Marlee K Bruinsma, Civil Marriage Celebrant 0438 144 269
civil marriage ceremonies can be as informal or formal as you like
I provide you with a ceremony planning book full of ideas, seek your input on what you want in your ceremony, attend to the legals and include a rehearsal with most packages.
naming ceremonies connect your family and friends with your child
these ceremonies can be held for babies or children or anyone who is celebrating a change of name too. Often they replace a christening or baptism for non-religious families.
until same sex marriage is legal in Australia, this ceremony is a way of honouring your commitment to each other
commitment ceremonies contain most of the common elements of wedding ceremonies, apart from the legals.
to celebrate your achievements as a couple or have the ceremony you always wanted but didn’t get first time round
celebrate your relationship with a ceremony that acknowledges each of you, your family and friends
So where did the tradition of groomsmen come from?
Historically, in different cultures, the groom kidnapped his bride and the groom’s friends assisted him. This is where modern day groomsmen came from. At the altar, the groom stood on the bride’s right side so that his sword hand (right hand) was free to repel any last minute efforts by her family to rescue her.
Bride’s Book of Etiquette. 2002. New York, NY: Perigee Books
tie the knot for a year and a day or in a legal wedding ceremony
hand fastings are often held in nature and symbolise the joining of two independent individuals in a traditional ceremony with alternative rituals
a commitment to your children when your family changes
modern families change, partners leave or step-parents join the family - this ceremony embraces those changes and reassures children of the love of their parents or step-parents
a fresh start in an old house or celebrating moving into a new house
a ceremony designed for your circumstances and dwelling, clearing out the old or the left over energies of the builders and leading into a celebration or house warming
for those who want to celebrate their love without the legals
A ceremony that celebrates your relationship and is similar to a wedding without the legal paperwork - for those who do not want to marry but still want to acknowledge their love
celebrating the milestones in a woman’s life
croning, menarche, coming of age and blessingways (motherhood ceremonies) mark these important occasions in a woman’s life journey
I believe there is no right or wrong way to have a ceremony – each of my ceremonies is structured around the couple, family, or individual, the venue, their guests, the season, their theme and their wishes. I provide ideas and support so that they can have a ceremony that is all about who they are and what they want. Each ceremony I write is unique to the couple or family. With every wedding, naming, renewal of vows, commitment ceremony…I have new experiences to build upon and add inspiration for developing new ideas and rituals. Together we develop a synergy and harmony which comes out on the day as a ceremony spoken from the heart, a wonderful trust between us and a happy and smiling couple or family at the end. I have a deep sense of the responsibility entrusted to me by each family or couple for this once in a lifetime moment. Even if this is a second ceremony for one or both, it is still a unique moment in their life together, a once in a lifetime event. I particularly love alternative ceremonies like handfasting, invoking the angels, circle ceremonies…for those who are spiritual but not religious.
non-religious or alternative spiritual ceremonies to farewell a loved one or remember them
these ceremonies can be held at home, outdoors or at a funeral chapel, tailored to your needs, beliefs and traditions
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