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As the old adage goes - "There's wedding ceremonies and there are ceremonies." Philip Greentree is not bound by the constraints of conservatism. He has recognised a sameness in most ceremonies and has sought to ensure his ceremonies are not only different, but to ensure they are memorable, effective and provide everything his clients require

Philip's conventional ceremonies are replete with symbolism and meaning. He has proven there is a demand for not just difference, but for meaningful substance in the ceremony. This is what he has achieved in his conventional wedding ceremonies.

1. The Procession
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Many brides do not realise there are numerous ways they can enter. The American bride is led by her bridesmaids. The British bride is followed by her bridesmaids. I have witnessed brides enter serenaded by a violinist walking beside her. In other ceremonies, the bride & her groom have entered together, with everyone else, including the guests, following. It's your ceremony, it's your decision how you do it.

3. Special Introduction following
the introduction

special intro
In Celebrant Philip's ceremonies, he always introduces the bridal party so, rather than standing there like an unknown, amorphous mass, everyone knows who is who. This really personalises things.

5. Cleansing & Blessing of the Rings
cleansing of rings
In a non-religious format, the "Spirit of Love" is invoked to bless these rings and those who shall wear them.

8. Handfasting - Optional
handfasting
"Tying the Knot" is one of the world's oldest known wedding traditions. Known as "handfasting," many couples look upon it as a truly meaningful & spiritual tradition.

9. Setting in Stone of
Your Vows - Optional

setting in stone of vows
The ancient tradition from the British Isles, of swearing vows or promises over the stone, hence they were set in stone and, therefore, unbreakable.

11. Sealing the Covenant of Marriage
orthodox covenant
The bride's left ring finger must be left bare for the wedding ring. Celebrant Philip has his brides wear the engagement ring on their right hand, then, near the end of the ceremony, he invites the groom to transfer the engagement ring to his wife's left ring finger. Brilliant!
 
 
 
 
2. The Celebrant's Challenge
with Parental or Group Blessing

celebrant's challenge
The procession has arrived. This is where I fulfil the requirement to say your full names out aloud. You have the option of my asking either your parents or your friends to give their blessing to your marriage.

4. Various Rituals including
candles
Candles
sand blending
Blending of Sands
readings
Special Readings
ring warming
Ring Warming
red rose
Rose Ceremony
With many other rituals to choose from.

It's all your choice.

6. Combined Asking & Ring Exchange
ring exchange
The ring exchange is combined with the asking. Truly different, Truly unique

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7. The Anamchara - Optional
anamchara
From the pages of Celtic history comes the deeply spiritual Anamchara. This is for Couples who believe their relationship is more than the physical, rather a truly spiritual one. they will thrive on this ritual.

10. Blessing of the Hands
blessing of hands
A special moment where Celebrant Philip has noticed many fathers have a tear on their cheek before he has finished performing this deeply moving ritual.

Declaration, signing, then Presentation of the Married Couple
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All done with Celebrant Philip's twist on things, and not hamstrung by conservatism.

When the day is done, there's
one thing left to do!

The end
When the ceremony's complete, and the reception is at an end, there's only one thing left to do!
 
 
 
Philip
What MUST your celebrant ensure occurs during the ceremony?

The following are not negotiable.
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  • The Celebrant's Monitum in which:.
    1. The celebrant must ID them self.


    2. Read aloud "The Definition of Marriage in Australia."


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  • Identify the couple by saying aloud their full names at some stage preferably before the vows.

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  • Ensure the required words are said within the vows.

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  • Ensure the Marriage Register is signed by the 5 parties to the marriage, which include:
    The Couple, their 2 witnesses aged over 18-years, & the celebrant.

    Naming Your Baby during Your Ceremony?
    baby naming
    Philip has, on numerous occasions, named the couple's child as part of the ceremony. Most of those couples have remarked that it was far more meaningful than having a separate naming ceremony in the backyard at home.
         
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