I have been a Civil Marriage Celebrant since 31st January 1983.
From July 2014 all Marriage Celebrants are to be ‘Registered’ by the Commonwealth Attorney-Generals Department, and as such I hold an annual “Certificate of Registration” from the Commonwealth of Australia which authorises me to solemnise marriages according to the Marriage Act.
The two important factors are that I have to ensure that I am conducting the ceremony legally and, secondly, that we are organising a ceremony that suits you.
I am most happy to give you advice, and probably so are many other people, but the final decision as to how any ceremony is to run is yours.
Many people decide prior to their death how they would like to have their life celebrated, how and who is to be involved in the formal Funeral Ceremony. This does make things much easier for everyone, and the deceased wishes are respected! Just simple things like what music could be played, and who might be involved in the Ceremony (family, friends, Civil Celebrant, Minister of Religion), instantly make the task easier for those whose responsibility it is to organize the Ceremony.
Like your involvement in any other Ceremony, it is important that you include the thoughts and words that are appropriate to your beliefs and expectations. It is my job to perform a Ceremony that suits your needs, and I will do it with pleasure. A certificate of Re-Affirmation of Marriage Vows is issued for the purpose of this Ceremony.
As a Civil Marriage Celebrant I conduct Name giving Ceremonies, but of course any one can perform a Name giving Ceremony as they can a Funeral Ceremony. The Marriage Ceremony is the Legal Ceremony; the others are social and/or religious.Like your involvement in any other Ceremony, it is important that you include the thoughts and words that are appropriate to your beliefs and expectations. It is my job to perform a Ceremony that suits your needs, and I will do it with pleasure.