Let’s Celebrate Our Lives:

 Life is such a gift,

Life is so precious,

So let’s

Commiserate and Bless,

Appreciate and Acknowledge,

Just what is important at this moment in time.

I am so very privileged to be a Professional Celebrant in my own private practice. 

I aspire to stay up to date with legal requirements and ceremonial practices.

I inspire to build harmonious and supported relationships, for individuals, couples and families. 

 I would love to hear from you if you are planning a ceremony that "Celebrates Our Lives".

 I Promise Your Ceremony will be unique and individualised and one that will be remembered always.


←About me→

I worked for many years with people from diverse backgrounds and all age

groups in the area of health care and management.

Tact, sensitivity, energy, enthusiasm and flexibility were essential.

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This "job" is my life, I have so many ideas and 

information available in all my packages.


←National Committe Member→

I am a National Committee Member of the non-profit professional celebrant association Civil Celebrations Network (CCN).

CCN is an active member of the peak professional celebrant association the Coalition of Celebrant Associations (CoCA).

For more information please see the website    ASK A CELEBRANT.

Ask A Celebrant

www.askacelebrant.org.au

 

 


 

←How can I help→

This "job" is my life. I am a Commonwealth Registered Marriage Celebrant, but I do so much more than just weddings...

I am a Celebrant for Families.

I have so many ideas and so much information to design and deliver meaningful and personalised ceremonies :

  • Funerals and Memorial Services
  • A Blessing Way (Baby Showers) and Baby Naming
  • Renewal of Vows
  • Ceremonies of Commitment (Same Sex)
  • Anniversary Celebrations
  • Birthday Celebrations (such as Coming of Age)
  • Celebrations of Life Ceremonies
  • Master of Ceremonies (MC)
  • Engagement Celebrations
  • Significant Life Event Celebrations
  • Even … Divorce or Separation Celebrations
  • And ... Pre-Funeral Planning

←As a Commonwealth Registered Marriage Celebrant I must:→

  • Solemnise marriages under the Marriage Act 1961 and Marriage Regulations 1963
  • Conduct myself in accordance with the Code of practice for marriage celebrants
  • Comply with my ongoing professional development obligations.

Under Australian law, only an authorised celebrant can legally solemnise marriages within Australia.

These celebrants are granted registration and maintained by the Attorney-General’s Department.



←My Pricing Guide→

Well I know when I am shopping for something I want to know how much. So I assume you would want to know how much a celebrant charged, whether you are on a budget or not.

My package costs do vary depending on the ceremony and the venue location.  I can explain in more detail if you want to meet up for an obligation free meeting.

And remember I am willing to negotiate. I am more than happy to discuss tailored packages to suit any budgets and dreams. Whether you want a traditional ceremony, a laid back one or one with all the bells and whistles. I will guide you and let your ideas unfold. 

A wedding is a sacred rite of passage, a moment in your life to be respected and celebrated, moment to share a smile, a laugh and even shed a tear of joy and happiness. No matter what size or shape your ceremony will take, I will put the same amount of time, professionalism and care into your ceremony. 

I will work with you to ensure you end up with a ceremony that you love!

My prices and packages can be viewed here.

 

Helen Pearce

How can I help with your Wedding Ceremony Planning...

I would be delighted to help guide you through the legal processes required for marriage, and to help create ceremony for you to cherish forever.

←My Package→

"A package full of ideas and information"

Staying True to Your Dream (And have the wedding of your dreams!!)
Advice for a relaxed and enjoyable ceremony (YOUR DAY)
Music, poems, readings, blessings
Checklists to start preparation and couples questionnaire
Relationship Support Services Information
Alternative Guest Book ideas and Hashtag ideas
Ceremony Rituals Package
After the Wedding Information 

Please have a look at the following link (this is what you will get in my pack to help you prepare your ceremony):

♥ Wedding Ceremony Information Pack Coversheet.docx 

←Getting Married in Australia→

To be legally married in Australia, a man and woman must:

  • not be married to someone else
  • not be marrying a parent, grandparent, child, grandchild, brother or sister
  • be at least eighteen years old, unless a court has approved a marriage where one party is aged between sixteen and eighteen years old
  • understand what marriage means and freely consent to becoming husband and wife
  • use specific words during the ceremony
give written notice of their intention to marry to their authorised celebrant, within the required time frame.

 You don't have to be an Australian citizen or a permanent resident of Australia to legally marry here. You can find marriage visa information on the Department of Immigration and Border Protection website, if you hope to live in Australia after your marriage.

Same-sex relationships

Australian law defines marriage as a union between a man and a woman. Same-sex marriages entered into in other countries are not recognised as legal marriages in Australia.

Some state and territory governments allow people to register their same-sex relationship. You can find out more information from state and territory registries of births, deaths and marriages.

 



←The Notice of Intended Marriage (NOIM)→

  • I must receive a completed Notice of Intended Marriage form at least one month before the proposed date of the wedding and the ceremony must be performed within eighteen months. Please see the link to the NOIM below.
  • I can help complete the form. The notice may be completed and witnessed outside Australia if required.
  • If there is less than one month before the proposed date of the wedding, please talk to me. A prescribed authority may approve a shorter notice time in some limited circumstances.
  • I will need evidence of date and place of birth (original birth certificate and /or passport), identity (photo identification which is usually a drivers licence) and the end of any previous marriages for each party (proof of most recent divorce or spouse’s death). If necessary, I may also ask you to complete a statutory declaration to support your evidence.


←After you are Married and Change of Name→

On the day of the wedding, three marriage certificates are signed. Each certificate must be signed by myself, both the bride and groom, and the two witnesses. One of the certificates is given as a record of the marriage.

I must register the marriage with the registry of births, deaths and marriages in the state or territory it took place within fourteen days.

The certificate issued by the registry of births, deaths and marriages is required for many official purposes. You should apply for a copy of this certificate from the registry after your wedding. Visit your state or territory's Births, Deaths and Marriages registry website for how to apply for a marriage certificate. The marriage needs to be registered first, so maybe wait a month after your wedding as the process of registration can be slow. Google “Turnaround times- Births, Deaths & Marriages Victoria”.

 



←Getting Married Overseas→

The Smartraveller website has detailed information about getting married overseas.

An overseas marriage will generally be recognised in Australia if it: 

  • was a valid marriage in the overseas country
  • would have been recognised as valid under Australian law if the marriage had taken place in Australia.


←Attorney-General's Department Information→

 The Marriage Law and Celebrants Section within the Attorney-General's Department provides information and advice to marrying couples.

♥ Checklist of Celebrants Obligations pdf

♥ Code of Practice for Marriage Celebrants pdf

♥ Marriage Certificate Sample pdf

♥ NOIM Stat Dec Wedding Certificate pdf

♥ Notice Of Intended Marriage pdf

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