Veronica & Petro’s wedding photos by Katsu Nojiri
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.
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.
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.