How weddings have changed over the past 10 years

How weddings have changed over the past 10 years

By Jamie and Cara of Brisbane City Celebrants

As we celebrate 10 years as Celebrants, this is an opportune time for us to reflect on how the wedding industry has changed over the past decade, how many marriages are taking place, and what weddings look like now compared to 10 years ago.Image by Dreamlife Photography

 

INCREASE IN CIVIL WEDDINGS BY 15%

In 2007 63% of weddings that took place were civil weddings (as opposed to church/ religious weddings)

This percentage has increased slightly every year over the past decade reaching 78% in 2017.

While there are likely a number of reasons for this increase, perhaps couples like the increased flexibility of location and ceremony customisation that come with civil weddings.

We have personally had the pleasure of marrying couples that are of different religions and have opted for a civil wedding as a neutral comprise to a religious ceremony.

LESS MARRIAGES ARE TAKING PLACE

In 2017 116,322 marriages took place in Australia, this figure increased fractionally every year until 2013 with a decrease of approximately 5,000 marriages compared to the previous year.

Could this be somewhat related to suspicions around the number 13?

By 2015 the total number of marriages that took place in Australia was just 113,595, and while this jumped up to 118,401 in 2016, 112,954 marriages took place in 2017, which is approximately 5,000 less than the previous year.

In summary, 3,368 less marriages took place in Australia in 2017 than 2007, when you factor in population growth, this suggest a higher percentage of people are choosing not to marry.

AVERAGE AGE OF MARRIAGE CELEBRANTS REDUCED

When we attended our first OPD training back in 2009, we were told the average age of Marriage Celebrants was 67 years old. While this stat is no longer reported, it’s safe to say becoming a Marriage Celebrant is no longer for those looking for a retirement job, with Celebrants of all age groups now available.

 OTHER INTERESTING FIGURES

There were 6000 Celebrants in Australia in 2007. 10 years later, in 2017 there are now around 9,000 an increase of 50%

The average Australian Marriage Celebrant officiates 10 marriages every year.

The median age at marriage for males in 2017 was 32.years, and the median age at marriage for females in 2017 was 30 years, in 2017, the majority of brides (80.9%) and grooms (79.3%) had not been married before.

Looking at QLD specifically

In QLD 2007 there were 26,000 weddings in QLD in 2017 there were 22,500 a reduction of 3,500 annual weddings.

81% of weddings in QLD are civil weddings performed by Celebrants

 

If you found this article interesting and you are looking for a Celebrant for your special day, Jamie and Cara of Brisbane City Celebrants would love to hear from you.

View more of their blog posts on the Brisbane Celebrants Directory & Blog, and contact them to confirm availability for your special day.

Eat Street Markets Wedding

Eat Street Markets Wedding

With Cara Hodge of Brisbane City Celebrants

Lauren and Andy’s wedding which began at Brisbane’s Newstead Rotunda and finished with a vibrant and fun filled Eat Street Markets wedding reception is EVERYTHING!

This easy going couple opted for a simple modern ceremony that not only celebrated their relationship, but was also a celebration of them as a family, so their gorgeous little daughter Bella was as much a part of their day as they were.

The ceremony began with some pre-wedding announcements which provides the guests all the info they need and answers all the common questions, and also sets the tone for the ceremony. This was also a great opportunity to remind guests that they can use the couples wedding hash tag #laurenandandy2018 which is always a great way for your Instagram fam to enjoy all the guests photos.

Their Newstead Rotunda wedding ceremony was timed perfectly, with the rotunda having just been freshly painted and with a brand new roof, in 10 years of weddings in Brisbane I have never seen the rotunda looking this fresh! They were also blessed with a beautiful day!

The couple planned a non-traditional wedding where they put tradition aside and simply did everything their own way, to ensure their guests and them enjoyed every moment of their Newstead rotunda and Eat Street Markets wedding. On arrival, the couples daughter Bella was walking down the long curving aisle, when just past the half way point she spotted Andrew, broke free and excitedly sprinted to the rotunda to wrap her little arms around his legs, much to the amusement of the guests. Meanwhile Lauren followed her bridesmaids down the aisle arriving with her ‘glowing with pride’ Mum.

I love seeing Photographers capture the ceremony from this angle with all the guests looking on in the background which is why I try to deliver much of the ceremony from the side. 

I couldn’t have been happier to receive the following feedback from the happy couple:

“Cara was amazing!

She made the process so easy for the day.

Answered any questions, big or small for us, had advice for the little things and even gave us Honeymoon travel tips.

We couldn’t have chosen a better celebrant for our day! Thank you so much Cara!”

Lauren & Andy – Newstead Rotunda & Eat Street Markets Wedding

FOMO alert! If you’ve enjoyed seeing these gorgeous fun filled images, wait till you see the vibrant reception photos at their alternative wedding venue, Eat Street Markets!

What an incredible day! Special mention to Lauren and Andys dream team of wedding suppliers:

Full wedding featured on Polka Dot Bride Photographer: Cookoo Photography / Bride’s Dress: Angelic Bridal / Alterations: Kaylique Designs / Flowergirl’s Attire: Princessly / Groom & Groomsmen Attire: / Makeup Artist: Her Pearls – Makeup by Kimaea / Hairstylist: A Cut Above Salon Chermside / Flowers: A Rustic Affair / Ceremony Venue: Newstead Park / Reception Venue: Eat Street Markets Northshore / Ceremony Officiant: Cara Hodge Brisbane City Celebrants / Wedding Website: Wix / Wedding Cake: Poppy Pie / Cake Topper: BMCrafts

If you enjoyed hearing about this non-traditional, relaxed and fun filled Newstead Rotunda and Eat Street Markets wedding and are looking for a Celebrant for your special day, Cara Hodge would love to hear from you.

Contact Celebrant Cara today for more information and to check availability.

Pacific Golf Club Wedding

With Marriage Celebrant Cara Hodge of Brisbane City Celebrants

Pacific Golf Club Wedding

This heartfelt and love filled Pacific Golf Club wedding was everything dreams are made of.

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The bridal party were led down the aisle by a group of revving Harley Davidson. Groom Ashley was visibly bursting with love as he teared up the moment his sweet daughters and beautiful bride Alysha began walking down the aisle towards him.

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These beautifully images capture every special moment of their ceremony and the love shared between the bride and groom and their 2 daughters is simply undeniable.

As they took each other’s hands, and the ceremony commenced the happy couple locked eyes and glowed with love as they enjoyed a meaningful, happy and upbeat ceremony.

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It was so important for Alysha and Ashley to involve their 2 sweet daughters as much as possible throughout the day, so their daughters gave their support of their marriage by kissing the wedding bands before they exchanged rings.

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When they were pronounced as husband and wife, Ashley fist pumped the air in celebration and they both couldn’t have looked happier!

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Such a love filled wedding for a couple that are so clearly meant to be together.

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Marriage Celebrant Cara Hodge of Brisbane City Celebrants

Photography Little Love Bug Photography 

Dress When Freddie Met Lilly

Hair Gloss and Shine Hair Design

Make Up Makeup by Hayley (Hayley Sullivan)

Suits Tony Barlow

Ceremony Pacific Golf Course

Reception Easts Leagues

Cakes Cakes by Simone

Stationary The Sundae Creative

If you are planning a Pacific Golf Club Wedding and are looking for a modern and passionate female Celebrant for your special day,  Marriage Celebrant Cara Hodge of Brisbane City Celebrants would love to hear from you!

The happy couple rated Cara 5 stars and had this to say: “5 STARS – Cara, Thank you isn’t enough you were beyond helpful for our big day and the lead up to!
you made everything feel so easy and done well we had nothing to worry about and everything went according to plan without a hitch, all your extra assistance and communication in the lead up was so great and thank you again for everything

Alysha & Ashley – Pacific Golf Club Wedding with Brisbane City Celebrants Cara Hodge

Customs House Wedding with Celebrant Cara

Customs House Wedding with Celebrant Cara

Cara tells us what a special day it was for Sara and Anthony Customs House wedding, as they became husband and wife surrounded by loved ones and their gorgeous children. Cara was thrilled to see groom Anthony’s kind feedback pop up on their Brisbane City Celebrants Facebook page after the wedding, thank you so much for your kind feedback and congratulations to the happy newly-weds.

Customs House Wedding with Brisbane Celebrant Cara Hodge. Image by Blank Canvas Photography

“Cara was absolutely wonderful to deal with from the beginning. She was very helpful and guided us through the entire process. I highly recommend her for your special day!!!” Anthony & Sara

On a side note how cute are Brisbane City Celebrants bespoke vow cards with the oh so apt ‘LOVE YOU’ message on the reverse, so beautifully captured here by Jon at Blank Canvas Photography.

If you are looking for a Celebrant for your Customs House Wedding, Cara Hodge of Brisbane City Celebrants would love to hear from you.

View more weddings with Celebrant Cara Hodge on the blog here, and contact Cara over at Brisbane City Celebrants for more information and to confirm availability for your Customs House wedding.

Brisbane same-sex wedding with Celebrant Cara Hodge

Congratulations to the new Mr & Mr!

The warm and fuzzies of this Brisbane same-sex wedding ceremony with these two happy grooms were off the charts! The happy couple wed in a short and simple, small and intimate ceremony surrounded by close friends on a gorgeous autumn afternoon at the Mt Coot-tha Botanic Gardens.

Brisbane Celebrant Cara Hodge with the two grooms.

It’s a very exciting time to be in the wedding industry, particularly as Celebrants we now get to say the words “marriage according to the law in Australia is between TWO PEOPLE’… “

These two words that so many people have longed to hear for so long, now result in cheers, applause and even goose bumps from those present (myself included!).

With just a slight change of wording, the Celebrants mandatory wording has suddenly become celebratory!

Being a Celebrant I feel incredibly grateful that I get to spend my weekends (and often week days) amongst so much happiness with the loveliest of people.

If you are looking for a Celebrant for your wedding, same-sex  or otherwise Cara from Brisbane City Celebrants would love to hear from you.

View more Brisbane City Celebrants same-sex wedding weddings here and contact Cara to confirm availability for your special day.

 

Wedding Tips – Here’s some things you need to know

With Celebrant Cara Hodge of Brisbane City Celebrants

Wedding Tips – If you’re newly engaged here’s some things you need to know

 

Wedding Vows – You don’t need to memorise your vows, yes really! Leave the memorising of wedding vows to the movies!

 

We suggest asking your Celebrant to print up each of your vows, and have them beautifully presented on vow cards, ready to pass to you during your ceremony

Benefits:

  • One less thing to worry about having to remember to bring along on the day
  • Your Celebrant can stand to the side out of camera shot while your photographer captures the memorable moments as you read your vows to each other.

Image: Twig and Fawn Photography

I’m petrified at just the thought of saying my own vows? Well the good news is you don’t have to write/ share your own vows if you don’t want to. There is 1 simple sentence that is mandatory to say (e.g. I ask everyone here to witness that I full name take you full name to be my wedded wife/husband)

 

If the thought of sharing your heartfelt promises, in front of everyone you know is giving you a pang of nerves and anxiety every time you think about it, consider sharing your beautiful words to each other via letter earlier in the day while you are getting ready (your photographer/ videographer will love capturing this moment)

 

Or if you’re the type that prefers to keep things simple, you could stick with just the simple mandatory wording.

 

Wedding Time – There was once a time that every wedding took place at 3pm on a Saturday afternoon.

Then couples began to realise that this didn’t always work for them, their guests, and what they envisioned for their day.

Not everyone wants to go from the blissful high of becoming husband and wife, to soon being separated from their nearest and dearest to head off for photos.

So couples are increasingly adopting what is known as the ‘First Look’ idea, where they meet before the wedding and the photographer captures the grooms reaction seeing his bride for the first time, followed by their bridal photo shoot.

This usually involves in a slightly later ceremony time – view our tips on sunset ceremonies, and one of the main benefits to both the couple and the guests is get they get to go from the ceremony, straight in to the celebrations – together!

Sunset Wedding Photos by Leah Cruikshank Photography

Sunset Wedding Photo by Leah Cruikshank Photography

We also find couples with young children, often opt for mid-morning ceremonies followed by a lunch time reception.

In summary, don’t be afraid to think outside of tradition and choose a ceremony time that works best for the kind of wedding you have planned.

 

Signing the marriage documents – Brides, your name doesn’t automatically change when you marry, and thus the marriage certificates must be signed in your maiden name.

Image by Jonas C Photography

Book your honeymoon in your maiden name – I know, this doesn’t feel as romantic as you imagined, but unless you have allowed plenty of time between your wedding and honeymoon, for your marriage to be registered, for your official marriage certificate to be issued, and then for your new passport to be issued, it’s a much safer bet to book your flights in your maiden name.

Airlines won’t allow you on a flight if the name on your passport is different to that on your ticket.

 

While we’re speaking of honeymoons, some resorts offer newlyweds honeymoon upgrades or inclusions, they occasionally ask for evidence of your marriage to ensure you are a genuine honeymooner. We suggest taking a phone pic or photo copy of your marriage certificate along with you so you don’t miss out.

If you enjoyed hearing these newly engaged wedding ceremony tips and are looking for a Celebrant for your Brisbane wedding, Cara would love to hear from you. Contact Brisbane City Celebrants for more information and to confirm availability for your special day.

Intimate wedding on a mountain top

With Cara Hodge of Brisbane City Celebrants
What an amazing day it was helping Susie and Trent tie the knot in an intimate wedding on a mountain top at Mt Coot-tha, in the company of their immediate family.
That backdrop is simply amazing, as was the couples connection as they became husband and wife.
Big thanks to the girls at Papillon Studio for capturing this special moment.
Following the intimate ceremony, the happy bride and groom headed to the Mt Coot-tha Botanical Gardens at the base of Mt Coot-tha for their wedding photo shoot with their photographers, before joining their close group of guests at Summit Mt Coot-tha’s outdoor pavilion for a coverred outdoor style reception with delicious food and stunning views. Thank you to Susie and Trent for kindly sending this beautiful photo of your Mt Coot-tha wedding to me. I am so happy to hear you enjoyed your relaxed and intimate wedding so much!

If you enjoyed this post and are looking for a Celebrant like Cara that is located just a short 5 minute drive from this venue (we believe it’s particularly important to have a local Celebrant during the summer months when the Brisbane weather is less predictable). Brisbane City Celebrants have performed many weddings at this venue with a view and would love to hear from you, contact us now to confirm availability for your special day. Congratulations to the happy newly-weds! Cara – Brisbane City Celebrants

Surprise Gay Wedding

Oh how I loved working with these two gorgeous girls in planning their surprise gay wedding.

Guests thought they were attending a surprise 30th birthday for one of the girls, only to discover the surprise was on them and they were actually about to witness a wedding!
The two brides went dress shopping separately and got ready separately as per wedding tradition so they both got to take in that WOW moment as their eyes met at opposite ends of the aisle.
This same sex wedding took place in the function space at the Foxy Bean in Woolloongabba which was simply perfect.

What an amazing surprise for all those present and such a special wedding ♡Congratulations to the new Mrs & Mrs!

Cara Hodge – Brisbane City Celebrants

If you enjoyed this post and looking for a Celebrant that is passionate about pulling off the ultimate surprise wedding and can fit in inconspicuously with your guests if need be, before the surprise is revealed, or perhaps you are looking for a Brisbane Celebrant that truly believes in marriage equality, Brisbane City Celebrants would love to hear from you. Contact Brisbane City Celebrants now to confirm availability for your special day.

 

A Relaxed & Modern State Library of QLD Wedding

A Relaxed & Modern State Library of QLD Wedding

With Celebrant Cara Hodge of Brisbane City Celebrants

I just love it when couples do their wedding their way, for couples like Christine and Ed that meant putting tradition aside and creating a day that could enjoy every moment of together.

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Their black tie wedding ceremony and reception took place at the grand State Library of QLD in South Brisbane. The couples modern wedding commenced with both the bride and groom welcoming the guests as they arrived, which really set the tone for the relaxed vibe.

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The couple opted not to have a bridal party, and Christine decided not to have a wedding bouquet as she simply didn’t feel the need to have one. They did however have Francescas Flowers install a dramatic hanging Monstera cheese plant leaf display and the greenery worked perfectly with the high ceilings of the Terrace Room.

When the ceremony time arrived, the guests were seated and the bride and groom, holding hands took a relaxed stroll down the aisle together before turning to face each other as the ceremony commenced.

The lovely couple couldn’t take their eyes off each other as they enjoyed their short, sweet and authentic ceremony. They could barely contain their excitement when I pronounced them husband and wife!

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The happy newlyweds kindly left a 5 star review on Brisbane City Celebrants Facebook Page stating “Thank you Cara for being our Celebrant, everything was wonderful!”

Congratulations to the happy newlyweds and thank you for choosing Brisbane City Celebrants for your State Library of QLD Wedding.

Images by Pip Musso Photography

If you enjoyed hearing about this contemporary wedding ceremony and are looking for a Celebrant for your Brisbane wedding, Cara would love to hear from you. Contact Brisbane City Celebrants for more information and to confirm availability for your special day.

Brisbane Golf Club wedding with a very special ring bearer

Brisbane Golf Club wedding with a very special ring bearer

With Celebrant Cara Hodge of Brisbane City Celebrants

This Brisbane Golf Club wedding ceremony was such a special wedding to be the Celebrant for. The happy couple have so much love for their sweet little boy and it’s so easy to see why, not only is he the cutest little thing, but his excitement and energy on the day was through the roof.

I love how the beautiful bride had so much fun including him in the getting ready photos (playing peek-a boo beneath her gown) and how he enthusiastically sprinted down the aisle faster than his little legs could carry him with the ring cushion, thankfully those rings were firmly tied to the ring cushion.

If you are looking for ideas to include children in your wedding Brisbane City Celebrants would love to hear from you. In the meantime, enjoy this gorgeous love filled wedding with the sweetest little ring bearer.

Celebrant Cara of Brisbane City Celebrants

Photography Prue Franzmann Photography

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Brisbane Golf Club Wedding Celebrant

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Brisbane Golf Club Marriage Celebrant

Wedding Getting Ready Photos

Wedding Getting Ready Photos with children

Wedding Getting Wedding Getting Ready Photos with the couples son

Wedding bridal party photos with the couples son

Celebrant Cara at Brisbane Golf Club Wedding

Wedding Flower Girl

The cute little ring bearer sprinting down the wedding aisle with the rings!

The cute little ring bearer sprinting down the wedding aisle with the rings!

The cute little ring bearer “Here’s the rings Daddy”

That magical moment when the groom sees his beautiful bride

That magical moment when the groom sees his beautiful bride for the very first time.

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Happy wedding guests

As a Celebrant I love seeing the guests smiling from ear to ear, looking on lovingly and enjoying every moment of the wedding ceremony.

Brisbane Golf Club Wedding with Cara of Brisbane City Celebrants

Brisbane Golf Club Wedding with Cara of Brisbane City Celebrants

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Wedding Vows

The sweet couple wrote beautiful heartfelt wedding vows to each other. I just love how their photographer Prue captured this special moment from this angle.

Modern Female Celebrant Cara Hodge

Brisbane Golf Club Wedding Celebrant Cara Hodge

The wedding kiss at Brisbane Golf Club

Signing the marriage certificates

Just Married at Brisbane Golf Club

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Just married by Brisbane City Celebrants

Just married by Brisbane City Celebrants

Congratulations to the happy newlyweds! If you have a child or children that you would like to include in your wedding ceremony, we recommend checking out our article tips for weddings with children. 

If you enjoyed this Celebrants blog and you are looking for a like minded Celebrant for your Brisbane wedding, Cara Hodge from Brisbane City Celebrants would love to hear from you, contact her now for more information or to confirm availability for your special day.