Got some questions? Let me give you some answers.
- Why should I use a software program when I already have templates?
Templates are much better than handwriting the documents, but…
All the information has to be entered separately for each document.
Using The Celebrant Suite you enter the information once and print all the documents with a click of the mouse.
A common error found by Births Deaths & Marriages is information on the Noim not matching the Form 14 Declarations or Form 15 Certificate of Marriage.
- What if the government changes the forms or requirements?
The Celebrant Suite will always be kept up to date with legislative requirements!
This is one of the advantages of using a licensed product instead of buying software outright.
You are always entitled to the latest version of the program and so are never out of date.
- Does it produce all the documents I need?
Yes, and some you don’t technically need but will want…
This includes the Notice of Intended Marriage pages 2 to 4
The Births Deaths & Marriages copy of the Certificate of Marriage
Form 14 Declarations (reverse side of Certificate of Marriage)
The celebrant copy of the Certificate of Marriage
Form 15 Certificate of Marriage (presentation copy)
Record of Use of Form 15
A letter to Immigration for clients needing a “Fiancé Visa”
Receipts for payments made by the clients
A Report Centre which produces numerous reports, including payments received for selected periods (financial years for example), Weddings completed by month etc. It also creates an Excel spread sheet with basic details of all weddings in the system. This feature will only be available in the upcoming Professional edition, but will be included free of charge in the Standard edition for a limited time. This will be introduced in version 1.3 to be released in June 2014.
- How do I know I can trust it to work properly?
The Celebrant Suite has been used by limited users continuously since 2008.
It was then tested extensively by the committee members of the largest association for celebrants in Australia for a period of months. They gave it a unanimous thumbs up and adopted it as their preferred software for Celebrants in Australia in January of 2012.
- What font does it use on the Form 15 Marriage Certificate?
The default font used on all documents is Times New Roman, however in the preferences section you can select any font you have available on your computer, in any acceptable size or style.
For example I have my preferences set to Monotype Corsiva, size 20, style italic for the Form 15.
- Is it better to buy software outright or buy an annual licence?
The answer to this question varies, depending on the application.
For something that will never change and has been proven over a number of years, buying is probably the best way to go. On the other hand, any program that is liable to have changes made it may well be far wiser to use a licence system. For example I personally like to have the latest product with things like virus programs. I would include The Celebrant Suite in this category also due to the likelihood of changes to the legislative requirements. Who know what changes governments may make to the Marriage Act. I can think of a few changes that are likely at the moment.
The short answer for Celebrant software is annual licence – it is a lower initial outlay, it is continually liable to need updates, if you cease working as a celebrant you haven’t wasted money.
- If I stop being a celebrant do I need to keep a current licence to keep my records accessible?
No, when the licence for The Celebrant Suite expires you still have full use of all the program’s features for any existing wedding, you just can’t enter any more new weddings. If it remains unlicenced in excess of 1 month weddings will no longer be editable, all other features remain permanently.
- Did the developer really understand the needs of a celebrant?
Yes, as a practicing celebrant the author made the program to suit his own celebrancy needs, which are pretty much the same as other celebrants all over the country.
- How do I learn to use it?
The Celebrant Suite has been made with ease of use for anyone as a priority.
When it was being tested by a number of professional celebrants they were intentionally left without assistance and all found it simple to do all the basic functions required.
In addition to this there is a help file to help make the most of all the features and answer any question you may have about using the program.
A step by step video tutorial is currently being prepared and will be available on this site.
- Is support available if I need it, and how much does it cost?
Yes, support is available via the live chat feature on this site, and by email.
This is included in the licence fee and no further charge is ever made for this support.