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Inspiration & Expert Advice to Help You Create Your Own Wedding Ceremony!


When Someone is Missing


It is always difficult if someone has died in the family, and even more so, when it is just days, weeks or even months before a wedding ceremony. Talk with your celebrant about whether you would like to speak about the person who has died and ensure the rest of the family are informed about your choice.    ... read more


A Renewal of Vows Ceremony


I received an email from a beautiful couple whose wedding I conducted ten years ago. Would I be able to conduct a renewal of vows for them?  I was so excited that I replied immediately saying, 'Yes, I would love to join them!' I sent them a few questions which I have in my renewal of vows ebook ... read more


Mother of the Bride Speech


mother of the bride speech
I received an email from a friend, Trina, whose daughter is getting married. (Her daughter is now happily married by the time this goes to air). She wrote and asked me for help with her speech for the reception.  ... read more


Children at Weddings


A celebrant from the south coast emailed me asking if I had any ideas on how to include a couple's two young children in a very simple wedding ceremony on the beach early in the morning.  I recall at one small and intimate wedding ceremony, the children, father/groom and I arrived early and created a feature of sandcastles with flowers and shells adorning it. We created a special circle for the parents to stand in as they said their vows. It was so beautiful watching the chidren. Yes, they did get sandy but the sand brushed off their nice clothes!  ... read more


Children at Weddings


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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The Presence/Presents of Family and Friends


The presence of family and friends in the life of a couple and a family can be a true blessing. Having a community of close people who uphold and support them through all the changes, without judgement or pressure is a great gift. The demonstration of family and community support is often an important aspect of wedding celebrations.  ... read more


Wise Words for Renewal of Vows


At our small and intimate celebration, many years ago now, Roger and I invited twelve guests who were staying with us the night before the ceremony to share an informal meal together. After dinner we formed a circle to discuss the topic of ‘what is marriage/union?’ Everyone had had time prior to our gathering to reflect on the question. Using a talking stick, so only one person at a time spoke, the discussion was rich, honest and at times, funny.  ... read more


Wedding Poems and Verses - Love and Laughter by Wendy Haynes


May this marriage be blessed with love, laughter, peace and happiness
With love that supports and nurtures you and your family
With laughter that fills your home and family life
With a lightness and joy that is contagious
With smiles that welcome and relax
May you find peace in your space together and in your time apart
May true contentment and happiness be yours  ... read more


Wedding Poems and Verses - Rig Veda


United your resolve, united your hearts
may your spirits be at one,
that you may long together dwell
in unity and harmony   ... read more


Great Ideas to Ensure You Have a Relaxed and Enjoyable Wedding Ceremony


Quotation Mark You can never have too many great ideas to make your wedding day go smoothly! Having performed over 1,000 ceremonies, I can recommend the following tips to ensure you have a relaxed wedding ceremony ... read more





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