Bride and groom about to kiss for the first time after being named husband and wife.


I’m all about making your life easier so I’ve listed FAQs and spanided them into categories: Before the Day, On the Day and General Questions.

Before the day

1. What happens in the face-to-face meeting?

This meeting has two objectives:

1) Sorting all the legal documentation such as your identification, Notice of Intended Marriage form and others. You can refer to Step 2 of The Process on my Home Page.


2) Planning your perfect ceremony.

2. What documents do I need to provide you at the meeting?

For a comprehensive list, please refer to Step 2 of The Process on my Home Page.

3. What is your booking policy?

I require full payment at the time of our face-to-face meeting. Please note that this is non-refundable if you change your mind within one calendar months’ notice of your ceremony date.

4. Do you charge extra for a rehearsal?

No, not at all.

5. Can we write our vows?

Absolutely! I will ensure they comply with all the legal requirements.

In your vows, you must state:

On the Day

1. What would happen if you were to get sick?

In a rare event that I become extremely ill, I will have another celebrant organised to perform the ceremony.

2. What happens if it rains on the day?

I highly recommend a Plan B option if your ceremony is going to be outdoors, especially during storm season which is late October to March. We all know how unpredictable QLD weather can be.

3. What name does the bride sign on the day of the Wedding?

The bride signs the marriage certificate under her maiden name.

4. What time do you get to the venue on the day?

I arrive approximately 30 mins to set up all the equipment and to ensure everything is running smoothly for your big day.

5. What equipment do I need to provide?

Nothing because I provide all the equipment. Your package includes the following:

6. What do you wear on the day?

I will wear appropriate attire to suit the formality or informality of your wedding.

General Questions

1. What are your qualifications?

I am a registered civil marriage celebrant.

2. How long does the ceremony take?

Typically, a ceremony can be between 15 to 30 minutes. The time will depend on the type of rituals/traditions/vows in your ceremony.

Just remember that the latest you can lodge your Notice of Intended Marriage form is 1 month before your proposed wedding date.

3. What paperwork do we need to handle after the ceremony?

You will need to apply for an official QLD Marriage Certificate. The one that I issue to you on the day is a commemorative Commonwealth Certificate of Marriage.

To apply for an Official QLD Marriage Certificate, you can either:

4. How many witnesses do we need?

By law, you are required to have two witnesses.

5. Who can be the witnesses to the ceremony?

Anyone can be a witness provided that they meet all of the following requirements:

The two witnesses are the official legal witnesses to the marriage under the law.

6. Can we elope?

Yes, elopements are very popular. My Legals Only ceremony s perfect for this. View more information on my Services page.

7. Do you offer customised ceremonies?

Absolutely! My Symphony Ceremony package can be customised - Contact Ryan to enquire.

8. Do you provide the music for the ceremony?

No. Couples will need to arrange their own songs.

9. What happens if we have to postpone or change the date of our wedding?

The Notice of Intended Marriage form is valid for 18 months from the date it is lodged. I am more than happy to postpone or re-schedule your wedding with you as long as the 1 month minimum time requirement has been fulfilled and I am not booked out on your alternate date.

10. Is it mandatory to have a rehearsal?

Not at all but I highly recommend that you have at least 1 rehearsal to give you the confidence for your big day. We can do this either at the venue or an alternative location – whatever is easier!

11. Will my name be automatically changed after I get married?

No. On your wedding day, I supply you a commemorative Commonwealth Certificate of Marriage which is not a document that many institutions such as Department of Transport and Main Roads accept for legal changes of names.

You will need to apply for a QLD Official Marriage Certificate from the QLD Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages.

12. Do you do more than one wedding a day?

No! I focus on offering a quality service which means that you get my 100% attention on the day.

13. What if my identification documents are not in English?

If any of your documents are not in English, you will be required to have them translated by a NAATI (National Accreditation Authority for Translators and Interpreters) accredited translator.