My passion is to provide the most enriching Ceremony. 

One that you and your loved ones, want to share in, and be a part of. 

 +61 (0) 457 00 1922
lou@alifecelebrant.com.au

A celebrant for all special occasions in your journey of life.

Your Life Events: Weddings, Commitments; Naming Ceremonies; Memorials & Funerals, & More

All prices are quoted in Australian dollars and are subject to change.

  •  I currently hold a GST exemption and so no GST is payable or claimable.

How to Pay details are at the bottom of this page.

Wedding Ceremony with the extra personal touch

The standard fee for a unique ceremony written especially for you (but with legalities included) and held at a place of your choice#

You can even write your own if you wish, or have someone assist in the Ceremony, and I’ll add & adjust it, to satisfy legality.

  • An obligation-free meeting, then other meetings as required
  • Includes travel up to 60klms
  • Explanation of the legalities involved
  • All preparatory legal documents including NOIM, Declarations, Marriage Ceremony Certificates for Ceremony excluding a letter for Immigration etc)
  • Individually crafted ceremony to your personal design/desire
  • Colour Copy of Ceremonial Booklet
  • Files shared via a Dropbox
  • Use of PA System/s if needed (usually is)
  • photo tips & event checklists
  • Use of Feathered Pens, Signing Table,  Tablecloth, and some accessories or props, if needed
  • Suggestions or help re vows, rituals, poems, readings, song options, etc.
  • Some little added extras included e.g. photos & static video.
  • The Ceremony of course!
  • Registration of marriage but does not include the Registration Certificate (Standards Marriage Certificate from Registry) which is extra -see below*
  • for excess travel & tolls etc. please see below

$680

(or $760 with BDM certificate)

Rehearsal of Ceremony

  • As a rehearsal can take longer than an actual Ceremony, there is a fee for time involved.
  • for excess travel & tolls etc. please see below

$250

Commitment or Renewal of Vows Ceremony    

  • almost the same as a Marriage ceremony but without the legals.
  • Ceremony at a place of your choice within 60klms.
  • Obligation-free meeting
  • Individually crafted ceremony to your personal design/desire
  • Suggestions re vows, rituals, poems, readings, song options, etc.
  • Copy of Ceremonial Booklet
  • Unique commitment ceremony certificate
  • PA system/s if needed
  • Files shared via a Dropbox
  • Use of Feather Pens, signing table,  tablecloth if needed
  • Some photos & a bonus static video
  • Maybe some little added extras are included at my discretion.
  • for excess travel & tolls etc. please see below

$680

Baby Naming Ceremony

  • Ceremony at a place of your choice within 60klms.
  • Obligation-free meeting
  • Individually crafted ceremony to your personal design/desire
  • Suggestions re vows, rituals, poems, readings, song options, etc.
  • Copy of Ceremonial Booklet
  • Unique Ceremonial certificates for family & sponsors
  • PA system/s if needed
  • Files shared via a Dropbox
  • Use of Feather Pens, signing table,  tablecloth if needed
  • Some Digital photos & static video
  • Maybe some little added extras are included at my discretion.
  • for excess travel & tolls etc. please see below

$500

 Funerals & Memorial services          

I’ll meet with you and liaise with the Funeral Directors, writing and conducting a Ceremony that honours your loved one

  • Obligation-free meeting
  • Individually crafted ceremony incorporating your choices
  • Ceremony at a place of your choice
  • suggestions re: rituals, poems, readings, song options, etc.
  • Copy of Ceremonial Booklet
  • PA system/s if needed
  • Files shared via a Dropbox
  • Use of props as needed e.g. display table,  easel/s, tablecloth, candle holders, lantern
  • Some Digital photos & static video
  • Maybe some little added extras are included at my discretion.
  • travel to within 60klms of Manyana
  • additional fees may apply for optional extra services – see below for excess travel & tolls etc. please see below

$500

 Viewing & Prayer Services

Following the funeral preparation meeting, if required, I’ll prepare an additional short service that will include your choice of readings, prayers, poetry, or words, to complement the funeral service

  • Individually crafted ceremony
  • Ceremony at a place of your choice within 60klms.
  • Suggestions re rituals, poems, readings, song options, etc.
  • Copy of Ceremonial Booklet
  • for excess travel & tolls etc. please see below

 $350

Pet Funerals & Memorial services

 I’ll meet with you and liaise with other parties before writing and conducting a Ceremony that honours the love shared with furry, feathered, scaled or hooved, loved one

  • Individually crafted ceremony
  • Ceremony at a place of your choice within 60klms.
  • Suggestions re rituals, poems, readings, song options, etc.
  • Copy of ceremonial Booklet
  • for excess travel & tolls etc. please see below

$400

Additional Fees – #see more detail below

 

*Registration of Marriage Certificate

You can apply yourself at your local Marriage Registry, Service NSW, or online, however, if you would like me to order it for you when I register your Marriage, I just add a small processing fee. Usually certificates are delivered direct to you by Certified mail.

$80.00

Public Holiday surcharge: add

$500.00

Travel to any area over 60klms & tolls:

  • ·  add $10 per 10 kilometres or part thereof for travel.
  • add tolls as applicable 

EXAMPLES

  1. for a town 100 kilometres away, as it is over 60klms, there  is an extra 40kms each way and so a total of 80klms extra; You add $80 (for each return journey necessary for meetings, rehearsals and the Ceremony)
  2. For Ceremonies in Sydney, add $340 for travel and $40 for tolls, so add $380 depending on location

$10 per 10Klms

IMMIGRATION VISA SUPPORT & OTHER LETTERS

Letters to support Immigration Visa application can only be issued after lodgement of the NOIM and payment of the full fee.

 $200

SHORTENING OF TIME

  • Letter to support Immigration
  • preparation of application
  • attend a Prescribed Authority of required
  • does not include travel which incurs an additional fee or $10 per 10klms or part thereof

 $200

PHOTO COLLAGES (WITH SCANNING)

A Collection of photos collated into a PowerPoint presentation or video for display at a Ceremony or event.

Photos & slides can be scanned on location using my portable scanner & laptop

 $220-$350

PHOTO COLLAGES (NO SCANNING OR EDITING)

A Collection of photos collated into a PowerPoint presentation of video for display at a Ceremony or event.

 $220

VIDEO EDITING

Your 15-minute video edited into a format of your choosing, for display at a Ceremony or event, or just for a keepsake.

 $300*

+ $30ph after 5 hours

 

VIDEO RECORDING

Attend your ceremony for one hour to Record your ceremony using digital Video cameras, and later merging & editing any video provided by the Chapel or other third parties, into a single video recording that includes some photos and titling, for personal use

 $500

 

MC FOR YOUR EVENT

  • Obligation-free preparation meeting 
  • Individually crafted script or schedule to your personal design/desire or traditions
  • suggestions re: activities, rituals, poems, readings, song options, etc.
  • Copy of script
  • Unique Certificates where appropriate
  • PA system/s if needed
  • Files shared via a Dropbox
  • Use of props as needed e.g. display table,  easel/s, tablecloth, candle holders, lantern
  • Some Digital photos & video recordings
  • Maybe some little added extras, included at my discretion.
  • NB combine with a full Ceremony from the list above and receive a $100 discount
  • for excess travel & tolls etc. please see below

 $760*

+ $50ph after 4hours


#For the list of NSW BDM fees for direct application to that gvt dept., click HERE

  • Gratuities (Tips) & Reviews

Reviews are very helpful to me and highly encouraged.

Gratuities are not expected but do occur from time to time and so a portion of any gratuity will go to the Society of St Vincent de Paul to assist those in need.


Terms and Conditions –

Click on this line to download the Service Contract

  • NOIM lodgement fee is due upon NOIM Lodgement and is NOT refundable.
  • Full balance due no less than one month and one day prior to the wedding ceremony.
  • Invoices for funerals & memorials are payable prior to the ceremony
  • Parking & tolls incurred are payable whether or not invoiced
  • If payment is not made, the Celebrant reserves the right to not attend or conduct the ceremony
  • The Celebrant reserves the right to cancel at a moment’s notice if the venue is unsafe or inclement weather/excessive temperature prevails

Refund Policy.

  1. All refunds are at my discretion in accordance with NSW Consumer law
  2. The NOIM lodgement fee is NOT refundable
  • In the event that I effect a cancellation prior to the event, you may receive a discretionary refund, less the lodgement fee
  1. In the event that you cancel beyond 60 days to the ceremony, a discretionary Partial Refund, less the Lodgement Fee and any expenses incurred, may be available.

Circumstances where No Refund may be applicable include:

  1. The lodgement fee is NOT refundable
  2. Cancellation within 31 days to the ceremony date,
  • Cancellation of my services because of a change of mind
  1. In the event that I effect a cancellation because of safety concerns, an inability to safely access the venue, or an inability to contact you

Circumstances where a Partial Refund or Full Refund may be applicable include:

  1. My cancelling due to my illness, accident, or other unfortunate unforeseen circumstances
  2. Cancellation of my services because of my evidenced breaching of:
    • The Anti-Discrimination Act 1977
    • The Privacy Act 1988
    • The Trades Practices Act 1974
    • The Celebrants Code of Practice – Marriage Act 1961 (39G)

 

Note: Under paragraph 39I(1)(b) of the Marriage Act 1961, if the Registrar of Marriage Celebrants is satisfied that a marriage celebrant has not complied with an obligation under section 39G of that Act, including this Code of Practice, the Registrar may take disciplinary measures against the marriage celebrant. If you have any issue with my professionalism as a Celebrant at any stage, please feel free to contact the Attorney General’s Office or visit their website for more details www.ag.gov.au.

 

What does this Full Wedding Ceremony fee of $680.00 include?

  • $350 non-refundable Wedding admin & lodgement fee payable at the time of booking and no less than one month and one day before the Ceremony
  • The initial interview (usually an hour – or longer)
  • When the booking is confirmed, the creation of the ceremony begins);
  • Additional interviews for approvals and finalisation of ceremony script
  • Unlimited research at my discretion in preparation of your ceremony;
  • Scripting of the ceremony with as many drafts as I feel necessary for the final script;
  • Provision of a portable PA;
  • Unlimited email and phone communication from the clients to the celebrant;
  • The conducting/solemnisation of the marriage ceremony at any venue of your choice;
  • The provision of the three marriage certificates required (including the copy kept by the couple);
  • Form printing/completion, lodging of the official certificate of marriage and all required documents relating to the marriage;
  • Travel costs in connection with solemnisation ceremony- if the distance of a return journey between the celebrant’s home and the place of marriage does not exceed 60klms.
  • official Ceremonial ‘Certificate of Marriage’

What doesn’t the standard Wedding Ceremony fee of $680.00 include?

Other costs that may be charged to the client, and agreed upon beforehand, are as follows:

  • Travel costs in connection with the solemnisation ceremony if the distance between the celebrant’s home and the place of marriage exceeds 60 km – ($10 per additional 10 km or part thereof)
  • motorway tolls
  • parking and/or venue admission fees
  • airfares
  • accommodation and meals where the one-way journey to the ceremony is in excessive of 2 hours
  • Certificate of registration of Marriage (you will of course receive your Commemorative Certificate at your ceremony)
  • Other additional charges as agreed.
  • car hire,
  • printing,
  • creation of overheads,
  • scanning
  • signs, 
  • interpreter/ translation service,
  • letters of support,
  • extra props or equipment or other costs etc…
  • anything that is not included in the list of inclusions
  • GST – I currently hold a GST exemption and so no GST is payable or claimable

How to Pay

All Invoices payable by Direct Deposit or Cash transfer to:

Account name:  A Life Celebrant
BSB:                    112-879
Account No.:    441 638 229

ABN 68 182 565 852 

 


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A Life Celebrant
Civil, Marriage, Naming & Funeral Celebrant

Lou Szymkow – A Life Celebrant

The Celebrant of choice

Friendly, professional, reliable, helpful, approachable.

  • Civil, Marriage, Commitment, Naming & Funeral Celebrant
  • Commonwealth- Registered Marriage Celebrant
  • Manyana NSW. Australia – covering the Shoalhaven, South Coast to Sydney and out to Canberra & Goulburn

 +61 (0) 457 00 1922    lou@alifecelebrant.com.au

A celebrant for all special occasions in your journey of life.

Your Life Events: Weddings, Commitments; Naming Ceremonies; Funerals, Memorials & More

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1 Comment

  1. Les Cotroneo says:

    With thanks! Valuable information!

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