• Looking for interesting Professional Development (OPD) experiences?

Why not consider a One Day (or both days) of our National CCN Inc Conference?

Each day counts as 5 hours OPD
provided you choose a 2 hour Compulsory Activity option face-to-face at the Conference or online via CCN Forums, at no extra cost, for more choice  :-)
novotel-front-side-330a Includes Lunch and Morning & Afternoon Teas !
CCN & CoCA association members Non-
Saturday Inspiring speakers - Kerry Cue + Mike Munro + Wendy Haynes + more Only $225
8.30 am to 5.30 pm
8.30 am to 5.30 pm
Sunday Kerry Cue + Wendy Haynes + Panelists from Relationships Australia, COTA + more
Only $225
8.30 am to 4.15 pm
8.30 am to 4.15 pm

Be in the draw for a Silver Membership if you attend one day - value $80
And in the main draw for a Budget PA system - value $395

CCN National Biennial Conference Sydney
at Darling Harbour, Sydney on Sat 13 - Sun 14 June 2015
Party with a Purpose - Building stronger relationships

Register and  Book ONLINE now or email us or phone 1300 781 444 to leave your contact details if you would like a Committee Member to contact you to arrange your Conference Booking

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Sorry - marrying when you first meet just cannot happen

Despite the impression you may have gained from the latest reality TV show, you are legally required to give your celebrant a completed Notice of Intended Marriage at least one month before the planned wedding, if you want to be married in Australia.

Most couples of course plan their wedding much earlier and are keen to book their celebrant well in advance, especially if they are marrying on a busy Saturday in summer or a popular date like Valentine's Day. Wedding planning is an important part of the preparation for your life together as a married couple and working with your celebrant over a period of time to design your ideal ceremony is part of the fun.

There are some very limited circumstances where the Notice period can be shortened to less than one month.  In situations such as terminal illness, immediate overseas postings and similar cases it is possible to obtain permission for an earlier wedding.  Your celebrant will be able to tell you about these rules how to go about seeking permission.

So don't be fooled into thinking that you can call up your celebrant for a wedding in the morning because you have just met the new love of your life.  It just doesn't happen like that.

Of course, if you are so madly in love that you cannot wait a month to gather your family and friends around you and declare your love to the world, you can ask your celebrant to do a "commitment ceremony" - this is what you saw on TV.  These ceremonies have absolutely no legal basis and the celebrant  makes this clear to everyone present.  Later on, if you both decide you want to marry then you can return to your celebrant, give due notice and have a legal wedding - as large or small as you wish. 

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