Weddings in COVID times

When COVID first hit, and weddings were pared right back to ‘the essentials’, a few things happened. Many, many…. many people postponed their big day. Absolutely understandable. Some people, however, decided to go ahead. These small weddings were absolutely beautiful. Without the pressure of throwing a big party, the nervousness of speaking in front of everyone or the need to…

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The Bare Minimum

What do I HAVE to do? It might surprise you to learn that there aren’t actually many things you HAVE to do to be married. The Australian government requires the following things to occur for you to be legally married. You need to lodge a form called a Notice of Intent to Marry with your celebrant at least one month…

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Changing your name – the choice is yours!

What’s in a name? Gone are the days we assume that being married means one person (read: the woman) ditches their surname and adopts their new spouse’s (read: man’s) name. This is a lovely tradition. I chose to change my name to my husband’s when we married. And given a do-over, I would still choose this. I like it. But…

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What’s in a ceremony?

Q: What do you want included in your ceremony? A: Uh, I dunno.. What’s normal? Nothing’s particularly ‘normal’ about a wedding, really. But here’s an outline of how many people choose to structure their wedding ceremony. Arrival – Think about how you want to turn up to your wedding. Will you arrive with someone, will you have music playing, will…

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What makes a perfect wedding?

If you want your wedding to be perfect, don’t read this post. You’re still reading? Seriously, stop reading!! If you want to know what makes a wonderful wedding, reading blogs, pining over pinterest posts and following tradition won’t help you. What will help is sitting down and talking with your fiancé. Talk about what you both want to see happen…

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New Blog, New Me!

You know what? I’ve been blogging all wrong. Not that there’s a right or wrong way, but while planning on documenting each individual wedding might be super easy for some, it’s really quite unsustainable for me (obviously, since I’m about two years behind!!)   Every wedding I officiate is special, filled with love, thoughtful and personal to the couple and…

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Caitlin & Matty – 23rd February, 2018

What an honour to officiate this wedding. Caitlin & Matt have been dear friends of my husband and I for over a decade. We’ve loved and supported each other through studies, house purchases, travel and now each other’s weddings. Caitlin and Matt chose White Top Venues to help them set up their dream ceremony and reception at the gorgeous Star…

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Kaz & Mel – 9th February, 2018

This weekend we celebrated a modern-day fairytale, which I told prior to Kaz and Mel’s beautiful ceremony. “The princesses fall madly in love, but the wicked witch is determined to destroy them. Kaz and Mel will be playing the part of the princesses for today for the first and last time in their lives, I would suggest!. The government and…

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Jo & Ian – 19th January, 2017

Before their wedding even began there were tears and cheers (and that was just from me!). A special family member made an enormous sculpture of Ian proposing to Jo, which was unveiled a few minutes before Jo arrived. Jo and Ian kept their ceremony short yet sweet and with plenty of meaning, on the beautiful grounds of Borambola Wines. Congratulations Mr…

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Kate & Trent – 29th December, 2017

Travelling from Western Australia themselves and their guests hailing from all over Australia, Kate and Trent chose our lovely Wagga Wagga, more specifically, Borambola Wines as their ceremony location. Dodging the unseasonal December rain, Kate and Trent’s beautiful ceremony acknowledged their parents, Kate’s brother performed the ceremony music live and Kate’s sister-in-law read a stunning reading “The beauty of Love”. After…

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