The Master of Ceremony - Celebrant and MC

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How do I ensure my vows sound good enough?

The Master of Ceremony - Celebrant and MC

Hey there,

Vows are possibly the hardest part of organising the ceremony, but remember it's your marriage, two people coming together, sharing the best of the past and what will be incredible into the future.

Share the things you love and bring in some personal fun things too, don't be afraid to laugh during your vows....these are all about the both of you!

Good luck and knock em over with awesome vows....oh and I always offer a spot of help if you're struggling!

How can I encourage my partner to write their vows?

I've written mine and I'm still waiting to find out about theirs- is there anything I can do without nagging? The wedding is only two weeks away

The Master of Ceremony - Celebrant and MC

Us poor blokes get a bad wrap when it comes to writing vows!

We do struggle because we think that we are being judged by others about reflecting how we really feel.

Once the groom gets on a role though....LOOK OUT! I've had some of the most amazing vows from grooms ever, but I give plenty of tips and examples for all my grooms to work from!

Fellas like to try and be funny, so let him go with that and try to steer him away from the traditional lovey dovey, bland and generic...allow him to have fun with how he wants to express his vow for you and BOOM!!!

Is it possible to get married at the registry and then have a wedding later?

The Master of Ceremony - Celebrant and MC

I guess that's all in the terminology.....if you get "married" at the registry office, that is it, you are married, but the "wedding" is is often the grand party that many people have these days.

You can have a wedding ceremony, however if you engage a celebrant, they just wont be legally oblidged to perform the legal portions of the can use the same vows etc....suppose it's all in the use of language.

So, once you are married, you cannot have another marriage, but you can have a wedding ceremony, just without the legal bits!

what time is your favourite for a wedding ceremony

The Master of Ceremony - Celebrant and MC

My favourite time is the one YOU want! I've had plenty at 10 in the morning and 3pm in the afternoon, even three at 6pm!

Maybe the question should be what is the most popular time, then you'd get 3:30pm from me, I'll finish the ceremony filled with laughs and loads of joy at about 4, leaving you and your guests plenty of time to PAR-TAY the night away and that's what it's all about, having fun and enjoying the experience that your wedding day will bring!

Cheers for now!

Adam Straney

The Master of 'Ceremony'

how wacky can you get with your ceremony?

like in terms of rituals

The Master of Ceremony - Celebrant and MC

Well it's not 'my' ceremony....'it's YOURS', so let's chat about what you want in the ceremony first!

The planning of the ceremony is crucial to surprises, the wackiness that's created.

Your guests will get your fun and wacky sense of humour so we'll have everyone having a ball throughout the ceremony, fun, laughter and love....with that wackiness will be awesome!


how long is too long for a ceremony? and do celebrants charge by duration of the ceremony?

The Master of Ceremony - Celebrant and MC

Hey Renell,

Any longer than 40 minutes and your guests will crucify that bar tab!!!

They'll get all flustered, however, if that 40 minutes is chock full of goodness and fun and heaps of laughs, it may only feel like 10 mins.

I did a ceremony that I thought would be too late at 35 mins, the couple said 'wow, that was so quick, we just didn't stop laughing, felt like 15 mins', so really, if you're having an amazing time it shouldn't matter.

What WILL matter is how much of a great time you AND your guests have at the marriage!

Enjoy and hope your day is just tops! 

Groom doesn't want to make a speech, what do I do?

My Groom is terrified of making a speech at our wedding and has therefore refused to do so. And i highly doubt the best man will also. The maid of honor is also scared of public speaking but is happy to over come her fear to say a little something. Suggestions to even thing out?

The Master of Ceremony - Celebrant and MC

Tell him it's not starting our marriage off well...hahahahaha!

Seriously have a chat with your celebrant, most of the fellas I marry, I like them to be calm and relaxed and I help with not only him writing his vows, but more often that not......helping with his speech.

Most of what he wants to say will be in his vows to you, so that's always a good start.

Enjoy your day and have a great time...let's hope he says at leats a few words! Hahaha

I'm looking into booking a celebrant, but I don't understand the difference between ceremony types?

Some provide a "full personalised" ceremony, and others a basic package, what's the biggest difference there? I thought all ceremonies had to be pretty much the same, ie: "Do you ___ take ___ to be your lawfully wedded wife". Please explain how there's such a big difference in price and services? :)

The Master of Ceremony - Celebrant and MC

Once you meet with the celebrant, they should really be able to explain or go through a 'sample' ceremony - something you can both look over and change at will it terms of how the ceremony will flow...each celebrant will do things differently and you probably want things in different places too, like poems vows, rings etc everyone is different.

The biggest key is ASK your celebrant how they do things and you'll get a feel for them as people and how they will make your day. If you want traditional, they should be able to provide that, if you want the fun of skateboarding into the ceremony, they should compliment that with a ceremony for you.

Most celebrant will work WITH you rather than give you a few different ceremonies to choose from.

I have an issue with someone posting pics of us before we do on social media...

How do we make it known to our guests?

The Master of Ceremony - Celebrant and MC

In this world of social media, I ask each of the couples I marry what they'd like in terms of social media, Insta, Facey hashtags etc

If it's a blackout ceremony, I'll advise the guests that's the case and normally have a little fun with it too, just to make everyone feel comfortable. Ultimately I'm there to provide some fun, and 'marry you', most people respect your wishes and will not put anything on the social medias if asked.

I'd suggest getting the grooms mobile, give it to the photographer and get him to take a snap on the mobile and post from there, that way everyone will know you guys have taken the front foot...people can get a bit frustrated if you post the following morning and then they post NOTHING and you don't get to experience your day through their eyes.

How can I make an uneven bridal party work?

We will have 3 bridesmaids and 4 groomsmen. Particularly for the first dance, usually bridal party take their partners and join bride and groom on the dancefloor but we have an uneven number so they can't join together as couples....

The Master of Ceremony - Celebrant and MC

I recently had a wedding with 7 bridesmaids and only 4 groomsmen, it provided for some wonderful photos, great fun photos about the mismatch! In the ceremony itself, it's not such a huge issue, if there's to be a recessional and the bridesmaids need to match together, it's fine! Have fun with it! Go with your gut and use the people you want to use in the ceremony whether there's a mismatch of one, two, three or four - just make the most of it.

I need a suggestion for a special poem or reading

I am getting married next year on Remembrance Day and I would like a few words or a short poem commemorating mine and my fiance's grandparents. We would love to acknowledge their vintage weddings and we are having a vintage-themed wedding for this reason. There will also be two Veterans present at our wedding so I’d love a reading or poem that would appropriately honour them too.

The Master of Ceremony - Celebrant and MC

Hey Jordyn,

I absolutely love the following poem, it's called SIR, written by a friend of mine named Damian Morgan.

I think this would honour both grandparents and any other digger present at your wedding. Enjoy your wedding day and happy to help!

Sir - would it help if I shed a tear
I swear it's the first time since this time last year
My spine is a tingle - my throat is all dry
As I stand to attention for all those who died

I watch the flag dancing half way down the pole
That damn bugle player sends chills to my soul
I feel the pride and the sorrow - there's nothing the same
As standing to attention on ANZAC Day

So Sir - on behalf of the young and the free
Will you take a message when you finally do leave
To your mates that are lying from Tobruk to the Somme
The legend of your bravery will always live on

I've welcomed Olympians back to our shore
I've cheered baggy green caps and watched Wallabies score
But when I watch you marching (Sir) in that parade
I know these are the memories that never will fade

So Sir - on behalf of the young and the free
Will you take a message when you finally do leave
It's the least we can do (Sir) to repay the debt

We'll always remember you - Lest We Forget

Adam Straney

The Master of Ceremony


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