SERVICE AGREEMENT/TERMS AND CONDITIONS APPLICABLE TO ALL WEDDING BOOKINGS
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
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
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
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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.
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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