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Perth Marriage Celebrant and Good Vibe Guru
 

the good vibe stuff

These are the optional 'nuggets of gold' that make your day truly special and unique!

Click each one below to take a look:

HOUSEKEEPING

THE PROCESSIONAL

THE WELCOME

READINGS/POEMS

PERSONAL VOWS

EXCHANGING OF RINGS

THE DECLARATION

THE PRESENTATION

THE RECESSIONAL

 
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housekeeping

WHAT IS IT?

Words (of your choosing) said by the celebrant before the ceremony begins, usually to give some handy instructions to your guests.

Things such as:

  • Asking guests to ‘switch off’ for the ceremony
  • Advising guests of nearby bathroom facilities
  • Letting your guests know where to go for your reception
  • Letting your guests know about parking


GOOD VIBE IDEAS

  • Introduce the housekeeping with a series of dad jokes: e.g. "Where does a bee go to the toilet? The BP station (pause for awkward laughter). The toilets are located..."
  • Have a guest say the housekeeping to warm up your crowd.
  • Before the ceremony, play some good tunes to get your crowd in the mood.
 
 

THE PROCESSIONAL

The ‘official’ opening of the ceremony, where traditionally the bridal party will walk down the aisle (to a chosen song) followed by the bride/groom. This element can be as traditional or as fun / different as you like.


GOOD VIBE IDEAS

  • Not a fan of walking? Why not DANCE down the aisle?
  • Walk down the aisle to an acoustic cover of your favourite song.
  • Consider the length of the aisle (you may need two songs).
  • Have your best friends or favourite family members walk you down the aisle (or both).
  • Rather than stand for the entire bridal party entrance, have your guests stand just for the bride (to make her feel extra spesh.)
  • Have the bride enter on a 'high note' of the song.
  • Involve your niece / nephew or even your proud 'fur baby' in the processional.
  • Walk through the crowd as opposed to straight down the aisle, to get your guests a little more involved.
 
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THE WELCOME

The opening words said by your celebrant at the beginning of the ceremony.
It usually involves any or all of the following:

  • A light-hearted story about the couple.
  • A special mention to guests who are unable to attend or who are no longer with us.
  • Some words about marriage and the significance of the ceremony and / or location.


GOOD VIBE IDEAS

  • Introduce the bridal party with a fun (and maybe slightly embarrassing) fact about them.
  • Pay tribute to a loved one who has passed, by saying one of their 'classic one-liners'.
 
 

READINGS / POEMS

A great way to involve close family or friends in the ceremony or simply to share something this is unique to you as a couple. You can have as many or as little (zero even) of these as you like, wherever you like, throughout the ceremony. Click below to explore some examples you could use:


GOOD VIBE IDEAS

  • Have a good friend or family member read a poem for you.

  • Read the song lyrics of a famous love song (like a poem) and watch as your guests slowly catch on.

 
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PERSONAL VOWS

This part of the ceremony is an opportunity for you to say some heartfelt words about your ‘partner in crime’ or if you wish, to share some great moments you’ve had together. Your personal vows can be as traditional, fun, quirky or as humorous as you like (and each partner's vows don't have to be in the same 'style', by the way).

Do you have no idea where to start? You're in luck...

A. Firstly think about the different ways you can write your personal vows:

  • Completely from the heart

  • Find something you like on the internet and tweak it to suit, or

  • Read something good you find on the internet.

B. Then, have a think about what you are going to write. If you need a little help, click HERE to view my vow writing guide.

Still stuck? Feel free to hit me up if you need a hand :-)


GOOD VIBE IDEAS

  • To add a bit of humour, write your personal vows for yourself and have your partner read them (as if they wrote them). Then, read your 'real' vows to one another.

  • If you're THAT talented, have a think about your vows and simply say them on the day.

  • Play a good ol' fashioned game of 'scissors, paper, rock' to decide who will read their vows first.

 
 

EXCHANGING OF RINGS

This element of the ceremony symbolises your love and commitment to one another. Traditionally, rings are exchanged, but you may choose to exchange a flower or a small gift instead. As the individuals exchange rings (or gifts) they will usually say some words, repeating after the celebrant.

Some examples of wording:

1. “I give this ring to you to wear as a symbol of our love, life and future together.”

2. "With this ring, I marry you and bind my life to yours.
It is a symbol of my eternal love,
My everlasting friendship,
And the promise of all my tomorrows."


3. "Take this ring as my gift to you.
Wear it and think of me and know that I love you."


4. "I love you now until I die
For I must love because I live
And life in me is what you give."


GOOD VIBE IDEAS

  • Add a touch of humour by making a promise to your partner based on something you do that gets on their nerves (just a little). For example: "Steve, with this ring I promise, to try to stack the dishwasher."

  • Exchange a small gift, instead of rings (if you wish).

 
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THE DECLARATION

The ‘official words’ said by the celebrant to ‘seal the deal’ (with the first 'official' kiss). Following this, usually the couple will sign the register and then get ready for the ‘grand finale’ – the presentation. Keep in mind, that the person (or people) who present you and how you are presented is totally up to you!

Usually though, the celebrant will present you and say something along these lines: 

“And it’s with great pleasure that I now pronounce you husband and wife. You two may now kiss.”


GOOD VIBE IDEAS

  • Hand the mic to an audience member and have them pronounce you.
  • Ask your guests to quickly grab a glass of champagne, raise their glasses and repeat after the celebrant to pronounce you.
  • High five each other or do your 'secret couple handshake' instead of the kiss (or as well as if you like).
 
 

THE PRESENTATION

This typically follows the signing of the register and is the ‘official presentation’ of the new couple to the guests. At this point, everything is said and done, so this is a great moment to bask in the glory. Typically, the celebrant will present the new couple for the first time by something to this effect: 

“Linda and Rodney, that is a wrap. Family and friends, for the first time EVER,
I present to you all, Mr. and Mrs. Smith.”


GOOD VIBE IDEAS

  • As you are presented, take a bow, give each other an AWESOME high five or raise your hands victoriously!
  • Combine the declaration and the presentation and do both at the very end of the ceremony (for MAXIMUM good vibes.)
  • Is "Mr & Mrs Smith" a little too boring? Why not be presented as "The married version of Linda and Rodney"
 
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the recessional

The moment at the end of the ceremony, where the partners walk (or dance) down the aisle to a chosen song. The music used for the recessional, is usually pretty upbeat and fun.


GOOD VIBE IDEAS

  • Why not dance down down the aisle and get your guests to follow your lead?
  • Keep the good vibes rolling - ask your celebrant to keep the good tunes playing while your guests congratulate you.