Six Easy Steps to creating your Wedding Ceremony: Step 1: First Consultation (free of charge) Call Carol Shepherd, Celebrant on 0413 141 521 and have a chat (or e-mail) and perhaps make an appointment for a complimentary first consultation. At this stage you need make no commitment for a future booking, it’s an opportunity for you to get to know me, and to browse through the pre-written ceremonies on offer. Step 2: Legal Documentation (NOIM) When you are ready to proceed we complete the Notice of Intended Marriage (see Marriage Legalities page for more information) and formally book your wedding date into my celebrant diary. It is at this stage that a deposit is required. Step 3: Choose your wedding ceremony. Traditional Beach Contemporary Garden Intimate Each ceremony is complete with vows and if you wish it can be used just as it is… Step 4: Ceremony Variations After choosing your ceremony style, if you would like to personalise it, you are then invited to select alternative vows and ring exchanges. I will provide guidance for the legal requirements should you wish to write your own vows. You may also wish to include some beautiful rituals such as a warming of the rings, candle ceremony, romantic time capsule (pictured above) or handfasting. Perhaps you have your own ideas or cultural additions: Your personal ceremony suggestions are welcomed. Step 5: Rehearsal or Final Meeting Should you wish, a wedding ceremony rehearsal is included in the fees, it’s an opportunity for me to help you both smooth out any nerves and provides a sense of confidence for your Wedding Day. A rehearsal is optional and some couples are happy just to meet and go over the ceremony together. At this final meeting we will also attend to final paperwork, ready for your marriage. Step 6: Your Wedding Day I will be delighted to officiate as your wedding celebrant at your Marriage Ceremony with the greatest of pleasure and finally attend to all legal requirements as set out by the Attorney General.