Music You will need for the Ceremony • Pre Ceremony music (background music for when people are arriving) • Arrival Piece (some people choose to have a different track to get people’s attention when the Bride/Groom arrives or you could get the groomsmen/bridesmaids to walk down to their own piece of music which indicates we are nearly ready to start the ceremony) • Aisle (one or two pieces of music depending on how many people you have walking and how long the music plays for) • Signing X2 Songs (background music for when we sign the official paperwork) • Exit Piece (normally an upbeat piece of music) Please Ensure that the music is on an ipod and labelled clearly (preferably not an ipod mini as they are hard to read without a screen). Please ensure that you have someone who can confidently play the music for you using my system. I anticipate being at the ceremony location an hour prior to the starting time to ensure that the person playing the music can test the sound and I can run through how to use my system with them.
During your rehearsal you may like to work through these ideas below – • Practice with the music from your allocated starting point. • Leave a comfortable gap between flower girls, page boys and Bridesmaids. • Walk comfortably and slowly. • Think about how you will hold your bouquet of flowers, down and facing out. • Practice in the shoes that you will be wearing on the day. • If the dresses are a little long, try gathering it to one side or slightly kick it forward when you are walking. • You may choose to practice it a few times with the music to ensure the bride gets to the top of the aisle when the music sounds just right! • The music can then be faded after everyone has reached the ceremony location, bridesmaids have ensured that the brides dress and veil are sitting perfectly. Parents/Family/Friends who walk down the aisle with the bride When practising walking down the aisle, think about how big your dress is and how your parent/family member is going to walk beside you. They may want to hold onto your arm as you will be holding your bouquet with two hands. When they are about 2 metres from the end of the aisle (normally about where the end of the chairs are), pause and the Groom/Bride will step forward to great you. He/She will then shake your dad/family members hand, you can give each other a kiss on the cheek and then walk into position out the front.
The Bridesmaids/Groomsmen Once you have reached the ceremony location the bridesmaids can fluff your dress, take your bouquet of flowers for you, fix your veil etc. All of this is taking place as the music is still playing and begins to fade out. Alternatively if you are two guys getting married you may wish to walk in together. The ideas are endless, just ask!
The Giving Away from the Parents Towards the beginning of the ceremony your parents can be prior warned that Kate (celebrant) that she will be asking them to stand and ask the question – Kate: “Who brings this couple to be married here today?” Parents Respond all together – “We do”
Readings Readings If you have chosen any readings Kate will have a copy of it laminated and ready to hand to the chosen person during the ceremony. Please ensure that the person reading feels confident and has practised what they are going to say. They will be handed a microphone to ensure everyone can hear them clearly.
Vows Kate will have your vows written and laminated for you to read from on the day. Kate will hand these to you with the microphone during the ceremony.
Rituals Please practice any rituals you have planned prior to the ceremony. Hand Fasting ceremonies may require a few rehearsals to ensure it is done effectively.
Wedding Kiss You will be asked to kiss towards to the conclusion of the ceremony. You may wish to practise this for the perfect photograph moment.
Signing of the documents You will have allocated 2 witnesses who are over the age of 18 to sign the legal documents. Please ensure they are aware of what they are witnessing and they can hear the ceremony in its entirety. You may wish to ask them to sit at the front if they are not a part of the bridal party. They will be instructed to come forward and sign the documents. The bridal party can gather around the signing table whilst this is taking place (providing another great photo opportunity.) Kate will provide a nice pen to sign the documents with. Once the paperwork has been signed Kate will invite you all to stand back in the original ceremony location where she will present you as an officially married couple.
The Exit Ensure that the person playing the music has the music cued and ready to play as Kate presents THE BRAND NEW, MR and MRS, MR + Mr, Mrs + Mrs or THE HAPPY COUPLE etc… The bridal party will then all follow the bride and groom back down the aisle and possibly to the group photo location.
Additional Fee Please note, if you require Kate to be in attendance for a rehearsal a small fee of $150 applies within the 50km radius of Ringwood. Additional Travel costs may apply to travel to further locations at an hourly rate. Alternatively it can be arrange to have an off site rehearsal at either The Sage Hotel or Firehouse in Ringwood.
Invite Please provide Kate with a copy of your invitation. It can be emailed or send as a photo in a text message. This ensures Kate is fully informed of what time you have asked your guests to arrive as well as confirming the address of the ceremony location etc.
Parking If your ceremony is located in a public place which requires parking meter or valet parking fees, you will be required to ensure payment has been arranged prior to the ceremony day. Some venues are worth calling to find out if they can allocate a car space for the celebrant, which will eliminate this extra parking fee.
Extra Items to be delivered for the ceremony If you have arranged any items to be delivered for the ceremony eg: Life sized L.O.V.E letters as a backdrop. Please inform Kate so that she is aware of this and can help ensure they have been delivered and are in the correct location etc. Phone numbers of the suppliers would be helpful.