Creating, writing and communicating your wedding vows

Hooray, you’re getting married. Congratulations!

This is a guide to create your own personal wedding vows.

In Australia there is a legal vow line which must be spoken in your vows.

It is:- I call upon the persons here present to witness that I (two names) take you (two names) to be my lawfully wedded wife/husband/spouse.

We usually advise couples to say the legal vow line first up and then continue with their more heartfelt pledges to one another.

Apart from the legal line, you may commit to your partner with your own words, or words which have been provided by your celebrant. Here at Cherish Ceremonies, we have a wealth of material which you may use to create your vows. Sometimes, couples find that what they would like to say to their fiancée has already been written or they mix and match words from vows that we provide. This method is quite acceptable and can be personalised quite easily.

If you choose to write your own vows, bear in mind that the vows are primarily a promise to your partner of your continued love.

Questions you could ask yourself might be:-

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1.Why is it important that you take your relationship to the next level of marriage?

2. What do you value about your partnership?

3. What drew you together and what shared values do you think will keep you together?

4. Words like love, commitment, teamwork, respect, communication, may be important to you as a couple.

5. Don’t forget you may want to mention the fun and happiness that enriches your relationship.

6. Remember the aspects you have in common and the things that make you individuals that you respect in your partner.

7. It is fine to make a joke as long as it is not disparaging to your loved one in any way. 

Speaking your vows

You’ve gone to the trouble of writing something personal for your partner. Now it’s important to deliver these lines to the best of your ability.

At Cherish Ceremonies we offer two methods to perform your vows.

If they are more than a few lines long, we advise you not to repeat after us.  This can be laborious and boring if you want your pledges to sound great.

We can hand you our book, landscape style with your vows printed for you.  It is a good idea to have the vows finalised a while before the wedding, so you can practice them and be very familiar with them on your big day.

You definitely do not need to learn them by heart.  It can be the most emotional part of your ceremony, so having those words printed in front of you can be a lifesaver on your wedding day.  Remember it is fine to take your time with your special words and to show some emotion. Your friends and family will appreciate your love for one another, and probably join in if you have some tears to shed.

Your celebrant or members of your bridal party will have some tissues on hand!

Don’t be embarrassed, your love for one another will move mountains and inspire your friends and family.

Remember, your Celebrant has witnessed many marriages, therefore will be on hand to help with your vows should you need an expert opinion.

Love from Cherish Ceremonies

Lynette and Tamzin.

Phone Lynette 07 3807 3025
or
Tamzin 0403 582 667
or email us on: celebrant@cherishceremonies.com

Ideas for Games at your Wedding by Cherish Ceremonies Marriage Celebrants

celebrant, cherish, logan, beenleigh, windaroo, waterford, queensland, brisbane, gold coast, outdoor games, croquet, lawn, Games at weddings are becoming more and more popular.  When I first became a celebrant I performed a themed and costumed Alice in Wonderland Wedding.  I came as the white rabbit from the story. During the break after the ceremony and before the Reception, guests played croquet on the lawn, like they did in the story itself.  They all seemed to really enjoy the theme and the croquet.

You don’t have to have a theme to have some fun and games at your wedding.  If you want to be hip with the in crowd, here are some tips for a successful fun wedding that everyone will be talking about for ages afterwards.

So many ceremonies happen outdoors in parks and gardens these days and even in people’s home gardens, that it is really perfect to set up some games to give the guests something to do if there is a break between the ceremony and the reception times. It also discourages so much alcohol drinking, so could save you a bundle. You can provide water and soft drinks in eskies or tubs of ice during the break. Let the champagne flow after the bridal party arrive back to the celebrations.

celebrant, cherish, logan, beenleigh, windaroo, waterford, queensland, brisbane, gold coast, boules, bocce, outdoor games, lawn, game, weddingThere are a few ways to acquire the necessary games you need to keep the guests entertained while you have photos taken etc.  Firstly keep in mind what type of wedding you are having.  If the look is very formal, some more refined games would be required.  Croquet or Boules would be very suitable.  You can buy boules and croquet sets that are not too expensive and keep them later for home parties in your own garden.  If you keep your eye on the catalogues you can find these games on special from time to time.  They last forever, so can be a great investment. I also had friends who made their own giant jenga.  They said it wasn’t too hard.  Look on pinterest for information on making giant games.

celebrant, cherish, logan, beenleigh, windaroo, waterford, queensland, brisbane, gold coast, jenga, giant, bride, groom, outdoor, game, fun, I ordered giant games online, which included giant jenga (very popular) and giant connect 4, also a popular game.  There was also a giant dominoes. The quality of the games when they arrived was quite disappointing, the giant connect 4 falling to pieces before my party was over. This was a big shame.  I had attended a party where the giant games were absolutely fantastic.  On enquiry, my friend informed me that she had hired these games for her party.

Another fantastic game is Giant frisbee, but this perhaps is a little athletic for a wedding.  Guests may have to take off their good shoes and heels to play this.

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  • Giant chess
  • Giant jenga
  • Giant pick up sticks
  • Ten Pin Bowling
  • Boules
  • Croquet
  • Giant Connect 4

So if you do care that your guests are having a great time and not just drinking the bar dry in between ceremony and reception, start buying or look at some of the following websites to see prices to hire games.  Then put one of your friends or family members in charge of putting the games out and collecting them to be taken back after the wedding.

If you are game for the games for your big event, try the following websites.

www.brisbanebackyardgames.com.au

www.giantgames.com.au

or if you feel jumpy

www.jumpingcastlehirebrisbane.com.au/

Have an excellent wedding and if you want a fantastic celebrant who is lots of fun, contact us.

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Cherish Ceremonies

Marriage Celebrants

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phone Lynette 07 3807 3025 or Tamzin 0403 582 667

Creating Moments to Cherish Forever!

Pets at your Wedding by Cherish Ceremonies

Having your Fur Babies attend your wedding is very popular at the moment.  Doggos and Puppers are such a special part of the family and more and more people are choosing to have them be present and be part of their wedding and new ‘leash on life’.

There are a few things to consider when deciding to have your pets be a part of your special day, otherwise, it can end up a bit Ruff.

As weddings can be quite busy and hectic, it is a good idea to ‘paws’ and ask a friend or relative or specialised pet sitter to be in charge of your furry friend/s.  These days there are even special people who will do everything on the big day to ensure your furry friends arrive on time, are looked after, fed watered and returned to their safe place after the wedding. This obviously removes the worry about their welfare.

For example: http://www.firstclasspetweddingassistants.com.au First Class Pet Wedding Assistants service Brisbane, Gold Coast, Sunshine Coast, Northern NSW and the Hinterlands

 

Llama alpaca wedding bride groom pet ceremony Logan, Beenleigh, brisbane, Gold Coast, Tamborine mountain, Windaroo, Waterford, Queensland Firstly you should check that pets are allowed at the site you have chosen.  They will need shade and water if it is an outside venue, especially in summer weather. Obviously, they should not be left alone in cars or to their own devices.  Please give someone from your guests or your pet sitter permission to come and get the pets if they start to cause any sort of disruption to your ceremony. Like little children, pets can sometimes act out of character or in an unruly manner, and you don’t want them to spoil your big day.

If they are playing a role in the ceremony, besides being in the photos or part of the wedding party, you should practice their role with them. Be realistic, do they sit still and behave if they are going to be part of the ceremony?

This is a true ‘tail’ from a Cherish Wedding. Quite a few years ago, friends of mine, Lindsay and Kim, decided to a special little fur friend Rufus take the role of ‘best man and ring bearer’ at their wedding. Rufus was a very good friend of Lindsay’s and they decided to dispense with the traditional human roles of Best Man and just use Rufus. Being the smart little fellow he was, they practiced calling him at the appropriate time to come and bring the rings to the Bride and Groom. Rufus wore a doggy tuxedo with the rings attached and ran up the aisle right on cue and delivered the rings to perfection.  What a good boy he was.

Since those days, many couples have chosen to have their fur babies there as part of their ceremony to great acclaim.

There are many websites where you can purchase some formal gear for you pet to wear at your Wedding. Otherwise, a pretty bow or some flowers attached to their collar would do the trick just right!

Good luck with your pet-friendly wedding and if you follow some of this advice you too will have a happy ‘tail’ to tell.

If you would like to book a wedding including pets with Cherish Ceremonies, just contact us

Cherish Ceremonies – Creating Memories to Cherish Forever!

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Wedding-Hot Air Balloon

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If you have a yen for an out of this world wedding, or you are true lovebirds, you could consider a Hot Air Balloon wedding.

If you’d love to have a romantic wedding, with beautiful views of South East Queensland, maybe getting married in a Hot Air Balloon is your dream come true.

The views are beautiful, and the guests are limited.

Things to consider are:-

  1. Are you an early morning person? Hot air balloons usually fly of an early morning.
  2. Do you mind if your wedding date changes? Weather conditions are a factor in whether the balloon flies or not.
  3. Are your celebrant and two witnesses able to change days if needs be?
  4. The Hot Air Balloon company usually charges more per person for wedding flights.
  5. If the Bride is wearing a long gown, she would probably have to be helped into the basket and helped out again.
  6. Brides should probably consider a veil free ensemble.
  7. You could take your photographer, or have them meet you at the landing site.
  8. Alternatively one of the witnesses could snap photos of you on the flight.
  9. Choose one of the Cherish Ceremonies celebrants. We love heights.

For more information or to make a booking for your wedding contact us

 

Unusual Sites for a Wedding – Wedding on a Boat or Ship

SONY DSCUnusual sites for a Wedding – Marriage on a Boat or Ship

If you are searching for a different setting for your wedding you and you simply love the water, you may be interested in the romantic idea of marrying on a boat.

Water is usually associated with emotion, so it is a great place spiritually to be married near or on the water.

There are varied ways of doing this and many different styles of boat or ship that you could use.

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Wedding – Country Chic Theme

Beautiful country wedding, lovely couple, Alix and Ryan tied the knot at Alix’s Grandparents home. Country theme with muslin covered hay bales for guests to sit on. Country chic stylings, with hand made dream catchers, flowers in cream cans hung around the small lake. Family lectern with brass engraved plaques noting each family ceremony. Cute blackboard and white hooked metal stands around the lake and new wooden walkway were just some of the many decorations. Charlie the family’s border collie was all dressed up in a tuxedo for the wedding. He was gearing up to try and replace the Best Man. Lots of love to Alix and Ryan. 
#love #wedding #countrywedding #countrytheme #ceremony #cherish #celebrant

 

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You don’t need to break the bank to have the best day ever.  Firstly make sure you engage an awesome Celebrant, as he or she can make or break your wedding.

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25 Awesome wedding photos contest winners

1st Place in All About Light, Winter 2013, Taipei, Taiwan

Photo credits: Chris Huang

1st Place in Pure Art, Fall 2014, New York City, New York

Photo credits: Emin Kuliyev

 

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17 Birdcage Veils That’ll Make You Want to Say “I Do”

With this veil, I thee wed.

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8 Charming Disney Wedding Dresses For Grown-Ups

And they’re tasteful too!