Of all the "must haves" attached to a wedding, the
two that seem to be pushed to the bottom of the
budget are the celebrant (without whom you'd just
be having a very expensive party) and the
invitations (without which none of the people you
want to be there would know the important where
and when facts).... Read on...
Which is the
Best Month for
is the best month, January the worst, and here's
why ... Read
Rice, Birdseed, and Weddings
traditionally thrown at weddings, is rarely
seen nowadays because churches, reception venues,
and local authorities usually ban the throwing of
rice, along with confetti, but replacing it with
birdseed is not a good idea... Read
How Marriage Equality Will
Change Wedding Ceremonies
is my prediction – wedding ceremonies will change,
but it won’t be a case of the wedding
industry merely accommodating same-sex couples.
Rather same sex couples will influence, by
example, all civil wedding ceremonies in
Australia, and all weddings will be the better for
Multicultural Fusion Weddings
If you are an intercultural
couple, how do you navigate your ceremony?
It is not uncommon to have two ceremonies.
But there is a third option - a fusion wedding
ceremony that incorporates the traditions of what
are important to you both ... .... Read
8 Things I've
Learned Over 11
Years of Being a
of the things I've learned include it is never too
early to book important vendors, the most common
questions asked, the most common fear, and more
Behind the Scenes
is not unusual for a celebrant to receive a
request for a lowball fee on the grounds that "it
is only an hour". However, what you and your
guests see on the day is only a fraction of what I
do to make your ceremony special and your marriage
An incredible amount of work and preparation
happens behind the scenes to make that hour
possible. It is also not unusual for full
realisation of how much behind the scenes
preparation is involved to sink in only when a
couple attends other weddings down the track and
sees the result of some of that behind the scenes
work being omitted ... Read on ...
Civil Celebrants and
Clergy - what's the
difference and does it
Marriage Act, along with Dean Smith's Bill
currently making it's way through the
Parliamentary process, differentiates between
Clergy and Civil Celebrants in what they can and
can't do. So, what is the difference between
civil celebrants and clergy, and, if you are
planning to marry, does it matter ....
Australia voted YES -
when can a same-sex
couple get married? Updated
- from 9 December
is still a way to go, but here's what you can
expect and might want to plan for
Same Sex Ceremonies -
Negotiating the Gendered
Nature of Ceremony
than assign roles, assign various customs
Signing the Register and the
you need to know about signing the Marriage
Register and Marriage Certificates .... Read
One Man and One Woman - an open
letter to Malcolm Turnbull…
a celebrant I am supposed to make sure that I'm
marrying one man and one woman. Any time I'm not
sure about that, I'm supposed to consult with the
Attorney-General's Department. But here's the
rub. It is all about the paperwork.
How to choose your celebrant like
you’d choose a car…
Just as the
car you choose not only has to fit your budget but
also be fit for purpose, so does your celebrant.
Your celebrant is NOT ripping you off (it is
more than just half an hour)
There is an awful lot that goes into
the half-hour the ceremony lasts - and that's what
you are paying for .... Read on...
All About Silk
the luxury fabric. Used both in wedding gowns on
for groom's ties. To learn about the many types of
All About Lace
Lace and weddings go
together like, well, wedding gowns and weddings.
Regarded to be the traditional bridal fabric, it
has been popular for luxury wedding gowns for
centuries. To learn about the most popular types
of lace used in wedding gowns ....Read on...
I am old enough to remember ...
I can't personally do anything
about what is happening in regards to the erosion
of women's rights in Washington DC. But I can
remind every couple that I marry that it is not
1910, 1950, or even 1980 in Australia ....Read on...
Wedding Prediction for 2017 - Year of the
This year I predict that drones will
be the must-have at a wedding. But there are some
things you need to take into account to ensure
disaster doesn't strike.... Read
Change to Fiance Visa Assessment Process
The Department of Immigration and
Border Protection has announced changes to the
Fiance Visa application assessment process...Read on ...
How to have an Environmentally Friendly and
Socially Conscious Wedding
Environmentally friendly celebrations
do not have to lack style. As well as ensuring
that you do not start your married life by
unwittingly contributing to climate change or
environmental damage, making socially conscious
choices can save you money – and provide a
defensible justification for not breaking the
bank! Here's how: ...Read on ...
Great Wedding Photos Start in the Mind
and mind-power can make or break your wedding
much does a wedding cost?
parts of the retail sector are seeing a downturn,
even though the number of weddings in Australia
per year is dropping, the wedding industry is
flourishing - and that is costing couples big
time. But it doesn't have to ... Read on
How to Train your
Flower Girl for a Brilliant Petal Toss
There is nothing sweeter than a
flower girl tossing petals with exuberant abandon.
But achieving that takes a little training ... Read on ..
And the Flower Girl wore a Backpack ...
the children you want involved in your wedding
ceremony the choice of what they will do and what
they will wear and magic happens ... Read on..
you Learned about Wedding Ceremonies from Married
at First Sight is WRONG ...
at First Sight is about the worst
wedding manual on the planet ... and
Remember and Honour
Deceased Loved Ones in
your Wedding Ceremony
deceased loved ones is something many couples wish
to include in their wedding. There are many ways
to do this, and many things that need to be
considered ... Read on...
How to avoid getting less than you paid
for….. or more than you bargained
for....when booking your ceremony
Insider tips about what to look
at when considering a ceremony package... Read on...
How (Not) to Stagger Down the Aisle (in 3
There is an art to walking down
the aisle elegantly - and most of it relates to
preparation ... Read on...
The One Simple Thing Most Couples Forget When
Choosing a Ceremony Venue
There is a very simple thing that makes all the
difference when choosing your ceremony venue.
Forgetting to do it is a serious oversight ...
Shocking Truth about
single biggest contributor to the carbon footprint
of your wedding may surprise you ... Read on...
How to Get Married in
Australia you are required to give at least a
month's formal notice before you can get married
But what if you either just want to get married
ASAP, or need to get married in a hurry? ... Read on.....
How to Avoid the #1
The most feared wedding
embarrassment is something that nobody wants to do
in public, let alone at their wedding ... Read on.....
Is Your Celebrant Duly Authorised?
involving persons who are not authorised
celebrants are extremely rare in Australia, now
that a celebrant can be deregistered forthwith if
he or she fails to pay the annual fee celebrants
are now required to pay, it is particularly
important to check whether your celebrant is still
Good Reasons to Celebrate when Something
Goes Wrong at your Wedding
There is no such thing as a perfect wedding, But
that's reason to celebrate, and here's why...Read
Wedding Psychology: How and Where to
How and where the bride and groom stand during the
ceremony not only impacts on photographs of the
ceremony, it can have a far-reaching impact on the
you need to know about getting married with an
Australian celebrant in Bali ... read on...
10 Things we "Know" about Getting
Married that Ain't So
Artemus Ward said 'It ain't so much the things we
don't know that get us in trouble. It's the things
we know that ain't so.' In wedding land there are
a lot of common beliefs that just aren't true
Forget the Kick-Ass Wedding
Kick-ass - an informal North American adjective
meaning forceful, vigorous, and aggressive.
"he's a kick-ass guy who takes no
prisoners" ... Read on....
How to get the best "getting ready" photos
Ensuring that your 'getting ready' photos are
fantastic requires not just a photographer with
skills and a good eye, but some preparation on
the part of the bridal party. ... Read
talking logo for your wedding
Borrow a tool from business networking for
effective communication about your wedding
Ten years of officiating weddings, both legal
and non-legal, have dished up some pretty
interesting lessons, some of which might
surprise ... Read on....
Scottish Islamic Tartan
Anyone, regardless of faith or genetic
background can have a Tartan Wedding, something
demonstrated by an official registered
tartan ... Read on....
How Long Should a Wedding
A wedding ceremony can take anywhere from a
minute (literally - that's to get the legal bits
done and dusted, to ... Read on....
The Problem with Wedding
Most people assume that you have to have
readings in a wedding ceremony. But on the day
they often don't work ... Read on....
Most celebrants use a hand-held microphone.
But is that the best choice? ... Read on....
Food, Flowers, and Furniture
Every now and someone asks me what I supply in
terms of styling and other add-ons for a wedding
... Read on....
Drone and GO
Drone and GO, sounds like the typical wedding
ceremony, doesn't it - the celebrant drones on,
and eventually you get to kiss and go. But that's
not what this post is about ... Read on....
'You may kiss your
bride' - oh yeah? How to have
the Perfect (and Perfectly Modern) Kiss
As a celebrant I not only see many many
wedding kisses, I also have the
responsibility of prompting them. Your first
kiss as a married couple will be
photographed and remembered by your guests
(and everyone who sees the photographs) for
years and years, so it is important to plan
for the perfect kiss!
for Marriage Equality in your
While Marriage Equality is not yet a
reality in Australia, there are numerous
ways in which you can express your support
in your marriage ceremony ....Read
Let's face it. Most wedding ceremonies
are pretty ordinary. And that's partly
because they are all about words. Bride,
Groom, and Celebrant as Talking Heads,
with the celebrant doing 98% of the