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Nov
07

"What Could Possibly Go Wrong" - Be Prepared!

Celebrants are involved in a wide range of ceremonies, often held outside involving children, dogs, emotional family members and people taking part in rituals for the first time in their lives. What could go wrong? The answer is anything and everything!

Today we have our regular guest blogger Melanie Lawson from Oberon, NSW raising awareness of potential calamities in your ceremonies and tips on how to be prepared.

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reminder

good point, Melanie thank you for reminding
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Aug
29

Celebrating fathers

This Sunday, the 1st of September is Father’s Day across Australia.  A day to celebrate the involvement of fathers of every size and shape in the care and development of our children and the support of our families.  Today's blog is written by TCN Celebrant, Melanie Lawson from Greater Western Sydney.

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Malt Loaf

My Dad has a deep and abiding love of Malt Loaf, the traditional Yorkshire variety, eaten with a strong tasty cheese. I am making ... Read More
Friday, 30 August 2019 00:16
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Aug
07

Record your life story - before it's too late

Thursday 8 August is Dying to Know Day - a day to start a conversation about death and dying.  We tend to avoid talking about death, grief and loss despite this being something that affects all of us.  Dying to Know Day encourages us to talk with our loved ones about death and to learn how to support others who are bereaved. Today's blog has been written by TCN Member, Melanie Lawson from Oberon, NSW.

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Jun
03

The Great Outdoors - Planning a successful outdoor ceremony

An outdoor ceremony can take a lot of planning and today, TCN Celebrant and Guest Blogger, Melanie Lawson from Richmond, NSW is taking us through all the ins and outs...
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Plan B

I planned my first wedding in my bush garden on our garden deck. Plan B was under the house is a largish covered area. The mornin... Read More
Wednesday, 12 June 2019 12:05
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May
30

Using humour in ceremonies

Photo credit: Rochelle James - www.rochellejamesphotography.zenfolio.com

Marriage is a solemn and binding relationship.  In fact, marriage celebrants are legally required to remind a couple of this during their marriage ceremony.  But a marriage ceremony doesn’t need to be all solemn and serious and while marriage celebrants aren’t stand up comedians, there are many ways to include humour in your ceremony.... Today's blog post is written by TCN Celebrant Kim Waddington.

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May
22

Writing your own vows - Part 1

Writing your own marriage vows?  Not sure where to begin? Today's blog is the first of two parts - written by TCN Celebrant, author and today's guest blogger, Susanna Jose from Canberra, ACT.

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Susanna Jose

Thank you

Thanks so much LeeAnne! ?
Thursday, 23 May 2019 18:57
Guest — LeeAnne Bennett

Lovely blog

Thanks for this blog. As a new celebrant it gives me ideas for my web page. I’ve bought your book too. LeeAnne
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Apr
10

My career change to become a celebrant

Becoming a celebrant has generally been a second, third or even fourth career change for some people.  Most celebrants you speak to describe their work as 'a vocation', 'a calling', or 'a real labour of love', but once you've arrived at your destination of becoming a celebrant, it's hard to turn away.   In today's blog we're introducing you to two TCN Members - Karen Dearing from Cobbitty, NSW and Katherine Sessions from Bendigo, Vic, who are sharing the stories of how they transitioned into the the world of celebrancy...

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Apr
09

Planning for Plan B

TCN Celebrant and Guest Blogger, Susanna Jose from Canberra is sharing her thoughts on what you should do to plan for your Plan B - something we should all have in place, but all hope we never have to use.....

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Be prepared!

It's good to be well prepared.
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Jenny Grierson

Plan B

Excellent information Sue! Thank you
Thursday, 18 April 2019 11:52
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Jan
10

I'm Getting Married!... Now What?

You've just proposed marriage or been propsed to, you're wearing an incredible ring and you've announced your engagment to your loved ones..... now what?  Well, here begins a very exciting time of planning for you you both!
For some of you this proposal might have come as complete surprise and for others it might be the final stage to what could have been months of discussion and planning.  Now that you’ve made the biggest decision - to get married, there are just a few more smaller decisions that need to be discussed and decided upon before your wedding day can be realised.
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Re: Planning

Have Plan A and Plan B. Some people over plan, over think things and that can be as bad as not planning. This is a great article, ... Read More
Thursday, 19 January 2017 19:47
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Jan
09

Celebrant Planning

Are you new to the celebrancy world?  Trying to become more organised? or just wondering what a celebrant does?  Check out guest blogger, Susie Roberts' list of everything a celebrant needs to plan to help keep you on track....

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Soo Good!

In the years I have been a Celebrant and meeting so many wonderful people (like my wonderful Colleagues Celebrants) I have not see... Read More
Thursday, 10 January 2019 16:36
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Oct
16

Why use a translator or an interpreter in Australia?

Are you getting married in Australia?  Do you or your partner have limited English language skills?  Are you or your partner hearing impaired?  What about the two people you've chosen to be your official witnesses?  Perhaps you have guests coming to your ceremony who don't understand English or are hearing impaired?  There are a number of reasons why you might need to engage an interpreter or a translator when you are getting married....

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Sep
28

The Importance of timing at a ceremony

Timing is vital on a day as important as your wedding day.  It's a juggling act with numerous balls in the air, so having a well timed out schedule and sticking to it will help the day run smoothly. If you've planned correctly and timed it all out in advance then you be free of stress knowing that you've done everything you can and the rest is in the hands of 'whatever happens now is what happens'.

Here is why timing is vital to your wedding day...

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Jul
24

Celebrating family members

Celebrating family

We have birthdays, mother's day and father's day... but what about everybody else in our family?  When do we celebrate them?

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May
28

A shop for every celebrant's stationery needs

TCN have an online stationery shop for all your celebrant needs.  Hardback register folders; certificate presentation folders; stickers for embellishing your certificates; certificate envelopes, embossed certificate card in A5 & A4, badges and much more.....
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Sep
01

Celebrating TCN's Day of Love 2017

Celebrating TCN's Day of Love -  1 September 2017

Why have we spent all day shouting about love all over our Social Media pages today?



Because, as Celebrants, all of our work is about love ?

When we marry a couple, they are deeply in love, and the wedding service more often than not reminds the couples attending about their love story.



When we perform a funeral there is a great deal of love in the room for the deceased and for the family members.



When we name a child at a Naming Ceremony everyone there is full of love for the child.



When we officiate at significant birthdays and other events, there is always lots of love woven into the ceremony.



As Celebrants, we can make your ceremony of LOVE the most memorable time of your life. 

So, what are you waiting for?

Check out our amazing group of Celebrant. 

You won’t be disappointed. 


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Sep
01

Day of Love Ceremony Credits

"I hope you don't mind
that I put down in words
 
How wonderful this life is
while you're in the world"
 
 
Elton John



Each of these celebrants is offering you a credit for any ceremony if you call today to make a booking. 

So, check out these amazing celebrants and get on the phone and start booking .... #sharethelove



Shell Brown - Mandurah, WA


Elaine Dinnigan - Perth, WA



Sonia Collins - Batemans Bay, NSW

 


Susie Roberts - Grafton, NSW

 


Fiona Hall - Central Coast, NSW



Anna Wong - Melbourne, Vic

 You can find all our other fabulous celebrants HERE 

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Aug
08

Why should I engage a celebrant?

Why should I engage a celebrant?

Having a skilled celebrant can mean the difference between an event being mediocre or being an inspiring, memorable tribute to people who have a special place in our lives.
 
Like any good entertainer, the time a celebrant spends in front of the audience is only a very small fraction of the time spent in their practice and acquiring the knowledge and skills to perform well.

A good celebrant is much more than a good performer. They need to be researchers, writers, facilitators, psychologists, social workers and community developers, and well as masters of ceremonies.


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Engaging an independent professional civil celebrant to take the time and responsibility to create and deliver a memorable ceremony brings a number of benefits, such as:

* everyone who attends can participate without the pressure of being responsible for the whole thing

* the occasion can be more memorable because a celebrant can bring a fresh perspective to a group

* family stories can be shared and recorded for future generations as part of the process and/or event

* family and friends talents, not just the MC's, can be included in the occasion.


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Ceremonies and celebrations can be powerful occasions to mark big changes and support us in embracing new roles or situations in our new lives. 

The power of ceremony in times of change can not be overestimated. 

More than material gifts, as nice as they can be and needed in some cases, people need wonderful times with family and/or friends, new ways to see themselves and others, to think about the tasks they are going to undertake and the support and acknowledgment of others in their new role or new time in their lives.

What's why letting "the celebration be the gift" can be the most precious gift of all. You can do this by pooling your funds to appoint a celebrant.


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Click HERE to find your local TCN Celebrant in your area

Cover photo credit: Shelley Wilton Photography

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May
29

A Wedding Day Checklist for Celebrants

A Wedding Day Checklist for Celebrants 

As a celebrant do you have a written checklist for what you need to do on a “wedding day”?

After nine years of being a celebrant, you would perhaps think that I might have spent some time and written down a list, but as yet I haven’t, so I thought we could do one together. I will put up my thoughts in this blog and if you would be so kind, you can add your additions on our TCN’s Facebook post. 

When I am getting all the paperwork packed into my bag, I have a mental checklist that goes like this : 

* The fancy buff coloured Marriage Certificate (or as the Attorney General's Department likes to call it “Form 15 Certificate of Marriage“), printed, and triple checked for spelling of names and addresses, and a spare just in case. 

* The Official Certificate of Marriage (Form 16) with the Declaration of no legal impediment to Marriage (Form 14), both triple checked for spelling. These forms can be filled in on line and printed out double sided on one sheet of paper, or can be filled out in one of CanPrints’ Green Books. 

“Please note under section 50(3) of the Marriage Act 1961, one of the official certificates of marriage shall be on the reverse side of the paper bearing the declaration of no legal impediment to marriage.”

* And your Marriage Register copy of the Official Certificate of marriage, which can be your “Red Book Marriage Register from CanPrint, or a printed copy that you store in a folder. And, of course, this is triple checked for spelling. 

* A copy of the ceremony printed out in large print (I left my glasses on the kitchen bench once, so I now always print my ceremonies out in large print just in case I have a glasses disaster again). 

* A presentation copy of the ceremony to give to the couple. 

* Any other special forms that may be required…….such as Interpreter forms (Form 24)

All of the forms are available through the Attorney General's Website:

And the Form 15 Marriage Certificate, the Green Book and the Red Book are available through CanPrint: https://marriage.infoservices.com.au/

Sorry for preaching to the converted, but it is information that is always worth repeating. 

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So what else do I tick off in my mental checklist? 

* Is the alternative plan needing to be put into place because of the weather?

* Have I packed a duo of beautiful (and working) pens?

* And my plain paperweights to hold down the tablecloth on the signing table?

Then there is the PA. 

* The day before the wedding I charge the PA. 

* Then I sound check (our neighbours must love my “One Two” roadie checks on a regular basis). 

* Are there new batteries in the cordless belt pack? 

* Are there new or charged batteries in the handheld mike? 

* Have I got a packet of appropriate batteries in my bag? 

* Are the wheels on my PA (or the PA carry box) working properly ? (Yes, I have had a wheel disaster in the past!) 

* Have I got the music selection sorted? 

* Does the music play properly? 

* Does the music work from my phone and a USB? 

* Is the music remote charged and operational? 

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Then there is me, and I am female, so this is from a female viewpoint. 

* Do I have a makeup repair kit in my bag? 

* Hairspray? Handy for more than just your hair!

* Shoes clean? 

* Outfit pressed and smick?

* Hair appliances fired up and ready………having just grown my hair long again, I am just getting the hang of these new fangled hair devices! 

* Eyebrows tidy? 

* Ditto for the legs? 

* Teeth cleaned to with a inch of their lives

* No garlic breath! 

* Mints in the bag. 

* Stockings? Multiple packs just in case! (what a great reason to wear pants!)

* Toilet stops….nothing worse than being outdoors miles from anywhere and needing the loo. 

Then there is the extras……..if you are truly well organised.

* A sewing kit for any bride/groom/mother of the bride disasters. 

* A notice for your windscreen letting people know where you are if they need to move your car. 

* A notice on your passenger seat outlining where you are going in case of an accident.
(I find this a tad creepy, but I do know others who insist on doing it). 
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And finally

* My voice…….well oiled so that it isn’t croaky. 

* My perfume……or lack of it.

* My jewellry, which is always selected for each wedding. 

* My shawl, which is always in a colour selected by the bride. 

* My smile. And as I love weddings, this is never a problem! 

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May
03

Who is TCN?

Who is TCN?

The Celebrants Network Inc - TCN is a celebrant association who welcomes all civil celebrants to join. Whilst it’s not compulsory for celebrants to join an association it does give them the opportunity to be a part of a professional group of likeminded people;  to talk, share ideas and learn from each other’s experiences, and also to build a network of people that can be called upon in an emergency.

The Celebrants Network Inc is an Australia wide, not for profit association run by a committee of dedicated celebrant volunteers who work together online throughout each month and then meet once a month via a teleconference call via the wonders of technology.

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Please Note: the faces on these screens are not TCN Members - we are all much better looking!
 
We are a member of CoCA - the Coalition of Celebrant Associations - Australia’s peak celebrant body

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and as the Attorney General department has made clear, they view a celebrant being a member of an association as evidence of a their professional attitude to the role.

Our members are civil celebrants (and students who are currently studying to become celebrants) who offer a range of services including, but not limited to:

? Marriage ceremonies
? Funeral ceremonies
? Commitment ceremonies
? Naming ceremonies
? Memorial ceremonies
? Blessingway ceremonies
? Anniversary ceremonies
? Vow Renewal ceremonies
? Retirement ceremonies
? Birthday ceremonies
? Mother’s Day/Father’s Day ceremonies
? Life Transition ceremonies
? Ceremonies for launching a new boat, staring a new business, buying a house, getting a promotion and welcoming a new pet into your home.

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Photos: All photo by Shell Brown except bottom right by: Pixabay

TCN offers our members:
 
? A celebrant directory where they can advertise their celebrancy practise.  
?Discussion forums where members can ask questions, seek advice and share stories and information
?A wealth of information on different celebrations, legalities of being a celebrant and much more
?Discounts on OPD, Insurance, Copyright Insurance and items at our celebrant shop
?A growing social media presence on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and LinkedIn
?Special celebrant features on our social media pages (Gold Members)
?Involvement in community programs, such as Marriage Equality, Mardi Gras & Dying to Know Day
?First hand information from CoCA via our two representatives
?A dedicated and hard working Committee who are willing to listen to their members

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But… TCN is not just for celebrants….. there is also a great deal of information on our website and social media pages for you - the dear people of the general public:

Information about what you need to do if you want to get married
? Need to know legalities of getting married in Australia
? A celebrant directory where you can simply search for a celebrant by location
? Information and ideas about ceremonies and how a civil celebrant can assist you
? A fun and informative weekly blog that covers all areas of celebration
? You can join in with our social media pages on FacebookInstagramTwitter and LinkedIn
? Our shop isn’t just for celebrants - We have some lovely stationery for all occasions
? Support for the LGBTQI community

"So, what would you like me to do?" I hear you ask....

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Celebrants:
1. join TCN - we’d love to have you
2. jump onto our social media pages and join the conversation
3. consider our shop for your next stationery purchase
4. look through our website for wonderful ideas
5. subscribe to our blog

Lovely People of the General Public:
1. engage a TCN celebrant via our directory
2. join us on social media
3. explore our website for information
4. share your support for equality
5. subscribe to our blog

Our cover photo features TCN Celebrants: Sonia Collins, Scott Broadbridge-Brown, Mary Napier and Symone Barry


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24

Why is Ceremony Important?

Why are ceremonies important?

The dictionary defines "ceremony" as:

ceremony
/ˈsɛrɪmənɪ/
noun (pl-nies

1. a formal act or ritual, often set by custom or tradition, performed in observation of an event or anniversary


I recently came across a great webpage belonging to a Canadian Celebrant, and thought that her explanation of why we have ceremonies was spot on and I couldn’t have worded it any better myself....

Here's what Celebrant Michele Davidson of Modern Celebrant says on her webpage: http://moderncelebrant.ca

"Longing to Connect
 
Have you ever wondered why we put so much effort into celebrating the start of a marriage with a wedding ceremony? Or why celebrations of life, memorials and funerals feel so incredibly important to do – and to do right?  What about the feeling we have when we bring a new life into this world…. doesn’t it feel like there should be some sort of community event?
One of the most beautiful aspects of being human is how strongly we yearn to connect with the people we love. We quite naturally long for emotional richness and a sense of significance when it comes to the big experiences of life. For some people it’s a very conscious desire; for others it is something they can’t quite name or put their finger on. 

It’s such a shame that in our fast-paced society, many people no longer truly ‘get’ the profound opportunities ceremony offers! They either do nothing, or go through the motions with perfunctory (just get through it) ceremony.
We’ve evolved and grown in so many ways – as a culture and as individuals – but for some reason we play small when it comes to honouring life changes.

Ceremony should be a Catalyst
A well thought out and lovingly conducted ceremony takes you through a gateway. Metaphorically through the words and gestures of your ceremony, you move with greater intention from one phase of your life to the next; from one way of ‘being’ into another. For instance, a wedding ceremony is not merely saying, “I do.” A wedding ceremony should be a catalyst that allows two individuals to really ‘get’ that they now step forward into a life that is shared.

Your ceremony should actually mean something. Not be just a pretty sparkly thing that is soon forgotten.

Something that you will remember forever."
[thank you to Michele Davidson - Modern Celebrant for allowing us to use her webpage]

Ceremonies happen at many events:

* At birthdays we blow out candles and sing "Happy Birthday" - would the party mean as much if we didn't do those things?

* We celebrate people's greatness by giving out awards and making speeches - would the recipient feel as special and appreciated if we made no fuss?

* At funerals and memorials we lay flowers and recite poetry to show respect to lost loved ones - how would we feel if we didn't mark their death in some significant way?
 
* We exchange rings and vows at a wedding because it actually means something to the couple.  They're saying 'I choose you to take this next step in life, will you join me?'  It's binding, not just legally, but emotionally.

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The more that we pay attention to the ceremony, and accept that it is there to help make our transitions through life smoother, the easier it will become to understand why it is so important.

Talk to a TCN Celebrant today about adding ceremony to your next life event

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09

Anniversary Symbols

Are you one of those people who can never remember what you're meant to buy your husband or wife for your anniversary each year?  
 
Is it paper?  
 
Is it wood?  
 
Which year do I give roses?

 

Here's a handy guide for you..... you're welcome!

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Photo source: www.memorablegifts.com on Pinterest

Do you know what else a great idea to celebrate your anniversary?  

Doing it all again.  

Renewing your vows.  

Reaffirming just how much you love each other

and maybe adding in some new vows.

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Photo source: Abiruth.com on Pinterest

And while we're talking about great ideas - here's another one...

 

Talk to a TCN Celebrant who can create the perfect vow renewing ceremony for you.

 

Click here to read more about anniversary ceremonies

 

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07

How does the cost of a celebrant fit in with your budget?

Congratulations, you are getting married and are busy working out where you want the ceremony and the reception, the wedding gown, the photographer, how many guests (and do you really have to invite all of the cousins?), who is in the bridal party, rings, cars, cakes, the list goes on. 

And the costs escalate.  Escalate very quickly.

So, where does the celebrant fit into your budget? Celebrant fees can range from $300 to over $1,000 depending on your location and the celebrant. A good tip is to check the fees for your state’s Registry Office, who provide a basic marriage ceremony and expect the fees of an independent celebrant, who comes to your venue of choice and provides a personalised service to charge more than that.


So, you are sitting there with your budget wondering why anyone could charge that much money for less than an hour’s work? 

A celebrant will spend an average of between 10 and 20 hours working on your wedding. Holding meetings with you, making sure all of the legal paperwork is correct, and then making sure the correct paperwork is lodged with the Birth Death and Marriages Section in your state. They will also write a special ceremony for you, with all of your wishes included, they will organise rehearsals of your ceremony and then, on the big day, they will perform your wedding ceremony and make sure that your wedding is legal. 


Without the celebrant, your wedding is just a great party. The celebrant ensures that your party is actually a wedding. 

SO, how do you budget for your celebrant? First, you need to select your celebrant, and do that based on which one feels right for you, not based on their cost. And make sure that you book the date with them, and pay your deposit. 

Then, you can work out the best way to budget for the celebrant, in the same way you would budget for your cake, your reception, the photographer, the hairdresser. 

Some celebrants will happily work with you to organise a “lay by” scheme, whilst others have a scheduled three payment option. Talk with your celebrant about the best options for both of you. 

Having your perfect celebrant perform your perfect wedding ceremony is something that you will remember for the rest of your life.



With your perfect celebrant you can create magic on your wedding day and you can find your perfect celebrant in the TCN directory by clicking here.

READ MORE about Civil Celebrants by clicking here. 

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May
22

Sorry - marrying when you first meet just cannot happen

Despite the impression you may have gained from the latest reality TV show, you are legally required to give your celebrant a completed Notice of Intended Marriage at least one month before the planned wedding, if you want to be married in Australia.

i propose 927744 200Most couples of course plan their wedding much earlier and are keen to book their celebrant well in advance, especially if they are marrying on a busy Saturday in summer or a popular date like Valentine's Day. Wedding planning is an important part of the preparation for your life together as a married couple and working with your celebrant over a period of time to design your ideal ceremony is part of the fun.

There are some very limited circumstances where the Notice period can be shortened to less than one month.  In situations such as terminal illness, immediate overseas postings and similar cases it is possible to obtain permission for an earlier wedding.  Your celebrant will be able to tell you about these rules how to go about seeking permission.

So don't be fooled into thinking that you can call up your celebrant for a wedding in the morning because you have just met the new love of your life.  It just doesn't happen like that.

Of course, if you are so madly in love that you cannot wait a month to gather your family and friends around you and declare your love to the world, you can ask your celebrant to do a "commitment ceremony" - this is what you saw on TV.  These ceremonies have absolutely no legal basis and the celebrant  makes this clear to everyone present.  Later on, if you both decide you want to marry then you can return to your celebrant, give due notice and have a legal wedding - as large or small as you wish. 

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Apr
21

Celebrant WA Perth Morley Paul Watts

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"Sports over the years have played a major part of my life being as a player and as a committee member and I am a life member of a local football and sports club". shares Paul Watts from Perth WA.

"Over many years both family and friends have encouraged me to become a marriage Celebrant which I did and was registered in January 2010."

"I enjoy public speaking and over many years have been the Master of Ceremonies at numerous weddings, birthdays, engagement parties, funerals and various other occasions."

Read more about Paul and other celebrants in our ASK A CELEBRANT profiles and snapshots section.

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13

Port Stephens Celebrant - Lorraine Stokes

This weeks featured celebrant is Lorraine Stokes from Port Stephens NSW.

I am happily married with 2 married children, one granddaughter and another grandchild on the way. I worked in the finance industry for over 30 years and during that time often did public speaking at conferences, seminars and staff nights so was reasonably comfortable standing out the front and speaking to groups of people. I left that industry 12 months ago and also moved from the Blue Mountains to the Port Stephens area so I have really had a sea change. What made me become a Celebrant was my attendance at 2 weddings within 2 months of each other both conducted by Celebrants. The first was beautiful well written and very personal the second one was over in what seemed a flash with no feeling. I felt sorry for the Groom (who was my nephew) and Bride and thought everyone deserves a beautiful wedding day, I had a number of friends and family come up to me after the second wedding and say they felt I would have done a better job of it.

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Sep
01

Emotional Wedding

From Gwen Stephenson
Celebrants & Celebrations Network Australia Civil Celebrant
Cairns Queensland.
www.rhapsodyceremonies.com.au

tears-weddingI recently officiated at my nephew's wedding at the beautiful Annabelle the Wedding Chapel at Sunshine Coast.  This wedding, even though I knew it would be difficult as I actually knew half of the wedding party/guests, I had no  idea it would so emotional for all concerned. 

The groom cried, the bride cried, the flower girl cried - and then everyone cried (including myself and the photographer).  Unbelievable!! 

Thank goodness we only do family weddings once in a while.  Smile  But it was my first family one and I loved every minute of it.  Doing another one for one of my Goddaughters this Saturday so that one will be interesting also.  Can't wait.  Love doing weddings.  Cheers to all my colleagues (no matter where you are) and keep up the good work.  

Our job is very important and many people rely on us.

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Jul
09

What time should the Ceremony commence?

How many of us like to be kept waiting?  I've never met anyone who did.

It has become fashionable lately to state on wedding invitations a start time, which is actually considerably different to the actual start time.  On the face of it, it sounds like a good idea; after all, we don't all have good time-keeping skills and if guests have arrived in advance of the ceremony time then they won't miss the ceremony, or will they?  Perhaps they were intending to miss the ceremony anyway and just turn up at the reception?

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May
12

Townsville Celebrant - Dianne Sherrington

This weeks featured celebrant is Dianne Sherrington from Townsville North Queensland.

I have worked in the meat industry for 30 years the last 10 years was in the training program, as I have a Certificate 4 in Assessment and Workplace Training, I was conducting in a class room of up to 50 people all inductions for the new employees. Teaching new employees skills required for the task they must performed.

I feel this role has given me the opportunity to feel relaxed and confident to stand in front of a large crowd and perform my ceremonies.

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30

Celebrants Sharing the Love

Amora-Riverwalk-hotel3Being a  Civil Celebrant means that we are creating Ceremonies of love for  people within the community.  Ceremonies that Recognise and Celebrate the milestones in a person’s life. 

It does not matter whether it is a Marriage ,  Naming,  Commitment, Anniversary, Birthday, Rite of Passage, a Funeral or Memorial, a  Ceremony attached to any  Celebration adds meaning and enables the love to be shared by all who attend.

We Celebrants love what we do;  We love being able to create meaningful and memorable ceremonies for  people;  and in the words of Leo Buscalia, “We don’t love to be loved, we love to love!”  

On the 9th and 10th June in Melbourne at the Amora Hotel in Richmond, there will  be the opportunity for Celebrants to join together  to share experiences, to learn, to get to know each other and to celebrate and to share the love. 

It would be wonderful to see lots of Celebrants at the conference.  To find out more about this go to:

http://www.celebrations.org.au/blog/entry/general/invitation-celebrant-conference-not-to-miss

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17

Tumut, Riverina and Snowy MTNs Celebrant Barry Blundell

This weeks featured celebrant is Barry Blundell from Tumut, Riverina and Snowy Moutains Area.

After completing high school at Tumut NSW; I moved to Sydney where I commenced a long career with the Post Master General’s Department (later to become Telstra). I returned to my home town ten years later, as an employee of Telstra in a customer service representative role. I have become more familiar with my local area and nearby regions of New South Wales, Victoria and the Australian Capital Territory.

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17

Eltham Celebrant - Meg L'Estrange

This weeks featured celebrant is Meg L'Estrange from Eltham Victoria.

I am Meg L'Estrange, a celebrant for all occasions, a former teacher and school counsellor, and a family woman with three adult sons.

While I was teaching I experienced the death of my mother. When my dad had died two years earlier, she was so distressed by the funeral he was given, which was totally inappropriate for him, that she said, 'Let no man of the cloth come near me when I die!'

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Feb
14

St Valentine strikes again

red_rose_turn_heart_valentines_day_md_clrPost by Rona Goold
TCNA Coordinator
www.celebrants.org.au

Whether you received a special message today or not, isn't it great to have a day to acknowledge the value of love and friendship in our lives?

My husband and I will be married 20 years this year, so he did need the prompting of the local radio talk show to remind him that today is a special day :-)

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28

Tips for Wedding Ceremonies Involving Children

From Mr Peter Grant - Cvil Marriage Celebrant
Celebrants & Celebrations Network Austraia
Brisbane Queensland

http://www.peterthecelebrant.com.au/

Many of our wedding ceremonies now involve extended families with the couple having children (either together or from previous relationships) and that immediate family being readily accepted by parents, siblings and grandparents.
 
We advise our couples that the wedding ceremony is a terrific event to incorporate the love and acceptance across all levels of the family unit. We ensure that the involvement of family members does not detract from the solemnization of the marriage nor dilute the focus from the Bride and Groom.
 
My advice to couples is to sit with their celebrant and discuss the various ways and rituals that can be used to incorporate their children and their parents into their ceremony. Some of the ways we have done this is for the Bride to pause during the Processional next to the mothers (of the Bride and Groom) seated in the front seating and hand them a single red rose each as a token of love.

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Jan
10

Tackling the Tough Times

Being-Thanksful-150From Rebecca Skinner

The Celebrants Network Incorporated Blog Coordinator
Celebrants & Celebrations Network Australia Celebrant Member

www.celebratinglifeschapters.com

From every wound there is a scar, and every scar tells a story. And it's not just a story about pain and suffering, it's also a story about survival, the learning process, and seeing the silver linings.

We often treat troubles as real negatives. They come into all our lives with no notice and we don't want to have to deal with them. But the reality is, troubles can often open the door to many positives.

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07

LIFE IS TOO SHORT NOT TO CELEBRATE!

From Rebecca Skinner

The Celebrants Network Incorporated Blog Coordinator
Celebrants & Celebrations Network Australia Celebrant Member

www.celebratinglifeschapters.com

Why do we wait until birthdays, Christmas or New Year's Eve to celebrate? I believe life is too short not to celebrate EVERY moment we can.

Without making the effort to mark a particular moment, life passes us by far too quickly and achievements and blessings can so easily get missed along the way...

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