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FAQ


Now that we have booked you, what next?

Firstly, thank you for the privilege of being your celebrant for your ceremony. It is really important for you to have time to look through all the information that I have given to you. When you are ready, we meet again, to put your ceremony together. Or you can choose to put it together yourself – I will be there to assist you! For interstate and overseas clients, most of our communication will be done by email or Skype, so you will still benefit from one-on-one consultation. Sometimes, due to time restrictions, our first meet-up may be soon after our first meeting. I will guide you through the time lines.

Note: This answer would not apply to Celebrations of Life (funeral) ceremonies. These ceremonies are written within a day or two of our initial meeting.

I’ve noticed that you are a full-time celebrant. Do you offer discounts for week day weddings?

As a full-time celebrant, I am available any day or night of the week. I have also conducted weddings on New Year’s Day, Christmas Eve and other public holidays; at sunrise and on the full moon rising!

I do not charge additional fees for these requested times, as I believe it adds to the personalisation of your ceremony.

Likewise, I do not offer discounts for week day weddings as again, your choice of day personalises your ceremony.

Can we combine our wedding ceremony with another ceremony?

Yes you can. One ceremony can follow the other….for example, you can have a Naming Ceremony for your children following your wedding ceremony. Or your parents may wish to have a Renewal of their Vows.

I offer 50% off the lesser priced ceremony for this, if it is held at the same site and date/time.

Do you conduct beach weddings?

Yes I do. I have an affinity with nature. I have conducted many beach weddings across coasts, bays, inlets. I have lots of hints to make your ceremony harmonise with your choice of the natural environment.

So what about formal wedding ceremonies?

I also am at home in venues, chapels. I can certainly assist you with information on sites, as I have been to many places.

I am not a residential celebrant to any particular venue so I am not obliged to offer those venues only, nor will I recommend only one particular place.

I offer suggestions only – always your choice.

Do we need to use the names that are on our birth certificates?

Yes, these names are those that identify you during your ceremony and they are a legal requirement. The only changes to this are:

  • The use of the last name that is on your divorce papers, if you are still known as that name
  • Change of Name document
  • Australian Citizen Certificate name.

What if I wish to change my name before I marry? Can I do that?

Yes you can. You can even complete your Notice of Intended Marriage in your name that is on your birth certificate and then complete the final legals, (which are done a week or so before your ceremony), in your new name, if this has been undertaken.

You can apply to the Births, Deaths and Marriages Department in your state. In Queensland, for example, the name change would then be noted on your birth certificate if you were born in Queensland, or a Name Change document, if you were born elsewhere.

Do we have to include the legal vows that you mentioned?

Yes, these are vows that marry you. You can say these vows only, or add more vows that do not contradict the meaning of the legal vows. I will provide you with many examples or you can write your own vows. There are many ways of stating your vows, and I can assist you with this – all your choice!

Are we required to have wedding rings?

No it is not a legal requirement. Gifts can be given instead of rings. If you choose to exchange rings, they can be given during its own part of the ceremony, (usually after your vows are said to each other), or otherwise, they can be given whilst you say your vows.

What is the difference between the Presentation Certificate and the Official Certificate?

The Presentation Certificate is a legal certificate that I give to you at your ceremony. The Official Certificate is requested from the Births, Deaths and Marriages Department in the state of your ceremony. It is the certificate that you will need as proof of identification, to change names at statutory bodies such as banks and utilities. You are able to choose which official certificate/s you would like to purchase.

I will send in your application form with my legal paperwork. This saves you from having to provide proof of identification to acquire the Official Marriage Certificate, at a later date.

Can we officially change to another last name after we are married?

Once you have received the Official Marriage Certificate from the Department of Births, Deaths and Marriages, you can apply through that department to change your name. The request form, information and fees are on-line.

Do we need a walk-through of the ceremony?

No, only if you wish. However I will always recommend that you do have one. The idea of a walk though is to ensure that you are happy with your ceremony. A ceremony is more than words and a walk through is held so that you are relaxed and confident on your special day - and that you know what will be occurring.

You can also have a full rehearsal onto your walk through. This is when you include all your ceremony party. This may be included in your chosen package or it can be added to your package.

As our celebrant, are you required to attend the reception?

Inviting me to your reception is your choice. I would try to attend if I do not have another ceremony or personal commitment, however, never feel obliged to include me…. It is all up to you.

Can we have a 2nd marriage ceremony?

In Australia – not a civil ceremony. A religious one without the paperwork is possible. If you are wishing a second celebration, ask me about a Renewal of your Vows or a Recommitment Ceremony. These ceremonies are very beautiful – written just for you - and reflect on your past, present and future lives together.

Tuesday 26 September, 2017. Last updated on Monday 25 July, 2011