Experience counts when choosing your Marriage Celebrant -

I have been a full time registered civil celebrant since 2006 and have conducted hundreds of weddings.......your friendly, professional celebrant.

My fee for weddings consists of two parts*

ONE) A Non-refundable deposit of $250 for the booking of the date and initial administrative costs and documentation required by The Attorney General. This includes:
Sighting of Original Birth Certificates, Australian or overseas passports, Divorce Papers or Death Certificate.
Completing and entering the NOIM on-line, for immediate registration after the solemnisation of the marriage.
Transferring details to The Marriage Register, Marriage Certificate and Presentation Certificate.
Helping with the preparation of and witnessing Statutory Declaration Forms if required.
Preparing and witnessing No Legal Impediment to Marriage forms.
Referral to relationship education. Advice or referral on legal matters. Discussing your needs, advice on venue, flowers, photographer etc. Providing examples of ceremonies and readings

TWO) For my ceremonial services, including all legalities.
This is usually $350**    This includes;

Unlimited emails and phone calls
Meetings  at my home office. Answering any questions you have about legal issues.. Discussing options for your ceremony design and wording and providing ideas for your ceremony.
Writing a ceremony that suits your needs and is individual to you and your story as a couple. Inclusions of other special ceremonies to reflect your culture or relationship.
Advice regarding  venue, music, photographer if required.
Meeting with you before your ceremony for you to sign declarations, approve your ceremony,  conduct a rehearsal in my home office. (On site rehearsal which involves travel add $100)
Conducting the ceremony and making sure that all your guests can hear your ceremony by the use of my PA system.
A presentation copy of your ceremony as a memento.
Liaising with musicians and photographers for a smooth event.
I encourage feedback by couples and guests in the interest of best professional practice.
Registering your marriage online for you.
Ordering your registered marriage certificate from department of Births, Deaths & Marriages $55 for a standard registered Certificate of Marriage, or  $75 for a commemorative Certificate of Marriage.
After the day I am always available to contact if you have any questions about the registration of your marriage etc.

* So your total inclusive fee for your wedding is usually $600, (plus $55 if you wish me to order your registered marriage certificate for you) which makes it $655 in total.

**  If you are having a simple ceremony with fewer than 20 guests from Monday to Thursday the cost is $600.

** You are welcome to have a witnesses only ceremony in my home office if you wish for the total cost of $500

Ceremonies on board boats, or at unusual venues which require a longer travel time, incur an extra charge to cover the time involved.  I charge $100 if you wish to have an onsite rehearsal (no charge for a rehearsal in my home office).

I also provide at no extra expense:             
My own travelling expenses to and from the wedding event in Sydney and environs.
A portable P.A. System approved under the regulations of the E. P.A.
Signing table if needed.

Fees for other ceremonies               
Baby Naming Ceremony              $300
Funeral  or memorial service         $400
Renewal of Vows                           $400
Civil Commitment,  Civil Union   $500

Australian Marriage Celebrants                                       
Commonwealth Authorised Marriage Celebrant
Elaine Searle B.A. Dip. Ed. J.P. C.M.C.
ABN No 20520267099
Mobile: 0402810062 Home Office:02 9979 2315 



It is worth paying a little more than the Registry Office charge to have your wedding ceremony WHERE you want it, WHEN you want it, in a warm and friendly atmosphere, with a PERSONALLY written ceremony created with your guidance & input and which allows family members to participate.

COST OF REGISTRY OFFICE WEDDINGS - July 2013 (information from N.S.W. Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages)


Lodgement of
'Notice of Intended
Marriage' fee

Total cost for lodgement & ceremony

Monday to Friday 8am-4.30pm



Friday evening 6pm - 8pm



Saturday 9am - 5pm



Sunday 9am - 5pm




With a registry office ceremony, you have no choice of wording, and will be married by someone who you meet for the first time just before your ceremony.

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