Weddings Legal Steps Involved

Step 1

Contact me and we will meet to discuss the type of ceremony you want. There is absolutely no cost for this initial meeting but I will explain what costs there are. You get a chance to meet me and decide if you want to go ahead. I will ask some basic questions and go through some options and set up the next meeting. I will leave you a list of what you will need for our next meeting (birth certificates etc).

Step 2

We will meet again and complete the first set of forms which is the ‘Notice of intended Marriage’ – note this must be done at least one month and one day prior to the ceremony. I will view and confirm that all your documents are as required. A deposit will be required at this meeting. I will leave you with some ideas on format and content.

Step 3

We will meet again and work up a draft ceremony, with all the points that you want included. After this meeting we should have a reasonable finalisation of the ceremony.

Step 4

I will document fully the agreed ceremony and provide you with a copy for you to check and peruse at your leisure and you can advise me of any changes only after you have read it thoroughly. During this time, you may wish to contact me by phone or email, anytime.

Step 5

Depending on the ceremony, you may wish to have a rehearsal. This can be a full rehearsal with all the participants involved, or just going over the paperwork with yourselves. Whatever is the most comfortable, we will do. Any modifications can be addressed at this point. The final fee is payable at this rehearsal.

Step 6

On the day, I will be at the time and place arranged, and will be around 30mins early to ensure that all preparations that are required are complete. I will need a nominated person from you to check with at the venue. I will check again with that person after the ceremony before I leave.

Step 7

In the next couple of days I will complete and forward all legal documentation to the appropriate authorities.

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