A legals-only wedding allows you to get legally married
with the minimum of fuss, bother and expense.
Basically, we do the paperwork, I say the words the
Marriage Act requires me to say, you say the words the
Marriage Act requires each of you to say, two adult
witnesses present, we all sign, and that's it. Of
course, if you want to have rings, have me declare that
you are now married, and share that very special kiss,
that's part of it too - but you don't have to do
anything you don't want to.
Many celebrants actively dislike legals-only weddings
because they see them as a procedure, rather than a
ceremony. But, even though it is minimal, Australian law
requires a ceremony - and I really enjoy the way in
which everyone (even the marrying couple) is completely
relaxed. Magic happens!
A legals-only ceremony is perfect if you
- are having a non-legal wedding overseas, but want
to have your legal marriage registered in Australia
- are getting married in church in a religious
ceremony, but the minister/pastor is not licensed to
perform legal marriages
- can't agree on what sort of wedding to have (it
happens) so have decided to just get married and
make decisions about having a wedding later
- want the minimum fuss and the cheapest option but
would still like to have control over when and where
My Married in a MinuteTM
likely to be the perfect choice for you. Minimum legal
requirements but in a relaxed atmosphere accompanied
with love and laughter, so it is definitely not a
"getting a dog licence" experience.
- No fancy venue needed - basically your place or
mine, or perhaps a favourite coffee shop, (yours,
not mine!), park bench, or even sitting in your car.
- No preparation on your part (apart from completing
and lodging the Notice of
Intended Marriage at least a month ahead
and showing me your documents)
- We sit down round a table and just do it - or
stand up if you prefer.
- Of course, I will involve your witnesses and the
whole experience will be made special by your warm
and friendly celebrant (moi!)
- And when you book I'll give you my booklets How
to be Married in a Minute, Stress-Free and Getting
Married, Your Rights and Obligations as well
as pre-marriage relationship education information
including the government pamphlet Happily Ever
Before .... and After.
"Married in a Minute - with Handfasting"
The barest minimum of legal words with a visually
gorgeous handfasting thrown in. It adds another minute
to the experience, but what an addition (and I supply