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Wedding Ceremonies

Congratulations on your Engagement!

It's an exciting time planning your nuptials, deciding on dates, reception venues, the wedding dress, your colour scheme, flowers and so much more. However, remember the essential ingredient to making your marriage legally binding is your wedding ceremony- including exchanging your legal vows, stating the monitum, signing the marriage register -all of these done by an authorised Marriage Celebrant.

 

Want to get married on Queensland's Sunshine Coast?

South East Queensland's Sunshine Coast has some of the most spectacular backdrops from which to host wedding nuptials. Whether planning a coast wedding as a local couple, interstate visitors or overseas guests, Stephanie would like to welcome and encourage couples to host their wedding ceremony here. The coast has a huge range of ceremony locations;as well as accommodation options; reception venues and event stylists; bridal wear and formal hire; hair and beauty professionals; florists and wedding specialists; photographers and music; and of course a host of spectacular honeymoon locations.  

Documents you will need

Download NOIM here:

  • Notice of Intended Marriage  »  Couples intending to marry in Australia

Original Documents:

  • Australian Birth Certificate or Australian Passport  »  If Australian born
  • Overseas Passport or Birth Certificate  »  If overseas born
  • Decree Absolute/Divorce Certificate  »  If divorced
  • Death Certificate  »  If widowed
  • Name Change Certificate  »  If changed name

 

Flexibility is the Key

Stephanie Neal understands that when planning such a significant event each couple's personal circumstances and needs vary enormously. Consequently, Stephanie aims to be as flexible as possible accommodating local, interstate and overseas couples with their individual requests. In collaboration with you she will plan and design each stage of the paperwork and ceremony, preparing you to thoroughly enjoy every ceremonial moment on your BIG DAY.

 

Are you a Local Couple?

Marrying in your own backyard should be simple and convenient.

  • Initial meeting with Stephanie in Noosa to discuss and plan your ceremony.
  • Prepare and lodge legal documents before or during the initial meeting. Download the NOIM; type your information directly into the document on the Attorney General’s website; print it out (note you cannot save it) or complete it on hard copy with black pen and using block letters. Email the completed NOIM to your celebrant and bring the original NOIM with you to hand to your celebrant.
  • Ceremony plan and design this process of planning, writing, designing and making reading selections will begin at the first meeting, continue via email and phone to be finalised by the second meeting.
  • A second meeting / rehearsal with Stephanie is highly recommended, closer to the wedding date at a mutually convenient time. At this meeting Stephanie will finalise the ceremony details, rehearse the entire wedding ceremony, answer any questions and help to settle any last minute nerves.
  • Unlimited communication with Stephanie may be made via email and telephone and is available to you right up to and including The BIG day.

 

Are you from Interstate?

Marrying interstate should be relaxing and uncomplicated.

  • Communication by email, phone and post - If distances are too great and time is short you can communicate via email, telephone and post. Legal documents can be prepared and lodged with ease from where you live.

Step by Step

  • Download the NOIM here and complete it by using block letters and black pen.
  • Lodge the NOIM The Notice of Intended Marriage must be lodged at least a calendar month before your wedding date and can be lodged up to 18 months in advance of your wedding date. For example if you are getting married on Saturday the 20th of May 2017 then you must lodge the Notice of Intended Marriage no later than the 20th of April 2017. If you like to be organised you can lodge the NOIM as early as the 20th of November 2015, 18 months in advance of your nuptials.
  • Lodge NOIM with Stephanie - If you can meet with Stephanie in Noosa well up to a calendar month before your wedding ceremony then lodge the NOIM directly with her.
  • Interstate witnessing of signatures - If meeting Stephanie in person is not possible, simply fill out the NOIM and have it signed with an authorised authority (see page 4 of the NOIM under the signature panel) or contact Stephanie for more details. Email the NOIM once it has been witnessed. Once received by Stephanie it is officially lodged. Keep the original NOIM to hand over to her.
  • Copies of supporting documentation – Documents such as original birth certificates; and photo I.D; Australian or overseas passports; divorce certificates, death certificates and or name change documents may be scanned and emailed to Stephanie, or you may choose to send your originals via registered mail. Alternatively, you can simply bring them with you. However, please ensure Stephanie sights these original I.D documents before the wedding ceremony in order for you both to be legally married.
  • Ceremony plan and design - Stephanie will communicate with you by email, phone, fax to organise the wedding ceremony format, special inclusions and ceremony details.

Important information

  • 18 years of age - You must be at least 18 years of age to be married in Australia.
  • Witnesses - You must have two witnesses to the marriage, they must be over 18 and able to understand English. If required, Stephanie can help to organise witnesses.
  • Shortening of time – It is possible to apply for a shortening of time for specific reasons. You must apply to a prescribed authority. Contact Stephanie for more details.
  • If both parties cannot sign the NOIM - If both parties cannot sign the NOIM at the same time it is legal for one party's signature to be witnessed in order to lodge the NOIM. However, the other party must sign the NOIM as soon as practicable before the wedding ceremony takes place.

Additional Information

 

Are you an Overseas Couple?

Marrying in Australia is easier than you think. Anyone who meets the criteria can marry in Australia but it is worth checking with your country's consulate or embassy as to whether a marriage in Australia will be recognised at home.

  • Communication by email, phone and post - If distances are too great and time is short you can communicate via email, telephone and post. Legal documents can be witnessed by authorised persons overseas and scanned and emailed or faxed to Stephanie.

Step by Step

  • Download the NOIM here and complete by typing the information directly into the NOIM on the Attorney-General’s website by printing a hard copy and filling it in using block letters and black pen. You can also obtain a NOIM from the Australian High Commission, Embassy or the Australian Foreign Affairs department in your country.
  • Lodge the NOIM The Notice of Intended Marriage must be lodged at the latest a calendar month before your wedding date and no longer than 18 months prior to your proposed wedding date.
  • Meet with Stephanie in person - If you can meet with Stephanie a calendar month  before your wedding ceremony then lodge the NOIM with her. If you both cannot sign it at the same time it is legal for one party's signature to be witnessed in order to lodge the NOIM. The other party must sign the NOIM as soon as practicable before the wedding ceremony takes place.
  • Witnessing of signatures outside Australia - If meeting Stephanie in person is not possible you should seek the services of an Australian Diplomatic officer, a Consulate official or a Notary Public to witness your signatures. You still must ensure that the NOIM reaches Stephanie at least one calendar month before your wedding date, ideally much earlier.
  • Copies of supporting documentation – Documents such as original birth certificates; and photo I.D; passports from country of origin; divorce certificates, death certificates and or name change documents may be scanned and emailed to Stephanie. Alternatively, you can simply bring them with you. However, please ensure Stephanie can sight these original I.D documents before the wedding ceremony in order for you both to be legally married.
    No sighting of original I.D documents = No legal marriage.
  • Ceremony plan and design - Stephanie will communicate with you by email and phone to organise the wedding ceremony format, special inclusions and ceremony details.
  • Registered copy of Marriage Certificate - After your marriage in Australia, all couples will need to obtain a registered copy of their Marriage Certificate from Births Deaths and Marriages, Queensland. You may also need to apply for an apostille stamp from the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade to authenticate the marriage document depending on your country’s requirements. Please contact your country’s embassy for information.
  • Apostille Stamp - Some countries require an apostille stamp for the country to recognise the marriage. Before you come to Australia for your wedding you should find out if you need an apostille stamp. I will organise for your marriage certificate to be forwarded to get an apostille stamp and then sent to you your.

Important information

  • 18 years of age - You must be at least 18 years of age to be married in Australia.
  • Witnesses - You must have two witnesses to the marriage. If required, Stephanie can help to organise witnesses.

Additional Services

  • Need to translate documents into English? - Supporting documents must be written in English or translated into English see NAATI http://www.naati.com.au or the Queensland Interpreting and Translating service http://www.qits.com.au (07) 3835-3777.
  • Need an Interpreter? - If you don't speak English and therefore need an interpreter at the Wedding ceremony contact NAATI for assistance http://www.naati.com.au.
  • Marrying a person from overseas? - seek information from the Department of Immigration, Multicultural and Indigenous Affairs (DIMIA) http://www.immi.gov.au/
  • Have Immigration enquiries? - Seek legal advice from a Registered Migration Agent. For agent listings go to https://www.mara.gov.au.

 

Misplaced a document? - No problem

  • For misplacement of a Birth Certificate, Death Certificate or Marriage Certificate you can apply to Births, Deaths and Marriages in your State or Territory in Australia to request another ‘original'. Ensure you allow plenty of time to apply and receive your documentation. If you prefer simply go to the following website: births-deaths-and-marriages-registries | australia.gov.au for how to apply in each state and territory in Australia.
  • To request proof of Divorce Certificate or Decree Absolute go to federalcircuitcourt.gov.au or the familycourt.gov.au

 

Stephanie the Noosa Celebrant Service is 'All Inclusive'

  • Initial Meeting - obligation-free meeting in Noosa in a mutually convenient date and time.
  • Legal Marriage Documentation - supply, witnessing, receipt and lodgment of all legal marriage documents.
  • Wedding Ceremony Resources - wedding ceremony format and compendium of wedding ceremony resources to assist and support you in your decisions about logistics, style, poems, vows and other special inclusions.
  • Vows - assistance with wedding vows.
  • Phone/Email - unlimited consultations - as needed.
  • Rehearsal - a highly recommended additional service included for local weddings. Scheduled at a mutually convenient time.
  • Arrival - at your ceremony at least 30 minutes before agreed ceremony start time.
  • Officiate - at your wedding ceremony with confidence, care and class.
  • Dress - Stephanie will accommodate your specific ceremony style, colours or theme.
  • P.A System - use of a high quality Mipro P.A to ensure guests hear every word spoken.
  • Music - ability to play your music selections via your own device through quality Mipro p.a.
  • Couple's Certificate in envelope - carefully printed in elegant font.
  • Wedding Ceremony booklet - of your ceremony as a wedding keepsake.

 

Initial meeting with Stephanie

  • Time - Allow approximately 1½ hours to fill out legal documentation, discuss the wedding ceremony logistics; ask questions and embark on the plan/design of your ceremony.
  • Resources - Stephanie will ensure you have access to an assortment of materials to help you plan the style, feel and wording of your Wedding Ceremony from start to finish.
  • N.O.I.M - Notice of Intended Marriage (N.O.I.M- Form 13). Download here. You may type in the information on the Attorney-General’s website and print out the form or download a hard copy and complete in black pen using capital letters. If you have had it witnessed by an authorised person email it to Stephanie. Ensure that you bring the original NOIM the next meeting or rehearsal. The original NOIM must be handed over to Stephanie to forward to Births Deaths and Marriages for registration of the marriage.
  • Booking - In order to secure your preferred date and book with Stephanie the Noosa Celebrant a non-refundable deposit of 50% is required. Payment can be made by cash or direct deposit and should be made out to Stephanie the Noosa Celebrant. The balance of fees must be paid no less than a calendar month before your wedding ceremony date.

 

The Second Meeting with Stephanie

  • Final Details - When you meet up with Stephanie a second time it is to finalise the legal marriage documentation and the wedding ceremony logistics of the day. This is also a great opportunity to run through the ceremony at a mutually convenient time and place; as well as the chance to answer any questions you may have. After a rehearsal you will feel confident of your roles and the process of getting married.
  • Balance of fees - The balance of fees is due one calendar month prior to your wedding ceremony.

 

Wedding Ceremony

  • Relax & revel in the moment - Allow Stephanie to facilitate your ceremony and perform her duties as an authorised Marriage Celebrant. All you need to focus on is you and your fiancé, the wonderful day and the rest of your lives that you are about to share. Just remind yourself to remain in the moment and enjoy every beautiful aspect as you embark your journey as husband and wife.