Wednesday, March 29, 2017

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Wedding in a hurry?
  • Book now and get married in just 31 days!
Long time wedding plan?
  • Book now and get married up to 18 months from now.
When can we meet up?
  • 24/7.
Where can we meet up?
  • Your home, my home (Margate on the Redcliffe Peninsula), or a local coffee shop convenient to us both.
What will your wedding Ceremony be like?
  • Just the way you want it to be.
How do you begin the legal process?
  • Download and complete the Notice of Intended Marriage  or better still give me a call! Margate (07) 3283 8567 or email me  

What documents do you need?

  • If born in Australia - Birth Certificate
  • if born overseas - Birth Certificate (translated into English) or Passport from country of origin

Naturalised Australian but can't provide either your Birth Certificate or Passport from country of origin?

  • Your naturalisation certificate along with a Statutory Declaration regarding your birth is sufficient.
  • If previously married - Divorce papers (Decree Absolute), or Death Certificate (if previous spouse is deceased)
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Saturday, March 11, 2017

What Every Celebrant Should Know

Australian Celebrant Resources
Marriage Celebrant Manual 

Learning all you need to know about being a marriage celebrant is one thing. Finding the right information when you need it is another.

Here's one of the most comprehensive manuals dealing with the status of Civil Marriage Celebrants in Australia.

Whether it's completing the legal forms before the ceremony including ensuring the correctness of the Notice of Intended Marriage and the Declaration form at the back of the official Marriage Certificate


establishing the correct ID of the bride and groom and the variety of different situations some of them face


correcting errors before, during and after the ceremony


dealing with unusual or unexpected circumstances


making sure of the correctness and completeness of the forms and information you sent to the Registry Office to register the marriage


understanding the implication of the Code of Practice in connection with your dealing with the couple

"What Every Celebrant Should Know: Manual for the Civil Marriage Celebrant and the Non-aligned Religious Marriage Celebrant" has it all.

Almost 200 pages, it anticipates your questions and problems. 

It will not only give you answers to help you avoid the common pitfalls most celebrants - even the experienced one - fall into, but also gives helpful advice for your business aspirations as a professional and effective civil marriage celebrant.

Whenever you face a situation you're not quite sure of, the manual will be there to help you.

What Every Celebrant Should Know  is available as a PDF and Word Document. When you order the book both the PDF and Word Document will be emailed to you so you can use which ever version you prefer.

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Wedding Flowers

Many flowers have meanings attached to them. Some brides will select those which signal the required message. Here are some flowers and their messages:

Camellia You are perfection

Cherry blossoms - You are my best friend

Forget-me-nots - My love is true

Ivy - You may always trust me

Jonquils - I return your affection

Orange blossom - My love is pure

Peach blossom - I am captivated by you

Purple lilac - You are my first love

Red and white roses - We are one

Red tulip - Let everyone know I love you

Red chrysanthemum - I love you

White roses - I am worthy of your love

Ranunculus - You charm me with your beauty

Red pinks - My love is pure  

Fashionable Bouquets
Fashions vary, and there was a time when a bride, on her wedding day, carried a veritable garden. Over the years brides have walked down the aisle carrying one flower, picked in their own backyard. In an informal bush-setting some have carried cultivated blooms augmented with fluffy wattle. Instead of the exotic orchids some have used native varieties. As a symbol of the smooth and rough patches of life some combine fragile blooms against a background of cactus leaves.

Dressed wholly in white, a bride may choose to carry a matching white bouquet. If her bridesmaids, to complement their dark outfits are carrying dark flowers, she may dilute the colour of their bouquets by including some of her white blooms. A bride who feels she is looking too stark as a totally white bride adds colour by dispersing some of her attendants’ flowers in her own bouquet. In a casual setting a bride may decide to have all bouquets in one colour. If she is in white and the bridesmaids are wearing blue all bouquets may be made up predominantly in yellow.

When the bridesmaids and the groomsmen are wearing contrasting colours a bride may choose flowers which harmonise with both. If the groomsmen are in blue and the bridesmaids are in yellow, all bouquets may be made up of blue and yellow flowers. White blooms or green foliage may be added as a neutralising agent.

Those brides who have a particular interest in being provided with good wedding photographs will deliberately scatter a few coloured flowers among their predominately white flowers or add a few green leaves. Or if the bouquet is to be wholly white, to allow the camera to catch some outlines, will ask for a loosely arranged bouquet.

Brides who intend to play around with their own flower arranging choose flowers which are long-lasting.

Monday, February 20, 2017

Engagement Ring part of the Wedding Ceremony

Brides often wonder, should they wear their Engagement Ring during the Wedding Ceremony or remove it altogether for the whole Wedding Day? 

Then there’s the bride who decides not to wear the Engagement Ring during the Wedding Ceremony but place it on her finger immediately after signing the Marriage Register.

And then there’s the third option - the bride does wear her engagement ring during the Wedding Ceremony, but on the right hand instead of the left. 

And the fourth option is to make the Engagement Ring part of the Wedding Ceremony. 

Throughout the Wedding Ceremony, including the exchanging of the Wedding Rings, the Bride wears the Engagement Ring on the fourth finger of her right hand. Then just before the Celebrant declares the couple as husband and wife, he or she may say something like this:

                 John, when you first made your commitment to Mary, the Engagement Ring symbolized your intentions to your future relationship.  

Now that you have exchanged your wedding vows, please take the engagement ring from Mary’s right hand, and place it where it belongs – next to the wedding ring. 

And then the Celebrant concludes the Wedding Ceremony with the official declaration.

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Publisher Guide line grid and the Celebrant

Love my Publisher – especially to create programs for my Wedding, Baby Naming, Renewal of Vows and CommitmentCeremonies.

Unlike Word where you have to do a lot of manual formatting, Publisher does it for you. 
If you want to create a booklet which consists of A4 pages folded in half, here’s how I do it. 

1. Select a blank, landscape page. 

2. Go to Page Design. Drop ‘Size’ menu and select ‘Page Set Up’. 

3. Select ‘Layout Type’ which gives you the option of ‘Booklet’. And that’s all there is to it. You create a Text box on each page and continue your Ceremony from one page to the other. 

Apart from compiling and printing booklets, I use Publisher for my Marriage Celebrant official documents. This is a little bit more complex. 

In the good old days I used to use a typewriter to fill in the blank spaces. However, once I reached  the last of my ink cartridges I tossed out the typewriter and went to my computer. 

After scanning the forms, and placing them in Publisher, I eventually came up with a template of text boxes for inserting the names etc as and where required. After which I got rid of the scanned document leaving just the text boxes. Needless to say, the boxes weren't as exactly placed as they should have been, and that's when I discovered grid lines.
To find the grind layout: 

1. Go to Page Design. Drop the ‘Guides’ menu and select ‘Grid and Base Line’. Select as many lines and columns as you want. Now you can position your text boxes in straight lines - horizontally and vertically. Once you actually write the text into them, you’re able to finesse them according to the lines you’ve got. Incidentally, you don’t have to get rid of the grid lines since they are just for layout purposes and won’t print.

If you have your own challenges or suggestions on this topic, let’s hear from you.

Saturday, February 11, 2017

What happened in the Year you Married

Couples may renew their Wedding Vows for different reasons, and at different times. But the most popular time when married couples renew their wedding vows is on their Wedding Anniversary. In particular such significant anniversaries as the 5th, the 10th, the 25th and the 50th Wedding anniversary.

Because it's not a legal ceremony the couple can introduce a variety of steps into their ceremony,  making it uniquely their own. Here is the complete text of one Renewal of Wedding Vows Ceremony I've conducted.

Since we like to commemorate such significant ceremonies in a concrete way, at the end of the Ceremony I usually hand the couple a Renewal of Wedding Vows Certificate.

But apart from this commemorative Certificate, I also like to give the couple a Certificate which outlines the significant events that happened in the year they were married. When I first thought of the idea I wanted to narrow it down to what happened on the Wedding Day itself. But found it too hard, so changed it to what happened in the year instead.

One ot the things I've included - and which got a laugh when I read it out when presenting the Certificate to the couple - was the year when mini-skirts became fashionable! Another one was what horse won the Melbourne Cup that year. (You have to live in Australia to appreciate that one)

Anything special you do for your Renewal of Vows Ceremony? Share your ideas.