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Ceremony Wisdom

Image of Shannon Fleming Civil Celebrant by Christine LimI remember my first Wedding as a celebrant. I must have checked my little suitcase and paperwork a thousand times. This wasn’t just my first wedding; this was my Best Friend’s Wedding. I’d purposely waited so one of my longest and most special friends would be the

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Luke O’Connor – Lark MusicCeremonies… religious, civil, hipster, traditional, church, vineyard, beach.From the sun-kissed lawns of Thailand’s most exclusive resorts, the vineyards of California’s Napa Valley and the rooftops and lane ways of Melbourne, as bandleader and singer for Melbourne wedding band, Lark Music, I have sung at a lot of ceremonies, and learned a

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Image via Shannon Fleming Civil CelebrantThis has got to be one of the biggest hurdles I face as a Celebrant.Aside from the legal requirement and time frames there’s the availability issue.People tend to book with plenty and I mean plenty (think 2013 booking for 2015 wedding!) of notice, or too late and their date isn’t

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I’ve had quite a few couples lately who have lost a loved one and because for them they are still here in spirit, they have wanted to honour them at the Ceremony. Now as you know, it’s your day and should be done entirely your way – including doing whatever you want during your Ceremony.What

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Tip 1 – Consider the position of the sun relative to the ceremony.This one is often overlooked, but the position of the sun in relation to your ceremony can really impact not only your photographs, but the comfort of your guests. If you aren’t already working with a large area of shade for your ceremony, then you

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 Melissa Fahey from Mine Forever has the special job of transitioning an engaged couple to becoming a married duo. The reason for your special day lies in her hands as she guides you forwards into your future together. With warmth and a love of those special tender moments that make up your wedding day, Melissa

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Loving what you do, and seeing it as a vocation is something we would all ideally love about our jobs or professions. Mark Doggett of  All You Need is Love gets to live his dream job every day, tailoring your ceremony to your individual needs and sharing a little of your story with your friends

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Where would a wedding be without the marriage celebrant to formalise proceeedings? Lise Rodgers is a Marriage Celebrant based in Melbourne, Victoria. For those couples who don’t want to get married in a church, Lise offers a fuss free alternative with personalised wedding vows,  in a beautiful location of your choice around Melbourne and Victoria.

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From time to time I’m asked by couples if it’s generally expected that they provide their guests with an order of service.  You know, the booklet or card often distributed by ushers to guests prior to the ceremony, otherwise known as a ceremony program. My answer? “Take it or leave it.” Given that the duration

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Writing and giving a speech can be a nerve wracking experience. Throw in a wedding day, where you would like to give the best and most memorable speech of your life, and the whole experience can be guaranteed to make you break into a cold sweat! This is where Mark Angus of Adelaide Wedding Speeches

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Standing in a garden ceremony on the weekend, with thunderclouds threatening in the skies above, 100+ guests watched the groom’s chin started to quiver as he laid eyes on his bride for the first time. I reflected on the emergence of the “First Look” which is becoming a widely favoured option for many couples these

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Image by Michael Gray via Cassie & Pete’s DIY Hunter Valley WeddingToday’s post was compiled by Kim from the Ultimate Wedding Planning Party with expert advice from Elizabeth Trevan Civil Marriage Celebrant.Right!  So you’ve booked the venue…  you’ve short-listed the photographer and are looking for your dress. Sometime very soon you will have to start focusing

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Elizabeth celebranting Tobhiyah and Daniel's cultural fusion wedding

Today’s post is from Engage Celebrants’ Elizabeth Trevan. Civil ceremonies are no longer just for the non-religious. They enable you to bring your culture, traditions and (if you like) religious beliefs to create a ceremony that reflects who you are as individuals and as a couple.  Elizabeth shares stories of how several couples have married

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If you’re not religious, there is one person you’ll need to hire for your wedding to actually make it a wedding – celebrants! Today we welcome Sarah Cummings who runs celebrant network Engage Celebrants. As a celebrant herself, Sarah has plenty of wisdom to share with couples when it comes to their marriage ceremonies so

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Image by Tanya Chesterton Smith via Sally and Andrew’s Vintage Style Noosa Wedding On The Beach“I promise to make you breakfast in bed every Sunday… I pledge to remain faithful to laughing at your jokes, even if they’re not funny… I vow to love and cherish you, and your three cats, seven chickens and two dogs…”Gone

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