Are You Thinking of Eloping?

Here are some things to consider if you and your partner are thinking of eloping. 1. Why are you choosing to get married this way? If you're thinking of joining your beloved in wedded bliss without any of the usual fuss and fanfare - just you and two witnesses present...

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HOW TO WRITE MEANINGFUL VOWS

While the legal vows you must say in your wedding ceremony are very short, there is nothing nicer than adding personal vows at this part of the ceremony, or when you exchange rings. There are countless examples of personal vows to be found in books and on the...

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Including personal vows in your wedding ceremony

The legal vows that must be spoken for your marriage to be valid in Australia are very simple: "I, AB/CD, take you, CD/AB to be my lawful wedded wife/husband/spouse/partner for life". But adding personal vows is a lovely way to make your ceremony especially meaningful...

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Think carefully about having a surprise wedding

I recently saw an episode of The Moodys about Terry and Yvonne’s wedding where things didn’t go quite to plan and before these two lovebirds could exchange their vows, Dan and Cora ‘stole’ not only their celebrant, but also their hot air balloon and their vows. How...

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Changing your name after marriage

(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 onto...

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MARRIAGE EQUALITY

The people have spoken and what a wonderful result from the despised postal survey! However, it won’t be time for a full celebration until the Marriage Act is changed to allow marriage between same sex couples. Even if this is passed by Parliament next month, there...

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WRITING YOUR OWN VOWS

“I don’t know what to say” “I’m not good with words” “We’re not soppy people, so saying personal vows would feel silly”  While some couples are delighted at the idea of writing their own personal vows, many others are terrified at the idea. However, once you realise...

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Your wedding is far more than a party

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

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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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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