If you have chosen or are planning to choose a celebrant for your wedding, I thought I would share something that a couple recently encountered.
The groom mentioned that their celebrant had told them she was required by law to have a second celebrant as a witness on the day. Something about this didn’t seem right to me, so I asked their permission to verify this for them.
After speaking to registered civil marriage celebrants, it was evident that this was not true if the celebrant is in fact registered.
You can have other’s taking roles in the ceremony but there are three roles that must be carried out legally by a registered celebrant during the ceremony. The actual ‘Vows’, the ‘Reminder’ (that you are entering into a solemn decision) and of course the ‘Pronouncement’ (you are now man and wife). There are of course legal requirements that also need to be completed by a registered celebrant, before and after your wedding too.
The bride & groom were naturally shocked when they realised the celebrant they choose was not registered. Even more scarey was when we looked into it further we were told that a registered celebrant had to lodge the ‘notice of intention to get married forms’ for the marriage to be legal. As the unregistered celebrant had already lodge this form, the bride & groom needed to find a registered celebrant to relodge the form on their behalf, otherwise the wedding would not have been legal in the eyes of Australian Law.
This is one part of your wedding day that you don’t want to get wrong, so make sure you select a professional, competent and legally registered civil marriage celebrant. If you have concerns on what the laws are in Australia or if your not sure that your celebrant is in fact registered, then you can check out the Attorney-General’s Department www.ag.gov.au and follow and follow the links for more details.
May your wedding be a happy and legal one!
If a church ceremony is what you have your heart set on, then you will want to read on.
What I recommend couples do, is to discuss with the church minister about his or her views on photographers taking photographs during the ceremony.
Will the minister allow flash in the church? If the church was built in the last thirty years there is a good chance it has fluorescent lighting (which is not a great light source for photography). If the church is illuminated by fluorescent lighting and the minister doesn’t allow flash inside the church, then you need to check if this will be a problem for your photographer.
I suggest you confirm these questions with your minister too:
1) Are there areas inside the church the photographer is not allowed to take photographs?
2) Are there any times during the ceremony that the photographer is not allowed to take photographs?
Confirming these questions with your minister will give you information to share with your photographer. Chat with your photographer about the church’s policies to see if they will affect what you had visualised your wedding photography inside the church to look like.
Do this before you walk down the aisle and you won’t have to worry about the minister getting annoyed at the photographer during the ceremony.
Timing is one of the major factors to consider with any wedding. Bride & Grooms chat in detail with me a month before their wedding so together we can work out the timing.
How can you be sure you have organised everything to ensure you make it to the ceremony on time? This issue is usually more of a concern for the girls because they have hair and make-up appointments. It doesn’t matter if you travel to the hair and make-up artists or if they come to you – timing is important.
The more girls needing to have their hair and make-up done, the more an issue time will be. No one wants to be stressed on their wedding day because they are running late to the ceremony!
My advice to brides is to talk to the hair and make-up artist about the timing carefully. Ask them how much time they need to guarantee you will be finished on time. Then if you have to travel to them – add this time as well. That way, you can allow enough time to get home again.
It isn’t a bad idea to add another twenty minutes to your timing, so you have a little time up your sleeve. Another idea is to delegate a member of the bridal party to keep an eye on their watch. This way you can relax knowing everything has been well organised and someone is keeping an eye on the time for you.
Today’s weddings are less formal than they have ever been. Though, it is often the case that ‘relaxed’ weddings take just as much planning as formal ones.
No one wishes to experience stress on their wedding day so here is a tip to think about. Organise a basket of refreshments (wine, water & nibbles etc.) to be served to you as soon as you arrive at your photographic location.
Just imagine relaxing while you sip your glass of wine and enjoy the company of your closet friends (i.e. the bridal party). It may only be ten minutes you allocate for this, but in my experience it can be a wonderful de-stressor and a great opportunity for candid photography.