Annette Richards Celebrant

(42 reviews)
Service Area
Brisbane, Ipswich, Gold Coast, Sunshine Coast, Toowoomba and Surrounds
Business Hours
7 Days by Appointment
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As a wedding professional, Annette Richards Celebrant offers expert advice to help couples plan their perfect day. Ask a question or read their expert advice.

Do any modern couples still include the opportunity to object during a wedding ceremony?

Curious about this and how it would be done well.

Annette Richards Celebrant


Thanks for your question. No, I have never included the opportunity to object during a wedding. Instead, I ask for the support of family and friends.

I know that it can be hard sometimes when family members are unhappy about your choice of partner but, you should never let that stop you from following your heart.

Hope this helps


I'm a chilled bride. Is that a bad thing?

I just don't need any stress, and I don't think the wedding is as important as the marriage. Don't get me wrong, is IS important and I have my gorgeous dress and venue, and all of that, but do I really need to be going crazy for months in the lead up, worrying?

Annette Richards Celebrant

You are wonderful! It is so easy to get caught up in the little things and miss out on the fun of your wedding day. You will really enjoy the day if you just roll with whatever happens on the day. I’m sure it will be wonderful. You would be surrounded by a team of professionals who will make sure your big day goes smoothly. Good luck for your future together. 

I'm considering walking myself down the aisle, thoughts?

Has any other bride done this at one of your weddings?

Annette Richards Celebrant

This is your special day and you can organise it any way you please.  “Giving the bride away” is an old tradition that has its history in arranged marriages and the father “giving” the bride to the groom (as she was seen as the father’s property to give). 

If your circumstances mean that you are happy to walk down the aisle by yourself, then that’s what you should do. 

Is it okay to stand the opposite way at the altar?

I know the bride is meant to stand on the left in our culture (and opposite in Jewish ceremonies), but can I stand on the right?

Annette Richards Celebrant

Brides on the left is an old tradition that we follow today because it is easy However, you can stand anywhere you want... it's your wedding. if you stand on the right you can look at your family as you say your vows, which is a nice way of involving them.

Do Aussie couples usually have ushers?

We don't have a bridal party but want to honour our close friends by asking them to have official roles on the day, like ushers, and doing a reading and things like that.

Annette Richards Celebrant

I think it's a great idea to involve your friends in this way. its up to you whether you have ushers, so if that's how you want to involve friends, I say "Go for it!" 

I also think its great having some of your close friends doing readings. It adds "texture" to your wedding having different voices that suit particular readings. You may have a friend who sees themselves as a bit of a comedian.  By all means tap into that person and enjoy your day. 

Do you usually have a rehearsal with the couple before the wedding day?

Annette Richards Celebrant

I always try to have a rehearsal, preferably on site, the week before the wedding (if possible). In that way, some of the angst is taken away and everyone feels more comfortable and relaxed on the day. It also goes towards having a more "choreograped" event which is easier for the photographer to set up great shots.

What is your favourite wedding reading?

Annette Richards Celebrant

I have a book of readings etc that I share with my couples. While I have a couple of personal favourites, I don't like to influence my couples too much as the best reading is the one that suits their lives and history. That means every ceremony is different.

is there an extra charge to have a rehearsal?

Annette Richards Celebrant

Definitely  not! This is part  of the service that I offer couples. I want to make sure everything runs as smoothly as possible for your special day.

When should I start to think about hiring a Celebrant?

Annette Richards Celebrant

I would book your Celebrant at the same time you book your venue. You need to find a Celebrant who will focus on your needs and one that you both like and feel comfortable with. They will also help you to complete all the necessary paperwork and let you know what you might need. Don’t forget that legally you need to give your Celebrant at least one month’s notice and without a Celebrant, or equivalent,  you won’t be legally married. 

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