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.
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
My fee for a Commitment ceremony (about average for the Brisbane
* 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
nature/location of the venue)
Payment accepted by
Cash, Cheque, Direct Deposit, and Money Order.
No hidden costs, add-ons, or extra 'surprise' charges.