Service Agreement




Valerie May Haydon

Civil Celebrant A14130

Terms and Conditions

Valerie May Haydon (The Celebrant) will:-

1. Provide Registered Marriage Celebrant services to the Marrying Couple (the Parties) in accordance with her Code of Practice.

2. Attend and conduct the marriage ceremony at the agreed time, date and place.

3. If unable to conduct the ceremony for any reason, the parties will be advised

as soon as practicable and all reasonable efforts will be made by the Celebrant to arrange for

the ceremony to be completed by another registered marriage celebrant.

4. If unable to perform the marriage ceremony the Celebrant will:-

(a) Refund to the parties the booking fee/deposit; and

(b) Pass the Notice of Intended Marriage to the replacement marriage celebrant, in a timely and

appropriate manner.


5, The Celebrant’s fee must be paid in accordance with the invoice provided, namely:

(a) Deposit/booking fee at time of lodging the Notice of Intended Marriage;

(b) Balance of fee in clear funds by direct deposit to Celebrant’s nominated bank account no

later than 21 days prior to the wedding day.


(c) The fee may be paid by an alternative method as agreed in writing with the Celebrant; and

(d) If full payment has not been made to the Celebrant in accordance with

these terms then the Celebrant will not attend the ceremony.


6. The Celebrant must be provided with all original documentation requested no later than 48 hours

prior to the wedding day, including any accredited translation documentation requested by

the Celebrant.

If the Parties fail to provide all documentation requested to the Celebrant no later than 48

hours prior to the wedding day, the Celebrant will not attend the ceremony.

The Celebrant must be provided with accurate information,

the penalty for making a false declaration is four years imprisonment.


7. The Celebrant must be advised immediately in writing of any change to the time, date or place of the marriage ceremony. The Celebrant reserves the right to terminate the agreement and retain

the booking fee/deposit should he/she be unable to conduct the ceremony due to the change.

If the ceremony is to be changed to the alternative venue due to inclement weather, then one of

the Parties is to inform the Celebrant personally by telephone by a time nominated previously

by the Celebrant in writing to ensure the Celebrant has sufficient time to travel to the

alternative venue.

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8. Notice of cancellation of ceremony must be given by the parties to the Celebrant in writing at least 30 days in advance of the booked wedding date and the Celebrant will retain the full deposit. 14-29 days notice 50% of balance will be payable by the Parties in lieu of loss of earnings for Celebrant, 13-8 days 75% of balance will be payable by the parties, If less that 7 days notice given 100% of balance will be payable by the parties as all paperwork will have been prepared ready for Ceremony and Registry.

The celebrant reserves the right to leave the place of the Marriage ceremony 20 minutes

after the agreed start time if both parties have not arrived or the ceremony cannot proceed for

any reason outside the Celebrant’s control.

In the event of the above occurrence, the Parties will liaise with the Celebrant to mutually

agree on a later time and place for the Celebrant to solemnise the marriage for an extra fee,

payable in advance.

If the ceremony is delayed through no fault of the Celebrant which

results in the Celebrant incurring extra charges such as parking fees, the Parties will pay the

Celebrant’s further costs.

Intoxication and Medications

9. The parties are not to arrive at the ceremony appearing to be inebriated or under the influence

of any other substance, otherwise the Celebrant is lawfully not authorised to solemnise the

marriage; and Judgment as to inebriation or the Parties being under the influence of alcohol or any other substance is at the Celebrant’s sole judgment;

The Celebrant must be advised as soon as practicable if either of them is taking

prescribed medication which may change their demeanour on their wedding day.


10. Two official witnesses must be aged 18 or over and appear sober and not under the influence

of any other substance in the sole judgment of the Celebrant, otherwise alternative official

witnesses must be used.

PA System

11. The use of the Celebrant’s PA system is subject to favourable

weather conditions and will not be used in any circumstances where the PA unit may be exposed

to harm, either by persons or the elements. Judgement to be at the Celebrant’s sole discretion.

Where the Celebrant’s PA system is used, the Celebrant undertakes to use her best

endeavours to ensure that the PA is fully charged, functional and tested prior to the ceremony,

however the Parties acknowledged that inanimate equipment may malfunction from time to

time and should the PA fail at any time prior, during, or after the ceremony, the Celebrant will

not be held responsible.


12. The Celebrant has explained the legal requirements for entering into a marriage, and the parties must agree to comply with their obligations as requested by the Celebrant, If this is not understood in any way the Parties must make this known to the Celebrant on reading these Terms and Conditions.


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