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Fiona Brown Celebrant HMD Services for Naming, Weddings, Funerals

Weddings, Commitment Ceremonies, Renewal of Vows &

Naming Ceremonies,

Funerals & Memorial Services

Choosing a date for your wedding?

Planning well in advance is essential.

Consider…

In Australia,

Most couples want to get married on a weekend. There are 52 weekends per year.

Most couples like to choose warmer weather. Subtract winter and early spring 52-16=36.

Mid-November to Mid-January venues are difficult to find and the cost of Christmas puts people off. Subtract two months 36-8=28.

Storm season is usually from November to end February. Subtract further 8 weeks. 28-8=20.

More than half the weekends have now been eliminated. There are usually more than 20 couples per year who decide to get married and will be looking for venues and services possibly on the same date you choose. Dates for Church wedding venues need to be secured early. Garden weddings are more flexible but reception venues are not. Celebrants may be needed at other functions. The date and time of your wedding have much more impact on the occasion than just the printing of the invitations.

Some brides/grooms still prefer to be 'given away' and this tradition is something many fathers find either full of pride or dread. I suggest the couple ask the parent or both parents if they would be okay with this.

However I've found with many brides/grooms would prefer to have the wording altered and modernised to 'Who brings (bride/groom) to be married to (groom/bride)?'

You may even skip this entirely - it's up to you.

Deciding on a Civil Marriage Ceremony, you have the option to choose just about any location you wish for your marriage ceremony.

  1. a garden
  2. a function centre
  3. a non-denominational chapel
  4. the beach
  5. a yacht on the harbour
  6. in a hot air balloon

You can be as creative or as traditional as you like.

You may choose any time of the day or evening; dawn to dusk, sunrise to sunset and romantic evenings.

A wedding under the trees in a parkland setting is lovely. Remember to have a backup plan in case of inclement weather.

There are some fabulous venues in our area for you to consider. Some have accommodation as well as reception facilities.

Love

is a partnership

of two unique people

who bring out the

very best in each other

and who know

that even though they are

wonderful as individuals

they are

even better together.

Barbara Cage

Fiona Brown -

Authorised

Marriage Celebrant.

Love alone is capable of uniting living beings in such a way as to complete and fulfill them, for it alone takes them and joins them by what is deepest in themselves.

~Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, French Jesuit Priest

Choosing a time for you wedding?

Planning well in advance is essential.

Consider…

Most couples choose an afternoon time slot, depending on the time of year.

Most couples choose mid afternoon as a first choice, say 3pm or 4pm daylight savings time.

Photographers like an even-shaded venue. Beauty Therapists like it to be not too hot that it melts makeup and let’s face it, nobody enjoys perspiring profusely anyway.

I have performed weddings from 9am to 8pm in the evenings and all have been wonderful. However, once you’ve chosen the time for your wedding, any changes must be checked with the celebrant.

The celebrant will need to consider times of other functions they have; travel time between the venues; set up time and punctuality of the bride. I have performed weddings from Yamba on the coast to Moree in the west, Goondiwindi in the Queensland, Armidale and of course Inverell and surrounding towns and areas in the district.

I like to have an hour and half between each appointment. This allows for; late arrival of the bride; the ceremony itself; pack up; travel to next appointment and setup; time with the groom and groomsmen beforehand to make sure all is ok and make any changes to the program as necessary. Added time for extra distance of course and just in case there’s a flat tyre, (heaven forbid).

Please remember to consult the celebrant before any changes to your chosen booked time as it may result in having to find another celebrant at late notice if they are already committed to another function.