Ceremonies that Katie the Happily Ever After Celebrant Performs

Marriage Ceremonies

A wedding ceremony is one of the happiest and important moments of a couple’s life. I believe that a wedding ceremony it the opportunity for couples to expressing in front of witnesses, families and friends, the love and commitment for one another.

A wedding ceremony should be personalised and couples should have the freedom to design a unique ceremony that truly reflects whom the couple are as individuals and as a couple.

A wedding should be exactly as you dreamed it to be. Whether it be a tradition wedding, personal and intimate, themed, or short and simple. A celebrant should support the couple in making their dreams a reality, and provide as much support to the couple as they are able to.

To inspire you I will provide you with a guide book, you can choose as many readings, poems or quotes as you wish or none at all. I am dedicated to creating a unique experience and will work via face to face meetings, email and phone to achieve the perfect outcome.  Should you wish to write your own vows I am available to work with the bride and groom individually to create distinctive vows that will express how you truly feel.

There are a range of legal requirements that will need to be met in order for a wedding to be recognized including:

    • Completing a Notice of Intent to Marry
    • Declaration of No legal impediment  
    • Certain words spoken in the ceremony
    • Two witnesses over 18 years of age must be present at the ceremony and be willing to sign the official marriage certificate
    • Certificates to sign at the ceremony

Although the idea of legal requirements can be daunting please be assured that I am here to explain, help you understand and guide you through the process as a whole.

Renewal of Vows Ceremony

A renewal of vows ceremony is a perfect way to integrate all the happiness and enthusiasm of a wedding ceremony, in a much more relaxed and intimate setting. A renewal of vows is a celebration of your love and long-lasting happiness. While also commemorating the successful marriage and the life you have built together.  

A renewal of vow ceremony is something undertaken by a couple out of love, and a want to celebrate accomplishments and reaffirm promises to each other for the future.

A renewal of vows can be undertaken whenever the couple wishes, however it is most common on milestone anniversaries (tenth, twenty-fifth, fiftieth)

This ceremony is a lot more informal as you can invite who you wish, and celebrate how you desire. From a garden renewal of vows and picnic to a beach renewal of vows and a swim. The possibilities for the creation of more memories are endless.

A renewal of vows ceremony and follow a similar format to a wedding and it is the couple’s choice if they would like to read the vows they made on their wedding day or write new vows which reflect the time from your wedding day to the renewal ceremony.

One of the great things about a vow renewal is there are new friends and family to celebrate with and even children which you may wish to include, in readings or rituals that will bond a family closer together.

The marriage ceremony undertook all the legal and social necessities to recognise the marriage. There are no legal requirements connected with a Renewal of Vows Ceremony.

A renewal of vows certificate will be presented as a memento of the day and ceremony.

Commitment Ceremonies

A Commitment Ceremony is very similar to a Wedding Ceremony, it can have rituals, reading, poems and speeches. The key difference between the two is a wedding ceremony is legally binding and recognised by government bodies. A commitment ceremony is a public declaration of a couples’ love and commitment to one another, there are no legal documents to complete and is not recognised as a legally binding ceremony.

Usually irreligious the ceremony can be as formal or informal as the couple wishes and as a celebrant my job is to ensure that the ceremony is unique and reflects the purity of love that is shared by the couple.

I personally do not agree that couples of the same gender are unable to be legally married in Australia. I am am a proud advocate for marriage equality.  I believe that denying the opportunity for couples of the same gender to marry is not fair and cannot wait for the day when marriage equality is legalised.

Naming Ceremony

A naming ceremony is an informal and relaxed occasion, where friends and family come together to celebrate the naming of a child.

This ceremony is not exclusive to babies, children of any age can be celebrated, meaning it is of importance that parents are able to plan a naming ceremony that is both personal and distinctive with as much support from their celebrant as they need.

A naming ceremony has no legal status, no legal paperwork to be completed or is not typically a religious service, it is a time for celebration of the child and a unique opportunity for parents/guardians to make statement in front of your child’s family and friends the unconditional love, support and care that you will provide the them.  It is also a perfect opportunity to announce godparents, mentors or sponsors of your child should you wish to appoint them.

A naming ceremony can be a carefree, expressive, personal, momentous and fun occasion for everyone involved.

A naming certificate will be presented as a memento of the day and ceremony.

A naming ceremony can include:

  • A promise from parents and/or guardians  
  • The acknowledgement of the role of the grandparents
  • ‘Godparent’ or ‘Guardian’ appointment and acceptance
  • Reasons for/meaning of the Name
  • Having speeches or readings by guests and/or family members
  • A significant symbolic gesture: e.g. Lighting of Naming Candle, planting of a Tree or the Releasing Balloon
  • Having a memories book or artwork for attendees to sign or contribute to.
  • Guests contribute to an artwork for the child as a keepsake

Funeral or Life Celebration Ceremony

Funerals and Life Celebrations are not happy occasions; they symbolize the loss of a loved one. and Usually accompanied by grief and is generally a somber time.

However, a service should be tailored to suit the personality of the departed. It is ok for a funeral to have happy aspects and in some cases funny aspects to it. A service should be a time to reminisce and remember.

A service can include:

  • Poems
  • Readings
  • Speeches
  • Songs
  • Rituals

A funeral is an occasion for people to honor the deceased and pay their respects. The ceremony can be an amazing time to realise the positive impact that your loved one made on many lives.

It is ok to miss and to cry, but to also smile and laugh as you say goodbye with sincerity and love.