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What is an Elopement? And Why Would You do it?

While weddings typically focus on the event, entertaining guests, and incorporating traditional elements, elopements are purposely small, intimate, and focused solely on the couple getting married.

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Wedding Trends for 2021

In 2021, some of the changes we made last year have become a normal way of life for us, with fewer couples choosing to splurge on lavish celebrations, and instead opting for smaller, more intimate and often spontaneous weddings.

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A Vow Renewal Ceremony With a Difference

Looking for ways to reaffirm your love and commitment to each other? Maybe you’re celebrating a special milestone anniversary? Or you’ve recently gone through some tough times together? A vow renewal ceremony is a wonderful way to express your ongoing love for each other.

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"A Celebration of Life!”

The elephant that’s in the room

will take up all the space

if no-one grabs it by the tusks

and puts it in its place.

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Are we up to the job?

As celebrants, we are often exhorted to “move out of our comfort zone’, to explore new things, to take on challenges which extend our experience. But could being out of our depth lead to disaster? Especially if we take on a task that is unfamiliar or hazardous?

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Registry Wedding Do’s and Don’ts

If you’re after a simple, civil, legal wedding ceremony a registry wedding could be the right option for you. Registry weddings in New Zealand can now take place at a location agreed between you and your validated marriage celebrant, rather than at your local courthouse or council office as in the past.

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5 Wedding Myths Busted

As anyone who’s ever planned a wedding knows, there are some wedding traditions that don’t seem to make a lot of sense. To help you decide whether or not to include these traditions in your wedding planning, we’re debunking five of the most-common wedding myths.

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How to Memorialise Someone You’ve Lost

When someone we love dies, it’s natural to want to hold onto a tangible memory; to fill that gap, often the chasm, that they’ve left behind. A memorial can help ensure the person you’ve lost is remembered well into the future.

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Why are ceremonies so important to us?

Along with providing meaning and memory, ceremonies can also help heal in times of devastation or loss. People hold onto ceremonies to reflect historical or social significance. Or to show others that they are united and belong together.

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Changing Your Name After Your Wedding

If you are considering changing your surname after getting married in New Zealand, it’s a relatively easy process. Here’s what you need to know.

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