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You Can Have the Perfect Wedding Ceremony

Congratulations on deciding to formalise your love for each other by getting married or having a commitment ceremony.
Your wedding can be a grand occasion or a simple event, held at a corporate venue or at home in the backyard, in a park or on the beach.
It can be as traditional or as original as you want it to be - but most of all it has to be meaningful and memorable for you.
There are two elements to organise for your big day - the wedding ceremony and the reception.
While a lot of planning goes into the reception, it is the ceremony that is the most meaningful part of the day when you become husband and wife, or partners, and start your life's journey together.
The ceremony is the formalisation of your love for each other through the vows that you make.
Some people have difficulty expressing their love and putting their feelings into words, but it is the vows you make and the words you say when exchanging wedding rings that will stay with you forever.
Blessings or readings delivered by family members or friends, and the music and rituals you choose all add to the emotion of the day.
The key to a happy and stress-free wedding ceremony and reception is planning.
Whether you decide to have an intimate wedding for a few close family and friends or a huge extravaganza, the work you do before the day will ensure everything comes together.
As a marriage celebrant, and as a guest, I've attended all types of weddings from lavish affairs for 400 people in top hotels, to intimate events on the beach with just close friends and family.
If money is no issue then the sky is the limit with what you do.
However, cost has nothing to do with the beauty of the day.
Even on a limited budget you can create the wedding of your dreams and look back on it as the happiest day of your life.
The idea is to create a unique ceremony and to make sure it is a memorable day.
Everybody loves a wedding and friends and family will want to help you with the planning, so let them - but ensure that each person is assigned a particular responsibility.
Even if you have a wedding planner it is good to let family members feel involved in your celebration.
This will take some of the pressure off, and you can concentrate on arranging your dress and shoes, hair and make-up and, most important of all arranging your dream wedding ceremony, and making sure it flows smoothly.
If you have children from a previous relationship, they can be included in the ceremony.
Some couples like the idea of a themed wedding ceremony based on their favourite movie or musical or adding a spiritual or cultural aspect to their marriage.
There are lots of rituals that you can include in your ceremony such as a ring warming or lighting a unity candle.
Your celebrant will ensure that all the legal requirements of the marriage are taken care of, and you can tailor-make your wedding ceremony to your own style.
After all, it's your day.
I wish you many happy years of love and laughter together.

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