Byron Bay Wedding Ceremonies

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Walk in as lovers and walk out as Newlyweds!

At least ONE MONTH prior to the Ceremony:

  • Download, print and complete a Notice of intended Marriage Form. You need to have at least one signature witnessed and then email or post the form to me
  • Email or SMS your original birth certificates
  • I also require Divorce Documents, Death Certificates and Passports where applicable (call me to discuss)

 

‘MUST HAVES’ on the day of the Ceremony:

  • Two witnesses over the age of 18 with a good command of the English language
  • Photo ID for both Bride and Groom
  • ORIGINAL completed and witnessed Notice of intended Marriage Form
  • ORIGINAL Birth Certificates
  • ORIGINAL Divorce Document/s if applicable
  • ORIGINAL Death Certificate/s if applicable
  • Overseas Passport/s for people born outside of Australia only
  • Documents in foreign languages will likely require translations
  • If you want to change your name, a completed Change of Name Form

Byron Bay Wedding Ceremonies

Elopements with the Champagne Celebrant

There are so many elopements at Byron Bay and the number is on the rise. Let’s face it, a wedding can be an expensive exercise.

  • The cost of the average Australian Wedding is over $30,000 so an elopement is a very attractive option.
  • Couples can fly to Byron, spend the week in champagne accommodation, wine, dine and treat themselves to plenty of ‘us time’.
  • They are way ahead even if they throw a party for friends and family back home.

Legals covered in Byron Bay Wedding Ceremonies

From my Celebrant’s point of view, the Australian legal aspects can be completed via the internet and land mail.

These days’ interviews and chats are even easier with the use of Skype. Most people are busy in their every day life and couples don’t even need to visit the area until their wedding day!

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Sand Ceremonies with the Champagne Celebrant

Although a wedding sand ceremony, also known as a unity sand ceremony, is not a new idea, it has increased in popularity in recent years as couples move away from traditional rituals such as the unity candle ceremony.

The origins of the ceremony are unclear, but it is thought that it was started either by Hawaiians or Native Americans, and that it symbolises the inseparable nature of marriage. Originally, the bride and groom would each have simply picked up a handful of sand and thrown it into the wind. The grains of sand would have become combined, and would have been impossible to separate, symbolising the couple coming together in marriage.

The modern wedding sand ceremony can be a real focal point for Byron Bay Wedding Ceremonies, often taking place just after the couple have been pronounced husband and wife. It signifies their first task together as a married couple.

A typical sand ceremony in Byron Bay Wedding Ceremonies

  • A small table is placed at the ceremony location with a clear glass vase in the centre. This is often accessorised or engraved with the couple’s initials or names and the wedding date.
  • Two smaller vases containing different coloured sands are placed either side of the central vase, one for the bride and one for the groom. These sands can be in the wedding colours.
  • During the wedding sand ceremony, the couple take turns to pour sand from their individual vases into the central vase, creating a layered effect.
  • Finally pour the remainder of the sand into the vase at the same time so that the two colours combine and can’t be separated, symbolising their unity in marriage.

Of course the sand ceremony is already covered in my package for the Champagne Byron Bay Wedding Ceremonies.

A poem or reading can be recited at the same time as the sand is poured. Three variations on a wedding sand ceremony

  • A religious variation of the sand ceremony is possible, where the central vase is one third filled with white sand before the ceremony. This represents God and his role as a base for the couple’s happy marriage.
  • A parents’ variation of the sand ceremony is a great way to involve the couple’s parents. Each set of parents has a vase with different coloured sand. The parents take turns to pour their sand into the central vase before the couple, creating a layered effect. This symbolises their support of the couple in marriage.
  • A children’s variation of the sand ceremony is perfect if the couple have children together already, or have children from a previous relationship. Each child has a small vase with coloured or white sand, and they pour this into the central vase just before the couple finish pouring in their sand. This provides a layer where the couple’s and children’s sands are mixed. The children can then pour the rest of their sand on top of the couple’s sand.

Wedding sand ceremonies are ideal for all Byron Bay Wedding Ceremonies including outdoor or informal weddings and work especially well for beach weddings. Some of the sand can come directly from the venue giving it even more significance. If you aren’t getting married at the beach, wedding sand ceremony kits can be ordered with just about any colour sand. The central vase can be sealed with wax once the ceremony is over, and makes a wonderful keepsake of your wedding day.

Typical Sand Ceremony Delivery

‘Like colours of the rainbow we’re all different and special, valuable, and precious. Therefore it is only fitting that you be shown as an important part of this marriage – after all marriage is really about family. These containers of sand represent each of you and your importance in this family. I will ask each of you to now pour some of your sand into the jar. Each of you taking turns with pouring the sands of time. The sand has now been joined together and cannot be isolated. These grains of sand can never be separated and poured again into the individual containers, so will your family be a moulding of 5 individual personalities, bonded together. You are joined together today, not only in marriage, but also as a family. We will now proceed to sign the Register and Marriage Certificates…’

Renewal of Vows by the Champagne Celebrant

The renewal of vows is as meaningful as a marriage ceremony and on many occasions even more so. For example, a couple may have lived through the ups and downs of daily life and always put each other first so this has strengthened their love and appreciation over time.

The renewal of vows can extend to the ritualising of gratitude and confirmation of a rock solid bond. A couple may be re-establishing something that they lost and want to celebrate their reunion. A couple may want to include the renewal of vows as an addition to milestone wedding anniversary in lieu of Byron Bay Wedding Ceremonies.

Whether the ceremony is public or private, ritualizing the celebration of love between two people is a significant milestone in the showing of commitment to each other. Renewal of Vows are treated much the same as commitment ceremonies and are covered in my Byron Bay Wedding Packages.

 

As your Celebrant, I take it on myself to ensure that you are enriched by the experience and that you find it personalised. This is a time when you are making promises to one another so you need to take your time to turn your feelings into meaningful words. Words that will shape your future together. This sounds a little serious but you can still keep it fun. Whether you are having guests or not be sure to explore the possibilities of including readings, poems, themes (costumes), music (live or mp3), dance, video (mp4), photos or comic artists, etc. Most of all, it is your day, so make sure it is your way.

Second Marriage Ceremonies are often more complicated than the first. There may be additional considerations for offspring, ex partners, in laws and relatives by the first marriage. Don’t let your first wedding become a benchmark or something to compare against in your wedding plans. This is a celebration of a fresh start, a new life, new love. This is an opportunity to express your feelings of that new love to one another with optimism and hope for your life ahead. Byron Bay Wedding Ceremonies can have more meaning and stronger feeling than anything you have previously experienced. You have built a wealth of life experience and have not only survived the trauma of the past but have risen above it all.

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Commitment Ceremonies with the Champagne Celebrant

Whether Byron Bay Wedding Ceremonies are public or private, ritualising the celebration of love between two people is a significant milestone in showing of commitment to each other. Commitment Ceremonies are treated much the same as wedding ceremonies and are also included in my Byron Bay Wedding Packages.

As your Celebrant, I take it on myself to ensure that you are enriched by the experience and that you find it personalised. This is a time when you are making promises to one another so you need to take your time to turn your feelings into meaningful words. Words that will shape your future together. This sounds a little serious but you can still keep it fun.

Whether you are having guests or not be sure to explore the possibilities of including readings, poems, themes (costumes), music (live or mp3), dance, video (mp4), photos or comic artists, etc. Most of all, it is your day, so make sure it is your way!

The participants may be from a variety of situations for instance gay couples or divorced couples that have an ongoing relationship. Sometimes widowed or older couples want to share a relationship that will be recognized in legal terms when it comes to the realization of wills.

The laws vary between states but the significance of a commitment ceremony on your relationship status can be researched with the Registrar of Birth Deaths and Marriages in your State.

An interesting quote from Massachusetts Supreme Court Chief Justice Margaret H. Marshall “Marriage is a vital social institution. The exclusive commitment of two individuals to each other nurtures love and mutual support; it brings stability to our society. For those who choose to marry, and for their children, marriage provides an abundance of legal, financial, and social benefits. In return, it imposes weighty legal, financial, and social obligations….Without question, civil marriage enhances the “welfare of the community.” It is a “social institution of the highest importance.”

Marriage also bestows enormous private and social advantages on those who choose to marry. Civil marriage is at once a deeply personal commitment to another human being and a highly public celebration of the ideals of mutuality, companionship, intimacy, fidelity, and family.

Because it fulfils yearnings for security, safe haven, and connection that express our common humanity, civil marriage is an esteemed institution, and the decision whether and whom to marry is among life’s momentous acts of self-definition.”

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Byron Bay Wedding Ceremonies
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Byron Bay Wedding Ceremonies
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Large and small weddings, elopements, sand ceremonies, renewal of vows, commitment ceremonies but always it's your day so it's your way.
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