'It's your day: own, cherish and enjoy it'

Civil Celebrations Wagga Wagga wedding celebrant Chris Longhurst (left) having some social-distancing fun with a newly married couple.
Civil Celebrations Wagga Wagga wedding celebrant Chris Longhurst (left) having some social-distancing fun with a newly married couple.

There are so many aspects to planning a wedding but arguably one of the most important elements is the wedding celebrant as the wedding simply can't happen without them.

Once you've set your date and got a venue locked in it's time to meet with celebrants and find one who suits you. Civil Celebrations Wagga Wagga wedding celebrant Chris Longhurst said the first meeting is about deciding if the celebrant is the right fit then there is some paperwork.

"I'll explain the forms and necessities that are required as a legality to get things moving and then we'll fill out the Notice of Intended Marriage form.

"This is required a minimum of one month prior to the wedding, but I recommend lodging this with your celebrant as early as possible. This form addresses most of the legal requirements for the wedding."

As the date gets closer it's important to confirm the celebrant booking.

"Confirming will require paying a deposit. It will take a few meetings, emails and phone calls to make this as perfect as it can be; and I do thoroughly recommend a rehearsal," Chris said.

"I'm often asked about the difference between a Clergy-led wedding and a Celebrant-led wedding. An authorised marriage celebrant will officiate according the Marriage Act of 1961; while clergy will generally conduct the wedding according to the rites of a given Church. In both services, similar legal requirements apply."

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