Friends & Links

Friends

Wedding / Events Planner

Little Luxe & Co Events (Liza)
www.littleluxeandco.com
email: liza@littleluxeandco.com
Ph: 0438 006 405

Mackenzi Creations (Candice)
www.mackenzicreations.com
email: info@mackenzicreations.com
Ph: 0402 231 206

Everything Beauty – Hair and Makeup

Beauty Within- Mobile Makeovers (Candice)
http://www.beautywithinmakeovers.com.au
Ph: 0408 611 114

Nikola Komada- MUA
http://www.nikolakomada.com.au/
Ph: 0419 047 184

Photographer

Clarisse Photography (Mark)
http://clarissephotography.net
0418 113 696

A Touch of Flash Photography (Sean)
http://www.touchofflash.com.au
Ph: 0402 326 495

Emma Wise Photography
http://www.emmawisephotography.com/

Iain and Jo- We Tell Love Stories
http://www.iainandjo.com.au
Freecall: 1800 731 243

The White Tree
http://thewhitetree.com.au/wedding-photography

Epic Photography
http://weddings.epicphotography.com.au
Ph: 0402 080 770

Videographer

Directors Edge (Glen)
www.directorsedge.com
Ph: 0421 985 064

Burgess Video (Annette)
http://www.burgessvideo.com.au
Ph: 0410 596 110

Fashion Couturist

Andrea Rose (Rose)
Panza.rose@gmail.com
Ph: 0414 510 492

Riverside Gowns (Warrandyte)
http://riversidegowns.com.au
email: admin@riversidegowns.com
Ph: 0419 158 144 or (03) 9844 1905

Florist

Branches of Shikan
http://branchesofshikan.com.au
Ph: 0415 376 750

Sugar Bee Flowers
http://www.sugarbeeflowers.com.au/
Ph: 0412 302 345

Bee Flo Florist
www.beefloflorist.com
Ph: +61 423 108 066

Red Earth Flowers
http://www.redearthflowers.com.au/

 

Event Stylists / Decoration Hire

Balwyn Events
http://www.balwynevents.com.au
Ph: 03 9877 2303

The Wedding Zone
http://www.theweddingzone.com.au
Ph: 03 9778 6800

The Three Piece Suit
http://www.thethreepiecesuit.com.au

Weddings of Distinction
https://www.weddingsofdistinction.com.au
Ph: 03 9699 3330

Links

Frequently Asked Questions

No, you do not have to fill out the NOIM papers with me. Please refer to the NOIM forms link above and it states on page 4: This Notice must be signed in the presence of any of the following:
If NOIM paper are signed in Australia—an authorised celebrant, a Commissioner for Declarations under the Statutory Declarations Act 1959, a justice of the peace, a barrister or solicitor, a legally qualified medical practitioner, or a member of the Australian Federal Police or the police force of a State or Territory;
OR
If a party signs the Notice outside Australia—an Australian Consular Officer, an Australian Diplomatic Officer, a notary public, an employee of the Commonwealth authorised under paragraph3(c) of the Consular Fees Act 1955, or an employee of the Australian Trade Commission authorised under paragraph 3(d) of the Consular Fees Act 1955.

Please note that I will have to sight your original documents (original birth certificates, Australian passport, Divorce/Death papers and Driver’s licence) before your wedding ceremony.

You need to lodge your NOIM papers with your celebrant- no less than one month prior to your wedding date and not prior to 18 months before your wedding date. When the paperwork is completed accurately and it is in my hot little hands- that is the date from which it is lodged.
You are required to supply if born in Australia, your original, full birth certificate, extract or current Australian passport.
If born overseas, your overseas passport (it doesn’t matter if it has expired) or your current Australian passport.

If you have been divorced or widowed you will need to supply the original, legal paperwork (or the electronic copy of your divorce order if processed after 17th December 2011), as evidence. A statuary declaration may be filled out if one of the Parties cannot provide their original documentation and have tried every means of trying to obtain it, but are unsuccessful in obtaining it.
You will also need to provide original photo identification e.g. Drivers licence, proof of age card etc.

When you have a rehearsal with me at your wedding venue it usually goes for about 30 minutes to 1 hour.
The most important people required to attend your rehearsal are your celebrant, the couple getting married, as we will go through the logistics of your wedding ceremony and the overview of your service.
Then if any or all of your bridal party including page boys/ flower girls, your parents or anyone else that would like to get involved they are more than welcome to attend!
If Form 14-declaration has not been signed previously, this will be executed at your rehearsal and provided by myself.
If I have not previously sighted your original documentation you will be required to bring them to your rehearsal so that I can legally sight your original documents.

Also, bring your music if you are providing it on CD, iPhone or iPod so that we can test it on my PA system or at the venue.

In Australia, you must be over the age of 18 years old to be married.
There is an exception in limited circumstances where there is one party who is between 16 and 18 years old and wishes to marry a person over 18.
In this instance, the underage person must have the permission of a Judge or Magistrate as well as parental consent.
The bride signs with her maiden name on all documentation.
The ceremony usually takes from 20-30 minutes, depending on how many components are included like additional ceremonies (unity sand and candle ceremonies etc), readings and how many people participate.
There are a few legal requirement sections in the ceremony where the wording is not negotiable. However, this is a minimal part of your ceremony and you have a choice over all other sections.

I can provide you with an overview of the ceremony including the legal and optional components at our meeting. I have an extensive collection of samples, alternatives and resources that I can lend you so that your ceremony reflects you both.
I strongly recommend that you discuss any enquires regarding your ceremony with me and I will endeavour to construct a unique and memorable ceremony for you.

This is where I can help you both by giving you suggestions, outlines, samples (readings, vows, introductions etc).
This process for each couple is ever changing to suit your needs so that your ceremony is unique and memorable for all the right reasons.

You are welcome to make any suggestions or incorporate ideas, as your ceremony has to reflect you as a couple. So there is a lot of correspondence back and forth, until you are over the moon with your perfect ceremony.

Usually 1- 2 poems/readings are appropriate and ensures that the ceremony is not too long, however, it is a personal choice.
No, you do not have to be given away as this is a personal choice and is not a legal requirement. If you wish to be given away, this can be performed by your father (traditionally), father and mother, close family member etc- it’s up to you.
A Presentation Certificate is signed and presented to you at your Ceremony.
This certificate is conclusive evidence that your marriage has been solemnized.
It is an important document and is best kept in a safe place.

This Certificate does not provide conclusive evidence of the identity of either the bride or groom and some organisations require a certified marriage certificate as a form of identification (passport, banks etc).
Refer to Official Registered Wedding Certificate link above for more detail. Information regarding changing your surname is included in your free pack given at our first meeting.

You will need one witness each over the age of 18 years and they have to be present for the entire time of your ceremony.
I will need their full names for the paperwork.

Your witnesses must not be inebriated or under the influence of drugs.
They can be related to you and/or from overseas, but must understand English (or have a nationally accredited translator present). Traditionally your witnesses are in your bridal party- but they don’t have to be. You may want to include other significant people in your lives e.g. mums, grandparents, other family members.

Who you chose to be your witnesses is entirely up to you!

No, I do not provide the premarital education service myself. I will give you a pamphlet (Happily Ever…Before and After pamphlet) at our meeting and inform the couple about the range of information and services available to you and to enhance and sustain you throughout your relationship.
Relationship Australia: http://www.relationships.org.au or 1300 364 277
Family Relationships Online: www.familyrelationships.gov.au or 1800 050 321
Interrelate: http://www.interrelate.org.au or 1300 736 966
Victorian Counselling and Psychological services http://www.vcps.com.au/relationships or 94197172
Your commitment ceremony is not a legally recognised marriage ceremony and therefore you will not be issues with an official marriage certificate from the appropriate Registry.

You will have to contact the relevant Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages and lodge an Application to Register a Change of Name at a charge of approximately $101.40. A change of Name Certificate will then be issues to you and then you can use this certificate to change your identification documents.

Couples of mixed-sex and same-sex can formally declare their relationship at the Registry of Birth, Death and Marriage’s for approximately $240 including a standard certificate. This service is outside of what I am qualified to witness and complete (please refer to Register a Relationship same-sex and heterosexual domestic relationship link above).

Great Locations In Victoria

The Pavilion Fitzroy Gardens
http://www.thepavilionfitzroygardens.com.au

Zinc Fed Square
http://zincfedsq.com.au

The Willows
http://www.thewillows.com.au

Royal Botanic Gardens
http://www.blakesfeast.com.au

MCG
http://www.mcg.org.au/Function%20Venue/Room%20Capacities.aspx

Melbourne Aquarium
http://www.melbourneaquarium.com.au

Melbourne Museum
http://museumvictoria.com.au

Melbourne Zoo
http://www.zoo.org.au/melbourne/plan-your-visit/weddings-functions-and-facilities

Nobu
http://www.noburestaurants.com/melbourne

The European
http://www.theeuropean.com.au/weddings.html

The Langham
http://www.langhamhotels.com/en/events/weddings

Hotel Sofitel Melbourne
http://www.sofitelmelbourne.com/en

The Hotel Windsor
http://www.thehotelwindsor.com.au/index.php

Crown
https://www.crownmelbourne.com.au/weddings

Smart Artz Gallery
http://www.smartartzgallery.com.au

Bluestone Restaurant Bar
http://www.bluestonerestaurantbar.com.au

Mon Bijou Penthouse
http://www.monbijou.com.au/index1.html

Carousel
http://www.foodanddesire.com.au/carousel

Encore
http://www.encorestkilda.com.au

Luminaire
http://www.luminare.net.au

Feddish
http://www.feddish.com.au

The Deck at the Prince
http://www.theprincedeck.com.au

The Botanical
http://www.thebotanical.com.au

Myer Mural Hall
http://www.muralhall.net.au

Vue de Monde
http://www.vuedemonde.com.au

San Remo Ballroom
http://www.sanremoballroom.com.au

Two ton Max
http://www.twotonmax.com.au

Chapter House
http://www.peterrowland.com.au/venues/distinctive/chapter-house/

Sketch
http://atlanticgroup.com.au/cms_category/sketch

The Point
http://thepointalbertparkpx.rtrk.com.au

Como House
http://www.comohouse.com.au/weddings_functions_and_venue_hire

Pearl (Luxury Yacht)Port Phillip Bay.
http://mvpearl.com.au/melbourne-events-weddings

Poet’s Lane (Sherbrooke)
http://www.poetslane.com.au

Tatra (Mount Dandenong)
http://www.tatra.com.au

Lyrebird Falls (Kallista)
http://www.lyrebirdfalls.com.au

Sky High (Mount Dandenong)
http://www.skyhighmtdandenong.com.au

Nathania Springs (Monbulk)
http://www.nathaniasprings.com.au

Yarra Ranges Estate (Monbulk)
http://yarrarangeswineryweddings.com.au

Killara Estate (Seville East)
http://www.killaraestate.com.au

Forest Edge Restaurant (Gembrook)
http://weddingreceptionvenue.com.au

Gum Gully Farm (Silvan South)
http://www.gumgully.com.au

Rustic Charm@ Wild Cattle Creek Vines (Wandin North)
http://www.rusticcharm.com.au

Stone of the Yarra Valley (Coldstream)
http://stonesoftheyarravalley.com

Zonzo@ Tramtrak Winery (Yarra Glen)
http://www.zonzo.com.au

Inglewood Estate (Kangaroo Ground)
http://inglewoodestate.com.au

Chateau Yering (Yering)
http://www.chateauyering.com.au

Balgownie Estate (Yarra Glen)
http://www.balgownieestate.com.au

Immerse Winery (Dixons Creek)
http://immerse.com.au

Riverstone Estate (Coldstream)
http://theriverstoneestate.com.au

Vines @Helen’s Hill (Coldstream)
http://vinesrestaurant.com.au

Alowyn Gardens (Yarra Glen)
http://www.alowyngardens.com.au

Healesville Country Club (Healesville)
http://www.racv.com.au/wps/wcm/connect/Resorts/RACV+Resorts/Conference+and+Events/Healesville+country+club

Leonda by the Yarra (Hawthorn)
http://www.leondabytheyarra.com.au

Butleigh Wooton (Kew)
http://www.butleighwootton.com.au

Linley Receptions (Kilsyth)
http://linleyestate.com.au

Montsalvat (Eltham)
www.montsalvat.com.au

The Boulevard (Kew)
http://www.theboulevard.com.au

Chateau Wyuna (Mt Evelyn)
http://www.chateauwyuna.com.au

Church Street Enoteca (Richmond)
http://www.churchstenoteca.com.au

Potters Reception (Warrandyte)
http://www.pottersreceptions.com.au

Elizabethan Lodge (Blackburn North)
http://elizabethanlodge.com.au

Studley Park Boat House (Kew)
http://www.studleyparkboathouse.com.au

Church 364 (Richmond)
http://www.church364.com.au

Ballara Receptions (Eltham)
http://www.ballarareceptions.com.au

Bram Leigh Receptions (Croydon)
http://bramleigh.com.au

Mountain Goat Brewery (Richmond)
http://www.goatbeer.com.au

Wattle Park Chalet (Surrey hills)
http://wattleparkchalet.com.au

Clarion on Canterbury (Forest Hill)
http://www.clariononcanterbury.com.au

The  Brighton Savoy (Brighton)
http://www.brightonsavoy.com.au/weddings/index.htm

Red Scooter (Balaclava)
http://redscooter.com.au

Riponlea Estate (Elsternwick)
http://www.ripponleaestate.com.au

Quat Quatta (Ripponlea)
http://www.quatquatta.com.au

Morning Star Estate (Mt Eliza)
http://www.morningstarestate.com.au

Southern Golf Club (Keysborough)
http://www.southerngolfclub.com.au

Summerfields Estate (Bittern)
http://www.summerfields.com.au

True South (Black Rock)
http://www.truesouth.com.au

Sandringham Yacht Club (Sandringham)
http://syc.com.au/events

Sails on the Bay (Elwood)
http://sailsonthebay.com.au

The Baths Middle Brighton (Brighton)
http://www.middlebrightonbaths.com.au

Normanby House (Thornbury)
http://normanbyhouse.com.au

Farm Vigano (South Morang)
http://www.farmvigano.com.au

Campbell Point House (Leopold)
http://www.campbellpointhouse.com.au

Bellarine Estate Winery (Bellarine)
http://www.bellarineestate.com.au

Jack Rabbit Vineyard (Bellarine)
http://www.jackrabbitvineyard.com.au/weddings.asp

Truffle Duck (Fyansford)
http://www.truffleduck.com.au

Mt Duneed Estate (Waurn Ponds)
http://www.mtduneedestate.com.au

The Convent Gallery (Daylesford)
http://conventgallery.com.au

The Lake House (Daylesford)
http://www.lakehouse.com.au

The BoatHouse (Moonee Ponds)
http://www.theboathouse.com.au

Parks Victoria
http://parkweb.vic.gov.au

Melbourne Parks
http://www.melbourne.vic.gov.au/Pages/default.aspx

Love Letters

Thanks Erin- you were amazing and the perfect celebrant for us! We received really positive feedback from the guests in terms of you putting people at ease immediately. You created a great vibe that achieved the relaxed service we were after, while recognising the meaning of the day! Photo via @ClarissePhotography
Hannah and Steve
We would like to thank you for making our wedding ceremony so MEMORABLE. We had TOTAL CONFIDENCE on the day that everything would go to plan (maybe not the weather) thanks to your PATIENCE with our questions, and HELPFUL ADVICE. You delivered a ceremony that was TRULY UNIQUE to both Nicky and myself and the sand ceremony added an extra special touch. You can be PROUD OF YOUR EFFORTS because we received such POSITIVE COMMENTS from our family and friends, your PROFESSIONALISM and EQUIPMENT provided on the day especially did not go unnoticed by all. Finally, best wishes and good luck with your future weddings, our day was PERFECT from START TO FINISH and we thank you ever SO MUCH for your contribution.
Nicky and Travis
The day was FANTASTIC. Erin you did a FANTASTIC JOB! Thanks so much for all your EFFORTS. You really HELPED us and ALLOWED us to enjoy the journey FREE OF STRESS and WORRY. Your ORGANISATION skills were an area of strength as everything was METICULOUSLY planned, your APPROACHABILITY, your WILLINGNESS to LISTEN and your KNOWLEDGE! People are STILL TALKING about how LOVELY the ceremony was which is a CREDIT to you. Loads of them are asking for copies of the ceremony. Thanks for sharing our special day. You are FOREVER part of the most joyous day of our lives.
Joe and Fiona
Erin was ENCOURAGING, KNOWLEDGEABLE and REALLY CARED about making our ceremony PERFECTLY SUITED to us. We felt completely at EASE throughout the ENTIRE PROCESS- she was VERY CLEAR about how everything would work. She also had a VERY CALMING and CONFIDENT approach on the day- which definitely came in handy for the nervous bride! Erin is a WELL-ORGANISED and DOWN-TO-EARTH marriage celebrant and we would HIGHLY RECOMMEND her services.
Em and Conor
Our experience with Erin as our celebrant was PERFECT! This was reaffirmed by later watching and experiencing other friend’s wedding ceremonies. We both agree that you TOP ALL THE OTHER CELEBRANTS! From our first meeting we felt YOU UNDERSTOOD our desires and WHOLEHEARTEDLY SUPPORTED them. By the end of our ceremony, you felt like a CLOSE FRIEND who we wished to share our wedding with. Your INTERPERSONAL skills are a MASSIVE ASSET in this respect. You were VERY ORGANISED always having our documents at hand and everything in relation to the FINER DETAILES and LEGALITIES of the process were CLEARLY EXPLAINED and our meetings were THOROUGH. Things such as the correct pronunciation of our names, clear requirements prior to meetings, through to your RELAXED, CALM approach to our ceremony...You are an ABSOLUTE NATURAL!!
Laura and Drew
A THOUSAND thank yous for EVERYTHING! It was so WONDERFUL to have the BEST CELEBRANT and such a PERSONAL CEREMONY. Erin is an incredibly PROFESSIONAL, really FRIENDLY and COMMITTED celebrant. She made the whole experience SO EASY and so BEAUTIFUL for us. She has THOUGHT of absolutely EVERYTHING and WORKS WITH YOU to make sure your ceremony is PERFECT, and takes the nerves away!
Nathan and Claire
Erin, we just wanted to say a huge thank-you for agreeing to be our celebrant for our wedding day. You were VERY PROFESSIONAL, CONFIDENT and HELPED us in EVERY WAY possible. ALL of our guests on the day THOUGHT you were AMAZING, as did we. It really was the BEST DAY of our lives and you PLAYED a HUGE PART in making it the day it was. So thank-you! It was LOVELY to have met you and we have NO HESITATION in RECOMMENDING YOU to FUTURE brides and grooms.
Cara and Ed
Erin, it is because of you that our wedding day was all we DREAMT it would be. From the bottom of our HEARTS, thank you SO MUCH not only marrying us but for making it the AMAZING, FUN day that it was. We are SO GRATEFUL that you were a PART of our special day. You are ONE FANTASTIC WOMAN!
Andrei and Jennifer
Erin, we just wanted to say a HUGE thank you for being a WONDERFUL celebrant! We KNEW from our first meeting that you would be GREAT. You were RELAXED, FRIENDLY and FUN. You were PROFESSIONAL in all our dealings and we were always HAPPY and CONFIDENT with our choice. On the day you were GREAT. Antony commented on how GOOD you were at KEEPING him CALM while waiting for the ceremony to begin. Erin, you came to see me BEFORE we began to make sure all is ready. During the ceremony you were PROFESSIONAL, UNPRETENTIOUS and HAPPY! Thanks again.
Antony and Deanne
Thank you for being such a WONDERFUL celebrant. We found the whole process to be VERY SMOOTH. The wedding ceremony resources given out and covered HELPED US plan our ceremony that we wanted. Erin was VERY ORGANISED, PROFESSIONAL, FRIENDLY, FLEXIBLE and made us feel VERY RELAXED about the wedding ceremony process.
Chris and Carolyn
Well where to start...Erin LISTENED to what we wanted, had FUN, she was straight to the point, FRIENDLY, kept the EXCITEMENT going, PROFESSIONAL and made EVERYTHING SO EASY! We were BEYOND HAPPY with Erin’s services! Thank-you so much for your HELP and UNDERSTANDING- it meant A LOT!
Emma and Tim
Erin, I can’t honestly can’t think of anything that we weren’t happy with as part of your service. We felt like we were in VERY CAPABLE and RELIABLE hands every step of the way. You were FANTASTIC during the ENTIRE process. The SMALL THINGS you offered and bought to our attention were ESPECIALLY appreciated. Thanks Erin!
Natalie and Michael
Thank you so much for the WONDERFUL ceremony you conducted for us. It was EXACTLY WHAT WE WANTED - LIGHT-HEARTED moments mixed with HEART-FELT, personal vows and commentary. So many people commented on what a BEAUTIFUL CEREMONY it was. Even my parents, who wanted us to have a church service, WERE WON OVER! But the most important thing for us was that you had PUT US AT EASE BEFOREHAND so we were able to FULLY RELAX and TOTALLY ENJOY the ceremony. We were not nervous or stressed at all. Thank you again. You helped make our day PERFECT.
Francesca and Dion
Thank you for helping CREATE a TRULY WONDERFUL EXPERIENCE for us both! Your FRIENDLY NATURE, GOOD HUMOUR and GUIDANCE was much appreciated. You EASED my calm, jittery nerves and WALKED US THROUGH all the points and expectations of the day. It MEANT SO MUCH that you could be a SPECIAL PART of our special day!
Kellie and Adam
Erin, thank you so much for your FANTASTIC WORK as the celebrant for our wedding. You were EXACTLY WHAT WE NEEDED during the planning process, and did an AMAZING JOB on the day. We really appreciated your OPEN and FRIENDLY personality, and were THRILLED to be able to share the day with someone with whom we felt SO COMFORTABLE. We hope you enjoyed the day as much as we did! Thanks you once again.
Meredith and Steve
I am CONVINCED we had the MOST AWESOME CELEBRANT in Erin, such a CONSUMMATE PROFESSIONAL and she had us SUPER prepared for the day and beyond. I really ENJOYED meeting up with her to plan our ceremony and then SPENDING THE DAY the day with her marrying us!
Cam and Janis
Thanks Erin, we couldn’t have asked for anything more! You displayed GREAT COMMUNICATION, PROMPT in replies, and you had WEALTH OF KNOWLEDGE about the LEGAL side of marriage. VERY HELPFUL information packs were given and LOTS of material to read through to MAKE OUR CEREMONY A REFLECTION OF US!
Olivia and Trent
Thank you! Erin, I am SO THANKFUL that we stumbled upon your number. From the minute we got in touch with you, IT FELT LIKE IT WAS MEANT TO BE. Throughout the 12 months of planning for our wedding it was so NICE TO KNOW that the one thing I didn’t have to worry about was the ceremony. Your PROFESSIONAL MANNER, your ENCOURAGEMENT to reflect on our marriage goals and YOUR WILLINGNESS to put up with our silliness at our meetings was WONDERFUL. You put us at EASE, LAUGHED WITH US and made the whole process SO SMOOTH, EASY and FUN! I cannot say enough thankyou's from both Sam and myself. We had so many comments on the day about how WONDERFUL you were. It was a PRIVILEGE to have you as OUR CELEBRANT and I will RECOMMEND you to everyone I can! BEST CELEBRANT EVER!
Melanie and Sam
WOW.....what a WONDERFUL DAY that flew by and it was just what WE WANTED. Your PROFESSIONALISM, WARMTH, and HUMOUR just made it that MUCH BETTER; YOU WERE WORTH EVERY DOLLAR AND MORE!
Raine and David
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