© LYNN J COATES CMC . . . ‘JUST FOUR (4) SIMPLE STEPS’

For the Bride and Groom

Congratulations! This is an exciting time in your lives.

Your initial telephone or email contact is received, my availability is verified to officiate your marriage ceremony, your wedding date, venue and time of ceremony is entered in my celebrancy diary. I offer an obligation free informal ‘meet and greet’ at my home in Cottesloe giving us both an opportunity to meet each other for the first time and to discuss your needs, wishes and expectations for your marriage ceremony.

[A legal marriage ceremony must include the Celebrant’s Authority and as a Civil Marriage Celebrant I am required to recite the Monitum from the Marriage Act 1961 and the minimum words which each party must say to the other in my presence as your Celebrant and two witnesses.]

STEP ONE © LYNN J COATES’ JUST FOUR (4) SIMPLE STEPS . . . . . .

SCHEDULED DATE & TIME – meeting at my home in Cottesloe ______________________________________

Depending on your circumstances, I will advise you as to the documents you will need to bring with you to our next meeting for Lodgement of the Notice of Intended Marriage (NOIM) at my home and a mutually convenient date and time is then arranged. All information discussed during our initial meeting and following meetings will be confirmed to your nominated email address keeping and staying in touch. You will have your own JUST FOUR SIMPLE STEPS’ file which is secured at my residence in a locked filing cabinet. Completion of my Confirmation of Booking, Agreement and Fee form secures the date of your wedding in my celebrancy diary. A non refundable deposit is paid and a receipt is issued. Two books of Wedding Resources are loaned to you and a Wedding Resource Package gifted to you.

STEP TWO © LYNN J COATES’ JUST FOUR (4) SIMPLE STEPS . . . . . .

SCHEDULED DATE & TIME – meeting at my home in Cottesloe ______________________________________

At this meeting I will explain copyright, ask you to provide the signing table and two chairs, consider an alternative venue for inclement weather and give consideration to your two witnesses (full names). From the completed marriage questionnaire, return of the two books on loan and your chosen wording for the elements of your marriage ceremony, inclusion of ritual (optional), music and music co-ordinator’s name and mobile, I will create and email the FIRST DRAFT to you. I offer unlimited access to perfect the wording until you are both totally happy and content with the final wording of your marriage ceremony – I am just an email or phone call away!

STEP THREE © LYNN J COATES’ JUST FOUR (4) SIMPLE STEPS . . . . . .

SCHEDULED DATE & TIME – meeting at my home in Cottesloe ______________________________________

Together we will finalise and run through the wording of your marriage ceremony, confirm readers and ritual (if applicable), music and confirm the full names of your two witnesses. With your approval of the final wording, the ‘Approval and Acceptance of the Final Wording’ form is signed. I will explain the legal formality of Form 14 Statutory Declaration, show you the three (3) marriage certificates and where to sign on your wedding day, the balance of my fee is paid and a receipt is issued.

STEP FOUR © LYNN J COATES’ JUST FOUR (4) SIMPLE STEPS . . . . . .

SCHEDULED DATE & TIME – meeting at your chosen venue ______________________________________

Bride and Groom sign Form 14 Statutory Declaration – legal document reverse Form 16 explained in STEP THREE above. A full wedding rehearsal is held at the wedding venue with the bridal party and confirm your music and co-ordinator’s name and mobile number; confirm the need for a PA system; confirm provision by the couple of a signing table and two chairs; confirm availability of alternative venue and/or marquee, gazebo if inclement weather; confirm full names of two witnesses who will sign the Marriage Registry. Bride and Groom to contact Celebrant by telephone two days before the marriage ceremony to confirm that there are no unforeseen changes to their wedding arrangements.

ON YOUR WEDDING DAY

In accordance with the Celebrant Code of Practice, I will arrive at least 45 minutes before the start of your ceremony or at a mutually agreed time, I will dress in accordance with your selected wedding style and I provide a PA system, connection leads for your music (iPod or Laptop), an additional cordless microphone for your personal vows, a stand for all readings and I wear a Madonna microphone to officiate an audible marriage ceremony.

Following the marriage ceremony the Bride and Groom will receive:

  • Presentation Marriage Certificate.
  • Thermal leather textured bound keepsake commemorative copy of your marriage ceremony.
  • Celebrant’s assurance that the legal paperwork will be hand delivered to the Registrar of Births, Deaths and Marriages within 14 days following solemnization of the marriage.
  • Testimonial Feedback form (completion is optional).