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Celebrant Expectations

What to expect from your Celebrant

Adelaide’s BEST Celebrants

If you’ve booked Middleton Events to officiate your upcoming Wedding, you’ve just taken the first step to confirm your Celebrant and to ensure your special day will be amazing!

Here’s what to expect in the lead to your wedding;

Our First Meeting – An opportunity for us to meet and greet and for us to find out all about you! We will ask you to bring with you some documentation to establish your identity, including:

• an original: (1) *Birth Certificate; or (2) an *official extract of an entry in an official register (*preferable if born in Australia), or (3) an Australian or overseas Passport showing the date and place of birth; and
• if providing a Birth Certificate, a driver’s licence or a Passport by way of photo ID; and
• evidence of any name changes (if applicable); and
• evidence of any divorce or death of a party’s spouse (if applicable).

We will explain all legal documentation to you, including the Notice of Intended Marriage form (‘the NOIM’) and the Declaration of No Legal Impediment to Marriage (‘the Declaration’). The NOIM must be completed no earlier than 18 months and no later than one month before the date of the marriage. Once your booking is confirmed, you’ll receive an email from us within the 15 minutes with a link to fill out your NOIM online. Once this is done, it will automatically populate all other legal forms ready to sign.

The Declaration is usually signed closer to your ceremony date (for example, this will be done at a rehearsal approx. 1-2 weeks before your ceremony).

A significant obligation of a marriage celebrant is to advise you on the availability of relationship education services. Whilst this is not compulsory to you getting married, it is important and there are various courses available to help you develop and maintain strong and healthy relationships.

Once the NOIM is signed, we will provide you with a brochure titled Happily Ever…Before and After which contains important information for couples planning to marry.

MONTH 2 – Comprehensive information regarding ceremony readings, music selections and vows can also be made available to you both. All personal vows, music, poems and scripts are to be sent and formalised by couples and sent to us for scripting. This is to be completed no later than 4 weeks out from your wedding to allow us sufficient time to plan, prepare and write the script for your wedding.


3 – 4 Weeks Before the Ceremony – By now we will have worked together to have a good outline of your wedding ceremony. Communication in person or via email or Skype. We will send you copy of the completed script for your perusal and confirmation which will outline the structure of your ceremony.

2 Weeks Before the Ceremony – Any changes are to be sent via email clearly outlining your changes and final payment and balance due.

1 Week Before the Ceremony – Rehearsal/final meeting at venue (if convenient) or another suitable/similar venue.

Confirm ALL wedding details.

Wow, don’t even know where to begin so I’ll just say this. Having John as our Celebrant, DJ and MC and his beautiful wife Sandra as our photo booth hostess was by far the best decision we made for our wedding, it would not have been as great as it was without them both, our guests all agreed!

We cannot thank you enough for everything! You made everyone feel comfortable and everyone thoroughly enjoyed themselves. The whole thing was perfect.


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