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Being drunk in love … but not intoxicated

Posted by on Nov 30, 2019 in Choosing your celebrant | 0 comments

Drunk in love We all love a celebration and, for many people, alcohol plays a big part in having fun. There is, however, one occasion when being drunk in love may cause you more of a headache than you bargained on!   ♥  Guidelines on the Marriage Act The current Guidelines are based on the Marriage Act 1961. They apply to all authorised celebrants who solemnise marriages in Australia, unless otherwise stated. 8.6.4 Concerns about consent On p. 90, the Guidelines specifically refer to the fact that a celebrant must be satisfied that both...

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When is it too early to book my celebrant?

Posted by on Oct 30, 2019 in Choosing your celebrant | Comments Off on When is it too early to book my celebrant?

When should I book my celebrant? In the lead up to any wedding, there will almost always be a range of suppliers to contact and arrangements to be made. Everything from your venue, photographer, wedding attire, cake maker, florist, decorator, music and transport options right down to distributing your invitations. But … when you consider that there is one person essential to any wedding (other than the couple and their two witnesses), many question “when is it too early to book my celebrant?” My answer to this question is “soon after you have...

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Everything you need to know about micro weddings

Posted by on Sep 28, 2019 in Choosing your celebrant | Comments Off on Everything you need to know about micro weddings

It’s all about choices Not everyone wants to have a lavish wedding or even a traditional white wedding. This may be due to personal preference, budget considerations, time constraints or a desire to escape the somewhat daunting task of arranging an event on a large scale. So, here’s a guide to everything you need to know about micro weddings.   Choosing to have a small guest list Anything micro, by definition, is something on a small scale. An elopement is where a couple choose to marry in a private and quite intimate...

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How to make an entrance on your wedding day!

Posted by on Aug 30, 2019 in Choosing your celebrant | Comments Off on How to make an entrance on your wedding day!

What are your options? How you and your partner decide to make an entrance on your wedding day depends on a number of factors. These include personal preference, the number of guests, whether you have a bridal party or not, and the venue itself. Tradition Traditionally, one half of the partnership stands at the end of the aisle. The other half arrives a little later, to much fanfare, and then walks down towards their partner. Family and friends are usually seated (or standing) in rows on either side of a centre aisle. Other configurations You...

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How to get those RSVPS in

Posted by on Jul 30, 2019 in Choosing your celebrant | Comments Off on How to get those RSVPS in

Having friends and family actually send through their RSVPs can be a mission for couples getting married. Apart from adding a date to the bottom of your invitation, what other creative things could you do to get those RSVPS in?   Create your own free wedding website and include everything in the one place. One such site, called //withjoy.com/ has beautiful templates, planning tools, and a photo sharing app. You can create save the dates, wedding invitations and RSVPs. Another free wedding website you might like to look at is called...

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Networking with other wedding suppliers

Posted by on Jun 29, 2019 in Choosing your celebrant | Comments Off on Networking with other wedding suppliers

A successful event requires planning and, often, the contribution of a team of professionals. The following positive outcomes are likely when you consider the:   Benefits of networking with other wedding suppliers   What can be done in an emergency Celebrants are professionals but they, too, have personal lives. If we should become ill at the eleventh hour, if there’s a death in the family, or a flood or fire and we just can’t get through to the ceremony location, we’ll do our best to find someone qualified to step...

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Translating wedding documents

Posted by on May 29, 2019 in Choosing your celebrant | Comments Off on Translating wedding documents

What’s involved in translating wedding documents? When a party to a marriage produces a document (such as a birth certificate) in a language other than English, the celebrant should ask the couple to seek an official NAATI certified translation of the document.  This applies even if the celebrant can read and write in that language. NAATI is the National Accreditation Authority for Translators and Interpreters. Not all bilingual or multilingual celebrants will be able to authoritatively translate documents. For this reason an...

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When to involve an interpreter in a wedding

Posted by on Apr 29, 2019 in Choosing your celebrant | Comments Off on When to involve an interpreter in a wedding

What is required? When consideration is being given as to when to involve an interpreter in a wedding, the following things need to be taken into account: Are one or both parties, their witnesses or, indeed, the marriage celebrant unable to understand the language in which the ceremony will be conducted? Note: this also includes sign language such as Auslan. If this is the case, the celebrant should insist on the couple engaging the services of an interpreter or pass the marriage onto a celebrant who speaks that language. If an interpreter is...

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Co-presenting a wedding ceremony

Posted by on Mar 30, 2019 in Choosing your celebrant | Comments Off on Co-presenting a wedding ceremony

How can others be involved in the actual delivery of your wedding ceremony? If you’re considering having a close friend or family member take on the role of co-presenting a wedding ceremony, there are a few things to keep in mind. Under The Marriage Act 1961, an authorised Marriage Celebrant is required to take care of all the legalities so, someone who has done the relevant study but who is not yet registered, will require support. If this sounds like a potential option for you, I’m more than happy to: ♥ Explain all the legal...

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My celebrant’s fee and everything it includes

Posted by on Feb 27, 2019 in Choosing your celebrant | Comments Off on My celebrant’s fee and everything it includes

Determining my fee Apart from a legal requirement to perform each marriage ceremony in accordance with the Marriage Act 1961, an authorised marriage celebrant has the flexibility to conduct their individual business in their own way. This, like pretty much every other business, means that they set their own pricing as well as terms and conditions. In my case, everything is transparent and, as well as the key details being included in my wedding packages, they are discussed in detail with each couple when we meet before the design stage even...

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Marriage statistics in Australia

Posted by on Jan 30, 2019 in Choosing your celebrant | Comments Off on Marriage statistics in Australia

Crunching the numbers It’s interesting to note that the number of marriages, the age of those electing to marry and the person couples choose to marry them is, in part, reflected by society and recent changes to the law. Here are some really interesting statistics, released in November 2018 from the ABS, concerning marriage statistics in Australia for the previous year: ♥  There were 112,954 marriages registered. ♥  The number of marriages decreased by 5,447 (4.6%). ♥  Males, on average, were 32.0 years of age, an increase from 31.9...

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5 years in review and future plans

Posted by on Dec 29, 2018 in Choosing your celebrant | Comments Off on 5 years in review and future plans

5 years in review A lot has happened since I first qualified as a celebrant back in 2013. Since completing Certificate IV in Celebrancy and being registered as an authorised Marriage Celebrant with the Attorney-General’s Dept., one of the first things I did was to develop a Vision and a Mission Statement. After this I wrote a short-term (1 year) and longer term (5 year) marketing plan as the basis for moving forward. My business, like any healthy business, has continued to change and grow over the years. Changes to the law, my...

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