Traditional Wedding Ceremony
This is what most people think of, when thinking of a Wedding. A walk down the aisle, a legal marriage in front of your witnesses and guests, in a formal ceremony. Unlike a church wedding, you get to choose your own indoor or outdoor wedding location. The ceremony can be held anywhere, a very formal chapel, to a laid-back residential backyard.
Registry Style Wedding Ceremony
Also known as an ‘Elopement’ Wedding. It is a no-fuss Legal Marriage ceremony. Just like going to the Marriage Registry, you and two chosen witnesses meet me for a private wedding ceremony. This will usually be at my home, thus our costs are minimal.
Cultural Wedding Ceremony
This is a formal ceremony, based on your cultural wedding rituals or those chosen by you. It incorporates all legally required inclusions (spoken and written) from the Marriage Act 1961 to ensure its legality.
This is a formal ceremony. You may wish to commit to each other formally, but not become legally married. This may be your choice, or there may be a bar to your legal marriage. This is performed as a Traditional or Cultural ceremony but excludes all legal components of a wedding.
Renewal of Vows Ceremony
This is a formal ceremony. By re-stating your original marriage vows or creating new words of love and commitment, a legally married couple reaffirm their love and commitment to each other. In Australia, you cannot go through a legal marriage ceremony, if already legally married.
Three major reasons to renew your vows are:
- At a milestone wedding anniversary,
- After an overseas or Registry Style Wedding to include family and friends,
- When reconciled, after a period of separation or an infidelity.
Funeral, Memorial or Ash spreading ceremony
Also known as a Celebration of Life, it is held after a loved one has passed. A funeral has the deceased body present at the ceremony and may include a subsequent burial. A Memorial does not have the deceased present, but may include the internment of the deceased afterward. The Ash Spreading ceremony precedes the spreading of cremated remains of the deceased. These ceremonies give formality and closure to family and friends of the deceased.
Special Anniversary and Birthday Ceremonies
These events can really benefit from having the right celebrant formalising the ceremonial part of the celebrations. Nothing says, “You are special” like formalising a special occasion, which would otherwise pass with no more than the ‘clink’ of glasses and sometimes a few awkward words.
This is the non-religious version of a Christening or Baptism. The ceremony serves 2 purposes.
It is the formal introduction of your child to your family and friends.
It formalises a future a guidance path for them. By choosing up to three Mentors (also called Guardians or Godparents) they commit to provide your child with guidance and advice in line with your wishes and their own conscience.
Boat Renaming/Naming Ceremony
This combines two formal ceremonies conducted after you fully prepare your vessel. To rename a vessel without the proper preparations and consultation with Poseidon (or Neptune) will incur his wrath. The Renaming Ceremony erases the old boat name from his ‘Ledger of the Deep’. We then ask him to enter the new boat name onto his ledger and make an offering. This ensures you can launch your renamed boat without angering him and gain his blessing for a better bounty when using it.
The gods of the ‘Four Winds’ are then provided offerings and we ask for safe seas and fair winds in return.
If you are naming a vessel for the first time, the ceremonies bring better luck, safer seas and fairer winds to your vessel.