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May 18, 2021 Delwyn0
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Shadowcast Photography, Love Bird Ceremonies Marriage Celebrant Perth

Wedding Vows, Vowels and Vowls

How to Write the Best Wedding Vows

Which one is it?

“My husband and I would love to renew our vowls and we’re looking for a marriage celebrant… “  “Would you be available to perform a Vowel Renewal Ceremony for us on the …. “ “I don’t think I can write my own wedding vows, can you help please?”

Well… They are officially called Wedding Vows. What does it mean to take a vow? It’s a pledge, a solemn promise, and a personal commitment. So how do you begin to write your own Wedding Vows?

These are the kind of enquiries and ‘pleas for help’ that you often get as a marriage celebrant. Writing your own wedding vows is something very special and not everyone feels comfortable putting pen to paper about the thing that means the most to them, their partner. I’m a Marriage Celebrant in Perth and I am hoping with this little blog to be able to help you feel confident in writing your very own personal vows.

 

Kevin McGinn Photographer, Love Bird Ceremonies Marriage Celebrant Perth
Kevin McGinn Photographer, Love Bird Ceremonies Marriage Celebrant Perth

 

First of all, think of the past…

Remember the magic of the moment you realised this was ‘the One’! What attracted you to your partner, what did you find irresistible and what did you love about them from the outset? It’s sometimes nice to mention these things and possibly thank them for being that very special person. You may surprise your partner how much you remember from those first moments and what you actually noticed And trust me, if you have wondered how well you partner listens to you, in this moment you will experience what it means to be heard 100% and with all your heart.

 

Jacqueline Jane Photography, Love Bird Ceremonies Marriage Celebrant Perth
Jacqueline Jane Photography, Love Bird Ceremonies Marriage Celebrant Perth

 

Now think of the present…

What is important to you at the moment? Why are you standing in front of your lover and partner wanting to marry them and what will make this day special and memorable for you forever?

The groom in the photo below was a man of few words but his bride really wanted him to write some vows. He did. Two amazing sentences which said it all. I put them onto 3 pages which he kept folded as one page while she read her vows. He then let the pages fold down and you can see the reaction he got – priceless.  The two sentences made her cry with genuine happiness and love.

Sidewayz, Love Bird Ceremonies Marriage Celebrant Perth
Sidewayz, Love Bird Ceremonies Marriage Celebrant Perth

 

Now think of the Future…

What are you dreams for your future? How do you see your life unfolding together with your partner? Maybe you want to remind them of the depth and honesty of your enduring love. Do you already have a family or are you blending a family – how will they be included and do you want to promise to encourage, support, and love them in any special way?

 

The Love Story Photography, Love Bird Ceremonies Marriage Celebrant Perth
The Love Story Photography, Love Bird Ceremonies Marriage Celebrant Perth

 

Let your Wedding Vows Reflect your Personality

It’s going to feel best for you if your vows are written in ‘your language’ – the way you speak to each other every day – and the way you engage with one another. If laughing and joking around is your everyday life, then include that in your vows too.  Think of all the gorgeous little things you do for each other and feel free to say how grateful you are for them.

The Love Story Photography, Love Bird Ceremonies Marriage Celebrant Perth
The Love Story Photography, Love Bird Ceremonies Marriage Celebrant Perth

 

Including Something Special to you Both

Sometimes you might feel the need to include something in your wedding vows that has a wider meaning for you both. In the photo below, it was the grandparent’s Bible that the couple wanted to put their hands on as they made their vows. Their religion and beliefs were important to them and their grandparents had had a hugely positive influence on their lives and relationship. It was also a sign of respect to their Grandparents.

Jacqueline Jane Photography, Love Bird Ceremonies Marriage Celebrant Perth
Jacqueline Jane Photography, Love Bird Ceremonies Marriage Celebrant Perth

 

In Short:

Even though you are making a solemn promise you don’t need to write a novel, just few honest words, straight from the heart will be perfect. You need to feel comfortable reading your vows so they really need to be ‘yours’ and not written by someone else. Start writing them as soon as you know your wedding date. Write something and then put it away. Take it out again some time later and see if you want to adjust or add something. It’s the most wonderful feeling to hear from the one you love, why and how much they love you. It’s the most beautiful and meaningful gift you can bestow on your lover, on your wedding day.

If you need some help with your wedding vows I’m always happy to create some ideas with you

Some Inspiration:

     

 

 

What are Vowels – Dictionary Definition

The definition of a vowel is a letter representing a speech sound made with the vocal tract open, specifically the letters A, E, I, O, U. The letter “A” is an example of a vowel.

 

 

 



April 3, 2021 Delwyn0

Hand-fasting Ceremonies

Hand-Fasting Marriage Celebrant Perth

Hand-Fasting Ceremonies and Tying the Knot

Are ancient Celtic Hand-fasting Rituals valid here in Australia? It’s a good question and as a marriage celebrant in Perth who has accidentally become a bit of an expert in Hand-fasting ceremonies, it’s a question I feel qualified to answer. The classic Hand-fasting Ceremony is based on an ancient Celtic ritual. Folklore has it that the hands of a consenting a couple, planning to be betrothed, were tied together as a symbol of unity and apparently also to test the couple’s ability to work as a team. The old saying ‘Tying the Knot’ originates from this practice.

A Hand-fasting ceremony is a symbol of a couple becoming one and united. The couple stand face to face as their hands are tied together, but how are they tied and what are they are tied with? There are as many options as there are couples wanting a Hand-fasting ceremony. I hope, with my experience as a Hand-fasting marriage celebrant in Perth, I can answer some of your questions.

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What is the Relevance of a Hand-Fasting Ceremony?

A Hand-fasting ceremony, sometimes called a Hand-binding ceremony or the Love Knot, is something very personal and intimate between two people who have decided they want to devote their love and lives to each other. As your hands are bound, and your vows are made, you are captured by each other’s eyes and immersed in each other’s love, creating a very personal and meaningful space. It is often included as part of a legal marriage ceremony these days, but historically, this ceremony was performed alone with only the couple and an officiant present, and your promises were your binding word. As your hands are bound together your marriage celebrant will guide you as you make promises to each other which are then metaphorically and symbolically tied into your union.

Hand-Fasting Marriage Celebrant Perth

Choosing the Cords or Ribbons

Anything that that can be tied in a knot can be used for a hand-fasting ceremony – cords, ribbons, pieces of fabric – off the bottom of your granny’s wedding dress for example,  scarves, ropes etc.  Whatever is most meaningful to you. The colours can also be meaningful as traditionally there are 14 colours which each represent certain values that you wish to tie into your union and/or marriage. How many bands? You may use any number from one up to ??? I once had a couple who invited all their 37 guests to each bring a ribbon! They all tied their ribbon individually and delivered a personal wish to the couple, it took a while but was very memorable.  Make sure whatever you choose is at least 150 cms long as it will be difficult for your marriage celebrant to tie in a beautiful way otherwise.

For example a favourite scarf, chosen and bought together in a favourite place, or, a handmade sash decorated with shells from the beach you are to be married on

Hand-Fasting Marriage Celebrant Perth

How Many Hands in a Hand-fasting?

Here there are so many options! You can hold both hands, left to left and right to right, this forms the shape of infinity between you. One-handed can be either right to right or left to left or even right to left, but really it’s up to you and what feels most comfortable for you both. If it’s going to be one-handed I prefer left to left as this is from one heart to the other.

Hand-Fasting Marriage Celebrant Perth
Hand-Fasting Marriage Celebrant Perth

Choices of Tying the Knot

There are a few options available but they all have something in common, the shape of the knot will be a figure of eight, or the sign of infinity. The celebrant or officiant is often the person facilitating and tying the knot on top of the couple’s hands, or, a special knot can be made by the celebrant, which, at the end of the ceremony, is pulled into a knot by the couple themselves. If, as a marriage celebrant or officiant, you are starting out with hand-fasting ceremonies, I suggest you practise at home to make sure you get it right on the day

 

Hand-Fasting Marriage Celebrant Perth

 

Making it Extra Special

Hand-Fasting Marriage Celebrant Perth

 

This couple, Pam and Gary, decided that they would spend the evening before their wedding doing something quite special and meaningful. They had chosen 5 different coloured ribbons and Pam had found that there is a very interesting plait made from 5 ribbons! They decided, that with every plait, they would make a promise to each other, as together as they prepared their ribbons for the hand-fasting ceremony the next morning.

Including others

Hand-Fasting Marriage Celebrant Perth

If you have children, either your own or are forming a wonderful blended family, you may consider including your whole family in the hand-fasting ceremony. If you like, each can choose their own ribbon colour, which makes it even more meaningful as the values the colours represented are bound into the marriage and family unit.  The hands are stacked like you would when you are making a pact and then ceremoniously tied together as the family members make their promises to each other and then head off into the future as one unit.

You can also include your family and friends, asking your guests to tie their own ribbons or choose a special person to tie the hand-fasting band for you. Please feel free to call me, your marriage celebrant in South Perth, to discuss even more options.

Hand-Fasting Marriage Celebrant Perth

Commitment Ceremonies

Kristina and Steffen were looking for a marriage celebrant in Perth and I was the lucky one they contacted. They had been married at a registry in Germany and wanted to renew their vows on a beach in Perth. They had dreamt of a romantic beach ceremony, all alone, but both missed their family and friends! My suggestion was a Hand-fasting ceremony with a sash embellished with love and best wishes from all of their family and friends, it was perfect.

Hand-Fasting Marriage Celebrant Perth

If you think a Hand-fasting ceremony could be the ritual you would like to include in your wedding ceremony, commitment ceremony or vow-renewal, please contact me and let’s find the right Hand-fasting version for you.


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January 19, 2021 Delwyn

Same-Sex Wedding Ceremonies and Google

I absolutely don’t like putting people into boxes, labelling them or using any form of segregation. It really goes against everything I believe in. We all have a heart and that’s what makes us human and equal. But then Google came along and has been trying to teach me otherwise.

Google and my SEO advisor told me I had to write 300 words on the relevant page on my website and use all the keywords, several times, in the first 100 words!  Same Sex Weddings in Perth, Same Sex Wedding Celebrant Perth, Same Sex Wedding Packages Perth, Same Sex Couples, Perth Same Sex Wedding and gay friendly.

The problem was, all I had written on my Same Sex Weddings page was: “I believe ‘Love is Love’ and it is wonderful to be able to celebrate that with everyone. Please continue to my ‘Weddings’ Page for more information about how together we can make your wedding ceremony as fabulous as you have always hoped it could be. I really look forward to hearing from you . ”

For Google, that didn’t cover it! As I prefer not to conform to Google too much, I decided to write a blog instead and hopefully that will suffice to help all you gorgeous lovers find my website.

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Same Sex Weddings, Love Bird Ceremonies, MS Vlaming, Swan River Weddings

When it’s just about Love

So really now, what can your sexual orientation have to do with love and being in love? When you fall in love, really fall in love, it’s not just a physical attraction, it’s something way more than that! As Winnie the Pooh said: “The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched – they must be felt with the heart.” It’s that incredible feeling of finding someone with whom you can totally be yourself, someone who brings out the best in you and encourages you to grow into the very best version of yourself. Pure magic.

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Gay Weddings, Love Bird Ceremonies

So just for Google:

Same Sex Weddings in Perth

I’d love to be your celebrant at your Same Sex Wedding in Perth. Call me a Same Sex Wedding Celebrant if you like, but I am happy to marry anyone who is in love and ready to commit to their amazing ‘other’.

Same Sex Wedding Packages in Perth?

Yes I do those too, check out my Pop Up Weddings Package and see what you think. My Pop Ups are different because I create them around you and your needs and dreams. It’s your Pop Up and no one else’s. So Same Sex Wedding Packages in Perth? Absolutely!

Supportive Suppliers

My experience over the years has shown me how important it is to have supportive suppliers, whoever you are! Everyone is different and has unique ideas and needs and that’s exactly the way your wedding day should be treated, as YOUR special day. If you’re a Same Sex Couple planning your wedding day you should be treated without prejudice or judgment, just like anyone else. You should be enjoying the excitement of the pre-wedding journey and not be worried about how anyone, especially your celebrant, feels about you. Your marriage celebrant should be carrying you on that journey and creating the space for you to enjoy all the wonderful emotions and passion that will accompany you up until your wedding day.

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Gay Weddings, Love Bird Ceremonies, Perth Zoo

Enjoying your Wedding Day

Enjoying your wedding day sounds like something you could take for granted, doesn’t it? But even the most confident brides and grooms get nervous so it’s nice to have a team of professional and supportive suppliers making sure your day is going to be everything you’ve dreamed of and something that’s going to make you feel really proud to call yours. 

You’re a Same Sex Couple?

If you’re a Same Sex Couple, you live in Perth and you’ve popped the question, you probably want a Perth Same Sex Wedding right? (Google will be delighted with that sentence…) Give me a shout, I’d love to hear your ideas for your wedding ceremony. Together we can make your dreams come true, whatever they are. 

“It’s easy to say ‘Thank You’ but it’s hard to find a way to let you know what WARMTH there is behind those words today… But somehow hope this message helps to show at least in part the very special gratitude that’s felt deep in our hearts. Because your thoughtfulness and all the kindness that you show WILL ALWAYS BE REMEMBERED AND APPRECIATED! Thank you so much Delwyn!”

from us, Ateh & Terry

“I am so happy that we found Delwyn who was recommended to us by our photographer. From the moment first started talking to us saying “I Do”, Delwyn has looked after us the entire way through, even though we are not local to Perth. I highly recommend Delwyn if you want a down to earth celebrant who is willing to go the extra mile for you. Thank you so much, Delwyn!”

Love Marylou and Mel♥

“Thanks for making our marriage legal at last! And thank you for everything you have done for our family. It is truly appreciated.”

Eric & Marcus


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December 21, 2020 Delwyn

Who is that and What’s Really Important?

What does it mean if you are looking for the Best Wedding Celebrant in Perth? Do you really want the Best Wedding Celebrant in Perth or are you in search of the Best Wedding Celebrant in Perth for YOU and your partner? On your wedding day you want to feel relaxed and empowered to enjoy your day, and there are certain things which can will help you accomplish that.

Who is the Best Marriage Celebrant for you and how do you find them?

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Love Bird Ceremonies, Harold Boas Gardens, West Perth

I believe it’s essential to find a celebrant who understands you and your needs. Someone who is on the same wavelength as you, and I might add, that has nothing to do with age. It’s someone who can listen to you and your ideas and translate your dreams into reality. Really listening is an art and then translating those thoughts into creative ideas is a crucial talent for any marriage celebrant. The best marriage celebrants are able to do this and leave you feeling excited and confident about your special day and your wedding ceremony.

Is it Important where they are based?

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Love Bird Ceremonies, Lamont’s Bishops House, Perth

Choosing a marriage celebrant who lives ‘near me’ can make it easier for you to meet up with them but their location shouldn’t be important. What’s important is that your marriage celebrant is flexible and happy to travel. I am a marriage celebrant based in South Perth but I am prepared to travel basically anywhere to meet with my couples and perform a wedding ceremony, and since Covid, we have all become more comfortable using Apps like WhatsApp and Zoom to keep in contact. Being a marriage celebrant in South Perth places me conveniently in the middle of so many fabulous venues from Joondalup to Margaret River and more! I am happy to travel interstate too!

What are your Marriage Celebrant’s Values?

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Love Bird Ceremonies, Millbrook Winery, Jarrahdale

The best wedding celebrant in Perth for you will have similar values to you. What is important to you should be just as important to your Perth wedding celebrant. For me marriage is one of the most important steps a couple can take in their relationship and the ceremony needs to be not only entertaining but respectful of all the wonderful values that make up a great relationship. I also believe ‘Love is Love’ and support Same Sex Weddings in Perth or anywhere for that matter! I was so proud when Australia passed legislation in December 2017 to allow same sex marriage. It’s so special to able to celebrate love with all lovers.

How does your Wedding Celebrant communicate?

The best wedding celebrants in Perth are good communicators. They will respond to your inquiry promptly and supply you with all the information you are asking for. They will stay in touch with you during the process, however long it takes. 

Listen to your Wedding Celebrant. 

When I say “listen to your wedding celebrant” I mean listen to the way they speak. Do they speak clearly? Do they use the English language correctly? Are they able to write and present a wedding ceremony that you will be proud of? The best wedding celebrants in Perth are able to do this and if they have had voice training and have experience presenting to large groups you are on a winner. I have over 30 years experience in corporate presentation and am able to throw my voice if required. Being able to keep an audience captivated is essential as a wedding celebrant.

Look at your Wedding Celebrant

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Love Bird Ceremonies, Cottesloe Beach, Perth

The best wedding celebrants in Perth will always want to look their best for your wedding ceremony and will make sure they are dressed appropriately. You don’t want them to be dressed identical to the Mum’s or Dad’s, nor clashing with the bridesmaids or groomsmen. Don’t feel you can’t discuss this with your marriage celebrant …Perth. (SEOs ☺ )

How do you feel about your Wedding Celebrant

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Love Bird Ceremonies, Bunker Bay Beach, Dunsborough

You will feel excited, confident, proud, relaxed and very happy if you have chosen the best marriage celebrant in Perth for you. Don’t settle for anything else. This is a big day for you and your wedding ceremony is a very important part of your wedding day. I am hoping I can help you you feel like that, not just for the day but every time you think about your wedding day.

"Many thanks to Delwyn for marrying us perfectly! Having to change the date and find a new celebrant as a result, I hit Google and came across Love Bird Ceremonies. The "pop up" concept really resonated with us, and once we met Delwyn, the deal was sealed! We were very low key and not wedding-y, and Delwyn was able to capture that mood perfectly for our very small ceremony. She thought of all the little details, down to colour-coordinating with us AND our flowers! We felt as though she really cared about understanding us and what we imagined our ceremony would be like, and we were thrilled that she was able to marry us. Thank you Delwyn for helping make our wedding perfect :)"

Caroline and Michael

"Delwyn made our day so special, easy, simple and beautiful with our own decorations, a picnic spot in a beautiful location, homemade scones de0d just for my husband and I ( we eloped) she supplied our witnesses too! It was an awesome day with no stress! Delwyn really went above and beyond for us and we are so grateful and thankful we picked Love Bird Ceremonies ❤"

Laura and Rhyan


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October 10, 2020 Delwyn
When people decide to marry it’s all about love and all the ‘lovey dovey’ things that go with it. Like! Hugs and kisses and holding hands as well as laughing and crying for joy. Of course everyone wants to hug and kiss and touch! I remember my last few big weddings before shut-down here in WA. I had the hand-sanitiser on my signing table but it was used by hardly anyone! Everyone was still a little unsure about what was required of them and even with a gentle reminder from me only a few very conscientious guests obliged. But many of the guests did feel they needed to ask permission to hug! Everyone wants to hug the bride and groom so it creates a stifled atmosphere and a very strange feeling when you are hugging with joy in your heart and at the same time wondering if you are doing the right thing.
Covid Beach Wedding
With Covid it’s been tough for so many lovers wanting to commit to each other in marriage and not being able to firm up a date or a venue because who knows when this will all end and friends and family will be able to travel and join in the celebrations! For some it has not been possible to postpone indefinitely so in the meantime they have had delightfully romantic elopements. (more about those in my next blog.) If you are disappointed, worried, anxious or downright angry that you cant plan your wedding date at the moment, or have already rescheduled a few times and spent money you feel is wasted on invitations etc, give me a call. I would love to give you some ideas on how to reuse and recycle your obsolete wedding stationary and anything else you have spent money on. Don’t throw it away! You can still use it. Wishing you happy wedding planning!

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July 30, 2020 Delwyn

Fun and Relaxed Weddings

Pop Up Weddings are something very, very specialand there are so many interpretations of what a Pop Up Wedding is, it’s impossible to tie it down to one description, but I am going to try. Basically it’s a ‘one-phone-call’ wedding!

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December 29, 2019 Delwyn
Now why would your marriage celebrant be interested in your first wedding anniversary! For me it’s because I think your First Wedding Anniversary is one of the most important anniversaries you will celebrate. It sets the tone for the rest of them. I like to gift my couples something special for their first anniversary celebration and love to hear back from them on how they spent their day. I thought I would share a couple of these very romantic stories with you.

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August 27, 2018 Delwyn
One of my favourite ceremonies as a marriage celebrant are elopements. Wenn ein Paar heimlich oder im kleinen Kreis heiraten moechte, diese Zeremonien liebe ich besonders gern! They are so intimate and personal and the bride and groom get to choose, and have, everything exactly the way they want it to be. They are able to focus on each other without any outside influences and fully enjoy being in the moment.

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March 18, 2018 Delwyn
Is one of the things that worry you as a Bride-to-Be, “how will I change my name after marriage?” Many brides worry about this and there are some who don’t worry at all as they are unaware of the work involved. Some years ago I noticed how stressful this could be for brides, (and some grooms too!), so I decided to give my brides a voucher for a website called: After The Wedding