Best Friends and Lovers

Wedding Ceremony


Wedding Ceremonies are such fun.  I try and tell the story of a couple in love and how their romance has evolved to lead them to this union.   A comprehensive questionnaire is sent out 2 months before the wedding, and once returned, I then create their story from the answers I have been given.  I can usually find a little bit of humour to entertain the guests and maybe some information about the couple that is not well known but should be acknowledged.  The story is their personal journey, showing the sentiments of their relationship and why their mutual love and admiration for each other, has led to their choice to spend the rest of their lives together. 


By the time I have related their story, the guests are in no doubt that this is a couple in love, and that they have been invited to a Ceremony which will legalise the bond between them.  The legal section of the Ceremony is solemn and is performed with dignity and respect of the sanctuary of marriage.  Legal vows are said followed by the Personal vows which are optional.  I can give examples to follow or point them in the right direction for others, or the couple might prefer to write their own vows.


I send a draft of the Ceremony for the couples to amend, change, and finally  approve.  This normally occurs a month before the wedding.   The fundamentals of the Ceremony is adjacent with suggestions for optional music, readings and rituals. 


The couple can then relax knowing that the Ceremony is exactly how they want it.  One the Eve of the wedding, a Rehearsal is held at the Venue preferably at the same hour. The Bride and Groom know how they want the proceedings to flow and will impart all this to everyone present.  The bridal party should attend, together with the ancillaries, such as the photographer, Music operator and others, and of course I will be there.  The Ceremony itself is not rehearsed as it is especially kept to one polished performance. 


The big day as arrived and the Bride and Groom and their families can relax and feel confident that all details have been attended to and the uppermost amount of professionalism will be present.  


Alternative Ceremonies


Getting married does not have to be expensive, and a lot of fuss.  If you and your partner just want to change your legal Status and become totally committed in your relationship, then there are other easy and cheaper options.


The advantages of having a Civil Ceremony conducted by an Authorised Celebrant is that you (18 years or older) can be legally married anywhere on Australian soil or Australian waters (or air space).  Time of day is also within your choices.  You only need to lodge your documents with your chosen Celebrant, at least 1 month before and no longer than 18 months before.  You will need 2 friends or family members (who are over 18) to witness and sign the marriage documents.  These private and easy ceremonies come under different names but must follow the guidelines above.  My flat fee for these simple and no fuss ceremonies is $400.  The Ceremony would last about 15 minutes.


A Pop Up Ceremony/Elopement


The Ceremony can be in your favourite place, your own home or garden or for that matter, in mine.  (I have beautiful river views)  Just you, as the happy couple and 2 witnesses.  A romantic notion of an elopement also springs to my mind.  You could be on your honeymoon before anyone knows that you have tied the knot. 


A Surprise Wedding


Why not a simple ceremony first and then a throw a stress free party where and when you can surprise your guests with the news of your marriage.  The party will be a true celebration of your happiness. 


Unusual Locations


Its your choice!  By the sea, on a beach, a hot air balloon, on a jetty or a boat, on a golf course, a beautiful garden, on the back of a Harley, or 1,000 ft up in the sky.   


Baby Naming


Naming ceremonies are becoming popular as an alternative to Christenings.  For many  parents having their baby Christened was the way in which they  traditional acknowledged and welcomed the arrival of their new baby into the world, many parents however might not feel comfortable with the religious  aspects of such an occasion.  This is where a Naming Ceremony offers a very special alternative. A Naming Ceremony is designed specifically for you and your child and so is a very personalised occasion.  The ceremony can take any form and the content is structured around your own wishes or, if appropriate, personal belief systems.


Babies are Angels that fly to the earth,

their wings disappear at the time of  their birth

one look in their eyes and we’re never the same

they’re part of us now and that part has a name

that part is your heart and a bond that wont sever

our Babies are Angels, we love them forever



Renewal of Vows


The most common reason is to reaffirm the marriage on the occasion of an anniversary.  Reaffirmation or renewal of vows ceremonies are also suitable for married couples who after separation, are reunited.


Some couples had an original wedding that was not quite what they had wished for.   So by doing a Renewal of Vows they can plan and have the perfect wedding they always wanted.


I have an extensive range of vows you can use but equally you could write your own to give a more accurate description of your lives and your feelings. To conduct a beautiful and memorable ceremony we would spend some time together.  It is your choice whether to choose readings, songs, music or rituals to enhance the Ceremony that  reflects  your partnership.


Commitment Ceremonies


Are a celebration of the bond of love between two people.  Although with the current laws in Australia it is not yet a legal commitment - it is however an ethical one. A commitment to a loved one is one of the most meaningful moments in a person’s life. A commitment ceremony is often very similar to many other kinds of weddings. The difference is that rather than being a legally binding ceremony, it is simply a public affirmation of a couples love and commitment to one another. Generally, the couple is a lesbian, gay, or transgender couple, and thus are unable to marry under the law.’ The makeup of the ceremony will depend on the couple's own preferences.  The Celebrant welcomes guests to a celebration of the love and commitment between the couple. He or she will probably also say a few words about their relationship, or about marriage/commitment in general.

  • Vows - This is the part where the couple declares their intent to be a committed or married couple. As in any kind of wedding, they will make promises about what that commitment means. They may promise traditionally to love in sickness and in health, in richness and poverty, till death do they part. Alternatively they may write their own vows.

  • Readings/Music - A secular ceremony will usually also include music and readings about love, including poems, passages of literature, famous quotes, personal writing, pop songs, and classic wedding music. It may be gay/lesbian/transgender focused or very general, depending on the couple's personal preference.

  • Exchange of Rings - The couple exchange rings, and says a few words about what these rings mean. It may be:

    • I give you this ring as an expression of my love and commitment to you

    • I'm honoured to give you this ring as a symbol of the promises I've made to you today, and a proclamation to the world of the love I have for you.

Or anything else the couple wishes to say working with their Celebrant to design the entire Ceremony


© 2020 by Susie Barralet

Susie Barralet Celebrant Perth