Love-Locked Wedding Ceremony

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The Love-Locked Ceremony
is becoming very popular at weddings.

It is a very romantic and magical way to conclude
your wedding ceremony.

What is a Love-Locked Ceremony?
Take two padlocks…
The padlocks are locked together as a symbol of the bride and bridegroom being together in marriage forever.

The keys for the locks are attached to eco-friendly helium balloons which are released into the sky at the end of the wedding ceremony by the bride and groom. How romantic!

Love Locked2I’ve had couples simply buy a couple of locks at Bunnings, whilst others have found heart shaped locks on Ebay and had them engraved with both their names and the date of their wedding.

I’ve performed this special ceremony many many times where everything has gone perfectly to plan. Then there have been those times when the unexpected occurs…

The very first time I had a bride and groom decide to have a love-locked ceremony was at a wedding in the country at the bride and grooms home – such a lovely setting. When we got to the part in the service when the bride and groom release the balloons, the fun began. The balloons floated up maybe two metres and then just bobbed along the paddock, across the garden, and straight into the bride and grooms house! We all had quite a giggle.

The balloons had been blown up in the morning and it was now 4 pm — they had deflated somewhat. The groom then disappeared into the house and reappeared several minutes later with about 15 more balloons. This time the keys were taken away by the wind… never to be seen again.

Since that time I have advised the bride and groom to fill the balloons with helium as late in the day as possible.

Another wedding, another love-locked story…
Two of the most gorgeous little flower girls you ever did see. The two little blond beauties looked adorable, however I couldn’t see them at all during the wedding ceremony. I was told later by the photographer of the unparalleled entertainment that these two little darlings provided the guests with.

I announced to the guests that the Bride and Groom would now be signing the Marriage Register and afterwards there would be a very special ceremony that they may not have seen before. I turn around to point out the balloons but they were nowhere to be seen because the two little darlings had let them go at the start of the wedding ceremony. So there was some quick improvising on my part – luckily I’m very good at thinking on my feet. The wedding was on the Brisbane River, so instead of balloons, the Bride and Groom throw the keys (the spare set that you always get with the padlocks) into the river. The guests weren’t any the wiser and the Bride and Groom had a great laugh over it.

The love-locked wedding ceremony is such a wonderful symbol of the Bride and Groom becoming one together, forever. You can choose eco-friendly balloons that are colour themed for your wedding. You can also have all the guests let their own balloons go too.

Have a wonderful wedding day.

Article by: Jane K Payne – Marriage Celebrant

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Sand Ceremony

Sand Ceremony3The Sand Ceremony is very popular at wedding ceremonies and can just involve the Bride and Groom, or, other members of the family can also participate.

This ceremony involves pouring coloured sands into a glass vessel with each colour having a meaning. It’s a lovely symbolic picture of, firstly, the Bride and Groom, and secondly, other people in a family being blended together as one.

This ceremony is especially meaningful when there are children belonging to the bride, groom, or both, from previous relationships, as the children can be included, and this ceremony gives them a wonderful sense of belonging. Depending upon the Bride and Grooms personal choices, I would suggest that the Bride pours first, then the children, and then finally the Groom, but it’s always about the Bride and Groom and how they’d like it.

The Bride, the Groom, and anyone else who is going to participate in the ceremony, each have their own coloured sand. One by one they pour their sand into the vessel that’s been chosen as the keepsake. This makes for a wonderful memento of the wedding day.

I’ve seen quite a few different vessels used. Krosno crystal, which had been beautifully engraved, heart shaped bottles from a $2 shop and even an old bourbon bottle. I often use wine glasses for the individual coloured sands and have them arranged on the signing table ready for the pouring.

I had a couple who only wanted two colours because these colours had a special meaning for them. They layered the two colours alternatively in their chosen vessel.

Of course, you don’t have to use coloured sand either. How about sand from the beach where you got engaged or from a special holiday. It’s all about what’s special for you.

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Sand Ceremony2When the sands are poured they can be layered in their colours or shaken together showing that all members of the family are blended together never to be separated. That one too is a personal choice.

I like to use wording for the different colours because each colour has a prophetic meaning. Here are some examples:
White Sand – White is the colour for the Bride. White is for the purity of love.
Purple Sand – Purple is a colour about strength. The colour for a husband.
Blue Sand – Blue represents service. The serving of one another.
Red Sand – Red is for the passion of love.
Pink Sand – Pink is for healing. Love is healing.
Green Sand – Green is about a new beginning.
Yellow Sand – Yellow is about joy.
Orange Sand – Orange is about fire. The trials and tribulations of life.
Gold Sand – Gold is for the golden years, yet to come.

The Sand Ceremony is always a lovely inclusion in your wedding day celebrations as it offers the opportunity to include children and other family members in the ceremony, and gives you a beautiful memento of your special day.

Article by: Jane K Payne – Marriage Celebrant

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Choosing The Right Celebrant

Hearts - PinkIf it’s the first time you’ve planned a wedding, or if you haven’t attended many weddings to see a Marriage Celebrant in action, it can be difficult to really know what you’re looking for in the person who will perform your ceremony, so here are a few pointers for you.

Firstly, it’s important to like the Celebrant. The Celebrant should be a person that you feel you can relate too. They should be someone who puts you at your ease and gives you confidence in yourself. The wedding ceremony can be a scary moment in your life, it’s good to have someone that you also have confidence in who makes you feel safe and will hold everything together is you start falling apart.

A good Celebrant will be happy to arrange an obligation free meeting with you, a ‘meet and greet’, so that you can be sure that you are choosing the right Celebrant before handing over a deposit. You will find that with most Celebrants the deposit is non-refundable so make sure you’ve chosen well. You should never pay any money without firstly meeting the Celebrant, unless of course, distance is factor.

For me, a sense of humour is a MUST. A wedding is formal, legal, but is also a celebration, a happy occasion, so there should definitely be laughter. Sometimes there’s laughter because something goes slightly wrong, but a quick wit, a sense of humour and a bit of ad lib can soon fix that.

Professionalism is high on the list. A good Celebrant should be available to you if you have questions or queries. A rehearsal should be arranged before the big day. All aspects of legal paperwork should be taken care of by your Celebrant.

Being a Celebrant is a bit like being an actor, it involves public speaking, good delivery and the ability to make the stars of the show shine. That’s you, the Bride & Bridegroom. Not the Celebrant.

Look for a Celebrant who is creative if you want a ceremony that is more than the basic. A Celebrant should be a wordsmith, someone who can put together a ceremony that is both personalized and memorable.

Even though the Celebrant may be an experienced writer and have put together a thousand wedding ceremonies, they should also be a good listener and be able to ask you what you have in mind and hear all that you have to say. Good communication skills is an important key.

On the day of your wedding the Celebrant should arrive early to make sure that everything is ready for the start of the ceremony. Having a chat to the Bridegroom and the groomsmen, setting up the signing table, doing a sound check with the PA system and generally ensuring that all is ready for the arrival of the Bride. It’s the Celebrants job to organize the guests and move them into position before the bridal party commences the walk down the aisle. On the day, your Celebrant will ‘run the show’.

The last thing to consider is the Celebrants fee. Unless you really are on the smallest of budgets, never choose your Celebrant by price alone. Most of the time in life you really do get what you pay for.

Hearts - Pink2Ask the Celebrant about the Code of Conduct for Marriage Celebrants, it’s all about the high standard of service that should be delivered and is set down by the Attorney Generals Department.

I hope that you find these few pointers helpful in choosing the right Celebrant for you and for the most important day of your lives, your wedding day.

Article by: Jane K Payne – Marriage Celebrant

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