Firstly, I would like to offer my congratulations to you on your intended marriage.  It is exciting times indeed and I would love to think that you would choose me as your Celebrant - so first, just a bit about me and my wedding style.

 

Actually, my wedding style is all about you!  Just as no two people are alike, no two couples want the same wedding.  My philosophy is to help you create something unique and meaningful that reflects your beliefs, values and of course, your love.

 

I am a good listener – and listening is the perfect place to start.  However, I am there to guide you with sample ceremonies and symbolic ideas for rituals if required, and we can work together until we have created something you are entirely happy with.  I love to write and I know that I can craft a beautifully written ceremony for you.

 

As a public speaker, and the owner of a good quality amp, I will then be the voice that allows you to share your love and your story with your specially chosen guests.  I hope you will choose me to be your Wedding Celebrant.

You Do?

I Do.... Great Ceremonies!

 

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 Planning Your Wedding 

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Step 1: Choosing your Celebrant

Step 2: We Work Together

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Step 3: The Big Day

 
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 Frequently Asked Questions

 

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How do I know you are an Authorised Wedding Celebrant?

How do I know you are an Authorised Wedding Celebrant?

This is an excellent question, and absolutely one that should be asked first!  As I am a Celebrant who

is qualified and authorised by the Attorney General’s Department to conduct weddings in Australia,

you will find my listing under Anne Martin, Commonwealth Registered Marriage Celebrant:

               https://www.ag.gov.au/families-and-marriage/marriage/find-marriage-celebrant

 

 I am also a member of the Australian Federation of Civil Celebrants.

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Where do I begin – what about the legalities?

Where do I begin – what about the legalities?

 

As soon as you have a date, you should secure your Celebrant.  Many Celebrants, including myself will book up a long way in advance, particularly on Saturdays. 

Now is a good time to talk about an important document ~ the Notice Of Intention to Marry.  The time frame to lodge this with me is between 18 months prior to your wedding and up to one month prior.   It is very important to be aware that by law, this document cannot be lodged with less than one month to go.  This document is typically lodged upon first booking your Celebrant, and… it is a good idea to book your Celebrant early.

What else do I need to do in terms of legalities & paperwork?

What else do I need to do in terms of legalities & paperwork?

 

Once you have booked me and completed the Notice of Intention to Marry document, all of the rest of the legalities and paperwork will be handled by me as your Celebrant.  Yes, you will need to do some more signing ~ including on the day ~ but you don’t need to worry about much else.  I can also order your Official Marriage Certificate to be sent to you (at near cost) once the Marriage has been officially lodged with the Births, Deaths and Marriages office.

Who should be in the Wedding Party for our ceremony?

Who should be in the Wedding Party for our ceremony?

The Wedding Party for your ceremony can be large or small, or even not at all.

The only legality is that there are two adults who witness your ceremony and will sign the legal Marriage Certificate on the day to testify that they were witnesses at your wedding.

I am happy to work with whatever size Wedding Party you would like and encourage them to attend the rehearsal in the week prior. 

What should be in our Ceremony?

What should be in our Ceremony?

Your day, your way!  Yes there are some elements of a ceremony that must be present to make your wedding lawful, but interestingly, these are surprisingly few.  I am happy to step you through the four legal elements of a ceremony and these can be intertwined throughout your service.   But, did you know that no one has to ‘give away’ the bride; you don’t have to exchange rings;  you don’t even need to say “I do”!    This leaves quite a blank canvas for your ceremony to be just as you would like it – as traditional or as original as you like.  It’s my job to make sure it suits your style.

Where can we get married?

Where can we get married?

That’s up to you.  Outdoors or indoors, licensed venue or your backyard, National Park or beach, winery or restaurant.  Tell me your ideas, as in some cases, permits must be sought.     I also love heights… just a thought…. 

What are your fees?

What are your fees?

 

My fee will vary depending upon your requirements.  ‘Legals-only’ ceremonies are the cheapest, but many couples will want a ceremony that is unique and specially designed for them and their guests to celebrate the momentous occasion.  My fee will be inclusive of all our meetings, emails, phone calls, ceremony design, legal paperwork including your official marriage certificate, rehearsal and of course, the big day!   It also includes the use of my P/A.  Call me to discuss your requirements.

 
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"Annie we can not thank you enough for being our Celebrant on our wedding day.  When we first started looking for Celebrants we had no idea what to look for or what to expect.  From day one you were so well organized and explained the process so clearly to us that we knew we had made the correct decision in choosing you.   

 

You were so helpful and supportive in helping us bring our vision to life in our ceremony, always with a have positive outlook on all discussions. We were after an intimate but relatively fast ceremony (having 2 little kids) and you helped us deliver that, and the kids stayed well behaved (ha ha).  We had an unusually large bridal party yet you helped us incorporate them all and bring special roles into the ceremony with your great suggestions.  You even suggested the kids be involved by giving us our rings - that is an image we will always treasure.  You gave our ceremony humour and laughs and this was the vibe we wanted.

 

You went above and beyond for us, always a phone call or an email away and your happy and warm presence made us and our guests feel really at ease.  I have spoken to many others who said that they wish they had had someone like you.  Thank you so much Annie for being our Celebrant and making our ceremony perfect.  Much love, Bec & Ryan."

“Annie was wonderful and complemented our day beautifully. She was totally professional throughout but also warm and friendly.  She helped us through the ins and out of the process and made our ceremony a memorable one.  Because of COVID we did not end up with the wedding we had planned and there were late significant changes, but Annie took that in her stride and her calmness was reassuring.  I would have no hesitation in recommending her services.”  Susan & Peter

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"We are so thankful and grateful for having Annie marry us.  She went out of her way to make sure our day and the lead up was a stress free, happy experience.

 

We loved that Annie happily met us the day the before to run through the plans for the ceremony. She was more than happy to go out of her way to support our special day and make sure everything was how we imagined.

 

We loved that Annie was always so contactable whenever we had a question.  She was always in contact with us and kept us up to date with current restrictions.  We are so thankful that Annie married us - it was a pleasure working with her."   Alison & Parris

We are so happy that we asked Annie to be our marriage celebrant. She worked with us to create an intimate and meaningful ceremony, which we felt was perfectly suited to us. The rehearsal was a lot of fun and going through it all with Annie helped us feel much less anxious about the big day. 

 

On the day, Annie was both supportive and reassuring, and kept the atmosphere relaxed and happy, as it should be. And I lost count of how many times people came up to us afterwards to tell us how beautiful they thought the ceremony was. Thank you so much Annie! 

 

Elaine and Matt

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"We loved having Annie as the MC for our wedding, she made the day go so smoothly.  She created such a warm and fun atmosphere. She was great at getting people's attention to announce our arrival, the speeches, the cake cutting and the dance-off, and she added her own lovely personal touches to each announcement. We were so glad she was part of our wedding.    ~     Love, Tess & Adam."

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Notice of Intention to Marry Document 

Happily Ever Before and After