The Journey Begins…

Thanks for joining me!

Good company in a journey makes the way seem shorter. — Izaak Walton

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Do I write my new name or my maiden name on the marriage certificate?

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:

  • passport
  • driver licence
  • car registration
  • bank accounts
  • Australian Taxation Office
  • Australian Electoral Commission enrolment
  • Medicare
  • insurance policies
  • doctors/dentist
  • superannuation
  • subscriptions
  • memberships
  • Insurance companies
  • Electricity, gas and water providers
  • Your place of work
  • Your mortgage provider
  • Landlord
  • Mobile phone provider
  • Internet provider
  • Any store cards you may have
  • RACQ
  • Vet
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Light a Candle for the loved ones who can’t be at your Wedding.

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)

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Sand Ceremony

A Sand ceremony is a beautiful way to celebrate your family,

whether it is just the two of you, your children, your blended family or your fur-family. Your family relationship is symbolised through the pouring of the individual bottles of coloured sand into a vase, frame, bottle or other.  And just as the grains of sand can never be separated and poured again into the separate containers, so will your marriage and family be.

You can purchase many gorgeous versions of Sand Ceremony Kits on Etsy and Ebay, and I also have a selection for sale:. 

Sand Ceremony Frame (Black or White) + 4 bottles of coloured sand $50 (postage not included)

Sand Ceremony Bottle + 4 bottles of coloured sand $45 (postage not included)

And the choice of the following wording on the frame/bottle:

Beautiful/Beautiful together/Beautiful dream/Beautiful Love/Amazing Love/Amazing Together/Amazing dream/Celebrate Love/Celebrate Today/Thankful/Love Today/Dream/Love/Celebrate/Together/Today.

Sand Colours: Pink, Red, Blue, Green, Grey, Purple, Apricot, Black and white.