“I got you, babies…”

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Ceremonies in which children participate are wonderful. I’m not talking about the angst some couples have re: how to word their invitations to diplomatically exclude children from the guest list. I AM talking about actively and lovingly INCLUDING your children in your ceremony. Whether they are residing in the bump under your wedding gown, or they are your energetic toddlers, … Read More

Practice makes perfect… so let’s rehearse!

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If there’s one thing I have learned in my career as a marriage celebrant, it’s that the rehearsal is a vital element of your wedding planning. Whether it takes place a day, or a week, before your “big day”, the rehearsal is the key moment when suddenly, things become very “real”. I absolutely LOVE rehearsals. We can be relaxed and … Read More

Sit back, relax and enjoy the flight…

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“All electronic devices must now be switched off…” We are used to hearing this phrase on a plane, or when attending live theatre. Now, it is becoming common at wedding ceremonies too. So what’s the buzz about so-called “Unplugged Weddings”? In these days of technology and social media, where tweets, posts, tags and shares can go viral in a matter … Read More

Vows that Wow – Top tips for writing your words of love

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“We want to write our own vows…. But we don’t don’t know where to start!” So many of my couples say this! Fear not – writing your own vows is a deeply personal, loving and fulfilling thing you can do together to make your marriage ceremony truly unique to your love story. Here are my “top tips” for writing vows … Read More

The Personal Touch – creating a ceremony that’s uniquely yours

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For many couples, the beauty of a contemporary marriage ceremony with an independent (non religious) celebrant is that there is no set “script” and therefore you can personalise it as much as you wish. Some couples may write everything – their love story, their vows, their blessings, and simply ask the celebrant to present what they have written and officiate … Read More

If music be the food of love, play on…

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Music speaks to the heart in a way words alone can not. There are three key moments in your wedding ceremony where music can help set the tone (and tug on the heartstrings): arrival of the bride, signing of the Marriage Licence, exit of the newly married couple at the end of the ceremony. There are a wealth of websites, … Read More

We’re engaged! Now what?

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Don’t lose sight of the key legal components of your wedding day! You can have the most gorgeous of everything in the world organised for your dream day, but you won’t be married without: A registered celebrant A Marriage Licence A single legally required sentence spoken during your ceremony The following “top tip” should be in 36 font, bold, underlined, … Read More

That’s amore… The languages of love

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One of the great joys of working with many different couples as a Marriage Celebrant is getting to know their cultures and backgrounds. Where possible I try to honour these in the ceremony by including a welcome, a blessing, or words of congratulations and farewell in the appropriate language. To date, I have used Korean, Mandarin, Cantonese, Maori, French, Swiss … Read More