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meet wendy haynes,
leading australian wedding & civil celebrant

Wendy HaynesQuotation MarkI love my work and 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', I can help you to make it unforgettable, exciting, relaxed and friendly and, most of all, fun and inspiring."Wendy Haynes Signature
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See what Wendy's been up to recently! Wendy recaps weddings, events and more in her personal blog.

Hearts in the Sand and Candles in the Chapel

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

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Groom wouldn't sign stat dec

Wednesday, November 05, 2014
All couples getting married in Australia have to sign a statutory declaration before they get married. It states there are no legal impediments to the marriage: ie they are over 18 years of age, not in a prohibited relationship (ie closely related), not legally married to somebody else or any other reason that would be legal impediment).   ... read more

Brene Brown - an inspiration

Friday, October 31, 2014

I love Brene's work, her talks, her enthusiasm, her celebration of vulnerability... her artwork and courage to be out there... living life fully. Listen to her talk and check out her work if you dare (the last book I read of Brene's is called, Daring Greatly)... it will change your life!  ... read more

Sunday morning greetings

Monday, December 31, 2012

Arriving at Saltwater Restaurant at Emerald Beach saw me inundated with hugs from three different couples dining there. It was quite emotional.  ... read more

Gibraltor Ranges National Park

Saturday, November 10, 2012

Roger and I headed up to the Gibraltor Ranges National Park, turning left at Grafton and heading north west for nearly a 100kms. The day was overcast, yet bright as we travelled through farmlands with grazing cattle and long dry grass waving in the wind. Slowly heading up in to the ranges, the long stony river on our right reminded me of travelling through northern India. Stony river beds, dry grasses and a slow trickle of water in some places, and quiet pools upstream.  ... read more

Riding along on my pushbike ...

Saturday, November 03, 2012

Another dad story... a few weeks ago I ordered an electric bike as a surprise present for him. I thought it would help him to get out of the house, get some fresh air and I know he loves to ride although he hasn't done it for a while.  ... read more

Popular Funeral Songs

Thursday, November 01, 2012

Aside from the eclectic mix of people's personal favourite's some songs focus on death, loss and grieving... here are just a few I have come across.  ... read more

New openings for dad

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Since my mum died a few months ago, dad has been finding his feet again. He has always shown an interest in birds throughout his life so when I saw the notice in the paper for a local bird watching group I seized the moment and called them.  ... read more

Funeral preparations before you die?

Monday, October 29, 2012

I have just had the pleasure of meeting with a wonderful lady in her eighties who has made most of funeral preparations. There are some things she is definite about wanting and other aspects that she is happy if her four children decide. Her family think it is all a bit strange as she is still fit and healthy and leading a rich life.   ... read more

Goodbye to my mum

Wednesday, August 08, 2012
My beautiful mum died at home on Monday at 4pm. Alongside my father, three sisters and the amazing palliative care team, I have been holding her hand, washing and caring for her during the last few months. This past weekend the whole family  ... read more