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FAQs2022-07-20T04:39:08+10:00

FAQs

You’re not getting married everyday, so you probably don’t even know what questions to ask. I do… (see what I did there?)

What documents do I need if...

I’ve never been married before2021-01-16T06:23:56+11:00

I need to see

  • a Birth Certificate or Passport and
  • Driver’s Licence or Photo Card

From each of you

I’ve been divorced2021-01-16T06:24:04+11:00

I need to see

  • A Birth Certificate or Passport and
  • Driver’s Licence or Photo Card
  • All previous divorce certificates

From each of you

I’m a widow / widower2021-01-16T06:24:08+11:00

I need to see

  • A Birth Certificate or Passport and
  • Driver’s Licence or Photo Card
  • Death Certificates of all former spouses

From each of you

My IDs/documents are in another language2021-01-16T06:24:38+11:00

You’ll need to get a translation certified by a NAATI-qualified translator. If I see their stamp of approval, we’ll take it!

My partner and/or I are under 182021-01-16T06:24:54+11:00

There are ways for you to get married, but I’m not your guy, sadly. I’ll happily wait around until you’re 18, but my personal choice is to not lock you into marriage before you’ve been out clubbing! There are plenty of awesome celebrants out there that would be happy to help out however, and this one is my favourite!

My name has changed since birth2021-01-16T06:25:01+11:00

I’ll need to see a previous Marriage Certificate or the Change of Name Certificate issued by Births, Deaths and Marriages.

I don’t have a birth certificate or a passport2021-01-16T06:25:07+11:00

We can get around that with a Statutory Declaration, but let’s chat about that privately

About the day...

What papers do I have to sign?2021-01-16T06:50:14+11:00

Initially you’ll need to complete a form called the Notice of Intended Marriage. This form asks all the big questions like your parents names, your occupation, if you’ve been married before, etc. It needs all three of our signatures on it at least a month before the big day.

Just before you walk down the aisle, you’ll need to sign a Declaration of No Legal Impediment to Marriage. This swears that in the month since you completed the last form, you didn’t get married or anything elsewhere.

Then, during the ceremony, you’ll sign three more certificates. These are the special ones, and you get to take the big pretty one home, and I’ll take the two boring black and white ones.

Do we need pre-marital courses?2021-01-16T06:31:33+11:00

Only if you want them! I’ve got a few good resources if you do want some food for thought before saying ‘I do’, but otherwise, I’ll take your word that you’re ready!

What happens if we have to postpone?2021-01-16T06:31:49+11:00

Things happen! You can’t push more than 18 months from the date we sign the initial form, and you can’t pull forward earlier than 1 month of the signature, but otherwise, if I’m free we’ll juggle it around.

Can we do a surprise wedding?2021-01-16T06:31:58+11:00

Yes, but it won’t be like the movies. While the day itself can be a surprise, the Notice of Intended Marriage (NOIM) still has to be submitted to me (signed by both consenting parties) at least a month before the surprise. That is definitely not a ‘no’ though! NOIMs are valid for 18 months, so we can get you both set up for a wedding day, even if only one of you know when it is going to be…

Can we elope?2021-01-16T06:32:02+11:00

Sure, it’s so ‘in’ right now too. You don’t get any special treatments though! I still need you to tell me more than a month before the big day, and you still need two witnesses over 18, BUT I can bring them along if you want.

Can I get married...

…in the Air2021-01-16T06:32:47+11:00

…as long as we’re in Australian air space. Wanna do a Sky Dive wedding? I do…

…in the Ocean2021-01-16T06:32:51+11:00

…as long as we’re in Australian waters. Are you thinking on a boat or under water? I’d look great in a wetsuit!

…on an Island?2021-01-16T06:32:55+11:00

As long as Australia owns the island. To be fair, you can marry on any island, but I can only do Aussie ones.

…at Maccas? in a Cave? in an Aquarium, treehouse, sewer, prison, haunted house, cemetery, without gravity?2021-01-16T06:32:58+11:00

Yeeeeeeeees! Who cares! As long as you’re in “Australia”!

Can I get married in a park ...?

Bayside Council2021-01-16T06:41:02+11:00

All weddings in all parks / beachfront will cost $257 per day with no more than 20 chairs and 1 small table.

Arncliffe, Banksia, Banksmeadow, Bardwell Park, Bardwell Valley, Bexley, Bexley North, Botany, Brighton-Le-Sands, Carlton (part), Daceyville, Dolls Point, Eastgardens, Eastlakes, Hillsdale, Kingsgrove (part), Kogarah (part), Kyeemagh, Mascot, Monterey, Pagewood, Ramsgate (part), Ramsgate Beach, Rockdale, Rosebery (part), Sandringham, Sans Souci (part), Turrella and Wolli Creek.

Cool Council Rating: ♥

Canterbury/Bankstown Council2021-01-16T06:42:32+11:00

Free for up to 100 guests, including any non-destructive equipment (e.g. chairs and tables are fine, but we can’t peg a gazebo into the ground). No reservations permitted; first in, best dressed.

Ashbury (part), Bankstown, Bankstown Aerodrome, Bass Hill, Belfield (part), Belmore, Beverly Hills (part), Birrong, Campsie, Canterbury, Chester Hill (part), Chullora, Clemton Park, Condell Park, Croydon Park (part), Earlwood, East Hills, Georges Hall, Greenacre (part), Hurlstone Park (part), Kingsgrove (part), Lakemba, Lansdowne, Milperra, Mount Lewis, Narwee (part), Padstow, Padstow Heights, Panania, Picnic Point, Potts Hill, Punchbowl, Regents Park (part), Revesby, Revesby Heights, Riverwood (part), Roselands, Sefton, Villawood (part), Wiley Park and Yagoona.

Cool Council Rating: ♥ ♥ ♥

City of Ryde Council2021-01-16T06:43:06+11:00

Approval is only required to hold an event for more than 50 people in a park, sportsground or reserve within the City of Ryde.

Chatswood West (part), Denistone, Denistone East, Denistone West, East Ryde, Eastwood (part), Gladesville (part), Macquarie Park, Marsfield, Meadowbank, Melrose Park (part), North Ryde, Putney, Ryde, Tennyson Point and West Ryde.

Cool Council Rating: ♥ ♥ ♥

City of Sydney Council2021-01-16T06:43:45+11:00

The City of Sydney Council allows free small wedding ceremonies provided:

  • There is no infrastructure at the ceremony (chairs, tables, arches, etc)
  • No amplification (microphones or amplified music)
  • Less than 20 guests.
  • No vehicles are permitted. So you can’t get driven, off-road, to the exact location where the ceremony is.

If you do want any of these things, or you have larger numbers, then you will have to apply for a permit. Permits vary in price depending on what park you choose. But they start from $385 for a 3-hour block at a local park to $700+ for a major park.

The Rocks, The Goods Line, Ballast Point Park, King Street Wharf, Darling Harbour, the Royal Botanic Gardens, The Domain, The Australian Botanic Garden, Mount Annan, The Blue Mountains Botanic Garden, Mount Tomah and Centennial Park are not available for free, even for less than 20 guests. No ceremonies at all are allowed in Paddington Reservoir Gardens.

Alexandria, Annandale (part), Barangaroo, Beaconsfield, Camperdown (part), Centennial Park (part), Chippendale, Darlinghurst, Darlington, Dawes Point, Elizabeth Bay, Erskineville, Eveleigh, Forest Lodge, Glebe, Haymarket, Millers Point, Moore Park, Newtown (part), Paddington (part), Potts Point, Pyrmont, Redfern, Rosebery (part), Rushcutters Bay, St Peters (part), Surry Hills, Sydney, The Rocks, Ultimo, Waterloo, Woolloomooloo and Zetland.

Cool Council Rating: ♥ ♥

Cumberland City Council2021-01-16T06:44:17+11:00

I called this council to ask if there was a specific number of guests permitted without an application to council, and was informed that they need to know about any and all weddings. Compared to other council districts, I don’t entirely believe this would be the case however!

Auburn (part), Berala, Chester Hill (part), Fairfield (part), Girraween, Granville (part), Greystanes, Guildford, Guildford West, Holroyd, Homebush West (part), Lidcombe (part), Mays Hill (part), Merrylands, Merrylands West, Pemulwuy, Pendle Hill (part), Prospect (part), Regents Park (part), Rookwood, Smithfield (part), South Granville, South Wentworthville, Toongabbie (part), Wentworthville (part), Westmead (part), Woodpark and Yennora (part).

Cool Council Rating: ♥

Eastern Suburbs2021-01-16T06:44:58+11:00

Woollahra Municipal Council and Randwick Council does not offer any parks for free use. Applications start at $230.

Bellevue Hill, Darling Point, Double Bay, Edgecliff, Paddington (part), Point Piper, Rose Bay (part), Vaucluse (part), Watsons Bay and Woollahra.
Centennial Park (part), Chifley, Clovelly, Coogee, Kensington, Kingsford, La Perouse, Little Bay, Malabar, Maroubra, Matraville, Phillip Bay, Port Botany, Randwick and South Coogee

Waverley Council allows weddings that are less than 100 people and don’t require any equipment (including chairs, tables, PA systems, etc). Equipment will require payment for a permit.

Bondi, Bondi Beach, Bondi Junction, Bronte, Dover Heights, North Bondi, Queens Park, Rose Bay (part), Tamarama, Vaucluse (part) and Waverley.

Cool Council Rating: ♥

Fairfield Council2021-01-16T06:45:22+11:00

This council has no restrictions on guest limits in their parks for weddings, and no application is needed, but it is first in, best dressed.

Abbotsbury, Bonnyrigg, Bonnyrigg Heights, Bossley Park, Cabramatta, Cabramatta West, Canley Heights, Canley Vale, Carramar, Cecil Park (part), Edensor Park, Fairfield (part), Fairfield East, Fairfield Heights, Fairfield West, Greenfield Park, Horsley Park, Lansvale, Mount Pritchard (part), Old Guildford, Prairiewood, Smithfield (part), St Johns Park, Villawood (part), Wakeley, Wetherill Park and Yennora (part).

Cool Council Rating: ♥ ♥ ♥

George’s River Council2021-01-16T06:45:46+11:00

This council allows some parks and reserves are available for small wedding ceremonies and photographs but bookings are required.

A maximum of 10 chairs and a celebrant’s table are permitted and structures such as arches, stages, carpet aisles, decorations, confetti, rice, alcohol or commercial activities are not permitted for these functions.

Allawah, Beverley Park, Blakehurst, Carss Park, Connells Point, Hurstville, Hurstville Grove, Kogarah, Kogarah Bay, Lugarno, Mortdale, Oatley, Peakhurst, Peakhurst Heights, Penshurst and South Hurstville.

Cool Council Rating: ♥

 

Hunters Hill Council2021-01-16T06:46:19+11:00

This council does not offer any free park options. Weddings ceremonies and/or photos only are charged at an hourly rate of $286 (min 2 hours) and no structures are permitted.

Gladesville, Henley, Huntleys Cove, Huntleys Point, Hunters Hill and Woolwich. There is no suburb called ‘Boronia Park’. The name Boronia Park refers to the park known as Boronia Park Reserve, which is located in the suburb of Hunters Hill. The use of the name ‘Tarban’ was discontinued in 2002. It is now known as Huntleys Cove.

Cool Council Rating: ♥

Inner West Council2021-01-16T06:46:35+11:00

Free in all parks for under 30 people without and equipment (e.g. chairs, tables, PA system, etc). For more people, or equipment, a permit is required.

Annandale (part), Ashbury (part), Ashfield, Balmain, Balmain East, Birchgrove, Camperdown (part), Croydon (part), Croydon Park (part), Dulwich Hill, Enmore, Haberfield, Hurlstone Park (part), Leichhardt, Lewisham, Lilyfield, Marrickville, Mascot (part), Newtown (part), Petersham, Rozelle, St Peters (part), Stanmore, Summer Hill, Sydenham and Tempe.

Cool Council Rating: ♥ ♥

Northern Beaches2021-01-16T06:46:54+11:00

Weddings of up to 30 guests don’t require council permission, but they do advise that parks experience a lot of traffic and it is first-in, best dressed.

Allambie Heights, Avalon Beach, Balgowlah, Balgowlah Heights, Bayview, Beacon Hill, Belrose, Bilgola Beach, Bilgola Plateau, Brookvale, Church Point, Clareville, Clontarf, Coasters Retreat, Collaroy, Collaroy Plateau, Cottage Point, Cromer, Curl Curl, Currawong Beach, Davidson, Dee Why, Duffys Forest, Elanora Heights, Elvina Bay, Fairlight, Forestville, Frenchs Forest, Freshwater, Great Mackerel Beach, Ingleside, Killarney Heights, Ku-ring-gai Chase, Lovett Bay, Manly, Manly Vale, McCarrs Creek, Mona Vale, Morning Bay, Narrabeen, Narraweena, Newport, North Balgowlah, North Curl Curl, North Manly, North Narrabeen, Oxford Falls, Palm Beach, Pittwater, Queenscliff, Scotland Island, Seaforth, Terrey Hills, Warriewood, Whale Beach and Wheeler Heights.

Cool Council Rating: ♥ ♥ ♥

North Shore2021-01-16T06:47:14+11:00

Mosman Council has a policy that all legal ceremonies that take place on council land must have the necessary permit. Locations below start from $562 and go up from there depending on the location and the length of time required.

Cool Council Rating: ♥

North Sydney Council2021-01-16T06:47:32+11:00

North Sydney Council allows free wedding ceremonies for less than 60 people in ‘passive’ parks or less than 30 people in bushland reserves. Numbers above this will require a permit and they have a number of conditions when using the parks and reserves. Wendy Whiteley’s Secret Garden cannot be used for free and you must get a permit, regardless of size.

The North Sydney Council area includes the suburbs of Cammeray, Cremorne, Cremorne Point, Crows Nest, Kirribilli, Kurraba Point, Lavender Bay, McMahons Point, Milsons Point, Neutral Bay, North Sydney, St Leonards (part), Waverton and Wollstonecraft.

Cool Council Rating: ♥ ♥ ♥

Sutherland Shire Council2021-01-16T06:47:52+11:00

All ceremonies (including weddings, commitment ceremonies, christenings & naming ceremonies) or ceremony photography must be booked (regardless of numbers).

Alfords Point, Bangor, Barden Ridge, Bonnet Bay, Bundeena, Burraneer, Caringbah, Caringbah South, Como, Cronulla, Dolans Bay, Engadine, Grays Point, Greenhills Beach, Gymea, Gymea Bay, Heathcote, Holsworthy (part), Illawong, Jannali, Kangaroo Point, Kareela, Kirrawee, Kurnell, Lilli Pilli, Loftus, Lucas Heights, Maianbar, Menai, Miranda, Oyster Bay, Port Hacking, Royal National Park, Sandy Point, Sutherland, Sylvania, Sylvania Waters, Taren Point, Waterfall, Woolooware, Woronora, Woronora Dam (part), Woronora Heights, Yarrawarrah and Yowie Bay.

Cool Council Rating: ♥

On the day ...

What happen if one of us get sick?2021-01-14T14:34:55+11:00

Unless I’m dying, I’ll probably be there, but if something does happen, I have a way of getting you a replacement celebrant asap. If you guys are sick, try and give everyone as much notice as possible and we’ll postpone!

Will my name change automatically after I say “I do”?2021-01-14T14:35:16+11:00

Not at all. You’ll need to apply to Births, Deaths and Marriages for this to happen AND they’ll want you to supply one of their versions of your marriage certificate (see the $60 box on my Price page)

What will I go home with?2021-01-14T14:35:43+11:00

I’ll give you a very real, very legal Official Commonwealth Certificate of Marriage with a registration number printed on it to take home to frame and tell everyone you’re married. HOWEVER, this one is pretty basic, it just says “I Ash, solemnised the marriage between John Smith and Jane Doe”, signature, signature, signature.

 

The NSW Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages offer a more detailed certificate that I can purchase on your behalf ($60) using your registration number. This one is what institutions like banks, and name change departments are expecting when they say they need your marriage certificate. It contains more information like your parents names and your dates of birth. For the sake of $60, trust me, just tell me to organise it!

What if it rains?2021-01-14T15:09:30+11:00

Hopefully we’ll be indoors! If not; we should come up with a plan B

When do we book a celebrant?2021-01-16T06:32:24+11:00

Less than 18 months, but more than 1 month before you want to get married. Try not to leave it to the last minute!

I'm not your celebrant if...

I want to get married in under a month…2021-01-14T14:43:44+11:00

Don’t stress; it is possible in extraordinary circumstances; but, I’m not your guy sadly. This is just personal choice, and there are plenty of awesome celebrants out there that would be happy to help out. This one is my favourite!

My Partner and/or I don’t speak English2021-01-16T06:24:48+11:00

There are ways to get around this, but as a personal preference, I choose to only conduct ceremonies where I’m sure both parties know what is going on without the need for a translator. There are plenty of awesome celebrants out there that would be happy to help out however, and this one is my favourite!

My partner and/or I are under 182021-01-16T06:24:54+11:00

There are ways for you to get married, but I’m not your guy, sadly. I’ll happily wait around until you’re 18, but my personal choice is to not lock you into marriage before you’ve been out clubbing! There are plenty of awesome celebrants out there that would be happy to help out however, and this one is my favourite!

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