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Why do some Celebrants ask the bride and broom to face their guests during the ceremony

"Why do some Celebrants ask the bride and broom to face their guests during the ceremony?"

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Why do some Celebrants ask the bride and broom to face their guests during the ceremony?

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Some Celebrants prefer the traditional Catholic church approach to weddings, where the bride and groom will often sit on a chair facing their guests throughout the ceremony. I prefer to take the pressure of the wedding couple, which is why couples face me (the Celebrant) during the early part of the ceremony.

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Why do modern brides choose to remove their veil during the ceremony?

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This is because of the importance of photos during the modern ceremony. A bride with a veil concealing her face for the entire ceremony, may miss subtle facial nuances during the most important moments of her life.

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When does the bride lift her veil back during the ceremony?

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There are three possible points at which a bride may lift her veil. 1 - The father of the bride can lift her veil back during the hand-over to the groom. 2 - The groom can lift her veil back just prior to the commencement of the ceremony. 3 - The groom can lift her veil back just before the big kiss, after they are pronounced husband and wife.

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Why does the NOIM ask if I am related to my partner?

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Because in Australia, you cannot legally marry your mother, father, brother, sister (or any ancestor where the blood line is too close).

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Why does a bride where a veil?

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This is an old tradition, designed to conceal the bride's identity from any lurking spirits, as she walked down the aisle.

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When are the Vows taken during the Ceremony?

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In my ceremonies, the Vows are exchanged after 'The Asking'.

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What is the purpose of The Asking?

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The Asking is used to verify if the bride and groom are getting married because they want to (and not because they were forced or mislead).

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What is the Seashell Ceremony?

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During this ceremony, the guests are presented with either polished stones or seashells, which they hold throughout the entire ceremony, bestowing on the stones and shells good wishes and thoughts.

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Which side does the father of the bride walk down the aisle with the bride?

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The father traditionally holds the brides right arm with his left, because in days gone by, he would need to have access to his sword. This was done in order to fend off would be attackers; the sword was commonly drawn with the right hand.

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Where do the bride and groom stand during a Ceremony?

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The bride and groom are the central focus of a ceremony, so they generally stand facing each otehr holding hands. I prefer to stand well-away from the bride and groom, so as not to interfere with the photos.

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Is it normal for a bride or groom to cry during their ceremony?

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Yes, I see brides and grooms cry regular. In fact many guests including mums, dads, grandparents, and even children cry at weddings. It's perfectly normal..

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What can guests scatter over the bride and groom after the ceremony?

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Confetti, rice, bubbles or rose petals (synthetic or organic). Many venues impose restrictions on what can be scattered.

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Who starts and stops the music during a Ceremony?

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The bride and groom normally select someone to start and stop the musc during the ceremony, if a staff member is not provided for by the venue.

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What is the Pagan Handfasting Ritual?

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Derived from the Pagan tradition, Handfasting is where the bride and groom drape a ribbon of their choice, material and colour across their hands during the marriage ceremony.

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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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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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Where do the Groomsmen stand during the Ceremony?

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The groomsmen arrive before the bride and stand with the groom and Celebrant.

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Do I need to obtain a copyright for literary works at my ceremony?

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No, but you should acknowledge any literary works that are verbally reproduced during your ceremony.

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How much seating should I allow for my guests at a beach ceremony?

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Guests often stand at beach ceremonies, however I recommend seating for the elderly, and less-able guests.

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Can we have an Engagement Party with a surprise wedding ceremony?

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Yes. Some couples like to surprise their guests with a marriage ceremony, when the guests are only expecting an Engagement Party.

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What should a Celebrant do if either partner getting married is intoxicated during the Ceremony?

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The Celebrant should desist from completing any legal paperwork until the intoxicated partner is sober.

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What is the Recessional?

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This is when the bride and groom depart their ceremony.

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What is the Processional?

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This is when the bride enters the ceremony.

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Which guests do you acknowledge at our ceremony?

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Any guests that have made an extraordinary effort to be present, including guests that may not have been able to make it.

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What is the Acknowledgement at a Ceremony?

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This is the section where I welcome any guests from overseas or interstate, including any guests who have gone to extraordinary lengths to be present.

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