There is no limit to the type of celebration or gathering Joyful Ceremonies can facilitate.
I am thrilled to at long last be able to offer a legal wedding service to all couples, regardless of the combination of their genders. I’ll arrange all the paperwork required by the government to cement your marriage in the eyes of the law, one step at a time. When you think about it, the wedding ceremony is the part of the day when you are the most still with your partner. The rest of the day can be a bit of a whirlwind – everyone says it goes by in the blink of an eye – so it’s important to get the ceremony just right. My background in broadcasting has given me a sound skill base in listening and effective interviewing. This helps me to really understand what you want for your ceremony and how to execute it in a way everyone can enjoy and feel a part of.
Do you just want to get it done, without the stress of event management? I have conducted some exquisite elopements that have been incredibly meaningful, intimate and fun. Also it just feels a bit cheeky, which I’m a big fan of. Bring along two witnesses for the completion of your Certificate of Marriage, or I can provide those if you like. Perhaps a florist and a photographer? I know some beautiful spaces around Castlemaine, both indoor and outdoor that we could marry you in. We’ll need to complete some paperwork together a minimum of one month prior to the date of your ceremony. Like every other ceremony I conduct, no two are alike. We can keep it short and sweet, and still have it reflect who you are as a couple.
On Thursday the 7th of December 2017, the momentous news was announced that marriage equality is now law in Australia. Now all couples, regardless of whether they are same sex or opposite sex couples can participate in the legal right of marriage. It's been a long time coming.
"I'm updating this in mid December 2017 and can happily say that I'm in the midst of completing paperwork and booking in short and sweet ceremonies with all my couples who booked me for commitment ceremonies in the past, to finish what we started (free of charge of course). It's quite a thrill to see these people's names I've worked so closely with in celebrating their unions on the paperwork that hasn't been accessible to them in the past. It's incredibly moving to finally be on the kinder side of history (where marriage is concerned at least)".
I have had the great pleasure of conducting several mass same-sex wedding ceremonies on the steps of the Registry Office in Melbourne attended by several thousand people. The feeling of celebration experienced in acknowledging the love held between people regardless of gender is electrifying.
In the meantime, anyone can have a commitment ceremony! If you’ve already been legally married overseas as an opposite sex couple, for example a destination wedding where you eloped but you’d like to celebrate back at home with friends and family, I can offer you a great commitment ceremony to commemorate your wedding.
You can recommit with your wedding vows on your anniversary if you’d like to celebrate a milestone together, I can help you by facilitating a ceremony that carries you through into the future together, revisiting those great moments from the day you wed.
The arrival of a new family member heralds significant and limitless change and impact on parents, guardians and close community members. A naming ceremony is a beautiful opportunity to gather and officially give a child a name, welcoming them whilst gathering in celebration and love.
You may like to appoint a Godparent, Fairy Godmother or Father, Official Cool Auntie or Uncle, or Co-Parent through ceremony, plant a tree in honour of the new arrival, or anything else you have in mind.
It would be my pleasure to create a meaningful and memorable occasion to celebrate your newest addition.
The possibilities are endless.
Would you like to name your boat, welcome a new pet, clear your new home of past energies, celebrate coming-of-age, hold a graduation celebration, blend two families into one in a harmonious way, celebrate a new beginning after a divorce while acknowledging and setting the past free, honour a number of years together through an anniversary ceremony or anything else? Contact Joyful Ceremonies for more information.