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

Respect and Gratitude in a Wedding Ceremony

We can all appreciate the value of respect and gratitude in our lives. Whether you are a celebrant conducting a celebration or you are planning a ceremony in your life there are profound opportunities for deepening our connection to others and building community by considering these two qualities – respect and gratitude, and the way we can represent them to others.  ... read more

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

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

Recognising marriage equality at your wedding

A couple I am marrying in September just wrote to me asking about the possibility of voicing their support of gay marriage and letting it be known that they weren't happy with the inequality of the current Marriage Act in Australia that states, marriage is the union of a man and a woman.   ... read more

Exchanging Vows

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The Pavlova Queens

Another great catering and wedding gift idea....I was speaking with a friend about his daughter's wedding as they had done their own catering for the reception. The couple delegated many of the tasks to willing friends and family who met out at the farmhouse where the wedding was to be held and had some great bake offs!  ... read more

Hearts in the Sand and Candles in the Chapel

Standing on the headland looking over the sandy beach, watching the waves rolling in, I smiled as I saw the men in the bridal party preparing the love heart for the bride and groom to stand in for the wedding ceremony. They carefully selected the rocks, for the right size and shape and placed them in a heart shape, creating a sacred space together.  ... read more

Cup Cake Wedding Present

Sarah was wanting something a little different for her wedding. She invited six of her closest girl friends to bake a batch of vanilla cup cakes as a wedding present for her and her fiance. She gave them all the same recipe for a dozen cup cakes and asked them to make special toppings with their colour theme. The result was beautiful, personal and very simple... and delicious!  ... read more

Wedding Speeches


…The crowd goes silent…

There are two possible endings for this scenario; either the crowd sit and wonder why you were selected to say a speech, and shake their heads in dismay at the bad jokes and inappropriate stories… or hopefully the more positive outcome where they all applaud and feel touched, humoured and happy to have heard your speech.

For whatever occasion, but especially weddings, speeches can really be a pivotal part of the evening. And choosing the right people for the job is vital, what they say and the lasting impressions can be enhancing or very detrimental to the whole day.   ... read more

Flowers for Your Wedding Day

Wedding flowers
You might have flipped through your umpteenth glossy flower magazine and decided that a dome of red roses just isn’t your thing – or maybe it is! Either way, where do you start when talking about flowers for your wedding? Contacting your local florist and booking in to have a bridal consultation is a very good idea, but don’t go to the first meeting empty handed; your florist might be talented but they aren’t always mind readers and you don’t want to waste both of your time looking through magazines in their shop!

Prepare some ideas; start with colour of your wedding, shape of your dress and the general theme of your day. Have you got a location decided for your ceremony and reception – will this dictate the theme (old barn, modern restaurant, beachside café, local dance hall?). Decide before you go to the florist on who you would like to have flowers on the day – just the bride, or perhaps the whole wedding party. Mums, dads and grandparents can feel special with a token buttonaire, but it’s really up to you. And most important of all; have a good idea on how much you would like to spend before you go.   ... read more

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