Fiona Winwood Marriage Celebrant

(24 reviews)
Service Area
Adelaide metro, McLaren Vale, Adelaide Hills, Kuitpo, Barossa Valley
Business Hours
9 til 6 for admin Monday - Friday
7 days

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How to honour lost loved ones at our wedding

Would love some ideas on how we can incorporate my late nan into our wedding. Thank you.

Fiona Winwood Marriage Celebrant

Hi there,

Good question as there's many ways of doing this; being such an emotional subject I find it's best to acknowledge and move on back into this wonderful happy space you've spent time creating for your special day.

A nicely framed photo of your very special Nan on the signing table for everyone to see is lovely. The will also miss her not being there. 

If you'd like to give everyone to take a moment of reflection light a special candle as part of your ceremony in her honor. Have 2 candles for you and your partner lit in the moment by either your celebrant or a close family member maybe your Mum or Dad then you and yourpartner light the larger candle as everyone reflects on their memories of her. 

Your Celebrant should be able to guide you through something lovely and deeply heartfelt. 

All the best

Should we have signs at our ceremony to leave the front row vacant for immediate family?

I was thinking maybe this is tacky, but then maybe it's necessary. (Or am I really just overthinking it?) Someone suggested that this is the role of the celebrant - to ensure that it's family in the first row. Is that generally true?

Fiona Winwood Marriage Celebrant

Hello bride to be 

Most weddings I officite people know the front row is for the family; let family members know they are to sit in the front row. Reserved signs do help or an usher if you have large number of guests if your concerned.   

All the best for the big day 


Is it OK to ask a celebrant to wear a costume at our wedding?

Hello! I've read some responses to celebrants dressing in a matching style etc. Is it rude to ask if they wouldn't mind wearing a costume? I've read somewhere a couple got married by batman and then the obvious Elvis option.. I like the idea of an iconic character and think it would be something to remember but wouldn't want to offend anyone or make it a bad experience. TIA

Fiona Winwood Marriage Celebrant

Awesome idea that would be so much fun depending on your theme. 

I've known a celebrant to wear an Elvis costume... 

Confusion around roles of matron of honour, maid of honor and who can be a witness with the best man

I have a Maid of Honor who is unmarried and a Matron of Honor who is married. I want my Matron to be a witness along with the Best Man. Even though she is married, can I have her as the Maid instead?

Fiona Winwood Marriage Celebrant

Hi there bride to be :) 

Anyone over the age of 18 can be your wittnesses.

This is old terminolgy these days couples mix it up and have some fun with it all besides it's your day so have it your way.

It all goes so quickly, make sure you enjoy every moment.

All the best 


How many people can you have at the moment with the virus?

Fiona Winwood Marriage Celebrant

Hi Jeanette,

You can have up to 100 people and as of midnight tonight dancing is allowed in SA - yay!  

Do I need to register my wedding if I got married in a church?

This might seem like a dumb question but we were married in a church last year and got our marriage certificate from the priest - do I need to register this or is it automatically registered? Thanks

Fiona Winwood Marriage Celebrant

Your priest would have submitted all the legal documentation to BDM in your state within 14 days of your wedding ceremony. 

Who exactly can be a witness?

My fiance and I are having a small ceremony and just want it to be us. We are hoping the celebrant can be one of our witnesses. As for the other, can it be one of us or does have to be someone else? I can't find any specific information online anywhere. We want it to be as small and quiet as possible. Thank you in advance for any help :)

Fiona Winwood Marriage Celebrant

Hi there, unfortunately your celebrant can not be your witness. However your photographer or any other supplier coming in that do speak the language your ceremony will be delivered in; so long as they are over the age of 18 can be a witnesses. I understand how frustrating it is trying to get your ceremony as small as possible during these unprecedented times were all living in.  

I have no idea how to start writing my wedding vows

Can you please give me some advice or a structure for how I can write my vows to my soon-to-be husband?

Fiona Winwood Marriage Celebrant

Hi there, great question as I guide most of my couples to write their own vows here are a few hot tips!

- The best place to start is to reflect on what your fiance means to you. 

- What would you like to promise to your partner (serious and light-hearted)?

- Are there parts of your relationship you would like to emphasise?

- Feel free to use attributes in your vows to describe your love, your partner and your relationship.

- Do you have special names, words or sayings that are just between you and your partner?

- What does marrying this person mean to you? How does it make you feel?

Remember the following:

This is a public declaration of your commitment, so others will be listening!

Try not to talk for too long! Quality not quantity.

Don’t stray from your personality – serious, fun, light-hearted – stay true to yourself.

Above all, make sure your vows are sincere.

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