FAQ

Click on any of the links below to view some of the frequently asked questions and answers:
How do we select our celebrant? : Can same sex couples be married? : When and where can couples be married? : How much does it cost? : Will you travel outside of Darwin NT) or Burpengary (QLD)? : How is the ceremony developed? : What sort of ceremony can we have? : Can we design our vows? : Can the witnesses be the same sex and/or relative? : Will we have a rehearsal? : Should we invite the celebrant to the reception? : When should we book our celebrant? : What do I offer?

How do we select our celebrant?

The Federal Attorney General Marriage Celebrant section has a list of registered and authorised celebrants and the Notice of Intended Marriage form. Go to the website and scroll through the information provided to marrying couples. I am on that list, if you wish to confirm my registration and authority to marry you.

I operate under a Code of Conduct, but am also a member of Australia’s most prestigious civil celebrant association, the Australian Federation of Civil Celebrants. I ensure that I am up to date in terms of my ongoing professional development, and contribute my time and energy to ensure that my understandings about legal accountabilities is current.

Download a copy of the Civil Celebrants Code of Ethics.

I am also a registered business owner, Dream Dancer Celebrations, with an Australian Business Number (ABN), so am a legitimate small business owner.

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Can same-sex couples be married in Australia?

No, unfortunately the laws of Australia prohibit marriages of same-sex couples. While new laws specifically enhance the legal acknowledgement of the commitment between same-sex couples, the current Marriage Act states that a marriage ceremony is reserved for “a man and a woman, to the exclusion of all others, voluntarily entered into for life” (words taken from the Celebrant’s Monitum, which must be recited at every marriage).

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When and where can couples be married?

Couples may marry anywhere in Australia at a time and place negotiated with your celebrant and with permission from relevant authorities, e.g. land owner, Parks and Wildlife, or City Council.

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How much does it cost?

Fees vary from one celebrant to another. As an experienced celebrant, I offer guaranteed, quality service and individual and unique ceremonies.

A non-refundable booking fee is paid once you confirm your marriage date. Prior to the wedding ceremony, usually at the rehearsal, the balance of the fee is paid. Please note; full payment must be received, and credited to my account, prior to the ceremony.

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Will you travel outside of Darwin (NT) or Burpengary (Qld)?

Because I have study interests in Brisbane, but am resident in Darwin, I commute between the two cities. However, I schedule wedding ceremonies when I am resident in each state, so you are not responsible for ny airfares or accommodation expenses.

Darwin, I travel within the metropolitan area without additional fees, and when in Brisbane, I travel within the northern suburbs of Brisbane without additional fees. Outside of these areas however, additional fees are applicable. For example, if I am contracted to do a wedding more than 40 km from Darwin or Burpengary, additional fees and/or travel costs may apply.

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How is the ceremony developed?

I create a unique, individual ceremony for you and with you! It takes as much time as you want or need to get the ceremony of your dreams. No two ceremonies are the same! A large selection of resources are available through my personal library to assist you. After your ceremony, you will be given a beautifully presented copy of your ceremony for your Memory Book.

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What sort of ceremony can we have?

I am experienced in developing a range of ceremonies. Whatever your preference might be; quiet, enthusiastic, traditional, unusual, spiritual, symbolic, themed or anything else. I am respectful of your wishes.

I will work with you to develop the ceremony of your dreams, as long as it is lawful and morally and ethically acceptable.

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Can we design our own vows?

Yes. While there are mandatory requirements within the ceremony, and within the vows, couples can add their own special words to their ceremony. You can write as much, or as little, of your ceremony as you want. I can help you with any aspects that are proving difficult, or offer suggestions where necessary, to assist the ‘flow’ of the ceremony and to ensure legal requirements are met.

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Can the witnesses be the same sex and/or relatives?

Yes. Witnesses must be over 18 years of age, however.

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Will we have a rehearsal?

Yes, if you require one, preferably at the same venue and time as your ceremony, a couple of days prior to your ceremony.

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Should we invite the celebrant to the reception?

Unless the celebrant is a family friend or relative and would normally be invited to the reception, usually the celebrant is not invited to the reception. Where drinks are served straight after the ceremony, I am more than happy to share with the happy couple, but this is not essential. There is no expectation of an invitation to your reception – though I do enjoy hearing about it after your ceremony!!

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When should we book our celebrant?

As peak wedding times are often booked at least 12—15 months in advance, it is wise to book me early. Venues, photographers, hairdressers, dressmakers, table/chair hire, limousine services and hotels all strain with the demand. With a limited number of talented and experienced celebrants, it is wise to book your preferred day/date early.

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What do I offer?

I offer a unique and personal service and ceremony which includes the following:

  • An obligation-free initial meeting to meet and explore what sort of ceremony you are after
  • Preparation of all legal documents prior, during and after the ceremony
  • Use of my extensive library of resources, including ceremony and vow ideas
  • A ceremony uniquely tailored to suit your needs
  • An on-site rehearsal if necessary
  • Presentation of your ceremony
  • Use of my presentation table, ivory brocade tablecloth and white chairs ( for signing of marriage documents)
  • Travel time and costs
  • Lodgement of your documents with the Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages
  • A copy of your ceremony printed on parchment for your Memory Book

The following possible components are just a guide to help you on your way. For more information, please contact me through my booking and enquiries form.

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