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

Fiji Hindi Wedding Ceremony

According to The Fiji Islands Magazine just over 38% of the population of Fiji are Hindus. The Hindu marriage ceremony begins months in advance. According the Islands Magazine, the most important rite on the wedding day is the Agni parinaya. This takes place when the couple walk around the fire seven times. They also take seven steps guided by seven white lines drawn on the ground.   ... read more

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

Marriage Candle Ceremonies

I visited some of the old churches in England on my travels which are rich in history and ceremony. Many of these ancient buildings are open to the public during the day and offer a quiet sanctuary in the middle of a city or village. In all of the churches I have been to they have an array of candles, with one always permanently lit (albeit, sometimes an artificial light symbolic of a burning candle). In some churches visitors are welcome to light a candle and ask for support or offer a prayer. The sight of a group of small flickering flames representing prayers and blessings always touches me.  ... 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

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

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

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

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

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

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