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Loss of loved ones

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"People do not die for us immediately but remain bathed in a sort of aura of life which bears no relation to true immortality but through which they continue to occupy our thoughts in the same way as when they were alive. It is as though they were traveling abroad."
Marcel Proust

The death of those closest to us presents challenges not imagined, even though death is a natural part of life the sadness, grief, shock and confusion that may present itself at the time may feel like it will never go away. 

The sadness typically diminishes in intensity as time passes, but grieving is an important process to overcome these feelings and continue to embrace the time you had with your loved one. Memories keep loved ones close.

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Talking about the death of your loved one makes it real, celebration of their life and reflecting on your relationship are ways of keeping their memory alive rather than denial. Looking over old photographs are a part of the process 

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If your relationship with the deceased was difficult, this will also add another dimension to the grieving process. It may take time before you are able to look back on the relationship and adjust to the loss.

Remember to take care of yourself and your family, someone else may need your support to cope with their grieving. Allow yourself to feel whatever emotions come up for you. There is no timeframe for grieving, however, if you are experiencing intense grief, anxiety, or depression over long periods of time then you may consider talking to a professional.

Learn more about ceremonies for loss and grief in our CCN's for Everyone  section.

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The Code of Practice for Marriage Celebrants

Couples who are being married by a civil marriage celebrant can be confident because their celebrant operates under the Code of Practice for Marriage Celebrants. 

The Code is compulsory. It is in legislation and celebrants who do not uphold the code can be disciplined.

So your celebrant will take care, every step of the way, to make sure they provide the legal services and great customer service required by the Code

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So, what can you expect from your celebrant?

A high standard of practice                                                                                                       

A marriage celebrant must maintain a high standard of service in his or her professional conduct and practice. This includes (without limitation) ensuring the following:

(a)  appropriate personal presentation for marriage ceremonies;

(b)  punctuality for marriage ceremonies;

(c)  accuracy in preparation of documents and in the conduct of marriage ceremonies.

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Recognition of Significance of Marriage                                                                                              

 A marriage celebrant must recognise the social, cultural and legal significance of marriage and the marriage ceremony in the Australian community, and the importance of strong and respectful family relationships.

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Compliance with the Act and other Laws                                                                                            

A marriage celebrant must:

(a)  comply with the requirements of the Marriage Act 1961 and the Marriage Regulations 2017 which apply to the marriage celebrant; and

(b)  observe the laws of the Commonwealth and of any State or Territory in which the marriage celebrant solemnises marriages; and

(c)  avoid unlawful discrimination in the provision of marriage celebrancy services.

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General Requirements for Marriage Ceremonies                                                                               

A marriage celebrant must respect the importance of the marriage ceremony to the parties and the other persons organising the ceremony. This includes (without limitation) the following:  

(a)  giving the parties information and guidance to enable them to choose or compose a marriage ceremony, including information to assist the parties to decide whether a marriage ceremony rehearsal is needed or appropriate;

(b)  respecting the privacy and confidentiality of the parties, including by:

     (i)  arranging for appropriate facilities to interview parties; and

     (ii)  dealing appropriately with personal documents and personal information; and

     (iii)  maintaining appropriate facilities for the secure storage of records; and

   (iv)  ensuring the return of all personal documents belonging to the parties as soon as practicable (unless it is necessary to keep the documents for the ceremony);

(c)  giving the parties information about how to notify the Commonwealth Attorney-General’s Department of any concerns or complaints they may have regarding the marriage services provided by the marriage celebrant.

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Knowledge and Understanding of Family and Relationship Services                                                      

 A marriage celebrant must:

(a)  maintain an up-to-date knowledge about appropriate family relationships services in the community; and

(b)  inform the parties to the marriage about the range of information and services available to them to enhance, and sustain them throughout, their relationship.

Ask your professional CCN marriage celebrant if you have any questions about the Code 

 

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A shop for every celebrant's stationery needs

A shop for every celebrant's stationery needs
Are you a newly qualified Celebrant?

Do you feel unsure about what β€˜tools’ you need for your trade?

Where do you go to find out and who do you ask?

As Celebrants we are usually quite solitary in our working environment and often do not know any other Celebrants to ask.

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Look no further……….all you need for your Professional Celebrant business can be found  in the CCN shop on the Civil Celebrations Network website- www.celebrations.org.au

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The Civil Celebrations Network (CCN) is a national non-profit celebrant focused community association that runs an online one stop shop for ALL your Celebrant needs….. from stationery to badges to Insurance.

The CCN shop is the only comprehensive stationary shop owned by the members. Any profits go back into the running of the CCN Celebrant Association. Everyone is welcome to shop at the CCN Celebrant shop but members of the association will receive discounts. The shop aims to supply quality versatile products relevant to a Celebrant’s professional work, at affordable prices. 

The CCN Celebrant shop provides:

Smart business folders with gold or silver Edwardian font text to hold documents of ceremony samples and information for your clients, or a souvenir copy of the ceremony.

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Ceremony Register Folders and matching Celebrant Albums for use in the ceremony.
The Register Folder is an alternative to the heavy book style Marriage β€˜red book’ and stylishly holds the Marriage forms for signing at the Ceremony. The matching album can be used by the Celebrant to hold the ceremony script.

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Acid Free Bordered A4 and A5 card
suitable for creating beautiful ceremony certificates such as Commitment Ceremonies, Naming Days and Renewal of Vows Ceremonies. Templates are available to assist you in creating the certificates, forms and registers.


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They also sell a number of suitable styles of gold and silver craft stickers to enhance the beauty and professionalism of your certificates.
Acid free gold and silver stamped C4 Certificate envelopes and clear acid free plastic resealable envelopes in A4 and A5.
 
Name badges to identify you at Ceremonies and to make it easy for guests to address you.
PR leaflets to be handed to individual clients or at Wedding Expos and community talks.
 

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Resource books and materials suitable for Celebrants written by well known Celebrants such as Wendy Haynes and Dally Messenger.
Newly qualified Celebrants can purchase a Starter Kit which includes a Registration Folder and selection of Certificate Card and envelopes to help take the guesswork out of β€˜what to buy’. 
Newly qualified Celebrants will also need Copyright Licence and Insurance, both of which can be purchased in the CCN shop
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High quality and professional stationery is part of your brand as a Celebrant.
How you present at a ceremony and the style of your celebrant stationery will help differentiate you from other Celebrants as professional and unique.
For more information about buying items from the CCN shop visit www.celebrations.org.au or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
Or speak to one of the many helpful CCN celebrants found on the website.


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How much does a marriage celebrant cost??

How much does a marriage celebrant cost??



There is a myth that goes around from time to time that Civil Marriage Celebrants charge from $500 - $600 for 20 minutes work.  Let’s explore this myth a bit further and see where it takes us.



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Mark and Richard have decided to marry in four months’ time.  They have been together for 20 years.  They live on a property 30km north of Canberra where they both work.  Their ceremony is going to be held late on a Saturday afternoon at their property and they are having it in a marquee that will then be the location for the catered reception.  They plan to have about 60 friends and want a casual but sincere ceremony before an evening party.

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They contact Jill, a Canberra civil marriage celebrant and ask if Jill would conduct the ceremony.  Jill arranges to meet Mark and Richard one evening after work and spends about two hours with them completing the legal notice documents and discussing their ideas for the ceremony.

Jill gives Mark and Richard a questionnaire to complete to find out more about them and their thoughts on love and marriage.  She also gives them a book with ideas for readings, vows and rituals for them to choose elements of the ceremony.  She quotes them  $650 for the ceremony including legal requirements, creating and delivering the ceremony, rehearsal and travel and offers to obtain the official marriage certificate when she registers the marriage, at a cost of $56. 

Total cost $706.

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Over the next four months, Jill keeps in regular contact with Mark and Richard by email and phone.  Jill reviews all the information she receives from them, makes sure all legal requirements are met and writes a draft ceremony for their approval.  She makes changes to the first draft to accommodate the developing wedding plans.

 Jill downloads their choice of music to her PA system which she will also use to make sure all the guests can hear the ceremony.   Jill arranges a rehearsal on the day prior to the wedding so that everyone involved is familiar with the marquee and with their roles. 

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Jill arrives 30 minutes before the ceremony in time to greet guests before Mark and Richard arrive together.  By the time she has delivered the 25 minute ceremony Jill has spent more than 13 hours working to make the ceremony a personal and memorable occasion for Mark and Richard at their choice of time and location. She will travel home and spend another 30 minutes finalizing the legal paperwork.

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 Yes, if a guest saw Mark hand over $706 for a 25 minute ceremony they would probably start researching how to become a marriage celebrant! 

Little would they realise the work involved in creating a ceremony of great significance for the couple and their guests and ensuring it all runs smoothly.

 Celebrants do not have fixed fees.  Many couples start the conversation with a celebrant by asking β€œwhat do you charge”  A better question would be to ask what the celebrant can offer to make your wedding day truly personal for the two of you.  Look for a celebrant with whom you feel comfortable and who offers you value, whatever the cost.

If you want to find a celebrant please check out the list of CCN Celebrants to find one near you.

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Mothers

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Mother is the term given to a female parent who may or may not be the biological parent. 

Mothers come in all shapes and sizes and are the subject of many poems words of love and thanks.


Mother’s Day honours motherhood and the role of mothers. It is celebrated in over 40 countries around the world, many in March or May some aligning with Christian days of celebration. Other countries celebrate International Women’s Day to honour women rather than mothers and some such as Australia celebrate both days.

We must acknowledge that not all children have the experience of loving mothers and not all mothers find β€˜mothering’ a positive experience, however, in general mothering is a revered role and expressed as primordial force of motherhood throughout our language: Mother Earth, Mother Nature, Mother Goose, the mother lode, the mother land.



In Australia, Mother's Day is celebrated on the second Sunday in May.

The tradition of giving gifts to mothers on Mother's Day in Australia was started by Janet Heyden, a resident of Leichhardt, Sydney, in 1924. She began the tradition during a visit to a patient at the Newington State Home for Women, where she met many lonely and forgotten mothers. To cheer them up, she rounded up support from local school children and businesses to donate and bring gifts to the women. Every year thereafter, Mrs Heyden raised increasing support for the project from local businesses and even the local Mayor.



Happy Mother’s Day to all mothers, mums, step mums, grandmas, grandmothers or however you say mum have a lovely day.

Talk to a CCN Celebrant today about arranging a ceremony to honour and celebrate the mother in your life.

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