Monthly archives: June 2015

What Is A Naming Ceremony?

Naming Ceremony? What’s a Naming Ceremony? Well, I’m glad you asked! The Naming Ceremony is a celebration where you formally introduce the newest member of your family to your extended family and friends. You can use this as an opportunity to share the names you’ve given to your child and the reasons why those names were chosen as well as the hopes and dreams you have for your bundle of joy. It’s a little bit like Simba being presented to his jungle community. There are a number of celebrations that can happen when a new person joins your family.  You can either give birth […]

Marriage Equality

Choose Your Own Adventure

Just recently I read a blog post written by a truly fabulous marriage celebrant, Josh Withers – he has been my inspiration since becoming a celebrant myself…. but enough of the rockstar celebrant groupiness!  Josh wrote a blog called Why Gay Brides and Grooms are the Luckiest and it’s all about how straight weddings seem to be bound by 100s of years of tradition, whereas ‘gay’ weddings can be a blank canvas of new ideas and creativity. Whilst some wedding traditions may still be held dear to some couples, the origins behind them will only seem less relevant than they are already when we introduce […]

Budget Wedding Ideas

Budget Wedding Ideas Don’t Need To Be Cheap! Weddings on a budget don’t need to be cheap.  You just need to think smart about each element of the day and really ask yourself “If I’m marrying the person I love, does it really matter if I don’t have the monogram napkins?” Chances are that your guests won’t care and will be none the wiser as they dab the corners of their mouths with inexpensive and just as useful paper serviettes. Your first job is to make a list – spend on the most important things to you and your partner […]

Matching Bridesmaids

Wedding Traditions – Whose Tradition is it Anyway?

Wedding Traditions Have you ever wondered where wedding traditions come from?  Do they still apply to the modern wedding? Are you blindly following traditions, just because? Or are you bravely paving the way to creating your own traditions? Wedding Traditions – There is actually nothing romantic behind western wedding traditions. Most of them date back 100s of years to when the bride was forced into the marriage and it was nothing more than a transfer of property between the two families.  The property being the Bride! Some traditions are slowly changing as more and more couples decide which traditions suit […]