8 years ago I became a celebrant and from day one, following my lifelong strong honest belief in social justice I campaigned and made it known from the start, that I believed LOVE IS LOVE and that it was an equal rights issue /social justice issue – why could people identifying in LGBTQIA community not marry?
In recent times I have had horrible rude messages sent to me-they have posted on my wedding Facebook pages – I haven’t replied or shared because I think these people are probably best not replied to. I remembered my dear Dad Neil RIP say “Heather if you can’t say anything nice….don’t say anything at all” and I only disclosed a few of these more offensive concerning comments to my husband Andrew because I knew he would, otherwise, protectively and lovingly, get worried about me.
So from yesterday we celebrate LOVE IS LOVE! and as a celebrant I cannot wait to have the ABSOLUTE privilege and pleasure of ALL marrying couples ALL who are in love !!!!
So you don’t want wedding photos full of guests with phones and cameras in their faces but instead you want to see their smiling faces as they truly listen to the words of your wedding…..
So you don’t want a guest jumping up in the aisle taking a photo of you while your photographer is trying to capture that special shot of you walking to your Groom…..
Then maybe an “unplugged” wedding is for you – this means your guests put away their phones and cameras and enjoy your wedding ceremony as your photographer/s and maybe videographer get to take lots of wonderful professional photos .
As a Celebrant I can nicely let your guests know what you want with regard to photos and social media. I do this before the beginning of your ceremony so as they are all aware of what the protocol is for photos.Guests seem to like this as they know what you want and they always seem happy to cooperate.
You may like to have guests take photos but ask them to be mindful and respectful of the professional photographer/s and videographer – just ensuring they don’t get in their way. Before a wedding I often introduce the photographer and videographer to your guest just so they know exactly who they are – it makes it a friendly comfortable pre wedding atmosphere.
This is an example I could say before your wedding ceremony – I will say whatever you two want- it is your day and totally your way!
Dear family and friends please put your phones on silent and put them away. Today we have a fantastic photographer and videographer who will capture all the magic moments in this wedding. You can sit back relax and enjoy. You are welcome to take photos before and after the ceremony but please post your photos on social media after the Bride and Groom have posted their photos first. At the end of the ceremony please allow our then happily married couple and their bridal party to walk down the aisle followed by their parents and then please go and give them lots of hugs and kisses of congratulations. Thank you for kindly listening and you cooperation this is the beginning of an absolutely beautiful wedding ceremony.
For more ideas about “unplugged” wedding ceremonies – there are lots of options- just ask me I would love to help you have a wonderful wedding ceremony and precious photos of your special day.
Hi! You have popped in because you are thinking about getting married! Awesome! because I would love to help you.
A wedding ceremony at the beach, in a park, in a backyard, in a chapel, outside or inside – any where
A wedding ceremony small and intimate or one with lots of family and friends or one with just you two and two witnesses
A wedding ceremony that is no frills or lots of frills
ALL WEDDINGS are special to me.
YOUR WEDDING is special to me so please just contact me to chat about the perfect wedding ceremony for you two.
Heather Thiele JP
0439 109 955
All Weddings are special – large, small, fancy or no frills – this one was pretty exciting! Marrying a couple at SeaWorld on the Gold Coast QLD – it’s not often you get to pat a dolphin on your wedding day WOW! That is pretty special.
When I heard I was going to marry a couple at SeaWorld and dolphins were involved I Googled (of course) Dolphins and what they symbolise.
- Peace and harmony
- Playfulness and joy
- Inner Strength
Perfect for the day two people totally in love become husband and wife.
Weddings these days are awesome because there are only a few legal things that must be done and the rest is “Up to you”
Like walking down the aisle – you don’t even have to have an aisle!
The Groom and Groomsmen can walk down the aisle too to begin a ceremony.
Who walks before you? – anyone in your Bridal party- like this little gorgeous flower girl in the photo below, walking before her mum and Grandpa – I love that Grandpa ended up carrying her bouquet!
If your having children in a wedding ceremony, be prepared for unexpected things, but trust me they are usually beautiful memorable moments like this.
Who walks you down the aisle? No one has to – there are no rules – You can walk alone, your Groom can walk you, parents, Mum, Grandpa, Grandma, your children – any one you like – it’s “Up to you ”
Sometimes we cannot help being late for things and the rumour goes that it is fashionable or a tradition that you are late for your wedding. It is just a rumour!
Recently I have had a couple of Brides 45 minutes and one Bride an hour late- there was no traffic issue. In one case the Bride’s dear Grandmother, as a guest was sitting in the shade out of the sun, but non the less she still got so hot that she was taken home so she and several other guests looking after her missed the whole ceremony and in another case there were 75 guests at the beach wedding but the Bride was an hour and a quarter late – we had 50 guests when the Bride arrived and she missed out on lots of photos because of being late.
Please really think about how long you are going to make your Groom and guests wait.
Why are you late?
A good way of ensuring you are on time is that you have all of your makeup and hair people, drivers and photographer/s all running on time – read the contract you make with them carefully, add in an inclusion that they are to be on time or if running late you pay less. I am sure this way they will be on time.
I pride myself on being a totally dedicated celebrant offering totally unique ceremonies, written from scratch with your total input. I will help you any way I can to make your wedding day the best day ever!
Some celebrants have a penalty for lateness – I have discussed with many celebrants and a popular reasonable fee for lateness that works for them is you pay $50 for every 20 minutes over the set wedding ceremony time.
I will get to your wedding well before the 20 minutes by law, that is required and I think it is fair that the Bride be up to 20 minutes late because after that it really impacts on your Groom and your guests but after 20 minutes …
I only do one wedding a day because I think every wedding is truly special and I am not into production line weddings.
So after all these words I do not want to add another fee so please be respectful of being on time or just a little late. I am a very honest person so I just want to bring this to your attention.
KIDS and a WEDDING – yes please!
I just love this photo – they say not to work with animals and children – I so disagree! Having children at a wedding is so special. These three came all the way from Adelaide with their mum and dad and grandparents and at Currumbin Beach QLD. They took part in the intimate wedding ceremony of their parents. It was just beautiful and you can see the joy and fun they had!
I was a teacher for many years so sharing some time with kids again I really enjoy plus I always have some chub chubs or treat for the kids.