Life's Journeys

Trish Whitfield 

Frequently Asked Questions

Planning your wedding can be a daunting exercise.  I hope that the following FAQs and answers will help guide you when considering the all-important ceremony part of your special day.

How do we get started?

In order to marry in Australia you must complete a Notice Of Intented Marriage form( NOIM) and lodge it with your celebrant a minimum of one month before the date of your wedding, but can also be up to 18 months before.  Please use BLOCK letters and a black pen if possible. The NOIM must be signed in the presense of any of the following:

  • an authorised marriage celebrant
  • a Commissioner of Declarations under the Statutory Declarations Act 1959
  • a justice of the peace
  • a barrister or solicitor
  • a legally qualified medical practitioner or
  • a member of the Australian Federal Police or the folice force of a State or Territory

After we have completed the NOIM, how do we officially lodge it with you?

The completed NOIM form should be lodged with me as soon as possible.  The date I receive it is the date from which the calendar month waiting period rule is determined.  I must also see all your original documents when we meet eg: birth certificates, divorce/death certificates, passport or what ever is required.

Can we choose our own ceremony words and can you help us?

There are a few legally required parts to the ceremony where the words are not negotiable, but everything else can be completely of your own choosing. I can provide you with many suggestions for all parts of the ceremony through a worksheet I have created showing all essential (legal) and optional components of a marriage ceremony. I also have some resource books I can lend you. Your ceremony will be tailored to reflect your own unique relationship.  I encourage you to discuss any aspect of your ceremony with me and I will do my best to provide you with  exactly what you are looking for.

Why should we choose you as our celebrant?

Whether you have a small informal wedding or a huge gathering with hundreds of guest and all the trimmings, I would love to make the ceremony 'perfect' for you.  Your first meeting with me is obligation-free.  At this meeting we get to know one another and I will explain all the legal aspects and the whole process that takes place during the creation and performance of your ceremony and afterwards.  My commitment to you is that I will work with you as much as you need or want to create exactly the ceremony you hope for.

Will my guest be able to hear you during the ceremony?

Your ceremony is special to you and your guests and should be heard by all attending your wedding.  I can supply a state-of-the-art portable cordless PA system with wireless micophones.

I also have a signing table with a beautiful cloth for your use.