Ceremony Options & Pricing

Fees

While I understand that wedding costs can get out of hand, choosing a celebrant on price alone would be a grave mistake.  This will give you very little information about the other things that matter - the experience, knowledge, and skill of the celebrant, the style and tone of the ceremony, whether it will be a unique custom-created ceremony  or a standard “cookie cutter” ceremony into which the celebrant just inserts your names.

 

I would encourage you to give a great deal of thought to your ceremony. The wedding industry will encourage you to spend a small fortune on the frills- dress, make-up, hair dressing, flowers, cake, trinkets and favours. Although these can make for nice photographs, the words to say to each other, the ritual and ceremony you have total control over should set the tone for the entire day. The ceremony does not need to be the legality you must get out of the way before the celebration starts, it should be the moment the celebration starts!

 

Over 65% of weddings in Australia are performed by celebrants, the advantage of using a celebrant is that you can pretty much have anything you want. There are a few must do's and must say's but in most of my custom-created ceremonies the legal requirements make up less than 20% off the ceremony.

 

My fee includes:

 

  • Initial consultation including discussing legal requirements in compliance with the requirements of the Marriage Act, 1961. Completing forms, letters for fiance visa etc,  reservation of your ceremony date and time.

  • Writing your ceremony (this usually takes around 5- 10 hours  for a bespoke custom – created ceremony)

  • Ceremony rehearsal for Wedding Bells and Whistles option is included (extra fee for other options)

  • On the day: travelling to and from the location, providing and setting up high quality audio equipment including a portable cordless PA, Shure microphones and lectern as required. Calming the groom and his attendants and settle the guests prior to the ceremony.

  • Administration and record keeping: my professional training and attention to detail ensures that all documents are prepared for the ceremony, official certificates are lodges with BDM and records are securely maintained.

 

Wedding options: All couples are given the option of using my complimentary wedding workbook.

 

Sweet K.I.S. Ceremony: my take on the “keep it simple” philosophy: a great alternative to a registry office wedding with the location of your choosing: restaurants, boats, parks, beaches, or your own back yard! (just check with local councils for parks or beaches) $350.00 week days $420.00 weekends. Usually just the happy couple and a small wedding party is present. 

 

Intimate Moments: An intimate fully personalised ceremony. Including 2-3 guest readings, and a bespoke written ceremony $480.00 - $590.00

 

Wedding Bells and Whistles: The full dream package, anything your heart desires- fully customised to your specifications, includes wedding rehearsal and extra rituals including sand ceremony, hand fasting, pet inclusions etc  $650.00- $780.00

 

Commitment ceremonies : Choose from any of the above packages - Celebrate your love your way!

 

Name giving, Baby blessing: Welcome your bundle of joy with a personalised ceremony. $350.00 - $420.00 

 

All packages include travel in the greater Brisbane area- Redlands, Southside, Northside, Samford, Mt Glorious and Mt Nebo, Dayboro, Clear Mountain and Ocean View.  Extra fees may be incurred for extra travel, extra meetings & rehearsals or ceremonies on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Years Day or Easter.

Sweet  Kis

My take on the “keep it simple” philosophy a great alternative to a Registry Office ceremony.

 

Not everyone wants a big white wedding with all the frills. I understand that some couples want a simple yet personal alternative to a registry office wedding, with a small wedding party and the required witnesses. That is why I offer wedding ceremonies from just $310.00, which is the same price you would pay for a ceremony at the registry office Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm. * fees are slightly more for public holidays,evenings & weekends.

 

The difference is that I will perform the ceremony where you choose, that could be the restaurant where you had your first date, a beautiful park or anywhere you choose. There is no set time restrictions or dates that cannot be done, which is what you are faced with at the registry office. You won’t be just another appointment is a busy office, and you get to meet me at least a month prior to the ceremony for a chat and to fill out the NOIM. This can be done at my office or I can come to you.

 

The ceremony will be romantic, meaningful yet simple, and may include a reading or two from friends or family. You can write your own vows from the heart and with the assistance of free inspirational material I will provide, or just use the prescribed legal wording.

 

This is the perfect option to fulfil fiancé visa immigration or if you are planning on a ceremony in your honeymoon location and just want to be legally married in Australia before you fly off to paradise.

 

The ceremony fee includes:

 

  • One meeting to fill out the Notice of Intended Marriage. This is the only meeting we will have prior to the ceremony, we can briefly discuss the ceremony and will work on the finer points of the ceremony by email and you will sign the required declarations moments before the ceremony starts.

  • Attending the ceremony within a 50km distance of my office in Dayboro * small fee for longer distances

  • Usually just the bride and groom and 2 witnesses but small party of guests is welcome

  • Compliance of all legal requirements including your marriage certificate and storage of records and lodgement of paperwork

  • Please note: there is no rehearsal with the Sweet Kis option.

 

 

Intimate Moments

Intimate Moments, for intimate weddings that are fully personalised with ritual and ceremony

 

For the bride and groom that want an intimate couture wedding done their way.

 

A fully bespoke ceremony written by me just for you, including the love story that is your story, a simple ritual and as many guest readings as you wish (optional) small wedding party and a short processional and recessional with music of your choice played through the P.A (optional)

 

This ceremony is for the couple that want more than the basic “Sweet Kis” package but still want a small, intimate ceremony with loved ones.

 

This is also the perfect option for an intimate "at home"  wedding, a surprise wedding (surprise your guests- not your future spouse), or a wedding venue such as a reception location or resturant.

 

From $480 for a week day wedding, slightly more for weekends, public holidays and full rehearsals.

 

 

The ceremony fee includes:

 

  • An initial meeting to fill out the Notice of Intended Marriage, and to discuss the ceremony, ritual and reading required. We will work on the finer points of the ceremony by email.

  • A second meeting a few days before the ceremony to sign the declaration and discuss ceremony or a mini rehearsal of ceremony (bride and groom only)

  • Attending the ceremony within a 50km distance of my office in Murrumba Downs.

  • Small bridal party

  • Performance of the ceremony

  • Use of Lectern, P.A and signing table if required

  • Keepsake copy of the ceremony

  • Compliance of all legal requirements including your marriage certificate and storage of records and lodgement of paperwork.

 

Wedding Bells & Whistles

With my Wedding Bells & Whistles option, the sky is the limit! This is the option for couples who require a once in a lifetime ceremony.

 

A custom created ceremony written just for you with extra rituals and readings. Write your own vows, or we can work together to create the perfect vows for you.

 

This is you day, your way. I am pretty adventurous so if you want a wedding on a mountain top, or at midnight on the beach this is the package for you. I am a stickler for detail so intricate rituals such as hand fasting will be given the respect they deserve, additional ceremony such as unity ceremonies to include children, family or pets is no problem. And working with other providers such as dove services, musicians, interpreters etc. are a speciality.

 

This is the package for large bridal parties that need a full rehearsal prior to the big day

 

Put simply this is the full “ bells and whistles” package. If you can dream it (and it’s legal) I can do it!

From $650.00 weekday package, slightly more for weekends and public holidays.

 

The ceremony fee includes:

 

  • An initial meeting to fill out the Notice of Intended Marriage, and to discuss the ceremony, ritual and reading required.

  • We will work on the finer points of the ceremony by email,  phone and have an extra meeting if required

  • A fully customised, bespoke ceremony, capturing your individual personalities, beliefs and values. 

  • A full rehearsal at the wedding venue or place of your choosing, a few days prior to the ceremony (up to one hour) this is also when you will sign the declaration prior to the ceremony.

  • Attending the ceremony within a 80km distance of my office in Dayboro.

  • Any size bridal party and the inclusion of other guests, pets etc.

  • Performance of the ceremony

  • Use of Lectern, P.A and signing table if required

  • Liasing with other professionals  such as musicians, 

  • Keepsake copy of the ceremony

  • Compliance of all legal requirements including your marriage certificate and storage of records and lodgement of paperwork

Name Giving / Baby Welcoming

 

Welcome your new baby into the family and community with ritual and celebration! This ceremony may include several readings and poems, mentor / god parent blessings. Tree planting, balloon release, candles, sand ceremony or any other meaningful ritual you require. $350.00 - $450.00

The ceremony fee includes:

 

  • An initial meeting to  discuss the ceremony, ritual and reading required. We will work on the finer points of the ceremony by email.

  • Attending the ceremony within a 50km distance of my office in Dayboro

  • Performance of the ceremony

  • Use of Lectern, P.A and signing table if required

  • Keepsake name giving certificate..