Celebrants Role

The Celebrant is the most important part of any Ceremony – they are the ones that are legally appointed by the  Australian Government’s Attorney-General’s Department to solemnise marriages anywhere in Australia in accordance with the Marriage Act, 1961.

As required by the Act, Glenda has successfully completed the Australian Marriage Celebrants Program and has satisfied the Registrar of Marriage Celebrants that she is suitable for the role. As well as this, Glenda undergoes 5 hours of Professional Development per year to ensure that she is up-to-date with the latest legal requirements.

As the Celebrant, Glenda works with you and your partner to determine your requirements and wishes for the your special day.

First up is an obligation free meeting. Glenda will meet with you and show you some samples of ceremonies and photo books. If you choose Glenda as your Celebrant, then another meeting is arranged to fill out the Notice of Intended Marriage (NOIM).

Next is the Ceremony – a wedding booklet is left with you. In it there are lots of ideas to make your ceremony very special and memorable. If you want to add a special poem or have your own vows included then Glenda will weave them into the ceremony.

There are up to three meetings which also includes a wedding rehearsal if requested.

On the day, Glenda supplies (if needed):-

  • a table with a lovely tablecloth;
  • a lovely feather pen that is always a talking point as the feather is huge, very beautiful. Brides love it! If you prefer to have a crafted pen or if you are a footy fan like Glenda you may like to use herManly Warringah pen for the signing;
  • a modern PA , (Mipro 202) and your ceremonial music may be played through this via IPOD or a USB stick;
  • a copy of the ceremony;
  • all documentation to the Births, Deaths and Marriages after your wedding;
  • Glenda gives you her all!!!! 100% in presentation, delivery and execution of a beautiful ceremony.

Glenda can also arrange to order your Wedding Certificate from the Births, Deaths and Marriages on your behalf.

Marriage Celebrants are governed by a strict Code of Practice as set down in the Marriage Act.

Here is an extract of the Marriage Act:-

Code of Practice for Marriage Celebrants (regulation 37L)

1. Application of this Code of Practice

This Code of Practice applies to marriage celebrants (being persons registered under Sub-division C of Division 1 of Part IV of the Marriage Act 1961).

Note Under paragraph 39I(1)(b) of the Marriage Act 1961, if the Registrar of Marriage Celebrants is satisfied that a marriage celebrant has not complied with an obligation under section 39G of that Act, including this Code of Practice, the Registrar may take disciplinary measures against the marriage celebrant.

2. High standard of service

A marriage celebrant must maintain a high standard of service in his or her professional conduct and practice.

3. Recognition of significance of marriage

A marriage celebrant must recognise the social, cultural and legal significance of marriage and the marriage ceremony in the Australian community, and the importance of strong and respectful family relationships.

4. Compliance with the Marriage Act and other laws

A marriage celebrant must:

(a) solemnize marriages according to the legal requirements of the Marriage Act 1961 (Cth); and

(b) observe the laws of the Commonwealth and of the State or Territory where the marriage is to be solemnized; and

(c) prevent and avoid unlawful discrimination in the provision of marriage celebrancy services.

5. General requirements for marriage ceremonies

A marriage celebrant must respect the importance of the marriage ceremony to the parties and the other persons organising the ceremony. To that end, the marriage celebrant must do the following:

(a) give the parties information and guidance to enable them to choose or compose a marriage ceremony that will meet their needs and expectations;

(b) respect the privacy and confidentiality of the parties;

(c) maintain appropriate facilities to interview parties and provide office facilities, including facilities for the secure storage of records;

(d) within a reasonable time before the marriage ceremony:

(i) confirm all details with the parties; and

(ii) ensure the return of all personal documents belonging to the parties (unless it is necessary to keep the documents for the ceremony); and

(iii) sign any necessary declarations;

(e) if requested by the parties, conduct a marriage ceremony rehearsal;

(f) ensure that his or her personal presentation is of an appropriate standard for the marriage ceremony, and respect the expectations of the parties in relation to the ceremony;

(g) make efforts to ensure that the marriage ceremony is audible to all those present (using audio equipment, if required);

(h) ensure accuracy in the preparation of documents, and in the conduct of the marriage ceremony;

(i) arrive at the venue for the marriage ceremony no later than the time agreed with the parties;

(j) if the marriage celebrant has agreed to perform more than one marriage ceremony on the same day:

(i) ensure that the parties to each marriage receive a level of service that meets their separate and special requirements; and

(ii) be available at the venue for each marriage ceremony at least 20 minutes before the agreed commencement of each ceremony (unless, in the case of consecutive ceremonies, the ceremonies are to be held at the same venue);

(k) ensure that all relevant documents are completed and sent to the appropriate registering authority within fourteen days after the marriage ceremony, as required by Section 50 of the Marriage Act 1961;

(l) in relation to the provision of marriage services, accept evaluative comment from the parties, and use any comments to improve performance;

(m) give the parties information about how to notify the Commonwealth Attorney-General’s Department of any concerns or complaints they may have regarding the marriage services provided by the marriage celebrant.

6. Knowledge and understanding of family relationships services

A marriage celebrant must:

(a) maintain an up-to-date knowledge about appropriate family relationships services in the community; and

(b) inform parties about the range of information and services available to them to enhance, and sustain them throughout, their relationship.

Glenda was so warm and kind & listened to what we wanted to do. I feel we knew Glenda on a personal level & that was great. To us Glenda wasn’t a Celebrant, we felt like we had known her for years. I will definitely recommend her to any friends or family. 
Krystal & Clinton English