Hello, I am Caroline Jackson Marriage Celebrant. I am a full-time Commonwealth Registered Wedding Celebrant, and both a Tamborine Mountain Celebrant and a Gold Coast Celebrant. It is my pleasure to ensure that your wedding day is one of the most memorable days of your life days whether you are getting married on Tamborine Mountain or getting married on the Gold Coast.
Congratulations on getting married! Your Wedding Ceremony is an opportunity to share with family and friends your love and commitment to each other. It is important your ceremony is meaningful to you and reflects your personalities and value. That is how I can help.
Your day will be unique and memorable, whether it's a small intimate wedding ceremony or a grand event.
Your marriage ceremony may be a simple event with legal or traditional components, or you may like to choose to include one of the following rituals to enhance your wedding ceremony:
Unity Sand Ceremony
One of the most popular wedding traditions today is the Sand Ceremony. You can personalize wedding vases with names, dates, monograms, and logos using sand. The Sand Ceremony is often used in place of the traditional candle ceremony.
The ceremony symbolises the uniting of the bride and groom. After exchanging rings, the celebrant explains the meaning of the sand ceremony. Two vials of sand (usually different colors) represent the two separate lives of the bride and groom. They then come together and pour the contents of the two individual vials of sand into one vial.
The flowing together of the sand symbolises the joining of the couple. It is their first experience of unity as husband and wife. The intertwined pattern of sand created by the couple is then a keepsake of the wedding.
Warming of the rings
With a ring warming in your ceremony the rings will not only be a gift from the bride and the groom to each other, everyone in attendance is also part of the love and support the couple shares.
The rings are passed between all the guests. As each guest momentarily holds the rings they give their personal blessing upon the rings. The rings are then exchanged by the couple.
Love Lock Ceremony
The Love Lock Ceremony is of Chinese origin and no one knows how or when this ancient custom began. It symbolizes opening your hearts and lives to one another. Your partner, is the key that has made this love possible. In your wedding the love is fastened in absolute eternal unity with two locks and two keys.
The Rose Ceremony
In the Rose Ceremony, the Bride and Groom give each other a single red rose bud. This is to symbolise the first gift to each other, as husband and wife.
The Rose Ceremony is performed at the end of the wedding ceremony after the couple has been pronounced husband and wife.
The unity candle ceremony symbolises the very essence of the wedding ceremony.
Two taper candles represent the couple as individuals. They light a single centre candle as a visible symbol of their commitment to each other.
The term “Handfasting” is taken from Old Norse “hand-festa” meaning “to strike a bargain by joining hands”.
Handfasting is a tradition where a couple ties their hands together with a cord, rope, ribbons, a scarf, or strips of fabric in a tartan design. This tradition signifies the couple's coming together as "one". Or to keep the bride or groom from running away!
It has become a popular way for today’s couples who are seeking new and spiritual ways to honour their love.
My Services include
All meetings at my residence or a place to be agreed.
Your Wedding Information Package.
A personally written ceremony and vows of your choice.
A bound copy of the wedding ceremony to keep.
Marriage Certificate (government approved).
Completion of all legal paperwork where required (Including the NOIM and Declaration) and lodging paperwork with BDM to register the marriage within 14 days of the date of marriage
All time and travelling costs on the day of wedding.
Telephone, postage, photocopy, and facsimile costs within Australia only.
A PA system and microphone to ensure that the wedding is audible.
A rehearsal at the venue or my residence if necessary.
Wearing clothes that fit in with the theme of the wedding if requested.
A CD player to play your original CD soundtrack (no CD copies please unless tested on my system first).
A signing table, cloth, & chairs.
I conduct a non-religious funeral service personalised in a way that you and your loved ones are comfortable with and that truly reflects the individuality of the deceased. I work closely with you and your family members and you all may like to take part in the ceremony.
Renewal of vows
Renewal of your wedding vows is a wonderful way to show your love for each other. Perhaps you never had a dream wedding? Now is the time to celebrate the way you always wanted to.
I would love to work with you to create a cherished moment in your life.
Your First Appointment
Planning the perfect ceremony is as simple as choosing the right celebrant. The first step is to meet so that we can discuss your requirements. I can fit in around your schedule to meet and have a chat – oh and by the way, no charge for the initial consultation!
You are welcome to meet me any place that feels comfortable to you. It be in your home, my home, or your favourite coffee shop.
What to bring to our first meeting
The Notice Of Intended Marriage (NOIM) needs to be completed between one and 18 months before of the wedding.
Your original Birth Certificate or Passport. You can get your original Birth Certificate from Births Deaths and Marriages (BDM) in the state where you were born.
Proof of identity, for example, an Australian passport, overseas passport, or a driver's licence
If either of you have been married previously, I will need your BDM issued Marriage Certificate, and a Federal Magistrates Court Certificate of Divorce. You can get this from the Family Court in the state where you were divorced.
If either of you have been widowed, I will need a copy of the Death Certificate of your deceased spouse.
Any documents provided in a foreign language must be translated into English and a Translation Certificate supplied.
All documents must be originals and not photocopies or certified copies.
Choosing Caroline Jackson Marriage Celebrant
Choosing the right celebrant is as important as choosing your venue. The ceremony is one of the most meaningful moments in a person’s life. Regardless of your sex, age, or cultural background I would love to work with you to create that cherished moment in your life.
My mission is to work closely with you both to create a memorable ceremony. I will assist with all the legal requirements and help you plan this beautiful and unique occasion.
Every couple has different ideas of what they want for their ceremony. I offer all couples a ceremony guide which will help you to make your choices or may inspire you to create your own ceremony. I have a large selection of readings to choose from and my job is to listen to what you both want and make your special day a memory that will last a lifetime.
We will work closely together to ensure that your ceremony is exactly what you want. I have had a lifetime of experience working with people from all around the world, from different cultures and with different beliefs. I believe that this experience gives me the skills that make my job so enjoyable.