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Changes to the Marriage Act 1961

Posted by on Dec 31, 2017 in Choosing your celebrant | 0 comments

Marriage Act 1961 On 9 December 2017, the Marriage Amendment (Definition and Religious Freedoms) Act 2017 resulted in changes to the Marriage Act 1961, specifically in relation to the definition of marriage in Australia.  These landmark changes reverberated around the country and, indeed, the world and provided for marriage equality in Australia with the right to marry no longer being determined by sex or gender. Couples, free to marry, can do so as from 9 January 2018. This is because a Notice of Intended Marriage must be lodged with an...

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More wedding FAQs answered

Posted by on Nov 30, 2017 in Choosing your celebrant | Comments Off on More wedding FAQs answered

Having been an authorised Marriage Celebrant since 2013, I’ve found there are a number of questions which regularly come up in conversation with couples in relation to marriage in Australia. “More wedding FAQs answered” addresses five more commonly asked questions:   Q1:  I don’t have a copy of my final divorce order. How can I obtain one? A:  The Courts (Federal Circuit Court and the Family Court) have, since February 2010, produced divorce orders in an electronic format including an electronic seal and signature. These...

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Wedding resource folder ~ a wealth of information

Posted by on Oct 29, 2017 in Choosing your celebrant | Comments Off on Wedding resource folder ~ a wealth of information

Planning for every wedding is different for each couple and will reflect a variety of things including your personal style, location and budget. I offer every couple who books with me access to my resource folder. This contains a wealth of information and lots of ideas which can be incorporated to suit your individual requirements. The folder is available once you have secured your date with a booking fee and you’re welcome to hold onto it for as long as you need to, right up to your wedding day. Included in my resources are the following:...

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Your wedding FAQs answered!

Posted by on Jul 31, 2017 in Choosing your celebrant | Comments Off on Your wedding FAQs answered!

Having been an authorised Marriage Celebrant since 2013, I’ve found there are a number of wedding FAQs which come up in conversation with couples in relation to marriage in Australia. In no particular order, here are some of the more commonly asked questions:   Q1:  Can we lodge a “Notice of Intended Marriage” with our Celebrant if one or both of us is still married to someone else? A:  Yes! At Q5 (conjugal status) on p. 3 of the NOIM, you or your celebrant just need to write “Married Pending Divorce”. Then,...

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What is my passion?

Posted by on Jun 29, 2017 in Choosing your celebrant | Comments Off on What is my passion?

When I’m asked “What is my passion?” two things immediately spring to mind. The first is my family. They ground me, encourage me, support me and love me. And the second? Well, that’s the career path I chose to take back in 2013. It represents a myriad of opportunities for me to connect with others and to design and deliver a ceremony that is authentic to them.   What do I love? Being a storyteller is one of the things I love most about being a Celebrant. For me, it’s all about the details. Some are insignificant...

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What can I do with my wedding items after the big day?

Posted by on May 26, 2017 in Choosing your celebrant | Comments Off on What can I do with my wedding items after the big day?

When you consider how much couples can spend in the lead up to their marriage, many brides are asking themselves the question:  “What can I do with my wedding items after the big day?” Here are just a few ideas:   Sell There will always be other couples looking for items that may suit their theme or budget, so definitely consider this as a possible option. If you have joined one or more bridal Facebook pages, Gumtree or Buy, Swap & Sell pages in your local area, you should do well selling miscellaneous or leftover wedding...

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Social media insights

Posted by on Apr 30, 2017 in Choosing your celebrant | Comments Off on Social media insights

What does someone’s use of social media tell you about them? A lot actually. It’s one of the quickest ways to reach a large audience with a message. It’s also one of the key ways you can see, at a glance, how motivated a person is to connect with others and how passionate they are about what they do. Things like content, frequency and how, or even whether, they respond are important clues to the person behind each post.   Use of social media in business In business, there are many ways to connect with current and potential clients but...

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Using a microphone

Posted by on Mar 30, 2017 in Choosing your celebrant | Comments Off on Using a microphone

Benefits of using a microphone at your event When planning a special event, it makes sense that all your guests will be able to hear what’s being said so they can feel part of the occasion. Using a microphone allows you to capture everyone’s attention and means that the ceremony that has been written for the particular event can be delivered (without the need for someone to shout.) It also ensures that any special announcements or speeches can be heard easily. Rather than being something which is brash and irritating, using a microphone...

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Celebrant versus Registry Office

Posted by on Feb 27, 2017 in Choosing your celebrant | Comments Off on Celebrant versus Registry Office

Since 1973, heterosexual couples in Australia have had the choice as to whether they will be married by a religious or civil celebrant, or a State/Territory officer. Since 9.1.18, all couples in Australia now have the same choice. When the question of a celebrant versus Registry Office or local Court House is discussed, you may like to consider the following.   Registry Office or Local Court House If you choose one of these options: ♥  Your ceremony will be simple and follow a standard format. ♥  You will be restricted to a limited...

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Questions to ask before you tie the knot

Posted by on Jan 31, 2017 in Choosing your celebrant | Comments Off on Questions to ask before you tie the knot

Q & A If I asked you to come up with some questions to ask your partner before you tie the knot, what would you say? Marriage is a big step in anyone’s language. Sometimes, what you may consider inconsequential, could be a deal breaker for someone else. It may not be until you’re faced with a specific set of circumstances that you discover how your partner really feels about a particular topic. The following questions are in no particular order, but may provide food for thought when planning your future life together: Would...

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Making memories with wedding keepsakes

Posted by on Jan 1, 2017 in Choosing your celebrant | Comments Off on Making memories with wedding keepsakes

Special treasures I encourage couples to think about all the aspects of their ceremony and wedding day beforehand and to gather any special things together so that they can become treasured wedding keepsakes. If, for example, you are marrying or having photos taken on the beach after your wedding, you may like to visit with your partner a day or so beforehand to collect a few shells, some sand or a small piece of driftwood from the exact area where you’ll be.   Your ceremony I always design each ceremony with each individual couple...

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Planning the perfect wedding day

Posted by on Nov 29, 2016 in Choosing your celebrant | Comments Off on Planning the perfect wedding day

Your wedding day should be one of the most memorable and perfect in your life. So, my suggestion is to look on it as the day you marry the love of your life and embark on the important first steps as you begin your marriage. So, what could possibly go wrong? Naturally, even when you think you’ve covered all your bases, something may not quite go according to plan. It’s how you respond to these things, however, that will determine your memories of your special day.   Appoint a team of one or more I would suggest that the more people you...

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