Ali Ever After

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(21 reviews)
 
Service Area
Cairns, Port Douglas, Atherton Tablelands, Mission Beach, Sydney, Australia-wide, happy to travel
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By Appointment
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Making the ceremony your favourite, most magical part of your wedding day, With a one-of-a-kind ceremony written specially for the two of you.

I specialise in writing unique ceremonies tailored to your personal story and relationship. No cut and paste here! With a love for storytelling, I take the time to get to know you so I can weave your story throughout, capturing the two of you perfectly. There will be laughter, tears and warm heartfelt moments.  Your ceremony will be meaningful, with real soul and feeling, because it is written specifically for the two of you.

Your ceremony should be about you so it’s ok to either keep or break tradition, or have an unforgettable mix of the two. We can involve guests and include rituals, blessings and more.

I will support you through the entire process of creating your ceremony. And on the day, I'll be gently guiding you and your wedding party along the way so all you have to do is relax and enjoy and be IN THE MOMENT knowing I'm there for you.

The energy surrounding you on your wedding day is really important, so I focus on staying grounded and calm. I bring joy, warmth and heart, and love a good laugh.

You will love working with me because I'm down-to-earth and really friendly; I have a fun, positive attitude; I'm organized but super relaxed; I'm passionate about my work; and I really care about your ceremony as much as you do!

I LOVE my job as a marriage celebrant; being part of such a huge, momentous moment in people's lives makes my heart want to explode with happiness. This is so much more than just a job for me.

I’d love to offer you a personalised quote and consultation so please call or send a pricing request as soon as possible as my availability fills up quickly.


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To have a rehearsal or not? And who needs to attend the rehearsal?

Ali Ever After

To rehearse or not, that is the question!

 

 

No rehearsal/ Ali to brief bridal party and all participants on your wedding day

 

If you decide not to rehearse, here is how the pre-ceremony will unfold.

 

30 min before start:

Get the groom and groomsmen to come see me when they arrive at ceremony area (usually 30min before start time) and I brief them. Which is mainly "have fun, chill out and chat with guests until I know the girls are ready. Then I will come get you and put you in position up front. Take off sunnies. Smile, look good and have fun - boom! That's it! I'll also show your ring bearer how to come forward and open ring box when the time comes.

 

I also find any other participants such as readers and brief them so they are comfortable.

 

And I find your immediate family and introduce myself. I show them where their allocated seats are so they know where they are seated when it's time to begin the ceremony.

 

 

45min-1hr before start:

If bridal party are getting ready at the ceremony location, I will pop in and say hello when I arrive to setup. I will come back to you 10min before start to get you ready and lined up to walk – see info in section below.

 

Ask the person you have assisting with playing your music, to come see me minimum of 45min before start time. I can brief them on my cues and also so we can sound check the volume levels for each song in your ceremony before everyone arrives (spoiler alert – we don’t want guests hearing your entrance song being played in soundcheck. And they usually start arriving 30min before).

 

And, most likely your playlists will be saved on Spotify, so please send your music assistant AND myself (as backup) the links to your playlists to our phone numbers. Mine is 0425 380 474. We can then both save playlists and download them prior to ceremony. Nothing worse than internet cutting out and your songs not playing. I ask you to send links to me because if your music assistants device mucks up or a problem connecting to PA occurs, I can easily and quickly save the day by playing the tunes through my phone. This HAS happened! Experience has taught me to always have safety nets.

 

Save playlists with your name as part of the title e.g. Megan Pre Ceremony, Megan Ceremony, Megan Post Ceremony.  

 

 

 

10 to 15min before start:

I come inside to get bridal party ready to walk OR if bridal party are getting ready elsewhere (not at ceremony location), then I will be waiting to meet you, your bridal party and your dad/escort when you arrive at ceremony location. Out front hidden from guests. Plan to arrive at 10min before start time. I will meet you out front at that time. 

 

I will brief you all and get you lined up ready (hidden from view but somewhere you can (a) see guests stand or (b) hear music when it starts).

 

I then go and greet your guests and get them seated. I ask them to be upstanding to welcome the bridal party and your entrance song starts playing. When you hear/see this happening, you girls start walking in slowly, nice big gaps (5 metres or so) between each other.

 

Girls walk to me, I am standing exactly where each needs to stand. So I get them in position. They mirror the boys who are already standing up front, girls just know to do this naturally! MOH fixes brides gown/train, then take brides bouquet.

 

I give the bride and groom a private moment of 30 sec or so (music still playing) to ground yourselves, have a laugh and a kiss and a joke and let the nerves slide away. Then music fades and we start ceremony.

 

So that is how it will roll on the day. If you decide you would like a rehearsal in the days before the wedding, please let me know.

 

 

 

 

 

Rehearsal

 

If you would like a rehearsal, it will be all about practising the moving parts of the ceremony, where to stand, where to walk, ring exchange. We don’t go through all the words and spoil the surprise.

 

Here is information on who can attend, in order of importance.

 

Keep in mind, if some peeps can't attend the rehearsal, there is nothing to worry about.  Technically all we need to do the rehearsal is the bride and groom. Every other participant can be briefed by me before the ceremony on the day (see above), so they know what to expect and what to do.

 

But you will quite possibly want your friends to be a part of rehearsal so everyone can start getting excited! It helps relax you all as you will know what to expect.  And everyone gets to meet me so it feels more family-like when the big day rolls around. But remember the more people you have, the more chatting and the longer the rehearsal will be. With a full bridal party and parents present you can expect the rehearsal to take an hour.  With bride and groom only it will take 30min.

 

After the bride and groom, next in order of importance of attendance is the bridesmaids so they can practise entrance walk and where to stand up front. Essentially they mirror the boys who are already standing up front - girls just know to do this naturally! 

 

Your dad (or escort/s) might like to practise walking you in. 

 

Best man can practise opening the ring box and walking it to you, but I can easily run him over that on your wedding day, so he doesn't have to be at rehearsal. 

 

And finally the groomsmen don't do anything during rehearsal except stand in position. So if you'd like them there so you can all be together to share the moment and have a beer, then go ahead and invite them. However, if they can't make it, don't worry. They aren't missing anything. On the day I literally come and put them in position when it's time to start. Other than that they just enjoy themselves! Tough gig for the boys ha ha ha.

 

Hope this helps xx

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1 Jul 2021

Ali is incredibly warm, funny but also very professional - the ceremony succeeded my expectations - it was warm, joyous, emotional. Ali is incredibly through and took the time to really personalise our ceremony and does not 'cut and paste' as some do... it was a unique service, made especially for us. Everybody was in happy tears & you told our story so well. In addition to the main ceremony, we had had several 'add on' options and we chose the blending of the sands ceremony which was so special as we had gathered sand from our home countries - it was a really nice personal touch. I cannot recommend Ali highly enough - Thank you Ali - from the bottom of our hearts, you know just how special you are. Cazzy & Rob xx

3 Oct 2020

From the moment we me I knew I could trust you with one of the most important days of our lives. You have a such a calming presence and a unique talent of making people feel like they have known you forever. The ceremony was such a memorable and fun experience. Reaching out to my family overseas (in your secret squirrel fun) and helping them to be a part of the wedding was an absolute highlight. I felt totally safe during the ceremony as I knew you had our backs. Brett and I agreed we had seen many weddings that were bland and scripted, but our wedding was so far from this and we couldn’t be happier. We want to personally thank you from the bottom of my hearts for making the version of our wedding come true. Brett and Michal xoxo

26 Sep 2020

I absolutely Love Ali. I first met Ali at a Wedding Expo earlier in the year and as she was talking to me, I started to cry. To me I took this as a sign that Ali just had to be our Celebrant. She was absolutely wonderful and amazing throughout the whole process. Always checking in with us to see how things were coming along especially with the whole Covid and the restrictions. She gives you a questionnaire to fill out so that she can customise your ceremony specifically to the happy couple. She will happily wait for the Bride to be ready before commencing the Ceremony ( which I nearly had to do if my brother didn’t make it back in time but I also left it until the Ceremony was suppose to start before getting dressed ). Since you have already decided to take the Leap of Faith.

1 Aug 2020

We couldn’t be more happy with Ali as our celebrant. She really got to know us in the months leading up to the wedding and used all of that to create an impressively personalised ceremony. Our guests assumed she must have been a long term friend of ours with how well she knew us. She created a loving atmosphere on the day to create a mood that was really us.

23 Jul 2020

Thank you for making our ceremony so amazing and unforgettable!  We loved that you made both us and our guests feel so many emotions often laughing and crying at the same moment! Everyone absolutely raved about how amazing and personal you were. You made the day stress free not even the rain could get us down!  You provided us with so many options so that we were able to truly make the ceremony 'us' even if that meant throwing in Dr Seuss!   I'm so thankful that you were able to tie our stories together using our secret questionnaires allowing us the gift of knowing how each other felt in precious moments throughout our relationship. Also, the surprise picture of us as senior citizens with twilight and cross words had us in stitches - its like you can predict the future! Thank you from the bottom of our hearts!

15 Jun 2020

You were a dream. Your calm, beautiful nature and the love you have for the couples you marry is incredible. The effort you made to get to know us allowed you to capture exactly how Jonathan and I feel about each other. In beautiful heartfelt words you really shared our story, even working with our best man to ensure we had a gorgeous surprise. What a precious moment you created, a moment that is super special and one I will never forget. Our guests have all commented on how fabulous you are and how they were truly in the moment with us. The real process of a wedding is about making a lifelong commitment to the person you love. The ceremony you crafted was cheerful, emotional, loving and so ‘us’. All I can hope is that other brides read this and truly understand that you are one in a trillion.

29 Apr 2019

Dear Ali, Words cannot express how happy Brad and I were at our wedding ceremony. It was absolutely beautiful and all of our guests have commented on how professional, kind-hearted and amazing you were. You really made it such an unforgettable experience!! We were delighted with the manner in which you helped our wedding plans develop from our initial meeting through to the final ceremony. Your charm, sense of humour and re-assurance at all times gave us complete confidence in you and helped us enjoy the creation of our ceremony as much as its final expression. Thank you for being there for us till the very end and for playing such an important part of the best day of our lives. Lots of Love, Brad, Steph and Skyler

30 Mar 2019

The heartfelt ceremony you orchestrated was our favourite part of our wedding, setting the scene and maintaining the lighthearted, fun ceremony we had hoped for. You took care of us so well and your contribution was irreplaceable. I know, without a shadow of doubt, that our wedding would never have been the same without you! Ali, you became a friend and we could never have imagined the impact a wedding celebrant could have on our wedding. You were a pillar of strength. You made the effort to meet all our friends and family, everyone loved you! No one could believe you had not known Scotti and I for years. What you offer couples on their wedding day and during the lead up is way beyond a wedding celebrant job! You were a friend and sounding board. You were an unofficial event manager in the background making sure everything was perfect!

26 Mar 2019

We wanted someone young, fun and happy and this is what we got. Ali listened to everything we told her, really getting to know us and understand who we are and the ceremony was absolutely fabulous. We were told by almost all of our guests that this was one of the best and most personal ceremonies they had ever been to and it was fun with lots of laughing and happiness, while also having all the right amount of seriousness and of course tears all round! And then that picture (old naked Couple) well I couldn’t stop laughing, she had nailed us! The one thing that really shone out for our entire wedding was Ali, if it wasn’t for her I genuinely don’t think the wedding could have been the success it was and I couldn’t thank her enough or recommend her highly enough, she was absolutely and utterly Perfect!!

10 Nov 2018

Elisha and I want to give out the biggest thank you to our amazing Celebrant Ali!! Our ceremony was full of joy, warmth and love, exactly what we wanted. It was perfect! So beautifully written and delivered, and so full of heart. The little extra touches were appreciated too, like the water and mints. The whole process was actually really enjoyable. So much of the planning for the day was about getting things sorted for the guests and the bridesmaids etc. It was really nice to actually reflect on our journey, what we mean to each other and why we were actually getting married. All the details we covered in the rehearsal, stuff we never would have thought of in a million years. It really put us at ease. The whole thing was simply perfect, and we cant thank you enough Ali!! You’re the best !!

27 Oct 2018

Wow! Wow! Wow! Ali, we can’t thank you enough for all you did to make our wedding our most amazing day ever! From the moment we first started talking, you were so professional, responsive, personable and relaxed, and always had great advice. You took the time to get to know us as individuals and as a couple and this was absolutely reflected in the ceremony. With your guidance, we wrote our own vows and the ceremony was exactly as we wanted it to be. At every stage you fully supported us. The words you shared with everyone about us at the start of the ceremony, with information gathered from our many interactions, captured us beautifully. Our ceremony was truly reflective of us and our love for each other. You brought tears, smiles and laughter to everyone there. Thank you so much.

4 May 2018

Ali made our dream wedding come true. From our first messages you could hear her passion for helping us create the wedding of our dreams. Ali’s beautiful bubbly personality is absolutely infectious, she is such a joy to be around, at the same time her caring, sweet loving nature shines so bright, she is the perfect choice for your wedding day. Ali has been a wealth of knowledge during the whole experience. Sharing lots of ideas, information and giving us plenty of options when creating our ceremony. Our day was absolutely perfect, it was Intimate, Joyful, Romantic, Meaningful, Casual and most of all Relaxed. (we had a 2yo running around!). I often think about our wedding day, it always puts a huge smile on my face, a twinkle in my eye and puts sweet little butterflies in my tummy. It makes me want to do it all over again!!!

10 Mar 2017

You MADE our wedding! Friendly, warm, professional, but relaxed, you "got" us, and as soon as we met you we felt like old friends. You asked all of the right questions to find out every detail of what we wanted and you delivered. Our ceremony was lighthearted, romantic, happy, relaxed and meaningful. There were so many laughs, tears, smiles and truly heartfelt moments, that there was not a dry eye in the house. Afterwards, EVERY SINGLE guest commented on how beautiful the ceremony was and how exceptional you were. And despite how much we were looking forward to the party, the ceremony was our favourite part of the day. For me, when all of the other details fade from my mind, I will always remember how I felt listening to and saying all of those words and vows, and I will never be able to thank you enough for that.

24 Dec 2016

Ours was a very simple wedding made so much more thanks to Ali! She made us and guests laugh, cry and feel super happy! We highly recommend her if you want a friendly, organised, professional and calming experience!! Ali was friendly, invested and helpful. She had great advice on many other little touches that were necessary regardless of how simple our day was going to be. It felt like having a wedding planner really. Ali was attentive throughout the process and provided a great base and direction to two quite directionless guys. Everyone who met her had the same positive response. On the day she arrived early and ensured everything was in place and basically took control and made us feel relaxed and confident. We are so very pleased to have had Ali as our celebrant and it truly made the experience and actual day infinitely better.

11 Aug 2016

Dear Alex, You made our day extra special with your calm nature, kind heart and wealth of experience. You were more than a celebrant, you were our friend, consultant, wedding advisor, councillor, and confidant. You helped shape our ceremony to be one that surpassed our expectations lasting in our memory and the memories of our family and friends for a lifetime. You are truly gifted at what you do. Your calm nature and kind character makes people naturally gravitate and trust you with ease. When I asked my guests what they enjoyed most, the ceremony was a strong favourite. They thought you were a long time friend since you displayed such a strong understanding of our relationship, our love story and knew everyone's name! As guests arrived on the day, you mingled with everyone, like any good host and ensured those guests participating in the service knew exactly what to


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