Frequently Asked Questions
What is an eco-conscious or Earth-friendly ceremony?
An eco-conscious, Earth-friendly ceremony is designed by making considered choices about every element of the event. It’s choosing the best option that serves both you and the planet.
It will vary from ceremony to ceremony, but some examples of eco-conscious, Earth-friendly elements could be:
hiring your outfit, or buying one vintage or second-hand
giving your guests a packet of seeds or a plant for a gift
choosing not to release balloons (which may end up choking wildlife in our waterways)
having locally-grown, spray-free flowers instead of flowers that have been grown on the other side of the world
including a tree-planting ritual in your home ceremony
choosing a caterer that uses local organic produce and composts food scraps
decorating with reusable, non-harmful items such as local flowers and cotton bunting
reminding guests to bring their own water bottle or hiring a reusable water dispenser and glasses, to avoid single-use plastic water bottles and cups
repurposing items you already have instead of buying new, eg clean jam jars instead of vases
How can I make my wedding more eco-friendly?
You can use this free resource by Less Stuff, More Meaning to calculate your wedding's footprint and get ideas of how to reduce and offset any impact. I'm always happy to discuss your ideas and offer suggestions for lowering your ceremony's impact.
What is an Acknowledgement of Country and why do you include it in all your ceremonies?
As a Celebrant I value the importance of ceremony.
It’s pretty amazing to remember that people have been holding ceremonies on the land on which your ceremony will be held for more than sixty thousand years, and it’s important to me to honour this by paying my respects.
An Acknowledgement of Country is an opportunity for anyone to show respect for Traditional Custodians and the continuing connection of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples to Country. It can be given by both non-Indigenous people and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
I include an Acknowledgement of Country at the beginning of all my ceremonies by saying something like (this example is for a Perth ceremony): “As we join here in this beautiful celebration of marriage, we follow in the footsteps of all those who have held ceremonies on this land, going back to ancient times. We recognise the Whadjuk Nyoongar people as the traditional custodians of this land, and pay our respects to Elders past, present and emerging.”
Why do longer ceremonies and those with more than 10 people cost more?
The longer the ceremony, the more rituals and other elements are included. This lets us really personalise your ceremony, but requires more writing and preparation time.
If more than 10 guests are attending a ceremony, or if you would like me to play music for the ceremony, I will need to use a PA system to make sure everyone can hear. I have an excellent professional PA system – a Sennheiser microphone connected to a Bose speaker that can play music through Bluetooth. Part of the increased cost for ceremonies requiring a PA system is to cover your hire of this system.
Who can get married in Australia?
There is no minimum residency requirement to get married in Australia.
To be legally married, a person must:
• not be married to someone else
• not be marrying a parent, grandparent, child, grandchild or sibling
• be at least eighteen years old
• understand what marriage means and freely consent to marrying
• use specific words during the ceremony
• give written notice of their intention to marry to their celebrant, within the required time frame.
Required time frame?! Eeek! How long before the wedding should I contact you?
As soon as you can! If you already have a date for your ceremony, it's good to have it locked in to my calendar so no one else books me for your date. If you don't have a date yet, we can still meet up and chat about your plans.
The Notice of Intended Marriage (NOIM) is a legal document that must be completed and lodged with your celebrant at least one month prior to the ceremony date. There are some ID and information requirements for this document to be prepared, so to avoid the stress of time pressure, make sure you leave time for this by contacting me ASAP. Once lodged, it's valid for 18 months, so even if you're not sure of your exact date yet we can still get the legal side of things started!