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Ceremony Wisdom

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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Image via The Words And Music CompanyCongratulations on your engagement! I assume that you’re reading this because you’re planning your wedding. Once you’ve locked in the date and venue, it’s time to turn your attention to the other big ticket items – the photographer, musicians, the all-important wedding dress, and oh, the person who pretty

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Image by Stewart Ross via Emma and Alex’s Rustic Rainy Brisbane WeddingI woke up this winter morning to a rainbow, sunshine and fresh wet lawn, and the thought struck me – why more brides don’t choose winter as their choice of wedding season?I know I know… there is a risk it might rain!!! However as

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Oh, Dad….don’t cry. It’s ok.Yes, she looks beautiful, doesn’t she? I know. It feels like yesterday that she was a tiny baby – and now, she’s getting married! Where did all those years go? It’s all a bit much to take in, isn’t it? You aren’t giving her up. You just have to share her.

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Today’s post is from EC celebrant Suzanne Holland. If you’ve ever wondered what a unity ceremony is or are thinking of including a symbolic ritual in your ceremony then read on. Suzanne shares her experiences and shows you why they are a great way to personalise your ceremony.Image by Larissa Cleveland Photography via Style Me

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Big weddings are better than small weddings aren’t they?No! Not necessarily. Yes, certainly, I have performed – and been a real part of – some incredibly beautiful bigger weddings. Some that moved me to tears. Some that had me skipping away in absolute delight….. and some that felt more like there was only 3 of

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Image by Ben AdamsOutdoor ceremonies on a beach, high on a hilltop, overlooking the bay or even in a majestic park can be absolutely breathtaking, there is no question about it. However, ensuring one’s guests are focused on the couple making their promises rather than the scenic vista is no easy feat! While not guaranteeing

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Framed wedding vows from Etsy1. Write from the heart. Think about all the reasons why you love your partner, the quirky traits you couldn’t live without, and how you picture your future together. Get out some favourite photos of the two of you, some cards or letters you have written to each other, and take

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I think civil celebrants are incredibly interesting people- they literally get to unite people, tie that bond, the most important one of the entire wedding after all! I’m joined today by the lovely Maree Livy, a civil marriage celebrant based in Melbourne. Maree has been a marriage celebrant since 2004 and lives in Melbourne with

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Photo by Susan Gruber PhotographyWhen I ask couples why they have chosen a civil ceremony their most common response is because they want a ceremony that is all about them, not just a stock standard ceremony with their names added in. The most personal part of these ceremonies? Their vows. I am always in awe

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A surprise wedding can be so much fun but it is a lesson in logistics to pull it off successfully.The core element of success is obviously creating the surprise in the first place. If 99% of the guests there know a wedding is about to take place, it technically isn’t a surprise!So how do you

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