Having witnessed many hundreds of “knots being tied” over his 10 years as a Celebrant, Melbourne Celebrant Matt Finch has absorbed all kinds of tips and tricks for making your day one to remember – for all the right reasons.
Matt shares with us an eclectic mix of tips which will help keep that smile on your dial the whole day through.
WRITE PERSONAL VOWS
Don’t Google. Don’t be generic. Say those specific, particular words that you know your partner would love to hear. Deliver genuine compliments. Make real life promises. Harmless humour can be a great addition to your vows but add it in the middle. Start and finish sincerely.
BUY A TAILORED SUIT. BUY THAT PERFECT DRESS
When it fits just right, it will make you feel special on the day, a day you will look back on time and time again.
HAVE PHOTOGRAPHS TAKEN TOGETHER BEFOREHAND
This is a great way to ease your nerves, allowing you to be more present in your ceremony, meaning you’ll enjoy it so much more. A good photographer can create a romantic ‘first look’ so you don’t miss out on that wonderful moment.
YOU DON’T HAVE TO FOLLOW TRADITIONS
Include the elements that make sense to you. Do it your way. Make it personal and relevant to who you both are.
ANYONE CAN WALK DOWN THE AISLE/S
In any combination, any order, any outfit. Choose whoever makes sense to you.
DON’T LOSE GUESTS’ ATTENTION WITH BORING READINGS
If people speak, have them talk about you! Far more fun, interesting and relevant. 1-2 minutes is plenty.
INCLUDE YOUR FAVOURITES IN YOUR CEREMONY
Hobbies, colours, people, languages, pets, quotes, music, teams anything! The more ‘you’ it is, the better.
YOU DON’T HAVE TO SIGN YOUR LEGAL DOCUMENTS DURING YOUR CEREMONY
Signing shortly after is an easy way to reduce your ceremony time if you wish.
ENJOY RECEPTION SPEECHES EARLY
This also goes for cake cutting and dances. People will appreciate more time to relax. Allocate each speaker a time limit.
DON’T FORGET TO THANK YOUR PARTNER WHEN YOU MAKE YOUR SPEECH
It happens way more than you would think.
Whilst you do your very best to plan every single detail, on the day, you need to let go. Allow it to evolve. There is bound to be something that won’t go perfectly, and that is ok. Your day will fly by in the blink of an eye, so appreciate and enjoy all the amazing things that are happening.