Married By Claire

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Any advice on writing my vows to my wife-to-be?

Hi Nathan! 

First! Asking for help is the best start and you have already covered that by asking here! So you are off to a flying start!

Your celebrant will be there to help you for sure!

Sometimes I find that I ask a groom to write how they feel in any format they feel like the words flow eg, dot points, short sentances or one big chuncky paragraph -  whatever works for them first up. Then we workshop it together to get it to work in a classic vow format or find a way to make it their own in a way where their dot points etc sound more smooth and articulate. Image that you are giving me all the "golden nuggets" of info and I (the celebrant) fill in the blanks and make it work. 

Hope that helps! :)


- Married By Claire

do you think celebrants would be up for flying to officiate a destination wedding?

would i have to pay for their flights accommodation food etc


That is a great question! I guess, celebrants all have their own personal commitments to consider.

I can only speak for myself when I say that I am lucky to be free of any big commitments (eg children or other work commitments) that would stop me from traveling for a destination wedding.

For example, I have two weddings coming up in Sydney that I am flying to officiate as I currently live in Perth. The additional cost I have asked for is for the couple to pay my flights. They are also paying accommodation for the night before and night of the wedding. Aside from that, my fees for the actual ceremony and the services leading up to the wedding don't change.

If it is a wedding I can drive to (eg, 3 hours away) I ask for an extra amount to cover petrol and accommodation for the night before.

I like to be where I need to be the night before, as you can never be to sure that you wont have a delayed flight or car trouble, so having that extra night allows for security.

I hope that gives you an idea of what you need to consider and what we as celebrants need to consider also.


Always with love,

Claire - Married By Claire.

how do i choose who signs as our witness?

Hi. You want to be able to look at that wedding certificate forever and be really happy that person was there for you. They may or may not be in your bridal party, but whoever they are, they should be the kind of person that whenever you think of them they make you smile.

Of course they need to be over 18. Keep in mind that if this person doesnt understand english very well, you may be asked to get an interpreter. 

How do I set up a wedding ceremony schedule?

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Hi! Thats a great question!

I generally start with how long you want the ceremony to be and then work backwards from there. It can be easy to get overwhelmed, so its always better to start off with the elements of the ceremony you want to have, eg Readings, rituals, poems etc and then lay in the formalities and legal requirements. 

When you know how much time you have, and any extra elements you want to include, you will find it easier to map out your ceremony. Also your celebrant will 100% help you out with this! 

Here is an example ceremony format for a wedding that is about 25-30mins:

Opening Reading/Statement 

Reading from Family Member

The Monitum (required) 

The Asking

The Vows (required)

Ritual (eg sand ceremony, or community affirmation)

The Rings

The Signing

Closing Statements 

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