Entries by Judy Zilber

Changing a name after marriage

As a Celebrant I provide information to couples on how to apply for the official standard marriage certificate** from the Office of Births, Deaths and Marriages – after the marriage is registered. I’m asked if this is the certificate needed to legally change a surname. Although not strictly the role of any Marriage Celebrant to […]

Marriage Essentials

MARRIAGE ESSENTIALS It’s not difficult to be legally married anywhere in Australia! So what are the ESSENTIAL REQUIREMENTS to ensure you are legally married? LEGAL PAPERWORK ESSENTIALS The first legal paperwork – the Notification of Intention to Marry (NOIM) – must be completed and lodged with your Celebrant at least ONE MONTH prior to your […]

Choosing your wedding ceremony venue

Choosing Your Wedding Ceremony Venue As a Marriage Celebrant I have experienced all types of marriage ceremonies at different venues around Canberra, South Coast and regional areas. These experiences lead me to some thoughts you may wish to consider when deciding on your wedding venue – inside or outside. Many couples will know instantly where […]

Can We Have a Surprise Ceremony?

  By a “surprise” wedding we can mean either; • One party to the marriage wants to “surprise” their partner with a whole wedding ceremony that has been organised without their knowledge – perhaps as a ‘gift’ to their partner, or • The marrying couple wish to keep their wedding ceremony a secret from everyone […]

Wet Weather Wedding….. Oh No!

You have planned the perfect outdoor venue for your wedding ceremony! But… have you also planned what to do if the weather turns terrible on your wedding day? Here are my tips on how to plan for such an eventuality; Have a ‘Plan B’ right from the start of your planning so you know exactly […]

Why does a marriage celebrant charge so much?

Occasionally celebrants are asked the question by marrying couples “Why does a Marriage Celebrant charge so much?” The hidden costs are part of every business. What are you actually paying for when you purchase a beautiful wedding gown? Here are just some of the expenses many celebrants may incur to run their celebrancy business. These […]

WHY is it important for couples to check what a celebrant provides …

WHY is it SO important for every marrying couple to CHECK exactly what a celebrant provides as part of their fee before booking that celebrant? It’s important because there are legal requirements for information and inclusions that every Celebrant throughout Australia MUST provide to every marrying couple. We celebrants are all different and so every […]