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March 23, 2020

Yes – you can still get married!

Yes – there are restrictions and limitations that we will need to consider.

Yes – you can postpone your wedding to when these limitations are no longer in place.

As the situation is changing on a daily basis at this stage, I will keep all...

December 9, 2018

There are any number of ways you can acknowledge special people in your wedding by giving them different roles. From the obvious best man/maid of honour/attendant roles (see my post on bridal party), here are some other ways to involve people in your ceremony:



November 11, 2018

Did you know that you don’t actually need to have bridesmaids and groomsmen at all? Boom. That’s something you might not have considered. The bridal party only needs to consist of the two people getting married. That’s it. So that might open up a whole host of ideas fo...

October 14, 2018

If you have guests or relatives that can’t attend your wedding, whether that be due to destination, wedding size, health or any number of reasons, there is a way that you can include them in your wedding still.

Have you considered live streaming your wedding to people w...

September 19, 2018

On your wedding day, there are multiple marriage certificates involved and it can be very confusing to know what’s what! Let’s start by saying your marriage is legal and binding at the end of the ceremony, so no worries there.

Secondly, let’s look at the different certi...

March 31, 2017

I have one piece of advice for the perfect wedding. Seriously. One mindset to sustain you throughout months of seat allocations, chasing RSVPs, fittings, tastings, and endless details. I found it online, but it perfectly sums it up:

A wedding is a party, not a performan...

February 1, 2017

According to law in Australia, where a marriage is solemnised by or in the presence of an authorised celebrant (like me), it is sufficient if each of the parties says to the other, in the presence of the authorised celebrant and the witnesses, the words:

I call upon the...

October 31, 2016

I, Emma Gow, Australian celebrant, write to express my support for Marriage Equality.

Australian celebrants are privileged to share in a unique celebration of love when couples make formal and legal commitments to each other. We can see that the joy of the moment extend...

September 1, 2016

I'll admit it. B

efore starting this journey to become a celebrant, I wasn't exactly sure what a celebrant did. Sure, I knew they stood up and conducted the ceremony and got to say the fun bits (you may kiss the bride! I now pronounce you husband and wife!) but I'd neve...

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