How many meetings do we need?
The first meeting.
At the first meeting I get to know you both and we will discuss some of your ideas for the ceremony. At this meeting we will begin the legal paperwork by filling out the Notice of Indended Marriage. This needs to be done at least one month and no longer than eighteen months before the actual ceremony.
If possible you should bring you identity documents- Birth certificates, Divorce or Death certificates, and Passport if you are an overseas citizen. If you haven't got a copy of these as yet, you will need to start the paperwork to obtain them, as I will need to see them before I can perform your ceremony.
At the end of the first meeting I will give you some sample ceremonies to help you get started on planning your own ceremony.
The Second Meeting
This is when we get into the 'nitty gritty' of planning. You may arrive with a much clearer idea of what you want. You may have asked someone to do a reading, you may have written down some things you want said, you may have even written most of your ceremony or you may want to discuss your options further.
This is the time to make some headway with the ceremony.
I will take all your ideas, your suggestions and your research, and craft these into a ceremony. This ceremony will be e-mailed to you for your approval. Modify it, change it completely, leave it as it is, then email it back to me.
We need to get together again just before the day of the ceremony so you can sign a legal declaration. This is usually the time to have your rehearsal.
Not all the wedding party has to attend, but if they are available it is nice if they can be there. We decide how we will stand, which way we will face, where the bride will come from and run through the ceremony.
This helps with any nerves on the day and ensures that we all know what is going to happen.
This is it!