It is becoming quite common today that Bride's and Groom's request guests at their ceremony turn off their mobile phones and put down their cameras. There are mixed opinions in regards to this. It doesn't mean that the couple don't wish for you to have photos of their wedding ceremony, but they really want family and friends to truly partake all that is the wedding - the wording, the vows, the kiss, the smiles, the tears and the laughter. When people are constantly taking pho
As a celebrant who has been conducting funeral services for almost 8 years, Samantha is very passionate about people's lives - learning where they come from, their heritage and lineage. Death and funerals are subjects that don't come up in every day to day conversation however Samantha stresses the importance of being able to put your life story down on paper or that of your parents, partner, aunt, uncle - in fact anyone that plays an important role in your life. With the bu
This is a very common question asked of Samantha - founder of Life's Celebrations By Samantha. The simple answer is yes! Life is all about choices - so when it comes to your celebration or occasion you can most certainly choose the celebrant that you know and are comfortable with. A lot of wedding venues have their "preferred celebrants" - but that does not mean you have to use them. The venues naturally recommend people that they have seen perform weddings but you are not bo
What is a naming ceremony and why is it different from a christening? This is a question that many people ask when they hear of a naming ceremony being held. At a naming ceremony, the child's name is officially recognised and Godparents or Mentors are appointed. There can be religion included such as bible readings but in general it is a lovely way to welcome your child into your family and wider circle of extended family and friends and at the same time give your child the o
Music is important in any ceremony - it creates the mood and adds to the magical atmosphere of a wedding ceremony. So how many pieces do you need and where do they get played? Samantha, from Lifes Celebrations by Samantha can assist with this by offering suggestions. A piece of music or a song is played when the Bride makes her grand entrance! Sometimes the bride likes to have a separate piece for her attendants to walk down the aisle to. This is a personal choice of course.
Getting married outdoors on a beach or in a garden is absolutely beautiful and a wonderful way to hold your marriage ceremony. However you always need to keep in mind that whilst many things are within your control in regards to your special occasion, the weather is something that cannot be controlled or predicted. Plan ahead - have a wet weather option - not always what you really want , but at least you know if your Big Day arrives and the heavens have opened up, you will g