A Marriage Celebrant’s Responsibilities 2018-07-10T16:16:09+10:00

Marriage Celebrant’s role and responsibilities

fun at Noosa beach wedding, celebrant Patricia Quinn

Being a marriage celebrant is a wonderful thing. To help people create a day they will remember for the rest of their lives is both a pleasure and a privilege.

However, there are two sides to the job. The most enjoyable part is helping the happy couple craft a beautiful, meaningful and highly personalised ceremony that fully meets their needs.

The other part is more bureaucratic but critical: as an authorised marriage celebrant appointed by the Commonwealth’s Attorney General’s department in Canberra, I have a number of legal and administrative responsibilities to take care of.

It is my duty to ensure that all the legalities are met. In other words, I need to be able to guarantee that you are properly married in the eyes of the law!

Here are just some of my responsibilities: I will

  • Authenticate your documents
  • Lodge your Marriage documentation at the appropriate time
  • Register your documentation with the Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages in Queensland.
  • Assist in the planning and design of your wedding ceremony
  • Inform all couples about marriage education
  • Officiate and solemnise your marriage
  • Witness your marriage vows
  • Witness your marriage documentation
  • Have a wedding rehearsal (if required)

And that’s not all. I will also

  • Provide you with a complimentary Presentation Certificate
  • Present you with a complimentary bound copy of your ceremony
  • Provide a professional PA system (portable, battery-operated). You are very welcome to use this with your iphone to play your choice of music (no charge!), if required
  • Assist you with change of name procedure, if needed