Marlee K Bruinsma, Civil Marriage Celebrant 0438 144 269
Marriage celebrants are registered by the Attorney-General’s Department (Commonwealth)
You can find a list of civil marriage celebrants on the Attorney-General’s website, along with the Code of Conduct, how to make a complaint about a celebrant and other information about getting married in Australia
every celebrant is different - how do I choose?
marriage celebrants all have different personalities, a different sound, various levels of experience, and differ in the service they offer, some writing an individual ceremony for you and some offering a range of ceremonies for you to pick from - a good list of questions can help...
a registry office wedding or a registry-office-style ceremony may suit your circumstances and needs
many celebrants, including myself, offer a registry-style wedding at your home or a venue or you may wish to marry at the Registry Office
Queensland’s climate is suitable for weddings all year round and its beautiful beaches, mountains and countryside are a great backdrop for your destination wedding
Queensland offers many spectacular settings as a wedding destination, from the beautiful beaches of the Gold Coast, northern New South Wales and Sunshine Coast, rainforests and mountains and bush settings
Don’t let rain spoil your day
having a back up plan for your day can avoid disappointment and still let you play in the rain afterwards!
If you are getting married outdoors, it’s important to think about an alternative if its pouring with rain or storming.
Back up plans may be a marquee, the venue where you are holding your reception or a picnic shelter, ideally close to where you were holding your ceremony originally.
While it can be okay to go with the flow, your guests’ comfort will ensure they enjoy your day as much as you do. You can’t play music, have a PA system or sign your certificates if it’s pouring with rain and you are not under shelter.
to get married in Australia, a Notice of Intended Marriage needs to be lodged with your marriage celebrant at least one month beforehand
for your Notice of Intended Marriage, you need your birth certificates, any certificates to show a change of name or end of a previous marriage or a passport issued by an overseas country if you do not have your birth certificate. Your ceremony also needs to contain specific wording to make it legal and you also sign declarations...
most local Councils accept bookings for wedding ceremonies held in one of their parks or local beaches
bookings for a beach wedding or in a park may be subject to a limited number of guests, sharing that area with the public and any public events being held on the day, so it is a good idea to check and book with the local Council...
if you are not religious but you hold spiritual beliefs, your wedding ceremony can include rituals, readings and vows reflecting this
civil ceremonies are an alternative to a church wedding and most contain no religious references at all, unless requested by the couple. If you have spiritual beliefs, these can be acknowledged and included in your ceremony...
choosing or writing your marriage vows can be a challenge however inspiration is at hand
some couples write their own wedding vows while others choose “traditional” vows or from a selection offered by their celebrant or found online or in a book. It’s important for you to be happy with your vows, which can be lighthearted, romantic, a love letter or “not too mushy”, depending on your personalities...
as we grow and change as a society, we develop new and fun rituals for our wedding
civil weddings do not have to follow set rules for your ceremony so you can tailor your ceremony to be a bit quirky or to fit your circumstances, for example, having a Best Woman or a Bridesman...
a civil marriage ceremony can be held at a park, beach, hall, farm, home or one of the many beautiful wedding venues available
your choice of venue may depend on the number of your guests and if they are travelling or live locally, your budget, your theme, the weather, the location of your reception afterwards and its availability for your wedding day...
wedding ceremonies for same sex couples, although not legally binding in Australia, are a celebration of love and commitment
in Queensland, civil partnerships can be registered but there is no official ceremony to accompany this, so many couples choose to hold a commitment wedding ceremony at a venue or their home
you will need to apply for the certified marriage certificate from Births Deaths and Marriages to officially change your name
you can apply to Births Deaths and Marriages in the State where you married for an official certified marriage certificate to use in changing your name after marriage. The fee varies depending on the State. You may need to contact several organisations once you have that certificate...
you may choose live music or a playlist of songs on a CD or iPod for your ceremony
from a single guitarist, harp player or pipe player to a full string quartet, or a wedding singer, live music creates a special ambience for your ceremony. Music on an iPod, iPhone or CD may give you more range and choice ...
do you need them and what are they?
There’s a lot of choice in what you have in your ceremony, including readings. You can have funny ones or readings created just for you by a friend or family member, traditional readings or contemporary ones, or none at all ...
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