The Celebrant agrees:
- To provide services of a Registered Marriage Celebrant
- To attend and conduct the marriage ceremony at the agreed time, date and place.
- If the Celebrant is unable to conduct the ceremony for any reason, the parties will be advised as soon as practicable and all reasonable efforts will be made by the Celebrant to arrange for the ceremony to be completed by another registered marriage celebrant.
- If the Celebrant is unable to perform the marriage ceremony due to illness or other unforeseen circumstances, to:
(a) Compensate the replacement Celebrant, or refund to the Parties a negotiated amount of the Celebrant fee or whichever is appropriate; and(b) Pass the Notice of Intended Marriage to the replacement marriage celebrant, in a timely and appropriate manner.
The Parties agree:
To pay the Celebrant’s fee in accordance with the invoice provided, namely:
- Deposit/booking fee at time of lodging the Notice of Intended Marriage;
- Balance of fee in clear funds by direct deposit to Celebrant’s nominated bank account no later than 30 days prior to the wedding day
- The Parties acknowledge that payment by credit card will be incurred as charged by the payment provider, PayPal
- If the Celebrant’s fees are not paid prior to the Marriage Ceremony in accordance with clause 2 above the Celebrant will charge interest on the unpaid amount at 6.25% per annum.
- Acknowledge that if full payment has not been made to the Celebrant in accordance with these terms then the Celebrant reserves the right to not conduct the ceremony.
- The non-refundable Booking fee (of $300) will secure your wedding on your requested date and time with the celebrant.
- A 7 day cooling off period applies, from the date your booking fee is received.
- Travel within Melbourne metropolitan is included in the Celebrant’s fee.
- The Celebrant will charge the following for costs incurred for travel, if travel is needed:
a. mileage if outside Melbourne metropolitan area (excess of 100km) or air travel costs as agreed with you in advance, b. any tolls and parking fees incurred for attending your Marriage Ceremony at cost, and c. accommodation costs at cost as agreed with you in advance if any overnight stay is required.
- PA hire as agreed with you in advance
Cancellation and changes
- Notice of cancellation or change must be given to the Celebrant by the Parties in writing. The Parties must notify the Celebrant immediately in writing of any change to the time, date or place of the marriage ceremony. The Celebrant reserves the right to terminate the agreement and retain the booking fee should the Celebrant be unable to conduct the ceremony due to the change.
- If the ceremony is to be changed to the alternative venue due to inclement weather, then one of the Parties is to inform the Celebrant personally by text message by a time nominated previously by the Celebrant in writing to ensure the Celebrant has sufficient time to travel to the alternative venue.
- If the ceremony is required to be rescheduled, or relocated for any reason, the celebrant will endeavour to assist the Parties in any way that is practicably possible, including finding a replacement celebrant. Additional fees may also be applicable.
- Notice of cancellation of ceremony must be given to the Celebrant in writing, and the Celebrant reserves the right to retain the booking fee and other amounts paid. If the ceremony draft has been reviewed and or emailed to the Parties, the Celebrant reserves the right to retain any monies paid and an additional $250. If the change is post rehearsal, the on-site rehearsal/travel has been incurred, or cancellation is on the wedding day, no monies will be refunded.
- The Celebrant reserves the right to leave the place of the marriage ceremony 60 minutes after the agreed start time if both parties have not arrived or the ceremony cannot proceed for any reason outside the Celebrant’s control.
- If the Celebrant remains at the venue 60 minutes after the agreed starting time, the Parties agree to pay $45 for every 30 minutes of additional time if the ceremony is delayed.
- That in the event of the delays set out in clauses 10 and 11 above, the Parties will liaise with the Celebrant to mutually agree on a later time and place for the Celebrant to solemnise the marriage for an extra fee (from $200) payable in advance.
- The Parties acknowledge that it is their responsibility to purchase and provide all items required for the ceremony, including but not limited to, music and symbolic ceremonies/rituals, and the Parties are required to bring all relevant items to the rehearsal and on the wedding day
- The Parties are not to arrive at the ceremony appearing to be inebriated or under the influence of any other substance, otherwise the Celebrant is lawfully not authorised to solemnise their marriage; and
- Judgement as to inebriation or the Parties being under the influence of alcohol or any other substance is at the Celebrant’s sole judgment; and
- The two official witnesses must be aged 18 or over and appear sober and not under the influence of any other substance in the sole judgment of the Celebrant, otherwise alternative official witnesses must be used.
- The Parties undertake to advise the Celebrant as soon as practicable prior to the ceremony if either of them is taking prescribed medication which may change their demeanour on their wedding day.
- The Parties understand, the legal requirements for entering into a valid marriage, and they agree to comply with their obligations as requested by the Celebrant.
- The Parties acknowledge that if they fail to communicate any information requested by the Celebrant regarding their ceremony (after the ceremony draft has been reviewed) by no less than 10 days prior to the ceremony, decisions regarding this content of the ceremony will be left to the discretion of the Celebrant
- The Celebrant will not be held responsible or liable for unexpected delays in the celebrant arriving to the ceremony on time, if by chance, they occur. These include but not limited to, flight delays, car accidents, mechanical issues with a car or transport. The celebrant will make efforts and be organised to ensure these do not occur and will make alternative arrangements with another celebrant to perform the ceremony if required.
- The Parties agree to appoint two official witnesses who must be present at the Marriage Ceremony. The witnesses must be or appear to be aged 18 or over and appear sober. If either witness appears to the Celebrant to be intoxicated or otherwise unable to perform their official duties, the Celebrant may absolute discretion, in consultation with you.
- The Celebrant will use her best endeavours to ensure that the Parties, their witnesses, and their guests, can hear the Marriage Ceremony, and to that end the Celebrant will provide audio amplification equipment where appropriate.
- The use of the Celebrant’s audio amplification system is subject to favourable weather conditions and will not be used in any circumstances where the system may be exposed to harm, either by persons or the elements. Use of the system at the Celebrant’s sole discretion.
- Where the Celebrant’s audio amplification system is used, the Celebrant undertakes to use her best endeavours to ensure that the system is tested and operational prior to the Marriage Ceremony.
- The Celebrant may decide that the PA system will not be used in any circumstances where the unit may be exposed to harm; by persons or the elements e.g. rain, extreme heat, heavy winds etc. Judgement to be made at the Celebrant’s sole discretion.
- Neither the Celebrant nor the Parties shall be considered in breach of this Agreement to the extent that performance of their respective obligations (excluding payment obligations) is prevented by an Event of Force Majeure that arises after payment of the Booking Fee.
- An Event of Force Majeure means an event beyond the control of the Celebrant and the Parties, which prevents a Party from complying with any of its obligations under this Agreement, including but not limited to:
1. act of god (such as, but not limited to, fires, explosions, earthquakes, drought, tidal waves and floods);
2. war, hostilities (whether war be declared or not), invasion, act of foreign enemies, mobilisation, requisition, or embargo;
3. rebellion, revolution, insurrection, or military or usurped power, or civil war;
4. contamination by radio-activity from any nuclear fuel, or from any nuclear waste from the combustion of nuclear fuel, radio-active toxic explosive, or other hazardous properties of any explosive nuclear assembly or nuclear component of such assembly;
5. riot, commotion, strikes, go slows, lock outs or disorder;
6. acts of government; or
7. acts or threats of terrorism.
- The parties undertake to provide the Celebrant with accurate information, and acknowledge that there are penalties for making false declarations.
- The Parties acknowledge that the Celebrant has explained the legal requirements for entering into a marriage under Australian law.
- The Parties acknowledge that the penalty for making a false declaration under the Marriage Act 1961 is four (4) year’s imprisonment.
- The Parties acknowledge that the Celebrant will work with the Parties’ official photographer and other professional services as arranged by the Parties to ensure the smooth running of the ceremony.
- To provide the Celebrant with all original documentation requested as soon as possible, including any accredited translation documentations requested by the Celebrant.
- That if the Parties fail to provide all documentation requested to the Celebrant no less than 5 days prior to the wedding day, the Celebrant will not attend the ceremony.
- The Parties acknowledge that before the marriage can be solemnised by a replacement Marriage Celebrant, the replacement Marriage Celebrant is required to sight all original documents that the Celebrant sighted, such as Birth Certificates, Divorce and/or Death Certificates as appropriate, passport and/or driver licences.
- Contact details of the Parties are to be kept current throughout the ceremony process and on their Wedding Day. It is the Parties responsibility to notify the Celebrant in writing if they have moved address, changed their phone number, or email address.
- The Parties acknowledge that the provisions of the Copyright Act 1968 apply to the Celebrant’s original literary work (as defined in that Act), including the agreed ceremony script.
- The Parties acknowledge that the Celebrant must comply at all times with all State and local government laws and regulations relating to the Celebrant’s services under these Terms and Conditions.
- The Parties agree to comply with their obligations as requested by the Celebrant and set out in these Terms.
- If the replacement Marriage Celebrant is not able to sight the required original documentation, the marriage cannot be solemnised, and an alternative ceremony such as a commitment ceremony may be offered instead with the marriage being solemnised at a later time once all original documents have been sighted.
- The Parties undertake to ensure that their original documents are available at the venue to ensure a change of celebrant on their wedding has access to their documents, the minimum documents being their verification of identity and any supporting documents to verify the Parties have no legal impediment to marriage as appropriate.
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Personal information is collected, used and stored in accordance with requirements under the Marriage Act 1961 and privacy laws in the relevant state or territory. This information will be shared with the state or territory Registry of Births, Marriages and Deaths. In the event the celebrant is unable to perform the ceremony, this information will be transferred to the alternative celebrant.
The signature of one marrying party alone to this Agreement shall be binding on the Parties.