Your Wedding Day
There is no greater happiness than that of sharing life,
With all its joys and all its cares,
As a loving husband and wife.
Your Wedding is Unique
There are many different types and styles of wedding ceremonies. Some couples are young, others not so. Some are being married for the first time, and others unite with partners other than those they started their journey with.
Some weddings are elaborate affairs, planned months or even years in advance. Others are quickly organised in the minimum time available. Some are surprise weddings, where the guests don’t find out until the last moment.
“Tom, you are an amazing celebrant” – Nic & Todd
The Venue for Your Ceremony
The venue for your ceremony is limited only by your imagination.
Some couples marry in their home, a hotel or a function centre. Others choose parks, beaches, islands, cliff tops, caves and boats. Some have a cast of thousands, and others may have only the bride and groom, their two witnesses and the celebrant.
Whatever the style of marriage, wherever the location and whatever the circumstances your wedding will be unique.The Freedom to Choose
An important advantage of having your marriage authorised by a civil celebrant is that you have the freedom to be personally involved in the development of your ceremony.
- A civil marriage ceremony allows you complete freedom of choice.
- It is your wedding; you are the reason for it, and the focus of the ceremony.
- You choose the date, the time, the place, the words, the music and how you wish the ceremony to be conducted.
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The Most Important of Days
Because your wedding day is one of the most precious and important days of your life, it’s essential to choose a professional celebrant you trust and feel comfortable with.Tom Payne is an experienced, efficient, creative and flexible Authorised Marriage Celebrant who will guide you every step of the way to create a service that is meaningful and memorable.An Exclusive Free Book is Included
When you chose Tom Payne as your celebrant you will receive an exclusive 65 page manual, A Day to Remember. A Complete Guide to Designing Your Own Unique Wedding Ceremony. This manual contains all the ideas you will need to make your ceremony special. You can also include any personal poems, readings, music, or cultural symbols of your own choosing. Family and friends may also participate in the ceremony if you would like them to.
“Your style and grace ensured a perfect day” – Sarah & Stephen
Music can play an important part in your wedding ceremony; it sets the mood and can be very inspiring and uplifting. You are free to choose any music that is significant and meaningful to you.
Often Pachelbel’s Canon in D Major will be used as prelude music as people gather. The entrance of the bride may be accompanied with the Wedding March from ‘Lohengrin,’ known as ‘Here Comes the Bride,’ or Mendelssohn’s Wedding March. Tom can provide a free CD of these three pieces on request.
Every Word Will be Heard
During any ceremony it is very important that all those in attendance can hear every word spoken.
Tom’s public address system is a powerful, professional, yet unobtrusive one; it is state-of-the-art, with no microphone cords for people to trip over. It is capable of playing background ‘mood’ music and spoken voice at the same time, with no squeals or crackles; just crisp clear sound.
Our standard fee for a marriage ceremony is $595.00, including a $100.00 deposit.
This fee includes
- An initial visit and consultation
- The preparation and processing of all legal requirements
- An exclusive 65 page manual,” A Day to Remember: A Complete Guide to Designing Your Own Unique Wedding Ceremony”
- Preparation of a ceremony that is uniquely yours
- Use of my state-of-the-art public address system if required
- An onsite rehearsal if required, and
- A complete printed copy of the ceremony.
My fee is reflective of my training and experience as a celebrant, my public speaking and presentation skills, my creative skills, and my ability to deliver a professional ceremony to meet your needs. I am an experienced celebrant – offering the very highest in standards.
Travel to venues further than 25 kilometres from the Hobart G.P.O. will attract a surcharge of 60¢ per kilometre. When the location of the venue necessitates overnight accommodation for the celebrant special package-prices apply, which are available on request.
Please note: Bookings can only be held for 14 days if a deposit is not paid.
Makes of two fractional lives a whole;
It gives to two purposeless lives a work,
And doubles the strength of each to perform it;
It gives to two questioning natures a reason for living,
And something to live for;
It will give a new gladness to the sunshine,
A new fragrance to the flowers,
A new beauty to the earth,
And a new mystery to life.– Mark Twain
“Professional, thorough, credible, responsive and sensitive.” – Melanie & Joseph
Legal Requirements for Marriage
The marriage laws of Australia require that a Notice of Intended Marriage must be received by the celebrant at least 32- days prior to the intended wedding date. Tom will supply the form, or you can click here to download a copy in PDF format.
You will be required to attend at least one meeting with Tom to sign the legal documentation, and to discuss the content and wording of your ceremony. At that meeting Tom is required to sight both your full birth certificates, and Decree/s Absolute (divorce papers), if relevant, or if a previous spouse has died, a copy of the relevant death certificate/s.
You will also need to produce a photographic proof of your identity such as a passport or driver’s licence.
- Please note:
- These must be original documents; photocopies or faxed copies are not acceptable.
- If you don’t have your original birth certificates, or the death certificate of a previous spouse,
new documents can be obtained from the office of Births, Deaths and Marriages.
- Extracts of birth certificates are not sufficient.
- If you don’t have your divorce papers, new documents can be obtained from the Family Law Court.