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Ceremony Wisdom

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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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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One of the questions I am asked most often, when couples first contact me about their wedding ceremonies is “do you do rehearsals?”. Well, yes, I do – of course, I do – if you want one. Wedding rehearsals are not for everyone. There are reasons for and against. Here are some things to consider

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Ok, so nobody really wants rain on their wedding day, do they?We all imagine a perfectly bright, sunny, blue sky under which to say our “I do’s” or exit the church. We want to enjoy sunshine while we have our photos taken. We can choose almost every part of our wedding day and we spend

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Some Do’s and Don’ts when writing your vows …Photo by Mine Forever DO make your wedding vows a priority.It’s easy to get caught up in every other aspect of the wedding. Set aside some time to focus on your vows, whether you choose words that have been provided by your celebrant or craft your own.

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Image courtesy of Gabby VitaliEver since I was a wee young thing, I have been fascinated by how one finds one’s life partner; how do you know you have the met “the one”? Is it an instant recognition, one that creeps up on you slowly, or one where you just take a chance but are

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Errr no. She’s not. And for very, very good reasons. Let’s start with your guests, all of whom arrived before the ceremony, to be on time for you. They are waiting for you … 50, 100, 150 or more people, eagerly awaiting the party to start. At first, they are excited. They mill around and

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