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A big part of any wedding day is involving your nearest in your celebrations, and more and more people are choosing to include their pets, as they are a big part of your life and a valued member of your family. I get that. In 2015, my husband and I renewed our wedding vows after 10 years of marriage. We chose a secluded beach with only a few present; a Marriage Celebrant, a Photographer, our two gorgeous sons and our beloved cattle dog, Tane. We had a fabulous day! Tane sadly passed away in January 2019, almost 16 years old. My family and I are so happy that he was part of our special day and the professional photos are a keepsake for us to treasure for years to come. In 2020 we welcomed Sylvia Valentine, the love Pug into our family, and we are sure to include her in all family activities and celebrations.
There are many ways to include your pet in your ceremony. He or she can be;
- a bridesmaid or groomsman.
- A ring bearer
- Part of a sand ceremony
- Escort the bride up the aisle
- a gorgeous guest who are sure to steal your limelight.
Please let me know if you have any questions. I am always happy to hear from you.
- First you must find an authorised celebrant. She or He will guide you through the process and ensure that all aspects of your wedding is recorded correctly, and in accordance to the Marriage Act 1961.
- Your Celebrant will help you fill out, sign and file a NOIM (Notice of Intended Marriage) at least 30 days prior to wedding ceremony, and within 18 months of the wedding ceremony. If you are divorced or widowed, you must provide proof of how your previous marriage ended. You also need to show your birth certificate/passport/drivers licence to the celebrant. This can be done in person or via email.
- If your ID documents are in another language than English, you are required to get them translated by a NAATI approved interpreter. But please check with me first if this is necessary.
- Before your wedding, your celebrant will get you to sign the CNI (Certificate of No Impediment to Marriage). This is to declare that you are over 18 years old and not already married.
- You will also have to choose two people over 18 years of age as your witnesses. They will witness the ceremony and sign the three Marriage Certificates after the ceremony. Your witnesses can be anyone of your choice and if you want your wedding to be a secret, your celebrant can provide two witnesses for a fee.
- The ceremony is built up around four legal components;
- The Monitum, where the celebrant has to say words to the effect of: “My name is Christina Towler and I am duly authorised by law to solemnise marriages according to law. Before you are joined in marriage in my presence and in the presence of these witnesses, I am to remind you of the solemn and binding nature of the relationship into which you are now about to enter. Marriage, according to law in Australia, is the union between two people to the exclusion of all others, voluntarily entered into for life.”.
- The second component are the legal vows, where the celebrant asks you; ‘Do you Edward Peter Cullen, take Bella Donna Smith as lawfully wedding wife…and vice versa, and you say ‘I DO’!
- The third legal component is where the celebrant introduces you as Husband and Wife/Spouses/Wife and Wife/Husband and Husband/Married.
- The last part is the signing of documents by the celebrant, the couple and the two witnesses.
- Everything else before, after and in between is all up to you. Your celebrant will have a whole heap of suggestions and ideas, but it is all up to you how much or little you want.
- Once the signing is done, the celebrant will lodge the documents with the Registry of Birth, Death and Marriages (BDM) and you will receive an email from them prompting you to pay the fee ($55.80 as per 2021) for the Official Government Marriage Certificate, this is the certificate you will need as proof of marriage and to change your surname, should you wish to. The BDM has a turnaround period at around two weeks.
Please let me know if you have any questions. I am always happy to hear from you.
Christina@kissandgo.net – 0404 231 052
Why: I am a hopeless romantic and in love with love, and I absolutely love helping my couples having the best day possible.
What: I collaborate with my couples. Some couples have an idea of how they see their dream wedding happen, where others are a blank canvas. Our team consists of me, your Celebrant, a Photographer, Cake artist, Hair and Make up stylist and Musicians, and we are here to help you make the process stress free and as easy as possible.
How: Book a meeting with me and bring your kids and/or pets. Let us discuss your special day and complete the initial paperwork. But do not stress if you are busy or live too far away to pop in. We don’t have to meet beforehand. We can plan and prep everything via email.
Our values: As we work, the following things really matter to us:
Be passionate: We love what we do and making sure that our couples have one of the best days of their lives, gets us out of bed in the morning.
Be confident: Our team are good at what we do – we go above and beyond and take the hard road knowing that we have the skills and talent to succeed.
Have fun: We recognise a sense of humour is integral to relationship building and having a positive attitude to both work and life.
Most of my couples say that they are happily surprised how easy the process of getting married can be. They thought it had to be an all-consuming and never-ending spending affair.
I cater for all couples and have packages that includes the bare minimum requirements to be legally married, to all-inclusive packages that includes photography, wedding cake, live string Quartet, hair and makeup, and more. I am your one-stop wedding boutique for whatever your needs are, and I pride myself on transparency and have no hidden costs. Head over to my Facebook page and read what my couples have to say.
Kindest, Christina x
The throwing of confetti was started by the Medieval Italians who loved to throw things at each other. Sugared almond sweets called ‘confetti’ were thrown during carnivals, processionals and parades. At weddings, it was thrown as a sign of fertility and prosperity. Grains, seeds and rice have been thrown throughout the years. And these days, everything from paper confetti, shredded paper, through to freeze-dried flower petals and even compressor cannons have been used.
Setting the date for your wedding can be one of the trickiest parts of your wedding planning, especially if it means that you have got family and friends travelling interstate or from overseas to be part of your special day.
Some couples will choose a date that is sentimental to them – the anniversary of when they first met, first started dating or got engaged, and so on.
If you have not set the date yet and are looking for some inspiration, here is a guide to 2021 that are bound to be popular.
2021 wedding dates
Friday 1st January 2021 – a great way to ring in a new year, but many of your guests might be nursing a hangover.
Sunday 14th February 2021 – Valentine’s Day is always popular with romantics for tying the knot, and in 2021 it falls on a Sunday. This dates books quickly.
Thursday 1st to Tuesday 6th April 2021– Planning a wedding on or to coincide with the Easter long weekend is often a popular option for people who are having a destination wedding or have guests who need to travel to attend. Just bear in mind that public holiday surcharges will be in place and can be a costly affair. My husband and I learned this the hard way getting married over Easter in 2005.
Friday 13th August 2021 –If you are not worried about Friday 13th being unlucky, this might be a great day to have a fun wedding.
Sunday 31st October 2021 – If you are having a gothic theme, or just enjoy a lighthearted date, Halloween could be the day for you, falling on a Sunday in 2021.
Friday 31st December 2021 – NYE weddings have become quite popular in recent years and are a great way to ring in a new year.
21st day of the month – Dates with symmetry are always popular…whether you think they bring good luck or are just easy to memorise. In 2021 there are a few dates that will be hot for people who enjoy symmetrical dates. May 21 (21-05-21) falls on a Friday while August 21 (21-08-21) falls on a Saturday.
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If you’re looking to have a wedding ceremony that’s super-personalised, readings are a great way to do it. Wedding ceremony readings also allow you to give loved ones – particularly those who may not be in the wedding party, a special role in your big day. I am big fan of poems, readings or blessings, and especially love it when a child feels brave enough to step up a do a reading. I have a great selection for you to choose from..
Children might not do everything you think they will during your ceremony―it might not be ‘perfect’, but I can assure you it will be cute and entertaining. I have had brides breastfeeding during her ceremony and a pair of twins playing hide and seek in the wedding dress. It is organic and my favourite part of a wedding
One great story is where a little boy takes the rings up the aisle, but every few steps he turns around and makes a ferocious face and growls at the crowd. The crowd laughs hysterically, but no one understands. Later, when he’s asked what he was doing, he seriously answers, “Being the ring bear!”
The ceremony is over and now it is time to sign the documents. Do you write your new name or your maiden name on the marriage certificates? This is a great question and something that a lot of my couples get confused about when it comes to getting married.
On the actual day of your ceremony, you sign three documents and all three are required to be signed with the same name and signature that you used in all the pre-ceremony paperwork that you completed with your Celebrant.
Once your Celebrant has lodged the documents with the registry of Birth, Death and Marriages (RBDM), you will receive your Official Government Marriage Certificate – You can apply for this through your Celebrant while completing the initial paperwork, or at any time after your wedding directly through the RBMD for $50.40 (August 2020). This is the certificate that you will need as proof of marriage and to change your family name should you wish to. It is not a legally required thing; it comes down to your own personal choice AND it is not required that the bride takes the groom’s last name. He can take hers as well.
If you choose to change your family name when you get married, you will need to tell various government agencies, banks, utility suppliers and other businesses your married name.
Your list may include:
- driver licence
- car registration
- bank accounts
- Australian Taxation Office
- Australian Electoral Commission enrolment
- insurance policies
- Insurance companies
- Electricity, gas and water providers
- Your place of work
- Your mortgage provider
- Mobile phone provider
- Internet provider
- Any store cards you may have
A candle ceremony is a beautiful way to honour loved ones who can’t be part of your wedding day. The words can be as following: ‘Anne and Brian would like to take this moment to remember Anne’s Dad, Tim who is no longer with us. Anne and Brian would like to honour him with the lighting of this candle’. (Together lighting the candle)