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What makes a great Celebrant?

kimberly sanders lucky in love marriage celebrant aucklan weddings Bride-Groom-Hands-BouquetWhat makes a great Celebrant?  Not just an average celebrant, but a great one.

How important is it to find the right celebrant?

It is imperative to ask yourself this when you embark on finding a celebrant to create and conduct one of the most powerful and meaningful ceremonies of your life.  It does matter greatly. This is a decision that should not be made lightly. It is the one thing on your special day that must be right. People should look back on your ceremony for eternity, with great memories. A great celebrant does not cost that much more in context – but the difference is striking.

Firstly, I believe a great celebrant will have two qualities that separate them from the rest. They need to have passion for what they do, and they need to care about the role they play. A great celebrant makes all the difference to the success of your day. A celebrant is a facilitator, nurturing ideas and encouraging couples, so together you can create a ceremony that accurately depicts you and your love for each other. The ceremony not only gives people a chance to celebrate their partnership and formalise it through marriage, but the ceremony itself, particularly the ‘story telling’ component of a modern wedding ceremony also allows the celebrant to incorporate your values and beliefs.

The ceremony has the power to change lives and enhance the quality of relationships. People want ceremonies of meaning and substance where they walk away feeling happy and uplifted, and know they have truly celebrated the love and friendship of a couple they hold close.

Top celebrants are worth paying extra for – they offer a broader service to you that is both professional and friendly. It is also unlikely that you will be aware of the difference the celebrant can make until after the event.

A few tips to help you choose your celebrant:

Meet with them before you book them.

By offering suggestions and options they will work with you to create your ceremony that is unique to you.

They should meet you a number of times to ensure adequate time is taken to put your ceremony together. They will write a personalised ceremony – different for every couple.

A professional PA system should be provided to ensure your guests hear every word.

The celebrant should help you to relax by being organised and professional. It will leave you feeling that you have left everything in the hands of someone who cares! There are a hundred details that contribute to a great ceremony and your marriage celebrant will walk you through each of them.

An onsite rehearsal is imperative to the overall success of your ceremony.

Most importantly they are a celebrant who does not run from one wedding to another risking being late (ask them how many they do on a day and how many hours they leave between weddings). You want someone who can give you the very best attention.

It is a huge risk to choose a celebrant on price alone. “The bitterness of poor quality lingers long after the sweetness of cheaper prices is forgotten”. Please choose carefully, as you would with any other service you book for your special day.

By Sally Cant. Sally is one of Australia’s leading celebrants, authors and trainer of celebrants.

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Beauty Guide to Say "I love you"

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I was in the health food store yesterday and picked up the Health 2000 magazine – full of great ideas to keep you in tip top shape… including this one by Denise Carter, their graphic designer and newlywed bride, which I wish I’d have followed a regime like this leading up to my big day…

Wanting a clear complexion for your wedding day? Long luscious locks and strong, beautiful nails? These were high on my “to do” list leading up to our big day last month, but I wanted to achieve it all naturally so I also looked great makeup-free afterwards – honeymooning Raro-style.

Six months before
Drink water, water and more water every day, to help shed weight, give you clearer skin, and flush out toxins.Start taking a multivitamin – I took HealthZone Multi Zone to boost my immunity and keep energy levels high. I had cut my hair short in 2013 and wanted it long for our big day, so I took a supplement containing silica, GO Healthy Hair, Skin & Nails. Also try less washing, blow-drying, and heat styling, to give those strands a rest and not create more split ends. Bring out your hair’s natural shine by taking vitamin B – try Lifestream Natural B-Complex.Start exercising (if you haven’t already).
Three months before
Up the ante on exercise and invest in a personal trainer, or train for an event (I ran in Round the Bridges) to get you motivated to lose excess kgs before your final dress fitting.
A month before – Eeek! This is getting real.
Not sleeping well? Too much “to do” on your mind can stress a bride-to-be out. Try taking magnesium, which helps relax mind and muscles (from all that strenuous exercise), or SleepDrops to support a good night’s sleep.Start exfoliating your skin top to toe once a week. Body brushing is a great way to detox skin, your biggest organ, and get it in great condition. If you need to apply a fake tan, Trilogy Instant Bronzing Gel is natural, and looks amazing.Sweating it out in a hot yoga class helps remove toxins, and slow stretching is a calm in all the craziness.Make an intensive home remedy hair treatment with Lifefoods Organic Coconut Oil. Rub into dry hair, put a shower cap on or wrap in cling wrap, and leave for several hours. Coconut oil makes a great natural (and cheap) eye-makeup remover too!
Two weeks before
Wild hen’s parties can take their toll. Look after your liver with HealthZone Liver Zone to combat nasty pimple surprises from alcohol and chocolate. If constipated from bridal shower treats or too much salty food, try HealthZone Bowel Zone to flush everything out (you need bathroom access with this one).Detox – eat fresh fruit, veges and protein. Cut out gluten, refined sugars, dairy and caffeine. If you need help with recipes or food menus try a 7-day Detox kit.
The big day
If wedding nerves are getting the better of you, have a bridesmaid carry Rescue Remedy so you smile, rather than trip down the isle! The beaming face of your husband-to-be (because you look so damn irresistible) will be well worth all the effort!

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Clever & Quirky Marriage Proposals

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Look at that face!!! My Darling messaged me this photo of our gorgeous little doggie one day when I was out of town on business.
At first I just thought it was a cute photo of her caught on our bed, then I looked closer…
Can you spot the diamond ring??!! She’s wearing it on her collar!!
Very clever and hilariously funny!!  It was a great way to hype up the actual proposal (which also included our girl!).
(And of course she had to be our ringbearer complete with her own dog bone bling around her collar!!)

Here are some other clever little ideas you might want to steal…  click the links to order or find out how to make your own…

9444439Macarons aren’t quite the decadent sweet treat anymore – but this really is pretty sweet!! This secret ring box is the perfect way to propose to a macaron lover. Slip it in with a batch of normal macarons, and prepare for the best surprise!

 

 

 

 

 

enhanced-29386-1416847000-40Scavenger hunts are great ways to take your partner back to places that made an impact on your relationship. The final destination could be where you first met, your first date, or your first kiss. Wherever you pick, it’ll sure be a fun adventure.

 

 

enhanced-8022-1416269351-1The Fortune Cookie is my all time favourite little surprise that delights everytime! We have them as favours for our wedding with little quotes in line with our theme. Check out http://www.fortunecookies.co.nz/

 

 

kimberly sanders marriage celebrant auckland weddings lucky in love marriage proposalA Jigsaw Puzzle! What’s a better way to say, “You complete me”? This charming puzzle is from LifeAStitch. I’ve also seen blocks of chocolate in this style too.

 

 

enhanced-18415-1416273077-14Balloon Bouquet.  A bouquet of flowers has got NOTHING on a bouquet of balloons!

 

 

 

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Sand Castles. You’re either going to have to be a master sand castle sculptor or know somebody, but the end results are amazing!

 

 

 

enhanced-15359-1416269754-12Breakfast in bed. “Marry” your significant other’s favorite things: coffee and your devoted love. Custom cups and more from GreysHollow.  There are also chalkboard mugs. How cool – you could prepare breakfast in bed with this surprise addition!

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A Book.  How cool is this?  Your new life together starts at page one. These beautiful book sculptures can be custom ordered here.

 

 

 

 

 

enhanced-11205-1416272830-29With a Photo Booth proposal you’ll get to capture that Kodak moment to save and cherish!

 
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What women really want for Valentine's Day…

Women, apparently, don’t want chocolates or flowers for Valentine’s Day.

According to Birkbeck University and Harley Street clinics in London, it’s a romantic meal for two and sex toys.

After hooking up 20 volunteer couples to special electroenchephalogical (EEG) headsets, scientists measured women’s brain wave patterns in response to gifts from their partners.

The results showed that gifts most likely to make women smile are:

Romantic meal for two 75%

Female sex toys 65%

Lingerie 60%

Red roses 30%

Chocolates 25%

This is what brain does when it smiles, apparently:

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“Humans have a feel good factor which is activated by anything that promotes the survival of the species such as eating, drinking and sex. When receiving a gift, people are also able to think ahead and delay immediate gratification for a longer-term reward,” said independent psychologist Dr Beverly Steffert.

Of course, the commissioners the research, female sex toy brand Smile Makers, were more than pleased with the results.

“We love the fact that British women prefer gifts that demonstrate a sense of fun and imagination over traditional, clichéd presents like chocolates and roses,” said Peder Wikstroem at Smile Makers.

So, put away those bouquets and Milk Trays!