Melbourne Wedding Celebrant FAQ

How much does a wedding celebrant cost?

Wedding celebrant fees vary according to experience, amount of travel, and services offered. Some will include the use of a PA system and signing table in their fee. Expect to pay from $400 for a quick legals only ceremony and more for a ceremony individually crafted around your love story.

What does a wedding celebrant do?

A wedding celebrant will usually offer you an obligation free meeting to discuss your ceremony. If you choose them, then they will plan your ceremony, offer tips and suggestions on your vows and readings / poems, a rehearsal, officiate your marriage and complete the necessary paperwork.

How far in advance should I book a wedding celebrant?

Once you have decided on your wedding date you can book your celebrant. For weddings in Australia you need to lodge a Notice of Intended Marriage at least 30 days prior to your wedding, and no more than 18 months in advance of your wedding date. Your celebrant will lodge this paperwork on your behalf.

Who can be a wedding celebrant?

To legally marry people in Australia you must be authorised by the Attorney-General’s department.

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Melbourne Wedding Invitations and Stationery FAQ

What should be included on a wedding invitation?

The wedding invitation should include: the hosts, names of the couple, a request to attend the wedding, date, time, ceremony and reception locations, dress code and RSVP card or information.

Do the couple’s parents names go on the invitations?

Formal invitations include the parent’s names. Especially if they are paying for the wedding, or making a significant contribution. It is not unusual though for weddings to not include parent’s names.

When should I send my wedding invitations?

Wedding invitations should be sent six to eight weeks in advance of your wedding. Invitations for destination weddings should be sent 3 months prior. You might like to send a save the date to important and interstate guests up to a year prior.

Is it OK to text or email invitations?

Yes. Some guests, especially older people will prefer a printed invitation though. A printed invitation also sets the tone for your wedding and is something people can keep handy in the lead-up to your day, rather than getting lost in a spam folder or hidden under many newer texts.

What other wedding stationery do I need?

You might like to also arrange other useful information as invitation inserts – map, gift registry details, child-care and accommodation options. It is also common to order matching RSVP, thank you and place cards.

What should be included on a RSVP card?

You may wish to have names printed on the RSVP cards to minimise the chances of blank cards being returned and you not knowing who they are from. Your RSVP cards should also ask if the guests “will attend” or are “unable to attend”. They should also ask for dietary requirements. RSVP cards should have a due date 3 to 4 weeks prior to your wedding. You can also ask guests to RSVP via email, text or via a personal wedding website.

How much do wedding invitations cost?

Wedding invitation packs that you assemble and print yourself can work out from just over $1 per invitation. However, embellishments like ribbon and wax will be extra. Custom designed and assembled invitations can be $15 each, however you do not need one per person, one invitation per household is fine. Be sure to check whether or not the price includes an envelope. Make sure you order some blank extras in-case of errors or early “unable to attend” RSVPs which allow you to invite additional guests. Remember to factor in postage stamps when finalising your invitation and stationery budget. Larger or square envelopes may incur a higher postage charge.

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Melbourne Wedding Cake FAQ

How much does a wedding cake cost?

Wedding cake prices vary depending on size and style. If your cake is to be served as dessert, then the slices may be larger than smaller “take-home” slices, or where wedding cake is served as another course – as a second dessert. Cake prices can start at $5 per person for a simple design.

How big should my wedding cake be?

Your wedding cake can be as small or large as you like. Larger cakes will be more of a statement piece and add a decorative element to your wedding reception. A single tier square cake will have more portions than a round cake. As a guide, a round 12″ cake can serve 56 guests and square 12″ can serve 72 guests. Your cake maker can help you determine the best size for your wedding based on your design.

What flavour should my wedding cake be?

Traditionally wedding cakes were fruit cakes, however most cakes today are a mud cake, chocolate or vanilla flavour. Some couples opt for other variations such as gluten free. Multi tiered cakes can also be a different flavour for each layer.

What decorations should I have on my wedding cake?

The options are limitless! Consider your wedding theme, flowers, colours and budget. “Naked” cakes are popular and a cheaper option. Fresh flowers matching your bouquet can also be used. Otherwise, elaborately iced cakes can look amazing.

What if I need more cake?

If your dream cake design doesn’t have enough serves, you can also order a sheet cake. A sheet cake is usually a single layer cake of the same flavour as your decorative cake that the kitchen can cut up and serve to your guests.

What’s the best way to cut a wedding cake?

If you have a multi-tier cake, the best layer to cut is the bottom, this is the most stable. You might also like to keep your top tier for your first wedding anniversary.

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Melbourne Wedding Hair and Makeup FAQ

Do I need a makeup artist and hair stylist for my wedding?

Sure, most of us do our own hair and makeup every day, and are pretty happy with the results… most of the time! But this is your wedding! A stylist will help you create an amazing look for your wedding day. An experienced stylist will consider your hair type, face shape, dress design and style of wedding and advise you of the best options to have you looking amazing. Plus, an experienced makeup artist will ensure the products used will be reflected correctly in your wedding photos.

Do I need a different person for my makeup and my hair?

Not necessarily, some people are qualified in both hair and makeup, others prefer to specialise in either hair or makeup. Consider how many people will wish to have hair and makeup services on your wedding day. Include your bridesmaids, mother, and other important family and friends. You may need more than one person to achieve all of this mastery in a reasonable time frame.

Do I need a hair and makeup trial?

Yes! It’s important to work through ideas and concepts with your makeup artist and hair stylist. Scour the internet and magazines and show these images to your makeup artist and hair stylist. It’s also a great idea to have your hair colour sorted, accessories like a veil, and maybe hair extensions already in hand for your hair trial. You can plan to have your trial on a special day and enjoy your new look. You can also ask your stylist to slightly modify your look so that your partner doesn’t discover your fabulous wedding day look.

Do all makeup artists and hair stylists come to you on your wedding day?

No. Some do, and others will prefer you travel to them. A salon environment with a number of artists can be a great way to have your bridal party prepared in a shorter time frame. Otherwise, some people prefer to relax at home or in their hotel without worrying about travel and parking.

How much does wedding hair styling and makeup application cost?

The cost of your wedding hair stylist and makeup artist will vary according to their experience, the intricacy of the style chosen (blow-dry versus up-do), the location and the number of people requiring services for your wedding. Some artists have hair and makeup packages starting from $150, however $300+ for the Brides hair and makeup is more usual. Some hair and makeup professionals will charge by the hour to remain available for touch-ups throughout your wedding day.

Who pays for wedding day hair and makeup?

Often the Bride pays for herself, and sometimes contributes to, or pays for her bridal party also. The Brides parents may also cover beauty costs.

When should I book my hair stylist and makeup artist?

Some makeup artists and hair stylists book out 6 to 12 months in advance. So, it’s never too early to start creating a shortlist and booking.

What other beauty services might I need for my wedding day?

Manicure, pedicure, waxing, tanning, teeth whitening, massage and other wellness and beauty services might need to be scheduled in the lead-up to your wedding. You might also like to consider a new signature perfume for the day, or wear a fragrance with sentimental value.

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