Autumn and Easter Weddings

Autumn and Easter Weddings

After the heat of summer, March and April are glorious months to be married in the mountains. It is always a busy time of year for the wedding industry, coinciding as it does in Australia with Easter. Yet to be married during Easter is a civil, not a religious wedding...
Everyone’s Right to the Rite

Everyone’s Right to the Rite

Susan Artup is a straight woman with a 45-year connection to the gay community and is delighted with the recent change in marriage law. She has been a civil celebrant since 1995 with “ A Ceremony by Design … true to your relationship…”, defining her approach to...
When Did Valentine’s Day Start?

When Did Valentine’s Day Start?

Before it was ever associated with love, February 14th was a feast day held in Roman times to honour various martyred saints called Valentinus, in particular St Valentinus of Rome. This Valentine was imprisoned for his faith in 269 and executed because he wouldn’t...
Fairmont, Escarpment, Sebel

Fairmont, Escarpment, Sebel

Driving up the mountains and through the Hawkesbury on my way to conduct a wedding at Allview Escape at Blackheath,  I stopped off to deliver some Christmas cheer to three of my most frequented ceremony venues. I am grateful to have been working at these venues for...
What’s in a Word?

What’s in a Word?

Marriage. With a capital ‘M’, the word has become so charged. It is locked in as the legal definition of union between a two people. With a small ‘m’ , the word is bandied around much more liberally : it has come to mean a blending, a natural joining, a dovetailing –...
Running Sheet

Running Sheet

In my job sometimes I start communicating with a couple over a year before the wedding, we become friends on Facebook, and I get to share every step of their preparation. One of “my“ brides was beyond organised! My kind of girl! She shared with me the running sheet,...
A Ceremony by Design

A Ceremony by Design

Here is a design template for your wedding – too easy! The average civil ceremony will take just under half an hour – including a couple of readings and the signing of documents. It will print out on about two A4 pages. You will note there are only two sections which...
Why Marriage?

Why Marriage?

This reading would be beautifully placed at the beginning of the ceremony – maybe after the introduction and welcome to guests. It is a personal view on what the commitment to marriage means. The reading talks of a certain integrity, a quality which the bond of...
The Final Word

The Final Word

There are hundreds and hundreds of poems and formal words of wisdom that could be read at wedding ceremonies. I’ve chosen just a few that have proven to be popular over the years, and some which are my favourites that I wish people would choose. This last one I offer...