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Choosing a Celebrant . . . 1

Posted by on Dec 17, 2015 in Blog, Commitment Ceremonies, Recent & Favourite Ceremonies, Renewal of Vows, Weddings | 2 comments

Do I choose my celebrant on price?    

OR  do I look for quality?

 

Choose your celebrant on price  . . .

In my work as a celebrant, one of the things that happens very often is that the phone rings . . . and the voice at the other end says . . . “What do you charge for a wedding?” There are “horses for courses”  . . . it really depends on what you want!

 

The speaker assumes that engaging a celebrant is rather like buying a washing machine and that the only thing that matters is price . . . and that a wedding is a wedding . . . which it is not. There are good weddings that you will always remember with great happiness and pleasure, and there are dreadful weddings where the couple and their families forever cringe at the thought. Choosing a good celebrant will make a great difference.

But, as with the washing machine, the next question should always be . . . what do I get for the price?

My usual answer to the question about price is . . . what sort of ceremony are you looking for? And I listen to the speaker tell me about their expectations.

Regarding price, some celebrants will charge you their going rate, and then add on all sorts of extras, and you find that you get a much bigger bill than the one you expected.

My approach is always to have an inclusive fee. It includes booking the date, time and place, and virtually everything else – with the exception of a few things that most people don’t want anyway. This way there are no hidden surprises.

 

Choose your celebrant on quality and inclusions instead . . .

One of my favourite quotes is to remind people that firstly, you get what you pay for.

Or put even better by Aldo Gucci . . .

The bitterness of poor quality is remembered long after the sweetness

of a lower price has faded from memory.

Part 2 of Choosing a Celebrant will  be about Quality.   It will consider the inclusions you might expect in a well-presented wedding . . . and the different packages that you might be offered  . . . from comparatively inexpensive right through to one “with the works”.

 

Wedding-day ( and time and place) . . . how to choose . . .

Posted by on Dec 17, 2015 in Blog, Commitment Ceremonies, Post-it Page, Renewal of Vows, Weddings | 0 comments

Your wedding-day will more usually be on Friday afternoons or weekends . . .

because this will enhance the attendance at your wedding day.  Fridays and weekends are when most of your guests will be able to come, specially if they are working!  BUT you don’t have to have your wedding-day on a weekend . . .

An important question is whether both of you be able to get time off at the time of the wedding, both before and after the wedding-day?  Great for enjoying time with visiting family, and for a honeymoon.

You need to think about who you would like to have at the ceremony  on your wedding-day (and the celebration afterwards!). So the ultimate wedding date and time will probably be a compromise between all the people you will ask, and those who will actually be available to attend on the day

Your wedding-day . . . on the weekend or during the week?

On the other hand, for small weddings you need to consider that quite a lot of money can be saved by not having a wedding at peak times (e.g. not on Fridays or weekends).

 

This is why most wedding venues, limousines, celebrants, caterers . . . and many other services will charge more for a wedding-day held on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays.

 

Your wedding-day . . . which season is best?

Most people prefer the in-between seasons of autumn and spring. The most popular wedding times of year are from March to May, and from September to November.

The reason is that the weather is comfortable: not too hot and not too cold. This means, for example, that men wearing suits, and ladies wearing strapless gowns are comfortable. As a bride, you cannot really slip on a cardigan or a jumper!

It is also good for older guests who find very cold or very hot weather very trying.

 

Advance Notice of your wedding-day  . . .

Legally, you have to give a calendar month’s notice  . . . so you can’t rush off and get married in a hurry without a good reason . . . but there are ways of having a wedding within that time as long as you have that good reason, and can convince the local Court Prescribed Authority. If this is your situation, do ask me . . . as you might be able to go ahead.

So you need to plan ahead, and in this way, you can have the wedding day you want . . . on the right date, at the right time.

Planning a Wedding

Posted by on Dec 17, 2015 in Blog, Commitment Ceremonies, Renewal of Vows, Weddings | 0 comments

Planning a Wedding

Planning a Wedding

Planning a wedding is, in some ways, like organising a long trip . . .

There are so many people . . . places . . . services . . . clothes . . . etc . . . to be organised, that you need to allow quite a decent lead time so that you don’t finish up at the ceremony on the wedding day suffering from total exhaustion . . . and you wake up the next morning saying, “What happened? It all went so quickly and I wasn’t able to enjoy it . . . I don’t quite remember!” It has happened!

 

Planning is the Key

The secret of a great wedding day is planning . . .

The first part of your planning will be to check on some important things . . .

  • Pick your time, date and venue . . . best done well in advance.
  • Can your guests come . . . especially those who are really important to you . . . such as your parents and other family?
  • Can any special friends who are coming from a long way away get there?
  • Is accommodation available (for those who are coming from a long way) with family and friends, or will they have to stay in a hotel?
  • Booking your ceremony and reception venue well in advance (like a minimum of 8 months, and preferably 12) will ensure that you are less likely to be disappointed.
  • Is your preferred celebrant, priest, minister, rabbi or other officiant available on your chosen date?
  • With your celebrant (regardless of whether celebrant, priest, minister etc), do not forget that within Australia you are required to give one months notice before the wedding date.

Wedding Flourishes – Ways to enhance your wedding: Part 2

Posted by on Nov 16, 2014 in Blog, Commitment Ceremonies, Renewal of Vows, Weddings | 0 comments

Wedding Flourishes – Ways to enhance your wedding: Part 2

by Robert Moore

 

Remember, that in Part 1 we learned that Flourishes are ways to make your wedding more personal, more meaningful, and add greater feeling and emotion to the ceremony.

A Wedding Flourish is a short or small ritual action, which symbolises what has just been said.
(Warning! – This can often be the moment when the tears can begin to flow, as the ritual act connects the head and the heart.)

Part 1 of this post dealt with the various forms of the Unity Ceremony. This part will outline some other flourishes that can add to emotional intensity of a wedding ceremony. (more…)

Wedding Flourishes – Ways to enhance your wedding: Part 1

Posted by on Nov 1, 2014 in Blog, Commitment Ceremonies, Renewal of Vows, Weddings | 0 comments

Wedding Flourishes – Ways to enhance your wedding: Part 1

by Robert Moore

 

Wedding Flourishes are ways to make your wedding ceremony more personal, more meaningful, and add greater feeling and emotion to the ceremony.

A Wedding Flourish is a short or small ritual action, which symbolises what has just been said.
(Warning! – This can often be the moment when the tears can begin to flow, as the ritual act connects the head and the heart.) (more…)

About Marriage – did you know…?

Posted by on Oct 1, 2014 in Blog, Weddings | 0 comments

About Marriage – did you know…?

by Robert Moore

 

You have to give notice . . .?

When you’re thinking about marriage, under normal circumstances in Australia, you cannot get married the following day. Probably the most famous place in the world where you can do that is Las Vegas in the United States. One can obtain what Americans call “a Licence” and be married within a short period of time (like a few hours!)

In Australia, the procedure is a little different. Here, the couple must first lodge a government form, which is headed Notice of Intended Marriage (usually abbreviated to NIM or NOIM) with the celebrant, priest, minister, Rabbi etc of their choice, and then wait for a specified period.

Normally, the wedding cannot take place inside a month from that day. For example, if you lodge your form on the 24th March, then the ceremony can take place on 24th April. It doesn’t matter how long (28, 29, 30 or 31 days) the month is. It’s the date that counts.

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A Celebrant Funeral? What’s different about it?

Posted by on Sep 15, 2014 in Blog, Funerals | 0 comments

A Celebrant Funeral? What’s different about it?

by Robert Moore

 

Religious or non-religious?

A clergyman friend of mine recently asked me, “What do you do or say at a non-religious funeral?”

It’s a good question, which is complicated by the huge range of beliefs held by Australians. Of course, my friend was really asking, “Without religious content, what is there to say?”

The short answer is plenty. The long answer is a little more round-about. So here goes …

Above all, where possible celebrant funerals are about celebrating (in the best sense of that word) the life that is just past, and that is the main focus.

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Hello world!

Posted by on Sep 8, 2014 in Blog | 0 comments

Hello world!

by Robert Moore

 

Hello world! Well, sort of . . . .

You see, I now have a new website, which has all sorts of new features that I am really happy about. The things I mention below couldn’t be done on my old site. (For the technically-minded, the old one was a now obsolete form of html, whereas this one is built in the up-to-date WordPress platform.)

The great thing about this is that if I want to add things or make changes, I can actually do it myself, instead of having to get someone else to do it at great expense. I can do all sorts of things with it – put new material up – make small alterations or big ones – and do it all instantly. And by myself! Wonderful! (more…)