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Wise Words at Weddings

At one of my very early weddings nearly twenty years ago I was asked to invite guests to speak words of support or give their advice on what it takes to have a ‘great marriage’. I was a little nervous at first, having never opened the floor to spontaneous speaking from guests at a wedding before however, I had primed a few people before the ceremony started and had no need to be concerned.   ... read more

Gordon TAFE Showcase

I am looking forward to heading down to Geelong on Friday 17th June to meet up with some great celebrants and open their fabulous Showcase/OPD weekend. I will also be having some fun delivering a workshop on the Saturday called Embracing Challenges, Celebrating Change. I hope to see you there...  ... read more

Art in Ceremony 5

At Sharon’s blessingway ceremony (a ceremony for offering blessings for a mum to be) her women friends attending were invited to paint a design on her beautiful pregnant belly. Sharon was seven and a half months pregnant and enjoyed the attention. We talked about what she would like for the design and then the eight of us took turns using a henna painting kit.  It took just over an hour to complete… there was lots of laughter and quiet moments… and the baby seemed to love it as well. Sharon’s belly looked beautiful!

I have always felt that the ceremony is more than just the moment on the big day. It is the planning, the meetings and the contributions of all those helping, involved and invited. There are many opportunities to be simply creative and often the outcome far exceeds expectations. People are innately artistic and creative, despite their pleas otherwise, and I am inspired by what arises when people are given the space …and no pressure to contribute.

I would love to hear from you if you have any ideas or stories to add to this topic.

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Art in Ceremony 3

Holding to the theme of painting – at a wedding celebration I conducted a few years ago on the Gold Coast the guests were invited to place their hand print on a large canvas. The couple had delegated a friend to assist guests and there was plenty of clean water and towels to wash their hands. This took place just prior to the start of the ceremony as guests were waiting for the bride to arrive. Luckily there were no accidents with the paint! The completed canvas was placed at the back of the venue during the ceremony and I referred to it during the ceremony as a representation of all the love and support that was present and offered that it would be a reminder that the couple would always have plenty of ‘hands on deck’ if they needed to call upon their family and friends for support.  ... read more

Art in Ceremony 2

At another ceremony, on the Friday before the celebration on Saturday the couple had brought lots of white 20x20cm stretched canvases, watercolours, acrylic paints and brushes. They invited their guests who had arrived in the afternoon to paint a small picture that would adorn the ceremonial area the following day. There was no pressure to do so and they didn't expect everyone to participate, yet with the exception of a 14 year old nephew everyone did! They still have many of these small paintings up in their room as a memento of that special weekend and the family and friends who were there. They were all very different, yet beautiful and highly creative – I am always amazed and inspired by people’s creative abilities… often just waiting to be released with a simple request such as this.  ... read more

Wedding Poems and Verses - What You Are

What you are is Gods gift to you 
What you make of yourself is your gift to God 
May the beauty of your love show in your faces 
For this new life holds promises unimagined by the old 
So undertake your passage with trust and innocence 
For such is the way of love 
Honour your passage into marriage 
Honour your commitment to each other 
And be devout in your intentions and you will be nourished   ... read more

Wedding Poems and Verses - Hindu Wedding Verse

May you always nourish one another
May you grow in strength as one
May you preserve your wealth
May you share your joys and sorrows
May you care for your children
May you be together through thick and thin
May you remain lifelong friends
May you complement each other
and know your wholeness
May this union be everlasting
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Silence in Wedding Ceremonies

Miki and Joe's wedding, in early August, was on the long stretch of beach at Mudjimba. I have known Miki since she was a very young girl and I have always enjoyed her company. When I met her fiance I was delighted. Joe is a perfect match for Miki - thoughtful, sincere with a strong heart.  ... read more

Tips For Having Your Wedding In A Park, Reserve Or Outdoor Setting

Sharon and Jonathon met six years ago while travelling around England. It was a chance meeting on a walking track that was miles from anywhere. “I remember the first time I saw Sharon walking towards me, I was struck by her smile and shining eyes”. They started a conversation and met up for dinner that night in a local pub. After spending a week together ambling along country lanes it was time to part and go their separate ways. It wasn’t long however, before they met up again in Europe and from that second meeting Sharon and Jonathon have been inseparable.  Many years and stories later they decided to get married in Coffs Harbour.   ... read more

Wedding Poems and Verses - Growing Together by Wendy Haynes

Our love gets stronger every day
Grace blesses us in every way
Let us live and laugh together
Let us plan and dream together
Let us grow in health and happiness together
Our hands and hearts are joined In love and in trust we stand
Today I marry my dearest friend and my closest companion.
Thank you for all you have given me.  ... read more

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