Monday, August 22, 2016

Natural Aphrodisiac for the Honeymoon Couple

As early as 200 years ago, newly-wed couples would sometimes decide to make their honeymoon a time when they visited some of the grand wonders of the world of which they had only read about. These could be natural wonders or wonders created by the ingenuity of the human mind. One of the great natural wonders which continues to draw people is the Niagara Falls.

At one stage Niagara Falls was nicknamed the 'Honeymoon Capital of the World'. It is suggested that apart from the beautiful sight, the falling waters generate negative ions, which create natural endorphins and serve as an aphrodisiac to make people fall in love.

The waterfalls make up an international border between the United States and Canada and are part of both countries. The United States part of the waterfall is in New York State. The Canadian section is part of Ontario. Falls known as the American Falls are located on the American side, and the falls on the Canadian side are known as Horseshoe Falls.

As early as 1801 Theodosia Burr the daughter of Aaron Burr, later to be the 3rd Vice President of the United States of America, chose the Niagara Falls for her honeymoon. A few years later, Jerome Bonaparte, brother of Napoleon Bonaparte, took his bride, Elizabeth Patterson a rich heiress, to the Ontario side of Niagara Falls.

The best known honeymoon, of course, is that taken by Marilyn Monroe in the film, ‘Niagara’. The honeymoon is all about a wife planning with her lover to kill her husband. Nothing turns out as she hopes, but lovers were not deterred by her unfortunate end and continued to visit Niagara on their honeymoon.

The contemporary Niagara Falls includes wedding chapels overlooking the falls as well as hotels that promise vibrating beds and heart-shaped tubs. No longer the popular honeymoon destination that it used to be for almost 200 years, Niagara Falls continues to be one of the great sights to see.

For those who are not into wedding chapels or vibrating beds, there is the possibility of hiking among the natural wonders, visiting some great botanical gardens nearby or checking out the ice wine vineyard. Unlike ordinary wine which is dependent on ripe grapes, ice wine is made out of frozen grapes. Legend has it that ice wine was discovered by a German winemaker who was away from his vineyard when his grapes were ready to be picked. Finding, on his return, vines dangling with frozen grapes, he decided to make the best of a bad situation, and processed them in the normal way. The result was the ice wines which are used as dessert wines.

Representing this style of wines is the Inniskillin Winery, which is within driving distance of Niagara Falls. Perhaps one of the memories of your visit to Niagara Falls could be couple of bottles of ice wine picked up at the Winery.

Extract from
'Honeymoon! A Sizzle or a Fizzle'

Friday, August 19, 2016

Book Covers

Drafting book covers for my books Would appreciate your comments as to which you consider effective and any suggestions for better designs.

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

10 Things Brides forget to remember planning their Wedding Day

1. Sometimes it does rain on a Wedding Day.

2. A beach has no shade and a Wedding in the middle of the day can be a scorching experience.

3. Winds can be fierce on beach piers.

4. Sun shining directly into the eyes of the Wedding Party, produces squinting faces.

5. Beaches and parks have names and require more than the name of the street they’re located in if the guests are to find them easily on the Wedding Day.

6. If there’s no parking near the chosen Wedding Ceremony Venue, guests might have to either walk long distances, or pay large parking fees.

7. High heels make for awkward walking on sand, grass and rickety steps.

8. Tides go in and tides go out – and sometimes the sand where the Wedding Party is to stand disappears as the tide comes in at the chosen time the Wedding Ceremony is to take place.

9. Against the background of waterfalls, traffic and public events, guests might have difficulty hearing the Wedding Ceremony.

10. Long-term weather reports are not always right. Your dawn Wedding Ceremony may turn into a stormy, dark Wedding Ceremony.

Sunday, August 7, 2016

Adding Colour to a Baby Naming Ceremony

If you’re a Marriage Celebrant you are probably constantly on the lookout for Wedding Resources, checking out Wedding Books and Bridal Magazines as well readings and rituals that you can include in a Wedding Ceremony. 

But apart from Weddings, you probably also conduct other ceremonies, such as my favourite, Baby Naming Ceremony. 

One of the easiest, colourful and attractive addition to a Naming Ceremony is the handing out personalised Baby Naming Certificates at the end of the ceremony. 

I have created a number of different sets of Certificates that include: 

·        Certificates for the baby in different styles

·        Horoscope Certificates outlining the Baby’s characteristics

·        Certificates for close relatives of the baby such as Grandparents, Aunts, Brother and Sisters

·        Certificates for the special people that are part of the Baby Naming Ceremony such as Godparents, Mentors, Sponsors, Guardians, Life Guardians

·        Certificates for each of the Guests 

I make a feature out of the presentation of the Certificates. At the end of the Baby Naming Ceremony, I call out the recipient to come out to receive the Certificate standing with the parents holding the Baby while encouraging everyone present to take a photograph. 

In future Blogs I’m going to show you how you too can create your own colourful and personalised Certificates more easily than you can imagine. So sign to follow my Blog and don’t miss out.


Saturday, August 6, 2016

Last Seen Wearing

'Last Seen Wearing' is an engrossing mystery which I’ve read and re-read a number of times and always enjoyed.

What made me read it recently was the Morse TV mystery of the same name. For a while it looked as though it was going to be the same story, but the similarity ended fairly early in the piece.

Refreshingly, in this book you won’t find inspired hunches by the leading detective. Nor will you by amazed by fortuitous coincidences that point the police in the right direction. And definitely no genius computer geek breaking through every firewall known to man to pry open that all important clue. In short, in this mystery the reader walks hand in hand with the police as step by step they track the villain.

In the style of “Dragnet's” Sgt. Joe Friday, it’s all, "Just the facts, ma'am."

The sparse, heavy-handed banter between personnel is chuckleable (if there is no such a word, there should be) and I enjoyed the fact that, by the end of the book we learn quite a lot about the villain, but we never, ever come face to face with him. Having at last found the crucial evidence, ‘Go get him’ are the last words of the book.

I was disappointed to find that out of the fifty or so Hillary Waugh’s mystery books, ‘Last Seen Wearing’ appears to be the only one in print. While, of course, they are old, ('Last Seen Wearing' was first published in 1952 and my copy is 2007 publication) I hope the heirs republish some of the other books.

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Getting Married in Australia

You don't have to be an Australian citizen or a permanent resident of Australia to legally marry in Australia, nor is there a minimum time you need to be in Australia before your marriage can take place.

For your wedding venue you can choose any place – home, public gardens, restaurant, reception centres etc, - and any time of the day or night.

To marry in Australia you must satisfy certain legal requirements:
ü  You must be at least 18 years unless a court has approved a marriage where one party is aged between sixteen and eighteen years old.
ü  You need to give the celebrant a completed Notice of Intended Marriage (provided by the celebrant or downloaded from the Internet) at least one month before the wedding day; the form being valid for eighteen months.
ü  The Notice of Intended Marriage can be witnessed by the celebrant. It can also be completed and witnessed outside Australia for those wishing to be married in Australia. (Check the Notice of Intended Marriage for the qualifications of the person able to witness the Notice of Intended Marriage when completed overseas.)
ü  You will need to give the celebrant evidence of date and place of birth, identity and, in the case of persons previously marrıed evidence of how last marrıage ended (death/dıvorce). You may be asked to complete a statutory declaration to support your evidence.
ü  If there is less than one month before your wedding a prescribed authority may approve a shorter notice time in some limited circumstances.
ü  On your wedding day, you will sign three marriage certificates witnessed by the celebrant and two witnesses. The celebrant will give you one of the certificates as a record of your marriage.
ü  Your witnesses can be anyone present at the wedding ceremony who is over eighteen years of age.
ü  Within fourteen days of your wedding day, your marriage will be registered by the celebrant with the Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages in the state or territory the marriage took place.

Wedding Fee $550
which includes
  • Free appointments at your home, mine (Margate on the Redcliffe Peninsula), or at some local landmark convenient to us both
  • Unlimited contact by email, phone or face to face
  • Letter to the Immigration Department or Embassy in support of application for Fiancé Visa
  • Using your input and my resources creating a Wedding Ceremony uniquely your own
  • Wedding Rehearsal
  • Beautifully printed Marriage Certificate
  • Elegant Booklet/Order of Service for you and each of your wedding guests
  • Completing all legal documents before and after the Wedding Ceremony
  • Registration of all legal documents at the Registry of Births, Death and Marriages
  • Travelling fee is included in the total wedding fee and covers travel in North Brisbane, North Lakes, Rothwell, Brighton, Deception Bay, Sandgate and Redcliffe Peninsula
  • A non-refundable fee of $250 secures your date. The balance is due 14 days before the wedding.

Baby Naming Ceremony Fee $350
which includes
  • Free appointments and unlimited phone or email contact
  • Helping you create a ceremony with your input and my resources and experience
  • Discussion on the many rituals (lighting candles, tossing rose petals) that you might like to include in the ceremony
  • Involving your relatives and friends in the ceremony
  • A program of the ceremony for each of your guests, personalised with your baby's picture or appropriate graphics
  • A personally designed certificate for the special people in your baby's life
  • Travelling fee is included in the total Baby Naming Ceremony fee and covers travel in North Brisbane, North Lakes, Rothwell, Brighton, Deception Bay, Sandgate and Redcliffe Peninsula
  • A non-refundable fee of $150 secures your date. The balance is due 14 days before the Naming Ceremony Day

Renewal of Vows Ceremony Fee $350
  • Free appointments and unlimited phone or email contact
  • Discussing your ideas as to how you see your ceremony - celebration of a Wedding Anniversary or other celebration
  • Building a personal Renewal of Vows Ceremony on your original wedding vows or on the many samples of vows, ring ceremonies, and readings you will be provided with
  • Explanation of the many unique rituals you can include in the ceremony to make it vibrant and dramatic
  • A beautifully crafted program of the ceremony for each of your guests, personalised with your theme or colour scheme
  • An elegant, personally designed Renewal of Vows Certificate as a memento of your special day
  • Travelling fee is included in the total Renewal of Vows Ceremony fee and covers travel in North Brisbane, North Lakes, Rothwell, Brighton, Deception Bay, Sandgate and Redcliffe Peninsula
  • A non-refundable fee of $150 secures your date. The balance is due 14 days before the Renewal of Wedding Vows ceremony.

Commitment Ceremony Fee $350
  • Free appointments and unlimited phone or email contact to discuss your ceremony
  • Huge resources such as vows, readings and symbolic rituals to help you design a memorable Commitment Ceremony
  • A beautifully crafted program of the Commitment Ceremony for each of your guests so that they can be more involved in the ceremony
  • A personally designed Commitment Certificate
  • Travelling fee is included in the total Commitment of Vows fee and covers travel in North Brisbane, North Lakes, Rothwell, Brighton, Deception Bay, Sandgate and Redcliffe Peninsula
  • A non-refundable fee of $150 secures your date. The balance is due 14 days before the Commitment Ceremony date.
To book a Wedding, Naming, Renewal of Vows or Commitment Ceremony - or for further information - contact me at

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

5 Reasons for a House Blessing Ceremony

Blessing a house is a simple ceremony that is often used in conjunction with other milestones or ceremonies.

1. A newly married couple may have a house blessing ceremony even though they may have lived together prior to their wedding. The ceremony underscores that their partnership as a married couple has now reached a new level.

2. Another reason for holding a house blessing ceremony is when a new baby becomes part of the household. The house blessing, which may also be part of a naming ceremony, becomes a blessing for the new family as composed of the partners and the new baby.

3. When partners break up, the house blessing may be a way of reconciling the remaining partner to what has happened, while at the same time emphasising the many possibilities that are present in spite of the unhappiness which may have preceded it.

4. A couple who have decided to move in together, and each has children from a previous relationship, might consider a blessing of the house in which the children are involved so that they feel a part of the relationship. This is also a time, if the couple are looking at a permanent relationship, of having a formal commitment ceremony.

5. Transitional or personal situation which might be a time to consider a house blessing ceremony includes:

•   Moving into a new home
•   Starting a new job
•   Getting Married
•   After a Divorce
•   Empty Nest - when last child has left the home
•   When life feels dreary or out of control
•   When you’re looking for a new focus for your life
•   When there’s been a death in the family
•   Opening a new business
•   Improving a current business

Learn more about House Blessing and many other celebrations in my book 'Celebrating Love's Special Moments'.

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Vlady Peters is an authorised marriage celebrant conducting weddings, naming ceremonies, renewal of vows and commitment ceremonies at North Brisbane and Redcliffe and author of wedding and honeymoon books at Amazon and Smashwords.

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