Destination Wedding

Destination Weddings

They are all the rage at the moment – and why not?

Destination Wedding

Fiji  |   Phuket  |  Maldives  |  Bali

You may fancy a neutral location for your destination wedding that is equal distance for all your guests?

A beautiful, tropical beach location – a place that could double as your honeymoon, surrounded by all your family and friends………

It sounds idyllic!

But have you thought about the finer details?

Don’t get me wrong – I’m all for having your wedding wherever you want to have it, but first ask yourselves these questions:

 Do we want to spend our honeymoon surrounded by family and friends?

It may sound like a great idea at the time and for some groups – it will be ideal, but think about how you’ve always want to spend your honeymoon and then consider if this is for you.

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 Will our family and friends be able to afford the overseas place we choose?

This can be an awkward and tricky conversation to have.  You don’t want to compromise on the day you want simply because one person can’t afford it.  So you need to weigh up what’s more important to you.

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 How difficult will it be to find somebody to legally marry us in our country of choice?

Planning a destination wedding from a different town/city is difficult enough let alone a different country, and perhaps one where English is a second language.  Sure there are companies and organisations and hotels who will help you, but you won’t be able to meet the person who will marry you until the last minute – then, if they’re not right, is it s a bit late to change your mind?

 Will our marriage be legal once we return to Australia?

Here are some links on getting married overseas that might be helpful:

Smart Traveller

Attorney General’s Office

Births, Deaths & Marriage – Western Australia

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Can we register our marriage in Australia if we’re legally married somewhere else?

The answer to this question, by the way, is no (see the links above)

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So many questions!

Here is my handy hint…..

What if I was to tell you that there was a very easy way for you to have your destination wedding cake and eat it too?

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Step 1: Legally marry in an intimate/elopement ceremony in Australia before you go (you could even invite those who can’t make the overseas destination as your witnesses)

Remember:  You need to complete your Notice of Intended Marriage and lodge it with your celebrant a full month before your ceremony can take place

Step 2: Invite those friends and family who would like to/are able to travel to the destination wedding ceremony

Photo Credit - Jonathan Ivy
Photo Credit – Jonathan Ivy

Step 3: Once you’ve spent a bit of time with your guests – [you have, after all, invited them them to travel with you] book a secluded location for just the two of you

This way your marriage is registered in Australia and there is no red foreign tape to get through; you haven’t offended any of your guests and there are no worries.

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Your destination ceremony, which would be called “A celebration of your marriage” (as you can’t marry twice) can be performed by somebody from the destination country – just make sure they realise that you are already married in Australia and that you don’t sign any extra legal marriage documents

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To make it even more simpler, you could take your Australian celebrant along with you

Ask me if I’m available… my passport is always at the ready and my bag is already packed! T&C’s apply)

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Check out the many testimonials from the lovely couples who have used my services and see if I’m the right fit for you.

Harmony Day – Celebrating Cultural Diversity

This week, in each state of Australia, we are celebrating Cultural Diversity with Harmony Day on the 21st March

 Harmony Week brings people together from all walks of life to promote community harmony and to celebrate the many cultures that make our country so vibrant. 

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There are some fascinating statistics about Australia’s diversity. 

Did you know:

*around 45 per cent of Australians were born overseas or have at least one parent who was
*85 per cent of Australians agree multiculturalism has been good for Australia 
*apart from English the most common languages spoken in Australia are Mandarin, Italian, Arabic, Cantonese, Greek, 
Vietnamese, Tagalog/Filipino, Spanish and Hindi
*more than 60 Indigenous languages are spoken in Australia
*92 per cent of Australians feel a great sense of belonging to our country
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The Origin of Harmony Week 

(information taken from http://www.omi.wa.gov.au/omi_harmony_week.cfm)

“This week coincides with the United Nations International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination observed annually on 21 March. On that day, in 1960, police opened fire and killed 69 people at a peaceful demonstration in Sharpeville, South Africa, against the apartheid ‘pass laws’. Proclaiming the Day in 1966, the UN General Assembly called on the international community to redouble its efforts to eliminate all forms of racial discrimination.”

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So, if you want to know how you can get involved in your state – click here for all the info 

You can jump on Facebook

You can check out Twitter

You can post a selfie on Instagram

Get involved and share and let people know that everyone is welcome

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Think about it for a minute…..

If we weren’t such a multicultural country we wouldn’t go for Yum Cha on the a Sunday; we wouldn’t be eating pasta or sipping cappuccinos; we wouldn’t be playing boules or bocce on the beach; there would be no butter chicken or naan bread;  we wouldn’t know about tai chi; there would be no chocolate; we probably wouldn’t wear sarongs and there would be no sushi!

What? No yum cha?

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This is not a world I want to live in!

I love to travel and try foods and experiences within a different culture from my own.  I love learning about what makes us different and in turn what makes us the same.  It’s interesting, it’s exhilarating and it makes me feel like I’m part of their world.  I also love that I can come home and live in a country where people from many cultures have been able to find a place to live in my world.

However, it’s not all about the food……

People from different cultures bring a different way of life, a different view of the world, a different perspective about life and death and rearing children and the importance of animals and and understanding of things we know nothing about, and they are all things that we can share and learn from each other.

Now, hand over the dumplings and nobody gets hurt!

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