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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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Questions to ask before you tie the knot

Posted by on Jan 31, 2017 in Choosing your celebrant | Comments Off on Questions to ask before you tie the knot

Q & A If I asked you to come up with some questions to ask your partner before you tie the knot, what would you say? Marriage is a big step in anyone’s language. Sometimes, what you may consider inconsequential, could be a deal breaker for someone else. It may not be until you’re faced with a specific set of circumstances that you discover how your partner really feels about a particular topic. The following questions are in no particular order, but may provide food for thought when planning your future life together: Would...

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Making memories with wedding keepsakes

Posted by on Jan 1, 2017 in Choosing your celebrant | Comments Off on Making memories with wedding keepsakes

Special treasures I encourage couples to think about all the aspects of their ceremony and wedding day beforehand and to gather any special things together so that they can become treasured wedding keepsakes. If, for example, you are marrying or having photos taken on the beach after your wedding, you may like to visit with your partner a day or so beforehand to collect a few shells, some sand or a small piece of driftwood from the exact area where you’ll be. These can be displayed in your home, perhaps on a side table or in a shadow...

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Planning the perfect wedding day

Posted by on Nov 29, 2016 in Choosing your celebrant | Comments Off on Planning the perfect wedding day

Your wedding day should be one of the most memorable and perfect in your life. So, my suggestion is to look on it as the day you marry the love of your life and embark on the important first steps as you begin your marriage. So, what could possibly go wrong? Naturally, even when you think you’ve covered all your bases, something may not quite go according to plan. It’s how you respond to these things, however, that will determine your memories of your special day.   Appoint a team of one or more I would suggest that the more people you...

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Wedding location, location!

Posted by on Oct 29, 2016 in Choosing your celebrant | Comments Off on Wedding location, location!

Spoilt for choice The location you choose for your wedding or other special event will have a big effect on the style of ceremony you have and, importantly, the atmosphere. The options are endless … from a private property, to a rainforest or beach location, to a village hall, restaurant or function space right through to a destination wedding. Some of the amazing locations where I have been fortunate enough to perform ceremonies are: ♥  Angels Beach, East Ballina ♥  Angourie Rainforest Resort, Yamba ♥ Ballina Byron Islander Resort ♥ ...

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Simple tips for your wedding day

Posted by on Sep 29, 2016 in Choosing your celebrant | Comments Off on Simple tips for your wedding day

There are lots of simple tips for helping to make your wedding day, particularly your ceremony, run smoothly. They’re all easy to achieve but will make the world of difference to you, your bridal party and the photos from your big day.   Before your wedding day ♥  Check with all your suppliers, in the last few weeks before your wedding, to confirm all arrangements and the timing for each element to be delivered etc. If you have a wedding co-ordinator, they should be doing this for you. ♥  Check to see if an engagement photo session...

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Exchange of wedding rings

Posted by on Aug 31, 2016 in Choosing your celebrant | Comments Off on Exchange of wedding rings

Unless you’re happy to leave things to chance, I think it’s a great idea to discuss with your celebrant, prior to your big day, all the little details that go into making up your ceremony. It helps to make things seamless on the day and takes away any niggling questions you may have. The exchange of wedding rings is not essential for a marriage to be considered legal in Australia but, more often than not, it will form part of most ceremonies. One of the things I discuss with each couple is how they plan to present the ring/s. The...

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Music to my ears

Posted by on Jul 30, 2016 in Choosing your celebrant | Comments Off on Music to my ears

Music connects people From the moment the first note is played, music will capture the attention of those nearby. Your choices before, during and after your ceremony set the tone for your event so careful thought is required. There are various options which you can consider:   ♥  Using my PA When choosing me as your celebrant, I offer you the option of playing a selection of songs through my PA before, during and straight after your ceremony. This allows you to have beautiful music for your ceremony at no extra charge. I suggest...

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Capturing your wedding photos

Posted by on Jun 29, 2016 in Choosing your celebrant | Comments Off on Capturing your wedding photos

There are countless opportunities for capturing your wedding photos on your big day. Ultimately, however, it is your choice of photographer which will determine whether professional images are taken. Some may have a list they offer to go through so as to ensure they capture the more traditional images if this is what you would like. These could include, for example, the bride’s gown hanging from a pretty light fitting, her shoes, her bouquet or rings, the groom tying his tie, the bridal party, the exchange of rings and the first kiss etc....

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Unplugged weddings ~ what are they?

Posted by on May 30, 2016 in Choosing your celebrant | Comments Off on Unplugged weddings ~ what are they?

As social media has increasingly taken a key place in our lives so, too, have unplugged weddings become more popular.   What are unplugged weddings? This simply means that the bride and groom have chosen for guests to sit back and capture all the precious moments from their wedding ceremony without the distraction of taking photos with their camera or phone. This role is left to either their professional photographer or, perhaps, one or two close friends. As well as family and friends soaking up the atmosphere and listening to what...

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