Getting Hitched

Heart and The Sea Photography

 After all the excitement of the BIG announcement….there are some things that you need to do to get the ball rolling.

Fill out an Enquiry Form on my ‘Contact Me‘ page so I can send through a quote and information on what to do next. From there we can make a time to meet up or have a FaceTime chat. This is a chance for you to get to know me and see that I am the perfect celebrant for you. This is of course, a no obligation meeting and it will give you a chance to hear about all the ins and outs of what you need to get legally married. I am happy to meet you over a coffee or drink at one of our many cafes in Berry, at my house, your house or at a venue close to you.


Once you both have made the decision to have me as your celebrant (great decision by the way!)… I will require a $250 booking fee that is non-refundable. This secures your wedding date and from there we can get started on the fun stuff……designing your ceremony.

Your ceremony should showcase your relationship for all your guests and so I love hearing about how you met, your first date, your first impressions of each other, how your friends felt when you got together, meeting mum and dad for the first time. Travel stories, about your pets, what you love to do together, funny stories about your time spent together, what you love about your partner and what you look forward to in your future as a married couple.

I love hearing about how you both picture your ceremony. And if you aren’t sure….then I am happy to assist you design and construct the perfect ceremony for you. From the layout of the location, music, readings, length of ceremony, your personal vows, inclusion of family members and wet weather contingency plans. I will even give you tips on how to accommodate kids and pets during the ceremony. Two things I love at weddings!

I will then go away and write your ceremony and assist you individually with your personal vows if you need and from there we communicate with each other until we get it just the way you both want. There is no maximum time that I will offer in preparing your ceremony. I am happy to be at your disposal right up until the day of the wedding.

My services include:

*Initial meeting with myself at a venue that suits you both.

*Private consultation regarding the ceremony.

*Write a kick ass ceremony according to the couple’s story.

*Work individually with the couple to write their personal vows.

*Provide Professional Audio System with cordless microphones and use of Bluetooth facilities if you choose to use a Playlist for your music. 

*Administration and documentation of all marriage documents including application fees.

*Rehearsal of the ceremony with the wedding party at the venue usually the day before your ceremony.

*Chilling out those wedding day nerves and making sure the parents are all behaving. Hee hee!

*Solemnisation of marriage as a civil marriage celebrant.

*Travel to and from the venue for both the rehearsal and the wedding day within a one hour from Berry. (Travel costs are added beyond that)

*Presentation of Marriage Certificate at ceremony.

*Copy of your ceremony in print for the couple to keep.

*Application Fees to Birth, Deaths and Marriages for your Official Marriage Certificate.

Legal Info

This is where I will take care of everything for you including providing all the boring legal paperwork required for a marriage in NSW under the Marriage Act 1961 with Births, Deaths and Marriages.

Before your Wedding you will need to complete a Notice of Intended Marriage Form (NOIM) at least one month prior to your wedding.  It can also be lodged with me up to 18 months in advance of the Wedding.

Forms of ID required –

a) Original Birth Certificate and a photo ID eg: Passport OR current Drivers Licence or Proof of Age Card


b) Passport and a current Drivers Licence OR Proof of Age Card


c) If you are divorced or widowed you will need proof of how your previous marriage ended eg: Divorce Certificate or Death Certificate from your previous partner.

If you were born in Australia you will need to produce an original copy of your birth certificate. This can be obtained at the Registry Office of your state of birth.

If you were born overseas you will need your original birth certificate or a current passport. If these documents are in a language other than English, you will need a certified translation of the documents.

Any documents in a foreign language must be translated into English and a Translation Certificate supplied.


You are required to have two witnesses who are both over the age of 18 present to sign the Marriage Register and Certificates. Both witnesses must speak and understand English. 


Having a ceremony rehearsal is an opportunity for you both to be sure of how you want your ceremony to go. This is a chance to fine tune anything in your ceremony from where your parents stand…. to when you want your bridesmaid to hold your bouquet. It is a chance for you to  make sure that you feel comfortable in a familiar setting when it comes to your special moment.

Of course your ceremony needs to flow and be relaxed so the rehearsal is not a regimented run through….. we still want those off the cuff moments. Every ceremony should have that perfect balance of emotion, sentiment and fun. Feel free to throw around some drinks so it is a relaxed part of the lead up to your big day. 

On the day

You will both have a lot to do on the day so it is my job to make sure all the little things are in place. I will work with your stylist (if you use one) to ensure everything looks as you requested. I will arrive 30 minutes before the ceremony allowing me plenty of time to set up my sound system and check in with the bridal party before we start and warm up the crowd. I will be there right beside you throughout the entire ceremony so if there are nerves or tears…I got you! We will all celebrate your story, have a lot of laughs, maybe a few sweet tears (most likely by the parents), we will sign the registry and then I get to announce you all loved up and hitched. And it’s off to celebrate you all go! EASY!

After the ceremony

I will submit the marriage documents to Births, Deaths and Marriages (BDM) to finalise legalities. I also help out by sending an application for the official BDM certificate which is now required by many organisations for change of name. So all you need to worry about is enjoying your reception and your honeymoon.

Cheers to that!

Alana Taylor Photography