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Secret or Surprise Weddings
While it is legal to invite family and friends to a function under some pretext and then surprise them by getting married, both the bride and groom must be in on the secret. Regardless of what various television programs might imply,  it is not legal to surprise either the bride or groom. To do so is an offence that carries a term of six months in prison and loss of registration for the celebrant and no celebrant in Australia will agree to be party to such an arrangement

Getting Married is all about Consent
  • There has to be real consent at every stage of the process including both leading up to the wedding and during the ceremony.
  • You cannot get round this by both signing the Notice but the date and place of the wedding being kept secret from either the bride or the groom.
Why is it Not Legal to Surprise the Bride or Groom?
  • Being put in a situation where it is possible that that person feels under duress to get married casts doubt on the validity of the marriage.
  • The celebrant has to be sure at every stage that the consent of both parties is real and freely given, and that there is no duress, and that includes during the ceremony.
  • Where there is a question mark hanging over the full, free and willing consent to the marriage by either party if the celebrant proceeds the celebrant commits an offence and so does the person who made the arrangements for a surprise wedding.
Are Any Surprises Legal?
There are many perfectly legal ways to inject an element of surprise into the wedding, allowing you to surprise one another or the guests, and I'd be happy to discuss these with you at the point of completing the Notice and making a booking.
How to Book Your Marriage Ceremony
  • Complete the booking form I will send you AND pay the  non-refundable deposit. Both are required to lock the date and time into my diary
  • The balance of the fee is due one month before the ceremony
  Contact me to enquire about my availability and book your ceremony