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Social distancing at weddings during COVID-19

Posted by on Jul 30, 2020 in Choosing your celebrant | 0 comments

In recent months, COVID-19 has become the major topic of conversation amongst people around the world. This has resulted in unprecedented measures being taken by governments, businesses and individuals in an effort to minimise the potential effects of the virus. As a sole trader, I am very much aware of my responsibilities with regard to social distancing, particularly at weddings and other gatherings during COVID-19. In order to be proactive, I have completed a COVID-19 Safety Plan and my business is now registered with  NSW Health as being...

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Ideas for presenting your wedding rings

Posted by on Jun 29, 2020 in Choosing your celebrant | Comments Off on Ideas for presenting your wedding rings

Presenting your wedding rings When you think about it, every detail associated with the day you marry your best friend requires careful thought. Here are some ideas for when you are presenting your rings on your wedding day.   ♥ Traditionally, the Best Man carries the rings and the celebrant asks him to step forward when it’s time to present them. Alternatively, have you thought about: ♥ Not exchanging rings but, rather, having them tattooed on your ring fingers beforehand? If you like this idea, I can write something special about...

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Making a relationship check up a priority

Posted by on May 30, 2020 in Choosing your celebrant | Comments Off on Making a relationship check up a priority

What exactly is a relationship check up? I consider a relationship check up is best described as something which is done to support your relationship and keep the lines of communication open. If you think of it in terms of looking after and caring for something of value, it makes perfect sense to dedicate time to it as well. After all, we don’t think twice about having an annual medical, doing a defrag on our computer, asking a mechanic to give our car or van the once-over before we go on a trip. So, why not look on preserving,...

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Weddings with “out of the ordinary” inclusions

Posted by on Apr 29, 2020 in Choosing your celebrant | Comments Off on Weddings with “out of the ordinary” inclusions

The sky’s the limit when it comes to weddings with “out of the ordinary” inclusions. Here are just a few of the wonderful ideas that some of my couples have used which you may like to consider for your special day:   Fly in One of the most spectacular arrivals to one of my weddings was that of Casey. She had been whisked into the air and dropped off, atop a hill, on her parents’ dairy farm at Cedar Point. Such an amazing sight! (Photo credit: Anna Barber Photographics)   Owl ring bearer When you both work in an animal park and...

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How to include children in your wedding day

Posted by on Mar 30, 2020 in Choosing your celebrant | Comments Off on How to include children in your wedding day

One of the questions I’m often asked by couples is “what options are there for including children in your wedding day?” Of course, your wedding day should centre around your love and commitment. When children play an important role in your life, though, many couples wish to involve them as part of their big day.   Your children in your wedding What you choose to do will depend, in part, on the age of your children. If you have a baby, you may like to walk down the aisle holding them in your arms. Then, either you or your partner...

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Beach wedding tips for your big day!

Posted by on Feb 28, 2020 in Choosing your celebrant | Comments Off on Beach wedding tips for your big day!

Living on the Northern Rivers of NSW, I am often booked for ceremonies on the beach. Some of my favourites include Byron Bay, Lennox Head, Ballina, Brunswick Heads, Yamba and Evans Head. Here are my top beach wedding tips for a fabulous day:   ♥ Timing Choose wisely the time of year or at least the time of day for your ceremony. You, your family and friends won’t want to be standing on hot sand in the glaring sun for an extended period. While most wedding ceremonies take place in the mid afternoon, you could choose any time for yours....

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Exchanging vows during your wedding ceremony

Posted by on Jan 30, 2020 in Choosing your celebrant | Comments Off on Exchanging vows during your wedding ceremony

Exchanging vows When exchanging vows during your wedding ceremony, most couples opt to include two kinds … their legal vows (which must be said by both parties), followed by their personal vows.   ♥  Legal vows For a marriage to be considered legal in Australia, one of the things each couple must do is state the following minimum words, taken from subsection 45(2) of the Marriage Act 1961, during their wedding ceremony: “I call upon the persons here present to witness that I (insert name of Party 1 – in full if not...

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Ethical wedding ideas for your big day

Posted by on Dec 31, 2019 in Choosing your celebrant | Comments Off on Ethical wedding ideas for your big day

Ethical wedding ideas Arranging a wedding, no matter how simple or lavish it is, requires planning. From the moment you and your partner decide to tie the knot, certain decisions will need to be made. What date? Which venue? How to incorporate my style? How many guests? Sustainable or not? These days, more focus is being paid to ethical wedding ideas so as to make less of an impact on the environment. Some things to consider are: ♥  Flowers If you love the idea of fresh flowers, sourcing them from a provider which uses companion planting,...

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Being drunk in love … but not intoxicated

Posted by on Nov 30, 2019 in Choosing your celebrant | Comments Off on Being drunk in love … but not intoxicated

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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