It is important to choose a Celebrant whom you are both comfortable with.
A Celebrant will help you plan your wedding ceremony and may suggest vows, poems, readings etc. that you may wish to use, or help you to develop your own.
Most Celebrants will attend your wedding rehearsal and provide you with a presentation copy of the ceremony.
A Notice of Intended Marriage must be lodged no more than 18 months and no less than one month and one day before the date of the wedding. In order to lodge it, you will both need to present your birth certificates or birth extracts and if applicable, either a Decree Absolute of Divorce or a death certificate, if either of you have previously been married.
On the day you will sign the wedding certificate, record book and registry paper in front of 2 witnesses, aged 18 years or over.
If under 18 you must have your parents' consent and an Order from a judge or magistrate allowing the marriage.
Research and meet with several celebrants.
Decide which celebrant to book.
Arrange further meeting times.
Organise the service.
Write your vows.
Decide who your witnesses will be (typically this is done by the Best Man and Matron of Honour/Chief Bridesmaid).
Confirm time and location of ceremony.
Sign a notice of intended marriage.
Sign a declaration of marriage form.
Make final payment.