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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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A “simple” wedding – and how to achieve it!

Posted by on Nov 30, 2018 in Choosing your celebrant | Comments Off on A “simple” wedding – and how to achieve it!

What is a “simple” wedding? Couples booking me as their celebrant will often say they want to have a “simple” wedding ceremony. When I first heard this, I was a bit perplexed; then I realised what most actually want is a ceremony that’s not too long, definitely not boring, and one which encompasses the special people and things that are meaningful to them.   Choosing your celebrant When choosing your celebrant, it’s important to consider whether: ♥  they’ll really listen to you and not try to...

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Rainy wedding day tips – what to plan for

Posted by on Oct 31, 2018 in Choosing your celebrant | Comments Off on Rainy wedding day tips – what to plan for

A rainy wedding day is not something that most people hope for and, yet, it is something you should plan for. Here are some simple tips to consider: ~     ~     ~ ♥  Make sure you have a backup option in case of rain and, importantly, be prepared to go with it! You won’t want your family and friends getting cold and wet and you won’t want all your own preparations (hair, makeup, wedding dress, shoes etc. being compromised.) If your backup option is close by, all the better; you may need to make a dash for it! ♥  Devise a way (e.g. a private...

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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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