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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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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 raise their voice.) It also ensures that any special announcements or speeches can be heard easily. Rather than being something which is brash and irritating, using...

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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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