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Commitment Ceremonies
For any one of a number of reasons you may not be able to legally marry, for example, you are a same-sex couple, or a couple that was married overseas away from family and friends. Or you may just not wish to make a legal commitment. But that is not sufficient reason to forgo a public ceremony that is an act of love. While a  commitment ceremony has no legal standing, it is a ceremony that makes public love that is interior and private.

The format of a commitment ceremony is similar to that of a wedding, but without the legal requirements. As well as vows, exchange of rings or other symbolic gifts, and that all-important public kiss, symbolic rituals can be included.

I will be glad to help you plan your commitment ceremony so that it reflects what you and your partner most value. I do so with the following commitment to couples who love each other, but are unable or unwilling for a variety of reasons to legally marry: I will not just perform a  commitment ceremony for you;  I will feel honoured to be able to to do so.

Celebration of Registered Relationship

Since 23 February 2012, both same-sex and heterosexual couples wishing to legally register their civil partnership in Queensland may do so at the Registry Office in Brisbane and at local courthouses.

On 12 June 2012, the Premier of Queensland announced that while registration of relationships would continue, state-sanctioned ceremonies would no longer be conducted.

This announcement does not impact on my capacity to continue to conduct non-legal ceremonies for couples. Regardless of whether you are a gay couple, a lesbian couple, or a heterosexual couple you have the option of having a commitment ceremony which acknowledges your intention to register or partnership, or celebrates that you have already done so., or a commitment ceremony that celebrates your commitment to one another in the presence of your family and friends in the time-honoured way relationships were celebrated before churches or government had a role in marriage.

My fee for a Commitment  ceremony (about average for the Brisbane area) is

    * Full Service Couture Ceremony $550
    * Simpler Couture Ceremony $450
    * No fuss Intimate Ceremony  $350

Fee includes travel to a ceremony site up to 50km from my office (100km return). Cost for travel above 100km by negotiation. Part of this fee is required upfront as a booking fee to confirm the date and time in my diary and start the process of ceremony development. My fee for an Enchanting Elopement is by negotiation.

A Couture Ceremony is the full "white-wedding" experience. It includes a full-caste rehearsal, and PA system if the number of guests requires one. while a Simpler Couture ceremony is a simpler version of this that requires no rehearsal. because there is no bridal party as such.

My No Fuss Intimate Ceremonies focus on the promises you make to each other - I work with you to create those promises and set them within a ceremony that acknowledges your guests and witnesses individually and celebrates your commitment to each other.  The ceremony is purpose-written for you, not pre-scripted. For a No Fuss Intimate Ceremonythere are conditions: limited number of people  attending, the ceremony is shorter, thus involves less preparation time, there is no rehearsal.. With this style of ceremony you have the choice of celebrating with a small number of friends and family, with two witnesses only, or of choosing aJust We Two ceremony.

More information about commitment ceremonies for same sex couples please visit my dedicated website Pride Ceremonies®

Whichever ceremony style you choose  the focus is on you and the promises you make to each other. All include a high level of engagement with you,  unlimited phone and email consultation, an individually written ceremony over which you have final sign-off, generous amount of travel, performance of the ceremony at the venue of your choice, beautifully presented printed keepsake copy of the ceremony, copy of the ceremony on CD, certificate, and use of an elegant pen for the signing.

While an average Full Service Couture Ceremony takes about 30 minutes (it can be shorter or longer) there is good reason not to rush through the ceremony no matter what option you have selected.  People need time to fully absorb what is going on, so  the ceremony should be long enough to allow everyone to relax into it and focus on it. This is not only a beautiful time in your lives, it is a gift you’re giving your guests, so you shouldn't  feel that you must rush through it.

Parking and/or fees (where required due to the nature/location of the venue) at cost.
Payment accepted by Cash, Cheque, Direct Deposit, and Money Order.
No hidden costs, add-ons, or extra 'surprise' charges.