Wedding and Other Ceremony Articles

Choosing Your Marriage Celebrant
Like all services for your wedding, there are many styles of marriage celebrants.  A celebrant’s website will give you a good feel of their style of presentation.
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Wedding Gifts and Registries – Gift Giving Tips
The modern act of gift giving is more structured and less open to chance, through the use of gift registry. Using a registry eliminates the guess work for friends and family when purchasing your gift.
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Saving for a Wedding
Your wedding is one of the happiest days of your life. But you don’t want to get into so much debt that you’re still paying it off 2 years later. There are lots of ways you can keep costs down and still make sure your big day is memorable.
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7 Things to Consider Before You Get Married
You want a rewarding and fulfilling marriage? You can have one, but you need a dose of reality first. Here are things you need to say ‘I do’ before walking down the aisle –
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Big Decisions Marrying Later in Life
A rapidly growing number of women are marrying later in life.  From the dress, etiquette, beauty tips, lifestyle changes, your careers, homes, blending families, prenuptial agreements as well as other hot topics, perhaps these answers to your questions may help making it easier to navigate the challenges of Marrying Later in Life.
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The Pre-Nup – Let’s Talk about Prenuptial Agreements
As you are in the second phase of life, you never thought you would fall in love. But, as life brings sweet surprises you have finally found Mr. Wonderful. Because of career choices and other priorities and circumstances, you are getting married now, later in life.
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Post Wedding – Take Time Out With Each Other
Once your vows are official treat yourselves to some relaxation dedicated to hobbies activities or other recreational pursuits.
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Celebrity Weddings
Celebrities are regular people too, though their jobs pay them millions more than we make. They too have no clue as to how to get everything they want for their wedding together. Just like us, they only have 24 hours in a day and in spite of their busy schedules, they manage to have truly beautiful weddings.
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Australian Wedding Statistics
The number or couples opting for the services of a wedding celebrant has increased in the past year with the figure rising to 65 per cent, according to the Australian Bureau of Statistics.
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Why Have a Weddng Vow Renewal Ceremony?
There are myriad reasons for having a vow renewal ceremony and the way in which you wish to celebrate and commemorate can be designed to reflect your preferences & style.
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Tips for Establishing Healthy Blended Families
Go slowly. Don’t expect to fall in love with your partner’s children overnight. Take it slowly, and get to know them. Love and respect have to be learned and a step parent has to earn them.
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Choosing a Transport Company
Tips for choosing your wedding transport.
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Where to Find the Right Words
The marriage ceremony is much more than just saying ‘I Do’, The perfect ceremony is a carefully chosen balance between words and music that are meaningful to the bride and groom and memorable for all the guests.
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Bridal Trends
Wherever you proclaim your love be sure to shine on your important day here are some bridal trends in fashion for the upcoming year.
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Table Settings
Discover the endless possibilities whatever your style you will find the elements to fit your vision – mix and match to create glamour and ambience, you’re only limited by your imagination.
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Caring for Your Wedding Rings
Find the best way to care for your engagement and wedding rings.
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Invitation Etiquette – A Guide For Writing Your Own Invitations
You should send your invitations out no later than six to eight weeks prior to your wedding date.  Post all local invites at the same time so no-one ends up receiving a late invite.
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Your Wedding Cake Planner
7 Step Guide to Help You Choose Your Wedding Cake
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The Bridal Gown
Tips for choosing your wedding dress.
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Bouquet Styles and Shapes
Learn more about wedding bouquets and their shapes
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Your Engagement
The initial excitement of getting engaged may entice you to want to let the whole world know by shouting it from the rooftops. Instead you should probably consider telling those closest to you first to avoid hurting anybody’s feeling.
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The Bridal Veil
Tips for wearing a Veil and Types of Veils
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Wedding Rings – Diamond Shapes and the Four C’s
Find out more about Colour, Clarity, Cut and Carat
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Popular Wedding Songs
Find out what the most popular wedding songs are … you may be surprised.
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Tips for Writing Your Own Vows
Write down the first 10 things that come to mind in response to this sentence: “I love (my partner’s name) because …”
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Marriage Celebrants
Once you’ve chosen a venue for your ceremony, you’ll need to approach a marriage celebrant to officiate your wedding vows. If you and your partner are planning a religious ceremony, you will have an appointed celebrant referred to you by the venue
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More Wedding Handy Hints
Book Early – There are some days when I’d love to be able to clone myself – so many wonderful people, and only one me. Celebrants and local wedding venues often have bookings up to two years in advance. March and November are the most popular months – and “everything wedding” will be heavily booked around those times. You may like to think about either a Friday evening or Sunday wedding.
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Wedding Traditions
What does Bridal mean?  The brew the bride and groom would drink was referred to as “bryd ealu” or “bride’s ale,” which became “bridal”. An old meaning of ale was feast or celebration but this evolved into bridal somewhere in the 14th century, when it was used to mean the totality of the wedding, not just the feasting afterwards.
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The Bridal Shower – Celebrate with Close Friends and Family Your Upcoming Marriage
Traditionally the bridal shower was held to provide the bride-to-be with gifts to help her set up her new home. These days the majority of couples have already set up home and therefore the bridal shower is a great opportunity for family and friends to show their support for the next chapter in her life
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Which flowers will be in season for your wedding?
Wondering which flowers will be in season at the time of your wedding and how far in advance you need to order them?
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Should You Keep Your Surname When You Marry?
What’s in a name? Well, your identity, for starters — you’ve spent your whole life “making a name for yourself.” That’s why changing your name after marriage isn’t necessarily easy. The good news is that brides today have many options….
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Health & Fitness Plan For Brides To Be
Regardless of whether your wedding is six months or six weeks away you should aim to set goals to improve your health and fitness which are realistic and achievable. Not every bride will be able to fit into a size 10 wedding gown….
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The Origins Of Wedding Symbolism
Have you ever wondered where some of our wedding traditions have originated?
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What Is The Role of A Toastmaster / Master of Ceremony
A good toastmaster will discreetly go about his duties and provide confidence and a calming influence on the bridal party and hosts. He will be an expert on wedding etiquette and protocol which ensures that the members of the bridal party, who have roles to fulfill during the reception, do so in the right order and without embarrassment.
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Themed Weddings – Where Do I Start?
Choosing your wedding decorations, colors, flowers, and your wedding location can be simplified by selecting a wedding theme. We propose this idea, because, your themed wedding can easily be based on color, decorations, invitations, people, places, feelings, and anything else you can put your mind to!
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Weddings Within Your Budget
A dream wedding… that’s what every girl wants. Unfortunately, those are really expensive, especially if you insist on having them Hollywood style. Still, it is nice to have the trimmings at your wedding; and contrary to what you may think, you can have them while shelling out less than you’d expect.
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Celebrity Weddings – Do As The Celebrities Do!
We often hear about how celebrities will go to extreme lengths to keep the paparazzi out of their wedding day. They can’t even hand out regular invitations since the details are bound to leak to the press. With the way that these people hound them, it’s a miracle they can use the toilet without the whole world knowing what time they went.
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Weddings The Second Time Around
Love is lovelier the second time around… so the saying goes. It is always a special joy to find someone special but after you’ve become a statistic, it is especially thrilling. Let’s face it, finding someone who can handle the emotional baggage that comes from being a divorcee, and in some cases possibly becoming an instant parent, is not easy.
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Show Your Soul Mate How Much You Love Them With Original Wedding Vows
Without question your wedding day is a special once in a lifetime event that deserves the utmost in respect, elegance and dignity along with a dash of fun, exhilarating excitement and heartfelt love. For that very reason original wedding vows are truly the number one way to tell that special someone just how much you love and cherish them on this beautiful occasion.
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Wedding Etiquette – Your Most Common Wedding Etiquette Dilemmas Solved!
As one of the biggest and most potentially stressful events of your life, getting engaged and subsequently planning a wedding brings with it an onslaught of questions. As times change and weddings evolve, traditional rules of etiquette have followed suit, only adding to the confusion.
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Personalize Your Wedding Ceremony
Here are some ideas to make your wedding ceremony unique: Have your father and mother walk you down the aisle.  Burn incense – this will give the ceremony an exotic feeling.  Have children hand each female guest a flower such as a single carnation.  Personalize your wedding program with greetings, pictures and poetry….
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Let Your Wedding Invitations Reflect the Ceremony Itself
Wedding ceremonies these days are as varied as the couples who take that big step; from traditional church weddings to mid-air nuptials as the participants float underneath matching parachutes, the locations and modes of marrying are wonderfully diverse. Why not choose a wedding invitation which reflects the design and spirit of the occasion? Here are some considerations…
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Planning Your Civil Partnership Ceremony
Once you have recovered from the euphoria of the proposal to hold a civil partnership ceremony, you need start preparing for the big day. There is a lot more to it than you think but if you make a month-by-month countdown plan it won’t seem quite so stressful.
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Scheduling Your Baby Naming Ceremony – the Right Time Makes All the Difference
If you’re at the stage of wanting to organise a naming ceremony for your baby, then you already know that babies have their own schedule, which doesn’t always align with yours. At certain times of the day they are more sociable, more alert, and more amenable to the sort of activities a naming ceremony involves. For a baby this means being clean, being rested, and not being hungry.
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Wedding Toasts & Speeches

Hopefully the following will be able to alleviate some of your stress by giving you a few pointers.  Remember to smile – this always makes you appear less nervous than you really are.
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Tips for Making Your Hen’s Night a Night to Remember
Your Hen’s Night is a chance to let your hair down amidst the pressure of your wedding preparations, and to celebrate your last days of being single.
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