In Australia, any marriage must be performed by a licensed marriage celebrant only. They will include words required by law to make the marriage legal during the ceremony. There are various kinds of celebrants who are authorized to officiate certain types of wedding ceremonies. Which one you select will be determined by the type of ceremony you desire and the location of your wedding.
There are certain things to consider while choosing a celebrant. Such as:
● the type of marriage ceremony you want, such as a religious or non-religious ceremony in a place of worship
● if the celebrant's style corresponds to the type of ceremony you desire
● what services do they provide
● their fees and availability
It can help to:
● Obtain personal referrals from family and friends.
● To get a sense of the celebrant's personality and celebrant style, look at their website.
● Check out feedback and testimonies from previous customers.
Types of marriage celebrants
To be legally married in Australia, you must be married by an authorized marriage celebrant. Authorized marriage celebrants are divided into four categories:
● Commonwealth-registered marriage celebrants
● Commonwealth-registered religious marriage celebrants
● Ministers of religion who are from a recognized denomination
● State and territory officers
Role and responsibilities of marriage celebrants
Marriage ceremonies have evolved over time. Lots! Prior to 1973, Australia's only option for getting married was to do so in a place of worship. More than a million couples have been married by civil marriage celebrants since that year when they were first introduced across Australia. Time has passed and currently, civil marriages account for about 75% of all marriages in Australia. Civil marriages can only be performed by people who have been registered with the Australian Attorney-Department Generals as civil marriage celebrants. They must also follow the Marriage Act of 1961 when conducting marriages. Marriage celebrants have many roles and responsibilities to perform such as:
● They are planners
● They take care of your legal requirements
● They check everything before your special day
● They provide advice about marriage education
● They take care of your things
● Civil marriage celebrants officiate your wedding
● They maintain confidentiality
● They abide by the rules
● They take care of the whole experience