There are three types of marriage ceremony, Yes, No, and WOW! Wow! ceremonies are the ones that are remembered in the years to come. What do you need to do if you want your ceremony to Wow your family and your friends?
Most of us like to “get it just right” and of course that is often a good thing, but you also have to remember that things will not always be perfect. We can strive for perfection, have high expectations and standards, pay great attention to detail and still life can throw us a curveball. When it does, we all have to learn to deal with the situation, laugh at ourselves and just get on with it!
The lapping waters of the Broadwater reach within 10 metres of the picturesque and romantic Rotary Broadwater Chapel By The Sea, Broadwater Park in Southport.
Congratulations to Trish and Adam who were married recently at the Mercure Hotel Resort, Gerringong.
People often ask me “Why did you become a Marriage Celebrant?” My answer is always that “I love being part of such an uplifting occasion”. So many jobs are just “work” with no room for sharing fun, excitement, glamour, magic & even sometimes ……..drama!
Brisbane based Civil Marriage Celebrant, Gwen Inglis, has been voted in The Top 3 Celebrants in Australia. The announcement was made at the annual Australian Bridal Industry Academy (ABIA) gala “Designer of Dreams” awards night at Jupiters Casino at the Gold Coast.
The groom the night before his wedding went to a restaurant with his best man and groomsman and had a little too much to drink. That night, he called his fiancée’ from the restaurant and told her about the last few anxious days. She wasn’t even phased. “It’s a crazy week, isn’t it?” she said.
Love is an international language, and this month, I learned how to say it in Vietnamese.
I have been a celebrant for almost a decade. I fell into it naturally because I was a school teacher in my early adult life. In my mid 40’s I volunteered in as president of a small charity. Over the ensuing years and because of my work background, I learned to be aware and assess others’ needs and develop the ability to communicate. Having a fine-tuned sense of wit has been a blessing too.
We live in a diverse country filled with so many nationalities and cultures as well as spiritual beliefs including the local indigenous and the respect for country. I encourage my couples to reflect and consider adding part of their history into their ceremony. It’s a way to respect their family and uniting their history and beliefs.
Some things stand out to make a wedding location unique. You can’t go past the enthralling Botanical Gardens in Ashmore, – the lakes, waterfalls, gardens, trees, bushes, grasslands, – Australiana at its prettiest. At my last wedding ceremony in the Gardens, I was captivated by the black swans, ducks and water hens sailing past taking a close interest in the proceedings. The kookaburras and bush turkeys also joined in singing their joy. The wedding location is a photographic paradise.
As a newly registered Civil Marriage Celebrant, I have had the privilege of helping couples create their vows, I am also a ‘bride to be’ and got engaged in March last year. I have laid in bed, wide awake, thinking about writing my own vows, more times than I dare to count! To be honest, the vows are what scares me the most about the wedding… What if my vows are too long and his are too short? What if my vows are too ‘soppy’ and his aren’t? What if mine are really serious and his are humorous? What if … Read More
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