How do I obtain a divorce certificate in Australia?

If you have been married before, your celebrant will need to sight proof that your previous marriage has ended before you can be married again.
You probably received a divorce certificate at the time of your divorce, but where is it now?
If you need to obtain another divorce certificate, this cannot be done at the Registry of Births, Deaths, and Marriages. BDM only register births, deaths, and marriages. Not divorces. The court system registers divorces.

In Australia, you can apply for your divorce certificate online. An electronic document is able to be downloaded from the Commonwealth Courts Portal. Here are some links that may assist you:

http://www.federalcircuitcourt.gov.au/wps/wcm/connect/fccweb/how-do-i/divorce/proof-of-divorce/fcc-proof-divorce

https://www.comcourts.gov.au/pip/individual/new

Once you have shown the divorce order to your celebrant, you will be eligible to go ahead with your marriage (providing the other criteria have been met).

Wedding Hairstyle

Wedding guests often ask me who does my hair styles. Suzie from An Eye for Style at Cleveland can always whip up a classy and elegant up-style which stays in place no matter what the weather does!
Wedding Up-style

Wedding hairstyle


Wedding Upstyle

Hair by An Eye for Style, Cleveland


Wedding at Cloudland


If you are looking for the ultimate wedding venue in Brisbane, Cloudland, in Fortitude Valley, is lavish and luxurious.


This couple chose a professional team, including Qualis Photography, decorating by White Lace & Promises, DJ & MC G & M Group Events, and Marriage Celebrant Cheryl Landsberry ido@cherylwedding.com


North Stradbroke Island wedding

North Stradbroke Island is an island paradise, only half an hour off the coast of Cleveland, a suburb of Brisbane. The waters are crystal clear, and the sand is pristine, making Straddie the choice for Brisbane, interstate, and international couples looking for a beach wedding.

To get to North Stradbroke Island, the Stradbroke Flyer leaves from Toondah Harbour at Cleveland on the hour. http://www.flyer.com.au/ Buses meet each water taxi to take passengers from Dunwich to the surf beaches at Point Lookout.

Stradbroke Ferries offer the choice of a vehicle barge or a passenger water taxi. https://www.stradbrokeferries.com.au/

Deadman's beach is a secluded beach near Point Lookout, within close walking distance from the carpark. The area can be booked for weddings at Redland City Council.  https://www.redland.qld.gov.au/info/20133/parks_and_foreshore_reserves/92/book_a_park_reserve_or_beach
Wedding at North Stradbroke Island
This morning wedding in January was relaxed and picture perfect. There was even a pod of dolphins frolicking close to shore. The bride and groom stayed in accommodation on Straddie the evening before, ate dinner at a local restaurant, and walked along the beach under the moonlight in preparation for their wedding.

Cheryl Landsberry is a local marriage celebrant with over fifteen years experience, who has performed many wedding ceremonies on North Stradbroke Island.
Contact Cheryl ido@cherylwedding.com for lots of information and ideas.


Noosa Wedding Ceremony Sites

There are so many gorgeous places to be married in Noosa, on the Sunshine Coast of Queensland. Noosa is a 2 hour drive north from Brisbane.


Hidden Grove, Noosa
Along the foreshore, at Main Beach, Noosa, wedding ceremony sites can be booked through the Council. Here is the link: https://www.noosa.qld.gov.au/weddings-ceremonies



There are six ceremony areas along the boardwalk at Noosa beach which can be booked. The current fee is $371.50.


From East to West, the Noosa beach wedding ceremony areas are:


Laguna Grove, Noosa 
Hidden Grove, Noosa



Sandcastles Grove, Noosa
Maison la Plage Grove, Noosa

Seahaven Grove, Noosa

A week in the life of a Marriage Celebrant

As a marriage celebrant, there's some dispute about which day is the start of the week. But for the sake of not having that chicken and egg argument, we'll start the week just past on a Friday.

Friday

Friday is often the day of choice for wedding rehearsals. The bridal party can take the day off work, and finish off those last minute preparations. A rehearsal is not compulsory, but I recommend availing yourself of the option. Ideally, the rehearsal is held at the same location as the wedding, and at the same time of day. We can check out the shade, shadows, and glare, and work out all those logistics so that the ceremony flows seamlessly. Last Friday, I was at Bundaleer Rainforest Gardens, which was tranquil & lush after recent rains.
Bundaleer Rainforest Gardens

There were a couple of last minute ceremony changes to make on Friday afternoon, before printing out the wedding documents and heading off to a birthday dinner for my trusty old hubby. 

Saturday

Saturday is wedding day, which meant frocking up in my Saturday best. In the morning, I met up with a couple who are planning their wedding later this year, and we made quick work of completing their Notice of Intended Marriage. I then headed over to the wedding location to set up in readiness for the afternoon wedding. Musician, Ben, and I set up and tested our audio equipment before the guests arrived. The day was cool and overcast, which seemed perfect for the rainforest setting. The groomsmen were relieved to be able to don suits without overheating. The couple and I had spent some time compiling their story, and it went over superbly. Guests smiled, chuckled, and shed a tear or two as the couple made their promises to one another. After the wedding, it was time for me to head home, check all the paperwork, and lodge it online with Births, Deaths, & Marriages. I was pleased that my husband had dinner ready for my arrival at home.

Sunday

No - not a day of rest for celebrants. It's often a great time to meet up with couples who are working Monday to Friday. I headed down the coast to meet a new couple, and we completed their Notice of Intended Marriage. With a 2 year old, it was easier to meet in their home. I left them with a folder of resources to give them some ideas and suggestions for their October wedding.

Tempting as it was to spend the day at the coast, I headed back home to prepare for the following week - washing, groceries, cleaning, and paperwork. It was  time to make sure everything was ready for the next wedding, so I checked that my checklist was complete, and emailed last minute queries to the couple. Being exam week, I spent a little time trying to help my son study for his biology exam, (meiosis vs mitosis - eek) and we watched Tomorrow When the War Began to help him prepare for his English exam (be warned - the movie is different to the book!). 

Monday

Monday is a day off for wedding professionals (after a quick trip to the post office to send in the paperwork from Saturday's wedding). So we met up in the city for my friend, Natasha's birthday. It's great to catch up with colleagues when we work so much on our own, and I'm fortunate to have some clever, supportive, and fun friends in the industry. I couldn't stay too long, though, as there was lots of final preparation to do for my Tuesday training day.

Tuesday

Every year, I travel up to Mackay to meet up with the local celebrants and deliver Ongoing Professional Development for them. I was up at 4am to be there and ready by 9am. We had a great group, all with so many ideas to contribute. I really feel like I learn as much as them, if not more. I was back on a flight home at 4.30pm, then straight to a parent/teacher night at my son's school. By the time we finished at 7.30pm, the family was relieved to head to the bistro for dinner and swap stories of the day.

Wednesday

I spent the day doing some bookkeeping for a local engineer on Wednesday. There's always plenty of call for administration work, and I can earn some regular pocket money from doing the payroll and invoicing for the firm. I met up with a couple of friends for pub trivia on Wednesday night, and we did better in some categories than others. #nofootballquestionsplease

Thursday

There was a bit of bookkeeping to attend to for my husband's business, an appointment or two, emails to reply to, and a little time spent updating my resources. Where did that day go? 

And now it's time to start all over again and prepare for tomorrow's rehearsal!

Isle or Aisle


This is one of those frequently misused terms. Below is a picture of an isle - a small island.

King Island, Wellington Point
An aisle is a walkway - often at a wedding between rows of chairs. At a traditional wedding, the bride would walk down the aisle (not isle) on the arm of her father. See pics of aisles below:
Red carpet aisle at Macarthur Park Wedding Gardens

White carpet aisle at Redland Bay Golf Club
Timber aisle at Albert River Wines Chapel

Red carpet aisle at Moreton Bay Trailer Boat Club
Grass aisle at Fox and Hounds, Wongawallan

Hessian carpet aisle at Avenue Sixty-four, Wynnum Golf Club

Indoor aisle 

Hope this helps your wedding planning!



Lovelock Ceremony

Sarah and Max found this lovely idea to personalise their wedding ceremony. The lovelock tree was purchased on the internet, and woodworker, Max, built this beautiful stand to showcase it.

During the ceremony, their parents and grandparents added love locks to the base of the tree, showing the support of their families forming the basis of their strength.
Then Sarah and Max together added an engraved padlock of their own to the trunk of the tree.
Hopefully, in the years to come, they will be able to add to the branches of their tree when they start a family of their own.
This will be a beautiful memory of their wedding day to display in their home.

Walking down the Aisle Songs

There's no doubt that times have changed. No longer is Here Comes the Bride your only option for walking down the aisle. Nor do you need to have classical music at all, although Pachelbel's Canon in D is always popular.
Photo by Craig English Photography
In recent years, From this Moment, by Shania Twain was a wedding favourite, and more recently, A Thousand Years (from the Twilight series soundtrack) by Christina Perri has been the undoubted preference. 

Ed Sheeran has produced some romantic songs, and both Perfect and Thinking Out Loud are current choices of many couples.

Other songs written for a wedding day are On this Day by David Pomeranz and I Choose You by Ryann Darling.

Beach weddings

On a gorgeous day, there's nowhere lovelier to hold your wedding than the beaches near Brisbane. The sunshine, the sparkling ocean, the breeze - all make for a atmosphere where you can't but help to relax. This photo was taken next to a Pandanus at Coolum Beach nearing the end of a Brisbane Summer.

The dress is from Review - the powder blue Majestic. This is a classic style lace dress, and fitted in beautifully with the colour scheme of the bridal party. 

Cheryl is an experienced and professional celebrant who is always keen for an excuse to spend time at the beach. Contact Cheryl at ido@cherylwedding.com for your beach wedding ceremony.

Does your celebrant match your colour scheme?

Rachel decided on a purple and teal colour scheme for her wedding at the historic Gabbinbar Homestead in Toowoomba. With the gents in grey, and bridesmaids in purple, Rachel's bouquet was set off with purple flowers. She suggested that I wear teal or silver to complement the colour palette. Luckily, I have a dress to match every occasion. Make sure you let your celebrant know your vision for the ceremony, so they will dress to suit.  Brides are welcome to look at my Pinterest page to make a choice to best fit their wedding colour palette. https://au.pinterest.com/cheryllandsberr/celebrant-dresses/ Professional photos by Kat Cherry Photography at Toowoomba. iphone photos by moi.
The bridal party


The table decorations - featuring the purple, teal, and silver colours


It's all those special little touches that the guests appreciate at a wedding. Contact Cheryl at ido@cherylwedding.com if you are looking for a celebrant who understands how much care you are putting into your wedding trimmings.
The stunning floral arrangement.
Don't you love the train on Rachel's dress?

5 benefits of a morning wedding

3.30 pm is the most popular time to marry, but have you considered having your wedding at 11am?

Reasons to marry before midday include:
  • the overhead sun causes less shadows
  • lunch is a less expensive and more casual meal to provide than dinner
  • the winter days are lovely and warm
  • your guests won't be squinting into the afternoon sun
  • you'll be  home in time to watch Master Chef!
A glorious winter's day at 11am - Wellington Point wedding

Contact Cheryl at ido@cherylwedding.com for your Morning Wedding in Brisbane.

Technology causes wedding mishaps

Did you know that the new iPhone 7s do not come with aux ports? Couples who arrive at their wedding ceremonies planning on playing their ceremony music through the PA system have been disappointed to find that their phones need an attachment to link to the aux cable. Check if your celebrant has an adapter you can use.


Contact Cheryl on ido@cherylwedding.com to find out more.

Wedding Arbours

Rustic Arbour at The Rocks, Yandina, on the Sunshine Coast
I've seen so many clever and creative arbours at weddings lately. The groom from today's wedding at Wellington Point, Brisbane, made this arbour himself!




Funcionz were the stylists for this rustic looking arbour at a recent wedding at Coochiemudlo Island, 10 minutes off the coast of Victoria Point in Brisbane.

Beautiful Illusions, based in the Redlands, styled this wedding earlier in the year at Raby Bay, Cleveland.




The next arbour was from a wedding at the Novotel Twin Waters Resort near Maroochydore. 


Riverlife functions at Kangaroo Point, Brisbane, created this wedding arbour.

This home-made arbour was made from tree trunks, draped fabric in the same colour as the bridesmaid dresses, and artificial flowers. It looked fabulous.

The floral arbour below was created by Ultimate Events on the Gold Coast. Photography by J'Adore. 

Below, the circular arbour was decorated by the bride. You don't need too many frills when you have an outlook like this!


Victoria Park Golf Club, in Herston, Brisbane, is a popular choice for wedding ceremonies.
Below is the wooden arbour in its natural state.



And below, Moreton Bay Trailer Boat Club at Manly, Brisbane, displayed this arbour. Decor by Beautiful Illusions at Capalaba.



Whatever your style or budget, an arbour can add an attractive backdrop for your wedding ceremony area.If you are looking for a celebrant in Brisbane with plenty of ideas, contact Cheryl at  ido@cherylwedding.com

How do I obtain a divorce certificate in Australia?

If you have been married before, your celebrant will need to sight proof that your previous marriage has ended before you can be married aga...