Signing the register and certificates

Signing the register and certificates

This takes place following the Declaration of Marriage.

There are three documents to be signed and witnessed by two persons over the age of 18.

The wedding ceremony ends at the completion of the signing of the register.

They newlyweds are then introduced by the officiant as “Mr and Mrs…”

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Questions to ask the venue provider

Questions to ask the venue provider

Today, we listed a questions that you will need to ask when you book the venue for your wedding. Hope that this article is helpful for you.

  • What is the final cost and what deposit is requited?
  • What methods of payment are accepted?
  • What is their refund policy and cancellation policy?
  • Do they provide an agreement in writing?
  • Do you have flexibility with the ceremony format and procedure?
  • Is the room air-conditioned?
  • What is the seating capacity and layout of the room / outdoor area?
  • Do they have dressing room?
  • Do they have any decoration restrictions?
  • Do they have aisle runners, a kneeling bench and a lectern available?
  • What type of lighting do they have?
  • Are there any particular dress requirements?
  • Can you hold a rehearsal there?
  • What parking facilities are available?
  • Do they have any places where your photographs can be taken?
  • Is there another wedding being held on the same day?
  • What time will you have access to the venue for setting up on the day?
  • Do they have a sound system that you can use?
  • What music is allowed?There are several wedding venues in Sydney that we can recommend.
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Decorating the venue

Decorating the venue

When decorating the venue, keep in mind the style and formality you have decided on for your whole wedding. If your wedding has a theme,  see what you can do to do the venue link it  all in.  Focus on the aisle and altar when decorating a church to achieve the most cost- efficient effect.

Some guests arrives 30-60 minutes early, so it’s good idea to have at least one member of the family (or an usher) there to greet them. It’s accepted tradition for the bride to be late for the wedding ceremony, but don’t make it any longer than 15-20 minutes. Any longer and it might create and genuine concern. (especially to your future husband!)

We always find the fresh flowers are much better than those fake flowers for your venue.
Yes, people can tell and it shows on the photos, too!

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The ceremony venue

The ceremony venue

Selecting the right venue begins with determining the level of formality and religious

references you want. The ceremony venue you choose will hold life-long significance for both of you.

To avoid disappointment, book the venue as early as possible, usually at the sat time as the reception venue, celebrant and photographers. Aim for at least 12 months in advance.

Look in yellow pages under reception venues, search on google or wedding websites with service suppliers and friends and families for recommendation. We can alway suggest some great venues that we have worked with in the past, also.

Every venue has own formalities and restrictions.  Check what’s allowed and what’s not when investigating ceremony venues.
For example, A lot of places does not allow you to throw flower petals in Sydney. Some churches does not allow photographers to use flash or even take photos during the ceremony.

You also need to determine how far to get from ceremony venue is from the reception venue and whether it will be difficult for guests to get from one to other.

Many civil weddings hold the reception and ceremony at the same site for convinience and cost-cutting and getting married on Fridays seems to become more popular these days in Sydney.

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Questions to ask a Marriage Celebrant

Questions to ask a Marriage Celebrant

When you organise your wedding, Marriage Celebrant is likely to be the first wedding supplier that the brides get in touch to see if he or she is available on your special day.

Here is the list of questions that you may want to ask to your celebrant.

1:  What is the final cost and deposit required?

2: What method of payment are accepted.

3:  Do they provide an agreement in writing?

4: How many years of experiences do they have?

5: Will they be attending another wedding on the same day?

6: Will they be available to attend a rehearsal?

7: What documents do they need to see, and by when?

8: Do they have a selection of samples vow scrips you can look at?

9: Can you add your own vows and wording?

10: Can you both stand where you would like, for example, facing the guests?

We have worked number of Marriage Celebrants in Sydney.
Please ask us if you have not decided one yet, there are some Marriage Celebrants
that we can recommend.

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A Civil vs Religious Ceremony 3

A Civil vs Religious Ceremony 3

Sometimes couples are unable to resolve with their families how and where to marry.

This can become very upsetting and potentially serious. Try to acknowledge your parent’s requests whenever you can and seek out compromises by:

1: Combining cremonies. For example, one ceremony can be performed at an agreed church, and afterwards as a civil service with a celebrant (note that only the first wedding will be legally recognised), or , perhaps you can have an interfaith wedding with two officiants.

2: Consult with you clergy to see if they can suggest ways to resolve the differences. Perhaps the clergy hold the service in a secular setting?

3: If the situation bcomes hopelessly deadlocked and is threatening to end your wedding plans altogether, consider having the ceremony without your parents, postponing the wedding, seeking professional counselling, eloping, or getting married a Registry Office near central station in Sydney.

Here is some advise from photographer’s perspective.
If you have decided to have your ceremony at the church, check with your minister
to see if your wedding photographer has access behind the minister during the ceremony.
Unfortunately, there are a lot of churches in Sydney does not allow photographers to access altar which means that you photographer can only photograph you from the behind during the ceremony.

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A Civil vs Religious Ceremony 1

A Civil vs Religious Ceremony 1

Firstly, you will need to decide whether you want a religious or a civil ceremony. There are different ways of expressing aspects about love, family, commitment and spiritual or religious beliefs, and whether you choose a civil or religious service, they can all be part of your wedding day.

The most popular celebrants and churches are going to be heavily booked out on Saturday afternoon in Sydney’s spring or summer. As with all aspects of your wedding, the earliest you can book your service providers such as photographers or florists, the more choices you will have.

Book your officiant or celebrant at least 6 months in advance.
When searching for a civil celebrant or an officiant, search the Yellow Pages under Civil celebrant, visit www.civilceleberants.com.au inquire at your church,search the internet for wedding websites such as EasyWeddings, flip through bridal magazines, attend the bridal expos, and ask your friends, family or other wedding suppliers for recommendation.

Recently, we had an opportunity to work with a Civil Celebrant Christopher Stedman (Mobile:0403 774 626) who is based in Sydney.  We thought that He was outstanding and absolutely fantastic!

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Unique Zing

How to give your wedding a unique zing?

  • Write y our own vows. This will set your wedding apart and give your an opportunity to express your love in your own words.
  • Have a mini-choir, soloists or a member of our family play or sing at the ceremony
  • Write a love to each other and have the officiant read them at the ceremony
  • Instead of numbered tables for the seating arrangement, personalise and tie-in the tables and placecards with your wedding theme. For example, name each table after your favourite flowers, sports team or rock bands.
  • Incorporate elements of the past, such as photos of your parents or grandparents, on the entrance table.
  • Enlarge photograph of you and your partner ask the guests to sign their names on it.
  • Leave a nice writing pen and a guest book on an entrance table for your gusts to sign. Alternatively, have someone walk around with the book and ask everyone to sign it.
  • Compile a collage of you both – from your dreaded baby snaps through to your high school photographs and on to day.
  • Take an instant photo of guests as they arrive at your reception. Tie each photo to tree placed in the corner of the room. At the end of the reception, guests can take their photo home.
  • Have each guest bring a rose and ask then to add it to an arch upon their arrival at the reception.
  • Write and perform an original song or love poem at the reception.
  • Instead of placecars, have each person’s name written on a small paper flag mounted in a chocolate cupcake. This makes a great bomboniere.
  • Put a disposal camera on each table. Designate one person on each table to make sure all the snaps are taken and the camera is returned. You can end up with some great candid shots for your album.
  • Make a crossword or word sleuth based on the wedding couple to be left on each table. The guests can fill them in while they waif for you both to arrive at the reception.
  • Leave a personalised note on the table addressed to each guests. thanking them for their past friendship and support.
  • Ask your photographer to show your photos that has been taken on the day on the screen during the reception.

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Branding your Wedding

Branding your Wedding

Branding is the end result of creating your own particular style and image to reflect your joint personalities.

Branding can manifest itself in every part of your wedding, from the dress design to the cake and gift selections. Branding wedding requires your

rliest attention so everything can be planned to a higher level of consistency and coordination.

To help establish your wedding brand, select 5 words from this list that describe the type of wedding you want: warm, lively, polished,religious, trendy, chic, old-fashioned, urban, country, lavish, artistic, dramatic, casual, family-orientated, stylish, formal, relaxed, large, small.

Branding your Wedding

The building of such a list will help you focus your efforts, and subsequent decisions around creating the wedding that fits into these descriptive words.

One way to brand yourself is through a unique, well put-together theme your guests will remember for many years to come.

To create a memorable theme, immerse yourself completely in the fantasy down to the tiniest details, and be consistent in your presentation. This can include: the ceremony venue decorations, wording, reception, colors, attire, chairs, centerpieces  food, drinks, music, entertainment, flowers,transport and photographers. The smallest things make the biggest difference.

In selecting a theme, take into consideration your interests, budget, venue, number and the average age of guests.

We had a opportunity to dress up once at our client’s reception party as their wedding was on Halloween. We still remember that we had a ball although we were capturing every moment! A lot of smiles helped us a lot!  Happy faces create better photos!

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The Size of your Wedding 2

The Size of your Wedding 2

Who do you include and who do you leave out?

Compiling the guest list is one of the more difficult tasks you will be required to do for your wedding.

Establish what numbers you want at your wedding immediately after you have set the wedding date. You won’t need finalize your actual guest names until you begin planning your pre-wedding parties.

The guest list can be very contentious and who gets invited and who gets left off is always open to negotiation. Consider how much each guest will cost (this will help determine how many guests you can afford), where you hold your wedding in proximity to where most of the guests live ( which will have a bearing on acceptance numbers), and whether you both prefer a small or large wedding (again this will help give you an idea of how many guests you would like to attend), so a large wedding is inevitable in this case.

Compiling your guest list usually involves three interest groups – the groom, the bride and the hosts. (parents of the bride and groom) The host or hosts have an automatic right to include a umber of their friends since they are probably making a significant financial contribution to the cost of the wedding.

One of the big unknowns is who’s gong to accept your invitation. It’s rare for a 100% acceptance and you can safely count on around 20% decline.
However, it’s not advised to send out a second round of invites (or a B list) , or invite anyone other than those people you really want to attend.

You will need to be prepared to accommodate and cover the costs of everyone you invite.
If your RSVP date has come and gone and you are still waiting for responses a common occurrence get the wedding host to phone and ask if they will be attending. Make sure you have also put an RSVP date  in your invitations in the first place.

With the reception ad the  ceremony as separate events, you are able to invite guests to one and not the other. Some may see this as inappropriate wedding etiquette, although restricted venue capacity and the closeness of guests (such as work mates) may allow it.

Advice from your photographer:
Once when you finalize the numbers of attendance, it would be wonderful if you could let your photographer know in advance, so we will know how big the group shot is going to be after the ceremony. Then we will also know how many table shots that we will need to photograph during the reception party.

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