Aphrodite Anderson Cairns Marriage Celebrant

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Cairns and Surrounding Areas.  View Map
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9am to 8pm every day
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Is a person who is asked to do a reading at the church part of the bridal party?

Hello, you can invite any one of your guests for   a reading at your wedding,  may I suggest someone not from your bridal party as they already have a role  at your wedding.  A special friend or family member is quite common.  The beauty of a civil ceremony is that you dont have to follow any rules or traditions.  All the best with your wedding!

Can I get married in both a religious and civil ceremony?

My fiance is muslim and I am catholic, we want to respect the mother and have a 'Katb al kitab' but this happens on a different day to the reception. On the day of the reception we want to have a civil ceremony, please help. Need some advice. Thank you

You can only be married legally once in Australia.  A religious ceremony would be more appropriate for the legal aspect and then you can have a civil ceremony without the legalities with your preferred celebrant.

can we still get married?

Hi, we got married in a china registry 2 years ago and now planning our Australian wedding this January, but have heard we cannot actually get married twice. is this correct and could we still get married anyway.....or just allowed to have a fake ceremony/register?

Your Australian wedding can only be a Renewal of Vows Ceremony, which can be planned like a wedding ceremony, you can dress as a bride and groom, have a bridal party, exchange your vows & ring exchange.  However, there will be no legal wording used.  With the help of your celebrant you can create a beautiful personalized ceremony to reflect your love and continued commitment to one another.

can i ask my celebrant to mention marriage equality during the ceremony?

I'm still looking for one- but this is really important to me

Absolutely, after the legal requirement, you may add a few words such as "While they accept the previous statement as required by law, bride and groom  would like to acknowledge that they believe any strong, loving and healthy relationship deserves to be recognised and celebrated.

who walks me down the aisle if my dad is no longer with us?

The beauty of a Civil marriage is that there are no rules or regulations, you can do and say whatever you like "other than the legal components of course which must be said".  In saying that, you have the choice of walking down the aisle alone, choosing one or both of your parents, or you may wish a very close friend ora relative to have this honour.  Finally you may decide to walk down with your groom [some brides like this choice] entirely up to you, your day your way!

how can we make a mention of same-sex couples and marriage equality in our civil ceremony?

we're not gay ourselves, but our dear friends are and we were wondering if celebrants would be open to making a special mention of it during our ceremony

As a celebrant who believes in marriage equality, I suggest that my couples add a few words  after the "monitum" has been read which inlcudes legally required statement "marriage in Australia is the union of a man and a woman to the exclusion of all others."

Example of what can be added afterward....."While they accept the previous statement as required by law, [name and name]  would like to acknowledge that they believe any strong, loving and healthy relationship deserves to be recognised and celebrated.

how am i supposed to keep my surprise wedding a surprise when a celebrant rocks up?

I haven't found a celebrant yet that is able to blend in..

I have done a couple surprise wedding and rocked up just prior to the ceremony commencing.  As i walked passed the guests I smiled and said I was the entertainment!  I believe it worked for some but perhaps not all!  On both occasions the couple had said it was an engagement party and then it was announced that the couple were marrying, that worked really well!

When meeting with a celebrant am I supposed to know what readings I want already?

or do they usually offer suggestions and examples at the meeting? Is there anything else my partner and I should decide on first?

When booked as your celebrant,  I will send you  my 65 page resource folder for your inspiration and with my guidance you can make your own selections for your ceremony including the readings.  We work on this together until we have a ceremony that suits you as a couple and is e  I will need your completed ceremony before our final prewedding meeting when we discuss the finer details, including how and who will do the readings.

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.

Hi Tam, its a sensitive issue however since all your other guests are abiding by your wishes, you need to remain assertively polite and clearly remind the parents of the baby that you are having a child free wedding and it will be most unfair to the others with children if this request is not respected. It is extremely rude and thoughtless so its up to you to take control of this situation. All the best :)

Do I have my future father in law walk me down the aisle?

Unsure what category to put this under. I don't speak to my family at all and have always said I want to walk down the aisle on my own. I've had pressure from my future mother in law and other extended members of my fiances family that I should have him. Comments like "surely you would have xxxx walk you". He's a lovely man but there's a lot I disagree with his alcoholism and priorities and he has also made comments that he thinks I'll ask him. What can I do? Advice? Please ??

I would suggest you do what you really want, it is your day after all so go with what's in your heart. I have seen friends of the bride take the place of the father, both male and female, sometimes even two females. Its your wedding day and your choice!

Is it ok to use the same Celebrant that our friends used?

What are your thoughts on using the same celebrant that a friend used? Have you experienced this before?

Perfectly fine to use the same celebrant. I am often recommended by family and friends who have seen me conduct a ceremony. If you feel comfortable and confident with the celebrant, you will know your ceremony will be beautiful.

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?

Hi Daniella, i have performed over 100 elopements during my career and its always the most relaxed, fun and personal celebration of love. With only a few close family or friends in attendance, the cost is minimal and the thousands that are saved can be spent on a most luxurious and unforgettable honeymoon! Perhaps this approach to your fiance will help with the decision. Good luck!

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