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When will gay & lesbian couples be able to marry legally in Australia?

Ishara and Miriam look forward to the day when same-sex marriage will finally be recognised under Australian law. While waiting for that to happen, we personally chose to make a public commitment to one another in the presence of our … Continue reading

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Commitment ceremonies (Or ‘When is a wedding not a wedding?’)

If you’ve never been to a commitment ceremony, or even if you have, you may be wondering what’s involved, and how you would set about organising one.  I thought I’d have a go at providing an overview that may help … Continue reading

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Wedding Vows – Declaring your Intention & Pledging your Loving Commitment

This is the heart of the marriage ceremony.  It can be as simple as making an announcement before the assembled witnesses that you take each other as lawfully wedded husband and wife. Or it can be more elaborate…  1. Preliminary … Continue reading

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How to Choose the Right Celebrant for You

How to ensure that the ceremony you get is one that makes your spirit sing? Chances are good that you have never done this before. You want a celebrant who understands what makes for a ceremony that is alive and memorable, … Continue reading

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The Most Important Thing

Begin by figuring out what is most important to you! The most moving, memorable ceremonies are ones which truly reflect your being – your unique qualities, needs and values – and actively engage the circle of community around you.  Such a ceremony … Continue reading

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Some principles of Spiritual Ceremony

So you’re planning a ceremony.. Congratulations! For thousands of years, humans have used ceremony to help us adapt to change and strengthen our sense of belonging and personal identity.. Ceremony is a powerful medium through which to announce intentions, express … Continue reading

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A lovely old Irish wedding vow

Celtic Wedding Vow This old Irish wedding vow comes from the Celts. Translated by Morgan Llywelyn in her book Finn MacCool.   You cannot possess me for I belong to myself. But while we both wish it, I give you that which is mine … Continue reading

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Planning your ‘green’ wedding – How to have a wedding that doesn’t cost the Earth

My first attempt to put something together about the idea of ‘green’ or ‘eco-friendly’ weddings was ill-fated. It disappeared into  cyberspace before I managed to hit the ‘publish’ button.  I will have another go at compiling some more local resources, … Continue reading

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Creating your medieval theme wedding in Fremantle or Perth, Western Australia

Fancy a little bit of historical colour for your wedding celebrations?  Going medieval might be just the thing… Gorgeous Lace & Velvet Wedding Gowns with a Medieval Flavour – found in Fremantle, Western Australia Last Monday I got very inspired … Continue reading

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