Will you start your ceremony by making a grand entrance? The bride may wish to show off her finery by processing into the ceremony accompanied by one or more close relatives or friends. Sometimes the bride and groom will enterContinue Reading
Perth wedding celebrant Ishara de Garis can assist with weddings and other ceremonies for couples.
Ishara welcomes enquiries from couples at any stage of their relationship who wish to celebrate their love and make a deeper commitment to each other through ceremony.
The information in this section includes useful guidance about marriage ceremonies, including legal registration of the marriage in Australia.
- Read more about the requirements for getting legally married in Perth
- Educate yourself for a loving relationship that will stand the test of time
Other couples ceremonies on offer include union ceremonies, commitment ceremonies, handfasting ceremonies, or renewal of vows. These ceremonies usually include many of elements of a traditional wedding ceremony, without the legal paperwork.
If you are planning a wedding or other couples ceremony you will want to explore topics such as
- choosing or writing your wedding vows,
- selecting inspirational readings or prayers, and
- designing your ceremony to include symbolic wedding rituals drawn from a wide range of world cultures and spiritual traditions.
If you are planning a wedding in Perth, remember to get in touch with celebrant Ishara to explore her availability for your preferred ceremony date!
Will you ask your guests to signify their support for your marriage in some fashion? This might take the form of a ceremonial question which everyone responds to, signing a keepsake certificate at the end of the ceremony, or writingContinue Reading
There is a lovely tradition from several different places where the bride and groom celebrate their union by drinking from a shared cup. In the Celtic/Irish version, the couple drink three times from the Loving Cup – to the loveContinue Reading
Invoking the blessings of Earth, Air, Fire and Water – with words or symbols. This could be done by the celebrant, or by special guests who are happy to have a speaking part in your ceremony. Earth = stability, endurance,Continue Reading
Flowers are the sex organs of plants 😉 – designed to attract the birds and insects to help with cross-polination. The language of flowers is ancient. To quote Wikipedia – “Meaning has been attributed to flowers for thousands of years, andContinue Reading
Acknowledging the four directions – east, north, west and south – is a traditional way of opening space for ceremony. You may like to have the celebrant or other special people call in the blessings of each of the directionsContinue Reading
“Who brings this woman to stand beside this man?” Bride’s often choose to be escorted into the ceremony by a close family member, often male, but not always. The ceremony may also include a formal ‘giving away’ ceremony in whichContinue Reading
Would you like to make a fresh beginning? To ritually let go of anything you do not want to carry forward into your shared future? Purification rituals are an ancient part of making ready for a significant transition, such asContinue Reading
An old Celtic tradition – handfasting essentially means marriage by ‘taking hand’ with each other in front of witnesses. In contemporary weddings, we usually add to the symbolism by tying one or more coloured ribbons or cords around the joinedContinue Reading
If connection to nature and all the other interconnected life-forms that share our beautiful planetary home is important to you, we can acknowledge this with a reading of your choice and/or a symbolic gesture such as pouring out a vesselContinue Reading
An old Romany custom, also adopted by African Americans during the slave times when they were unable to legally marry. If it appeals to you, jumping the broomstick together could make a great finale to your wedding ceremony.Continue Reading
It is usual for the celebrant to give a brief explanation of what this ceremony means. At a legal marriage ceremony, this is when the celebrant is required to let everyone know that she is authorised to perform the marriageContinue Reading
Music can be a wonderful element in a ceremony. If you have any musicians in your community who would be willing to play live, that’s often the best. Otherwise its about getting the right equipment sorted out so we canContinue Reading
In traditional Chinese culture the groom is stopped at the door to the bride’s house where he must overcome obstacles and challenges playfully set by the bride’s family before he can carry her off from her family home for the wedding.Continue Reading
A nice way for all your guests to be included in your ceremony. Can be done with river stones, polished gemstones such as rose quartz, glass wishing stones, shells or other found items. Other options for involving guests include: theContinue Reading
A libation is an ancient gesture of prayer or thanksgiving. Can be a nice way of beginning your ceremony.Continue Reading