Marriage Celebrants are required by law to ensure a number of tasks are completed and that the marriage is registered appropriately.
To meet those requirements also means you, the marrying couple, are required to meet certain obligations too. The most obvious ones are to give Notice of Intended Marriage, supply identification, birth certificates and/ or other legal paperwork for viewing by the celebrant.
Make sure you meet all these legal requirements, or your celebrant may be forced to refuse to marry you.
The Celebrants Terms and Conditions outline their requirements, and the Attorney-General's Department will uphold the marriage celebrant's action in applying all the conditions of the Marriage Act.
There may be other conditions that your celebrant may require of you.
Some examples are:
A Booking Fee
This reserves a particular date and time for the couple. As the celebrant would be able to accept other bookings for that time, this fee may not be refundable at all or only in extenuating circumstances
Ceremony Starting Time
In the event of your ceremony being delayed beyond 15 minutes, most celebrants make it clear that they are entitled to proceed to their next commitment (if any). This time may vary.
Should this happen, most celebrants would return later to the reception to complete the marriage, however there may be extra fees to cover this extra service.
So the best plan is not to risk this - it does happen that the celebrant has to leave.
Plan your day leaving plenty of time for things to go wrong or take longer than expected. Better to be safe than sorry. And your guests will appreciate your thoughtfulness in being on time.
Loan of Wedding Planning Material
The loan of the planning materials may or may not also be covered by the Booking Fee. A deposit may be required and if not returned a financial penalty may apply.
Copying and distributing wedding material given to you by your celebrant, in most cases will be covered by copyright laws. You must check with your celebrant before copying, printing or distributing any materials on loan or given to you.
Outstanding Balance of the Fee
Your final payment is usually payable prior to the wedding day or earlier. Your celebrant may have specific requirements if cheques or credit cards are used for payment.
Celebrant seriously ill or unable to officiate at your Ceremony
Whilst it is very rare, occasionally your celebrant may become ill, have an accident or have some other problem that means they are unable to meet their commitment to do your wedding. After all celebrants are human too.
In such circumstances, your celebrant will usually ensure every endeavour is be made to find a replacement celebrant. Inquire if this is not apparent. Celebrants who belong to celebrant associations are usually better placed for emergencies as they have the support of their association's resources.