TO REHEARSE, OR NOT TO REHEARSE, THAT IS THE QUESTION

All my couples ask me this question. Should we have a rehearsal?

And my answer is always the same - it depends on the couple!

For some couples, the peace of mind after having a walk through beforehand is exactly what they need. Working out where everyone is going to stand, or timing the entrance of the bride to the music, or just having an opportunity for your bridal party to meet and hang out is really nice.

Other couples prefer to have it all unfold naturally on the day. Plus, there's always a bit of time before the ceremony starts to figure out where people might stand. A good celebrant will always discreetly guide people through the ceremony, if people are looking lost or unsure of where to stand or what to do.

So have a chat together and decide what is going to be right for you both. :-)

 

 

THE GREAT CELEBRANT HUNT

Photograph: Matt Elliott

Photograph: Matt Elliott

Undoubtedly one of the biggest decisions leading up to your wedding day is to choose who is going to doing the marrying. This person is not only responsible for making it legal, it's good to remember they will turn up in quite a few of your wedding photos. Their personality and style will have an impact on your wedding day - hopefully for the best! 

There are thousands of celebrants, so how on earth do you choose the right one? My two cents worth is to choose a celebrant who makes you feel comfortable, happy and excited. A great celebrant will exude confidence and easily handle stress, while making everyone feel at ease and in the mood for some serious celebrating. Oh and a celebrant who shares some of the same values that you do is a great place to start!

My husband and I were super lucky when we married because my dad is a celebrant. He's so relaxed, down to earth and happy - our choice was dead easy. You might be just as fortunate to have a family member or a friend who is a celebrant. But if not, find one that rocks your boat and get to know each over coffee (or wine!) and pretty soon you'll all be feeling the love together. 

Go on, start the great celebrant hunt, all you crazy lovebirds out there!

 

 

UBER HIT LIST - MELBOURNE WEDDING VENUES

This is for all you cool cats out there looking for a bit of punch, grit and real-ness for your big day. I've had the pleasure of stepping into some amazing venues in my time as a celebrant. Here are my top 3 picks. You can thank me later.

 

ONE \ THE CHURCH OF BANG BANG BOOGALOO

Complete with crumbling plaster, oversized entrance doors (did I mention they are cobalt blue?!) and nearby graffiti covered laneways, Boogaloo is everything you could want in a city wedding with edge. 

www.bangbangboogaloo.com.au

 

 

 

TWO \ DUMBO FEATHER HEADQUARTERS

Exuding charm and grace, the Dumbo Feather Headquarters is a symbol of sustainability, creativity and nature. The venue is complimented with contemporary art, modern furniture and soaring ceilings. 

www.dumbofeather.com

 

 

THREE \ TWO TON MAX

Seriously slick and suave. This is the ultimate in sophistication. Two Ton Max has space for the ceremony, dinner and dance floor. 

www.twotonmax.com.au