What are the fees for your ceremonies? 

My fees are different for each kind of ceremony. For example, a wedding ceremony, with all of the legal paperwork etc, is a different cost to a commitment ceremony, vow renewal, or baby naming ceremony.

I have two types of weddings – the “Bells and Whistles” style (with personalised vows, rehearsal, readings/rituals, etc), and the “Less is More” style of weddings (basic vows and legal documents only). Both of these are priced differently as the work involved is different. 

I’d love you to send me an email (karen@karenlynch.com.au) and tell me a little about your ceremony needs, so that we can work out what is the best fit, and I can send you through a quote as well. 

(Travel within 50km of the Adelaide CBD is included – outside of this, a small travel fee will be charged.)

Do you support LGBTQI+ couples?

Yes! It really should go without saying, but yes I do. Love is love, above all else.

Will you travel for our ceremony?

Absolutely! I love to get out and about, and love to work in venues all over the place – Barossa/Fleurieu/Adelaide CBD….you name it, I’ll travel there. Even interstate!

(As stated above, travel within 50km of the Adelaide CBD is included – outside of this, a small travel fee will be charged.)

What are the legal requirements for us to be married?

  • You must be 18 years of age, or over…apart from extra exceptional circumstances, and we’d need a Judge or Magistrate to approve this first – from 16 years of age (see Section 12 of the Marriage Act). 
  • You can’t be related to one another. 
  • You’ll need two witnesses to sign your documents with you (and they also must be over 18 years of age!).
  • You’ll need to have a Notice of Intended Marriage form lodged with me (no less than one month and one day earlier than your wedding date), and we’ll need to fill out a Declaration of No Legal Impediment to Marriage form too. 
  • You’ll need to show me an original birth certificate, extract of birth or passport. These must be from the country you were born in. 
  • If this is not your first marriage, I’ll need to see your official divorce documentation or the death certificate from your previous spouse.

Do I need to pay a deposit? 

Yes, you’ll need to pay 40% of the total fee within seven (7) days of making your booking. The remaining amount is due fourteen (14) days prior to your wedding date. 

Do you have insurance?

I sure do! I’m insured with Public Liability and Professional Indemnity Insurance. 

Can I have a wedding rehearsal?

Yes, this is offered to all couples. Rehearsals help to make sure you know what to expect on the day of your wedding. We will all get together (this doesn’t have to be at the ceremony location) and I like to include the bridal party, the person in charge of your music (if not a live band/quartet, for example), and any wedding attendants who have some sort of significant role in your ceremony. 

How long does the usual wedding ceremony go for? 

Civil ceremonies, as a guide, are generally about 30 minutes long, give or take (from start to finish, with time included for signing the documents at the end).

You’ve just officiated our ceremony – how do we apply for our Marriage Certificate?

I’ve legally got fourteen (14) days to lodge the paperwork from your wedding day. You can then apply for your Marriage Certificate through Births, Deaths and Marriages (BDM) and I’d suggest doing this at about the three (3) week mark, after your wedding day. 

I’d like to take on my partner’s name. How do I do this?

When you receive your Marriage Certificate, you can then go through all of the businesses, banks, and government departments you need to (i.e. Medicare, Motor Vehicles/Registration), and present this to them in person. They will likely want to see the original, so be prepared to take this around with you.

Do you have a list of preferred suppliers/other vendors you like to work with? 

I sure do! I have been involved in weddings for over 10 years, and have a list of stylists, florists, photographers, make up artists, hairstylists, musicians and DJ’s to refer you to!

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