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The Legal Requirements for Marriages

  • Firstly, both the Bride and Groom must be over 18 years of age.
  • Secondly, the NOIM (notice of intended marriage) must be completed at least a month before the wedding day. We will typically complete this during our first meeting.
  • To ensure I can complete the NOIM, I must sight the following ORIGINAL documents for both the bride and groom. Note: If any documents are in another language, they must be officially translated into English and the Translation Certificate should be supplied.
    • If born in Australia, a full Australian Birth Certificate.
    • If born overseas, a foreign Birth Certificate or a valid overseas Passport will be accepted.
    • If either party has been previously married:
      • If divorced, a Divorce Certificate
      • If widowed, a full Death Certificate.

Wedding and Commitment Ceremonies

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Ceremony serves as a gateway to the next journey of life. It is the first step into your future as a couple or a naming in which your words and actions define the relationship you already have established or wish to develop and grow. Making the best ceremony requires ample time and careful decisions.

The bride kisses the groom

Commitment ceremonies are exactly that. Mel believes in love and marriage. Mel believes diversity and marriage equality is a human right. Until the law changes in Australia Mel would like to continue to be a supporter of marriage equality. Commitment ceremony allows you to say the words and demonstrate your love for each other with friends and family. The commitment ceremony is the celebratory step to make a sincere lifelong love statement for your partner.

Pricing for Services
TYPE PRICE ELEMENTS TO BE COVERED
Wedding Package of Love From $695
  • Ensuring all the legal pre-requisites are met (see above)
  • Registration / lodgement of the legal documents
  • Communication via emails, phone or face to face.
  • Choosing the poems, rituals and readings
  • Selecting the prepared personal ceremonies
  • Organising a PA system
  • Final confirmation of the details of the wedding
  • Performing during the ceremony
  • Arriving at least 30 minutes before hand for last minute details
  • On-site rehearsal upon request
  • Availability for photos
  • Same day marriage registration with births, deaths, and marriages
  • Provision of a keepsake Official Marriage Certificate
  • Travel (cost based on mutual agreement between us) *
* Note that often there are extra travel costs both within and outside of Sydney. I have travelled throughout NSW performing weddings and love combining it with family outings where possible.
Commitment Package of Love

Legal Ceremony Add On*

From $420


From $320

  • Communication via emails, phone or face to face.
  • Choosing the poems, rituals and readings
  • Selecting the prepared personal ceremonies
  • Organising a PA system
  • Final confirmation of the ceremony details
  • Performing during the ceremony
  • Arriving at least 30 minutes before hand for last minute details
  • On-site rehearsal upon request
  • Availability for photos
  • Travel (cost based on mutual agreement between us) *
* Conditions Apply
Naming Ceremony $320

The naming ceremony has not been a legal event but this allows you and your relatives to express your joy, support and love.

Here, the non refundable "Save the Date Deposit" amounting to $150 will be provided by you within fourteen days of your Notice of Intent Lodgement. This is for security and confirmation of the desired time and date. Remainder is needed two weeks prior to the wedding day. Just like the other two packages, it also has several pointers to consider. These also include the Final Confirming of naming, PA system (when necessary), selection of personal ceremonies, selection of poems, rituals and readings (if required), arrival ahead of time, onsite rehearsal upon request, and more.

Funeral Ceremony Service coming in 2015 From $450

When someone passes away I understand the sadness, it can be a very stressful and sad time. It will help to have a calm, caring and empathetic funeral celebrant to support you and your family as you prepare to say goodbye and celebrate your loved ones life. With your guidance, I would be honoured to create and conduct a service which is life affirming and consoling for all in attendance. I care about that service the moment you engage me and I will endeavour to bring your words to a flow and meaning that suits you and your loved one.