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Follow John's Blog for information of Designing Your Wedding Ceremony, Vow Renewal or Commitment Ceremony.  You will also find information regarding Life Celebrations.  John conducts ceremonies in the Illawarra, Shoalhaven and Southern Highland areas.

We trust that these articles will assist you to get started.  If you have any questions please contact John by email.

January 11, 2019

Hi, my name is John Clarke and I am a Certified Marriage Celebrant and Justice of the Peace based in Kiama, NSW. l love designing and conducting wedding ceremonies and would be delighted to be involved with your ceremony. From small intimate or elopement style ceremoni...

Welcome to Part lll where we begin looking at the individual elements of the wedding ceremony.  We will also look at the overall plan to determine the key roles and the names of those we wish to take on those roles.  By the end of this segment you will have a clear ide...

The last of these points is one of the first things you will do with your Celebrant and it involves the completion of a form known as the Notice of Intended Marriage.  By completing this form, with your Celebrant’s assistance, you are establishing your identity and pro...

Now people begin to think about the wedding ceremony itself, namely who is going to marry us?  Should you choose a church wedding then it gets a little easier because the where and the who come as a package; should you opt for a civil ceremony then you are faced with c...

Wedding ceremony - Celebrant Kiama - Your Family Moments

When you turn up to Naming Days, Funerals and Weddings, as a Civil Celebrant, you become acutely aware of the word “friend” and what it might mean to the various people who are attending the ceremony.  I don’t mean “relatives”, those people you inherited, I mean the ot...

October 16, 2016

In Part 1 I talked about the background to your wedding vows; now I’m going to help you write your vows.

Whenever I’ve helped someone overcome “vow block”, I do it by beginning with structure, i.e. a beginning a middle and an end.  Then I suggest they begin in the middl...

October 10, 2016

Part 1 What’s in a vow…

Wedding coming up and you need to get your vows written; or maybe you are planning to renew your vows as part of a marriage anniversary?  I thought I’d take a minute this week, to reflect on what is the core of any marriage ceremony, the vows.  C...

September 30, 2016

I miss you so much…

The pain of losing a family member or friend is so real it can be experienced at both a psychological and physiological level.  When people tell you their heart is breaking it can actually feel as if it is; it comes from the level of stress hormones...

September 18, 2016

This week I've been writing a Naming Day Ceremony for a local family. As I've been thinking about names and the role they play in our lives, it occurred to me that in choosing a first name parents are often trying to reflect their child's personality in the name. A par...

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