Steps involved in planning a wedding ceremony

My aim is to make this as effortless and stress-free as I possibly can. This involves me getting to know you and your partner, making the process as simple as possible, so on the day you can both relax and take it all in -  knowing you have someone professional and organised to present it.

Step 1 - Initial meeting, a general chat about your thoughts for a wedding ceremony. This gives both of us an opportunity to ‘check each other out’ and ensure there is a connection.

Step 2 - If you decide to book me to conduct your wedding, we need to complete a booking form and pay a deposit. Once the deposit is paid a ‘resource kit’ is provided with some useful information.

Step 3 - We need to meet as soon as possible to complete the ‘Notice of Intended Marriage’ and go over a few details. This must be lodged with me at least one month and one day, before the wedding day. This notice is included in the kit.

Step 4 - During this same meeting I need to see your identification. The kit advises what type of identification is required, along with documentation if either party has been previously married.

Step 5 - Discuss requirements for the ceremony, look at my resources, and also discuss music and poetry.

Step 6 - I need to see the answers to the questionnaire (from the ‘resource kit’) along with any ideas you have for the ceremony. It’s best to have a meeting to go through the answers to ensure I have a clear understanding. It is at this time I complete a ceremony planner to go over each part of the ceremony and start to work it through with you – I use this planner to guide me as I write.

Step 7 - Its time for the first draft, having used the information you have given me. I email this to you for discussion.

Step 8 - I usually suggest having a rehearsal, preferably at the place of the ceremony, or some other suitable venue if this is not possible. It’s a good time to go over the paperwork for the ceremony so that you are familiar with it and all documents are checked for accuracy. The rehearsal is an integral part of the process, a chance to go through all the choreography that can make or break the ceremony. It is also a time of bonding for families, the bridal party and even you and your partner. The fee balance is usually paid at this time.

Step 9 - Any modifications to the ceremony will be addressed along the way, with the final draft being completed at least two to four weeks prior to the wedding. This is a team effort so we go back and forth a bit until we get it ‘just right’. I send you a final draft to check that everything is to your liking and for your final sign off.

Step 10 - On the day, and at the place and time arranged, all parties, including the guests, meet and the marriage takes place. I usually arrive an hour before the ceremony.

Step 11 - Forward all legal documentation to the appropriate organisation within fourteen days of the wedding.