What is a Civil Marriage Celebrant?
A Civil Marriage Celebrant is a person who is registered by the Australian Attorneys Department Government to authorise legal marriages according to the Marriage Act 1961. Marriage Celebrants are regulated but not employed by the Attorney General’s Department.
What is the process to become a Civil Marriage Celebrant?
Persons must successfully complete a Certificate IV Celebrancy, submit an application for registration to the Attorney General’s department (current fee is $600), successfully answer a series of legal questions about marriage law and process, and be deemed a “fit and proper” person by the Registrar of Marriage Celebrants to qualify for registration as a Marriage Celebrant.
To maintain registration, a Civil Marriage Celebrant must pay an annual registration fee (current fee is $270), complete 1.5 hours of Professional Development per year, use specific forms and stationery to carry out their duties and comply with the Code of Practice for Marriage Celebrants.
What do Marriage Celebrants do?
Registered Marriage Celebrants are authorised to formalise marriages according to the law in Australia under the Marriage Act 1961. Marriage Celebrants ensure all legal marriage documentation is prepared correctly. They also provide information and guidance to the couple pertaining to the marriage ceremony. They also create and deliver marriage ceremonies according the couple’s needs and expectations.
What are the advantages of choosing a Civil Marriage Celebrant?
In contrast to religious or registry office authorities, a Civil Marriage Celebrant has greater flexibility when it comes to providing couples with choice regarding their ceremony content and location. A Civil Marriage Celebrant can provide couples the opportunity to express their love, relationship and commitment in a ceremony that is uniquely their own.
Are Civil Marriage Celebrants all the same?
No! Civil Marriage Celebrants have varying degrees of dedication, skill and practice. There are close to 8,000 registered Marriage celebrants in Australia. A great wedding celebrant invests considerable time and skill to a marriage ceremony. They are motivated by a genuine passion for the art of ceremony creation and presentation.
What is the value of a great Civil Marriage Celebrant?
Celebrants face enormous demands in terms of accountability when it comes to satisfying the legal obligations of a marriage. Not to mention the pressure they experience on the wedding day to ensure the ceremony is just right. A great marriage celebrant is a skilled professional, with the best interests of the couple.Their desire and their ability to create deep, meaningful connections with a couple results in a fabulous wedding experience.