legal marriage ceremonies in Australia.
To be legally married in Australia, a man and woman must:
The celebrant you choose will assist you with this.
(Source: Getting married in Australia - Attorney-General)
The Attorney-General’s Department outlines the steps to take if you have a complaint about a celebrant. They suggest that you first try and settle any dispute directly with the celebrant. If this doesn’t work, there is a formal complaint procedure and you and the celebrant will both be given an opportunity to have a say about the issue. As most celebrants strive to do the very best for their couples, it is unlikely that you will need to resort to this process but it is reassuring to know that celebrants are regulated and obliged to follow a code of conduct and be accountable to their couples.
I offer you an obligation-free first meeting (or chat by Skype or phone if you are overseas or interstate) so that we can see if we are a good fit as couple and celebrant. We can see if our styles and personalities are compatible and if you feel relaxed and comfortable with me. We chat about ideas and the legal aspects of your ceremony too. You can ask questions and get an idea of what’s involved in getting married.
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