Most Marriage Celebrants will provide you with a set of Terms and Conditions that you both sign
This document makes both sides' responsibilities clear.
Some of the conditions will be related to the legal requirements for marriage - for example, your celebrant cannot legally marry you if you do not give your celebrant your Notice of Intended Marriage at least a month before the wedding.
The Attorney-General's Department will uphold the marriage celebrant's action in applying all the conditions of the Marriage Act.
There may be other conditions that your celebrant requires.
Some examples are:
A Booking Fee
This reserves a particular date and time for the couple. This fee may be non-refundable because the celebrant would not be able to accept other bookings for that time.
Ceremony Starting Time
Many celebrants make it clear that they are entitled to proceed to their next commitment if you are late for the ceremony.
While the celebrant may agree to return later to the reception to complete the marriage, be prepared for extra fees to cover this additional service.
Loan of Wedding Planning Material
The loan of the planning materials may or may not also be covered by the Booking Fee. A deposit may be required and if not returned a financial penalty may apply.
Copying and distributing wedding material given to you by your celebrant, in most cases will be covered by copyright laws. You must check with your celebrant before copying, printing or distributing any materials on loan or given to you.
Outstanding Balance of the Fee
Your final payment is usually payable prior to the wedding day. Your celebrant may have specific requirements about how and when payments are made.
Celebrant seriously ill or unable to officiate at your Ceremony
Whilst it is very rare, occasionally your celebrant may become ill, have an accident or have some other emergency that means they are unable to meet their commitment to do your wedding. After all celebrants are human too.
In such circumstances, your celebrant will usually assist you to find a replacement celebrant. Celebrants who belong to celebrant associations are usually better placed for emergencies as they have the support of their association's resources.
Feel free to discuss the Terms and Conditions with your celebrant to be sure that you understand all the requirements.
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