FAQ – Tara Rennie
Choosing A Celebrant
Your wedding day is an incredibly special, once in a lifetime moment. You want it to be perfect. Finding the right Celebrant may take a little time, but it is worth it. Meeting is always the best way to gauge how they will fit into your day. If the Celebrant isn’t happy, helpful and engaging, then neither will your Ceremony be! Don’t settle for a Celebrant who’s best is ‘average’. Good Celebrants make you feel that you are in safe hands and ensure your ceremony ideas and requirements come to life. Good Celebrants are booked out quite early in advance, so don’t leave it too late. Without a good Celebrant, the day becomes a very expensive party.
How Long Does A Wedding Ceremony Go For?
Depending on your requirements, the normal time frame is half an hour, start-to-finish. Add in one or two readings and a ‘symbolic’ element and the ceremony is tailored to suit that time frame. Looking for something short & sweet? Perfect! A shortened ceremony is drafted without losing any signifcance or romance. Weddings come in all shapes and sizes, dependent on how you want it to be. Big or small, long or short, all weddings are important no matter what the time frame.
We Don’t Know What We Want….
You may have been to other ceremonies and have taken note of what you don’t want, rather than what you do. That’s fine. I love to guide all my couples through the process and work with them to create their own truly memorable event. We sit down and talk through all the detail of your ceremony; discuss what works, what doesn’t, what we can and can’t do. Talking through your ceremony creates ideas and excitement about the day and gives you ‘food for thought’ for the ceremony itself. Through the course of time, your creativity and plans will be brought together and you will come to know exactly ‘what you want’.
How Far In Advance Can We/Should We Book A Celebrant?
You can book your Celebrant at anytime (securing your date and time with a deposit). Legal documentation can only be officially lodged from 18 months out, to no less than one month before the wedding day. Good Celebrants are always booked out in advance and may already have one or two other ceremonies on the same day as you have chosen. The more time in advance you book your key items (Celebrant, Venue, Reception, Photographer), the more likely you will have your first choice in everything.
Where Do We Meet?
Meetings are held in Balmain (Sydney) or North Avoca (Central Coast). Last evening appointment is 6pm. Weekends are also good to meet as they are less frantic, however meeting times are dictated by actual weddings on those days.
What Are The Legal Requirements?
1. Notice Of Intended Marriage. First of the legal documents. Can be lodged with your Celebrant no earlier than 18 months out, no less than one month prior to the wedding day. To complete this document, you are required to show original Birth Certificates and photo ID (new rule). If you have been previous married, then your Divorce Certificate is also required. No copies are needed and there is no requirement for the Celebrant to keep your originals. The NOTICE is signed by you and witnessed either by the Celebrant or a JP. The NOTICE is then lodged with Births, Deaths & Marriages NSW and we are good to go.
2. Statutory Declarations. Stating there are no legal impediments to your marriage. Stating you are over 18, are not marrying your Cousin and haven’t married someone else since your Celebrant saw you last!
3. Documentation On The Day. On your wedding day and as part of your Ceremony, we will sign the Marriage Register, the BDM Marriage Certificate and the Australian Marriage Certificate which you will take home with you. The other documents will be sent to Births, Deaths & Marriages NSW for processing. You will receive an email confirming your marriage has been successfully registered and is all legal and binding.
Couples Living Overseas
Thinking of marrying here in Sydney? Fantastic choice!! Most of our contact is via email, post and Skype. Although distance keeps us from meeting face-to-face, the process is just as simple and I take care of every aspect for you, to ensure you have a very memorable time for your marriage here in Sydney.
Easy! Please send me an email or call me to discuss your requirements and i’ll talk you through the process of what we need to do. Dependent on the particular country you are applying to, visa approval times vary and so the earlier you can submit the Fiance Visa Application, the more likely you are to be approved in time for your planned wedding date.
Choosing your favourite outdoor venue is exceptional and lends itself to the type of ceremony you envisage. You will need to check with the local council about booking the particular park space to ensure your exclusive use. All councils vary in their fees, but your fees do ensure the council will have the park cleaned, mow the grass, not book any other wedding around that time and allocate you a 2-3 hour window for your use only.
We’ve Been To Ceremonies But We Don’t Really Listen…
Excellent question! And why is that? Possibly because the PA System was not suitable for the amount of guests, too small for the area. Possibly because the words of the ceremony were dull and uninteresting. Maybe the Celebrant (or Minister) wasn’t really engaged with what they were saying, maybe they just couldn’t deliver the words professionally or with any passion. Perhaps they simply read from a piece of paper and bored everyone to no end. Doesn’t really make for a memorable wedding ceremony. My couples have wonderful ceremonies written just for them, your guests are completely engaged with the story – and it’s really easy to do….!
Can We Have A Rehearsal?
Yes, of course! Preferably on site and within the week prior to the Ceremony. Granted, if the ceremony is convenient for everyone to get to, then that’s ideal. If not, we can simply meet where is convenient and run through the placement of people, what to do with the bouquet when its time to join hands, how to place on the rings, where the readers will stand. Just so your photographs on the wedding day don’t show you with a look of shock and confusion. Think a stress-free day.
Council Says “No Amplified Music”??
Which really means – don’t turn up with a rig full of equipment like you’re about to hold a “Bon Jovi” concert. My PA system covers the ceremony area well, all the guests can hear clearly and the neighbours won’t be disturbed. It is a legal requirement for everyone at the ceremony to hear clearly, whether that is for 3 or 300 people and the only way to ensure this is with the PA system.
If you are looking at having an outdoor wedding, it’s a good idea to have a ‘Plan B’ indoor venue as a back-up. There is nothing worse than spending a year working on your wedding only to have it upturned by a rainy day. It may not be how you exactly planned it, but it will take the stress out of any last minute panic.
What Time Will I Be There On The Day?
As an example; If you guests are arriving at 3pm, the Bride is arriving at 3.15pm, the I ensure I am at the venue by 2.45pm. I will do a sound-check with the PA system and double-check the seating, carpet, signing table, etc, are all where we expected them to be from our rehearsal/walk-through. If not, there is still a moment to move everything into the correct place before guests start arriving.