What is a commitment ceremony?
It is a ceremony for couples who want to commit to one another without the legalities of marriage.
Many same sex couples choose to commit to each other in this way, as it is still illegal for same sex couples to marry in most parts of Australia.
Couples who choose to have a commitment ceremony do so because in their hearts and in the presence of family and friends they are committed to each other as life partners. Commitment Ceremonies are not legally binding contracts.
They are an expression of the love and devotion you share with each other.
Commitment Ceremony Content
Commitments can be very formal affairs or very casual.
They can be very serious or light hearted.
They can be as long or as short as you require.
My motto is “Your Ceremony, Your Way”
All of my Ceremonies are ‘more than words’ they are written and conducted with feeling and respect.
Your ceremony would follow the same guidelines as for a wedding or you could choose an alternate ceremony ritual. I am quite happy to officiate at what ever type of ceremony you choose with some exceptions:
I do not conduct ceremonies underwater, or in the water (unless onboard a boat) above ground ie; planes or hot air balloons, or ceremonies that are legally immoral.
Once we have met face to face and you have paid the non refundable $150 booking fee to secure my services for your date and time, I am committed in every way to ensuring that your ceremony is written as per your requests and conducted in a professional manner on the day.
I have many poems and readings, prayers and vows for you to choose from if you don’t have any of your own.
I provide you with a commemorative certificate or certificates if you require certificates to acknowledge other people involved in the ceremony.
I have a backup team of celebrants who can step in and conduct the ceremony I have written for you if illness strikes me on your special day.
To secure my services I charge a non-refundable booking fee of $150, to be paid at our first face to face meeting. Once this is paid I begin working with you to put together the ceremony of your dreams.
The balance of my fee is due to be paid at least two weeks prior to the ceremony and is not negotiable.
Arrangements can be made to pay off the balance as long as it is paid in full by the due date.
Ceremony could include:
Entrance of 'bride'
Giving of rings
I reserve the right to refuse to conduct the ceremony if:
The balance owing has not been paid.
If either party is deemed by me to be intoxicated prior to the ceremony starting.