I started up Life's Celebrations By Samantha in July of 2007 and since being appointed by the Attorney Generals Department in September of 2008, have officiated at numerous Wedding Ceremonies as well as a lot of other Life's Celebrations. A list of appointed Marriage Celebrants can be found by clicking here.
Being very committed and dedicated to delivering a unique, personalised and friendly ceremony, I work with my couples every step of the way determining exactly what they want for their ceremony and what inclusions they have in mind. I always take the time to guide my couple's, assisting with wedding vows and ring wordings along with music and reading suggestions.
Upon receipt of your booking fee which secures your date and time, you are supplied with resources that will help with all of the things mentioned above. Wedding vows in particular can be quite scary for a lot of people, but I make it a little easier offering suggestions that you may or may not wish to use. They may just give you some inspiration - something to help you to put together your own vows.
There are some legalities of course that along with my duties as a Marriage Celebrant I will need to take care of. In the first instance, a Notice of Intended Marriage ( NOIM ) needs to be filled out. This can be done 18 months prior to your wedding taking place but no less that one month prior to your day. I supply this form when meeting with couples but it can also be downloaded by clicking on this link. This must be signed in front of your celebrant or other authorised person as stated in the instructions on Pages 1 and 2 of the NOIM. I will also go over with the parties to the marriage, the Terms and Conditions of you engaging Life's Celebrations by Samantha as your celebrant.
As another part of my legal obligation to you, you will also be given a copy of a pamphlet issued by the Attorney Generals Department, Happily Ever, Before and After. I supply the original pamphlet to each of the couple.
Idenitification must be provided to your celebrant prior to you getting married as well as photo identification. A birth certificate is one of the accepted forms of identification. If you were born in NSW and need to obtain your certificate contact your local Births, Deaths and Marriages office to find out how to apply. An Australian passport is also acceptable as proof of your birth. I am also a Justice of the Peace should you need any documents certified.
If either party have been previously married, divorce papers also need to be sighted by your celebrant.
There are a lot of inclusions you may wish to consider for your ceremony. Included is a sand unity ceremony as part of my package. You can see some images by clicking here where some photos are showcased . It is a lovely memento as well as a nice way to maybe include a blending of families, as many weddings in this day and age are. It makes everyone feel included. Other ideas include Candle Unity Ceremonies, Handfasting, Rose Giving ( to one another or to parents ) , Warming of Rings - there are of course many others.
For your ceremony, I supply a PA system so that everyone can hear the ceremony, as well as play the music that you have chosen.
On your big day you are presented with a marriage certificate that will be signed by both parties to the marriage and two witnesses over the age of 18. Whilst this is a legal document, you will still need to apply for the marriage certificate as issued by the Births, Deaths and Marriages Office within your state. I often apply for this on behalf of my couples. It is a much easier option as I send the application to NSW Births, Deaths and Marriages when I register your marriage online. You can apply for it, but have to supply identification. Should you choose to do this yourself, an application form can be downloaded by clicking on this link.
I am passionate about good service and making your day memorable. Over the years I have received many lovely testimonials from satisfied clients. You're also welcome to connect on Facebook and see many photos and posts from families and couples that have used Life's Celebrations By Samantha for their celebrations.
Why not get in contact today so we can catch up for a coffee and a chat to discuss one of the most important days in your life!