Ceremonies

Weddings

Elopements

Renewal of vows

Naming ceremonies

Rites of passage

 

Weddings

Your marriage ceremony should capture the essence of your relationship reflecting your wishes and personalities.

You may know exactly what you would like for your ceremony – fantastic, I am very happy to work with you to create your dream marriage ceremony. Or you may be overwhelmed at the thought of what to include in your wedding ceremony, which is where most couples are at.

I will help you create your own unique ceremony. Or I can write one especially for you.

You can read a bit more about the marriage process here, or call me for a chat, I’m happy to answer any questions.

Elopements

If you are looking to elope only 5 people need to attend your ceremony. These are the bride and groom, your celebrant and two witnesses who are over the age of 18.

The legal process is the same as for any other civil marriage, you must complete your Notice of Intended Marriage at least a month prior to your wedding date. I will need to sight your original birth certificates or valid passport, divorce papers where necessary and photo ID.

We can then meet as a small group to conduct the ceremony.

Naming ceremony

Naming ceremonies celebrate the birth and naming of a baby, or mark and celebrate an occasion where a child, adolescent, or adult has changed their name. They are also a great way to welcome adopted children or stepchildren into the family.

Naming ceremonies give parents, relatives, and friends the opportunity to affirm their special relationship with the child and declare their intention to support and guide the child through life. It is also a time to appoint mentors / guardians / life guides / godparents, to explain the meaning behind the child’s name, to acknowledge the special relationship with brothers or sisters, and to recognise grandparents.

Naming ceremonies are conducted wherever you choose, with the words and symbols you choose.

Renewal of vows

A couple may choose to renew their marriage vows for a number of different reasons:

  • to declare their continuing love for each other on an anniversary
  • for married couples who, after separation, are reunited
  • couples who have been through a particularly difficult time, a renewal of vows ceremony can be an act of hope and a new start for the relationship; where regrets and mistakes are formally left behind
  • other couples renew their vows publicly because they were married overseas/interstate where their family and friends could not share the joy of their wedding day with them
  • some couples feel the need for such a ceremony when their original wedding ceremony, for one reason or another, does not hold the meaning they desire