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December 2, 2021 Delwyn0

The Extraordinary Life of a Marriage Celebrant in Perth

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A very happy Marriage Celebrant, Perth – Swifthound Photography

My life as a marriage celebrant in Perth is a continuous string of amazing moments. I love my work because it brings me a new challenge and opportunity to be creative, with every couple I meet. I want my couples to have a unique ceremony that is tailored to them and their personalities. In short, I want them, that’s you, to own the ceremony and be proud of it. Being a marriage celebrant presents the most incredible and heart-warming opportunities to file away magical memories. Here are a few short stories for you to enjoy, hopefully as much as I did.

Marriage Celebrant Perth - - The Love Story Photography
Can-Do Marriage Celebrant Perth -– The Love Story Photography

Blowing Bubbles

Every now and then I am asked by a photographer to do something special so they can get that hero shot. This was one of those times when I was asked to be the bubble-blower at an elopement ceremony because there weren’t any guests who could oblige! As you can see, I didn’t mind at all.

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A Marriage Celebrant Enjoying a Blip – Photos by Trish Woodford and Kevin McGlinn

Having a Laugh

Occasionally the nerves get the better of a bride or groom and something as simple as ‘repeating after me’ can go wrong. It’s not always easy to keep from bursting into uncontrollable laughter 😉 In both of the cases above the brides were marrying their ‘awful wedded husband’ instead of their ‘lawful wedded husband’. Eventually each of these brides, and everyone else, regained their composure, the correction was made, and the hilarious gaff was etched into their wonderful wedding day memories forever.

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Marriage Celebrant Perth  – in Switzerland!

Jetting Around

Ok, so I can’t legally marry anyone outside of the Commonwealth of Australia, but, occasionally I am asked to conduct ceremonies overseas, such as this commitment ceremony. A huge privilege of course and the couple flew me from Ireland to Switzerland so I could be their celebrant. The ceremony was held in a romantic castle, on a hill overlooking Lake Lucerne, with guests from all over the world. It’s great when your website works internationally too!!

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Marriage Celebrant Perth – my own photos


I get to see the most beautiful people in the most incredible settings and occasionally I have my iPhone handy and pointed in the right direction at the right time. These are two of my favourite photos, captured in a split second, and both made the official photographer jealous. The biggest compliment is when one of my snapshots is used for the Thank You cards! It’s happened twice!

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A Marriage Celebrant walks down the Aisle – Trish Woodford Photography

Walking Down the Aisle

Sometimes there are tears and in this case it was an overwhelmed flower girl.  The thought of walking down the aisle ahead of the rest of the wedding party made her feel fearful. With some encouragement and comforting she decided to go ahead, but only if I walked with her! So, for the first time, I was a flower girl! And, by the time we got to the carpet, she was happy to walk the rest of the way on her own. Such a precious moment when you can help someone overcome their fears.

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The Marriage Celebrant Job – The Love Story Photography


Occasionally one of the guests just needs some special attention to help them feel happy. This gorgeous little guest was happy enough to watch his Mum & Dad get married once he had a hand to hold. It was one of those times when I wished I had three hands – one to hold my ceremony book, one to turn the pages and keep the pages flat in the wind and one to hold his hand. Amazing what you can do when have no other choice

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A Marriage Celebrant in Perth – Jacqueline Jane Photography


I used to sing in a Rock & Roll Band years ago so sometimes when an old Elvis ballad is being performed for one of my couples I get to sing a duet. In this case, after a couple of verses the bride joined in and we let her sing the rest to her groom alone. The groom didn’t have a dry eye, mind you we didn’t either!

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Marriage Celebrant Perth as Chauffeur – Amy Tomlinson Photography


I am so lucky to drive a Mustang, just pure fun! My couples sometimes agree with me and ask if I can chauffeur them from A to B, or just take a few photos in the car. Never a problem and always totally enjoyable! There’s only one condition, you have to forget about your hairdo! It won’t look the same after the ride!!

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Marriage Celebrant Perth & Reverend Rae – Jacqueline Jane Photography

Team Work

It’s not unusual to be asked by a couple if their priest or pastor can take part in the wedding ceremony and say a few words or give a blessing. This is never a problem for me and it’s always an honour to work together with people who are special to the marrying couple. This occasion was extra special. Kristina and Steffen were of different faiths and had not been able to have a church wedding in Germany, only a registry wedding. They had found this very disappointing and decided to renew their vows on the beach during their holiday in Australia. They contacted me to ask if I could organise this for them and it was of course my absolute pleasure to do so! They had their ceremony on the beach at sunset followed by a 3-course meal surrounded by fairy lights. As a surprise, I asked Reverend Rae if she would do a blessing for them in the Cathedral on our way to the beach. She was very happy to oblige and together we were able to make Kristina and Steffen’s dream come true. It was a truly magical day.

Marriage Celebrant In Perth
A Perth Marriage Celebrant – The Love Story Photography


As a marriage celebrant you can expect to do a lot of waiting and it’s those moments where you get to witness the most heart-warming things. For example a very nervous groom trying to get his feelings under control, usually without any success I might add… 😉 It is just a very exciting moment when you are waiting for your partner to join you at the end of the aisle! You see people filled with happiness to see each other again after a long time of absence, babies being introduced for the first time, grandparents feeling lucky to have survived long enough to be able to celebrate this special day with their grandchildren and very proud parents.

I look forward to hearing from you and creating fabulous memories together with you.

“My dear Delwyn, We want to thank you for the beautiful ceremony and the impeccable organisation around it, therefore allowing me and Frans to enjoy every second.
Both Frans and I are truly happy we have found you, and you made it all so easy.” Putry and Frans


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





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!


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

October 25, 2017 Delwyn

Congratulations on your engagement! You’re now at the beginning of a wonderful, and sometimes stressful, journey to your wedding day. For starters, it must be daunting when you begin your search for suppliers! So how do you find the ‘right’ celebrant? Here are a few pointers that I hope will be helpful.


March 2, 2017 Delwyn

In recent times many marrying couples have as their main worry – How to save costs on their weddings.

I totally support this so I want to help with ideas on how to keep down your costs.

There seem to be two key words if you want to save costs with your flowers: Creativity and Flexibility. Your florist needs to be very creative and you need to be flexible. I asked one of the most creative florists in Perth, Ellie Townsend who owns Lime Flowers in East Fremantle for some tips.

November 10, 2016 Delwyn

What are the criteria for a perfect wedding gift? As a wedding celebrant I am rarely involved in advising on wedding gifts but this week I was put in a position to ask myself this question. I heard a wonderful story from one of my brides-to-be and it inspired me! I am often touched when I hear my couple’s stories, it’s one of the special parts of being a marriage celebrant, but this story touched me to the core.