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Posted on 5 June, 2020 at 5:10

1. The entry

Who is walking you/your partner down the aisle? Is anyone even walking down the aisle? Gone are the days where bridal processions were (unofficially) compulsory. Your entry is your guests first impression of the entire wedding. I can help you make it memorable.

2. Personalised vows

Yes, we must include the monitum (aka legal vows) in your ceremony, but after that, the sky’s the limit! Your vows can be funny, they can make you cry, heck – I’ve seen a groom compile his entire set of vows from Disney movies. With unlimited support from yours truly, get ready to wow your partner and your guests with truly memorable vows.


3. Story Telling or readings

Was it love at first sight, a mutual ‘swipe right’ or did one party require a little persuasion? Do you have a funny story to share? Years of special memories? Or a moment that simply blows your mind? What makes you as a couple unique? Let’s tell that story.


4. Tradition and Heritage

Did you know; In Mexico, once vows are made, the couple are tied together using a lasso? Or, that during some Celtic ceremonies, the bride and groom each take a shot of whisky.Or, that in Congo, the bride is not allowed to smile during the ceremony (it means they’re not serious about marriage). Why not include some traditional ceremonial elements in your ceremony? (*smiling recommended) Ask me how… and we can have you and your guests talking about it for years to come!


5. Readings

Traditional, religious, a snippet from your favourite book or movie. Maybe even a diary entry or a passage of text messages. There are no limits on your options for a reading to be used in your ceremony. Just make sure that it tells your story or means something special to you.

6. Include friends and family

Your wedding ceremony is a celebration of your love, in front of all your friends and family. So, why not include them too? Have you considered walking down the aisle with your whole family? Or having a ‘witness ballot’? There are no rules on who, or how many people you include in your ceremony and there are hundreds of ways we can make it happen!

7. The kiss

Are you thinking a graceful lift, a spin in the air, straight-out-of-a-90s rom-com first kiss? Is your partner thinking a straightforward peck? Avoid the awkward confusion and plan the perfect first kiss. It doesn’t need to be rehearsed, just make sure you two are on the same page and make your first kiss as a married couple one to remember!

8. Music

So, you love Ed Sheeran – perfect (double entendre intended)! But if he’s not quite your fit, no need to worry. Your wedding music should reflect you, as a couple. Our wedding songs were chosen from the first gig we attended as a couple and an old school song we jokingly used to boogie to. Years later, our friends still talk about how they just had to dance along as we walked down the aisle. Make your song choices all about you, after all – the rest of your ceremony is.

9. The exit

Make it fun - do it your way. Would you like a confetti toss? Your nearest and dearest toasting you into married life or a good old boogie down the aisle? Throw away the rule book and own your exit. After all, it's your official walk as a married couple!

10. BONUS: Have a kick-ass ceremony created by yours truly.


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Kids at Weddings

Photo: Keegan Cronin

If I had a cent for every time I got asked for my two cents on kids at weddings I would be slightly less poor. But in all seriousness, this is SUCH a personal decision. Four years ago, when I was in the height of wedding planning the answer was an easy no. Fast forward to the now and the tables have turned.

It’s not an easy decision, or one that should be made for any other reason except the preference of the people getting married (but hey, that’s my stance of 99% of wedding related things).

But, what I have done is broken down some of the considerations, tips and tricks to help you make an informed decision and also a little bit of a guide of things you can do to make it easier on yourselves.

Before we jump in, I want to preface this with; just because you welcome kids to a ceremony doesn’t mean you have to include them for the reception and vice versa. Your day, your way.

It’s a NO from me – or five reasons why kids at your wedding might not be your jam.

1. The idea of kids screaming or running around during your vows makes your skin crawl

2. If you invited everyone’s kids to your wedding, you’d be way over budget

3. Your wedding isn’t a child-friendly affair – champagne, candles, drunk guests and a banging d-floor might not make the perfect mix for little ones hanging around

4. You’d like your friends and family to have a night off and give them the opportunity to let their hair down

5. You simply don’t want children there. There’s no single reason, you just don’t want it.

… on the flip side …

I can’t imagine getting married without the little loves – or five reasons why kids at weddings rule

1. There’s nothing cuter than watching the little ones in your life break it down on the d-floor.

2. Photos. See above.

3. Those unscripted moments. The innocent comments, the ooooh’s and aaaah’s. These inbetweeners than add to the magic of the moment.

4. You just simply can’t imagine celebrating such a milestone without some of your favourite little people.

5. Have you ever seen the excitement on a child’s face during a first dance? For them, it’s a real life fairytale and all their dreams come true.

6. You don’t need a reason. If you’d like the little ones there, invite them along. Then, it’s up to the individual parents to decide if they want to bring them.

Next week on the blog;

Ok, so we’ve decided to include kids on our guest list – what can we do to keep them entertained AND make sure we/their parents have a kick-ass time.