Your wedding is far more than a party

You’ve found the love of your life and have decided that you want to spend the rest of your lives together. Congratulations!  Now it’s time to start planning for your big day so what are some of the things on your To Do list? The Dress The bridesmaids’ dresses The...

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Do you know what a civil marriage celebrant does?

Most people don't know exactly what civil marriage celebrants do "Civil marriage celebrants have overseen the majority of marriages since 1999 and the proportion of marriage ceremonies overseen by a civil celebrant increased again to 74.1 per cent of all marriages in...

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Pre-marriage education

I've just discovered Sheryl Paul, an American counsellor and therapist who runs, among other things, an e-course on how to give your marriage the best chance of success.  Pre-marriage education is always desirable and if you don't have time to attend a face-to-face...

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Elements of a Wedding Ceremony

Most couples aren’t very familiar with the format of a marriage ceremony; what must be included for it to be legally recognised, and optional elements that can be included to make it more personal.  The following is a suggested outline.  The beauty of a civil ceremony...

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Changing Your Name after Marriage in NSW

(Article courtesy of http://www.easynamechange.com/au/)  As your wedding day approaches you may be bouncing around a new name in your head. Changing names can often make a bride a little sad at the loss of her former name, so it’s perfectly natural to want to hold...

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GOOD MANNERS

I always answer enquiries about my services as soon as I possibly can and if I’m available on the date a prospective couple have asked about I advise that I will keep this open for them for a certain period of time.  I ask if they want to arrange an obligation-free...

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Interesting Media Release from Fair Trading in NSW

23 September 2012 Wedding woes raised with NSW Fair Trading are many and varied, so Fair Trading Minister Anthony Roberts advises all brides, grooms and wedding planners to study up on their consumer rights and get help from Fair Trading to deal with disputes. Wedding...

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Wedding venues

Civil marriage ceremonies in Australia can be performed anywhere, at any time of the day, on any day of the week.  Here are a few options: At a reception centre, either inside or outdoors On a beach In a garden (always check for Council requirements if you are...

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Surprise weddings

Ever thought how romantic it would be to plan your wedding as a surprise for your beloved? I’m sorry to have to tell you that this romantic gesture is a big No No.  In Australia you must lodge a Notice of Intended Marriage a minimum of one month before you can be...

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Australian couples marrying overseas

Many couples book the most romantic option they can think of - a full wedding package in Fiji, Thailand, Bali, Tahiti, etc.  If this is your dream, good on you!  But please check whether your marriage will be recognised in Australia and if so, what steps you need to...

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How to judge whether your marriage will last

Psychologists have discovered that how an engaged man and woman interact with each other can predict with 81-87% accuracy whether or not their marriage will last. One significant pattern of interactions between engaged couples that predicts the likelihood of their...

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I’m back!

My apologies for not posting for so long.  Time just seemed to flash by and then I went overseas for a month.  This was a semi-retirement trip because I decided it was time to step aside and let someone new take over the weekly cancer support groups I facilitated for...

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Overseas visitors marrying in Australia

In a previous post I explained that anyone who is free to marry (over the age of 18 and not too closely related to each other) may do so in Australia.  If you choose a civil celebrant you can hold your ceremony anywhere, on any day of the week, at any time of the day....

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