Tattersalls Club

Weddings that Wow – Tattersall’s Club Brisbane

Many wedding venues claim to be all inclusive, but the Tattersall’s Club really delivers!  Not only can you host your wedding ceremony and reception there, you can also stay in the accommodation provided just upstairs.  This is such a treat, as you don’t have to hire cars to transport you to and from the venue, you can touch up makeup or retrieve belongings with just a short lift ride upstairs, and at the end of the night, your head can resting on a pillow within minutes of leaving your reception.

The Tattersall’s Club is breathtaking from the moment you step upstairs.  It has an old world charm, making you feel like you have stepped back in time.  Entering the main area, your eyes are treated to super high decorated ceilings, a large wrap around balcony in dark wood, and views to the lower level (which hosts a large bar area and pool tables).  The reception spaces (yes, there are multiple options) are elegant, with marble and wood in perfect harmony.

The balcony ceremony space is perfectly positioned, taking in the grandiose space and architecture.  It has large windows that let in the perfect amount of light (perfect for photos), and there is plenty of room (and seats) for all of your guests.  My favourite part of this ceremony space however, is how the Bride (or Bride and Groom) enters – from a doorway behind the Celebrant.  Everyone watches with baited breath, as they see the Bride (and/or Groom) appear for the first time and proceed down the long balcony towards their loved ones!  Such a spine tingling moment.  Don’t forget to ask about their other ceremony spaces (also amazing).

Guests are escorted between each space by staff, and can enjoy everything that Tattersall’s Club has to offer, while the Bride and Groom (plus any support crew) can wonder around the City, down to the river, or head into the Valley for photos.  In fact, there are so many options for photos due to the Tattersall’s Club fabulous location!

In summary, what I love most about this wedding venue is:

  • Location, location, location;
  • Plenty of accommodation for interstate or overseas guests either at the Tattersall’s Club or surrounding hotels;
  • Accommodation for the couple (and other VIP’s);
  • All inclusive venue – for ceremony and reception;
  • Multiple options for both ceremony and reception spaces;
  • Designated Wedding Coordinator who will assist throughout the day and into the night;
  • So many options for wedding photos and for your photographer;
  • Super experienced wedding and function venue;
  • Ample parking options for guests or vendors who are driving (with a discount code from Tattersall’s Club);
  • Air-conditioned and you don’t have to worry about the weather;
  • Unique venue!

I love love love performing wedding ceremonies at the Tattersall’s Club!

Don’t forget to come and check out their Wedding Showcase Evening on Monday, 13th November from 5:30pm to 8:30pm.  I’ll be there (along with a some other amazing wedding vendors), and I would love to answer any questions you might have and also hear all about your wedding plans!  I can’t wait to see you all there.

Annie x

PS – Photo by the amazing Ben Blanche Photographer

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Natalie and Brock’s Wedding – Intercontinental Sanctuary Cove

When I first started chatting with Natalie and Brock about their 2017 wedding, they hadn’t decided on a wedding venue.  They were searching for the perfect place to “seal the deal”.  They wanted their venue to accommodate both their ceremony and reception, plus reflect their style and personalities.  Many of their guests would also travelling from interstate and overseas, so they needed ample accommodation onsite or nearby.  After visiting multiple venues without success, they finally walked through the doors of Intercontinental’s Chapel and knew they had found the one.

What a stunning venue!  As a Celebrant, I visit many wedding venues and ceremony locations, and this one didn’t disappoint!

Let’s start with the chapel:

  • Floor to ceiling glass overlooking the water;
  • Ample seating for all of your guests (Natalie and Brock had just under 100 people);
  • Second level for your photographer and/or videographer to capture you from;
  • Styling is a breeze with multiple rows and space for floral arrangements;
  • Beautiful signing table at the top;
  • Fabulous acoustics and sound system to play your tunes (N.B Not a PA system*);
  • Stunning light;
  • Private room for the Groom and Groomsmen to wait in prior to the commencement of your ceremony
  • Golf buggies for the bridal party as transport to and from your wedding if staying onsite or nearby;
  • Elevated platform for you to stand on so all of your guests have the perfect view;
  • Lots of room for your Celebrant to move around and stay out of your “kiss” shot; and,
  • Plenty of space outside to mingle with guests after your ceremony.

Natalie and Brock had hired two AirBnB houses just opposite the Intercontinental, and checked in a couple of days before their wedding.  Brock and his Groomsmen got ready the morning of the wedding in one, and Natalie, her mother and the two Bridesmaids prepped themselves in the other.  Once everyone was ready to go, David (Wedding Planner Extraordinaire) and his team, picked everyone (in the bridal party) up in golf buggies (part of the service!!).  Most of the guests stayed at the Intercontinental, with a few finding other accommodation very close by.

After Natalie and Brock’s ceremony finished, guests either headed to The Veranda Bar for a drink, or headed back to their accommodation to refresh before the reception started.  The Veranda Bar is a mix of Hamptons and American log cabin styles and overlooks the magnificent pool – very relaxing (I had a delicious cheeky French Martini).  Staff were attentive and friendly also.

As the hotel grounds are so vast, Natalie and Brock, with the team from Just for Love Photography, didn’t have to leave the Intercontinental to get their photos.  They walked around the picturesque grounds, taking photos and having fun.

After a little drink, David (Wedding Planner) escorted all guests to pre-dinner drinks on the beautiful lawn just outside the reception space.  We were surrounded by tiki flame, heaters, and wait staff with trays of drinks and nibbles.  Guests were then told that the reception was about to start and to head inside.  Cue another breathtaking space with high ceilings, wooden fixtures, bar, dance floor, fireplace, and round tables stunningly set.

Drinks flowed, music played, and scrumptious food was served (I had the salmon entree, rib fillet for main, and moorish wedding cake by I Heart Cakes for dessert).  What a venue, what a day and what a couple!  Natalie and Brock’s wedding was one to remember!

If you are searching for an all inclusive, photographic, and practical venue that ticks all the boxes, the Intercontinental is one to consider.  I highly recommend speaking to David (Wedding Planner) and discussing your ideas, wants and needs when it comes to your wedding.  Working alongside David, his team, and the other incredible vendors (I’ll list them below), I can’t fault this venue or the other vendors involved.

Things to consider when booking the Intercontinental Sanctuary Cove for your wedding:

  • If you are having a larger wedding (plus 40 guests) make sure your Celebrant has a PA system to use at the Chapel;
  • Tell guests that your ceremony starts 15 minutes before “kick off” – this gives them time to walk or golf buggie down to the chapel before your ceremony starts (grounds are large and they need a little more time to walk).

Vendors for Natalie and Brock’s Wedding:

Venue: @interconsanc
Celebrant: @anniegraceceremonies
Photography: @justforlovephotography

Planner: @davidtheweddingplanner
Florals & Styling: @style_onq
Wedding Gown: @kwhbridal
Bridesmaid Dresses: @review_australia
Hair & Makeup: @porcelainface
Grooms Suit: @workingstylenz
Groomsmen Suits: @stuartsuits
Videography: @wefilmweddingssc
Cake: @i_heart_cakes_
Photo Booth: @acedjphotobooth

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Is there still a wedding season?

As I cast my eyes over my calendar and bookings for the rest of the year, something has become quiet apparent to me.  There no longer appears to be a “wedding season”.  There use to be an obvious quiet patch in the winter months or around the Christmas period; however, the last couple of years has been booked consistently all year round.  Speaking to other like minded Celebrants and wedding vendors, they have also noticed the same pattern.  For example, July and August are now super busy and filled with wedding events.

So let’s think about the pro’s of the different seasons.  Winter gives the freedom of an earlier ceremony time, men in suits (that aren’t sweaty), and gorgeous sun light.  Summer weddings allow for later ceremony start times and pictures into the evening.

Don’t fall into the trap of thinking that your wedding needs to be in those peak months, April and September.  Look at the whole year when making your date choice, think about the type of people you are – beach lovers or snow goers, and think about the pro’s and con’s of your decision.  Also, chat with your wedding venue and ask their availability – you might have more chance of snagging a later booking!

Annie x

 

Deep Grey Photography credit

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Civil Partnership Notary

Listen up same sex couples!  Not only am I an Authorised Civil Celebrant, but I’m now a Civil Partnership Notary also.  This means that I can perform a Civil Partnership Ceremony, and your relationship can be registered with Births, Deaths, and Marriages (BDM) in Queensland.

Here is a little explanation, from BDM of what this all means:

A civil partnership may be entered into by couples, regardless of sex. Sections 4 and 5 of the Act state that any two adults (aged 18 years or over) may enter into a civil partnership provided:

  • at least one partner lives in Queensland
  • either party is not married to another person
  • either party is not already in a civil partnership in Queensland or a relationship registered under the following Acts (that is taken to be a Queensland civil partnership):
    • 1. Relationships Register Act 2010 (NSW)
    • 2. Relationships Act 2008 (Vic)
    • 3. Relationships Act 2003 (Tas); and
    • 4. Domestic Relationships Act 1994 (ACT).
  • they are not in a prohibited relationship with their proposed civil partner (i.e. parent, grandparent, sibling, half-sibling).

There are two ways to enter a civil partnership. A couple can apply to BDM to register a civil partnership by submitting Form 15 – Application to register a civil partnership, or alternatively, the couple may hold a civil partnership declaration ceremony (officiated by a CPN), and have their relationship registered as a civil partnership, by submitting Form 18a – Notice of intention to enter into a civil partnership.

The bold wording is where I come in.  I’m can officiate a declaration ceremony because I’m a Civil Partnership Notary (CPN).

The other really exciting part is this, and one step further in the right directions is:

An official standard civil partnership certificate is a legally recognised document. This can be helpful in terms of proving a relationship to satisfy a range of laws, for example, in relation to superannuation, tax and government assistance.

All of this legal wording is pretty crazy, but I can help you work it all out.  Start with the following questions:

  1. Am I in a relationship?  YES
  2. Are we both over 18 years?  YES
  3. Does one of us live in Qld?  YES
  4. Is one of us in a marriage?  NO
  5. Are we in a prohibited relationship?  NO
  6. Are we in a civil partnership in Queensland, or any other State related Acts?  NO

If you answers are the same as above and want a ceremony that reflects your life, love, history and future together, get in contact with me today!

Annie x

 

Y’All Ready for this captured by the amazing Tricia King Photography

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My Biggest Wedding Regret!

When I look back at photo’s from my wedding day, it brings up some incredible memories; however, it also reminds me of things I wish I had done differently, in particular, my biggest regret!

My biggest wedding regret was not writing my own personalised vows to my Hubby.  Our Celebrant gave us the option to do so, but because I was so nervous and had no idea what to say, we decided to choose our vows from a numbered document.  If only we had trusted ourselves to speak our own words.

What we ended up saying to each other was lovely, but it could have been so much better!  I wish I had ignored my doubts, my nerves and my fears and taken a risk.  And in hindsight, a risk that would have paid off.

Now a lot of brides and grooms think that their vows should sound like something written by Shakespeare – they couldn’t be more wrong!  Vows can be anything you would like them to be.  It’s your wedding day, your love, your story and your feelings; this should be expressed in the best way possible – in your own words.

I often get asked if vows should be filled with promises.  They can be but they don’t have to!  Vows can be statements, proclamations of love, little stories and funny memories, quirky habits, or future wishes.  I’ve had couples ask each other questions in their vows which had responses.  I’ve had stories about first meetings and when there was love at first sight.  If you can think of it, you can say it.  Outside of the legal wording, which needs to be said of course, let you creative juices flow and just give it a go!

Why not deliver surprise vows at your wedding ceremony?!  I love when my couples choose this option because the impact is so awesome.  As your Celebrant, I keep your vows to myself until your ceremony, and then when it gets to that part of your ceremony – mind-blowing, goosebumps, tears, laughs – a total memorable experience for all!

Here are some tips on writing great vows:

  • Say the things you would like your partner to say to you;
  • Write honestly, truthfully, and authentically;
  • Write how you normally would speak;
  • Write dot points if that helps to get the ball rolling;
  • Give each other a “brief” to work to, for example, start the sentences the same – I love you because ……… and finish it on your own;
  • Another “brief” can be capping the amount of sentences you are going to say whilst writing in a similar way, for example – 2 sentences about our love, 2 sentences about the future, 2 sentences about funny things in our relationship;
  • Sit down and write them together – this is also a gorgeous way to reflect your love in your own words;
  • Try and enjoy your vows, writing them and reading them – it should be a memorable experience for all the right reasons;
  • As your Celebrant, I provide examples of vows – read them and get inspiration;
  • Think about movies, songs, books that your partner likes – are they of any use?
  • Use your Celebrant to check over your vows, if you are having surprise vows – they should provide honest feedback and help keep you on track!

Your wedding ceremony should be a reflection of you, so don’t be afraid to ask your Celebrant questions about how to do that.

Encourage and support each other to give writing your vows a go!  You won’t regret it!

Annie x

 

Tricia King rocking photo!

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Wedding Venues – Where Should I Get Married?

One fabulous part of my work is I get to work at incredible venues that host weddings and other celebrations.  I often get asked where I have been and what is my favourite wedding venue; these questions sometimes come from couples who are feeling totally stressed with choosing a venue.  There are so many to choose from!

I secretly have my favourites, but I’ll keep them to myself for the time being.  What I will say is, some of my best weddings have been a venues that aren’t “traditional” wedding venues – restaurants, bars, cafes, private holiday rentals.  Think outside the square when booking a venue but make sure it ticks most or all of your must haves.

Working out the best wedding venue that meets your needs can be an overwhelming and challenging task.  I think you should ask yourself some of these questions to work out if a particular place is meeting your needs:

  • Do we want an indoor or outdoor ceremony and/or reception?
  • Do we want a city, beach, or country feel?
  • Are we fixed on a date, or are we flexible with our wedding date?
  • Do we want our ceremony and reception to be in the same place?
  • Is there a plan B in case of bad weather or extreme heat?
  • How many guests do we expect, and can this venue cater for that amount of bodies?
  • Where are we going to get our photo’s taken?  Onsite, or close by?
  • What are my guests going to do while they are waiting for the reception to start?  Does the venue accommodate this?
  • Is there accommodation nearby for our interstate/overseas guests?
  • If children are coming, is there a room for our babysitter to host the children?
  • What type of food do we want at our reception?  Sit down, share platters, canapés, buffet?
  • Is there easy options for guests to get home?  Uber, taxi, buses, trains, parking?
  • Does the venue reflect us as a couple?
  • What type of atmosphere are we trying to create?  Relaxed, upmarket, black tie, rustic, traditional, vintage?
  • Is the venue too big for the amount of guests we are having?  (This can impact on atmosphere)
  • Have we considered restaurants, cafes, or halls that we can dress up with styling?
  • Should we consider looking at a venue that isn’t a “traditional” wedding venue?
  • Does the venue come with a function manager?
  • Do you have to use the venues vendors, or can you select your own vendors to provide services?  Stylists, Celebrants, Photographers, Dj’s?
  • If booking a chapel, can we say the things we want to in our wedding ceremony?  Equal marriage wording?
  • Are their noise restrictions that start at a certain time?
  • Does the venue provide a PA system for our MC or for speakers at the reception?
  • Do I want to coordinate most things myself, or have someone else to do that?  Styling, Event Coordinator?
  • Is there a place I can get ready there before the wedding ceremony starts?

Below is a list of some of the venues (so far all in Queensland) I have performed weddings, and links to their websites –

I’ll keep updating this list throughout my adventures, as I have plenty more new venues to explore this year!

Happy planning and I hope this helps with your choice!

Annie x

 

Mary Wheatley Photography lovely photo!

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How do I change my name after my wedding?

Congratulations on your recent wedding!  I hope it was an amazing experience for you and your partner!  Now that you are back to ordinary life, you might be thinking that it is time apply for your Official Marriage Certificate, and also change your name now that you are married.

As a Marriage Celebrant, I often get asked about how to do this.  Let me help you with this process by following these steps:

  1. Click on the following link: Qld Births, Deaths and Marriages – Change of Name, Marriage
  2. Select the type of marriage certificate you would like – a standard certificate or a commemorative certificate (this option is more expensive)
  3. Go through an answer all the questions – it will ask your details, your partners details, and the marriage ceremony details
  4. Print off form
  5. Write your credit card details in the bottom section – make sure you put the amount of money, and a signature!
  6. Check that you have entered all the details correctly, and if happy, sign about half way down on the right hand side
  7. Attach the required identification that has been JP signed
  8. Send it in to Births, Deaths and Marriages Qld
  9. Wait about 4 – 6 weeks depending on peek periods, then your certificate should arrive in the mail.
  10. Go and change your name to your hearts content, and/or keep it safe for future purposes!

Stunning photography by the incredible Just for Love Photography!

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Charlie and Jenn’s Surprise Wedding

I LOVE SURPRISE WEDDINGS!  I live and breath these types of weddings.  I love the nerves, the excitement, the secrecy, the detailed planning, and the anticipation of the whole experience.

When Jenn and Charlie first got in touch with me and told me their plan, I knew that I wanted in!  Jenn and Charlie’s plan was daring, cheeky, and dramatic – three fabulous traits!  Their plan was to take their parents to lunch on New Years Day, and surprise them with a wedding invitation disguised as a dessert menu.  Jenn and Charlie spent months working out detail, engaging wedding vendors – photographer, videographer, venue, and a Marriage Celebrant (me).  We knew it would be a massive task to make sure it went smoothly and successfully – but we were all up for the challenge.

I met with Charlie and Jenn a couple of times to do their legal paperwork and ceremony planning.  Jenn and I chatted over email for months, and we even had a secret rehearsal to finalise details and backup plans.

The day arrived and I felt like a ball of energy; nerves and excitement all rolled into one.  The plan was that I would be sitting at a table near by, pretending to be having lunch with my family, and wait till the surprise was revealed.  I got there early, as per usual, and took my place.  Jenn and Charlie walked in, with their parents in tow, and took their seats.  It was all happening now!  The Functions Manager at the Belvedere Hotel was amazing.  She took them through the mains and placed their drinks orders.  I could see that their parents had started to relax, looking forward to their main meals and enjoying their drinks.

The photographer and videographer pretended to be working for the hotel, and were taking promotional photo’s.  The Functions Manager asked me when the rest of my table were due to arrive – everything was going smoothly.  A few minutes later, I look up to see the Functions Manager walking towards their table with the “dessert menu’s”.  This is it – it’s happening now!  Jenn, Charlie and both sets of parents started reading the menu’s, when all of a sudden, I heard screaming and someone calling Jenn’s name.  It was Jenn’s mother, who was the first to realise what was going on.  One by one, they started getting to the end of the wedding invitation and with that, tears, excitement, yelling and laughing started.  Their parents were amazing – all completely excited about the instant wedding ceremony, and yes, I think a little overwhelmed too!  Jenn then introduced me to their parents, and I was lucky enough to receive hugs all round.

With a change of outfits, and a quick ceremony setup, we were ready to go.  Jenn and Charlie asked both of their mothers to do a reading.  I loved this one:

Treat yourselves and each other with respect, and remind yourselves often of what brought you together.
Give the highest priority to the tenderness, gentleness and kindness that your connection deserves.
When frustration, difficulties and fear assail your relationship, as they threaten all relationships at one time or another, remember to focus on what is right between you, not only the part which seems wrong.
In this way, you can ride out the storms when clouds hide the face of the sun in your lives…
remembering that even if you lose sight of it for a moment, the sun is still there.
And if each of you takes responsibility for the quality of your life together, it will be marked by abundance and delight.

Jenn and Charlie not only did traditional vows, but also did “pre-vows” which they both wrote and were able to speak from the heart.  A lovely addition to a ceremony.  My favourite part of their ceremony was when I spoke to their parents on Jenn and Charlie’s behalf, acknowledging their incredible relationships and the journeys they have taken as a family; tears flowed and I even felt a little wobbly too!  Jenn and Charlie also asked both fathers to be witnesses to their legal paperwork.

INCREDIBLE, INCREDIBLE, INCREDIBLE!  What courage it took to make this happen and the confidence from Jenn and Charlie to think up such a genius idea!  I was floating on a cloud for the rest of the day.

Thanks to Whitedress Photography and Videography, and the Belevedere Hotel for a great surprise!

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Ryan and Jaclyn’s Stamford Plaza Wedding

The weather was pretty awful on Ryan and Jaclyn’s Wedding day, it had been overcast and rainy all day.  I arrived a the Stamford Plaza thinking that the wet weather option would be in place; however, there was a break in the weather, so the venue coordinator, Jaclyn and myself decided to go ahead with the outside (plan A) option.  Boy, am I glad that we did!  Once again, it showed me how important having a wet weather option, close by, is – you just never know when it might need to be used.

Another fabulous memory from the day is working alongside Piper Joe – great musician and top bloke.  Jaclyn has a Scottish heritage, and wanted to include that somehow into her ceremony.  Bagpipe music was a spine tingling way of honouring that culture.  Piper Joe piped all of the bridesmaids in, as well as Jaclyn and her father.  I also loved being surrounded by thick Scottish accents!

Their ceremony was a personal journey into their relationship and where they would like to head as a married couple.  They had two readings in their ceremony, one I would love to share with you now:

ON YOUR WEDDING DAY

Today is a day you will always remember – the greatest in anyone’s life.

You’ll start off the day just two people in love and end it as husband and wife.

It’s a brand new beginning, the start of a journey, with moments to cherish and treasure,

And although there’ll be times when you both disagree, these will surely be outweighed by pleasure.

You’ll have heard many words of advice in the past, when the secrets of marriage were spoken,

But now you know that the answers lie hidden inside, where the bond of true love lies unbroken.

So live happy forever as lovers and friends, it’s the dawn of a new life for you, as you stand there together with love in your eyes from the moment you whisper, “I do.”

And with luck, all your hopes, and your dreams can be real, may success find its way to your hearts,

Tomorrow can bring you the greatest of joys, but today is the day it all starts.

There was tears, laughter, nervous chuckles and an overall sense of love and excitement during their ceremony.  When I presented them to their guests, they all cheered and Piper Joe started playing the pipes again, walking down the aisle in front of them, serenading them into married life.

Beautiful Weddings provided the styling for the day, and the staff at the Stamford Plaza were helpful and informative.  A great team effort!

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Music – Wedding Ceremony and Reception

Wedding Ceremony and Reception music choices doing your head in?  Feeling like you can’t find the perfect song to walk in to, or for your first dance at your reception?  Look no further!

I have created a link filled with music options for you wedding ceremony and/or reception.  I will keep adding to it when I hear more fabulous music.  Even if you are having live music, for example an acoustic guitar player through to bagpipes, this will still come in handy in selecting your type of music.  Click on the link below, and make sure you start following it to receive updates:

https://open.spotify.com/user/12153971259/playlist/1QPwexu7FoucnKJEoHm1xH

Following is a guide to how to structure your music during your wedding ceremony:

  1. Pre-ceremony music (15/20 minutes)
  2. Entry song
  3. Signing of paperwork songs* (2/3 songs is perfect – put your favourite one first)
  4. Exit song
  5. Post-ceremony music (10/15 minutes)

* This is if you are having this during your ceremony.  If you are signing your paperwork after your ceremony has finished, just use your post-ceremony music.

Tips on how to choose the best music for your wedding ceremony and/or reception:

  • You don’t need to choose something lovey dovey!
  • You will hear it in years to come – so make sure you both love it;
  • Grad a cuppa tea, beer, glass of champagne or a coffee, grab a seat and listen to your favourite tunes – you will have a great time, and something will stick out as the “one”;
  • It can be fun, for example, Barry White, or quite serious, for example, Pachelbel’s Canon in D;
  • This is a great time to show your guests your funny, quirky, dorky, nerdy, hipster, loving, funky side;
  • Have fun with it!
  • Choose an exit song (in the ceremony) that is more upbeat and celebratory!  This keeps that electric atmosphere bubbling!!
  • Your songs can have lyrics, be classical, brand new, old school, cheeky, or acoustic; and,
  • if I’m your Celebrant, be prepared for some dancing or singing after the ceremony has finished.

Totally gorgeous photo by Millyjane Photography.