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To have and to hold
Q. We've decided to have a celebrant-led wedding so we can get married outside. What suggestions do you have for making the ceremony personal to us?
A. Kate Mortimer says: Consider why you chose your setting. Does it represent your love of the outdoors? Does it hold deep personal significance? Or did you like the venue and getting married outside was an exciting option? Try to keep these reasons in mind when planning your ceremony.
Al fresco nuptials lend themselves to quirky décor, whether that's bright colours, wildflowers or fun themes. Try to choose elements that represent your relationship. I recently had a couple who chose to reflect their love of the sea; it worked beautifully in their rural setting. Handfasting also works brillaintly outdoors – a rainbow of ribbons fluttering in the wind looks spectacular.
With a celebrant, you really can make the day your own without being tied into set words or ceremony elements. I get to know my clients really well, and it's so rewarding conducting a ceremony with deep significance to them.
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