Ngahuia-civil-celebrant

Civil Marriage Celebrant

Sacred ceremonies are Ngahuia's greatest joy and dearest honour to be able to offer.

As a Commonwealth Civil Celebrant Ngahuia is now able to bring her wisdoms in ceremony and ADD relevant blessings to your Marriage Ceremony.

Had have been part of many marriage ceremonies and adding the component of wedding band blessings and closing blessings, Ngahuia is now able to script a full signature Marriage Ceremony for you and officiate your legal marriage.

Marriage ceremony is a significant life milestone that an individual can make. It is so important that this ceremony flows with grace and ease from the beginning of the first appointment with Ngahuia to the dress rehearsal, ceremony and final legal document registrations.

Having confidence that you are being heard, understood, honoured and supported throughout this whole process is the offering of Ngahuia.

Heart, warmth and JOY is what Ngahuia brings to your Marriage Ceremony.

 

Marriage Ceremony Signature Packages.

 

  • T A H I package

Inclusive package

  • Legal documents administration
  • First consultation appointment
  • Unlimited email correspondence
  • Sacred Ceremony Signature Wedding band blessings
  • Closing ceremony Blessing
  • Dress rehearsal and Blessing circle
  • Official Marriage Ceremony
  • Legal document lodgements including postal.

Investment from $450.00*

*Additional charges may apply and can be discussed before initial booking.

 

  • r u a package

Inclusive package

  • Legal documents administration
  • First consultation appointment
  • Unlimited email correspondence
  • Sacred Ceremony Signature Wedding band blessings
  • Closing ceremony Blessing
  • Dress rehearsal and Blessing circle
  • Official Marriage Ceremony
  • Legal document lodgements including postal.
  • TWO honouring and nurturing, Ka Huna Massages

Investment from $700*

*Additional charges may apply and can be discussed before initial booking.

 

  • T O R U  PACKAGE

Inclusive package

  • Legal documents administration
  • First consultation appointment
  • Unlimited email correspondence
  • Sacred Ceremony Signature wedding band blessings
  • Closing ceremony Blessing
  • Dress rehearsal and Blessing circle
  • Official Marriage Ceremony
  • Legal document lodgements including postal.
  • TWO honouring and nurturing, Ka Huna Massages
  • BRIDE TO BE SACRED CIRCLE
    •     Day retreat
    •    Guidance Readings
    •   Journals
    •   Mana Meditation
    •   Bride to be Blessing

Investment from $1200*
Priced for up to ten people in BRIDE to be retreat.

*Additional rates may apply and can be discussed before initial booking.

 

For all Packages Beautiful Catering, Venues, BUSH Flower Mists, Elixirs, Dream weaving dream catcher or baskets are additional offerings and investment which can be discussed for personal preference.

 

 

FAQ

 

WHAT IS THE ROLE OF A REGISTERED cIVIL MARRIAGE CELEBRANT IN AUSTRALIA?

As your Registered Civil Marriage Celebrant, it is my job to ensure that you understand the legal requirements. To ensure that these legal requirements  are followed according to Australian law and you have a valid & legally binding marriage.

The "Celebrants Code of Practice" outlines the obligations, requirements and penalties associated with Civil Marriage Celebrants and non-secular Celebrants under Australian Law.  Please link to www.ag.gov.au "Code of Practice" for full details.

(I am able to provide a printed copy should you request)

 

are we able to have a themed or more personal styled marriage ceremony?

Absolutely! 

Your wedding ceremony can have your own style and be as long or short  as you both are comfortable with. 

There are legal components  that I, as your Civil Marriage Celebrant must  ensure are met before, during & after your ceremony. All these components are set in accordance  to the Marriage Law in Australia.

 

what are the legal components before the ceremony?

Once the booking date of the marriage has been confirmed, we then sit in for our first interview together.

During the first interview we complete the Notice of Intended Marriage (NOIM) form. I witness the signatures and ensure the identification and/or certificates are current and correct.

The Notice of Intended Marriage NOIM form must be submitted at least one month prior to the date of your intended marriage and up to 18 months prior to the wedding.

I am able to provide you with the NOIM at our first interview.

 

what are the identification requirements?

My preference is to have these documents available at the first interview when filling the NOIM form, however, they can be sighted prior to the day of the marriage. 

The original birth certificate or birth extract that has the date and place of birth.  Also a  current form of photo identification such as your drivers licence

 OR

Your current passport issued by the Australian government or  your current passport issued by the government from your overseas country. The passport must that show the date and place of birth     

OR

The Commonwealth statutory declaration states the reasons why it is impracticable for you to obtain your official birth certificate. We can discuss this together should you require more support on where/how to obtain a commonwealth statutory declaration.

The change of name certificate if you have changed your name.

The original death certificate must be sighted if the party intending to be married is a widow/widower from a previous marriage.

The Divorce certificate or decree absolute must be sighted if either party has previously been married.  The evidence of the dissolution of that marriage must be produced prior to the date of your marriage. A reminder that these documents can take time to obtain and to organise these as soon as possible.

If the intending party to marry is under the age of 18 a court order and written consent from the parents or authorised guardian is required.

 

What can i do if i am unable to find the identification or documents?

If you were born in Australia, you can obtain a copy of your birth certificate from Births, Deaths and Marriages, in the state in which you were born. 

This service with Birth, Deaths and Marriages incurs a fee and the  application can take a couple of weeks to be processed.

If you have divorced and need a copy of your divorce certificate or decree absolute, then this can be obtained from the family law court in the state in which the marriage was dissolved.

The marriage ceremony cannot proceed unless all the required documentation has been produced.  

 

What are the legal components during the ceremony?

In accordance to Australian Law all authorised Civil Celebrants must...

Introduce themselves  and make it known during the ceremony that,  "I am an authorised Civil Celebrant that is registered to perform marriages in Australia".

State the words from Section 46 of the Marriage Act 1961 referred to as The Monitum:   “I am duly authorised by law to solemnise marriages according to law. Before you are joined in marriage in my presence & in the presence of these witnesses, I am to remind you of the solemn & binding nature of the relationship into which you are now about to enter. Marriage, according to law in Australia is the union of a man & a woman to the exclusion of all others, voluntarily entered into for life.”

Use your full names at least once during the ceremony.

You the party to marry must state the words from Section 45 of the Marriage Act 1961 as your marriage vows  “I call upon the persons here present to witness that I (Bride or Groom) take you (Bride or Groom) to be my lawful wedded wife (or husband).”  This must be done in the presence of your witnesses.

 

what is the one month period and when does that start?

In accordance to Australian Law of Marriage, the NOIM form must be submitted at least one month prior to the date of your intended marriage. Only when the NOIM form is completed,dated and signed the one month period begins.

 

How many people need to be present at the first interview?

My preference is to have both people at the first interview for preliminary discussions please.

However, it is possible that only one person is available to visit me to complete the NOIM form and the other partner may sign the NOIM at a later date before the marriage ceremony.

 

What if we are a remote couple?

The Notice of Intended Marriage  form can be downloaded https://www.ag.gov.au

The form is able to be signed in the presence of an authorized celebrant, a justice of the peace, a barrister or solicitor, a legally qualified medical practitioner, or a member of the Australian Federal Police. I can help you source your local authority if required.

 

what happens if we need to have our marriage ceremony earlier than the one month requirement?

There are exceptional circumstances where a court can approve a shorter timing and I welcome you to contact me to further discuss.

 

do you offer marriage counselling?

Now as your chosen marriage civil celebrant I am unable to give marriage counselling. However it is a legal requirement that I give you a brochure called “Happily Ever…Before & After”

 I also provide you with a diverse range of counselling providers if you wish to pursue further. Port Lincoln and Australia wide have many options available for free and for small investment. These services can be available for personal consultation or with groups.

 

who can be our witnesses?

Two witnesses are required and must be over the age of 18, preferably known to you.  Your children most certainly can be witnesses as long as they are over 18 years of age.

 

what is the role of the witnesses?

The two witnesses are the official legal witnesses to the marriage under law and their presence serves a legal purpose. That purpose is to be able to swear in court, or elsewhere, as to the identity of the parties or to testify to the circumstances in which the ceremony was performed, including the date and place.

 

when do we have the dress rehearsal and what happens there?

The Dress Rehearsal can be scheduled one week to one day before the intended date of the marriage ceremony. As part of my signature offerings, I share an additional blessing for all those invited to the dress rehearsal.

This is a perfect time to refine details of the Marriage Ceremony and to also complete and sign Form 14*

Form 14 is detailed in the following paragraph.

 

what are the marriage certificates and forms?

There are a series of three forms;

The first is Form 14, each party intended to marry is required to sign the statutory declaration witnessed by the authorised celebrant as to their conjugal status and belief that there is NO legal impediment to the marriage. Form 14 is usually presented at the dress rehearsal and must be signed BEFORE the marriage ceremony.

The second is Form 15, this is a Marriage Certificate.  Both the Newly weds sign this Certificate with their two witnesses and authorised celebrant. This is signed at the Marriage Ceremony.

The third is Form 16, this also is a  Marriage Certificate. Both the Newly weds sign this Certificate with their two witnesses and authorised celebrant. This is signed at the Marriage Ceremony.

Finally the Marriage Registar Book, this is in the care of the Marriage Celebrant as a record of your marriage. Both the Newly weds sign this Certificate with their two witnesses and authorised celebrant. This is signed at the Marriage Ceremony.

 

what happens to the Marriage certificates and forms after the marriage ceremony?

The Form 14 and Form 16 are sent to Births, Deaths and Marriages registry office in the state where the marriage ceremony was officiated.

The Form 15, Marriage Certificate is a keepsake for the Bride and Groom.

 

where is our official marriage certificate?

Your official marriage certificate can be obtained through the Births, Deaths and Marriage registry by application. This requires a fee to the registry.

 This certificate is what you will need if you are changing your name.

As part of my service for extra clarity and support, I provide my newly weds with after wedding information, which provides instructions on applying for your official marriage certificate and how to change your name after marriage.  

 

what happens if we require an interpreter?

An interpreter maybe required if  the bride, groom or witnesses do not speak English or are not fluent enough to understand everything an interpreter must be used.  This may be a family friend or relative. There are legal requirements that include a Statutory Declaration regarding an appropriate interpreter. I am able to provide additional information upon request.

As your marriage celebrant I must be confident that the party intending to marry must understand English sufficiently. I will request an interpreter is present for processing of all legal forms and at the ceremony should I believe that a party intending to marry requires. This service will incur an additional fee. Should the party intending to marry say or do anything that suggests that the consent is not real it is against the law for me to continue with the wedding.

 

what if one person is an over seas resident?

Where one party to the marriage is resident overseas & is applying to immigrate to Australia on a fiancé (Prospective Spouse) visa, the Department of Immigration & Citizenship requires that you provide proof of your intention to marry & that you actually marry within 9 months of arriving in Australia.   I am able to guide you to the appropriate authorities such as a registered Migration Agent to ensure you are provided with the proper immigration advice.

 If you would like any further information please link to www.ag.gov.au

 

what is the "agreement for ceremony"?

At the first interview we will go through the "Agreement for Ceremony" together. 

The "Agreement for Ceremony" includes

  • the investment of your chosen Wedding Package
  • possible sur-charges
  •  special requirements.
  • total Fee Payable
  • deposit and payment
  • refund policy
  • policy on delays to the ceremonies starting time

 

when do we pay the deposit and full balance?

To secure your ceremony date, a non-refundable deposit of $150 is required at the first interview and the full balance one month before your ceremony.

 

how do we contact ngahuia trewartha to book an interview or request her services?

Simply click on the link "Request Booking"  

 

Take my Hand

It is my privilege to guide you through this process and ensure that you both understand the flow from our first interview and during the day of your ceremony and the reasons why. As your chosen Marriage Celebrant I am able to ensure this process is honoured in a professional and respectful way for us all.

Together we can weave a legally binding Marriage Ceremony with confidence, with clarity and with heart!

I look forwards to sharing this wonderful Ceremony with you both.

Sincerely Ngahuia Trewartha

Civil Marriage Celebrant