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Budget Weddings

Posted by on Jan 5, 2019 in Weddings | Comments Off on Budget Weddings

Budget Weddings

Yes, you want to get married, but money is tight. What should you do? Do you keep waiting for things to get better and keep saving up for that dream wedding? Or do you bite the bullet and get married now?

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Surprise Wedding?

Posted by on Dec 22, 2018 in Weddings | Comments Off on Surprise Wedding?

Surprise Wedding?

The lovely thing about Surprise Weddings is that they take away all the stress and expense of organising a big event. Usually a Surprise Wedding will be held at a gathering that has already been arranged.

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Your wedding ceremony – some ways to make it reflect you as a couple

Posted by on Jun 17, 2018 in Personalised Ceremonies | Comments Off on Your wedding ceremony – some ways to make it reflect you as a couple

Your wedding ceremony – some ways to make it reflect you as a couple

Sometimes there are special words that mean a lot to you….
Or it could be that you have always loved Shakespeare’s sonnets?

Or even certain prayers, or readings from the Bible. Perhaps that classic piece from Corinthians? You know the one? “Love is patient. Love is kind. It does not envy….”

Your wedding is a great opportunity to incorporate and weave some of these favourite words into your story – reflecting your personality and your feelings about this wonderful occasion.

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Australian Wedding Reception? Who sits on the Top Table?

Posted by on May 4, 2018 in Wedding Etiquette | Comments Off on Australian Wedding Reception? Who sits on the Top Table?

Australian Wedding Reception? Who sits on the Top Table?

Wedding Etiquette…. Who sits at the Top Table for an Australian Wedding Reception?

There are some British Wedding Traditions that seem to have been superseded in Australia, by more recent ideas from the USA. Many of these updated and newer ways are possibly more suited to our less formal approach to Weddings here in Australia however.

For example, in the UK, the bride and her father (usually) would walk down the aisle, followed by the bridesmaids. Here in Australia, we tend to follow the American style of bridesmaids first, with the bride following. If, however, the bride has a long train or veil, it can still be a good idea to have at least one person walking behind to make sure the train doesn’t get caught on anything.

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Legal Marriage Now: Wedding Day Later?

Posted by on Nov 13, 2017 in Weddings | Comments Off on Legal Marriage Now: Wedding Day Later?

Legal Marriage Now: Wedding Day Later?

Sometimes couples just want ‘that bit of paper’, that a legal marriage provides – but the timing might not be right for the Actual Wedding just yet? The reasons for having the small ‘legal only’ ceremony are varied…… Maybe it’s about moving to another country – or maybe it’s about applying for a visa – or maybe it’s about financial constraints – or maybe you just want to get married and set up home together – having the ‘Wedding Celebration’ later?

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Marriage or Partner Visas for Australia

Posted by on Aug 15, 2017 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Marriage or Partner Visas for Australia

Are you planning to marry an Australian and want to live here?  Then you may be looking at your visa options for this purpose. There are 2 distinctly different types of visa and it’s important to know the difference: the Prospective Marriage Visa, Subclass 300 – and the Partner Visa, Subclasses 820 and 801.  The information you need is all on this website, but most people find it best to employ an agent to help them. Please feel free to contact me for names of agents who I have worked with in Western Australia and who I have found to be very helpful and reliable.  http://www.lizhayescelebrant.com.au/contact-me/ If couples wish to apply for a Prospective Marriage Visa, they will usually need a letter from a Celebrant, confirming that a Notice of Intended Marriage has been lodged and that a wedding has been booked. My role would involve receiving (and lodging) a Notice of Intended Marriage for the couple and then to provide them with a letter for the relevant Embassy confirming that the couple has indeed lodged their intent with...

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Simple Wedding overlooking the Swan River

Posted by on Aug 1, 2017 in Weddings | Comments Off on Simple Wedding overlooking the Swan River

A simple wedding overlooking the Swan River in Perth, Western Australia can be very beautiful, even if only a few guests.  Have a look at this fabulous photo and see if you would like this for your combined wedding/ honeymoon in Western Australia……  Australia also happens to be one of the simplest places in the world to get married.  There is no need to spend weeks in the country beforehand – in fact you can get married as soon as you get through Immigration – leaving you free to go off on your travels immediately!  There is a document that needs to be completed and legally witnessed at least 4 weeks ahead, but that can all be done in your own country and then emailed to your celebrant.   Contact me for a chat or email me if you have some questions about this.   PS. You don’t need to be coming from another country to ‘elope’ either, you...

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Bali Wedding Cost? How much is it? Depends what you mean, really….

Posted by on Jul 29, 2017 in Weddings | 2 comments

Low key, stress free, romantic and meaningful wedding. Simply you. Maybe a handful of guests – or none! Plus your celebrant.

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You want a Wedding Back Home in the UK (but you live in Australia?)

Posted by on May 31, 2017 in Weddings | 2 comments

Poms in Perth! Scots in Sydney! Brits in Brisbane!   Want a a Wedding Back Home?  Are you thinking of getting married soon, but not sure how to proceed?  Your families and oldest friends live in the UK, but you live here in Australia.  What can you do about this? Maybe you would like to have your Wedding Back Home in UK – but realise that you would have to go back to the UK at least 5 weeks beforehand?  That’s a lot of time off work!   But there is a way around this….. You can keep everyone happy.  You can have your  “Wedding Back Home” with family and friends.  Just save the legal registration for when you meet with me (or any Celebrant of your choice) in Australia on your return. We can then legalise your UK wedding in a simple and discreet 10 minute ceremony – perhaps over a cup of coffee or a glass of champagne?  For as little as $300AUD.  Contact me here for more information.  Or call me on +61 424703399. The other advantage to this way of having your Wedding Back Home, is that you can have this at a venue of your choice in the UK.  You won’t be limited to a Registry Office or a Licensed Venue – you could choose a restaurant or a pub garden or your parents’ home for example.   There are wonderful Celebrants in the  UK who can write and conduct your own personalised Wedding Ceremony, using your words and your stories woven through the script to create something completely unique to you.  Because you will be having ‘the legals’ conducted later in Australia, you can break all the rules with your Wedding Back Home! Remember, when a baby is born, the registrar doesn’t have to be in the room for that particular occasion!  Same with your wedding…..  Just as the birth of a baby is registered later, the same can be done for your...

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Elopement or Destination Wedding in Australia? Have a look at Perth first…..

Posted by on May 13, 2017 in Weddings | Comments Off on Elopement or Destination Wedding in Australia? Have a look at Perth first…..

Destination Wedding or Elopement Ceremony anyone? Have a look at this fabulous video and see if there isn’t something you would enjoy for your combined wedding/honeymoon in Western Australia……  Australia also happens to be one of the simplest places in the world to get married.  There is no need to spend weeks in the country beforehand – in fact you can get married as soon as you get through Immigration – leaving you free to go off on your travels immediately!  There is a document that needs to be completed and legally witnessed at least 4 weeks ahead, but that can all be done in your own country and then emailed to your celebrant. Contact me for a chat or email me if you have some questions about this. PS. You don’t need to be coming from another country to ‘elope’ either, you know…...

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