Great question! I have no desire to over complicate things so I've distilled the process down into four simple steps.
Step 1. Meet
Ideally this is face-to-face, but can be done by Facetime if required. At this first meeting we discuss your wants and desires for your ceremony and I explain the relevant legal processes required. Hopefully you will agree that I am definitely the celebrant for you and book my service so we can lock off your wedding date. I can then give you my wedding pack full of useful information to assist you further with your planning. Up to this point it is totally obligation free and no cost will have been incurred on your part if you choose not to proceed further.
Step 2. Create
We then meet again where we complete the legal paperwork and discuss in more detail your ceremony, any rituals, personal vows or readings you may want to include. You will bring back the completed questionaire I gave you at the first meeting together with legal documents to allow us to complete the Notice of Intended Marriage Form. Following this meeting I then start writing and creating your unique, personalised ceremony script. Once finished, I send this to you for review and comment.
Step 3. Marriage
I arrive at the place of marriage at least one hour prior to your ceremony, to set-up, liaise with the photographer, any performers, people doing the readings and generally mingle with your guests. Then the fun part begins... With the aid of a high-quality PA system and cordless microphones, I conduct your memorable marriage ceremony, making sure it is full of laughter, happiness and wonderful memories that you will treasure always.
Step 4. Post marriage
You go off on a well-deserved honeymoon while I complete all the legal paperwork and register your marriage online with the Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages. I also submit your application for the official Certificate of Marriage (your legal wedding certificate) which is passed on at cost from the government – currently this charge is $58.