Planning Your Wedding

 Congratulations! You've decided that you want to make a deeper level of commitment to your relationship and want to share your wedding day with your family and friends. So you're wondering where to start with  organising your wedding? It may seem like a daunting task so here's a few tips to help you to get started.

Firstly, as a couple, you need to talk about what kind of wedding you would like or what kind of wedding suits you.Do you want a big wedding with bridesmaids and groomsmen, flowers, red carpet, bridal cars, lots of guests and a lavish reception?Or would you still like a traditional wedding but with family and close friends, say about 50 guests? Maybe it's a second marriage and you both want a simple but sincere and joyous ceremony. Perhaps a simple wedding with just a few close family and friends. You can even get married in your own home. Maybe you come from different cultures or religions and wish to include cultural or religious elements to honour your tradition.You may wish to marry in a place that has significance in your relationship. By Australian law, you are able to marry anywhere, on any day, at any time!

Once you have decided on the type of wedding you want, the next important decision is when! Spring and Autumn (September/October and March/April) are the most popular months for weddings so bear that in mind when thinking about booking your venue for your wedding ceremony and your reception, and of course your celebrant. Of course, Saturday is the most popular day so why not consider a week day or Sunday? A morning wedding can be lovely with a lunch time reception.

So, the first two things to do are to book your celebrant and book the venue for your wedding ceremony and reception.

After you contact me, we will make a time for our first meeting. At this meeting we can just have a chat about your ideas for your wedding and you can make a booking and  complete your Notice of Intended Marriage.(NOIM) This must be with your celebrant at least one month and no more than eighteen months before the date of your wedding. In order to complete your NOIM, you will both need evidence of identity. If you are Australian born, this means your birth certificate. If you were born in another country, your passport from that country is acceptable if you don't have a copy of your birth certificate. If you have been married before, you need evidence of the ending of that marriage in the form of death certificate or divorce certificate.

Once the NOIM is completed you can get on with the exciting part - creating your wedding ceremony. I will supply you with sample ceremonies and ideas for vows. I am happy to write a ceremony especially for you, as long as it complies with the legal requirements of the Marriage Act of 1961. I encourage you to have family members or friends participating in your ceremony by reading poems or readings or even by providing music. I will draft your ceremony for your approval and attend to all the legal documents. You will need to decide on all the other aspects of your special day. These can include:

  • Invitations and wedding stationery
  • Guest listLittle Manly Point Manly
  • Marriage Education 
  • The Wedding Rings
  • Bride's gown 
  • Bridesmaids' dresses
  • Jewellry
  • Hair and make-up 
  • Groom and groomsmen's' clothing
  • Flowers for the ceremony
  • Bomboniere
  • Car hire
  • Photography
  • Videography
  • Music - either live or recorded for your ceremony and your reception
  • Red carpet, seating, a bridal arch or canopy for your ceremony
  • A "run sheet" for your day
  • Reception menu
  • The Cake
  • Presents for your attendants
  • Your honeymoon

I will email your ceremony to you and can make changes that you like.We need to meet about one or two weeks before you wedding for you both to sign No Legal Impediment to Marriage documents.At this meeting we can have a rehearsal so that you will feel comfortable on the day about who stands where.I will arrive at your wedding venue about 30 minutes before your ceremony is due to start. I will supply a P.A. system so that all your guests can hear your wedding and a table and cloth and two chairs for the bride and groom to use for signing documents. I will liaise with photographers, musicians,ushers, attendanats, readers, parents and other family members to make sure that your ceremony goes smoothly.After the ceremony, I will register your marriage with NSW Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages and order your registered marriage certificate for you.

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Copyright Elaine Searle 2006 - 2015