Michael Elwood - Celebrant

(41 reviews)
Service Area
Adelaide & regional South Australia, Australia
Business Hours
7 days by appointment
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How does one handle someone bringing a baby to a kids-free wedding?

I didn't know what category to put this in, but my partner and I opted for a totally child-free wedding however we have a guest who has simply decided her grandchild ( a 23week baby) will be coming along - without asking anyone! The parents are invited to the wedding but only one set of grandparents. I know the other set is available to babysit (and would be delighted to) but the guest is simply insisting that the baby will just come along (and note - it's not the mother insisting, it's the grandmother). How do I have a conversation with her or at least my M-I-L (it's her cousin) to let her know that it is our wish NOT to have children attend - and there are other couples that are respecting these wishes! I think it's rude both to us and those guests that have respected our wish to simply assume that this is ok.

Michael Elwood - Celebrant

Hi Tam, I feel that you must talk to the parents of the baby - surely they can appeal to the grandmother that the baby will NOT be going - if the parents are genuinely NOT insisting, then it is also going to cause them embarrassment. They are the parents after all. Who is actually going to be looking after the child during the event. Is it a case of breastfeeding? My guess is that the grandmother wants to show-off her grandchild. Either way, it seems very inconsiderate on her part.

Are there any affordable celebrants out there for a simple ceremony?

Hi, I'm looking for a celebrant to perform a simple (yet still professional) wedding ceremony. I don't want all the usual song and dance or long storytelling - just a simple, sweet and short ceremony. And a streamlined process in the lead up with whatever legalities are required; no coaching, or coffee catch ups as I'm just not that kind of bride. Are there any celebrants out there that do this and are affordable? (Needs to be under $500) Thanks for your suggestions :)

Michael Elwood - Celebrant

Yes, I can provide that form of simple ceremony - I do like to meet the Bride and Groom at least once, just to get to know them a bit and in that way, ensure that I can create a simple ceremony that meets their needs. But certainly no fussy demands - simple words, not flowery etc. And can do that ceremony with great quality and sincerity for $500. (no gst payable)

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