As your Civil Marriage Celebrant, I will support and guide you throughout your wedding ceremony planning, writing of vows and together we will design a wedding ceremony that reflects your relationship.
I will take the time to get to know you both while planning your wedding ceremony to ensure we are all very familiar with each other on your wedding day. My typical process when I meet with a new couple is to initially speak via a phone call, then a face to face meeting where we will complete all the legal paperwork and begin planning your wedding ceremony. It might take several meetings but together we will cover timing, music, involvement from family or friends, your vows and then bring it all together in a rehearsal prior to the big day.
SETTING A DATE
Wedding dates are special and the story of how it is chosen is unique to each couple. I am available 7 days a week to officiate weddings, with the only restriction being prior bookings.
Traditional wedding vows are the promises you make during your ceremony. However, over time they have strayed from “for better or for worse” to personal vows that have significant meaning between the two of you.
If you choose to write your own vows, make sure you give yourself enough time. This is not something you want to leave until the night before, trust me. Talk to your partner or close friends about them, watch some romantic comedies for inspirations and make sure what you write is something you feel comfortable saying in front of others.
Wedding vows shouldn’t really go for longer than 5 minutes and they don’t have to be glorified love letters. They are a commitment to your partner so make sure you keep that in mind whilst writing them.
Each ceremony is different, but typically there are 3 opportunities for music during the ceremony. These usually occur when you walk down the aisle, when you are signing your wedding certificate and when you walk back down the aisle as a married couple.
When picking your choice of songs keep in mind the location and volume – for instance if a song choice is a soft ballad played through a speaker in a beach setting, it might get drowned out by the surf.
Should you want to have friends or family members read during your ceremony, I recommend each individual reading being around 2 – 3 minutes in length and up to 3 individual readings. This is personal for each couple and is something we can plan where to place and the reading content during our ceremony planning sessions.
The beauty of eloping is being able to do whatever you want. Often couples choose to elope to skip what they feel is required at a traditional wedding. Together we can plan your ceremony to include ideas for your perfect wedding ceremony. Vows can be traditional and personal, and whilst there are certain words that legally must be exchanged, we can write personal vows that express your commitment to each another. At the beginning of your ceremony, you might choose to both walk down the aisle or just one party might want a grand entrance alone or with their parent/s. The dress code is very personal for elopement ceremonies, from super casual to formal or fancy dress. Locations for elopement ceremonies are like that of a traditional wedding – permits may be required if your ceremony is in a public area, such as a park or beach, this is something that will need to be explored on an individual basis.