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"Do I have to have a Bridal Party?"

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Do I have to have a Bridal Party?

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No, many couples get married without a bridal party.

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Is there a limit to how many people I can have in my Bridal Party?

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No. The average wedding party has approximately 3 bridal party members each side. A large bridal party would be 5 or more each side. I have seen as many as 16 bridal party members on each side.

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What shoes should my guests and bridal party wear at a beach ceremony?

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It is best to wear flat sole shoes (not heels), or no shoes at all.

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What happens if members of my bridal party cannot make the Rehearsal?

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Members of a bridal party are often unable to attend, usually due to work commitments or that they simply live too far away. This is not an issue, because (after you have been to the rehearsal) you can explain the format and procedure to them prior to the wedding day.

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What is the traditional order of bridal party entry at a ceremony?

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Flowergirls (or page boys) first, junior bridesmaids next, followed by bridesmaids, then senior bridesmaids, then maid (or matron) of honour.

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How many people can I have in my bridal party?

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Bridal party sizes range in size from 1 (each side), to about 5 (each side). Over 5 seems to be less common in secular western weddings.

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Can my bridal party be involved in the Rehearsal?

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Yes, it is important that as many people who are involved in your wedding attend the rehearsal, including bride, groom, bridesmaids, groomsmen, flower girls and page boys.

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What is the historical relevance of the bridal party?

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Historically, the bridesmaids surrounded the bride on her wedding day in order to ward-off any evil spirits. In theory, the spirits would be tricked and go after the bridesmaids (instead of the bride).

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What do I do if I have fallen-out with one of my bridal party members?

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My best advice (if the issue cannot be resolved), is to politely let them go from the bridal party. You do not need any additional pressures on your wedding day.

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How do I know where my bridal party will stand?

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When we do your rehearsal, you will be able to decide where and in what formation you want your bridal party to stand. Generally, the bridal party will stand on either side of the couple, slightly turned-in (about 45 degrees) towards the couple.

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Can my bridal party sign the back of my Marriage Certificate?

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Yes, in fact anyone can sign the back of the marriage certificate, including friends, family and even pets.

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What is the Wishing Stone Ceremony?

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This ceremony involves the bride and groom, bridal party and guests. Each person at the wedding is given a stone, which is cast into a body of water nearby.

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Where can you suggest we have our Wedding Ceremony in Berwick?

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I highly recommend you have your ceremony in the beautiful gardens at the rustic Clover Cottage. They have a superb old tree, large enough for your entire bridal party to fit underneath.

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Where do you stand when you solemnise our marriage?

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There is no absolute position that I stand, although I prefer to stand well away from the bride and groom, generally nearer the end of the bridal party. From this vantage point, I can address the guests as well as the wedding couple. It is also the optimum position for wedding photos, beacuse there is no celebrant standing in the way when the couple are taking their vows and exchanging rings.

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What should I do if I think that one of my guests may cause a scene at my ceremony?

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As a Celebrant I have had to manage a range of complex issues during marriage ceremonies. Often, the idea that a guest may make a scene, is the bride or groom projecting his or her own stresses and tensions in the lead-up to the big moment. Wayward are also generally corralled (or calmed) by your many other guests, the bridal party, the Celebrant or the function or venue staff.

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Could we have a marine style wedding theme at the Melbourne Aquarium?

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Yes, you could take some ides from movies such as 'Little Mermaid, 'Finding Nemo' and 'Sharks Tale' and prepare vows, rituals and readings that all have an underlying marine theme. The bridal party could also dress in marine colours, whilst the entire exchange of vows could be set against the aquarium's Fish Bowl.

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Where do couples get married in Southbank?

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The most popular venue for having a Ceremony, is Crown Towers (a part of Crown Casino).

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Are there any Wedding Ceremony venues in Epping that you can suggest?

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Yes, I suggest you consider Manor on High as a venue for having your ceremony.

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If we want to get married in Hawthorn, where can you recommend we have our ceremony?

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I recommend having your ceremony at the exclusive Leonda by the Yarra.

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Do I need to have a special permit if having a home ceremony?

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No, although you may want to check parking and noise restrictions in your local neighbourhood.

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Are there any Ceremony locations near the Yarra River in Fairfield?

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Yes, you may consider having your ceremony at the rustic and popular Fairfield Boathouse (situated on the edge of the meandering Yarra River).

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At which ceremony venue in Williamstown can we exchange our wedding vows?

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I recommend having your ceremony at either Hobsons Bay Yacht Club (overlooking Port Phillip Bay), Pelicans Landing or Sirens.

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Is it illegal for same sex couples to be married in Australia?

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Yes, the Australian Marriage Act 1961 does not currently recognise same sex marriages.

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Can you provide Music if I am having an outdoor ceremony?

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Yes, my sound system is the latest remote wireless PA, requiring no mains power. It is Ideal for beach and park cermonies.

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What is the difference between Nullity and Divorce?

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Nullity relates to marriages that are not considered legal (despite a ceremony having taken place), whereas Divorce (dissolution) relates to marriages that are legal (but have broken down due to various circumstances).

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