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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, Groom or Spouse enters – from a doorway behind the Celebrant.  Everyone watches with baited breath, as they see the Bride, Groom or Spouse 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 couple (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!

Annie x

PS – Photo by the amazing Ben Blanche Photographer

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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 couples 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.

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Rupert and Amy’s Wedding at Henzell Chapel

Amy and Rupert’s wedding was so special because every element of their wedding had meaning and a personal touch.  Amy is creative, and loves designing and making things.  From the invitations, through to the reception centrepieces and layout, Amy and Rupert envisioned it all!

Their wedding was at Henzell Chapel,  which is situated out past Samford on a private property.  The chapel was built by a mother and father who’s children wanted to get married on their family property.  In short, it’s stunning and one of a kind.  Stone and wood, mixed with grassy hills and beautiful hand carved art make for a perfect combination.

The day arrived and the weather was stunning.  Rupert was wearing an incredible suit, perfectly fitted to reflect his personality.  Amy was a vision in a white tea length dress with gold sparkly shoulders.  The Bridesmaids wore dresses of their choosing – no one matched, but they complimented each other perfectly.

One of the most memorable parts to Amy and Rupert’s wedding was the brass band, made up of ladies and gentleman over the age of 60 years, who played all of the music for the ceremony.  This band was significant as it was a way of remembering Amy’s Grandfather who use to play in the band, who passed away sometime before the wedding.

Amy and Rupert’s wedding was very family and friend focused.  As their Celebrant, I loved talking about their love, their gorgeous dog, the life they have built together, and their goals for the future.  The ceremony was electric and the guests applauded loudly in support of their friends, Amy and Rupert.  They included their grandparents, friend, and mother’s in their ceremony too.  Amy’s mother read this beautiful reading called, “I Like You”

I like you and I know why.

I like you because you are a good person to like.
I like you because when I tell you something special, you know it’s special
And you remember it a long, long time.
You say, ‘Remember when you told me something special?’
And both of us remember

When I think something is important
you think it’s important too
We have good ideas
When I say something funny, you laugh
I think I’m funny and you think I’m funny too
Hah-hah!

…And I like you because when I am feeling sad
You don’t always cheer me up right away
Sometimes it is better to be sad…
I like you because if I am mad at you
Then you are mad at me too
It’s awful when the other person isn’t…

I like you because I don’t know why but
Everything that happens is nicer with you
I can’t remember when I didn’t like you
It must have been lonesome then
I like you because because because
I forget why I like you but I do.

I also had the pleasure of working with the incredible Ash from Stories By Ash.  The photo’s captured on that day truly reflect Amy and Rupert and the vibe that they were trying to achieve.

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Much love to Amy and Rupert xx

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Tim and Tammy’s Hillstone Wedding

When I first met Tammy and Tim, I knew we would work well together.  Tammy knew exactly what she wanted for her wedding and the ceremony, and I was the Celebrant to deliver.  When I found out that they had booked Hillstone at St Lucia, I was beside myself with excitement.  I couldn’t wait to perform a ceremony at the same venue that I had been married.

Their ceremony would be held in the “fountain” area in front of a large amount of family and friends.  Tammy and Tim didn’t want a fussy, over the top, soppy ceremony, and they didn’t want to do to much PDA (public display of affection).  After meeting with them over a few months and chatting back and forth on email, Tammy and Tim decided that they would like to perform the traditional vows.  You know the ones – “in sickness and in health, to love and to cherish….”  I always let me my couples decide what they would like to say in the vow section.  This part in the ceremony, to me, is one of the most important sections.  It allows my couples to say exactly what they want to, to each other, in front of their witnesses.  The vow section is also the part that I find, gives my couples the most nerves because declaring your love in front of your family and friends is quiet an unusual thing – but let me tell you that Tammy and Tim rocked it!

One of my favourite memories from their ceremony is when Tammy was walking down the aisle towards Tim.  When she got to Tim, she said hi to him, but then she turned around a started saying hi to her guests and waving hello to people further away.  It was such a beautiful moment!  I love when spontaneous gestures happen during my ceremonies and this was one for sure.  Tammy made her guests feel comfortable and at ease, while also making them laugh!

My second favourite moment from their ceremony was when Tim jumped in to early with his “I do’s”. As you can see from the photo (thanks goes to the lovely Lauren Olivia), we all killed ourselves laughing – it was a golden moment that I will always remember.  They also selected excellent support people, even though the ring bearer presented to loose the rings hehe.

Tammy and Tim, individually and as a couple, have faced a few challenges in their lives, but are an incredible testament to working hard, loving fiercely, sticking to your guns, having a laugh and not taking life too seriously.

 

 

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Kane and Vivienne’s Gordon Country Wedding

My journey with Kane and Vivienne began with one of the best phone calls.  Vivienne and I had never spoken before, but it felt like we had known each other for years.  We chatted all about her wedding, ideas, her family and plans for the ceremony.  Vivienne told me that her wedding would be very intimate, just her mother, grandmother, Kane’s parents and their baby daughter.  Vivienne also mentioned that they wanted a simple ceremony, meaningful but not over the top, a true reflection of their love for each other.

The day arrived, and after checking in to my cabin (thanks Sarah from Gordon Country),  I met Kane for the first time.  Kane was a gentle giant, so kind and soft.  I could tell he couldn’t wait to say those special words, I do, and marry the love of his life.  I also got to meet Kane’s father, who was a total laugh.  After checking out the location of the ceremony, I went and proceeded to get myself all spruced up and went to meet Vivienne.  One of my favourite memories was when I met Vivienne because she was struggling to get into her wedding dress – lots of loop holes and buttons.  I helped her get dressed and I remember thinking – I’ve just met you!  It is all part of the service.

The ceremony was beautiful!  I made special mention of Vivienne’s father who had passed away; he sounded like a very special man.  We spoke about how Kane and Vivienne met – their worlds colliding in Burleigh Heads.  Their ceremony was filled with genuine love, focus, loyalty, great vibes and sincerity.  I also spoke about their beautiful daughter, who made their love even stronger.

Words can not express how much I loved marrying these two, and what made it even better were Kane and Vivienne’s parents.  Their attitude really helped ease the whole experience for Kane and Vivienne.

After the ceremony, Vivienne and Kane invited me back to their reception for a drink.  One drink ended up being two and dessert.  I felt like part of the family and they all touched my heart in a very special day.  I slept very soundly that night, knowing how fabulous the whole experience of Kane and Vivienne’s wedding had been.

Special mention should go to Sarah from Gordon Country, for making the whole experience one to remember.  I can’t wait to head out there again soon for another wonderful wedding.