Beautiful & Unique Ceremonies
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Why you should consider an Unplugged Wedding….

By Robbie Fincham |


A new wedding ceremony trend is taking off ….. and your phone is not invited.  The “unplugged ceremony” has been increasing in popularity since 2016, and is one in which guests are requested to put away their phones and cameras during the wedding ceremony.  Only the professional photographer is permitted to take photographs.

Here are 5 reasons why you might consider your wedding ceremony to be an unplugged one:

1.  Your guests will be “present” during your ceremony, and actually listen to the well crafted words that make up your love story, than if they are distracted with an electronic device in Continue Reading...

What time should the Ceremony commence?

By Nick Sibbing |

How many of us like to be kept waiting?  I’ve never met anyone who did.

It has become fashionable lately to state on wedding invitations a start time, which is actually considerably different to the actual start time.  On the face of it, it sounds like a good idea; after all, we don’t all have good time-keeping skills and if guests have arrived in advance of the ceremony time then they won’t miss the ceremony, or will they?  Perhaps they were intending to miss the ceremony anyway and just turn up at the reception?

In my experience it’s not unusual to find Continue Reading...

You’re never too old

By Nick Sibbing |

Blog entry supplied by Robbie Fincham, Melbourne Civil Marriage Celebrant

Later this year I will be marrying a delightful couple who were both born in 1943 which makes them 70 years of age.   This really is wonderful, and testament to the adage that “it’s never too late for love and marriage”.  Marrying later in life is by no means the “norm” in Australia, but makes me wonder if it will become more common, in light of a report released today, 27th May 2013, by the Australian Institute of Family Studies.

Essentially the report saysthat there is growing evidence that more couples are Continue Reading...

“You Can’t Hurry Love” – A very special love story

By Nick Sibbing |

Article written by Robbie Fincham, Melbourne Civil Celebrant

The song “You Can’t Hurry Love” by The Supremes was the finale music played at Suzi and Evan’s Commitment Ceremony, I had the very great privilege of conducting in January 2013.  What a fitting song it was too, as you will understand when you read about this most remarkable love story, which has spanned more than 35 years!!

Suzi and Evan initially met in Melbourne, in their late 20’s, in 1977.  Between them they were raising 3 children and the individual challenges in their lives at that time caused their separation after 2 years Continue Reading...

What exactly is a Ring Warming Ceremony?

By Nick Sibbing |

Article written by Robbie Fincham, Melbourne Civil Celebrant

Most couples marrying in Australia exchange rings during their wedding ceremony.  Another lovely sub-ceremony to include, as a leadup to this time honoured tradition, which is gaining popularity these days, is the Ring Warming Ceremony.  The “warming of the rings” which it’s also called is a lovely way to also involve wedding guests.  So what happens during a ring warming?

Before the couple exchange rings the celebrant announces that the rings will be passed around and in turn each guest should take the rings, place their hand over them for just a few moments Continue Reading...

Family Blending Ceremony at the Oldest Operating Boathouse in Victoria

By Nick Sibbing |

On a beautifully sunny spring afternoon in Melbourne in October this year I had the pleasure of conducting the marriage between Emiko and Peter, incorporating a family blending ceremony.  Family and friends gathered on the banks of the Yarra River in Kew where the oldest operating boathouse in Victoria stands – the Studley Park Boathouse.  Being only a 10 minute drive from central Melbourne, you could be mistaken from thinking you were somewhere in the country, so natural is the setting with picturesque views of the Yarra River and the perfect setting for their ceremony.

Emiko was given away by her Continue Reading...