If you already have a family, involving your children in the ceremony is very rewarding. With my experience in education and working with young people from Pre-school to Year 12, I am able to quickly develop a rapport with them.
They can be integrated in so many ways: flower girls, ring bearers, bridesmaids or groomsmen, reading a poem or verse, singing a song or playing an instrument. There are also the symbolic gestures: the whole family participating in a sand ceremony, a family unity candle ceremony, a family medallion ceremony or encouraging your children to make something to be displayed at the service or to be carried by the parents. Then of course there is the group family hug. I also take pleasure in providing a certificate for each child as a reminder of the day Mum and Dad got married.
Marrying a Non-Australian Partner
With so many overseas students studying in Adelaide and many of our own young people heading internationally on their rite of passage, as well as dating sites becoming more and more global, it’s little wonder that an increasingly greater number of Aussies are falling for a partner from another culture.
Anyone from overseas with a current valid visa and correct documentation can get married in Australia. However, if you would like for your non-Australian partner to be granted a Prospective Marriage Visa (Sub-class 300), you will need to pay a deposit to a Certified Marriage Celebrant to organise a Notice of Intended Marriage form and to commit to a firm date for your wedding.
When I receive a properly completed and signed Notice of Intended Marriage form from you, I will prepare a letter to the Department of Immigration and Border Protection, confirming that I have been approached to conduct the wedding and the date of the ceremony. I am more than prepared to offer you whatever further assistance you require with this process.
With the exception of our indigenous peoples, the rest of us are from families that have migrated to Australia within the last 250 years or so. As a result, many people like to recognise their heritage in some form, by incorporating a marriage custom or two from the ‘old country’. Because of this, I have produced hand-out information for my clients containing wedding ceremony, reception and pre-wedding ideas from the following cultures: Balinese, Chinese, Danish, Dutch, Estonian, Fijian, Filipino, French, German, Greek, Hawaiian, Hungarian, Indian, Indonesian (Sundanese), Irish, Italian, Japanese, Latvian, Lithuanian, Maori, Norwegian, Polish, Russian, Scottish, Spanish, Swedish, Ukrainian, Vietnamese and Welsh. Of course I am happy to incorporate rituals from a culture that is not listed here.
Some Interesting Ideas
The large majority of weddings conducted by celebrants in South Australia take place in beautiful gardens, parks or vineyards or on one of our classic sandy beaches. We are lucky to be so spoiled for choice! I offer my clients lots of detailed printed information and ideas on garden and beach weddings, to assist with preparations.
My strong background in Drama means that I am your man if you want to go for something quite different. A travelling wedding? Who says a wedding has to be on ‘terra firma’? You could do it on the Steam Ranger train, the tram to Glenelg, a paddle steamer on the Murray or during a ride on the Pop-Eye. On the other hand, ‘Lord Paul’ or ‘Friar Paul’ could conduct a ceremony for those with knights, maidens and chivalry in mind – I’ve lots of info on Medieval and Renaissance Wedding ideas. Those inspired by ‘Twilight’ might look to a goth-inspired wedding and what about ‘Dia De Los Muertos’; a celebration in the Mexican Day of the Dead tradition? And then there is the concept of taking an era as a theme: a Victorian, Roaring 20s, 1930’s Gangsta, 1940’s World War II, 1950’s Rock ‘n Roll, 1960’s Love Child or a 70’s Disco Wedding Celebration.