Brad Whitelock

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Service Area
Western Australia
Business Hours
By Appointment
0431 974 608

Expert Advice

As a wedding professional, Brad Whitelock offers expert advice to help couples plan their perfect day. Ask a question or read their expert advice.

Have you ever performed an arranged marriage?

To be legally married in Australia one of the most important aspects is that both the bride and groom give consent. If this is due to an "arranged" marriage, as long as both the bride and groom give consent, then the legal marriage can go ahead. Recently celebrants have had training on making sure couples are giving consent and there are ways the celebrant can be rest assured both the couple want to be married. So to answer your question a celebrant would never know because the fact their may be arrangements made prior is not relevant. Hope this answers your question.

What are the point of wedding vows if you can simply choose to leave the person later?

Having vows at the wedding ceremony  can be looked at like a beautiful rainbow coloured cake you are about to eat. So many layers and you cannot wait to eat every bit of it. All taste fantastic and they help to make the cake a wonderful experience.

You can look at your wedding vows as a similar experience. The Wedding Ceremony has many components to it and each and every part is as important. However what you say at your wedding is totally up to you. You have to say some legal vows (ie I call upon..... etc...) and the celebrant will coach you through this but you can also say some other personal vows to each other. This is not for everyone and I personally find only about a third of my couples opt for this. Having extra vows won't make or break your ceremony but it may help you express some of those feelings about each other that you want to portray in front of everyone.

Your wedding ceremony can be anything you want it to be, just ask the celebrant how they can make it truly yours with or without anything extra added in.  Check out some ideas for vows on my website blog under vows.

What advice could you share with the groom the night before his wedding?

Wow the night before. I believe this is as good a time as the actually wedding. When really important moments in life come around it is not just the event but the build up and anticipation that you will actually remember and enjoy as much. Looking back on my own wedding i especially remember the night before. My bride to be was with her family and i was with mine. We loved chilling out and even though we are not traditional we enjoyed the tradition of not seeing one another before. I felt chatting to family calmed me, i opened the fab gift my bride had given me, tidied up my vows and speech and also got lots of sleep.

So enjoy the night before by surrounding yourself by those really close to you, dont do too much, take it all in but most  imortantly, enjoy.

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