Frequently Asked Questions
A FEW ANSWERS TO A FEW ODD QUESTIONS
Question: The partner, to whom I am to be married to; is still overseas, or not able to apply for the marriage license together, can I still apply for the license on my own?
Answer: No. Both of you have to be together to sign the application and obtain the marriage license.
Question: My other partner is still married, although they have applied for the divorce. Can we still arrange for the marriage?
Answer: No. On the application you need to place the date of the divorce and not an intended date.
Question: Can people of the same sex get legally married?
Answer: Generally the options that are open to you in this situation are, arrange for a Blessing Ceremony or an Affirmation of Vows Ceremony. This will appear to all watching that you are being married.
Question: I want to be married in the nude. Is that all right?
Answer: Yes. That’s fine. Finding a Minister, Celebrant or Officiate could be a problem and you may not have a selection to choose from, especially if you are insisting that the person performing the ceremony is in the same attire as yourselves.
Question: What if the wedding is outdoors and it rains on the wedding day?
Answer: We all get wet is the short answer, although what generally happens is the ceremony is changed to another venue or the time of the ceremony is altered providing that this is suitable for all concerned.
Question: The Bride or Groom is in the hospital and we still want to get married on the day as arranged?
Answer: The ceremony takes place in the hospital, providing that (for medical reasons) the hospital and the Doctors will allow it.
Question: We want to get married in a park. Do we need to do anything?
Answer: You will need to contact the owner of the park, generally the County or City, in order to make sure that nobody else is being married on that day and time and it is also common courtesy. Public parks are yes, public, but the county or City still like to be informed as to what is taking place, especially if a large number of people are to be gathered.
Question: Do we need a rehearsal?
Answer: That is between you and the Minister, I consider that a rehearsal is pointless unless everybody and I mean everybody in the Bridal party, is present. That way everyone knows what all is happening; when, why and where. I’ve seen the most complicated of all marriage ceremonies destroyed because one person was not present at the rehearsal. In my many years of performing ceremonies I’ve attended very few rehearsals. Rehearsals tend to increase the nervousness of people in the bridal party and really the ceremony is indeed very easy and simple. The hardest thing is for the bride to walk behind her bridal party and to stand in beside of her husband to be.
Question: What’s the difference between a minister and a non-denominational reverend?
Answer: A minister is generally tied to a church and a non-denominational reverend is free to conduct any ceremony the way that you want. Most reverends will dress and conduct the ceremony the way and in the manner that you would like. Apart from that there is not a great deal of difference.