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Ceremonies Just for You - Gillian Potter Civil Celebrant

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Service Area
Adelaide & Surrounding Areas (up to 100kms round trip from Adelaide CBD)
Business Hours
7 Days - By Appointment
9.00am - 8.00pm
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As a wedding professional, Ceremonies Just for You - Gillian Potter Civil Celebrant offers expert advice to help couples plan their perfect day. Ask a question or read their expert advice.

Which wedding traditions can you skip at your wedding?

Ceremonies Just for You - Gillian Potter Civil Celebrant

The beauty of having a civil ceremony is that apart from the legal requirements, everything is negotiable. So:

Do you have to be escorted down the aisle by your father as was the tradition? No. You can walk by yourself or with your partner or with both parents, brothers, grandparents.

Do you have to be "given away" as was the tradition? No. You could choose an informal "hand over" with no words if you wanted. It depends too, on how you enter the ceremony space.

Do the bride's friends and family have to sit on one side the bridegroom's on the other? No not unless you prefer that.

Do you have to repeat after the Celebrant, the traditional vows? No There are many ways you can make your vows to each other but there are 4 mandatory lines to be said.

Do you have to exchange rings as is the tradition? No. You can exchange anything that's symbolically meaningfrul to you - or nothing at all.

Do you have to have readings and blessings as has been the tradition?  No

Hope this helps.

Good luck with your planning. I'd love to help you.


If a Couple Doesn't Kiss at Their Wedding, What Else Can They Do?

I am extremely phobic of being touched, but at weddings the couple always kisses. Is it a requirement, or are there different things I can do? If so, what?

Ceremonies Just for You - Gillian Potter Civil Celebrant

No, kissing is not a requirement. If you do not like to be touched, exchanging a red rose is beautifully symbolic. Red roses have "stood" for love and romance for many years. Giving each other a red rose as a symbol of your love is stunning and it might be that you vow to give each other a red rose on each wedding anniversary from this day forward.

All the very best to you both.

Gillian Potter

Authorised Celebrant, Adelaide SA.

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