As a wedding professional, Greg Evans offers expert advice to help couples plan their perfect day. Ask a question or read their expert advice.
A person who is asked to do a reading is not a part of the bridal party. The bridal party are the people who walk down the aisle. Also, the groom and his attendants are considered as part the bridal party. To be asked to do a reading at a wedding is an honour and the person should feel very special to be asked, however they are not part of the bridal party. Unless you want them to be. There are no rules.
Yes, there can be many alternatives to exchanging rings. I have seen watches, bracelets tatoos and gifts exchanged.
I'm considering walking myself down the aisle, thoughts?
Has any other bride done this at one of your weddings?
It is up to the Bride who she walks down the aisle with. Several brides that I have married choose to walk down the Aisle alone. Personally, I think it is a wonderful moment in any persons life so why not share it with someone you love. I have seen brothers, sisters, children. Aunties and Uncles, cousins , neighbours and best friends. Dad is my favourite.
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?
In a Cival Ceremony you can choose to stand where you wish. It is whatever is your choise. I like it when the Bride and Groom face the guests for some of the ceremony.
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.
Ushers are not the norm in Australia but of course they are welcome and a lovely idea. Readings are a great way to have one or two of your guests involved. I also have some lovely ideas for inclusions in your ceremony that you do not often see.
Yes, I always include a rehearsal in my fee. It is a sure way of making the day proffessional and Classy. I mainly want the Bride and Groom to know exactly what they are doing so it relaxes them on the day and they can enjoy it more without worrying where they are standing etc. The words of the ceremony are not used at the rehearsal it is just for choreography.
Wedding readings are a very subjective thing. Like music. What some people enjoy, others don't. Your friend might say...Listen to this great song....you listen and don't like it. My advice is for the Bride and Groom to hunt through readings until they find something they love and can relate to. Don't ever let the reader choose the reading.......you might hate it on the day.
The short answer is that you can get married at a registry office and then have a ceremony later as long as it is made very clear to your guests and wittnesses that your ceremony is not a legal wedding because you have already married at the registary office. No legal documents of marriage can be signed at that ceremony.
My partner won't be wearing a wedding ring. Does this make the "ring exchange" part of the ceremony seem awkward?
Hello, My partner won't be wearing a wedding ring. Does this make the "ring exchange" part of the ceremony seem awkward?
No, many grooms decide not to wear a wedding ring. It is not a legal aspect of the ceremony and can be left out if you wish. I had a bride who was presented with a wedding ring from the Groom and the Bride presented the Groom with a Watch instead of a ring because he could not wear a ring in his line of work.
Yes I have performed commitment ceremonies for several same sex couples. They are wonderful. I look forwar to being with lot's of same sex couples in the future.
How wacky do you want? As long as it is Legal you can be totally wacky. There are two elements in the ceremony that must be handled legally. They are the Monetumom from the marriage act must be read and the legal part of the vows must be verbalised. Once these two items are taken care of you can go nuts within the law. The above applies to a Civil Ceremony. Religious ceremonies have several different restrictions that vary a lot.
How long would I require a celebrant for?L S
Generally, when couples book a celebrant how long do they book them for?
When you book a celebrant it is a booking for the whole process. That means the meetings, the legal requirement's, the rehearsal and the wedding on the day. On the day a Celebrant would arrive early ( usually around one hour before start time) then preform the ceremony and after that leave. So on the day, say one hour before,35 mins for the ceremony and 25 mins after to pack up. Two hours minimum is best.
How can I help my celebrant to provide a personal and fun service?Tanya P
What's the best way for me to help my celebrant to provide a personal and fun service?
At our meeting we will talk about many things. The main thing is to put loads of your personality into your wedding. I have many ways to achieve this but my advice to to work hard on the things we talk about. My Dad used to say....The more you put into something the more you get out of it. This is your wedding...it's so woth putting effort into making it special.
How do I choose a celebrant that will suit my partner and I?Bianca M
What is the best method for choosing the ideal celebrant?
Choosing a good Celebrant is so hard. My advise is to ask your friends if they know a good celebrant. Then look for something that appeals to you about someone. Cheap celebrants are to be warned against. The reason they are cheap is usually because they do not do many weddings or that they are not very experianced.
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