Prior to December 9th 2017, I had been on the journey with a wonderful same sex couple who wanted me to marry them. “Is the bill going to be passed?” “Will it happen or not?” Regardless they were determined to have a celebration of their future lives together in March 2018. It turned out they could legally marry and we were all over the moon with excitement. Melross in Kangaroo Valley was a picturesque venue for the wedding. The ceremony was outdoors and the weather was perfect – sunny and warm. The 170 guests assembled for this historic wedding.
I recently did a wedding in the countryside of Northern Rivers NSW called Corndale. The couple, Kimberley and Adam had lived n the area all their lives , had met and were being married on the family ranch. Just about all the folk who had come to witness the ceremony were local farmers and people from the area. Everyone was friendly and happy to be there for the occasion of the wedding, and to see the couple that they had known all their lives, joined in marriage.
Couples typically spend between $100 to $200 per guest with their marriage and wedding reception venue. It’s a very expensive experience. Be aware that no wedding venue is perfect, and you should be aware of the compromises you are making.
Do You love to go to work? I do…
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.
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