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


Handfasting Ceremonies


I was invited to conduct a handfasting ceremony on a beautiful property at Dorrigo, in northern NSW.  The garden, where the ceremony was held, was a maze of pathways that were an invitation to wander through the terraced beds of flowers and shrubs down to a cleared area which overlooked the lush, green hills. In the northern corner stood a big oak tree which had seen many family occasions. It was gnarled and beautiful and was decorated with a big yellow ribbon around its huge trunk.   ... read more


Family and Friends in Your Wedding Ceremony


Inviting family and friends to join in with the ceremony is a great way to enliven the energy amongst the guests. Most people love to be involved! One way is to verbally invite the guests to join in loudly and joyously in the refrain. For example:  ... read more


Wedding Poems and Verses - My Heart is Like a Singing Bird by Christina Rossetti


My heart is like a singing bird
Whose nest is in a watered shoot:
My heart is like an apple tree
Whose boughs are bent with thickset fruit;
My heart is like a rainbow shell
That paddles in a halycon sea;
My heart is gladder than all these
Because my love is come to me. 
Raise me a dais of silk and down;
Hang it with vair and purple dyes;
Carve it in doves and pomegranates,
And peacocks with a hundred eyes;
Work it in gold and silver grapes,
In leaves and silver fleurs-de-lys;
Because the birthday of my life
Is come, my love is come to me.   ... read more


Blessings on a Marriage


The first time I heard this next blessing was when I was the celebrant for a wedding in Maleny. It was held at the stunningly beautiful Solothurn Chapel. The acoustics in the chapel are divine! This blessing is designed to be called by the reader with guests responding. At the wedding I attended, the mother and stepfather read each alternate paragraph. It worked really well.  ... read more


The Gift of Gratitude


I watched a beautiful 6 minute clip from Jack Kornfield, on the act of 'seeing the goodness' in others. It affirmed just how important it is to share with others what we appreciate about them and to have our own sense of goodness affirmed.  ... read more

Wendy and Rogers Easter Celebration Part 2



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Important factors when celebrating your marriage


You must vow to get things sorted with each other about the vision of your wedding at the very onset of your planning.  Having mutually agreed understandings of effort, energy, expression and budget... are all important factors when celebrating your marriage.   ... read more


Wendy and Roger's Celebration part 1


Remembering our celebration from five years ago this coming weekend. I wrote then...  ... read more


Wedding presents - how much and what sort?


"How much is the right amount to spend on wedding presents? And what sorts of presents are appropriate?  These questions are becoming more pertinent since an increasing number of couples are asking for cash and creating gift registries" writes Australian produced website, My Budget. They have some great ideas on the topic of ‘gifts' whether you are the bride and groom or the guest going to the wedding.  ... read more


The average cost of a wedding


My Budget wrote, “Love is free, right? Not according to Bride To Be magazine. Their annual survey has found that the average cost of a wedding in Australia is now over $54,000, and nearly half of all bridal couples go into debt to pay for their big day.   ... read more





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