Hi there! My name is Anna and I’m a young, enthusiastic and reliable Marriage Celebrant available for weddings throughout Adelaide. If you want to find an Adelaide Celebrant or South Australia Celebrant. I am here to help you create a stress-free occasion that is personal, fun, warm and romantic - with your own special touch. I listen to your wishes and then help you to create the wedding day that you’ve always wanted. You will find me easy going and able to make your wedding ceremony preparations enjoyable and stress free.
I have been working in the hospitality industry since 2002, and hold a Bachelor Degree in Hospitality Management. I love working and interacting with people and I am deeply passionate about everyone’s story and journey! I was born in Hong Kong and immigrated to Australia so I can therefore speak Cantonese and fluent English; I can also communicate in Chinese Mandarin if required. Being multilingual and living in a multicultural society has made me appreciate the importance of culture and traditions.
I have all the qualifications to make sure your marriage will be 100% legal and official. I have Certificate IV in Celebrancy and I’m registered by the Attorney General’s Department to perform marriages anywhere in Australia.
I’ll handle all the paperwork and make sure your marriage is registered. I’m also a member of The Australia Federation of Civil Celebrants (AFCC) and am fully insured!
The Wedding Journey
Meet & Greet (Free)
Our first casual chat is an opportunity for you to meet me and see if I am the right Celebrant for your special occasion. We can arrange a suitable time and location for this meeting, at which point you are welcome to ask any questions you may have; I want you to be comfortable before making your booking.
A non-refundable booking fee of 50% of the total fee is required on our second meeting. The Booking Fee holds your wedding date and puts you in my diary!
Collate and Bring Your Documents with You
You will need to bring your birth certificate (a translated copy is required if the certificated in not in English) or an overseas passport (if born outside of Australia); photo identification (e.g. driver’s licence); divorce papers (if you have been previously married); or death certificate (if your previous spouse is deceased). If you have any queries with these items, please contact me and we can discuss them further.
Second Meeting & Follow Up
This is where we really start discussing your wedding ceremony! I can suggest a few ideas if required, and together we can work out and design your very own special day. From our discussion I will create a draft of your ceremony which I will then send to you for review; we can then go through things together until it suits you.
Notice of Intended Marriage (NOIM)
I usually complete the NOIM form on behalf of my couples during our first initial meeting. Under the current legislation, your NOIM will need to be completed no later than one month (30 days) prior to your wedding day. It is valid for 18 months. This is to formally lodge your intention to get married in Australia.
The purpose of a rehearsal ceremony is to ensure that anyone involved in your ceremony knows exactly where and when to stand, as well as what to say and when. At the wedding rehearsal, we will also sign the final legal paperwork (the declaration).
On the day of your wedding I will arrive onsite 30 minutes before the scheduled start time. Groomed in an outfit appropriate to your ceremony style, I will meet with your guests as we wait for the wedding party to arrive.
Sign, Sealed & Delivered
After the official ceremony, I need you and your chosen witnesses to sign the register. After this is done, I will send the appropriate documents to the Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages within 14 days.
In order to retrieve your Registered Marriage Certificate, you will need to obtain it from the Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages. This step is very straight forward and fast! I am happy to assist you with the completion of your application for your Official Marriage Certificate.
Chinese-English Ceremony Service
Yes, a bilingual ceremony is an option.
If your parents or other members of your family and guests are of Chinese-speaking background and do not understand English, they will feel more included if the ceremony is presented in both Chinese (Cantonese or Mandarin) and English. Let everyone enjoy a truly multicultural wedding experience in Australia! Please contact me for more information.
Frequently Asked Questions
Anywhere in Australia.
For intimate ceremonies, we can do it at your home, a hotel or at a restaurant venue. Adelaide also has many beautiful venues that form the perfect backdrop to an outdoor wedding ceremony. But check with the local authorities as some of the popular venues need to be booked well in advance and you may need to apply for a permit for use as a wedding venue.
One calendar month from the day you submit your NOIM to me. E.g. if you plan to marry on February 14th, I must receive your NOIM by January 14th. You can email your NOIM to me, provided you post the hard copy original to me at a later date.
It doesn't matter if you haven't got all of the required documents ready at the time of submitting your NOIM. This can be arranged later.
Yes via permission from a prescribed authority. But your reason must fall within one of the following categories of circumstances before the court will consider your application. They are:
Employment related or other travel commitments,
Wedding or celebration arrangements, or religious considerations,
error in giving notice.
Each application is considered on its merits on a case by case basis so there is no guarantee even though one or more of the categories may be met.
The official marriage certificate you will receive from me on the day of your wedding is the official evidence of your married legal status. It has a unique identifying number at the back and security features built-in so it will never be reissued if lost or damaged.
The registered marriage certificate is issued by the registry office and is an official identity document. It is essentially a computer printout of the details of your marriage as submitted by me to the registry office. You will need this certificate if you intend to change your surname on your driver's licence, or if you plan to register your marriage in an overseas country. You can apply for this certificate yourself after you marry (give at least 6-8 weeks before you apply). Depending on which certificate you order, your certificate will be delivered between 5 and 15 days.
In the rare and exceptional circumstances that it should occur, I'll refund you any fees paid to me and transfer the NOIM to your new celebrant.
Every wedding ceremony is unique however generally, it takes 10-30 minutes from start to finish.
No, unless the two of you first get divorced from that overseas marriage. You can't get married in Australia if you are currently married (whether to the same or different person).
If your venue doesn't supply a PA, I can arrange for this.
Wedding Ceremony Service
First free casual chat and up to 3 face to face meetings
(including the rehearsal)
Preparation and lodgement of all legal documents
(All paperwork will be written up by me and all you need to do is read and sign)
Creation of your personalised ceremony
Use of a professional PA system
Unlimited email/phone consultation and support
Site visit or rehearsal at your ceremony location
On the day of the ceremony, I will be available onsite at least 30 minutes before the scheduled start time
The use of my pretty signing pen and ring pillow (if required)
Solemnisation of your marriage
Table and 2 chairs for signing of the marriage certificate and register (if required)