Lisa Joy Teasdale | Canberra Marriage Celebrant
Australian Capital Territory
I believe every stage of life is special and should be celebrated. As your Celebrant I will work with you to create your special ceremony.
Whether you are celebrating your child’s Naming, your own Wedding or Reaffirmation, Pre-planning your own Funeral or preparing a loved one’s Funeral or Memorial, call me for an obligation free first meeting.
- Obligation-free chat
- We will work together to plan and create your unique ceremony
- Quality PA system
- Your Wedding – your special day
- Nationally registered Marriage Celebrant, Canberra based
- Personalised ceremony
- All legal paperwork lodged with Births, Deaths and Marriages
Congratulations on your decision to publicly declare your love for one other. Let me help you to create a personalised ceremony.
This is your special day, so it is important that you both take the time to consider what you want included in your ceremony. Apart from the legal words you have lots of options. You can include your family (including children and furbabies), friends, and special rituals. It can be a tiny intimate ceremony with just you and your two witnesses, or something much bigger. My role as your Marriage Celebrant is to work with you to ensure your ceremony is not only legal but that is right for you. Let’s meet and talk about all the options available to you.
I offer a personal, obligation free first meeting so that you can get to know me and take the time see if I suit – do you like my style, the sound of my voice, my ideas? I suggest that you meet with, or at least talk two, a minimum of two celebrants before making your decision. Just like every couple are different, so too is every Celebrant. This is your special day so you want it to be just right.
At our meeting we will discuss the type of ceremony you would like, ranging from a tiny intimate ceremony with just you and your witnesses, to a larger event at a special location, including on-site rehearsal. Once we agree on what you want and the associated costs, we sign the paperwork and, unless things drastically change, you know what is covered. With my prices starting from $600 I am sure we will find a package that suits you.
If you’ve already decided that I am your chosen Marriage Celebrant then please jump to the next section to see what you should bring with you to that first meeting.
Thank you for choosing me to be your Celebrant! Now the fun begins. The first step is to sign the Notice of Intended Marriage (NOIM) and confirming your booking date and your pricing package.
To ensure the NOIM is completed you will both need to bring with you your original Birth Certificates and Photo ID, or your Passport. If you are using your Passport you will also need to know your parents’ full names, including your mothers’ maiden names, and in which country each parent was born. Also if either of you have been divorced or your previous spouse has died, I will need to see your original certificates confirming this. If these papers are in another language you will need to get them professionally translated into English.
Please remember that the NOIM MUST be signed and lodged with me no less than 30 days before your ceremony can take place. The NOIM lasts for up to eighteen months but remember that life can get busy and if you want a particular date for your ceremony please book in early so you don’t miss out. I only book one ceremony a day to ensure you have my full attention.
Before the ceremony takes place you must sign the Declaration of No Impediment to Marry. This confirms that you are both free to marry under Australian law, double checking that you are not still married to someone else, not too closely related to each other, or are under marriageable age according to Australian law. This document must be signed before the ceremony but can be done a week or so before, at the rehearsal or before the ceremony takes place.
Before the wedding ceremony takes place we will have a ‘talk through’ practice or go live and have a full on-site rehearsal (if possible) with the two partners, witnesses and attendants. I will also make sure your music works with my PA system if that is being used and discuss the final touches, including confirming windy or wet weather options. It is always recommended to have a wet weather option. This is helpful in settling nerves and checking the best location for the ceremony to take place. We will try to make sure there are no ‘surprises’ on the day.
Your special day has finally arrived. Thanks to our ongoing collaboration we all know what to expect and everything is in place to ensure that your day is a wonderful and special experience. You are my sole ceremony today, so whatever happens I will be there for you. I will arrive early, set up my PA system to ensure all your guests can hear us, gather your guests and enjoy watching you walk down the aisle with your support team to join your partner at the front (or to watch both of you walk down together). At the end I will present you with your Marriage Certificate and wish you well. After some photos I will pass your Marriage Certificate to someone safe to mind it for you. While you go off to party and have more photos taken, I will pack up and slip quietly away.
My work then continues as I ensure that all your paperwork is lodged with the Births Deaths and Marriages Department in the state your marriage takes place within the required timelines.
Thank you for choosing me to be your Celebrant and I hope this is just the start of our connection and that together we can celebrate more life stage celebrations in the future.
Many couples know that a strong marriage is created through surviving the ongoing ups and downs of life. Your anniversary provides a wonderful opportunity to publicly acknowledge the way you have both grown and developed over your years together as a married couple.
Reaffirmations, also known as Vow Renewals or Affirmations, provide the opportunity to publicly celebrate that relationship.
As your Celebrant I give you the opportunity to celebrate your love and commitment to your relationship by working with you to create a personalised and inspiring ceremony setting where your close friends and family can join you in celebrating your life as a married couple. Whatever your anniversary, a Reaffirmation Ceremony is a beautiful opportunity to commemorate your love.
Every stage of life is special and never more so than when celebrating the life of a new member of your family.
A Naming ceremony provides a wonderful opportunity to introduce and welcome a new family member to your circle of friends and family. This special ceremony can take place at any stage throughout your child’s life; it can be an opportunity to welcome a newborn, to celebrate a first birthday, or whenever you feel the time is right. Traditionally, Naming ceremonies are the time to announce Mentors or Guardians to be there for your children as they grow up.
Farewells & Memorials
Things to think about
To be legally married in Australia, two people must:
- not be married to someone else
- not be marrying a parent, grandparent, child, grandchild, brother or sister
- be at least eighteen years old, unless a court has approved a marriage where one party is aged between sixteen and eighteen years old
- understand what marriage means and freely consent to becoming a couple
- use specific words during the ceremony – as defined by the Marriage Act
- give written notice of their intention to marry to their authorised celebrant, within the required time frame.
As your Marriage Celebrant I will help you understand these requirements.
You don’t have to be an Australian citizen or a permanent resident of Australia to legally marry here. You can find marriage visa information on the Department of Immigration and Border Protection website, if you hope to live in Australia after your marriage. Note that being married in Australia does not guarantee that you can remain in Australia after the wedding.
State/Territory Births, Deaths and Marriages – Searched everywhere but still can’t find your Birth Certificate or Divorce Decree or Death Notice? Then contact the Births Deaths and Marriages departments in the State/Territory in which you were born or the Decree took place.
Why do you need a celebrant? Why is having the right celebrant for you so important?
The legal aspects: The key role of a celebrant is to ensure your marriage is legal in Australia. Under Australian law, only an authorised celebrant can legally solemnise marriages within Australia. Commonwealth-registered Marriage Celebrants are granted annual registration with the Attorney-General’s Department, must undertake ongoing professional development, and are trained to work within the rules of The Marriage Act 1961, and ensure that all the legal aspects of your marriage are covered.
Choosing your celebrant: The right celebrant is the one that you liked when you spoke to them on the phone or when you met them, someone you feel comfortable and relaxed with as you discuss your thoughts and dreams for your special day. Ensure you choose someone who will listen to your ideas but is also able to offer suggestions and guidance where needed.
Many celebrants offer the opportunity to meet before you engage them, if you can’t arrange an initial meeting then at least talk to them on the phone. Face to face is always best though. If possible, make sure you use their obligation free first meeting, as celebrants’ personalities and styles vary dramatically and it is really important to ensure you both like them, are comfortable listening to their voice. that you appreciate their style and mannerisms and feel comfortable with them and trust in them to ensure your marriage is legal.
Things to consider: Would you prefer a male or female celebrant? What type of wedding are you planning? Do you want a very small, simple yet very special ceremony that only includes yourselves and witnesses? Do you want to include all your friends and family? Do you have other family members, children and pets, you would like to incorporate into your ceremony? Do you want to surprise your guests at an engagement party, baby naming, housewarming or birthday party? I love both the small intimate weddings and those that include families and furbabies, formal or casual it doesn’t really matter.
Where to look for your Celebrant: The majority of celebrants have a web or Facebook page, you can ring and talk to any celebrant that appeals to you. Also remember to ask friends and family for recommendations. You can also check out the Attorney-General’s Marriage site for registered civil celebrants on-line discussion groups or Marriage Association websites such as the Australian Marriage Celebrants Inc or Australian Federation of Civil Celebrants Try to find three celebrants that appeal and get in touch with them.
With the 9 December 2017 amendments to the Marriage Act it is worth checking the Attorney-General’s Marriage site for information on Marriage Celebrants and Religious Marriage Celebrants – depending on your needs.
The Australian Government provides a booklet entitled “Happily Ever Before and After” which outlines the obligations and consequences of marriage and stating the availability of marriage education and counselling to couples.
Free counselling sessions – www.familyrelationships.gov.au
FOCCUS is a short program for committed couples. It encourages couples to discuss important aspects of their relationship in a safe and non-threatening environment. This program is available in Canberra, Wagga Wagga, Moruya, Cooma, Cootamundra and Griffith. PHONE: 6122 2444
Relationship coaching for couples
Non-traditional options: Not everyone wants a large expensive traditional wedding, preferring a more intimate, simpler and more affordable option that is still significant and special. These ceremonies may include just the two of you and your two witnesses and can be held anywhere. I offer a special rate for these ceremonies.
Ceremony options: In Australia you can only be married by a Commonwealth-registered Marriage Celebrant. The celebrant must say mandatory wording and you must exchange vows in front of your witnesses. Apart from those legal aspects you have many more options, which include the Giving Away, Exchanging Personal Vows, Exchanging Rings, as well as Readings and Rituals. We can talk about your options when we meet.
Who must be present at the ceremony: The smallest ceremony can be just the couple and their witnesses and the Marriage Celebrant. It is up to you who else you would like to involve. I have had ceremonies involving just a Best Man and Bridesmaid, two Brides, several Groomsmen and Bridesmaids, Flower Girls, Page Boys, Ring bearers – including dogs . I enjoy working with family groups and often their dog is part of their family. The choice is yours.
How soon do we need to meet? We need to meet at least 30 days before the ceremony for you to complete the Notice of Intended Marriage, then on the day of the ceremony. There are lots of options though that you can take advantage of and when we meet I can talk you through them.
How long do ceremonies take? The time varies depending on what you decide to include in your ceremony – a very small ceremony can take ten minutes while a more traditional ceremony can take approximately thirty minutes depending on your inclusions.
Do you travel for weddings? Definitely, I can conduct your ceremony wherever you wish within Australian and the Australian Territories, although an additional fee may apply for travel (petrol and/or accommodation) for areas 100 km outside Canberra.
Where can we be married? Your marriage ceremony can take place anywhere in Australia, as long as it is in the presence of a Marriage Celebrant. The choice is yours – your garden, a park or a favourite venue. However, it is important to note that depending on where you wish to get married, you may need to seek local council approval before the ceremony can take place. Canberra has some beautiful venues, such as parks and ponds, that require permission but without associated cost.
What happens after the ceremony? After the ceremony I will leave you with your Marriage Certificate and a copy of your ceremony. Then I will lodge all the legal documentation with the Registrar of the relevant state department of Births, Deaths and Marriages (BDM) where the ceremony took place. To obtain your official Marriage Certificate just head online to the same department and complete the online form.
As a Funeral Celebrant I know the importance of pre-planning your funeral. This involves taking the time to set down your wishes, your favourite songs, your story, whether you want to be buried or cremated, and talking this through with your loved ones. Doing this can help your family members during the lead up to the funeral and on the day. There is no second guessing and wondering, it has already been discussed and written down. They know what you would like.
Pre-planning is similar to having a Living Will. It is not set in stone, it can be changed, and should be, over the years, kept with your Will and Power of Attorney. It wont jinx you but it will help your family. It also provides an opportunity to think about what you would like – your thoughts regarding organ donation, the type of service you would prefer, and what you would like to happen with your ashes. Talking about it and writing down your thoughts can also be very therapeutic. Take the opportunity to have a say – what is your favourite poem or reading? Who needs to be informed?
Although not a legal document, Your Life, Your Wishes is an opportunity to think about your options and share those thoughts with your family.
Want to know more? I offer a half hour obligation free first meeting. Get in touch and we can get started.
Talk to me about your life stage celebration!
As a Canberra-based Marriage Celebrant/Life Celebrant, I am able to conduct services throughout Australia and am happy to travel wherever required. I have conducted services in and around the Canberra Region and on the South Coast. I will work with you to create your special ceremony. I am always happy to discuss specialised locations, venues and their associated costs.
Give me a call.
As a Canberra-based Marriage Celebrant and Life Celebrant, I draw on my experiences and learnings and combine these with my commitment and compassion to provide you with a very personalised ceremony. I love learning, covering every life stage from birth to death, meeting new people, forming great friendships and creating very individual ceremonies.
I look forward to receiving your call and having the opportunity to meet with you.
Choosing me as your Marriage Celebrant is the first step towards creating your very special day. I offer an obligation free first meeting and once you decide that we fit, then the planning starts. Weddings with me are fun, relaxed and personal. I operate on a one-day/wedding basis so I have the flexibility to work with you if times are a bit tight. As a Commonwealth Registered Marriage Celebrant I can marry you anywhere within Australia and Australian territories in accordance with The Marriage Act 1961.
Your marriage ceremony can be whatever you dream of. Did you know that you only need five people to make your marriage official – the wedding couple, the Celebrant and two witnesses – one of which could be the photographer!
I have enjoyed creating a range of weddings, from the very tiny weddings consisting of the couple, their children and two witnesses, those that included the couple and a few friends in a friend’s home, as well as very large weddings – whatever you choose is the right choice for you. I have officiated at weddings in homes, parks, specialised venues and wineries. My weddings have included babies, toddlers, animals, family and lots of friends.
- I have achieved the Certificate IV in Celebrancy and am registered with the Australian Attorney-General’s Department as a Marriage Celebrant.
- I continue to learn and understand the options available to you and will ensure that we cover all the legal requirements.
- As your Marriage Celebrant I love creating custom ceremonies – this is your special day and it is all about you two. From our first face to face meeting to see if I am the right Celebrant for you, I will work with you to ensure you are both the centre of attention on your special day.
- Are you interested in rituals in your ceremony that reflect your upbringing, culture or religion but don’t know where to start? As your Celebrant I will learn all I can about you, and either draw on my training and experience or research to discover rituals that best reflect your background. Working with you we can include the perfect ritual to enhance your ceremony and make it a customised event full of meaning to you both.
- As your Marriage Celebrant I will work with you, have fun, and do everything possible to ensure that your wedding ceremony goes off without a hitch. Together we will plan every step, test it out at the rehearsal so that everyone knows what they should be doing when, so that on your special day you will enjoy the beautiful ceremony of your dreams.
I love being a Marriage Celebrant and meeting a wide range of people with different family connections. I have conducted ceremonies on pontoons on lakes and dams, in parks, wineries and a range of other venues. My ceremonies have included couples, sometimes their children, and at other times their pets.
Call me and we can organise an obligation free first meeting to decide whether we’re a good fit. Then we can get started creating your special day. Weddings are very special life stages and as your Marriage Celebrant I will do everything I can to ensure it is a day you will always remember with joy.
Set your date and time and remember that your Celebrant must be booked a minimum of one month before the day you marry.
Venue – remember you need to think about all-weather options. The venue can also usually provide a Signing Table that will suit the décor. Do you want the same venue for the ceremony and the Reception? Consider distance, transport, and timeframes for you and your guests.
Celebrant – Celebrants can help you create your beautiful ceremony but more importantly, they do all the legal bits that make sure you ARE married! As your Celebrant I have a PA so everyone can hear you as you exchange your vows. Make sure you are comfortable with your Celebrant and know that you can rely on them. Think about the type of person you would like to work with, the style of your ceremony and who you want to involve. Let me be your chosen Celebrant.
Choose your Attendants and witnesses. A witness can be anyone you wish, the only criteria is that they have to be aged over eighteen and able to be present throughout the ceremony and understand everything that is said. Although if necessary an interpreter can help if language is an issue.
Theme. Do you have a colour theme, or maybe you’re into history, Star Wars, Vampires, bushwalking, or you have a special theme that says ‘you’.
Outfits – yours, your partners and your attendants – special colours and styles, casual, dressy, formal. Think about your location – what will you be standing on? Sand, cement, grass?
Cake – will it be traditional cake, fruit, mud, deconstructed or cookies, or something more unusual? Do you need cake toppers, flowers (real or artificial)?
Photographer/videographer – where do you want the photos taken, have you thought about an engagement shoot, getting ready on the day for you or your partner, before the ceremony, during the ceremony, during the reception?
Walking down the aisle? Will someone walk with you? Will someone give you away? It doesn’t have to be your dad. You can also both decide to walk together. Mum and dad can walk you down.
Wedding rings – Will you both exchange rings or only one of you? Who will carry the rings – pageboy/flowergirl, Best Man, Bridesmaid, human or animal?
Flowers – bouquets, boutonnieres, corsages, throwaway bouquet, one to keep. Do you prefer simple, ornate, fresh, artificial, or bejewelled; there are lots of options available.
You can find ideas on Pinterest, wedding internet sites, magazines or just asking friends and family for ideas. You’ll probably find that lots of your friends are getting married now too – what do you like/hate about their ceremony, venue, style? What would you like to borrow or ditch from what you see?
Then there’s the Reception
- What time are you having the event – across a meal, cocktail party, just snacks?
- Venue – this can be the same or different to your Ceremony venue. Indoor/outdoor options – our weather can be a problem or a blessing.
- Backyard weddings are often relaxed and comfortable but do take a bit of planning and there is all the clean up afterwards. Whatever you are considering, think about food, chairs/tables, crockery, cutlery, glasses, alcohol (or not), catering, serving staff, and drinks options.
- Music – live or digital
- Master of Ceremonies – to help ease the way through the evening. This can often be a friend or family member, some Celebrants also provide this service.
- Security – birdcage/gifts table
- Transportation – how are people getting to and from, consider drinking options
Once you’ve made these decisions you also need to consider how to let people know about your special day:
- Stationery: keep the date, wedding invitations, printed return stickers or a website, place cards, menus, maps so people can find the event.
- Other things to consider include an aisle runner/lanterns/bunting to make your space special and meaningful for you.
I hope this check list can get you started on planning your special day. Good luck and remember to enjoy it!