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Feb
27

Your Day to Propose – 29 February 2020

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Christmas, New Year and Valentine’s Day have come and gone but he didn’t propose. All is not lost!

Once every four years it is not only OK, it is actually expected that women will ask their partner to marry them.  So what’s the story here? What makes this year and particularly Saturday 29 February 2020 so special?  The Celebrants Network's Celebrant - Sonia Collins from Batemans Bay is going to tell us...

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Feb
05

Contingency Plans - How to handle unforeseen events during a ceremony

So, there you are smack bang in the middle of a ceremony and something goes wrong….what do you do.  I'm sure that there are many, many more, but let’s look at just a few things that could go wrong.

Today's Blog is written by Celebrant Susie Roberts from Grafton

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Nov
11

Remembrance Day 11 November 2019

On November 11 Australia, along with all Commonwealth countries will honour Remembrance Day in recognition of the day the guns fell silent at the end of World War One. After four years of warfare and the loss of millions of lives, an armistice was signed to take effect on the 11th hour of the 11th day of November, 1918.

Today we have our regular guest blogger Melanie Lawson from Oberon, NSW, recognising Remembrance Day. 

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Trevor Hayley

Thank you Michelle

Great sentiments. Yes what is it about ceremony? It just feels like we need to 'do' something.
Monday, 11 November 2019 20:43
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May
27

Writing your own vows - Part 2

Today's blog is the Part 2 of Writing your own vows - the final instalment written by TCN Celebrant, author and guest blogger, Susanna Jose from Canberra, ACT. 
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Apr
29

The Seriousness of Underage Marriages & Forced Marriages

Underage marriage is a sensitive and complex issue that affects communities around the world.  This issue impacts on women and girls who marry at a young age and often without giving consent.  Our guest blogger, TCN Celebrant Melanie Lawson - takes us through the stats and legalities of underage and forced marriage...

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Guest — Jenny Grierson

how things change!

It's hard to believe, but when I was a Social Worker in the Welfare system in Victoria a lifetime ago (in the 1960s) there was a c... Read More
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Oct
23

A behind the scenes look at being a civil celebrant

A behind the scenes look at being a civil celebrant



Have you ever wondered "What exactly does a celebrant do?"

Have you ever thought "Gee, that looks like an easy job - just talking for 20 minutes on a weekend!"


Well, you can be half forgiven for thinking those things because you might only see the celebrant for 20 minutes on a weekend, but the majority of a celebrant's work is done way before they turn up at the ceremony.



Before your ceremony they will have:

Attended meetings and rehearsals, researched, writen a unique ceremony that suits each individual couple or family, assisted couples and families with writing their own personal wedding vows or poems to their children or loved ones, organised paperwork, including accepting the legal Notice of Intended Marriage form, answered questions, given opinions and made suggestions.  

Then your ceremony day arrives and they will arrive at least 45 minutes before your guests to make sure everything is perfect, greet your guests, calm people's nerves and then perform your ceremony, coordinating the music and the bridal party and the flower girls and page boys and whoever is holding the rings.  They will also be kind and compassionate and have an very good understanding of what you're going through when you are saying goodbye to your loved one.

After your marriage ceremony your celebrant will lodge your marriage certificate with the BDM and securely keep all of the necessary legal documents.



And that's just for your ceremony.

They've also kept their office running with invoices, receipts, notes, creating, printing, filing, purchasing legal stationery, financials, taxation, websites, social media, advertising...



Before any of that can happen though, each celebrant must successfully complete a Certificate IV in Celebrancy and then once the certificate has been awarded, the candidate then must apply to the Attorney General to become registered.  This is a fairly costly exercise - $600 for the applicaiton alone and that must be paid whether the AG registers them or not.

Each year every registered civil celebrant is required to attend an OPD - (Professional Development) at their own cost.



So, whilst you might only see the Celebrant for 20 minutes whilst the ceremony is happening, please be assured that they have worked very hard before the ceremony even starts.

If you'd like to meet one of our hard working TCN Celebrants, click HERE for find a celebrant in your area.

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Jan
02

New Beginnings

2017 - a brand new year - fresh, with no mistakes.  

The first week of the year is the perfect time to assess how things are going in your life.  It’s a beginning, the start of a journey, something wonderful and new.
Striving for self-improvement and setting goals for ourselves gives us a sense of hope for the future.
 

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Some people might look inwards for the changes they’d like to make - vowing to be friendlier to the waitstaff in restaurants, or focusing on keeping comments positive at home or at work, or making a point of doing something kind for a stranger each day.

 

Your goal this year might not be about you at all - This could be the year that you celebrate everybody else that you know in true style.  Birthdays, anniversaries, new babies, job promotions, new house, a win for your indoor cricket team…..
 
Every milestone that life offers us

 

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Self assessment is always a good idea - to stand back and take really good look at yourself. 

 

This is also a great time to look to your personal relationships and give yourself some honest feedback about how you think you could improve - think about: communication, thoughtfulness, equality, respect, taking each other for granted, listening and sharing.  What better time to make your relationship even better than it is than right now?

 

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Whatever your resolutions, be sure to make your goals a priority, be specific, and work at them daily.

 

Below are six tips to help you stick to your New Year’s Resolutions:

 

1 Your goal should be specific
Choose something that is attainable and/or something that you can build on.

 

2 Write your resolution down
Put it somewhere where you can see it on a every day. This will help you to stay focused.

 

3 Hold yourself accountable
By letting others know about your resolution.

 

4 Have coping strategies in place to deal with obstacles
If your resolution is to drink less, don’t put yourself into situations where you might be tempted.

 

5 Reward yourself at each milestone
Choose appropriate rewards - there’s no point in rewarding yourself with a chocolate cake if your goal is to lose 5kgs!

 

6 Ask for help
Try to be open to seeking help when needed. Knowing when to ask for help takes a great deal of courage, strength and wisdom.

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And if your goal this year is to celebrate everybody else that you know in true style, remember our TCN celebrants are here to assist you

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