Kate Bellman, a Civil Celebrant, is a Port Douglas "local" of 20+ years.
Living in Newell Beach for the past 10 years, Kate is able to officiate your marriage as a Celebrant in Port Douglas, Palm Cove, Cairns, Atherton Tablelands and surrounding areas.
Being appointed by the Attorney General's Office as an Authorised Civil Celebrant in 2018, Kate comes in to the Wedding Industry with fresh eyes and new ideas.
Kate, herself, is married to her lovely husband Tim, with two small children of their own.
Knowing the Far North Queensland area as she does, Kate can marry you in many locations including;
* Port Douglas' St. Mary's By the Sea: a perfectly placed Chapel on the waterfront down by the SugarWharf.
* Port Douglas' Little Cove or Rex Smeal Park: picturesque settings overlooking the Coral Sea.
* Palm Cove's Alamanda Wedding Chapel.
* Sheraton Grand Mirage's Wedding Chapel.
* Atherton Tablelands's Ringers Rest Function Venue (Mareeba), plus many, many more.
Kate Bellman is your celebrant for any occasion, in any location and is able to officiate at Weddings and Marriages, Renewal of Vows, Naming Ceremonies, Funerals and Pet Funerals.
Celebrant in Port Douglas, Palm Cove, Cairns, Atherton and surrounds for;
Marriage Ceremonies - for ALL people
Naming Ceremonies - to welcome people in to the community
Vow Renewals - to recommit yourselves in love, or if you've been married overseas
Funerals - I work with Community Funerals in Mossman to send off your loved ones with care
Pet Funerals - I work with Community Funerals in Mossman to send off your furry loved ones with care
As your marriage celebrant, I must follow the guidelines provided by
The Marriage Act 1961.
If you would like to get Married, you will need to give your celebrant a minimum of 1 months notice but no more than 18 months notice.
As your Marriage Celebrant, together, we will fill in a NOIM - Notice of Intended Marriage.
You will also sign a form to declare that you are legally able to marry, a Declaration of No Legal Impediment to Marriage.
I will ask you to bring the following documents to our initial interview (remembering that our first meeting is obligation free);
*Birth Certificates or Birth Extracts if born in Australia
*Overseas Passport if born outside of Australia (you can still marry here)
*Change of Name Form
*Divorce Certificate (if applicable)
*Death Certificate for previous spouse/s (if applicable)
It is also my legal obligation to supply the happy couple to be with a "Happily Ever Before and After" Brochure and provide options for relationship counselling.
In your ceremony, there are a few legal statements I need to make, which are able to be altered only slightly. The rest of the ceremony is able to be as personal to you as you wish, and I can assist you where needed.
FOR FUNERAL CEREMOMIES
I will most likely be your second point of call, your Funeral Director being the first. There are legal documents to fill in, but Community Funerals will provide you with those.
As your celebrant, I will work with you to personalise your loved ones ceremony and assist you to write your eulogies.
FOR ALL OTHER CEREMONIES
There are no legal requirements for my other ceremonies, I'm there to help write and guide you through your special day.
FOR MARRIAGE CEREMONIES;
WHAT DO I DO FIRST?
You're in the right spot! Contact me, make an appointment, bring your identifying documents to our initial meeting and we'll go from there. (see legal requirements for more information)
HOW MUCH NOTICE DO I NEED TO GIVE?
As a celebrant, I need a minimum of one month, but no more than eighteen months to lodge your intent to marry. You need to get married within this time frame.
WE WANT TO GET MARRIED SOONER THAN ONE MONTH, CAN WE?
You can, but you need an extraordinary reason such as;
You will be required to gain consent by requesting a "Shortening of Time", which isn't guaranteed to be given.
I'M NOT DIVORCED YET, CAN YOU STILL MARRY US?
I cannot marry you as you would be committing bigamy. But I can accept your NOIM, your intent to marry, if you are to be divorced within your chosen timeframe.
I must stress, if your divorce is not finalised, I cannot carry out your marriage ceremony.
WHAT DOCUMENTS DO I NEED TO GIVE YOU?
(see legal requirements for more details)
All documents you supply me with need to be ORIGINAL documents.
If any of your documents are in another language, you will also need to supply a CERTIFIED translated document from a registered translator.
WHAT AM I PAYING YOU TO DO?
As your celebrant, I ensure that all your paperwork to be married is correct, legal and ready to be filed after your ceremony.
During our meetings, we'll chat and I'll get details about you as a couple. I will provide you with copious readings, vows and poems to help you personalise your ceremony.
I can guide you through your ceremony with a rehearsal prior to your big day.
I will be there on your wedding day to guide you through.
I will send off all your forms to register your marriage.
I also provide you with a PA system on the day, so your guests can hear you exchange your vows and a table and chairs for you to sign your Marriage Certificates.
WHERE CAN YOU MARRY US?
I can marry you anywhere, any time and in any scenario. I am based in Port Douglas, and can travel to Cairns and south, to the Tablelands, and north to Cape Tribulation. I'm also happy to travel interstate - at a cost to be discussed.
Thank you so so so much for yesterday.
You are such an incredible person and I could not think of a better person to marry us. We adore you and so did our family and friends.
It felt like we had known you for years too!
It was fate that you were meant to marry us!
Thank you once again.
We’re going to recommend you to absolutely everybody!
💜💜💜 Rhi & Kael Taylor - 09.08.2018
Thank you Kate.
You were excellent. We will highly recommend you to anyone wanting a great celebrant.
Matt & Mei-Yin Gorringe - 04.05.2019
Kate was an amazing celebrant and I would recommend her in a heartbeat. Kate listens to what you want and personalises the ceremony to your liking. Kate is friendly and caring, helping with wording and preparation along the way.
Jess & Jase McIvor - 20.07.19
Kate was our celebrant for our wedding last weekend.
From beginning to end, she was a delight to work with. No changes were too hard, she was willing to do whatever we wanted and include any special considerations.
Kate’s communication was professional yet it felt like you were just talking to an old friend.
Highly recommended for anyone looking for a celebrant 💕
Harley & Sean Brown - 03.08.19
Kate was helpful, organised and experienced. She definitely was the right person to choose!
Mil & Jérôme Gully - 16.08.2019
5 + stars!! If you’re looking for the perfect Celebrant, Kate is your lady! She’s fun, warm and welcoming. She made our wedding day extra special and we were so grateful for having her with us through the process.
Ian & Marty Alexander - 31.08.19
Everything was good from the beginning when Kate would talk on facetime since we were interstate. One of the good things about her compared to everyone else was that she would go out of her way to offer to find all the hire and helped us to book that all to make it easier for us! She would always come back to us with friendly chat, was very organised and made the whole process easy. That included the beach permit, doing all the paperwork, bringing in her own speaker, the music, her own desk, and all the hire for the entire ceremony including an arbour as well!
Belinda & Arge Papasoulis - 07.09.19
Kate was amazing during the wedding planning and on the day itself. Professional and funny wrapped into one. Thanks for an amazing ceremony.
Sarah & Chris Riley - 21.09.19
Kate was amazing, highly recommend. very friendly and comfortable and professional. ❤
Rion & Trent Thorburn - 26.09.19
Kate, thank you so much for being the wonderful Celebrant you are. From the phone calls full of positivity to your beautiful smile and sense of humour. We enjoyed the day with you marrying us immensely.
We couldn’t have dreamed of how relaxed, chilled and special you made our day and honestly, that was because of you ❤️
From one happily married couple to Cairns’ best Celebrant. 💕
Celeste & Matthew Beves-Brown - 02.10.19
Kate is the kind of person you end up being friends with forever. She is caring and selfless and so helpful. She truly made our day amazing and without her it would never have happened x thank you so much Kate
Letisha & Max Gibbons - 25.10.19
Kate was so fantastic, she personalised our ceremony to suit us and made everyone feel so relaxed, like we were old friends. Cannot recommend her services highly enough.
Tenaya & Andrew Timbrell - 26.10.19
Lukas, an out-of-the-box photographer, captures truly beautiful and memorable photos of your event!
Bec, a Port Douglas local, will take care of your whole wedding - ceremony and reception, and we will work together to ensure your day runs smoothly.
Work with the lovely Jen, to organise your event from start to finish, and Jen and I will work together to ensure your ceremony is exactly how you want it!
Add this über cute Vintage Van to your next event! Hire it as a bar, stock it with your favourite tipple, and drink the night away!
Find the perfect holiday accommodation for yourself and guests, with the help of Karen & Jez!
Melina creates bespoke pieces of floral “art” for you, sourcing local materials and does so by being environmentally friendly and not using plastic materials. And she is lovely and friendly to boot!
Blessings By Kate Bellman offers Obligation Free Interviews prior to you committing to her Celebrancy Services.
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41 Andrews Street, Newell, Queensland 4873, Australia
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