My name is
Mike Gordon and I am an authorised Civil Marriage
Celebrant for the Commonwealth of Australia.
A Civil Marriage Celebrant is someone who has been appointed by the
Australian Federal Department of the Attorney-General to solemnize marriages
in Australia pursuant to sub section 39 (2) of the
Marriage Act 1961.
I have been
a Civil Marriage Celebrant since 1990, residing with my
family at Surfers Paradise on the Gold Coast and having
conducted in excess of 2,300 marriages.
I am a Justice of the
Peace (Qualified) and a serving School Principal, having
been involved in the teaching profession throughout the State of Queensland.
I am happy to assist you to develop a personalised
ceremony for your special day by offering you a variety
of ceremonies, poems, readings and vows to choose from.
Alternatively, you may wish to write your own ceremony. You
may wish to involve family members or special friends in your
My major aim
is for you to be happy with your ceremony for this most
special day. After all, it's your ceremony, not mine,
and I will assist you to ensure that your ceremony
reflects your individual requirements and beliefs, at
the same time ensuring that all legal requirements are met.
ceremony may be conducted in a park, garden, private residence,
function centre or a place of special significance.
Ceremonies normally take approximately 20 minutes to
complete, including the signing of the register and
It is important
that you book your ceremony, time and venue with me as
soon as you have determined these details.
I like to
have two meetings with you. The first meeting to take
place not more than eighteen months and not less than one
month and one day prior to your wedding and the second
meeting to take place within the last two weeks
immediately prior to your wedding. At the first meeting,
you may complete a 'Notice of Intended Marriage' and I
will discuss your ceremony with you and provide you with
a booklet of ceremonies and suggested readings for you
at your leisure. The meetings normally take place at my
residence however special arrangements can be made for
couples who reside interstate or overseas.
My fee for conducting a marriage ceremony is very
reasonable. I do not believe in charging highly inflated
or unnecessary, exorbitant fees. A non-refundable deposit fee of at least $50
(which is part of the total fee payable) is payable when you lodge
your 'Notice of Intended Marriage' with me. Any fee remaining
is paid at the second meeting.
You need to complete a 'Notice of Intended Marriage'
form (supplied by me) at least one month and one day and
not more than eighteen months prior to your wedding.
This normally occurs at the first meeting. At that time,
you will be required to
produce evidence of birth and, if
you are a divorced person, or a widow or widower,
evidence of your divorce, or of the death of your
Once lodged with me, the 'Notice of Intended Marriage'
is valid for a period of eighteen months.
You need to complete
a Declaration (normally at the second interview), which
I have, in my presence prior to your wedding, declaring there
is no legal impediment to your marriage with your partner.
At your ceremony, there must be two official witnesses
who have attained the age of eighteen years. The
full names of your witnesses need to be furnished to me
prior to your ceremony for inclusion on the official
Certificate of Marriage which is forwarded by me to the
Register-General of Births, Deaths and Marriages to
register your marriage.
Commitment Ceremonies offer a less formal approach to the celebration of a partnership by
providing you with a unique and very special opportunity
to celebrate the union of two persons. We would design a
special ceremony to honour your commitment to each other
to suit your requirements, your beliefs and your
REAFFIRMATION OF VOWS:
These ceremonies are to reaffirm your vows previously
made. You may for example, have been married overseas, away
from your family, friends and home, and wish to have a ceremony
at home to share your joy and happiness with those
closest to you. Alternatively, you may wish to reaffirm
your vows to celebrate your anniversary, whether it be
one year or 50 years. Whilst such a special ceremony
provides you with a very special opportunity to reflect,
rejoice and celebrate your years together, it also
allows you to recommit to the future by renewing your vows
and involving your children and grandchildren in the
These ceremonies welcome a child or children into
his/her family and community of friends. The role of
parents, grandparents and godparents/guardian is also
celebrated in a meaningful and individually designed ceremony.
These ceremonies normally take place during the child's
first 12 months but may be conducted at any age.
Family members and friends are encouraged to participate
in these ceremonies by undertaking readings etc. Naming
ceremonies in no way inhibit the child from any future religious
or non-religious commitments or beliefs he/she may
undertake later in life.
ceremonies professionally conducted by
and experienced celebrant"
To arrange your special
MIKE GORDON - Civil Marriage Celebrant
51 OLD BURLEIGH ROAD, SURFERS PARADISE, QLD 4217
Mobile: 0411 510 090
International Code: 61 7