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Choosing your celebrant

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 mentioned in full elsewhere) take thee (insert name of...

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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, rather than pesticides, to create healthy flower...

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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 parties genuinely consent to the marriage. If at...

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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 set your date.” The reason for this is that,...

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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 ceremony. A true elopement will only have 3 other people...

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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 could also place the seats in either a spiral or...

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