More Than Words Ceremonies

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7 Days - By Appointment
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As a wedding professional, More Than Words Ceremonies offers expert advice to help couples plan their perfect day. Ask a question or read their expert advice.

How many weddings do you book in per day?

Are celebrants usually doing one per day? or two on some days? How is this possible?! haha

More Than Words Ceremonies

That is a very good question. I notice that most celebrants here are stating they would only accept one booking per day, which is reasonable. However, I find that I am getting more requests for morning and evening weddings lately, which is fantastic!  So I find that as long as I have several hours between ceremonies (and the locations make it possible) I can accommodate more than one ceremony in a day. 

However, I always ensure that all parties are aware of my other commitments, so that we are all on the same page.  I would never book ceremonies back-to-back unless I am confident that there was enough time to get from one to another (even allowing for extreme delays), as I don't feel it's fair to put couples under that sort of pressure on their big day - or myself! 

Any advice on writing my vows to my wife-to-be?

More Than Words Ceremonies

Nathan, the beauty about writing your own vows is that there is no right or wrong! Aside from the one line you are legally required by law to say (your celebrant will advise you on this) you can say anything you feel. 

So if you aren't the type of person who is usually mushy and romantic - don't feel that you have to be mushy in your vows. If you want to promise that you won't spend all weekend watching the footy, or that you will buy her flowers at least once a month, that's fine! 

Generally I advise my couples to make their vows about them as a couple, whether that is sweet and serious or lighthearted and funny - your vows should reflect who you are. 

If you are finding it difficult to begin, sit down together and work out your first line, then go from there. Good luck!!

what was the best wedding youve ever attended and why?

More Than Words Ceremonies

That's a hard question to answer - each wedding is different and they all have their special points. In general, the best weddings I have been to have been the ones where the couple are relaxed and go with the flow, remembering the big picture of why they are there. They have chosen people that they trust and feel comfortable with for their celebrant, photographer, videographer, dj, etc and they just let those people look after them and do their job. 

I find if the couple are relaxed, all their family and friends relax and have a great time too. Which means that everyone looks back on the day as a wonderful time, rather than focussing on little details that may have gone wrong.

Let's face it - when it comes to your wedding day, you are never going to please everyone 100%. So don't try! Make sure you choose what works for you as a couple, plan well and then enjoy the day. xx

do you think its important to go with a vendor who is same-sex friendly?

If that aligns with your beliefs

More Than Words Ceremonies

I think the most important thing is to find wedding vendors who you feel comfortable with,  as you will be spending lots of time with them in the lead up to and on your big day.  Whether that means them having the same views as you or not, depends on how you feel.

Having said that, if you are a strong believer in marriage equality, then choosing vendors who also support same-sex marriage is a great way of lending support to the cause in a positive way. 

Changing identification after marriage?

Hi I am just wondering if by-law after marriage if you can take his last name and still keep your maiden name on your ID.

More Than Words Ceremonies

To put it simply, you can call yourself whatever you like after the wedding day - whether it's your maiden name, married name or hyphenated. However, if you need to prove your identity, the name on your ID is what will be used. So if you are calling yourself something different to what is on your ID, there will be confusion. 

I have several brides who have chosen to keep their maiden name for some purposes, and their married name for others. So they have just been selective with which ID they have chosen to change their name on. That way, they have some evidence of both names. 

There is no time limit for changing your name, so if you stick with your maiden name to begin with you can always change it down the track. 

Hope that helps!

Have you ever made a mistake in a ceremony? Like saying a name wrong or anything?

More Than Words Ceremonies

No, thank goodness! Having said that, we celebrants are all human and even we can get nervous or tongue-tied at times. So it is normal to have a slip-up with a word or phrase occasionally.  However, I do think it's important to make sure names are correct , and I take great pride in working on the pronunciation of names (which are sometimes a challenge). Nobody wants to be called by the wrong name on their wedding day!!

When I enquire with a celebrant, what should I be asking them>?

More Than Words Ceremonies

That is a good questions, and one that many couples ask. And there are many points such as, what is the back-up plan if the celebrant is sick, what is the celebrant's refund policy, and what is included in the celebrant's price?

But I feel that the more important thing to focus on is how comfortable you feel with the celebrant. I firmly believe that you and your fiance both have to be 100% comfortable with the people around you on your special day, and so it is sometimes a good idea to meet with more than one celebrant to see who you "click" with. 

Don't forget, your celebrant is the person who sets the tone for your whole day. And while the ceremony seem like a  less exciting part of the day than, for example, the cars or the cake - it is after all, the whole point of the day! So don't leave the celebrant as last on the list to arrange, find someone you trust and let them help you create the ceremony of your dreams! 

How do I convince my fiancé to elope?

My finance has a huge family so our wedding is going to be too expensive. I only have a small family so my guests will be out numbered. I think weddings are more about pleasing others and the meaning gets lost. I want it to be a special moment for just him and I, without the expensive price tag. I want to elope but he wants the huge traditional wedding. What do we do?

More Than Words Ceremonies

Hi Daniella, You have already received some great responses here, which I fully agree with. I would add that your wedding day is the beginning of your married life together, and two of the most important ingredients in a successful marriage are communication and compromise. Talk openly and honestly to your fiance about your reasons for wanting to keep things small, but just as importantly listen with an open mind to his feelings about a traditional wedding. There may be reasons for him wanting something bigger that you are unaware of - perhaps a fear of disappointing family, or even worrying that you will one day regret not having something more elaborate. If you both are open and honest about your reasons, and talk about the elements that are truly important to you, hopefully you will be able to reach a compromise that you will both be happy with. I wish you both a very happy wedding day (whether it ends up big or small), but more importantly a very happy marriage!

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