Outdoor Wedding Venues

Canberra is a great place for an outdoor wedding though when planning you wedding it pays to have a backup option in case of rain. A fantastic venue with outstanding food. Weddings can be done on the lawns here, in one of the function rooms or in the timber floored foyer. Prices range from $1500 to $11000 depending on the …

Writing Wedding Vows – Dave Segal

Wedding vows Writing wedding vows is often one of the main points of anxiety for couples. Couples have often googled options and sometimes tried to remember what other couples have said at their ceremonies. What are wedding vows Vows are the promises which couples make to each other during a wedding ceremony. For example ” I promise never to run …

Online Live Q&A All About Weddings

I will be discussing the various aspects of weddings in Canberra covering legal, ceremony, venues, logistics and answering any questions you might have.

Organise a surprise wedding

You know those shows where there is a surprise wedding and the bride to be is crying with happiness etc? Well in Australia that’s not really legally possible. You need to give one months notice to a celebrant with at least one signature on the Notice of Intended Marriage. The second party needs to sign that before the wedding and …

Traditional wedding

Traditional wedding or something different? I love reading “The Onion” this humorous take on the traditional wedding vows is something you won’t encounter with a civil celebrant…unless you want to! Have you “I’ve spent so much time and money planning the perfect wedding, but I can’t deny it would really take everything to the next level if, say, one of …

Getting Married Overseas

Planning to elope? The Smartraveller website has detailed information about getting married overseas.If you intend to marry overseas, please note that marriage celebrants authorised in Australia can only perform legal marriages within Australia. An overseas marriage cannot be registered in Australia, and the foreign marriage certificate will be evidence the marriage has occurred. Beach – CC benmiller23 on flickr An overseas marriage will generally …

Canberra Registry Wedding

Canberra Registry Wedding Many couples have an elopement, enjoy the warm beaches of a tropical island then need to complete the legal aspects of marriage. I can offer a Canberra registry wedding for you in my purpose built venue in Canberra. Some people want a marriage ceremony with a few hundred guests and family and I can offer that service as well. …

Wedding Celebrant cost

How much might it cost? One consistent question I get when couples first contact me is how much does a wedding celebrant cost? People use the term civil celebrant, marriage celebrant and wedding celebrant interchangeably. The short answer is it varies depending on a number of factors. First you will need to find a celebrant and one way to do …

Canberra Marriage Celebrant

What’s it like to be a Canberra celebrant?

I became a Canberra celebrant several years ago at the request of a couple of close friends. Anecdotally this is a common reason for Australian marriage celebrants, more often it is a parent who does so for one of their children, this is what I have heard in Canberra about Canberra Celebrants anyway. I named my business Canberra Marriage Celebrant …

I Promise by Dorothy Colgan

I promise to give you the best of myself and to ask of you no more than you can give. I promise to respect you as your own person and to realise that your interests, desires and needs are no less important than my own. I promise to share with you my time and my attention and to bring joy, …

Excerpt from The Bridge Across Forever Richard Bach

A soulmate is someone who has locks that fit our keys, and keys to fit our locks. When we feel safe enough to open the locks, our truest selves step out and we can be completely and honestly who we are; we can be loved for who we are and not for who we’re pretending to be. Each unveils the …

Blessing for a Marriage by James Dillett Freeman

May your marriage bring you all the exquisite excitements a marriage should bring, and may life grant you also patience, tolerance, and understanding. May you always need one another – not so much to fill your emptiness as to help you to know your fullness. A mountain needs a valley to be complete; the valley does not make the mountain …

The Art of Marriage by Wilferd A. Peterson

The little things are the big things. It is never being too old to hold hands. It is remembering to say “I love you” at least once a day. It is never going to sleep angry. It is at no time taking the other for granted; the courtship should not end with the honeymoon, it should continue through all the …

Apache Marriage Blessing

Now you will feel no rain, for each of you will be the shelter for each other. Now you will feel no cold, for each of you will be the warmth for the other. Now you are two persons, but there is only one life before. Go now to your dwelling place to enter into the days of your life …

A Marriage By Michael Blumenthal

You are holding up a ceiling with both arms. It is very heavy, but you must hold it up, or else it will fall down on you. Your arms are tired, terribly tired, and, as the day goes on, it feels as if either your arms or the ceiling will soon collapse. But then, unexpectedly, something wonderful happens: Someone, a …

LOVE By Roy Croft

I love you, Not only for what you are, But for what I am When I am with you. I love you, Not only for what You have made of yourself, But for what You are making of me. I love you For the part of me That you bring out; I love you For putting your hand Into my …

Somewhere I have never traveled by E.E. Cummings

Somewhere I have never travelled, gladly beyond any experience, your eyes have their silence: in your most frail gesture are things which enclose me, or which I cannot touch because they are too near your slightest look easily will unclose me though I have closed myself as fingers, you open always petal by petal myself as Spring opens (touching skilfully, …

The Bargain by Sir Philip Sidney

My true love hath my heart, and I have his, By just exchange one for another given: I hold his dear, and mine he cannot miss, There never was a better bargain driven: My true love hath my heart, and I have his. His heart in me keeps him and me in one, My heart in him his thoughts and …

“To My Dear and Loving Husband” by Anne Bradstreet

If ever two were one, then surely we. If ever man were loved by wife, then thee; If ever wife was happy in a man, Compare with me ye women if you can. I prize thy love more that whole mines of gold, Or all the riches that the East doth hold. My love is such that rivers cannot quench, …

From “The Irrational Season” by Madeleine L’Engle

But ultimately there comes a moment when a decision must be made. Ultimately two people who love each other must ask themselves how much they hope for as their love grows and deepens, and how much risk they are willing to take…It is indeed a fearful gamble…Because it is the nature of love to create, a marriage itself is something …

From “Gift From The Sea” by Anne Morrow Lindbergh

When you love someone, you do not love them all the time, in exactly the same way, from moment to moment. It is an impossibility. It is even a lie to pretend to. And yet this is exactly what most of us demand. We have so little faith in the ebb and flow of life, of love, of relationships. We …

From “The Prophet” by Khalil Gibran

Love one another But make not a bond of love. Let it rather be a moving sea Between the shores of your souls Fill each other’s cup But drink not from the same cup Sing and dance together and be joyous, But let each one of you be alone Even as the strings of the lute are alone Though they …

from Walt Whitman’s Song of the Open Road

I do not offer the old smooth prizes, But offer rough new prizes, These are the days that must happen to you: You shall not heap up what is called riches, You shall scatter with lavish hand all that you earn or achieve. However sweet the laid-up stores, However convenient the dwellings, You shall not remain there. However sheltered the …

Roads Go Ever Ever On By J.R.R Tolkien

Roads go ever ever on, Over rock and under tree, By caves where never sun has shone, By streams that never find the sea; Over snow by winter sown, And through the merry flowers of June, Over grass and over stone, And under mountains in the moon. Roads go ever ever on Under cloud and under star, Yet feet that …

Union by Robert Fulghum

You have known each other from the first glance of acquaintance to this point of commitment. At some point, you decided to marry. From that moment of yes, to this moment of yes, indeed, you have been making commitments in an informal way. All of those conversations that were held in a car, or over a meal, or during long …

An excerpt from “A Farewell to Arms” by Ernest Hemingway

At night, there was the feeling that we had come home, feeling no longer alone, waking in the night to find the other one there, and not gone away; all other things were unreal. We slept when we were tired and if we woke the other one woke too so one was not alone. Often a man wishes to be …

I Carry Your Heart by E.E Cummings

“I carry your heart with me (I carry it in my heart)I am never without it (anywhere I go you go,my dear; and whatever is done by only me is your doing,my darling) I fear no fate (for you are my fate,my sweet)I want no world (for beautiful you are my world,my true) and it’s you are whatever a moon …

“The Velveteen Rabbit” by Margery Williams

“What is REAL?” asked the Rabbit one day, when they were lying side by side near the nursery fender, before Nana came to tidy the room. “Does it mean having things that buzz inside you and a stick-out handle?” “Real isn’t how you are made,” said the Skin Horse. “It’s a thing that happens to you. When a child loves …

Marriage ceremony – example

Celebrant: Friends and family, we are gathered here today to celebrate the joining of two special people. Craig and Sarah; who will be making a pledge to each other, to be true, faithful, loving and devoted to one another. These two people now wish to be united, to share their life, to share their joy. My name is Dave Segal …