Whatever walk of life you’re from and however you wish to declare your love for each other, I am here to work with you, to organise and conduct your ceremony in a way that expresses your love and tells your story in the best possible way. I believe we are all individual divine beings and every wedding should be as distinct and diverse as the couple being married!
I truly believe in love. I am a friendly, welcoming Gold Coast celebrant (usually with a huge hug) and I love stories. I want to meet you, hear your story, your life as a couple, the reasons for your love, how you want to declare it, so that I can bring your love story to life in a ceremony that will be uniquely yours.
I have always loved weddings and now I am blessed to be a part of them! Your ceremony is about you, and I will be there to support and guide you every step of the way. I have a background in hospitality and operations for one of the biggest global companies. I am a mum to two beautiful little daughters and a wife to a loving and supportive husband. I am organised and well planned, I appreciate attention to detail and have a natural flair for bringing warmth and genuine care to any of my ceremonies.
I look forward to working with you as your Gold Coast celebrant to create a wedding ceremony that honours you as a couple, reflects your unique style, relates to your lifestyle and beliefs and shares your love story…….
Uniting you, and us all in LOVE!
Book your ceremony today.
My services include and you can expect….
A friendly, warm, professional and personalised service
Unlimited phone calls, emails, text and FaceTime if required
An Initial interview, for us to get to know each other and prepare legal documents
Information kit, including lots of useful information to ensure your ceremony will be one to remember
My assistance selecting readings, vows and other rituals or traditions you may like included
A unique and personal ceremony created with you, for you
Another meeting and or rehearsal* (Should you require one) closer to the proposed wedding day.
I ensure that all family and friend participants are comfortable with their duties
I liaise with vendors, to ensure the day runs smoothly it’s all about being organised and in sync, we want to capture every magical moment we can for you
Solemnisation of your marriage
Concise preparation and lodgement of all legal documentation
Your commemorative marriage certificate
Registration of your marriage with Births, Deaths & Marriages.
Arrival at least 30 minutes before your Ceremony
A personalised keepsake copy of your Ceremony
Assistance in submitting your application for official marriage certificate
My commitment to you to ensure your Ceremony is as special as you are
*Additional fee may be charged for rehearsal, to cover time and travel
Prices start from $700 for a ceremony tailored to your needs, whatever that may be… we will discuss your needs and wishes and tailor a ceremony and a quote that will be as unique as the both of you!
I also perform the following ceremonies…
Civil Partnership Ceremonies (QLD)
Renewal of Vows
I am based in Mudgeeraba on the Gold Coast and will travel anywhere within Australia. If the location of the ceremony is outside a 50 km radius from my home and If I am available to travel to your ceremony, we will agree upon the travel fee before we confirm the booking. e.g. Travel to Brisbane or Byron Bay $100
Weddings on South Stradbroke will incur a cost for return water transfer approx. $180
Making it Legal
In Australia, there are some processes to follow in order to be married legally.
Most people don’t know “How to get married” unless they start investigating. Here’s what you need to know/do as a minimum to be legally married in Australia. The legal paperwork, jargon and what to expect.
I will complete most of this ahead of time and help you understand these requirements.
To be legally married in Australia, a man and woman must:
You don’t have to be an Australian citizen or a permanent resident of Australia to legally marry here. You can find marriage visa information on the Department of Immigration and Border Protection website if you hope to live in Australia after your marriage.
Important paperwork—Notice of Intended Marriage (NoIM)
I have this form as a hard copy or you can download it from the Attorney General’s website here
• A completed Notice of Intended Marriage form must be given to me at least one month before the wedding and a maximum of eighteen months beforehand.
• I can help you complete the form. The notice may be completed and witnessed outside Australia if required.
• Let me know if there is less than one month before your wedding. A prescribed authority may approve a shorter notice time in some limited circumstances.
• You will need to provide me evidence of date and place of birth, identity and the end of any previous marriages for each party. Your original birth certificate and a form of photo ID is ideal to provide all the information required. You can use your passport if you’re confident accurately submitting the full names and birthplace of your parents. I may also ask you to complete a statutory declaration to support your evidence.
Documents must be in English or accompanied by an approved translation.
I will give you some reading material. Part of my legal obligations is to hand you Happily Ever… Before and After, an information leaflet for couples who intend to marry. I will also give you information on the Code of Practice for Marriage Celebrants which states I must tell you How to Make a Complaint about me (hopefully you won’t have to) and that I must maintain up to date details of local family relationship services.
After meeting you both for a chat and you confirm I’m the one for you, I’ll draft a ceremony outline, including the minimum legally required wording. I will then email this to you and you can provide as much content as you wish and change whatever you like, with the exception of the legal wording that I’ll highlight. The Declaration of No Impediment to Marriage needs to be signed close to your wedding day; you are required to declare that you are still free to marry prior to the ceremony. We can do this at the rehearsal or arrange a suitable time within the week prior to your ceremony.
On the day of your wedding…
After you are married, you will sign three marriage certificates. Each certificate should be signed by you, Me (your celebrant) and two witnesses (Both over 18). I will give you one of the certificates as a record of your marriage and register your marriage with the registry of births, deaths and marriages in the state or territory it took place within fourteen days.
The certificate issued by the registry of births, deaths and marriages is required for many official purposes. You should apply for a copy of this certificate from the registry after your wedding through the registry of births, deaths and marriages in the state your marriage was solemnised.
First Contact – phone or email
Give me a call or send me an email and I can let you know if I am available on your wedding date. We can then have a chat about what I can offer. If you are happy to proceed to the next step we can then arrange an Initial Meeting, which is obligation free.
This will give you an opportunity to meet me and see if my services meet your needs. At this meeting, we can talk about your ceremony and how I can best help you.
I’m the one for you
Once you decide that you would like to have me as your celebrant, we will go through our service agreement and I’ll invoice you for a non-refundable deposit of $250. I also email you a questionnaire, to help me get to know you in greater detail and few different examples of vows, readings and poems to give you both a taste of what you might like to include in your ceremony. The options are endless…
We complete a Notice of Intent of Marriage, so you will need to bring your original Birth Certificates and/or passports if you were born overseas and any divorce papers/death certificates if you have previously been married
We will work together to come up with the perfect ceremony that meets all of your needs, honours you as a couple, reflects your unique style, relates to your lifestyle and beliefs and shares your love story…….
Always a good idea, however not essential. A great opportunity to make any final changes and sign the declaration of no legal impediment. Additional fees incurred to cover time and travel.
Your special day
I will arrive in time to set up and greet your guests.
It’s a time for love, laughter and tears of joy!
Non-refundable booking fee of $250 payable at time of lodgement of “Notice of Intended Marriage” to secure the date of the Ceremony. This covers the time and administration costs of lodging your Notice of Intended Marriage and providing you access to relevant resources.
Balance due no later than 14 days prior to the Ceremony
Receipt of payments will be issued within 48 hours after payment has been received
Payments can be made by Cash, Credit Card or Electronic Bank Transfer
In the event you cancel the ceremony less than 14 days prior to the ceremony, the Celebrant reserves the right to retain the entire fee to cover loss of income
In the unlikely event that I am unable to officiate on the day, due to severe illness or another emergency, I will undertake to provide a suitable replacement Celebrant (I have a great network of Celebrant friends) or to refund the balance.
Your personal details and your wedding arrangements are strictly confidential. I will only ask you questions and for information that is relevant to your ceremony and will only disclose this information to the authorities that I am obliged to lodge forms with and report to.
I will ask for feedback on my services and performance of your ceremony and I use this to continually improve my services and further develop my skills
I will ask permission to use your images and names for my personal online marketing, for example on my website or in social media, but you are under no obligation to agree.
“Mel from Within Me Celebrant Services was everything you could wish for in a celebrant. Personal, professional and down to earth with an innate spirituality that calms you on such a significant milestone day.
“Mel you were so wonderful from start to finish, we were very lucky to have you! George and I could not have have been more fortunate to have found you to marry us. Your kindness, warmth and love will always remain with us.”