Wedding Ceremonies

The celebration of your marriage is a wonderful opportunity to celebrate your joys, the qualities of your relationship that brought you so closely together that you want to spend the rest of your lives as husband and wife, as well as to profess your love in front of friends and loved ones and express your hopes for the future.

Using your vision for your ceremony and my skills and creativity together we can ensure that your ceremony is happy, joyful, and entertaining for your guests. Regardless of whether you choose a package that includes a a very personal custom-created ceremony, or a simpler registry-office style ceremony that allows you some choice of vows, my promise to you is that the ceremony will be very special, different from all those run-of-the-mill weddings, include many unique elements that no one in your circle of family and friends will have seen before, and will be talked about for years. The most common comment I get from guests and family weddings after the ceremony is "That was the best wedding I've ever been to"  and many add ."... including my own!"

While certain paperwork and words make the ceremony legal, it is the language of the heart that makes it real to you as a couple and to your family and friends. That is why I offer imaginative and truly personal ceremonies custom-created for you rather than restrict you to the limited choices provided by standard or mix-and-match ceremonies. And why I have developed and continue to develop unique inclusions not offered by any other celebrant.

Melissa and Andrew
                                          married by Jennifer Cram
                                          Brisbane Celebrant
I would like to thank you for a beautiful and most memorable wedding ceremony. You managed to personalise the ceremony as we requested and many guests commented it was very emotional for them too. From the bottom of my heart, thank you.
- Melissa and Andrew

Photograph by courtesy of Scott Lawler

A successful marriage ceremony is complex and personal. It depends on a number of factors:
  • The quality of the relationship which has been built up between you and your celebrant while developing the ceremony
  • the skill and warmth with which the ceremony is performed on the day, and
  • the efficiency and accuracy with which the legal requirements, including the paperwork, are met
It is important that you choose a celebrant with whom you feel comfortable, in whom you feel confident,  and who emotionally connects with you. A celebrant who doesn't feel like a stranger.  And, quite frankly, it is important that your celebrant is honest with you and prepared to decline the booking if she/he doesn't feel that you can work well together. Should I feel that we are not able to establish the kind of rapport necessary to ensure a great outcome for you, I'll be honest about it.

Wedding Ceremony Packages
(printable summary of what is included in each package)

Your Marriage Ceremony
As your celebrant, I am responsible for the creation and stage-management of your ceremony, but only as your facilitator. I  will do nothing to dis-empower you or compromise your right to make your ceremony uniquely yours.   

There is an enormous amount of flexibility possible in how your ceremony is structured and what elements are included, some of which will be influenced by the type of wedding you choose. I offer you a fresh approach to ceremonies, the benefit of my in-depth analysis of all aspects of the traditional wedding ceremony, and unique inclusions not offered by any other celebrant. I delight in creating and performing
  • Traditional wedding ceremonies with a very personal flavour
  • Contemporary wedding ceremonies
  • Theme wedding ceremonies  - modern interpretations of age-old traditional weddings (including Mediaeval, Irish/Celtic, Scottish Weddings (also called Tartan Weddings), and True-Blue Aussie weddings)
  • Interfaith/Intercultural wedding ceremonies
  • Spiritual wedding ceremonies
  • Destination wedding ceremonies (for overseas and interstate couples)
  • Double weddings
  • Combined wedding/naming ceremonies
  • Encore weddings (second marriages)
  • Wedding ceremonies for blending families
more information about the various wedding types . .            

Wedding traditions comprise many and varied customs. These are merely the reflection of the history of the people and cultures concerned. They can therefore be creatively tailored to suit your own circumstances and situation. There is no right and wrong beyond doing what comes from the heart and is authentic to you.

All wedding ceremonies have a linear structure that flows from beginning to end, and, if well-done, the ceremony builds emotion to the high-point—the pronouncement that you are now husband and wife.

In addition to the essential structure, which follows a logical order—the opening, the exchange of vows and the pronouncement— there are other components which add considerably to creating a successful and emotionally satisfying ceremony
  • Rituals, which offer an opportunity to give visual expression to an important part of the ceremony, as well as to add cultural and symbolic touches meaningful in the context of your individual or shared heritage)
    • The ring exchange is the most common but there are many other symbolic activities that can be included in your ceremony
    • Additional rituals (such as the unity candle, the sand ceremony, the rose ceremony, wine ritual, honey ritual, hand-fasting, and so on.
  • Readings (Poetry, prose or songs)
  • Music (the soundtrack of your ceremony)
  • The choreography and stagecraft of the ceremony -  who moves where, when, and how the words are delivered.
A word about readings and rituals
Readings can serve a number of purposes:
  • they can bring a change of pace to the ceremony
  • they are a mechanism by which more people can actively participate in the ceremony
  • they can express many-faceted sentiments and ideas very succinctly (particularly true of poetry)
  • they can inject the words of an "expert"
But they can also be used as fillers to save the celebrant the effort of writing - a ceremony that basically consists of a series of readings strung together with a few words is destroys the potential of your ceremony and ignores the personal nature of the ceremony.

Rituals are symbolic ceremonial elements that incorporate acts highlighting some aspect of your intention for your future. They are often referred to as “ceremonies”, as in “ring ceremony”. The objects used in the ritual can be retained as a keepsake.