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I’ve written hundreds of blog posts about weddings, and sometimes it’s hard to sort through my rubbish to find the good stuff. So here’s the good stuff.

Questions to ask yourself for your vows

Stuck writing vows? Instead of trying to construct sentences, print out this blog post and answer these questions. From the answers you'll have, I think you'll have a pretty good foundation for creating some vows. What are the purpose of YOUR wedding vows? Why are you...

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What is it like to hire Josh?

I go to great lengths to try and tell everyone all about me before they ever hire me, so there's no surprises. So when Will emailed me after Sarah and his wedding I thought his feedback was not only encouraging and helpful internally, it might actually be useful to...

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The demise of the bridal party

Bridal parties exist because of the historical threat of real actual demons attacking weddings. True story. Our ancestors used to be stressed about demons attacking the good things in life, like marriage ceremonies. Now I’m not going to be the guy to downplay the...

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The other end of the aisle

Photographer and friend, Kristina Childs, posed this question on Facebook today, and I wanted to answer it in a blog post: What are you supposed to do at the end of the ceremony? So, here's 20 things you can do at the end of the aisle after your ceremony, according to...

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First look photos: the express train to Calm Town

Photos before the ceremony If you're looking for the simplest, easiest, and most meaningful way to introduce some peace and calm into your wedding day, here's a solution that has been just sitting there waiting for you. 45-90 minutes before the ceremony, as everyone...

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Top 10 things that can go wrong at your wedding

The Daily Mail newspaper asked me to think back over the past year of weddings and name the top ten things that could go wrong at your wedding. The article is live here but I thought I’d share my answers in verbose here for my bloggies!

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A wedding reading from the US Supreme Court

Justice Anthony Kennedy,authored the US Supreme Court’s ruling legalizing same-sex marriage. He closed his ruling and opinion with one of the most beautiful passages you’ll likely read in a court case. I totally teared up, and it’s a passage I’ll be incorporating into many marriage ceremonies.

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How to say the monitum with class

I was interviewed for an ABC News story recently about how do I get around saying the monitum and are couples requesting it. I basically said this blog post on the phone call but not much of it got published, so I’m blogging it for you today!

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How to get the best out of your wedding professionals (slaves)

Britt spends all day working with wedding vendors, photographers, venues, florists and other professionals as part of her role creating elopements in The Pop-Up Wedding. We figured that her experiences might help you in choosing people to work with in creating your marriage celebration.

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Can you drink before your wedding ceremony?

I just met with Stefan and Sarah who wanted to assure me that they wouldn't drink before their wedding ceremony because another marriage celebrant at a different wedding had told all of those bridesmaids and bride at a different wedding that they weren't allowed to...

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How to be a rockin’ wedding MC

You're the funny, loud, guy or gal that the bride and groom asked to MC their wedding reception? I was that guy a long time ago and now I'm that guy professionally. So hopefully I can offer some helpful tips! Don't stress about it too much, it's just a really awesome...

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“I Like You”, a really cool wedding reading

I'm always on the look out for new and different wedding readings and I love this one! It's called "I Like You" and it's an awesome children's book that fits right in at a wedding. It's by Sandol Stoddard Warburg and you can get it now on Amazon. At Nicole and Lee's...

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Everything you need to know about a #wedding #selfie

Social media, be it Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, ello, Google+, LinkedIn, or that new fang-dangled network that wasn’t even invented when this was written, is such an amazing way to share your story. After all, that’s what we’re here for, creating, telling, sharing, an awesome story. Every day is a new page and your wedding ceremony, a new chapter.

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The common problem with wedding ceremony chair hire

A quick survey of last year’s weddings tells me that 11% of wedding ceremonies had enough chairs for everyone to be seated. There’s nothing wrong with making people stand, but there’s a human brain thing that everyone is missing. Read on.

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The combo-wedding

This blog post could get me in trouble. It's going to shake the very foundation of the modern Australian wedding and question every wedding ever held, this blog post is about the combo-wedding. The mere fact you can read this means that "they" haven't got to me in my...

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How to kick wedding stress to the curb

Everyone jokes about wedding stress, the stress of "making sure everything is right" and the stress of keeping someone's mother at bay and all of those great wedding myths. Today I wanted to kick a few of those myths to the curb, and also throw out the wedding stress...

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The definitive guide to choosing your wedding songs

This is a guest post from Chris Holland, the song nerd, and an award winning music programmer and radio presenter. Let me preface this article with the disclaimer: Each wedding is unique to the couple celebrating. It's hard enough for two people in love to decide how...

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20 quick and simple wedding ceremony hacks

There’s always a new and different way for you to make your wedding ceremony yours, a quick and easy way to hack it and make it feel more like you, and your fiance. I would hope that every ceremony I perform would scream the bride’s and groom’s passions and...

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10 Gaelic wedding traditions you could use

When you start searching for a "normal" wedding ceremony or a "traditional" ceremony most of it's elements have their roots in Christianity and Catholicism.   The Gaelic traditions tend to lean to the civil and worldly side of the marriage ceremony spectrum....

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Want a different wedding? You need a different celebrant

If you want a different wedding, you have to start with a different celebrant. I’m a young celebrant and almost everyone that sits across from me as we meet for a coffee, usually on a Sunday afternoon, tells me that they want a different wedding. They’ve been dreaming...

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How to: use your iPod for wedding music

Even if you're hiring a DJ or a band for your wedding, some songs, particularly songs for the ceremony in many cases, need to be played off iPod/iPhone/iPad/MP3 player. Here's my tip on how to playlist your music so the person pressing play has an easy day and doesn't...

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13 wedding ceremony layout inspirations

The church pew style of wedding ceremony is so common that the need to break free of it and really make your mark on your wedding day is very tempting. Here's 13 photos of unique wedding ceremony layouts to inspire...

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4 wedding ceremony ideas I dare you to try

You're probably a really cool couple and you've already decided that you want a casual ceremony that's a lot of fun, not boring like all those other weddings you've been to. But I bet you're not game enough to try these four wedding ceremony ideas. Make sure you...

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15 wedding traditions you can forget

If I didn’t tell them, almost every couple I meet would think that there was a master template on how a wedding ceremony should work and if changes were to be made you would need to get Jesus, the US President and a JP to sign off on the proposal.

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How to change your name after your wedding

When I'm meeting with a couple, preparing their ceremony and their paperwork there is always an awkward moment when I ask if the bride will be taking the groom's last name, or vice versa. I'm not touching that issue with a 30 foot stick, you're welcome to talk it over...

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Five unique wedding ideas

I'm lucky to talk weddings all day every day, here's five ideas that I or my couples have thought of this week: 1. At the end of the ceremony, instead of saying "you may kiss your bride" your celebrant could say "you may now update your Facebook relationship status",...

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Eight must-ask wedding venue questions

It's the party of the decade, in your honour, and you need it to be amazing. You're paying three arms and four limbs for it, it has to be special, but most couples that I meet forget to ask these simple, but important questions of their wedding venue. Make sure you...

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Handfasting or hand tying wedding ceremony

A handfasting ceremony, also known as a hand ceremony or a hand-tying ceremony, is a tradition that is polytheistic but still popular in modern ceremonies. Here's 10 reasons you might want to involve handfasting in your wedding ceremony. Simplicity: Before the 18th...

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Ten stand-out wedding ideas

Your wedding day, it's your day to shine. There will most probably not be another day that the light shines so brightly on you and you only, so make the most of it and have a stand-out wedding. Here's ten ideas that will take you there. 1. Arrive on a horse. A single...

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Problems with wedding vendors and unhappy brides

What do you do if there's a problem with your reception venue, perhaps they are double booked. Or what if your flower supplier gives you late notice that they cannot supply your bouquet. Even worse, god forbid, your celebrant falls ill, dies, or turns out to be a...

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8 more unique wedding ceremony ideas

Following up on 16 unique wedding ceremony ideas - here's 8 more to inspire you and your wedding ceremony. Design your wedding ceremony with inspiration from how you both met. If you both love Dr Seuss, try these Dr Seuss vows or a Dr Seuss reading. Or if you met on...

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Dr Seuss Wedding Vows

Vows, inspired by Dr Seuss: Celebrant: With that, I ask you right now, Will you answer me right now, These questions, as your wedding vow? Bride and Groom: Yes, I will answer you right now, Your questions as my solemn vow, Bride: Provided our guests don’t have a cow....

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8 tips for wet weather wedding planning

Rain is an outdoor wedding's worse enemy! But you can plan for it. Here's a few tips to help your wet weather wedding planning! 1. The first thing to note when you're thinking about wet weather options, or if you're a few days out from the wedding and the forecast...

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Writing your own vows, and making them meaningful

Are you thinking about taking the personal approach to your wedding ceremony, writing your own vows? It's something I recommend because it involves you and your partner in a very creative, personal and meaningful way in your ceremony. But many people get stumped as to...

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Example wedding vows: Our vows

Britt and I decided to write our own vows for our wedding, and share them so everyone looking for example wedding vows. It’s a process I recommend everyone goes down, though of course you don’t have to.

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My wedding

The happiest, most momentous day of my life was the day that I asked Britt to be my wife. I actually asked her to "stay with me". Because I really liked it when she was around. Just under nine months later we were wed at the Gold Coast Botanical Gardens in Benowa and...

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The bare minimum

Your wedding ceremony can be as long winded, extravagant, special and ceremonial as you could ever desire. Let your mind wander, start dreaming, and that 4 hour epic adventure of wedded love can be yours! But many couples ask me what the bare minimum is. What is the...

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Who to invite to your wedding?

The task of creating, adding to, culling, then pruning and finalising a wedding guest list is one of the most stressful tasks you'll undertake in the early days of your wedding. For my wedding I know Britt and I started with a mammoth list, then slowly, due to social...

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Example Wedding Ceremony

Each and every wedding conducted is a unique and special ceremony, often I will write a unique ceremony for each couple. Below is the standard "formula" that marriage ceremonies run to, there are a few important parts as noted in the Marriage Act of 1961 but aside...

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When to get married?

There’s 13 other good times of the week you can get married outside of 3pm Saturday

Venue questions

Eight must-ask wedding venue questions

All about the NOIM

All about the NOIM – The Notice of Intended Marriage form 13 (the form you need to do more than one month before your wedding)

Wedding related stress

How to kick wedding stress to the curb

Problems with wedding vendors

How to deal woth problems with wedding vendors and how to prevent unhappy brides

iPod wedding DJ

How to: use your iPod for wedding music

Wet weather backups

Eight tips for wet weather planning

Wedding music selection

The definitive guide to choosing your wedding songs

Changing your name now you're a Mrs

How to change your name after your wedding

How to choose!!

How to decide who to invite to your wedding