Accepting Notice of Intended Marriage from same sex couples

As Celebrants we have a close link to the Attorney Generals Department.  The following passage was taken from their website:

“The Marriage Amendment (Definition and Religious Freedoms) Bill 2017 (‘Dean Smith Bill’) was introduced into the Senate on 15 November 2017. The requirements set out in the Marriage Act 1961 remain in place until such time as an Act of Parliament changes them. As such, celebrants are currently not able to accept a Notice of Intended Marriage (NOIM) from same-sex couples.

The date from which same-sex weddings could occur in Australia will depend on the date the Australian law is changed to allow same-sex marriage.  The department will communicate advice to celebrants and the public about changes to the Marriage Act 1961 as soon as possible after the passage of any amendments.”

The above passage was taken from The official AGD site.  As is the current law all couples will need to wait a month after signing the NOIM before they can get married.  Hopefully we will see a lot of same sex marriages early next year!

Don’t hesitate to contact me for an obligation free chat so we can get to know each other and we can meet again to sign the NOIM when the law is changed!

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3 Tips to Simplify Your Wedding Catering Plans

Some helpful tips when catering for your wedding

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After you book your caterer, you should feel a big weight come off of your shoulders, you have checked one huge box off your to-do list!  While you should feel better about locking in such a crucial component to your wedding, the work really isn’t over quite yet.  As your wedding approaches, you will need to confirm the final guest count, menu, rentals, and event hours with your caterer. Sounds easy enough, but as you start to work on the final details, you will find there to be much more involved than you expected!  Here are a few ways to ease your stress and simplify your wedding catering plans.

1. Buffet Menu
Not only can a buffet be a little more budget friendly, it is also less stress for you. With a buffet menu, all you need is a final headcount. Unless you have opted for children’s meals for the little…

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Wedding Cocktails

yummy wedding cocktails!

Tartan Rose Weddings

Fancy a personalised twist at your wedding bar? Then how about having the bride and groom’s favourite cocktails, or even signature cocktails for your wedding day.

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Wedding Bar Sign from Paper Tangent 

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Rose Water Caipirinha

Berry Happy Together Sangria Recipe

1 bottle Sauvignon Blanc or dry white wine
3/4 cup St. Germain
2 fresh peaches
5-6 fresh strawberries
6 fresh raspberries
1 small bunch of fresh white grapes

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Wet weather weddings!

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Everyone wants a sunny day for their wedding.  Picture it: not too hot, not too windy (will ruin my hair!) not too cold (will shiver in my dress) definitely no rain please!! that will ruin everything….actually just a few clouds will be nice because they will add a bit of class to our wedding photos.

If only we could all have perfect weather but unfortunately it does rain in Melbourne and not only in winter and September.  All those prospective brides and grooms out there please remember to have a plan B in case of wet weather.  Believe me as a celebrant I don’t particularly enjoy getting wet and my expensive sound equipment definitely doesn’t like it….oh and did I mention the marriage certificates don’t look great when they are wet either!!

Just give it some thought you can’t change the day but you can have another plan!

 

Commonsense Wedding Budgeting tips

backyard-wedding-on-a-budget-sara-kathleen1) before you even start looking – start three lists –

‘must haves’,

‘really wants’

and ‘that’d be nice’….

Be brutal about which category they go in and then use a combination of categories to make up your perfect day with in your perfect budget….

2) have a colour palette not just a single colour – it means you can mix and match things and use shades of colours instead of being super specific on colour which ends up narrowing options – smaller options = bigger price!

Good luck!

 

 

How To: Choose a Venue

very informative if you need help to choose your reception venue

Bridal and Wedding Expo Blog

In addition to setting the date, choosing your venue is probably one of the biggest decisions you’re going to make throughout the wedding planning process.  Your venue will set the tone for the wedding and give you an idea of what expenses you’re going to be facing.

Here are some things you should have taken care of before you start scouting wedding venues.

  • Budget – Your big day budget is what makes everything else possible.  Knowing how much money you have to work with will help narrow down your venue options.
  • Vision – Once again, having a clear picture of what you want your wedding day to be (in terms of theme, color scheme, location, etc.) will shorten your list of possible venues.
  • Guest List – While your guest list doesn’t have to be 100% finalized, having an idea of how many people you’re expecting to invite/attend will have an…

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Friday Find: Photo Edition

Amazing photo ideas

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by Lauren J Sharkey

If there’s one thing I love, it’s wedding photos!  Seriously, nothing gives me greater joy than seeing the happiest day of someone else’s life (and secretly picturing myself in the white dress!).  Here are a couple of my favorites you might want to consider when choosing a wedding photographer!

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Mash-Up Geek Weddings

More about geeky weddings!

Tartan Rose Weddings

Whether it’s Doctor Who you love, or Lord of the Rings, or Harry Potter, having a wedding day that celebrates your fandoms is a fantastic way to make your wedding personal.

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What you Should Know About… The Seating Plan

the seating plan, it is never easy!

Tartan Rose Weddings

Drafting and finalising your seating plan can be extremely difficult, this post aims to give you some top tips on how to plan your seating, group your guests and chart your tables.

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First things first if you are having a small informal event or buffet don’t feel pressured into having a seating plan, it depends on your own day and the atmosphere you want to share.

Start Early – you will be surprised how much time it can take to plan your seating so don’t leave it until a week or two before the big day.

Use Table Names Not Numbers – table numbers can leave guests feeling there’s a hierarchy so use table names not numbers. You could link this to your wedding theme or location for example films, cities or even your favourite drinks.

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City Table Plan Chart

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