Weddings with Nitza Lowenstein

Weddings with Sydney Celebrant Nitza Lowenstein, Marriage Celebrant Sydney, Wedding Celebrant Sydney

What do I offer you?

https://www.facebook.com/nitzasydneycelebrant

  • I will ensure the success of your wedding ceremony
  • My full responsibility is to advise & guide you on every single aspect of the ceremony, based on my wealth of experience, substantial knowledge and compassion.
  • Planning and writing the unique ceremony for you, in consultation with you, to your full satisfaction. All legal requirements and “paper-work”, including the lodgement and the registration of the marriage
  • Before the “Big Day”, as many meetings as you require, unlimited consolation and always accessible by email or phone
  • Guidance with music to assist in creating an incredible atmosphere
  •  Guidance with the processional (entering) and standing arrangement of the Bride, Groom and the “Bridal Party”,  during the ceremony
  • Make sure that everyone can hear us and see us
  •  Make sure that we have a signing table, pens etc
  •  Make sure that you are relaxed, calm and composed on your wedding.
  • The usage of a beautiful “marriage canopy” free of charge if requested.
  •  Reasonable fees, with assistance for couples with limited budget that will not compromise on the quality & excellence of their ceremony.
  •  Your choice of location, anywhere in Australia. In Sydney, without any extra cost, the option of a ceremony in my magnificent & tropical, romantic & private statue garden, by the pool. (for a small wedding)
  •  Always dressed and groomed appropriately for the occasion and happy to fit in with your theme and style.

My Fees: The Cost of the Wedding Ceremony with Your Celebrant Nitza
My fees are very reasonable and extremely good value for money!
I do not believe in different wedding ceremonies’ packages.
All my Brides & Grooms deserve an outstanding, meaningful, personal & memorable ceremony!
It does not matter to me if it is a small or a big wedding or what day of the week it is.
Your wedding ceremony should be absolutely the best for you, as there is no second chance!
If you are on a limited budget and the ceremony is important for you, I will gladly reduce the cost for you.
I will not compromise on the quality & excellence of the ceremony.
Please contact me, you will not be disappointed!

https://www.facebook.com/nitzasydneycelebrant

The legal steps for all types of weddings

Lodgement: the Notice of Intended Marriage

Visit Nitza to lodge a Notice of Intended Marriage (NOIM), at least one month prior to the marriage ceremony. This form remains valid for up to 18 months.

  • You can download the copy of the Notice of Intended Marriage: For PDF
    http://www.ag.gov.au/FamiliesAndMarriage/Marriage/Documents/Notice-of-intended-marriage.pdf
    For word document:
    http://www.ag.gov.au/FamiliesAndMarriage/Marriage/Documents/Notice-of-intended-marriage.doc
  • If you can’t attend an interview to lodge your NOIM, you may be able to mail them to Nitza.

Provide your Birth Certificates or Passports!

  • You can both bring your full Birth Certificates or Passports! Please note: Australian Passports are now acceptable!
  • If you do not have your Birth Certificate and you were born in Australia, you can apply for one from the Registry of Births.
  • If you were born overseas, a birth certificate or a valid overseas passport is required.
  • If you were born overseas and you don’t have a birth certificate or a valid overseas passport, you can complete and sign a Statutory Declaration, in my presence, supported by a passport or Naturalization certificate.

If previously married:

If you have been previously married, you must provide evidence of the termination of the marriage in the form of a Death Certificate, if you have been widowed, or an original of your final divorce papers

The Wedding Day:

  • Bride and groom declare and sign that they are over the age of 18 years, not legally married to someone else and are not directly related to each other
  • The legal marriage ceremony conducted by myself, an authorized celebrant.
  • During the ceremony the bride and groom exchange marriage vows as required by law and wedding rings if desired.
  • The Certificate of Marriage is signed by the bride, groom, two witnesses, over the age of 18 years and by myself
  • At the conclusion of the ceremony, the Commonwealth of Australia Certificate of Marriage, prepared by myself, is presented to the husband and wife.

After the Marriage

  • Important: Please note: I am registered with the NSW Registry office to do e-marriages. (Not all celebrants are registered for e-marriages)
  • It means that I will register your wedding On-line immediately after the marriage, with the Registry Office. Nothing can get lost in the mail!
  • As part of my services, I will be happy to order the NSW official/Registered certificate on your behalf, to save you applying for it later! I do not charge for submitting the application on your behalf!
  • The couples can obtain the registered marriage certificate from The NSW Registry of Births Deaths & Marriages at 35 Regent Street, Chippendale Tel: 137788 or 1300629736(by post as well)
  • In NSW, Marriage Certificates are only available to the bride and groom named on the certificate or their authorized representative.
  • Please provide the Registry, at least three (3) forms of your identification
  • Cost: Standard Certificate:$51 Urgent $75 Commemorative: $74 Link:http://www.bdm.nsw.gov.au/marriages/marriageCertificates.htm
  • Please Note: There are two marriage Certificates! The Marriage Act is a Federal Law and you will be given by your celebrant the Commonwealth of Australia Marriage Certificate! When your marriage is registered in the State where the wedding was officiated, your will receive another official certificate from the State's Registry, after the marriage been registered! 
The importance of the marriage ceremony

Ever since we remember ourselves, either as a primitive society or ancient civilization, a special ceremony, enriched with rituals has taken place to mark the union between a man and a woman and the creation of a new family unit.

Over thousands of years, unique customs and rituals were developed for this very special occasion.

In multicultural Australia today, people are very proud to celebrate this incredibly important day with the rituals and traditions that were developed over many centuries by their ancestors.

Civi Ceremony can be "the Real Thing"

When I was appointed as a celebrant, in 1995, some people said to me that a civil ceremony is not the "real" thing, as they viewed it as just as a stamp of approval, a legal necessity, where you say a few nice words, required by the law, and sign papers, as no traditional rituals were included.

I have recognized the importance of the ceremony to the bride, groom and their families and took upon myself the challenge of creating the “real thing” within the civil ceremony, incorporating ancient customs, values, symbols and traditions,  a civil ceremony that reflects the Bride and the Groom's ethnic backgrounds, religions and traditions. 

 A civil ceremony that is a proper alternative to a Church, a Buddhist Temple or a Synagogue Wedding With Substance, style, decorum & the appropriate rituals

It has been a challenging task indeed, as I had to study, observe and familiarize myself with many traditional ceremonies, Christian Catholic &  Anglican, the different churches: Pilipino, Greek Orthodox, Serbian, Macedonian, Armenian Russian, Italian, as well as Jewish rituals and traditions Hindu, Korean, Japanese, Chinese, Buddhist etc.

https://www.facebook.com/nitzasydneycelebrant

The different type of ceremonies

The ceremony is very flexible, it reflects the personality, culture and the wishes of the bride and groom.
Over the years I have officiated a huge variety of wedding ceremonies from very traditional to unique, original and alternative weddings.
I listen to my couples and assist them to create the ceremony that they had dreamt about, with symbols and traditions that they wish to practice.
We can include:

  •  The Wedding Sand Ceremony
  •  The Candle lighting ceremony (The marriage Unity Candle),
  •  The Rose ceremony
  •  The Wine ceremony
  •  The Hand fasting ritual or the “Joining of hands”
  • The Romantic & personal Ring ceremony
  • Short & sweet secular ceremony
  • Traditional vows or your personal & unique vows
  • Release of White Doves or the White Doves ceremony.
    For centuries, the white dove has symbolized love, peace and hope. A beautiful white Dove release is an exceptionally powerful way to say I love you, leaving a beautiful memory in the hearts of all that have the chance to see them released."
  • The Wedding Crowns Ceremony, Greek Tradition.The bride and groom are crowned with flowered crowns, or "Stefana", which are joined by a white ribbon. The ribbon signifies the couple's unity
  •  Release of butterflies

I can include all the elements that you wish to include, to be integrated into a meaningful, beautiful ceremony.

Fantastic outdoors venue for your wedding ceremony, Jeffrey Street Wharf, Kirribilli Sydney, See Photos
Fun Weddings, Beach & Bush with style & decorum

Have your wedding ceremony your way! with Nitza's assistance and experience. 
You can have a fun wedding ceremony, anywhere you like, anytime, with style & decorum that will reflect your personality!

https://www.facebook.com/nitzasydneycelebrant

The Location for the wedding ceremony

I have officiated weddings  anywhere you can imagine:
On boats, in pubs, parks, vineyards, beaches, remote bush, the Snowy Mountains, on top of cliffs overlooking the sea and in the smartest 5 Stars hotels.
Where?
Literally, all around  Australia and also far away, in Mumbai, India.(See my Indian wedding story on my “Media mention” link)
In every capital city, Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide, Perth, Brisbane, Canberra and exotic locations such as The Blue Mountains, The Hunter Valley, The Central Coast, Wollongong, Nowra, Albury, Bowral, Byron Bay, Noosa, Margaret River in WA, The Great Ocean Road in Victoria, Mount Buffalo National Park in Victoria and more.
You must realize that It can be more difficult, to conduct a meaningful ceremony with style decorum and substance, out of the comfort zone of the church or synagogue.
When you plan an outdoor wedding you can’t always guarantee a good weather…
My challenge is to ensure that the ceremony will be perfect, regardless of the constraints of some venues, or weather…
I will be delighted to recommend beautiful outdoor venues in Sydney, that even rain will not spoil…
Please, Contact me today to ensure results and a desirable outcome!
I promise you a reliable & efficient service

The Wedding Sand Ceremony

The Wedding Sand Ceremony, or unity sand ceremony, is becoming ever more popular. It can replace the unity candle or be used after it.
In the original send ceremonies, the bride and groom would toss handfuls of sand together into the wind.
The grains were combined and unable to be separated, symbolizing unity and eternity. The sand ceremonies can be performed in a way that honors and
Acknowledges both families and then kept always as a treasured keepsake.
The main sand vase that is used for our ceremony is placed in the centre, on a small table with smaller vases, each containing a different color of sand, around it.
You can use Rose petals for more decoration and even engrave a wedding monogram and the date on the vases.
You can have a base of neutral color or white sand in the main vase, ready for the ceremony.
The explanation is very interesting as the sand represents the universe or even the creator, as the foundation of the marriage.
The parents can also be included in the same way as you would include them in the candle ceremony.
The parents will pour a small amount of colored sand from their small vases into the main one.
By moving their hands around they will create a layered design.
In the same way, the bride and groom will pour sand from their individual small vases into the main vase, at the same time, in a way that their sand will mix together, symbolizing unity and eternity, since these grains can never be separated.

https://www.facebook.com/nitzasydneycelebrant

Photos: The Candle lighting ceremony (The marriage Unity Candle)

https://www.facebook.com/nitzasydneycelebrant

Photos: Release of butterflies at weddings
Photos: Traditional cutting of the wood at a German Wedding

Newly-married German couples saw wood together as a symbol of working together.

Counseling Services & Relationship Support Programs

Counseling Services &  Relationship Support Programs

It is not compulsory to have counseling sessions before your wedding.
If you are interested, “Relationships Australia” (Tel. 02-8362 2888), provides relationship support services and programs to assist couples to reflect and prepare for the commitment to each other.
“Prepare/Enrich”., facilitated by Relationship Australia, is designed to offer couples the best start to married life by:  

  • Identifying strengths as a couple and building new ones
  • Strengthening communication skills
  • Uncovering stressful areas and resolving conflict
  •   Exploring families of origin
  •   Comfortably discussing financial matters
  •   Establishing personal, couple and family goals
  • Understanding and appreciating personality differences