Jill Harper Marriage Celebrant

Welcome

Thank you for visiting my website, I hope that the information I am providing is helpful.

Congratulations! It is no doubt an exciting time as you begin to plan for your wedding and the marriage ceremony that will mark the start of your new life together. Maybe you are thinking, where do we start? Let me help!

First of all, choosing the right celebrant for you both is very important. You will need to feel comfortable with the person who is sharing a very personal and intimate occasion in your life – I understand this and offer to meet with you or talk with you soon – there will be no fee nor obligation attached for us to do this but it will help you to make a decision.

Your marriage ceremony is yours to create and shape as you want it to be and I will be honored to support, encourage, inform and inspire you to do just that.

I am interested in your story, and as your celebrant I will help you craft your thoughts and feelings into a ceremony that is true to you and your relationship and that is remembered and treasured. 

If you would like to proceed please contact me and I will discuss with you my availability and the next steps for you to take, in particular the legal requirements.

I look forward to hearing from you and arranging a convenient time and place to meet.

Kind regards,

Jill Harper
Wedding Celebrant Hobart Tasmania

Jill's Story

I was born in Hobart, Tasmania – as a child I lived in both Hobart and Launceston. I attended the Hobart High School for my secondary education. When I left school I worked in a bank for a short period but quickly realised that banking was not the career I wanted – instead, I wanted to be a nurse so I began my nursing training at the Royal Hobart Hospital.

I have had a fulfilling career in health – gaining experience from the operating theatre; to aged care; to midwifery and child health. I became a Director of Nursing for Child Health and later achieved a Graduate Diploma of Business in Professional Management and moved on to manage a large program in the health department

When I retired from employment I wondered what I could do as I felt that I still had so much to give – I wanted to continue to work with people and families at significant times in their lives. It is what I do well – it is a privilege to do so and it is wonderfully rewarding.

In 2004 I became a registered marriage celebrant, bringing together all my skills and life experiences as a wife and mother, nurse and manager, to enhance the celebrant role.

I have officiated at many ceremonies in this time and every one of them, whether it is a marriage, a naming ceremony or a funeral, is special to me. I love what I do; I give freely of my time, my energy, my knowledge and my skills, because I believe I can make a difference.

There is nothing that gives me greater satisfaction than to achieve the best possible outcome for the couples or families I am working with.

The keystones of my celebrant work are:

  • Creative application of knowledge and skills, ensuring my celebrant work is not only professional and thoughtful but that it adheres to legal Acts and Codes of Practice as set down by the Attorney General’s Department. 

  • Attention to detail to achieve the special 'touches’ that make for lasting memories. 

  • Skills in ceremony writing and public speaking, enabling me to present ceremonies that have clarity, personality and impact. 

  • Incorporation of technology that is subtle and effective.

Ceremonies

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Symbolism in ceremonies

A symbolic element to your ceremony offers a wonderful and individual way to celebrate, remember and treasure your special and important day. Symbolic acts or rituals mark a moment in time; they help us express our thoughts and joys – they help us heighten the emotions felt during the ceremony and most of all they help us to enhance the meaning of the ceremony.

I have worked with couples to incorporate the following symbolic acts/rituals into their ceremonies – and when we meet we can discuss any one of them in more detail:

  • A wine toast for the bride and groom
  • The Celtic tradition of 'handfasting'
  • A wine ceremony that involves members of the family
  • A rose ceremony – this can be either an exchange of a rose between the couple or the offering of a rose to significant people attending the ceremony.
  • Sharing a traditional 'sake' drink together
  • Watering a special and meaningful plant/shrub
  • A sand ceremony
  • The tradition of jumping over the 'broom' into a life together.
  • Placing messages from family and friends, a bottle of wine/champagne and other memorabilia into a 'time capsule' to be opened, for example, on an anniversary
  • Planting a tree
  • Pebbles

There are many more symbolic acts that you may like to incorporate into your marriage ceremony. I can assist you to find the one you want – additionally consider researching the internet as this will give you access to many more and different ceremonies that might appeal.

A symbolic element to a ceremony can certainly be very special – but the symbolism has to be meaningful and right for you both! I look forward to discussing the possibilities with you.

“Doubt that the stars are five; the sun doth move; truth to be a liar. But never doubt that I love.” William Shakespeare, Hamlet
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My commitment to you

As your celebrant, I will work with you to prepare a ceremony that you will remember and treasure.

I make a commitment that: 

  • I will ensure all legal requirements have been adhered to according to the Marriage Act 1961 and that all marriages are registered within the prescribed time frame. 

  • I will be professional, approachable and friendly, conducting my celebrant services according to the celebrant’s Code of Practice.

  • I will be available to assist you with all aspects of the ceremony in a relaxed, confident, creative and assuring way paying attention to the detail that will make a difference. 

  • I will prepare drafts of your ceremony in collaboration with you and ensure that the final ceremony words will be approved by you. 

  • I will officiate at your ceremony in a warm and sincere way. 

  • I will be articulate in the delivery of the ceremony.

  • I will ensure that all persons in attendance will hear the words of the ceremony.

  • I will provide of a high quality portable, battery powered, wireless PA system, with microphones for the groom, readers or performers as well as playing your chosen music. I will arrange for technical support whenever the PA system is in use. 

  • I will arrive at your ceremony location at least thirty minutes prior to the commencement of the ceremony.

  • I will be available for an on site rehearsal wherever possible in the few days before the date of the ceremony.

  • I will ensure confidentiality and keep all records secure.

  • I will ensure that a registered and appropriate replacement celebrant is available if, through illness or injury I am unable to conduct your ceremony. This will be at no additional cost to you.

  • I will provide recommendations for other services where requested.
“Ceremonies for you to remember and treasure” Jill Harper

Costings

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Fees and Additional Costs

Marriage Celebrant Fee

My fee as the celebrant for your wedding is $550. A deposit of $100 is required when the 'Notice of Intended Marriage' form is lodged with me.

This fee covers all that is needed to ensure that your marriage ceremony is a remembered and treasured by you both. The exception will be when travel and accommodation costs are applied when the distance travelled, to and from the venue exceeds 80 kilometers from my home.

The $550 fee includes:

  • Guidance and assistance with the preparation of all legal documentation. 

  • The preparation of a ceremony that is just the way you want it to be. 

  • Unlimited contact or meetings with me for advice, ideas, recommendations as we prepare for the ceremony. I provide a folder of printed information and have a small library of books for borrowing.

  • A rehearsal on site, if appropriate, in the last few days before the wedding date. 

  • Officiating at your marriage ceremony and ensuring all legal components are adhered to.

  • The lodging of legal documents after the marriage has taken place and in the prescribed time.

  • Preparation of a ‘keep-sake’ booklet of your ceremony.

  • The use of a high-quality, versatile wireless PA system, including playing music. This system is battery powered and the sound delivered has clarity and quality.

Travel and accommodation costs

I am prepared to travel distances to your wedding location, however travel costs of 69 cents per kilometre will apply when the distance from my home exceeds 80 kilometres for a return trip.  If it is necessary to stay in the area overnight, accommodation costs will be discussed with you.

Bookings on special and significant days

Celebrant services requested and booked for significant and special days such as Christmas Day and New Years Eve will attract a fee of $600 in total.

“Now join your hands and with your hands, your heart” William Shakespeare, King Henry VI Part III

What is the next step?

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Bookings and Legal Requirements

Check my availability

Check my availability to officiate at your ceremony on and at the date and time you have chosen.

Make a time to meet me – if this is practical

This is an informal meeting at maybe, my house, your house or your favourite café. There is no obligation attached to this meeting – I just want you to meet me so that you can make an informed decision about the celebrant whom you wish to work with you and have officiating at your marriage ceremony.

At this meeting we can talk generally about the next steps for you to take, what the legal requirements are at this stage but mostly we can share our stories and get to know each other a little. It is your choice now as to whether you would like to contact me later or proceed with a booking.

You would like to proceed

We will discuss the important information relating to the legal requirements that need to be addressed before you can be married, this includes:

  • The Notice of Intended Marriage (NOIM) document
 – The NOIM document must be filled out, signed, witnessed and lodged with your celebrant at least one month prior to the marriage ceremony, and no longer than eighteen months prior to the date. The 'Notice of Intended Marriage' document is also available as a four-page document download from the Attorney General’s Department website.  

  • Proof of Identity
 – As part of the NOIM requirements, your celebrant must sight your official birth certificates and record the registered numbers before your marriage – a valid passport may be produced as proof of identity.
  • Declaration of marital status
 – Also as part of the NOIM requirements, your celebrant will need to sight evidence of the dissolution of that marriage if one or both of you have been previously married – in the case of divorce a 'Certificate of Divorce' must be provided. In the case of becoming a widow or widower, a 'Death Certificate' must be provided.


The “Happily Ever After ... before and after” pamphlet

Celebrants are also required to give couples this pamphlet. It tells you something of what it means to be married, the laws that you need to know about when you marry and where to go for marriage education, counselling or family mediation.

The need for two witnesses

The official witnesses to your marriage can be anyone you choose as long as they are of legal age – that is, over eighteen years of age.

Once the legal aspects are explained, we can begin discussing ‘your special ceremony’. I will provide you with a small 'package' of information, ideas and suggestions for you – we will go through this information in detail together.

 

“The heart has reasons that reason does not understand” Jacques Benign Bosuet

Contact

Jill Harper
Phone 03 6229 6331 or mobile 0417 059 560
Email weddings@jillharper.com.au
Postal address 
31 Illawarra Court, 
Blackmans Bay,
Tasmania 7052 Australia

                         

Next step

I look forward to hearing from you and arranging a convenient time and place to meet.





"Jill took the time to get to know us as a couple and gave us never-ending support as we worked together on our ceremony. Our guests commented that they felt 'honoured' to be part of such an intimate and personal event and we are so grateful to Jill for helping us to create that moment."
Ben and Anna
"So many of our friends and family commented on how heartfelt, touching and genuinely 'us' the ceremony was, which is truly testament to the exceptionally personal approach Jill took to create a ceremony that met our original criteria …."
Luke and Jillian

Testimonials

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Bec and John

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Tim and Ella

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Barry and Marija

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Bec and Mark

“Thank you so much for everything. The ceremony was beautiful, everyone is still talking about it – it was such a magical day and we feel so lucky.” Bec and…

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Brendan and Lucy

“Thank you so much for officiating at our wedding – every moment was precious. We received many compliments about the ceremony which were largely down to your impeccable planning and…

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Tim and Beth

“Words cannot describe how grateful we are for everything you have done for us and for being our celebrant on our special day. Thank you for your patience, your professionalism…

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Marcelina and Cédric

“We would like to thank you from the bottom of our hearts for making our wedding ceremony so beautiful and perfect. It was beyond anything we had dreamed of and…

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Brad and Cheryl

“Thank you so much for making our ceremony such a memorable day. You made us all feel so comfortable and relaxed. We were so lucky to find you. Everyone who…

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David and Anna

“Thank you so much for the effort you went to on our wedding day to make it extra special. We really appreciate the care in which you made the ceremony…

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Sarah and Cam

“The ceremony was everything we had hoped for and more, you did such an 
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Kate and Glen

“Dear Jill, we just wanted to thank you. Our wedding was the most amazing day and we are so glad you were the person there with us – we were…

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Anita and Calin

“Jill is simply amazing. Her caring manner and gentle guidance made us feel so confident throughout the ceremony process and lead up to our wedding day. She has a wonderful…