Why did you decide to become a celebrant?
I added celebrancy onto my existing wedding DJing services because weddings are so much fun! I bloody love them. So why just DJ when I can marry you too?!
Also, I absolutely love getting to know new people, writing and story-telling. I’ve spent my whole career doing these three things and want to continue doing them for the rest of my working life.
Read more about me and my background!
What's your celebrant style?
My style matches my personality and values – fun, non-traditional and informal. I don’t like anything stuffy or pretentious. My ideal ceremonies are relaxed, unique, authentic and signify the start of the party!
Having said that, every couple is slightly different. Some ceremonies may be a bit more heartfelt; others may involve taking the piss out of your wedding party. This is where YOUR personalities and unique story come in. I’ll make sure the ceremony reflects you guys as a couple but still keep it within my natural style.
If you want to hear how I speak and get more of a sense of my personality, check out me and my partner’s non-traditional wedding planning podcast, Project Engaged!
What's One More Song?
One More Song is the wedding DJ business my partner Eddy and I have run since 2018 and is the main way I take bookings!
Our tagline is “No More Nutbush” and we’re for fun, music-loving couples who want a DJ that will work with them in the lead up and be there dancing behind the decks on the night.
If you book one of my packages that include me DJing, your booking will be run through One More Song (as opposed to Aleks Mac, which is for celebrant services only).
When should we book you?
ASAP! The sooner you get in touch, the more likely it is that I’ll be available for your wedding.
I take all dates on a case-by-case basis by looking at venue location, what else I have that day/weekend, time of year, etc.
A celebrant and DJ should be one of the big ticket items alongside your venue and photographer, so check your date with me once your venue is locked in.
Can you just marry us? Or just DJ?
I can! The bookings I take on depend on the day of the week, time of year, what else I have that week, etc. So the best thing is to include as much detail in your enquiry as possible, including your venue location and what time guests arrive, so I can come back with my availability.
Make sure you check out my four packages before getting in touch.
If you only want me to DJ, put through an enquiry via the Book a DJ page on the One More Song website!
Do you do elopements or micro weddings?
Although I don’t currently have a dedicated package for them, I’m happy to do elopements and micro weddings, depending on the day of the week and time of year.
Just note this down in your enquiry, and if I have availability, we can chat further!
How much legal stuff is involved in a wedding ceremony?
There’s a bit! But I will guide you through it all and make sure everything is done at the right time.
The main thing to understand is who can legally get married in Australia. In a nutshell and as outlined on the Attorney General’s Department website, to get married in Australia, you must:
- not be married
- not be marrying a parent, grandparent, child, grandchild, brother or sister
- be at least 18 years old, unless a court has approved a marriage where one person is 16-18 years old
- understand what marriage means and freely agree to marry
- use specific words during the ceremony (that one is on me!)
- give a notice of intended marriage form (NOIM) to an authorised marriage celebrant at least one month and no more than 18 months before your wedding – we’ll do this in our ceremony planning meeting 4 months prior to your big day
- be married by an authorised marriage celebrant (that’s me!).
You don’t have to be:
- an Australian citizen
- a permanent resident of Australia.
There are a few documents that need be completed and registered, but fret not – that’s my job to worry about!
What do I need to include in the ceremony?
This is the fun bit – apart from some legal wording and the paperwork that needs to be filled out, there are no rules. I’ll help you craft a ceremony that you’ll feel comfortable with and excited about!
How long do wedding ceremonies go for?
My ceremonies are around 20 – 25 minutes!
I prefer to sign your marriage certificates AFTER you’re pronounced as newlyweds so that your guests don’t need to sit around and wait for this to happen and we can sign during the fun of cocktail hour!
Can we see the ceremony script before the big day?
Good question – it’s a hot topic in the civil celebrant community! Some celebrants will share a draft ceremony script with their couples ahead of time; others will not. I fall into the second category.
I want you to feel genuine emotions on your wedding day. Reading a script on your laptop in the living room with Netflix on in the background is completely different to having me deliver your ceremony in front of all your loved ones with the celebratory atmosphere of your big day.
If seeing the script ahead of your wedding is important, make sure this is something you ask celebrants when you enquire about your date!