FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

What does a Wedding Celebrant do?


A wedding celebrant is qualified and registered with the Attorney General / BDM / Births deaths and marriages, to officiate civil marriage ceremonies. Sort of like what a minister or priest does without the religion, just the lurve. It’s our job to meet with you and assist in creating and performing a wedding ceremony that reflects you as a couple.




Can I have religious/cultural elements to my ceremony with a celebrant?


Absolutely, but I'd prefer you choose a practicing family member or friend of your culture/religion to perform that element of the ceremony out of respect.




What is a NOIM?


The acronym stands for Notice of Intended Marriage. The celebrant and couple must fill this out together at least 1 month before the ceremony. You will need hard copies of birth certificate, passport and any proof of divorce from previous marriages. The NOIM goes out of date after 18 months.




How soon can we get married?


In one month once the NOIM is complete, that's why REAL drive through weddings can't be done in Australia.




We’ve already booked at the registry office, can you be my celebrant?


No, the registry office supplies their own celebrant. I would always recommend using an independant celebrant who can recommend free or competitively priced venues that suit your vibe and make for better photos. We can also help you write a personalised, kickass ceremony, you won't get that at a registry wedding.




Can we change celebrants?


Yes you can, they just need to transfer the NOIM via email to the new celebrant. This may incur a fee and depending on the previous celebrants booking T&C's a booking fee is usually non-refundable. Check all this when you book.




Can we change our wedding date or venue once we’ve completed the NOIM?


Yes but only if we can agree on a date and location that suits the celebrant, there’s also a fee incurred for the extra administration with any changes.




Will you travel for weddings?


If I have time, yes, but travel costs $100 extra for every 50km beyond metro Melbourne. I’m also up to negotiating staying in accommodation close by the ceremony. If the wedding is interstate the couple must cover flights, accommodation and expenses.




Can you help us with event management and planning.


If you choose the right package, yes! Check out my packages or send me an email for a custom quote.




Can we Invite more than two witnesses to a 'legals only' wedding?


No, that’s why it’s at such a competitive price.




Can we dress formal and bring decorations to a 'legals only' wedding?


Wear what you wish, but unfortunately this is only paperwork signing and a basic ceremony, my home office isn't a wedding venue. For a custom ceremony with infrastructure a wedding must be held in a proper venue or public parkland.




Can we get married anywhere we want?


Within reason, but pretty much, yes. Although COVID-19 restrictions mean that residential addresses are limited to whatever the state governments current numbers stipulate. Doesn’t matter how big your property is unfortunately. Please keep this in mind when choosing a venue.




Can we get married on a plane, boat or hot air balloon?


Yes, with my permission and as long as you’re on Australian water, land or airspace.




Can you dress in theme for our wedding?


Potentially, let’s have a chat about what you’re thinking and go from there.




Will you marry us dressed as Snoopy?


I can marry you dressed in many different costumes, let’s chat!




Do you only marry LGBTIQ+ people?


Hell no, love is love after all *wink*




Are there other types of ceremonies you perform?


Absolutely, take a look at my packages and if you don’t see anything that suits, we can chat more about your needs. Fun-erals, renewal of vows, dead-name fun-erals, divorce partys, pet fun-erals to name a few!




If we meet you, do we have to book you?


There are no obligations after we meet, finding a celebrant is like dating. But please don't expect weeks and weeks of free advice before booking a Celebrant.




Is it ok to be fashionably late to our ceremony?


We don't do tradition here, so please show up on time. Often Celebrants have more than one ceremony in a day and time keeping is really important. Fees can be incured for lateness.




How much does a celebrant cost?


All celebrants charge different fees based on the time spent meeting, writing, planning, administration and performing a ceremony. If a ceremony is cheaper, it usually means there’s less input from the celebrant. Check out my packages, if you can't find something that fits your needs and budget, let's chat and see what's possible.




What is an elopement?


Usually an elopement means grabbing your besties and getting married without inviting or telling anyone else. It’s seen as a low-key way to lock it down without breaking the bank. Elopements are becoming the rock 'n' roll way to seal the deal. Check out my Shotgun wedding package!




What is BDM


BDM stands for Births Deaths and Marriages. It's a department of the Attorney Generals Office that registers marriages. They also run the registry office at Parliament.




What happens if we need to cancel our wedding due to COVID19?


Weddings that cannot take place due to COVID19 lockdowns can be rescheduled to another date that suits Renee the Celebrant, free of charge within 6 months of the original booking. If you can't find a suitable reschedule date then you'll need to find another Celebrant.





Email: info@reneethecelebrant.com.au

Phone: 0415 726 262

Located: Melbourne, Australia

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