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Ceremony Wisdom

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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Dear Bridesmaids,Your dresses are gorgeous. You look beautiful!  So put your heads up and smile, as you come down the aisle. We all want to see your faces…That’s it. That’s much better. Now the photographer can see your face. And so can we.Now slow down, don’t rush down the aisle. We aren’t in a hurry. No,

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 Image by Milena Dekic Being a celebrant isn’t a glamorous job. It’s really, really hard work.I do know I’m at the bottom of the wedding food chain – at least until the Big Day itself comes along. Mine is one of the few jobs at a wedding that isn’t pretty. It isn’t tangible. I can’t

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Image by Martin Dutry

We get out of a car everyday and walk to wherever it is we plan to go but there are some walks that will be remembered forever! For a bride the walk down the aisle (or across the park or over a bridge or down the jetty) to their waiting groom is one such memorable

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I’ve been wanting to write this for ages – but I had to get the timing right. Because this is about joy. That wonderful feeling you get from doing something really good. Or from witnessing first hand a moment of pure  happiness. It doesn’t happen every day, but there is nothing like it when it does …Right

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