Where to from here for your Brisbane wedding ceremony?

I am a professional, full time celebrant and therefore I ensure that everything is done in a professional, business-like fashion so that you know exactly what you can expect from me, and what I expect from you in order to enable me to develop, create, and deliver a uniquely personal ceremony for you, together with what the Marriage Act requires of you to ensure your marriage is legal.

You've had an opportunity to look through my website, to form an impression about my experience, skill, and knowledge, to see what previous clients have said about my services, so you may be wondering what happens next. Hopefully the information on this page will give you a clear picture of what to expect for your wedding ceremony. And by the way, because I'm based in the Brisbane Western Suburbs, Ipswich and Logan are easily accessible and I also travel to Redcliffe, Redlands, and Pine Rivers.

For your wedding ceremony in Brisbane, Ipswich, Logan, Redcliffe, Redlands and Pine Rivers

  • Choose the wedding ceremony package that will best meet your needs
  • Call me (07 3378 3005) or email me to check my availability for your date, time, and venue and for a chat and/or further information
  • If you're happy with what I offer and are fairly sure you'd like to go ahead with me, we can arrange to meet  (NB a meeting is not a must-do, it is perfectly possible to make all arrangements by phone, email and/or mail and to meet for the first time on your wedding day)
  • When we meet (the meeting will take about 1.5 hours)
  • We will briefly discuss your vision for your wedding and ceremony in general terms (I reserve detailed information about the many unique creative additions I have developed, and specific suggestions for your ceremony until you have made a firm booking with me).
  • I will talk with you about the order in which things happen in a ceremony. This is relatively flexible as it depends on your decisions about what you will include in the ceremony.
  • I will explain the timeline I've found to be most effective for ceremony development and what you need to do to provide me with the information I need to develop a unique ceremony for you
  • I will go over the legal requirements.
  • I’ll check the Notice of Intended Marriage and we can make any corrections/alterations necessary
  • I’ll sight your documents (I will provide you with detailed information about which documents are required/acceptable in your individual circumstances)
  • Reserve my services for the date, time and place of your wedding by making a firm booking by completing my Booking Form and paying a deposit of $200
  • I will send you a detailed invoice/receipt together with helpful information to assist you with forward planning
  • I will accept an unlimited number of phone calls and emails
  • Closer to the wedding date we will start the process of developing your ceremony.
  • One month before the wedding you will finalise the account
  • We will make arrangements for your rehearsal (where included)
  • About two weeks before the ceremony we will finalise the ceremony
  • On the day I will arrive well before the ceremony commencement time in order to set up, liaise with everyone, assist with last minute preparation, and organise the guests.
Wedding Ceremony Packages
Download this summary of what is included in each package and what each costs.

Legal Requirements for Marriage
NB these are laid down in the Marriage Act and are therefore not negotiable

  • You must give a minimum of ONE month’s notice before you can get married by
    • completing the Notice of Intended Marriage
    • signing the Notice in the presence of your celebrant or a properly qualified witness (listed on page 4 of the notice)
    • lodging the Notice with your celebrant (the Notice period starts the day your celebrant receives the Notice
  • You must provide proof of birth (birth certificates)
  • You must provide photo ID
  • If you have been married before, you must provide proof of how that marriage ended
  • All documents must be original documents issued by a relevant government authority. Photocopies, even where certified by a JP or Notary Public are not acceptable.
  • You must sign statutory declarations declaring that you meet the legal requirements to be married (this must happen close to the wedding)
  • You must say vows in a certain form in the presence of your celebrant and two adult witnesses
  • You must sign the marriage documents in the presence of your celebrant and two adult witnesses
We've already registered a shining rating for you with the ABIA and want you to know that we should have your feedback form completed this week. We would like to write for you a glowing and authentic testimonial because we and also Terence and Dale [the witnesses] were quite literally amazed at just how magical the ceremony you created for us turned out to be, and we feel that you deserve the best testimonial we can create to supplement the small amount of money your charged us for your splendid services.  Thanks again for a wonderful wedding that far exceeded our expectations. We both felt as if the experience somehow transformed us, our relationship, and our hearts. Clint and Hyejin ... read the rest .....

We asked Jenny for a simple ceremony that was no fuss yet still memorable to us and she delivered. We are so grateful that she took care in what we wanted but still added a little touch of her own magic to make our day one that we would never forget. Thank you for a beautiful day! We enjoyed every moment. Jenny created a ceremony that was unique for us and we didn't feel pressured into doing anything we didn't want to do. it was good that we could have a laugh as well, that was very important to us. -
Terese and Dion

Jennifer Cram is a warm, friendly, experienced and highly skilled secular humanist celebrant
in Queensland Australia

Serving all of Brisbane, Redlands, Redcliffe, Pine Rivers, Logan and Ipswich
Ceremonies performed in private homes, parks, gardens, hotels, clubs, restaurants, chapels, function centres, reception centres, wedding venues.
Day or evening ceremonies 365 days a year

Her Celebrant Services include:
Wedding Ceremonies: Contemporary, Traditional, Spiritual, Inter-cultural, Scottish, Celtic, Chinese, Buddhist, Mediaeval; Handfasting; Renewal of Vows; Commitment Ceremonies for gay, lesbian, and straight couples; Naming Ceremonies; Baby Dedication Ceremonies; House Warming; Launching; Divorce and Separation (End-of-Relationship) Ceremonies