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Jan
09

Celebrant Planning

Are you new to the celebrancy world?  Trying to become more organised? or just wondering what a celebrant does?  Check out guest blogger, Susie Roberts' list of everything a celebrant needs to plan to help keep you on track....

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Sep
10

Where to find ceremony inspiration

You're planning your wedding... a naming ceremony... an anniversary ceremony, but where do you start? Where do you find your ceremony inspiration? Here are a few good places to start...

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Sep
03

10 Reasons why you should join CCN

CCN is a not-for-profit association for professional civil celebrants with a focus on promoting our celebrant members and a range of ceremonies and celebrations to the public.   CCN Members are marriage celebrants, religious celebrants, memorial and funeral celebrants, family and naming celebrants, student celebrants and celebrants for all occsions.

Here are just 10 of the reasons why you should join us...

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May
28

A shop for every celebrant's stationery needs

CCN have an online stationery shop for all your celebrant needs.  Hardback register folders; certificate presentation folders; stickers for embellishing your certificates; certificate envelopes, embossed certificate card in A5 & A4, badges and much more.....
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Nov
14

The Marriage Equality Postal Survey Result

Marriage Equality – a statement from the National Committee of the Civil Celebrations Network (CCN) Inc

Today people across Australia have clearly shown their support for marriage equality and celebrant members of Civil Celebrations Network (CCN) Inc welcome the fact that we are one step closer to enabling all loving couples to marry if that’s their choice.

CCN was founded in 2008 on human rights principles.  It follows that we support the rights of all couples to marry, a right that is enjoyed already in more than 20 countries around the world.    

Parliamentarians now have the responsibility to review and debate the Bills and Amendments that will come before them in the coming weeks.   CCN will be watching the parliamentary deliberations with great interest.  We look forward to debate that is respectful and thoughtful resulting in changes to the Marriage Act 1961 and marriage equality for all.

Sonia Collins
Chairperson, Civil Celebrations Network (CCN) Inc
On behalf of the National Committee
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Oct
17

Why Join a Celebrant Association?

  Why join a Celebrant Association?
 
Are you studying to become a marriage celebrant? 
Have you recently been appointed as a celebrant? 
Are you an established marriage or funeral celebrant?
 
Do you want to network and continue to improve your skills and knowledge?

 

Did you answer YES to any of these questions?

Then why not consider joining a professional celebrant association? 

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There are a number of celebrant associations in Australia – they are listed on the Attorney General’s website. 
Most associations belong to the peak celebrant body, the Coalition of Celebrant Associations (CoCA), where association delegates work together to advance celebrancy as a profession and provide advice to the Attorney General’s department on matters related to celebrants.
 
  You can read more about CoCA on their website www.coalitionofcelebrantassociations.org.au

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Each association offers its own approach, so you should easily be able to find one that meets your needs.
 
Let us introduce you to our association
the Civil Celebrations Network (CCN) Inc.

 

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CCN is a not-for-profit incorporated association that runs as an online association – no meetings to attend and everyone can participate equally.  We have a strong focus on informing the public about ceremonies, celebrations and our celebrant members.  

What can you expect as a member?

 
A Directory of members -manage your entry, add info and photos to promote yourself


A discussion forum where you can ask questions, share ideas and information

 Daily emails that tell you what topics are currently being discussed on the forum
 
Great social media presence – informing the public about ceremonies and our celebrants
 
Special projects that help you to promote your services to the public
 
Regular newsletters to keep you up to date
 
Member discounts at our online celebrant shop for stationery and other celebrant needs
 
Discounted professional indemnity and public liability insurance
 
Low cost CAL copyright licences
 
Discounted professional development – join other members in online and face-to-face OPD
 
Low membership rates for student celebrants - get a head start

 

Our website is full of information about celebrants, ceremonies and celebrations.  Many pages are available to the public and celebrants generally but many more pages are for our members’only.
 

You can join now for as little as $40 to the end of March 2018     

We’d love you to have you as a member.

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For more information about CCN as a celebrant association - check out our website 
or call for information on 0434 699 415



And if you'd like to speak to a celebrant to help you with your next celebration - simply click HERE

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Sep
06

Simple ways to donate to charity

Simple ways to donate to charity

Charity doesn't have to be a huge grand gesture, costing you hundreds of dollars that you may not be able to spare.  

Charity can come in many different forms...

* Monetry donations
* Donations of your time
* Donations of goods or services
* Lending an ear
* Being able to feel empathy for people who are in a less fortunate situation to yourself



Here are some ways that you could help that you might not have thought of before.

If you're a celebrant or someone who offers wedding/celebration services you could donate a percentage of each ceremony to a nominated charity.  Either choose a charity that is important to you or you could work with each individual client and decide together where that particular contribution will go.



If you're someone who is having a ceremony/event you could...

- Have one, two or three tip jars - each labelled with a different charity... let people either donate money directly, or give each person a token to put into the preferred jar and you donate that amount to each charity at the end.
- Ask your guests for donations to a chosen charity in lui of gifts
- Make it a themed event where your guests pay a gold coin to join in - all proceeds go to the charity of your choice.



This is how you "Party with a Purpose"

For more information about partying with a purpose - check out our website

And if you'd like to speak to a celebrant to help you with your next celebration - simply click HERE

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Sep
01

Celebrating CCN's Day of Love 2017

Celebrating CCN's Day of Love -  1 September 2017

Why have we spent all day shouting about love all over our Social Media pages today?



Because, as Celebrants, all of our work is about love 💕

When we marry a couple, they are deeply in love, and the wedding service more often than not reminds the couples attending about their love story.



When we perform a funeral there is a great deal of love in the room for the deceased and for the family members.



When we name a child at a Naming Ceremony everyone there is full of love for the child.



When we officiate at significant birthdays and other events, there is always lots of love woven into the ceremony.



As Celebrants, we can make your ceremony of LOVE the most memorable time of your life. 

So, what are you waiting for?

Check out our amazing group of Celebrant. 

You won’t be disappointed. 


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Sep
01

Day of Love Ceremony Credits

"I hope you don't mind
that I put down in words
 
How wonderful this life is
while you're in the world"
 
 
Elton John



Each of these celebrants is offering you a credit for any ceremony if you call today to make a booking. 

So, check out these amazing celebrants and get on the phone and start booking .... #sharethelove



Shell Brown - Mandurah, WA


Elaine Dinnigan - Perth, WA



Sonia Collins - Batemans Bay, NSW

 


Susie Roberts - Grafton, NSW

 


Fiona Hall - Central Coast, NSW



Anna Wong - Melbourne, Vic

 You can find all our other fabulous celebrants HERE 

Thank you for being a part of CCN's Day of Love

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Aug
08

Why should I engage a celebrant?

Why should I engage a celebrant?

Having a skilled celebrant can mean the difference between an event being mediocre or being an inspiring, memorable tribute to people who have a special place in our lives.
 
Like any good entertainer, the time a celebrant spends in front of the audience is only a very small fraction of the time spent in their practice and acquiring the knowledge and skills to perform well.

A good celebrant is much more than a good performer. They need to be researchers, writers, facilitators, psychologists, social workers and community developers, and well as masters of ceremonies.


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Engaging an independent professional civil celebrant to take the time and responsibility to create and deliver a memorable ceremony brings a number of benefits, such as:

* everyone who attends can participate without the pressure of being responsible for the whole thing

* the occasion can be more memorable because a celebrant can bring a fresh perspective to a group

* family stories can be shared and recorded for future generations as part of the process and/or event

* family and friends talents, not just the MC's, can be included in the occasion.


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Ceremonies and celebrations can be powerful occasions to mark big changes and support us in embracing new roles or situations in our new lives. 

The power of ceremony in times of change can not be overestimated. 

More than material gifts, as nice as they can be and needed in some cases, people need wonderful times with family and/or friends, new ways to see themselves and others, to think about the tasks they are going to undertake and the support and acknowledgment of others in their new role or new time in their lives.

What's why letting "the celebration be the gift" can be the most precious gift of all. You can do this by pooling your funds to appoint a celebrant.


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Click HERE to find your local CCN Celebrant in your area

Cover photo credit: Shelley Wilton Photography

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May
03

Who is CCN?

Who is CCN?

Civil Celebrations Network Inc - CCN is a celebrant association who welcomes all civil celebrants to join. Whilst it’s not compulsory for celebrants to join an association it does give them the opportunity to be a part of a professional group of likeminded people;  to talk, share ideas and learn from each other’s experiences, and also to build a network of people that can be called upon in an emergency.

Civil Celebrations Network (CCN) Inc is an Australia wide, not for profit association run by a committee of dedicated celebrant volunteers who work together online throughout each month and then meet once a month via a teleconference call via the wonders of technology.

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Please Note: the faces on these screens are not CCN Members - we are all much better looking!
 
We are a member of CoCA - the Coalition of Celebrant Associations - Australia’s peak celebrant body

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and as the Attorney General department has made clear, they view a celebrant being a member of an association as evidence of a their professional attitude to the role.

Our members are civil celebrants (and students who are currently studying to become celebrants) who offer a range of services including, but not limited to:

🌷 Marriage ceremonies
🌷 Funeral ceremonies
🌷 Commitment ceremonies
🌷 Naming ceremonies
🌷 Memorial ceremonies
🌷 Blessingway ceremonies
🌷 Anniversary ceremonies
🌷 Vow Renewal ceremonies
🌷 Retirement ceremonies
🌷 Birthday ceremonies
🌷 Mother’s Day/Father’s Day ceremonies
🌷 Life Transition ceremonies
🌷 Ceremonies for launching a new boat, staring a new business, buying a house, getting a promotion and welcoming a new pet into your home.

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Photos: All photo by Shell Brown except bottom right by: Pixabay

CCN offers our members:
 
🌺 A celebrant directory where they can advertise their celebrancy practise.  
🌺Discussion forums where members can ask questions, seek advice and share stories and information
🌺A wealth of information on different celebrations, legalities of being a celebrant and much more
🌺Discounts on OPD, Insurance, Copyright Insurance and items at our celebrant shop
🌺A growing social media presence on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and LinkedIn
🌺Special celebrant features on our social media pages (Gold Members)
🌺Involvement in community programs, such as Marriage Equality, Mardi Gras & Dying to Know Day
🌺First hand information from CoCA via our two representatives
🌺A dedicated and hard working Committee who are willing to listen to their members

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But… CCN is not just for celebrants….. there is also a great deal of information on our website and social media pages for you - the dear people of the general public:

🌼 Information about what you need to do if you want to get married
🌼 Need to know legalities of getting married in Australia
🌼 A celebrant directory where you can simply search for a celebrant by location
🌼 Information and ideas about ceremonies and how a civil celebrant can assist you
🌼 A fun and informative weekly blog that covers all areas of celebration
🌼 You can join in with our social media pages on FacebookInstagramTwitter and LinkedIn
🌼 Our shop isn’t just for celebrants - We have some lovely stationery for all occasions
🌼 Support for the LGBTQI community

"So, what would you like me to do?" I hear you ask....

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Celebrants:
1. join CCN - we’d love to have you
2. jump onto our social media pages and join the conversation
3. consider our shop for your next stationery purchase
4. look through our website for wonderful ideas
5. subscribe to our blog

Lovely People of the General Public:
1. engage a CCN celebrant via our directory
2. join us on social media
3. explore our website for information
4. share your support for equality
5. subscribe to our blog

Our cover photo features CCN Celebrants: Sonia Collins, Scott Broadbridge-Brown, Mary Napier and Symone Barry


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Apr
08

Getting Married in Australia - The Legals

Getting Married in Australia - The Legals

The Marriage Act of 1961 says that you must comply with these six things below in order to get married in Australia:

1. your relationship must be between a man and a woman

2. you must be 18 years of age or over
(Under rare circumstances, a person between the age of 16 and 18 can marry, provided their prospective marriage partner is 18 years or over, and the couple have been granted permission by a Court)

3. you must not be married to anyone else

4. you cannot marry a person who is your antecedent or descendant by marriage or adoption

5. you must both be capable of and give free consent to marry the other 

6. you must lodge a Notice of Intended Marriage (NOIM) form with your celebrant no earlier than 18 months and no later than 1 month before your ceremony
(A prescribed authority may authorise a marriage where a NOIM form is lodged within one month of the date of the ceremony - ask your celebrant for details)

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So, if you can say yes to all six of the Marriage Act rules, or you have been granted the necessary permissions, then you are clear to start planning with your celebrant.

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Making the union legal between you and your partner can sometimes be a confusing business which is why it's a great idea to #AskaCelebrant and they will explain all the requirements to ensure your marriage is legally valid.  

You can find a CCN Celebrant in your area through the CCN website.

Your celebrant must also sight original forms of your ID and divorce/death certificates (not photocopies) before the ceremony can take place. 

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Some legal things that you might not know:

It is an offence, punishable with fines and/or jail time:

* for a person to go ahead with their marriage when the haven't complied with the 6 rules stated above and for a celebrant if they knew and solomnised the marriage anyway
* for a couple or a celebrant to falsify documents, by giving false information or backdating forms and certificates

* for a person who is not an authorised celebrant to solemnise a marriage
* for an interpreter to give false information

During the ceremony

The celebrant must state that they are authorised to solemnise marriages according to the law, and recite the monitum - which literally means "warning" that informs a wedding couple of the legal expectation of the binding nature of marriage within Australia, then the couple states that they want to become legally married to each other.  

This all has to be done in front of your celebrant and 2 witnesses who are over 18.

To conclude the ceremony, you, your celebrant and your witnesses sign three certificates and then your paperwork is sent off to the BDM in the state your ceremony took place to be registered.

And that's it!  It's that simple!

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FAQ:
What about if I want to surprise my fiance and organise the wedding without them knowing?

I'm sorry, but this just can't happen.  
You can surprise your guests, but both people who are getting married must have full knowledge and be in agreement at least one full month before the ceremony date.

Can I marry my first cousin?

Yes, you can.

Will my name be changed after the ceremony?

No, If you choose to change your name after you are married, you can automatically take your partner's surname without doing anything.  You can officially change your name, by going into government departments - Passport Office, Department of Transport, your bank, Medicare, etc, however.... you will first need to obtain an official marriage certificate from the BDM in the state you were married in.  

The pretty certificate you get on the day is a legal document that shows you are married but is not accepted by government departments and others for changing your name.

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Read More Information Here

If you have any questions relating to legally getting married in Australia, you can find one right here: Find a CCN Celebrant

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Mar
23

Add Purpose to your Party

CCN's Party with a Purpose initiative is all about adding purpose to your party.  Yes it's fine to have a glass of champas and a slab of cake, but it's important to remember why we're there - to show our love and appreciation for the Guest of Honour.

Here are some practical ways that you could add more purpose to your party..... 

First of all, put the cake down.

* Offer a gift - but not just the flowers you picked up last minute from the petrol station with little-to-no thought - a real, 'I've put a lot of thought into this' gift that shows your Guest of Honour that you truly do care about them.

* Offer to arrange the party rather than just turn up for the free food and drink

* Organise something special for the Guest of Honour - eg: fly in a relative they haven't seen for years 

* Make a speech honouring the Guest of Honour

* Engage a CCN Celebrant to create a beautiful ceremony


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"I thought Party with a Purpose was to do with charities.... Where does the charity part come in?" I hear you ask.

The second initiative of CCN's Party with a Purpose is to utilise these types of gatherings as an opportunity to help raise money for a charity.  


CCN gives our members the opportunity to choose and sponsor a charity on our website.  The charity is then given exposure not only in our website directory, but also on our social media pages as well.

So, how can you help?  

I'm glad you asked.... When you're organising this fabulous party, you could ask the Guest of Honour who their favourite charity is..... then think of ways in which you could incorporate the party and raising money.  


Here are a few suggestions:

1. Have a dress-up party where the guests pay a donation on entry

2. Run fun raffles and games throughout the party

3. Ask your guests to give donations instead of gifts

4. Instead of giving each wedding guest a bonbonniere, donate to a charity in their name


5. Sell tokens that guests can then put into jars labelled with different charities - choosing which one they like the best

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Giving is such a great feeling and knowing that you've participated in an event that will follow on to help others is an even better feeling.

Find out how you can sponsor a charity on CCN's website - click HERE

More ideas about how to Party with a Purpose - click HERE

Talk to a CCN Celebrant about assisting you in arranging a fabulous Party with a Purpose ceremony - click HERE
 
We'd also love to hear your ideas about how you add purpose to your parties.... please feel free to add a comment below or jump into the conversation on Facebook
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Mar
22

The Importance of Poetry

I know it's still March and I never like to wish any part of the year away, but April is Poetry Month and I wanted to get a head start.....

Following is a blog that was written by CCN's esteemed Committee Treasurer, Civil Celebrant and all round lovely lady - Susan Roberts and I thought it was the most fitting blog post to share with you today.

April - the Month of Poetry

Poems play a very important part in all of the ceremonies we celebrants perform. 

A poem that has been carefully selected, can add a depth to your ceremony. A great poem can add a touch of humour, a gentle romantic touch, a spiritual tone or a sense of solemn respect, and so much more. 

 It can express a parent’s love for their child at a baby naming, a couple’s love and commitment in a wedding ceremony or renewal of vows, and showcase a life in a funeral ceremony. 

The big question is, how do you selection poems. 

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One really workable suggestion is to build up a collection of poems to offer your clients, and to add to the collection all of the time to keep your selections fresh and appealing. 

I keep mine in different folders to make it easier to pick the best poem for the ceremony: modern love poems, classic love poems, naming poems, funeral poems, etc., and make sure that you follow the copyright laws, and always, always, always acknowledge the poet. 

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Fortunately, there are lots of tools online to help. 

Here are just a couple of wedding poem lists after a quick Google search:
And three funeral poetry guides :
Naming day poems are always very personal to the parents,
and often the parents have researched and selected the poem for themselves.
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On the Forum Board on our CCN website, there is a New Forum Topic which is available for CCN members to put links to your favourite poems. 

So, can you hop online, find your favourite poem and add the link to this Forum, and we will end up with a great resource section of poetry for all occasions. 

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Nov
15

Tolerance

tolerance
ˈtɒl(ə)r(ə)ns/
noun
noun: tolerance; plural noun: tolerances
1. the ability or willingness to tolerate the existence of opinions or behaviour that one dislikes or disagrees with.

 

This week on the 16th November is the International Day of Tolerance.

 

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The lovely thing about civil celebrants and civil celebrations is that they are all inclusive. They promote respect for people’s differences in religion, gender, sexual preference, race, cultural background, economic status, football team, icecream flavour and whether or not they want a traditional wedding or an elopement.  Civil celebrants don't judge.  
 
The most important thing to us is that there are two consenting adults:
Who are both 18 years old
Who are not married to other people
Who are not directly related to each other
Who have been able to provide required ID
Who have given the required one month notice

 

Anything beyond that is simply not our business to judge.

 

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Civil marriage ceremonies aim to focus on the couple's love and life together, rather than on their religious beliefs or cultural traditions or that of their families. Civil celebrantions are all about tolerance and respect and acceptance - the clue is right there in the name - 'civil'.  Having said that, if couples would like to include their religion or their cultural traditions into the ceremony, then that can be catered for as well. There are no rules on what you can add to your legal ceremony - that's the beauty of a civil ceremony!

 

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When one partner belongs to one religion and the other to another or to none at all, a civil ceremony is the perfect solution to declaring their love and becoming married in a ceremony that welcomes everybody without discrimination. Even if your guests don’t agree with your choices, they can still enjoy the meaningful ceremony created by a civil celebrant.

 

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Civil funerals allow a person’s family and friends to mourn their loss in a respectful ceremony, where those who do not understand
the deceased person’s specific religion are able to fully engage with the meaning and intent of that ceremony of transition.

 

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Supporting Marriage Equality

Acknowledging your support for marriage equality during your own marriage ceremony is becoming quite popular for those couples who believe that everybody should have the same rights - click HERE for suggestions as to how you could include a statement into your ceremony.

 

If you are thinking that you’d like be more tolerant of others, but are not sure how to put it into practise, click HERE for some simple and effective ideas.

 

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If you'd like to speak with a civil celebrant who you can be sure is tolerant and accepting of people of all walks of life, then please head to our directory and find a CCN Celebrant in your area.

 

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Sep
13

Australia - let’s celebrate LOVE and LIFE!

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Civil Celebrations Network Incorporated is a celebrant based non-profit community association promoting civil ceremonies and celebrations.

Civil ceremonies and celebrations uphold the values of a civilised society - respecting and supporting all people in its jurisdiction.

Today is Australia’s Citizenship Day.  Australian citizenship is more than a legal status. It is our common bond that represents our shared democratic beliefs and gives us a sense of belonging and need to work for our common good as a nation.

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This Day provides a wonderful opportunity for all Australians to reflect on the meaning and importance of Australian values such as a “Fair Go”, looking out for the 'underdog', government by democratic processes - for the people and by the people - respect for all people without discrimination, upholding civil and human rights and our rights and responsibilities with justice under law.

• CCN supports Marriage Equality 

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• CCN supports Religious Tolerance 

 

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Section 47 of Australia's Marriage Act 1961 allows Ministers of Religion and independent religious celebrants to refuse to marry any couple on any grounds. Therefore it is possible for Australia as a whole to support both religious tolerance and marriage equaility as CCN does.
 
Now that the Marriage Equality plebiscite has been announced, what can we as celebrants do to help to inform the public about marriage law and reduce the predicted hateful and discriminatory debates?

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CCN has created a Fact Sheet on the Marriage Act 1961 to assist in understanding how religious celebrants already have exemptions under the Act.

 

One of the most important rights and responsibilities we have as Australian Citizens is to VOTE

As free people, we can play our part in deciding how our nation is governed, what services our government revenue is spent upon and what laws are made to balance our freedom and safety as individuals, families and communities.

Few opportunities come along in our lifetimes where we can change unfair laws directly, by referendum or plebiscite.

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Are you registered to vote? 
Are your children and eligible grandchildren registered to vote?

 

The Marriage Equality plebiscite will be democracy in action.
 
While the plebiscite result will not be binding on the government, each and every vote is vitally important.

 

Voting is one way we can uphold our Australian values of a "fair go" and ensure our civil laws are upheld for all.

 

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Aug
31

CCN's "DAY OF LOVE" CELEBRANTS OFFERING CEREMONY CREDIT TODAY!

"Love; it will not betray you

Dismay or enslave you,

it will set you free"

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Each of these celebrants is offering you a credit for any ceremony if you call today to make a booking.

So, check out these amazing celebrants and get on the phone and start booking ………we are sharing the LOVE.

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Jul
14

Creating Meaningful Ceremonies

When you hear somebody talking about how meaningful the ceremony was, what does that actually mean?  

Where does the meaning come from?

Does everybody who participates take away the same meaningful message?

Your ceremony might be more community centered, bringing the people of your town or city together to celebrate or to mourn or to remember.  The meaning comes from the shared emotion felt amongst your community.

Perhaps your ceremony is about welcoming a new child into your family. The meaning of which will be intensely personal to you and your family members.

You might be holding a ceremony to celebrate the end of an educational pursuit - the meaning in your graduation culminates from all the hard work that you've put in.  There are feelings of pride and acommplishment for what you've achieved.



When I started thinking about how we, as celebrants create meaningful ceremonies I wondered where we get our inspiration from and the answer is - from the very people we are performing the ceremony for. 

The meaning comes from you; your story, your love, your loss, your dreams, your past and your future.



The meaning in a ceremony is different for every person, every couple and every family.  No two ceremonies are alike, which is why your celebrant takes the time to get to know you and to learn your story.  Creating a ceremony that is both unique and meaningful to the couple or family is not a simple task and takes empathy, knowledge, experience, care and time.  

Here are some suggestions to how you could add meaning to your ceremony:

Add music

a favourite piece of the family member who has passed away; or a song that you and your partner love and feel tells your love story.



Add poetry

writing your own piece of poetry adds extra meaning becuase you have dedicated time and thought into how you feel.  Although, sometimes you find just the right words, that explain exactly how you feel have already been written by somebody else - which is fine as long as you credit their work.

Add a ritual

for some people, participating in a ritual makes what you are celebrating or mourning much deeper and heartfelt; It can help you to feel more connected.

Add a cultural element

the meaning will come from the pride you feel about your home and the traditions that you can share.

Stay true to who you are

your wedding doesn't become more meaningful based on how much money you spend on your reception.



Meaningful ceremonies take place when you are together, sharing a moment with the most important people in your life.

Why not contact one of our fabulous CCN Celebrants and let us create meaning ceremonies for you.

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Jul
14

PWAP - Using your ceremony as a way of raising money for charity

We are all familiar with the trend in funerals for the family to request a donation to the deceased favourite charity or non-profit.

But what about other ceremonies?

A couple being first married in their fifties did this. Both had all the households goods they needed, and no prospect of having a family of their own. So instead of taking pot-luck with gifts, or having a Gift Registry, these lovely people chose to ask their guests to contribute to a group gift to their preferred charity. Their choice was to fund a year long literacy program for an under-privileged child, knowing this would make a huge difference to that child’s future. The celebrant coordinated the receipt of monies and announced the amount raised as part of the marriage ceremony.
 
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The community or group gift goes back a long way in our cultural history. Combining resources or recycling goods for the next generation was really important. The marrying couple were setting up home together for the first time so in great need of household goods. Not so these days.

Rather the reverse. In this lucky country, we need to consider whether materialism is creating more kind, respectful and compassionate people. Perhaps there are opportunities for various birthdays and wedding anniversaries for the guest/s of honour to nominate the charity or non-profit of choice to have the benefit of the get-together.
 
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With our youngsters, this could be way of allowing them to learn the benefits of giving by allowing them to nominate a birthday or perhaps simply organise a party where the aim is to fund-raise. The skills learned and the sense of achievement are wonderful gifts for our children and grandchildren - gifts for life. Rather than some toys that are soon forgotten.
 

CCN has a special project called “Party with a Purpose” to encourage families to emphasise the purpose of a ceremony or party by group giving as well as engaging a CCN celebrant to make the occasion extra special. Learn more about Party With A Purpose here.
 
Why not contact our CCN Celebrants to ensure a stress free ceremony.

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Apr
22

The History of CCN

 
Anzac Day this week has really made me think about our history and in particular, the history of CCN, and who better to chat to about it than the founder and now life member of Civil Celebrations Network Inc - Rona Goold.

 



What is your background in celebrancy?

I was appointed a Commonwealth Civil Marriage Celebrant at the age of 42, after working in schools and the health department in a range of roles. I was looking for a career that used my skills and talents, as well as give me the flexibility to work when I chose.

The goal was probably achievable given that a substantial number of celebrants were making a wage from the work - the statistics in 1995 indicated that celebrants averaged 64 weddings per celebrant per year, nothing like the 10-11 average now.



Although I had extensive experience from my previous careers, I had no training in business knowledge and skills.  Also, as a government appointee, one could not ‘tout for business’. One could not advertise in any way that made you stand out from another celebrant, a simple White or Yellow pages line was permissible as was a single line in the Public Notices of a local paper, Nothing more.

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Mar
20

Our CCN Committee Members 2016-2017

Firstly we would like to offer a massive thank you to the committee members for 2015-2016 for your participation, your enthusiasm and your dedication. 


Some of the highlights from the past year include:

* The participation in the Mardi Gras Fair Day, which enhanced our standing in not only the LGBTI community, but the community at large, showing that CCN stands for equal and human rights for all people.

 

*  The creation of our brand new and improved website - more user friendly and easier to navigate, while still housing all the resources, articles, directories and forums that you could ever need.



* Our wonderful two day conference at the Novotel in Darling Harbour Sydney where our members met with old and new friends, heard some fabulous inspiring speakers and completed their annual professional development obligations.  

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CCN is a national organisation that primarily communicates online, so it is possible for everyone to join in and participate in discussions and projects no matter where you are in Australia.  We are also continuing to build up a strong presence on social media with pages on Facebook, Twitter, Linkedin and Instagram

Our CCN Committee is a group of volunteers committed to supporting our members as well as strengthening the professionalism and expertise of all civil celebrants through our active involvement in the peak body, CoCA.

CCN members elect a new committee each year at the AGM in March, and we are very happy to welcome our new Committee for 2016-2017.

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We very much look forward to a year of community, harmony, OPD days and special projects throughout the year. 

All celebrants and non-celebrant Affiliates are welcome to join CCN - Visit our webpage and see the fabulous resources and benefits we offer our Members.

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