Frequently Asked Questions:
- How much will my wedding cost?
The answer to this varies. Diane is a moderately priced, high quality Celebrant who gives a money back guarantee attached to her weddings if you are not happy with the service given by your Celebrant. This is just one thing that makes her different to other Celebrants. A basic midweek wedding with just the legal words performed at the bride and groom’s home would cost a lot less than a grand ceremony specially written for the bride and groom and performed at a commercial venue with various inclusions. Everyone wants something different, and there is a lot of variety in the type of wedding Diane can provide, so it is best to ring Diane and make an appointment to meet with her to tell her about your wedding dreams and what you want to have. That way you can judge if the Celebrant is suitable for you as well as if the price is suitable - there is absolutely no obligation attached. Diane feels it is very important for you to be completely relaxed and comfortable with your celebrant. Also, if you are bound by a budget, you can discuss at your meeting how you can afford everything you want to have. Diane goes out of her way to make her ceremonies affordable to all, also having a 'lay-by' system to ensure finance does not become an issue for you. Please note, there is a booking deposit to secure your date no matter what style of wedding you choose, and that booking deposit is non-refundable. This is quite usual. The rest may be paid in instalments, or in one lump sum according to your needs, up to the day before the wedding. Included in the cost of a full Marriage Ceremony is a beautiful hand made booklet of your Marriage Ceremony for the bride and groom and one for each set of parents. Readers on the day also receive a hand made card with their words printed on it, which can be kept as a memory of a beautiful day.
- How much notice must we give?
You MUST give at least one calendar month's notice before the intended Wedding Day on an official Notice of Intention to Marry form, signed in front of your celebrant, or
you can sign your Notice of Intention to Marry form in the presence of a JP, solicitor, barrister, legally qualified medical practitioner, or a police officer, within Australia,
but your celebrant MUST receive it at least one calendar month before the
wedding date. Outside Australia you can sign the NOIM in the presence of an Australian Diplomatic officer, an Australian Consular Officer, an employee of the Commonwealth authorised under paragraph 3 (c) of the Consular Fees Act 1955, an employee of the Australian Trade Commission authorised under paragraph 3 (d) of the Consular Fees Act 1955, or a notary public (which means a qualified doctor, chemist, police officer etc.) Your NOIM can then be posted to your celebrant, who MUST receive it at least one calendar month and one day before the wedding. HOWEVER, it is advisable to book your wedding with a firm deposit AS SOON AS YOU KNOW you are to be married, to ensure the date you want and have adequate time to prepare the wedding you dream of. Your NOIM must be accompanied by your original birth certificates plus any certificates relating to the ending of any previous marriage.
- How long will the ceremony take?
A basic Registry Office style ceremony would take about 10 minutes on the day. A ceremony specially written to express your dreams and commitment usually takes about 20 minutes to half an hour on the day, depending on how many readings and/or extra ceremonies included. Some people ask for as short a service as possible, without anything said but the legal words. In some situations, this is a legitimate need, for instance, if someone is dying you don't want flowery words that will only upset you. But all in all, a wedding is a beautiful, momentous, life changing event and the words need to dignify the occasion. You wouldn't ask the party reception to be as short as possible, say 10 minutes of party; you wouldn't limit the photographers to only one photo, you wouldn't cut short your shopping time for the perfect dress, so why would you want to cut your wedding ceremony to as short as possible? The ceremony IS your wedding. Everything else is a party to celebrate that beautiful, life changing moment. A Wedding Ceremony should be long enough to dignify the occasion, but short enough to be beautiful and interesting. Twenty minutes seems to be a good average.
- Can we marry in Mudgee if we are not Australians?
Yes. You can. And you are very welcome to do so. Diane is experienced in the legal requirements of people marrying in Australia who are not nationalised Australians and who are coming here from overseas, either to marry and return overseas, or to live here with their chosen spouse. You can feel confident your every need will be attended to.
- Can we have our own cultural ceremonies within the Australian lawful ceremony?
Yes, you can. Diane will wind your cultural expressions and ceremonies into the Wedding Ceremony at your direction, as long as the legal requirements for Australian Marriages are met.
- Can we have a religious ‘civil ceremony’, even though it would not be in a church?
Yes. Diane will ask you to decide how much religious/spiritual content you would like in your ceremony on a scale of 0 to 10, and write your ceremony accordingly.
- Can we have a completely civil ceremony?
Yes. Your ceremony will be whatever you want it to be. Again, Diane will ask you to decide how much religious/spiritual content you would like in your ceremony on a scale of 0 to 10, and write your ceremony accordingly.
- Can we have a full traditional formal wedding?
Yes, your ceremony can be as formal as you like, as traditional as you like and take as long as you like. All these things are your own personal choice and Diane will write and perform your ceremony professionally to capture those desires and still retain the relaxed, gracious, ease of flow she is well known for.
- Can we have a completely casual wedding?
Yes, again, your ceremony can be as casual as you like. One of Diane’s most beautiful weddings was a bush wedding, where some guests wore shorts and thongs. It is your wedding and you choose the celebration style you want.
- Do you provide a portable PA system
and Register Signing table?
Yes. I have a completely portable PA system that will cater for up to 80 people. Above that number I introduce you to a professional PA provider. I also
have my own Register Signing table, white tablecloth and chairs. I can also
put you in touch with professional musicians to provide live music or you
can plug your own iPod into my PA.