Hugs & Chrises

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Brisbane & Surrounding Areas
Business Hours
7 Days
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As a wedding professional, Hugs & Chrises offers expert advice to help couples plan their perfect day. Ask a question or read their expert advice.

How much should I expect to pay for a celebrant?

And is it cheaper to go for a religious officiant? I'm not fussed about the cost just want to know what to budget for. :)

There is a level of self-serving irony is giving you advice on pricing for celebrants which is not lost on me right now as I do this! ;)

To set the scene I offer two piece of advice

1) You get what you pay for - but don't be afraid to negotiate.

2) Be clear on what you are looking for.  Most of the couples I work with want something simple, easy and personalised in a few little ways.  If you want something super creative or different that's cool too but be prepared to pay for it ;)

I would suggest upto $700 is a reasonble budget for keeping it simple and personalised.  

Do couples usually use vow books?

I know how nervous and excited you are on your big day.

I usually have the important bits you wanted to say printed on cards that I hand to you at the opportune time and then slip them away - they usually form part of my gift to you along with cermony and certificate.

Don't be afriad to ask for this from your celebrant - trying to remember it by heart is a big task!

Any tips on writing vows?

I have no idea where to begin. Are they meant to be promises?

Vows are a deeply personal part of the ceremony. 

I often suggest to my couples that the bullet point out 5-10 things they love about the other - perhaps its something thats makes you laugh, or weak at the knees and just something that defines you as a couple like a song.

We then use this is a different part of the ceremony - I find my couple think this is an easier task to do then to write vows where they feel like they have to develop promises.

is there an extra charge to have a rehearsal?

Rehearsals are an important part of your planning and preparation proceas. I encourage all of my couples to conduct a rehereasal and include unlimited support for this in most of my packages.

When should I start to think about hiring a Celebrant?

Hi Carli! Choosing a celebrant is a very personal decision. I encourage you to invest some time meet with potential celebrants until you feel comfortable. Often celebrants, like photographers are booked upto a year in advance!

For a simple ceremony it can certainly be done in the 4 week time frame relating to the Notice of Intended Marriage but give it as much time as possible to help us to give it the attention your day deserves.

everyone says i need to have cash on the day. but what for?

My advice - in amongst the choas of planning set aside one day in the week before the big day to pay all the outstanding balances so that you can let it all go and you lead into the week.  If you don't have time - delegate it!  You shouldn't need cash on the day - besides it's SUPER awkard for a celebrant to be waiting around for the final cash payment while you are blissfully unaware enjoying your day!

can celebrants offer advice on vows? or even coach us?

Absolutely!  There are some specific wording required to make the whole thing legit - but other than that you can go for it.  I work with my couples to make sure they are super comfortable with what they are saying to each other and dependingon the package you have purchase from me I can cast my eye over them or I can help you write them from scratch - it's totally up to you!

Travel documents and name changes

Do you need to change the name on your travel documents urgently or can this wait?

This is one of those great questions - especially as you plan your honeymoon!

The important thing as I understand it is that you travel documents (passport etc) match the name in which you have booked your tickets.

Changing you name on documents etc will require the official Marriage Certificate from Births, Deaths & Marriages and can take a few months after it has been registered by your Celebrant and you apply for it.

Relax, enjoy your travel even if you have to use your maiden name! ;)

Can we get married in Australia if we are not citizens?

Hi there, I am wondering if you can help me. Myself and my partner are currently residing in Canberra but we are not Australian citizens, we are English citizens, we are here on two year working visas. We are due to get married back in England in December but in order to make it 'legal' we have been advised that we have to get married officially here first. As we will be here on our own we only want something very small and personal, basically it's just to allow us to get married in the uk. Sorry if I have confused you as I appreciate it's a bit complicated but if you could let me know your thoughts it would be much appreciated xx

Absolutely you can get married here in Australia, providing you've not been already married elsewhere!

I'm not sure of your advise regarding your English wedding. It doesn't make sense that as UK citizens you would need to be married first in Australia before you could be married in the UK. I would suggest you get further advice from someone in the UK regarding this as you maybe doing an Australian one for no reason.

Getting married here would mean you could have your marriage recognised in the UK and vice-versa.

Good luck!

Bridesmaid drama!

I have a lot of female first cousins that I'm very close to but one in particular that I've chosen to be in my bridal party (along with my two sisters). I know my cousins and aunts will be upset that they/their daughters weren't chosen and I'm worried about hurting people's feelings. I'm announcing the bridesmaids at my engagement party. Do you have any advice?

Deciding who stays and who doesn't is the unfortunate domain of brides and grooms throughout their wedding planning. It's never easy to decide, and even harder to communicate it. I would suggest discussing it with those that have missed our personally before you make the grand announcment. It will allow you to have a more personal conversation and your can explain your reasons.

It is after all your day, and if they truely support that - they may be upset- but will understand.

Good luck!

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