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Emergency wedding kit all brides need to have

Posted by on Sep 29, 2018 in Choosing your celebrant | Comments Off on Emergency wedding kit all brides need to have

As we all know, even the best laid plans can go awry. When you think of all the little details that go into preparing for your wedding day, it makes perfect sense to have an emergency wedding kit on hand in case something unexpected happens. Here’s what I suggest you include in your:   Emergency wedding kit ♥  Bottled water. ♥  Invisible thread (this will blend in with any colour), pins and a couple of needles (make sure the “eye” of the needle is a fairly good size.) ♥  Hairspray, comb and bobby pins. ♥  Deodorant,...

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Fear of public speaking at your wedding

Posted by on Aug 31, 2018 in Choosing your celebrant | Comments Off on Fear of public speaking at your wedding

Wedding day jitters Your wedding day should be one of the happiest days of your life. As we all know, whether there is a long or short time leading up to this special day, it inevitably comes with lots of things to consider. Having a fear of public speaking should not be one though!   Your celebrant is key Keep in mind that, during your ceremony, your celebrant will be doing most of the talking. They’re professionals and know how to set the tone for your wedding day. I like to start my wedding ceremonies by giving couples a moment...

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Setting the tone for your wedding day

Posted by on Jul 30, 2018 in Choosing your celebrant | Comments Off on Setting the tone for your wedding day

Setting the tone When you think about setting the tone for your wedding day, the key thing to consider is the wedding ceremony itself. After all, this is where everyone gathers first to celebrate your big day. So, when choosing your celebrant, there are a few things to consider. Most couples plan to have a fabulous celebration with family and friends but, before making a final decision, I would recommend you consider asking a potential celebrant a few questions. Not only will the answers you receive give you great insight into the person...

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More wedding FAQs answered

Posted by on Jun 29, 2018 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:  My partner and I don’t feel the need for a wedding rehearsal. Do we have to have one? A:  No, there is nothing in the Marriage Act 1961 that says you must have a rehearsal. If your wedding involves you, your partner and two witnesses or if it’s a small, intimate...

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Creating animal magic on your wedding day

Posted by on May 31, 2018 in Choosing your celebrant | Comments Off on Creating animal magic on your wedding day

For some couples, including their fur babies in their special day is an absolute must. Leaving their “baby” at home would, for them, be like not inviting their best friend to be part of the biggest day in their lives. So, if you’re interested in creating animal magic on your wedding day, please read on …   Family photos Don’t forget to include your fur baby in some of your precious photos. This could be done as part of your engagement shoot or before, during or after your ceremony. They will add a beautiful extra element to...

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Hot wedding day ideas

Posted by on Apr 29, 2018 in Choosing your celebrant | Comments Off on Hot wedding day ideas

When it’s the height of summer or, perhaps, the temperature is unseasonably high at another time of year, it’s worthwhile coming up with some hot  wedding day ideas to keep everyone cool, calm and collected. Here’s my list of what to consider:   Water Providing bottles of cold water for family and friends before and after the ceremony is a great way to keep them hydrated. This is particularly important for the elderly and very young who may struggle to regulate their temperature. Simply add some ice to a few large plastic tubs, fill with...

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Gifting weddings to the terminally ill

Posted by on Apr 2, 2018 in Choosing your celebrant | Comments Off on Gifting weddings to the terminally ill

My Wedding Wish is a national not-for-profit charity gifting weddings to the terminally ill. It all started with a phone call to Dr Lynette Maguire, a marriage celebrant, back in 2007. She literally dropped everything to arrange a “shortening of time” and subsequent bedside wedding for a couple, knowing that the groom was terminally ill and his dying wish was to marry his fiancee. Lynette went on to contact some amazing people from her network and, as well as donating her own services as authorised celebrant, they generously...

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What exactly is a baby naming ceremony?

Posted by on Feb 27, 2018 in Choosing your celebrant | Comments Off on What exactly is a baby naming ceremony?

Baby Naming Ceremony Apart from weddings, a baby naming ceremony is one of the other special requests that I receive in my role as celebrant. It’s a significant occasion for the families involved as it allows them to celebrate the birth of a child and look towards their future surrounded by family and friends. Usually, godparents, guardians or mentors will also be chosen to take a special interest in the child’s life and, if so, they will usually feature during the ceremony as well. I design each baby naming ceremony to reflect...

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Planning a “first look” on your wedding day

Posted by on Jan 31, 2018 in Choosing your celebrant | Comments Off on Planning a “first look” on your wedding day

Your wedding will be like no other day in your life. Unless you’re eloping or having a very small wedding with only a few special guests, it’s likely you’ll be surrounded by people from the moment you open your eyes until long into the night. For this reason, planning a “first look” on your wedding day could give you a small window of opportunity to just “be” with your partner, with only your photographer around, or to stop for a few moments, on your way down the aisle, in order to lock eyes with the...

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Changes to the Marriage Act 1961

Posted by on Dec 31, 2017 in Choosing your celebrant | Comments Off on Changes to the Marriage Act 1961

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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