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Initial Meeting with Wedding Couple
Tim Manger
Civil Marriage Celebrant

To help you prepare for our initial meeting, there are certain statutory requirements and considerations. Each item can be discussed when we meet.

...Every person has a story, every couple has a journey, life begins here...

Things you will both need to bring:

  • An original Birth Certificate (if born in Australia)
  • A Passport (if born overseas)
  • Photo ID (eg. valid passport or drivers licence)
  • Evidence of termination of any previous marriage(s) (eg. death, divorce or nullity)
  • Consent and Court Approval (if under 18 years of age)

Things you will need to know:

  • Date(s) of previous marriage(s)
  • Termination Date(s) of previous marriage(s)
  • Birth dates of any children from previous marriages
  • Your parent’s birth place
  • Your mother’s maiden name

Personal questions I am required to ask:

  • Are you both over the age of 18 years?
  • If one of you is under 18, do you have consent from a guardian?
  • If one of you is under 18, do you have court approval?
  • Are you related in any way? (eg. Brother, sister, father, mother)
  • Have you been married previously?
  • How was your last marriage terminated?
  • Do you have supporting evidence regarding any said marriage terminations?
  • Do you have any children from your previous marriage?
  • Were you born in Australia?

Thinks I am required to give you:

Things for you to ponder regarding your Marriage Ceremony:

  • Who will give the bride away? (eg. Father, brother, sister, uncle, guardian etc.)
  • Is the ceremony to take place indoors or outdoors?
  • Do you all relevant council permits and licences (if applicable)?
  • Do you have a wet weather or hot weather contingency plan?
  • Have you considered ceremony access for any disabled guests?
  • Do you want a ‘Welcome to Country’ as part of your ceremony (eg. an acknowledgement of indigenous land ownership)
  • Where would you like your bridal party to stand during the ceremony?
  • What type of readings will you select? (what will be read and who will read it)
  • How will the readings be provided and sourced?
  • What type of music will you select? (what will be played and when)
  • How will the music be provided? (eg. IPod, USB, SD, CD, DVD, ‘live’)
  • What type of Vows do you want? (eg. standard, customized)
  • Are you exchanging rings and who will have the rings?
  • Are you including any rituals, customs or traditions (eg. Sand ceremony, dove release, hand fasting ceremony etc.)
  • Who will witness your signature(s) on your marriage certificate (2 people are required, and must be over 18 years of age)

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When I meet with you, I will need to sight your original Birth Certificate and (or) Passport

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Do you provide a copy of the Ceremony?

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Yes. When I meet with you, I will bring my standard ceremony outline, that you can alter to suit your special day. I also have this in an electronic format (which you may edit as you see fit)

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