Seventeen gems of advice on marriage

1. Manage your Expectations

“My parents always say relationships are all about communication and expectations.”

2. Never Assume, Ask

“My dad told me, ‘never assume.’ You will never really know what your partner wants unless you communicate”

3. Remember To Always Say “I Love You” and “Thank You”

“I’ve been married 21 years and we got married young — at 19 and 20. A couple things I think have helped us. Anytime we say goodbye, we always say, ‘I love you’; and we make sure to thank the other for all the things we do. Like if he takes out the trash, I say ‘thank you.’ If I wash the dishes, he says ‘thank you.’ It just makes sure you never take the other for granted and they know it.”

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Wedding Music Ideas

There are so things to consider when planning a wedding! As a Celebrant, I find most couples like to have music at the beginning, when the signing is taking place and at the end (recessional). I provide recorded music and a separate sound system with copyright protection as part of my service. Here are a wide range of ideas.

General

All of Me by John Legend
Amazed by Lonestar
Annie’s Song by John Denver
At Last by Etta James
A Thousand Years by Christina Perri
Best Part of Me by Busby Marou
Better Together by Jack Johnson
Can’t Help Falling In Love by Elvis Presley
Come Away with Me by Norah Jones
Dog Days are Over by Florence and the Machine
Everything by Michael Buble
Everything is Awesome by Tegan and Sarah

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Wedding Ceremony Readings

Readings are are great way to help tell a story about you as a couple or to illustrate things you value. It’s also a great way to enable family members or friends to be engaged. Here are some special examples:

Maybe – Author Unknown

Maybe…We are supposed to meet the wrong people before meeting the right one so that, when we finally meet the right person, we will know how to be grateful for that gift

Maybe…it is true that we don’t know what we have got until we lose it, but it is also true that we don’t know what we have been missing until it arrives

Maybe…the happiest of people don’t necessarily have the best of everything; they just make the most of everything that comes along their way

Maybe…the best kind of love is the kind you can sit on a sofa together and never say a word, and then walk away feeling like it was the best conversation you’ve ever had

Maybe…you shouldn’t go for looks; they can deceive. Don’t go for wealth; even that fades away. Go for someone who makes you smile, because it takes only a smile to make a dark day seem bright.

Maybe…you should hope for enough happiness to make you sweet, enough trials to make you strong, enough sorrow to keep you human, and enough hope to make you happy

Maybe… Love is not about finding the perfect person, it’s about learning to see an imperfect person perfectly.’

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