Not all marriage celebrants are the same so it is good to look and ask around before you make you final decision on who will be the most significant servant for you on your wedding day.
In all professions there are the good the plain and the dreadful – and then there is the price they quote, and these vary significantly across the country and they do not convey to you what you will get and what it is you really need to know about planning and conducting a you wedding ceremony-
If you are looking for a celebrant that really suits you and will work with you to make your day memorable and special, you need to go exploring and get to know something about them. Don’t just select any old celebrant, select a few to explore and chose the one who understands and appreciates what it is you want, the celebrant who can create and deliver your personal, special wedding ceremony. If you want a great ritual that you and your guests will really recall and enjoy, then, make every effort to invest in the services of professional celebrant.
Ask questions like:
- Are you a qualified celebrant?
- What to you offer couples you are marrying?
- What do clients say about you?
- What are your values in providing marriage celebrant service?
- Talk us through some of weddings have you conducted?
All professional marriage celebrants registered in the Commonwealth of Australia must abide by a Professional Code of Practice. For your convenience, I have detailed below the Code of Practice for marriage celebrants as decreed by the Australian Attorney General’s Office.
CODE OF PRACTICE FOR AUSTRALIAN MARRIAGE CELEBRANTS
- APPLICATION OF THIS CODE OF PRACTICE
This Code of Practice applies to marriage celebrants (being persons registered under
Subdivision C of Division 1 of Part IV of the Marriage Act 1961).
Note: Under paragraph 39I(1)(b) of the Marriage Act 1961, if the Registrar of Marriage
Celebrants is satisfied that a marriage celebrant has not complied with an obligation under
section 39G of that Act, including this Code of Practice, the Registrar may take disciplinary
measures against the marriage celebrant.
- HIGH STANDARD OF SERVICE
A marriage celebrant must maintain a high standard of service in his or her professional
conduct and practice.
- RECOGNITION OF SIGNIFICANCE OF MARRIAGE
A marriage celebrant must recognise the social, cultural and legal significance of marriage
and the marriage ceremony in the Australian community, and the importance of strong and
respectful family relationships.
- COMPLIANCE WITH THE MARRIAGE ACT AND OTHER LAWS
A marriage celebrant must:
(a) solemnize marriages according to the legal requirements of the Marriage Act 1961
(b) observe the laws of the Commonwealth and of the State or Territory where the
marriage is to be solemnized; and
(c) prevent and avoid unlawful discrimination in the provision of marriage celebrancy
- GENERAL REQUIREMENTS FOR MARRIAGE CEREMONIES
A marriage celebrant must respect the importance of the marriage ceremony to the parties
and the other persons organising the ceremony. To that end, the marriage celebrant must
do the following:
(a) give the parties information and guidance to enable them to choose or compose a
marriage ceremony that will meet their needs and expectations;
(b) respect the privacy and confidentiality of the parties;
(c) maintain appropriate facilities to interview parties and provide office facilities,
including facilities for the secure storage of records;
(d) within a reasonable time before the marriage ceremony:
(i) confirm all details with the parties; and
(ii) ensure the return of all personal documents belonging to the parties (unless it is
necessary to keep the documents for the ceremony); and
(iii) sign any necessary declarations;
(e) if requested by the parties, conduct a marriage ceremony rehearsal;
(f) ensure that his or her personal presentation is of an appropriate standard for the
marriage ceremony, and respect the expectations of the parties in relation to the
(g) make efforts to ensure that the marriage ceremony is audible to all those present
(using audio equipment, if required);
(h) ensure accuracy in the preparation of documents, and in the conduct of the marriage
(i) arrive at the venue for the marriage ceremony no later than the time agreed with the
(j) if the marriage celebrant has agreed to perform more than one marriage ceremony on
the same day:
(i) ensure that the parties to each marriage receive a level of service that meets their
separate and special requirements; and
(ii) be available at the venue for each marriage ceremony at least 20 minutes before
the agreed commencement of each ceremony (unless, in the case of consecutive
ceremonies, the ceremonies are to be held at the same venue);
(k) ensure that all relevant documents are completed and sent to the appropriate
registering authority within 14 days after the marriage ceremony, as required by section
50 of the Marriage Act 1961;
(l) in relation to the provision of marriage services, accept evaluative comment from the
parties, and use any comments to improve performance;
(m) give the parties information about how to notify the Commonwealth Attorney-
General’s Department of any concerns or complaints they may have regarding the
marriage services provided by the marriage celebrant.
- KNOWLEDGE AND UNDERSTANDING OF FAMILY RELATIONSHIPS SERVICES
A marriage celebrant must:
(a) maintain an up-to-date knowledge about appropriate family relationships services in
the community; and
(b) inform parties about the range of information and services available to them to
enhance, and sustain them throughout, their relationship.
It is important to make a time to meet with your potential celebrant and see how well you get along, if you are on the same page for what you require in your wedding ceremony. When you do meet, question your celebrant on the Professional Code Practice, the amount of help they provide in ceremony resource, ceremony construction, additional help and information to which they have access to and do they provide an on site rehearsal?
When you’re completely satisfied make your booking quickly. Remember the cheapest celebrant may not be the best celebrant for you. Good celebrants aren’t hard to find however they may be booked well ahead and you don’t want to miss out on your preferred marriage celebrant.