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Australia has equality and we couldn’t be happier! With equality comes a whole new variety of options for the logistics of wedding ceremonies. As traditional gender specific roles become obsolete, wedding ceremonies are becoming more progressive, relevant and meaningful for both same sex couples, and also for progressive opposite sex couples who may also like to include some of the great options outlined here in their wedding ceremony.

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Here we cover some of the many exciting new options available to couples:

Processional (or arrival) options

Traditional: Partner 1 waits at the head of the aisle as Partner 2 walks down the aisle towards them.

Alternative Option 1: Partner 1 and Partner 2 arrive and walk down the aisle together.

Either accompanied by parent/ parents, their ‘wedding party’ or just the 2 of them.

Alternative Option 2: Partner 1 and Partner 2 arrive via side aisles and meet in the middle together.Note: The venue would need the capacity to accommodate side aisles, or additional aisle ways on either sides of the guests chairs.

Alternative Option 3: Partner 1 is walked down the aisle by a parent/ parents/ family or friend and takes their place at the front with the Celebrant, then Partner 2 is walked down the aisle by a parent/ parents/ family or friend and joins hands with Partner 1 on arrival.

Alternative Option 4: Partner 1 and Partner 2 are present to greet guests as they arrive, then simply gather with the Celebrant at the ceremony area, then the Celebrant invites the guests to be seated. This option removes the formality of the processional for the partners.

It’s also an option worth considering for those that feel particularly nervous about the prospect of walking down the aisle.

Image by Studio Impressions Photography via Paul and Pauls’ stylish and sincere Brisbane wedding

Your Wedding Party

Your wedding party, or wedding squad can still be referred to as the bridal party when two brides are tying the knot, or grooms may like to be refer to them as their grooms party.

It’s your day so feel free to have fun and get creative with their titles, Groomsmaids, Bridesmen, Brides Angels etc.

You don’t have to pick a ‘Best Man’ or ‘Best Lady’ you may prefer to assign them all Best Men or Best Ladies. This also gives you the freedom to equally delegate all the traditional ‘best man’ duties between the wedding party.

Where to Stand

Choose which side each of you would like to stand on (you may need to rock paper scissors this!). Let your celebrant know which side each of you will be stood on, so they can assist with ushering your direct family to the same side that you will be stood on.

Note: There was once a time where each partner’s family and friends would be seated on their ‘side’ nowadays most couples are happy to simply have the front row reserved for family members on their side, and request the celebrant announces that the remaining guests can be seated on either side.

Hence the wedding sign “Pick a seat not a side, either way it’s for a bride”

Image by Studio Impressions Photography via Paul and Pauls’ stylish and sincere Brisbane wedding

I now pronounce you….

Consider how you would like to be introduced at the end of the ceremony.

Option 1: Choose who’s last name you will both take

Option 2: Keep your current last names

Option 3: Opt to double barrel each of your last names together

Option 4: Ask your celebrant to introduce you as ‘husband and husband’ or ‘wife and wife’ and you can always decide on the above at a later date if you wish, or when you start a family.

Note: You are not required to change your last name when you marry, and your last name doesn’t automatically change when you wed.

Image by Studio Impressions Photography via Paul and Pauls’ stylish and sincere Brisbane wedding

In summary, feel free to get creative. It’s your day so make it truly yours and do whatever feels right for you both.

Got your own wedding ceremony ideas for same sex couples? The Brisbane City Celebrants duo would love to hear them. Comment below.

Ms Zigzag says: Here at Polka Dot Bride HQ we are absolutely over the moon that we (finally!) have marriage equality in Australia and we are fierce in our mission to support and showcase the love and joy between same sex couples on our platforms. Thank you Brisbane City Celebrants for offering these creative ceremony ideas.

About Brisbane City Celebrants: Brisbane’s most highly recommended Marriage Celebrant duo specialising in modern, simple, meaningful, sweet, happy weddings. With a choice of an experienced and passionate female or male celebrant, our couples describe us as warm, friendly and calming. You can find Brisbane City Celebrants on the Polka Dot Bride directory here.

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Ain’t no party like a Rutherford Entertainment party! If you’ve been to a wedding in Melbourne and/or the surrounding areas, you’ve probably been entertained by the truly talented and diverse entertainment group, Rutherford Entertainment. They are at the forefront of musical entertainment for events and are forever thinking of awesome ways to get us up and dancing. Today they tell us what is hot, hot, hot in wedding entertainment in 2018. 

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Here at Rutherford Entertainment we just love to keep our entertainment ideas fresh, fun and unique. We are crazy (in a good way) about what we do and endeavour to tailor to interests as well as treat every wedding individually because we understand that every couple is unique in their own way. Looking ahead to 2018, here is what we predict will be trending in music.

Having an acoustic act perform live during the ceremony to create unforgettable moments during the most important part of the day.

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Extended canapés – cool summer tunes mixed in with remixes of old classic artists like Fleetwood Mac and the ones we all love.

For the reception – entrance songs that lead into a cheeky little dance set before dinner, to set the tone of the party.

Image by Leo Farrell via Piri & Michael’s Modern Waterside Wedding

A mashup of tracks for the first dance incorporating live instruments such as the saxophone and bongo drums to layer up the sound and jam alongside the DJ. Adding and combining vocalists (singers and/or even a rapper) to really get the party going and take it to another level.

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Adding a ‘stop and watch’ feature performance during the night to lift the energy and hook everyone’s attention (think lights down and spotlights)! We are forever coming up with new ideas and concepts and constantly expand the talent on our books.

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We love a challenge and thinking outside the box and look forward to making your entertainment dreams come to life.

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About Rutherford Entertainment: Rutherford Entertainment is the premier entertainment company serving Melbourne and surrounding areas. Here at Rutherford we pride ourselves on creating entertainment that acts as the icing on the cake for your event. From weddings to birthdays and corporate functions, we provide unique entertainment options, which incorporate our team of DJs alongside live musicians, singers and performers.

Has your bestie turned into bridezilla since the day she got engaged? That can be concerning if you, as maid of honour, are in charge of organising the hen party.

It is a very special day or maybe even a weekend – the bride-to-be (hopefully) will only have one hen party, after all! So you want it to be one that she remembers, for all the right reasons. But, this can be easier said than done.

So, here are my top tips for planning any successful hen party:

Tip 1: Keep her in mind when planning

This might seem obvious but it is quite easy to forget, especially once you get stuck into the process of planning it, considering who to invite, looking at where to hold it and deciding what to do, where to stay, what to eat and so on. This will only become even more complicated when the rest of the hen party start making their own suggestions, or if logistics mean you have to move further and further away from the original idea. You could find, eventually, it becomes the very opposite of what the bride-to-be would want.

Before you do anything, think very carefully about what she would enjoy – perhaps she would want to enjoy a delicious dinner followed by cocktails or maybe she would prefer a relaxing weekend away with all of her closest friends. From there make sure you keep her in mind during each decision – if you don’t think she would like it, don’t do it. Everyone else can fall in line.

Tip 2: Ask for advice

Don’t try to do it all on your own. While you don’t want to be overwhelmed with ideas from every angle, it is good to get some insight – particularly from those closest to the bride. Speak to family members and perhaps even ask the bride herself. While you might want some of the weekend to be a surprise, there is no harm asking for her input, particularly when it comes to who you invite – forget someone very important and this could ruin the event for her altogether.

Tip 3: Make sure it is affordable

It is important to make sure that the day/weekend is affordable. If guests can’t make it due to the cost, or you fly somewhere exotic but can’t afford to do anything once you get there due to the cost of the flights, this will cause issues for the whole party and the bride won’t be happy. You also don’t want people to be watching their pennies all weekend, worrying about whether they are able to afford everything or not. Work out how much it will all cost first and make sure everyone is happy with this.

Tip 4: Carefully plan to avoid any boredom

The last thing you want is to be twiddling your thumbs because your daytime activity finishes at 3pm and your table for dinner isn’t booked until 7pm. Make sure you carefully plan out the day and have a backup plan of activities, just in case you find yourself at a loose end for any reason. That being said, allow for some downtime – you don’t want to be constantly rushing between activities either.

 

All images by Lifa Wall Photography via Bright & Modern Pantone Inspired Bridal Shower

Tip 5: Organise a range of activities throughout the day

Make sure you have a variety of activities to keep everyone engaged and entertained throughout the day and evening. Prepare some hen party games that you can play back at the accommodation or even in a bar – this is also a great way to break the ice for those that don’t know each other. The last thing you want is for everyone to stick with the people they know and not mix. This could prove stressful for the bride if she feels she has to keep everyone happy.

Ms Zigzag says: I think people get very (over)excited when planning events and we all want to throw in our two cents’ worth of advice. Chelsea is right on the money when she reminds us to always think of what the bride would like- that’s what is most important. 

About Chelsea Ellsworth – This article was produced by Chelsea Ellsworth, an experienced and enthusiastic freelance writer who has written for a variety of online publications and magazines.

Photographer: Lifa Wall Photography