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leading wedding & civil celebrant

Ceremony and Family Rituals Expert Wendy Haynes

quote marksI have been passionate about celebrancy since I was appointed in 1995.

It's been an inspiring and rewarding journey working side by side with many couples and families creating personal, unique and heartwarming ceremonies that have touched not only the couple but everyone present.

Whether your celebration is a wedding ceremony, name giving ceremony, funeral, birthday celebration, or any other of life's 'touchpoints' there are lots of ideas, stories and resources here to make it unforgettable, exciting, relaxed and friendly and, most of all, fun and inspiring."
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How to Create Your Own Inspiring Ceremony

Create your own inspiring Wedding Ceremony by Wendy Haynes

Planning a wedding, naming or funeral ceremony? Wendy's expert ceremony guides will inspire you and help you plan your ceremony from start to finish!

Considered to be one of Australia’s leading experts in the art of creating inspiring ceremonies and celebrations, Wendy has put her 20 years of celebrancy into writing.

Wendy's expert guides will give you step by step processes, lots of inspiration and expert tips to help you create the ceremony that's just right for you!

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DIY Wedding Ideas for Couples

Wedding Guide by Wendy Haynes

Not only are Wendy's ceremony books a great resource, but so are her articles! Filled with lots of practical planning advice and great ideas, she will help you plan your ceremony without all the stress, and help you create an inspiring vision for the marriage itself.

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Celebrant OPD

Celebrant OPD by Wendy Haynes

Wendy Haynes is a highly sought after Celebrant trainer, conducting workshops across Australia offering inspiring, lively and informative sessions for celebrants at conferences and meetings. Wendy's articles, wedding kit, books and DVD's are a great resource for Civil Celebrants!

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Children at Weddings

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

I have, for many years now, been reading age appropriate stories with young children primarily at naming ceremonies but also very occasionally at weddings.

My all time favourite for namings is Sam McBraggart's, Guess How Much I love you. I simplify the text down a bit as I show the pictures and engage fully the children, however I have noticed, and received feedback on how much the adults like it too. I gather the children together before the ceremony is due to start and then share the chosen story and lead straight into the more 'formal' ceremony. I find most adults come around too to listen.

I finish with a closing line 'and your parents love you so much, to the moon and back again'... which the children love.

It's important that the parents have read the story if you choose it as a celebrant or the parents can choose a very short story that ideally has very clear easy to see pictures.

If you or the parents are creative they you may wish to write a personal story - pictures are a must. My partner and I write personal story books for our grandchildren. He writes the poems, I take the pictures and put it together. You can get these printed at online print stores. Stories about family, about being loved, about journeys and other family tales.
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Wendy's celebrant articles, Wedding Kit, DVD's and books are a great resource for Civil Celebrants!

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Wendy is an authority in the areas of weddings, name givings, funerals, and even birthdays. No matter what the occasion, Wendy can help you create a ceremony that is meaningful and memorable for you and your family.