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Choosing a Wedding Date

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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Poems at weddings

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..

Including Children in your wedding ceremony

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!”

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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.