When planning an authentic wedding, your choice of celebrant is one of the first and most important decisions you will make.

A traditional wedding is one that reflects a time-honoured ceremony that many people choose for its integrity and customs, but increasingly couples are seeking non-traditional and creative ways of preparing a ceremony that is as individual as you are. A well-chosen celebrant can guide and hold a ceremony that ticks the legal boxes but also personalises a wedding to include your own vows, poetry and epic stories. And the right celebrant will also take the time to get to know you so their contribution is heartfelt and meaningful.

“Standing at the altar” is now a metaphor for the many ways you can say your vows. Archways, floral circles, arbours, special places (including where you first met), cliff tops, forests and other dramatic backdrops, both indoors and outdoors, can all be incorporated into the ceremony, creating unique ‘stages’ that make treasured memories (and fabulous photos). The Yarra Valley and Dandenong Ranges has some swoony, scene-stealing wedding locations. Have you heard about the Redwood Forest?

Today’s celebrant will take a “Love is Love” approach to your wedding and help you create the perfect ceremony regardless of your denomination, preferences or identity. A “local to the Yarra Valley and Dandenong Ranges” celebrant will also be a wonderful resource that can connect you to other service providers in the area to work together to keep the spirit and intention of your day aligned and easy.

Choosing the right celebrant, someone you feel comfortable and supported by, is the first step towards your big day being one of joy, connectedness and authenticity. Just add love.

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