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Getting the music and timing right at your wedding ceremony

Think of your music at your wedding ceremony as your personalised soundtrack. It sets the tone and scene for the day. However, if you want the music to flow seamlessly, timing is everything.

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Have you fully proofed your wedding ceremony songs?

Do you have a couple of meaningful songs that you would like to play at your wedding ceremony? Or do you and your partner have ‘your song’? Whatever your song may be, have you fully proofed it for your wedding ceremony?

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Tahir Nawaz - National Executive, Celebrants Aotearoa

Tahir Nawaz has been a marriage celebrant since 2014 and specialises in religious marriages.

Tahir is also Board member for New Zealand centre for Global Studies (NZCGS).

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Wedding Prep Tips

We know there are a lot of decisions to make, arrangements to organize and people to manage in order to make your wedding day memorable for all the right reasons.

To help you get started, here are our five wedding prep tips.

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Symbolic Rituals For Your Wedding Ceremony

While publicly declaring their binding love for each other, some couples choose to include symbolic rituals within the traditional wedding ceremony. Things like lighting a unity candle, a ring warming ritual, or handfasting, are ways for couples to personalise their ceremony with rituals that signify love, romance and unity.

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Five Romantic Proposal Ideas

When it comes to popping that all-important question, it seems many marriage proposal ideas have already been overdone, or are simply over the top. If you’re looking for a unique proposal that still has that romantic, personal touch and an element of surprise, then look no further than these five romantic proposal ideas.

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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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