Choosing The Wedding Ceremony That is Right For You
When it comes to creating your own, unique, wedding ceremony there are many decisions to be made: where to hold your ceremony, the size of the bridal party, how many guests to invite, the rituals and traditions to include, the words you will say to each other, people to include in the ceremony, the level of formality… the list can seem endless!
What follows will give you a small taste of the many different types of wedding ceremonies you can choose from. Be assured that with my comprehensive knowledge and experience of wedding ceremonies, whatever the wedding package you choose, whatever the rituals, traditions or customs you wish to incorporate, and whatever the location you prefer to hold your ceremony, I can guarantee you a unique ceremony designed to respect your beliefs, reflect your values and touch the hearts and minds of everyone present.
A backyard wedding can be the ideal setting for a casual wedding. It can also be the perfect place for an elegant and sophisticated affair. It all comes down to whether the backyard in question is a match for the vision you have for your ceremony. For the couple planning a simple no-fuss wedding the backyard or deck can offer the ideal solution.
Beach weddings are growing in popularity and it is no surprise why. Beach wedding ceremonies are romantic, fun and exciting and they have the ability to cater for everything from the very casual to the extremely elegant affair.
There are many reasons for having a beach wedding, the best of which is, perhaps, the atmosphere that the sound of the waves and the soft natural light that a late morning or early evening sun can create. It is an atmosphere that says, ‘At this moment in time there is nothing more important in the whole world than the commitment this couple is making to each other’.
If you are considering one of Perth’s many beautiful public beaches for your wedding ceremony, be mindful that you will need to obtain a permit from the relevant Council and that the best Wedding Locations in Perth can be booked out up to 12 months in advance!
If your vision for your wedding is a traditional ceremony but have no desire to be married in a church, you might consider holding your wedding ceremony in a secular chapel. Chapels can either be purpose-built or small deconsecrated churches with traditional architecture, wooden pews, a central aisle and an altar.
A chapel wedding will normally include a formal processional and recessional and, being an indoor venue, a chapel wedding affords opportunities to include elements such as the Unity Candle ritual. A wedding chapel is also highly appropriate for a military wedding or if it is you wish to include any religious content within your ceremony.
Park or Garden Weddings
If you are looking for a wedding venue that offers greater flexibility in size of the guest list or bridal party that most other venues, then you might consider holding your ceremony in a park or garden.
Perth is blessed with a multitude of beautiful of parks and gardens, both municipal and private; wonderful views, heritage pavilions, rotundas or shaded grassy areas making them particularly suitable for wedding ceremonies.
It is advisable to visit any potential venue personally before booking to gauge its suitability and understand any restrictions that may apply with regard to the use of items such as furniture, decorations and confetti.
Surprise weddings are popular for many reasons; for some couples it is a way to minimise the stress that comes with organising a wedding, for others it may be a way to keep the costs down, while some people just like to stage a big surprise.
Generally a surprise wedding is held in conjunction with another celebration or family gathering. While it is fine to surprise your guests, it is not legally possible to surprise either the bride or the groom. The Australian Marriage Act requires the bride and groom to lodge a Notice of Intended Marriage with a celebrant at least a month and a day before the date of the wedding.
A themed wedding is a wonderful way to add a real touch of flair, fun, originality and excitement to your special day. It is also a great way to get your guests actively involved in your ceremony as well.
You can draw on any number of influences for your wedding theme. You might, for instance, draw inspiration from a particular period in history; for a 1950s theme a bride might arrive in a pink Cadillac dressed for the occasion in a period gown, set off beautifully by a birdcage veil. Your cultural heritage might suggest your theme; a Scottish theme, for instance, might involve Scottish poetry, blessings, and other readings, men dressed in kilts and of course a piper.
Your choices are endless; personal interests, favourite movies, a storybook fantasy, anything you feel will make your day special and unique to you as a new couple.
Where circumstances dictate and you have a genuine need to marry very quickly, perhaps through ill-health or military deployment for example, it is possible to obtain special permission to get married with less than the mandatory legal notice. In these circumstances I am happy to help you obtain the necessary permission and create a simple but sensitive ceremony that can can be conducted in a hospital, at home, or any other venue of your choice.
Located just 15 minutes from Perth, the Swan Valley offers stunning scenery, quaint romantic chapels and rustic charm making it a picture perfect location to create beautiful memories on your special day.
With many award winning wineries and world-class restaurants to chose from, there is plenty of opportunity to find your dream venue whether you are planning a large wedding ceremony or a more intimate affair.
What My Clients Have To Say
My promise to you is a magical, meaningful and memorable experience for both you and your guests, whatever the occasion. But don’t just take my word for it; please read what my past clients have to say about me and how I live up to my promise.
Joyce Was Amazing To Work With!
Joyce was so amazing to work with! From the initial consultation to the day of the wedding it was executed with such professionalism making the occasion both personal and stress free.
You Provided Us With 6-Star Service!
Thank you Joyce for making our day extra special.
Your ceremony on the day was outstanding and everyone commented afterwards and said how good it was!
Thanks for all the ideas and steering Paula and myself in the right direction. You provided us with 6-star service!
Would I recommend Joyce as a marriage celebrant? Most definitely!
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She helped us make our day truly memorable. It was a beautiful and intimate service made all the more special through Joyce's attention to detail.
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Joyce made our day so special.
Our ceremony was beautiful, romantic and personal - everything we wanted!
It was a pleasure meeting you Joyce. Thank you for everything, we wouldn't hesitate to recommend you.
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Joyce you are an absolute gem! You went above and beyond your duties as a marriage celebrant to make our special day perfect.
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It Really Was a Pleasure Dealing With You!
Thanks so much for your services as our marriage celebrant Joyce.
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Joyce Understood Our Needs Perfectly!
Thank you Joyce for a beautiful ceremony.
Our day was made all the more memorable by your warm and welcoming personality.
Our family asked if you were a personal friend. You understood our needs perfectly.
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I don't know how to express my thanks to Joyce.
She gave me excellent tip and service even though, it was just short notice of my wedding.
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Joyce Exceeded All of Our Expectations as Our Marriage Celebrant.
Our main concern was that we wanted a friendly and personal experience for our intimate ceremony. We needn't have worried because you exceeded all of our expectations as our marriage celebrant.
What we specifically liked most was your personal and friendly nature, and your ongoing support throughout the process. We really appreciated the ease of the paperwork, and that you went over and above in sending in the name change forms etc for us.
We also liked how personalised your service was - you even allowed us into your home to meet your husband!
We think you are a beautiful lady and would feel honoured recommending your service to any of our friends and family in Perth in need of a civil celebrant.
A Beautiful Memory in My Heart Forever
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From first meeting with Joyce everything has been through smoothly. Actually we had a "budget and small wedding", but it was not problem at all. We married in Joyce's house in Perth with beautiful river view. It was much better than any other venue seriously!
From first meeting, she gave us many tips for making perfect wedding with a budget like as violinist, music, cake and decorating. Nothing was problem. Joyce was just magician, she convert our small wedding to most romantic wedding. Such a beautiful wedding memory I will put in my heart forever
Joyce, I need to say thank you. I don't know what to say, but is something more than just one word from my heart. xoxo
Exactly What We Were Hoping For in a Marriage Celebrant
We booked Joyce as our marriage celebrant for our recent wedding ceremony in Perth. She was an absolute pleasure to deal with every step of the way.
She was a wealth of knowledge, helped us find a ceremony ritual that we loved, and helped tailor a ceremony that was short and sweet - exactly what we were hoping for. We had many of our wedding guests approach us on the day and comment on what a wonderful job Joyce did.
We would unreservedly recommend Joyce to anyone in Perth seeking a wedding celebrant who is warm, friendly and professional. Thank you Joyce!
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