The Process

Step 1: Initial Contact

Contact me and I will check my availability for your wedding date. We can then have a chat about your wedding and what I can offer.

I will then email marriage ceremony resources for you to consider as well as the Notice of Intended Marriage form (NOIM) or download here Notice of Intended Marriage Form. (This document needs to be lodged at least one month prior to marriage and is valid up to 18 months from lodgement date).

When you are happy to proceed the next step is to arrange an initial meeting. (If you are unable to attend a face to face meeting due to distance we can organise to have a Skype or Facetime meeting).

Step 2: Initial Meeting

This will give you an opportunity to meet me and decide if I am the right Celebrant for your ceremony. There is no obligation to go ahead at this stage.

What to bring to this meeting:

  • Completed Notice of Intended Marriage (NOIM)
  • Birth Certificate if born in Australia or passport if born outside Australia
  • Drivers licence.
  • If previously married you will need to proof of end of marriage. Either Divorce documents or Death Certificate.
  • Names of two witnesses (Your wedding ceremony must be witnessed by two people who speak and understand English and who are at least 18 years of age)
  • If you would like to secure a booking for my services a deposit is required at the initial meeting.

Please note: there may be additional documentation needed depending on your circumstance, I will advise when this is necessary.

At this meeting we will:

  • Finalise the Notice of Intended Marriage form and I will witness both your signatures.
  • I will sight your identification documents, ‘End of Previous Marriage’ documents if needed and any other documents required.
  • Discuss the details of your wedding day.
  • Discuss your ceremony
    • The style – elegant, informal, relaxed or extravagant.
    • The role of family and friends in your ceremony.
    • The venue and alternate venue if weather is poor.
    • Music, vows and any special requirements you may have.
    • I can provide a P.A. system with ipod port for your music.
    • Other elements to include in your ceremony such as; sand ceremony, unity candle, hand fasting, warming of rings and breaking of glass.
  • Organise a date to meet again closer to your wedding day, to:
    • Run through the final outline of the ceremony.
    • To sign the ‘Declaration of no legal impediments to marriage’.

Step 3: Creating Your Wedding Ceremony

After meeting you and getting to know you both and your ideas for your ceremony, I will now create your wedding ceremony.  I will forward a draft ceremony for you to consider. There is certain words that you and your partner or I are required to say legally for your marriage to be valid. Other then the legal requirements your wedding ceremony is totally up to you.

Step 4: Meeting Prior To Wedding Ceremony

At this meeting we will:

  • Run through and confirm final wedding ceremony.
  • Sign ‘Declaration of no legal impediments to marriage’

Step 5: Your Wedding Day

On your wedding day:

  • I will arrive at the venue with plenty of time to set up.
  • I will meet with the groom to confirm any last minute requirements or answer any queries.
  • My role on the day is to coordinate with all involved, including your guests, photographer, musicians, venue organisers etc.
  • I will officiate your marriage.
  • You, your partner, your witnesses and I will sign three marriage certificates.
  • I will leave you with a ceremonial Certificate of Marriage and a copy of your personalized Wedding Ceremony.

Please note: The certificate you receive on your wedding day is ceremonial and will not meet the identity requirements of many government agencies. You will be required to obtain a certificate of marriage issued by your state or territory Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages to have your personal documentation (eg driver’s licence) changed to your married name.

I can apply for your offical marriage certificate on your behalf (there is a fee) when I lodge your marriage documents with Birth, Death and Marriages.

Step 6: Lodgment of Legal Documents

After your wedding, I will lodge the original Certificate of Marriage and other documents with the Registrar of Births, Deaths and Marriages in the State or Territory where your marriage took place. This will finalise the legal process.


Some kind words…

“Maryanne Bristow was our celebrant for our small wedding held in September.

We found Maryanne to be a lovely person who made us feel relaxed and special. The ceremony was exactly how we wanted it to be and her assistance and support on the day was very appreciated, she went above and beyond.

We highly recommend Maryanne as she was a pleasure to deal with”

Kelly Laming & Paul Cashman