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meet wendy haynes,
leading australian wedding & civil celebrant

Wendy HaynesQuotation MarkI love my work and have been passionate about celebrancy since I was appointed in 1995.
It's been an inspiring and rewarding journey working side by side with many couples and families creating personal, unique and heartwarming ceremonies that have touched not only the couple but everyone present. 
Whether your celebration is a wedding ceremony, name giving ceremony, funeral, birthday celebration, or any other of life's 'touchpoints', I can help you to make it unforgettable, exciting, relaxed and friendly and, most of all, fun and inspiring."Wendy Haynes Signature
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See what Wendy's been up to recently! Wendy recaps weddings, events and more in her personal blog.

Matt and Sarah's Wedding

I met Matt and Sarah in person, for the first time, on Thursday afternoon at their rehearsal and final meeting before their wedding today. However, I have had the great pleasure of 'meeting' them via emails and phone calls over the last six months. They were a young couple from Sydney who wanted a fairly relaxed wedding at the beautiful Aanuka Beach Resort. Another wedding had been booked at Aanuka for 3.30pm so they took the 5pm time slot.   ... read more

Glenn and Sharyn's Wedding

After yesterday's downpour the morning opened with intermittent rain. Sharyn had actually wanted it to pour to justify having moved her wedding to the beautiful Paradise Palms Chapel. If it had been clear blue skies she said she would have been really disappointed not to be on the beach as she had wanted.  ... read more

Brett and Haylee's Wedding Ceremony

I called Haylee on her mobile phone on Saturday morning as it was pouring down with rain. I knew they were keen to have their wedding out under the beautiful big old tree at Claremont Homestead so I wanted to reassure her that no matter what happened we were going to have fun. Yet when I called, she was very happy regardless of the weather. That is the only way to be when rain clouds fill the sky!  ... read more

Wedding DVD

We had the pleasure of watching our friends DVD of their wedding in Canada. The ceremony was held in their garden by a new celebrant. It was so beautiful watching their excitement and then their shared expression of love. I cried. Our friends sang to each other during their vows and this simple (and very brave) gesture made me smile with gratitude at our friend's willingness to do what they wanted at their wedding.   ... read more

Getting married 11.11.11 at 11am!

I took a booking for a wedding today for the 11th of the 11th at 11am in 2011! A lovely woman who I used to see when I worked at the Southern Cross University is marrying her fiancé of 14 years in a simple ceremony with a few friends present. Lovely!  ... read more

Concerns over the Legal Wording and Validity of Marriage Ceremonies

I am getting reports from Australia that there have been lots of 'media hype' over the legality of some marriages with celebrants not saying the right words at the legal ceremony. This of course, has provoked some anxiety for couples and celebrants alike.   ... read more

Lluis and Zoe's wedding

My sister in law, Viv and her husband Jonathan, went to a wedding just north east of Paris the day I arrived. It was the son and his fiance of one of their friends from the theatre. The young couple had opted for a civil ceremony in the Mairie's (Mayor's) office only and then a fabulous reception at one of the wedding venues nearby. Viv said it was great fun with the couple arriving to the reception on the groom's motorbike... there was lots of entertainment and partying late into the night. The French are notorious for their late dinners... the first course didn't arrive until 10pm! Everyone had a great night... check out their fun invite!  ... read more

Celebrants in France

When I was searching 'celebrants in France' to see how the celebrancy field was faring in this part of the world I came across a simple, yet very elegant and appealing site 'Celebrants in France', a group of four celebrants who have joined together in the south east of the country to form quite a dynamic team. I emailed them to say how much I loved their website and saying that I was in the SW of France.  ... read more

Getting Married in France

Getting married in France is a different legal process from how we do it in Australia. Every couple must contact their local mayor's office and organise to register their wedding with the government office first. Then, if  the couple wish, they can then proceed to have a church wedding or a civil ceremony. As we were walking through the beautiful alpine town of Sallanche on Saturday we saw a large wedding taking place at the Mairie's office.  ... read more

Getting to the Church on Time... Via the Atlantic Ocean

Where we are staying in the French Alps is stunning. The couple who own the gorgeous apartment we are staying in are both adventurers of the top kind. We were talking with our host, Louise Robertson today and she has climbed Mont Blanc in 12 hours there and back from her front door. This is serious climbing! Her husband Neil Ward has climbed Mt Everest and many other high peaks around the world. They are both quiet and unassuming people with amazing courage, strength and a sense of wanting to climb!  ... read more

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