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  • Sandra Beaumont

As of this week (16/03/20) - Prime Minister Scott Morrison advised a ban on all non-essential indoor gatherings of more than 100 people - one of a number of new measures to stem the spread of the coronavirus.

This, along with travel bans and other complications, is causing couples who have a wedding booked in the next few months, to postpone their wedding, and look to reschedule later in the year, with many opting to wait until 2021.

This is just a reminder, couples can still “get married” legally, as this only requires 5 people to be in attendance, the couple, their celebrant and two witnesses.

The legal aspect of the marriage performed by the celebrant, can take place. The paperwork can still be lodged and a certificate of marriage will be issued by BDM. Nothing has changed.

The celebration with family & friends is what can be postponed until restrictions are lifted.

That’s enough to give you a Happy Heart.

Bride & Groom with their celebrant at a small wedding
Small Weddings are in fashion

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  • Sandra Beaumont


Bridal Party & Celebrant at outside wedding venue
Bridal Party & Celebrant at outside wedding venue

While outdoor summer weddings can be really beautiful, that doesn’t mean they don’t come with their own set of problems. From frizzy hair to melting makeup, heavy suits and open-air venues – the sun, heat and humidity can lead to all sorts of problems that no bridal party or guest wants to run into! Here are a few Happy Heart tips to help your day feel a whole lot cooler:

Tie your hair up - Opting for an up-do will prevent your hair from turning into a frizzy mess, and keep you looking cool, calm and collected.

Wear light colours - Avoid dressing in dark clothing, stay cool with a dress in a pale or pastel shade, and encourage the groom to pick light coloured suits.

Create plenty of shade – When the sun is blazing, having a tent or gazebo at your wedding is sure to provide additional comfort for your guests.

Stay hydrated - Have lots of water available for your guests and bridal party, and stay hydrated throughout the day by drinking lots of water.

Pack your sunglasses - Shade yourself from the bright sun and pack a pair of sunglasses that go with your outfit, wear them between photos or during the pics to add a bit of fun.

Wave the fan - Offer each guest a fan on his or her chair so that everyone can stay cool and enjoy your beautiful personalised ceremony.

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  • Sandra Beaumont

Looking for an idea for a ritual at your wedding? Consider Hand Fasting.

Hand fasting ceremonies originate from an ancient Celtic tradition representing the binding together of two people (also known as "tying the knot!"). It was used to acknowledge the beginning of a trial period of a year and a day during which time a couple were literally bound together. It was a temporary agreement which could be made permanent after the trial period if both parties agreed, almost like an engagement period.

Many couples now choose it as a personal ritual during their wedding ceremony.


Happy Heart Celebrations - stones in sand
Happy Heart Celebrations - stones in sand

It starts with the couple joining hands, to show their free will to enter into the marriage. The celebrant then reads a series of vows and with each one a coloured cord or ribbon is wrapped around the couple’s hands & wrists. The final tie being done loosely so the ribbons can be removed easily while still remaining tied (thus forming a knot).

These ribbons can be placed in a special box with the knot in place as a delightful reminder of the vows that have been made, with a Happy Heart.

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