Here you will find my terms and conditions for doing business. I’m very open and transparent and believe that by publishing them here there is no room for ambiguity or misinterpretation.
T&Cs – Information is as follows:
The Celebrant agrees:
- To provide Registered Marriage Celebrant services to the Parties in accordance with the Code of Practice for marriage celebrants (“Annexure A”).
- To attend and conduct the marriage ceremony at the agreed time, date and place.
- If the Celebrant is unable to conduct the ceremony for any reason, the parties will be advised as soon as practicable and all reasonable efforts will be made by the Celebrant to assist the parties to arrange for the ceremony to be completed by another registered marriage celebrant.
- If the Celebrant is unable to perform the marriage ceremony:
- any refund or part refund of fees paid by the Parties to the Celebrant will be made in accordance with the terms and conditions on the Celebrant’s invoice; and
- the Celebrant will pass the Notice of Intended Marriage to the replacement marriage celebrant, in a timely and appropriate manner (Refer to Clause 19).
The Parties agree:
- To pay the Celebrant’s fee in accordance with the invoice provided, namely:
- Deposit/booking fee within 48 hours of lodging the Notice of Intended Marriage;
- The booking fee is not refundable.
- Balance of fee in clear funds by direct deposit or cash to Celebrant’s nominated bank account no later than 28 days prior to the wedding day,
- Acknowledge that if full payment has not been made to the Celebrant in accordance with these terms then the Celebrant will not attend the ceremony.
- Additional travel costs will be charged, at cost, for attending ceremonies more than 50 kilometres from the Celebrants address or unless otherwise agreed.
- To provide the Celebrant with all original documentation requested no later than 48 hours prior to the wedding day, including any accredited translation documentation requested by the Celebrant.
- That if the Parties fail to provide all documentation requested to the Celebrant no later than 48 hours prior to the wedding day, the Celebrant will not attend the ceremony and all monies paid at that point will be forfeited.
- To advise the Celebrant immediately in writing of any change to the time, date or place of the marriage ceremony. The Celebrant reserves the right to terminate the agreement and retain the booking fee/deposit should she be unable to conduct the ceremony due to the change.
- If the ceremony is to be changed to the alternative venue due to inclement weather, then one of the Parties is to inform the Celebrant personally by telephone by a time nominated previously by the Celebrant in writing to ensure the Celebrant has sufficient time to travel to the alternative venue.
- To advise the Celebrant as soon as practicable if either of the parties is taking prescribed medication which may change their demeanour during the marriage ceremony.
- Notice of cancellation of ceremony must be given to the Celebrant in writing, and the Celebrant reserves the right to retain the booking fee/deposit and other amounts paid.
- That the Celebrant reserves the right to leave the place of the marriage ceremony 30 minutes after the agreed start time if both parties have not arrived or the ceremony cannot proceed for any reason outside the Celebrant’s control.
- That if the ceremony is delayed through no fault of the Celebrant which results in the Celebrant incurring extra charges such as parking fees, the Parties will pay the Celebrant’s further costs prior to the ceremony commencing.
- That in the event of the delays set out in clauses 12 and 13 above, the Parties will liaise with the Celebrant to mutually agree on a later time and place for the Celebrant to solemnise the marriage for an extra fee payable in advance.
- That the use of the Celebrant’s PA system is subject to favourable weather conditions and will not be used in any circumstances where the PA unit may be exposed to harm, either by person or persons or the elements. Judgment to be at the Celebrant’s sole discretion.
- That where the Celebrant’s PA system is used, the Celebrant undertakes to use her best endeavours to ensure that the PA is fully charged, functional and tested prior to the ceremony, however the Parties acknowledge that inanimate equipment may malfunction from time to time and should the PA fail at any time prior, during, or after the ceremony, the Celebrant will not be held responsible.
- The parties undertake to provide the Celebrant with accurate information, and acknowledge that there are penalties for making false declarations.
- Workplace Health and Safety Act 2011
- The Parties acknowledge that:
- under the Celebrant’s responsibilities contained in the relevant Workplace Health and Safety Act 2011, the Celebrant will not conduct the ceremony at a location which, in the Celebrant’s sole opinion, is dangerous or would place any person attending the ceremony at risk of harm or injury; and
- following receipt of the signed Notice of Intended Marriage (NOIM) the Celebrant will inspect the site as soon as practical and confirm to the Parties in writing not later than two weeks from the date of the NOIM whether the site is safe or poses a risk; and
- The Parties acknowledge that:
- if it is impractical (impossible) for the Celebrant to inspect the site within two weeks from the date of the NOIM, the Celebrant and the Parties will mutually agree in writing a revised extended date for inspecting and reporting on the safety of the site; and
- if the Celebrant fails to advise the Parties in writing within two weeks of receiving the signed NOIM, or agreed extended period, that the site poses a risk to any person attending the ceremony, the site will be deemed to be safe.
- Replacement marriage celebrant
- The Parties acknowledge that before the marriage can be solemnised by a replacement marriage celebrant, the replacement marriage celebrant is required to sight all original documents that the Celebrant sighted, such as birth certificates, divorce and/or death certificates as appropriate, passport and/or driver licences;
- The Parties undertake to ensure that their original documents are available at the venue to ensure a change of celebrant on their wedding has access to their documents, the minimum documents being their passports and any divorce or death certificate as appropriate;
- If the replacement marriage celebrant is not able to sight the required original documentation, the marriage cannot be solemnised, and an alternative ceremony such as a commitment ceremony may be offered instead with the marriage being solemnised at a later time once all original documents has been sighted.
- The Parties are not to arrive at the ceremony appearing to be inebriated or under the influence of any other substance, otherwise the Celebrant is lawfully not authorised to solemnise their marriage; and
- judgment as to inebriation or the Parties being under the influence of alcohol or any other substance is at the Celebrant’s sole judgment; and
- their two official witnesses must be aged 18 or over and appear sober and not under the influence of any other substance in the sole judgment of the Celebrant, otherwise alternative official witnesses must be used.
- The Celebrant has explained, and the Parties understand, the legal requirements for entering into a valid marriage, and they agree to comply with their obligations as requested by the Celebrant.
- The Parties agree that from time to time the Celebrant will take and use photos of the event which may include attendees to promote the business
- The Parties also agree to provide the Celebrant where appropriate copies of professional photos to use in promoting the event and business The photos will not be on-sold nor will they be supplied to third parties.
- The signature of one marrying party alone to this Agreement shall be binding on the Parties.
Code of Practice for marriage celebrants
The Code of Practice for Marriage Celebrants is contained in Schedule 2 of the
Marriage Regulations 2017.
1 APPLICATION OF THIS CODE OF PRACTICE
This Code of Practice applies to marriage celebrants.
Note 1: A marriage celebrant is a person registered under Subdivision C of Division 1 of Part IV of the Marriage Act 1961: see subsection 5(1) of that Act.
Note 2: Under paragraph 39I(1)(b) of that Act, if the Registrar of Marriage Celebrants is satisfied that a marriage celebrant has not complied with an obligation under section 39G of that Act, including this Code of Practice, the Registrar may take disciplinary measures against the marriage celebrant.
2 HIGH STANDARD OF SERVICE
A marriage celebrant must maintain a high standard of service in his or her professional conduct and practice. This includes (without limitation) ensuring the following:
(a) appropriate personal presentation for marriage ceremonies;
(b) punctuality for marriage ceremonies;
(c) accuracy in preparation of documents and in the conduct of marriage ceremonies.
3 RECOGNITION OF SIGNIFICANCE OF MARRIAGE
A marriage celebrant must recognise the social, cultural and legal significance of marriage and the marriage ceremony in the Australian community, and the importance of strong and respectful family relationships.
4 COMPLIANCE WITH THE ACT AND OTHER LAWS
A marriage celebrant must:
(a) comply with the requirements of the Marriage Act 1961 and the Marriage Regulations 2017 which apply to the marriage celebrant; and
(b) observe the laws of the Commonwealth and of any State or Territory in which the marriage celebrant solemnises marriages; and
(c) avoid unlawful discrimination in the provision of marriage celebrancy services.
5 GENERAL REQUIREMENTS FOR MARRIAGE CEREMONIES
A marriage celebrant must respect the importance of the marriage ceremony to the parties and the other persons organising the ceremony. This includes (without limitation) the following:
(a) giving the parties information and guidance to enable them to choose or compose a marriage ceremony, including information to assist the parties to decide whether a marriage ceremony rehearsal is needed or appropriate;
(b) respecting the privacy and confidentiality of the parties, including by:
(i) arranging for appropriate facilities to interview parties; and
(ii) dealing appropriately with personal documents and personal information; and
(iii) maintaining appropriate facilities for the secure storage of records; and
(iv) ensuring the return of all personal documents belonging to the parties as soon as practicable (unless it is necessary to keep the documents for the ceremony);
(c) giving the parties information about how to notify the Commonwealth AttorneyGeneral’s Department of any concerns or complaints they may have regarding the marriage services provided by the marriage celebrant.
6 KNOWLEDGE AND UNDERSTANDING OF FAMILY RELATIONSHIPS SERVICES
A marriage celebrant must:
(a) maintain an up to date knowledge about appropriate family relationships services in the community; and
(b) inform the parties to the marriage about the range of information and services available to them to enhance, and sustain them throughout, their relationship.