Byron Bay Wedding Celebrant

Michelle Shannon


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Every week I feel so lucky to work with wonderful couples, who share their love, their life and their family and friends with me - 

with this blog I try to show you just a little of what I do - who I work with and how much fun your wedding day can be.  Enjoy!

Crystal and Ben
Crystal with Taavi
Ben and Journee
Crystal in her retro car
the secret promise
the secret promise
The water ceremony
the kiss Crystal and Ben
Married - Newrybar wedding
Michelle Shannon Celebrant
Wedding Cake
Ready to celebrate marriage
Vintage romance
Home catered
The fun part of the night
And they lived happily ever after

Crystal and Ben's beautiful Newrybar Wedding

Ben and Crystal met 'circa 1997' at Byron High School when Crystal was just 15 years old.  Now having been together for over 17 years - these two lovers sealed their incredible relationship surrounded by 100 friends and family at their home in beautiful Newrybar.  Tested by the threat of Cyclone Debbie the very weekend of their wedding - Crystal confidently told me that on the day the sun would shine - and she was not wrong. 

Her lovely mum and sisters had to be helicoptered into the area as the roads were closed from the Gold Coast and the celebrations began with a champagne in hand. Now the proud parents of two very cute kids Taavi and Journee - Ben and Crystal celebrated how far they have come together.  Crystal's sister's lit a candle in their fathers memory and Ben and Crystal being such ocean lovers sealed their ceremony with a Water Ceremony.

Crystal spent months buying and collecting 2nd hand furniture and restoring and painting everything white for the wedding day - Everything looked incredible.


The incredible TEAM on the day

Photographer                          Amelia Fullarton     Videographer       Wilde Visual

Venue                                          Their own home in Newrybar 

Catering                                     The Stock Pot Bangalow   

Flowers                                       Laksmi Wilson

Hair                                              Jodie Martin-Kent

     Crystal & Ben's Testimonial             

"Michelle has a way of making everyone feel completely comfortable... 

which is kinda a huge trait when you're a celebrant!

The ceremony... I just can't even begin to describe how perfect it was!!! It's like we were all one big group, she brought all my guests closer to what was actually happening! Every set of eyes were on us and every mouth had a huge smile!! The emotions were high and everyone felt the love! I had many many guests comment on how fantastic Michelle was!! If you're after a beautiful, confident and connected celebrant Michelle is definitely your gal!!

Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! For your wonderful job of making our ceremony one of the most incredible moments of our lives! It truly means a lot to us!!!

All our love Crystal and Ben xxxx       

Married - Wategos Beach
White Wedding in Byron Bay
Magic Bus Byron Bay
Ashley in her Grace Loves Lace gown
Wategos Beach Wedding
Wategos Beach Wedding
Barefoot bride in Grace Loves Lace
Making it all official at Wategos
Ash and Andy with Michelle Shannon
After the rain on Wategos
Wategos Beach wedding
The bohemian beauties
Byron Bay Kombi Love
Bouquets made by the girls
The fun part of the night
And they lived happily ever after

Ash and Andy's Wedding at Wategos Beach

Fate may have played a little part of these two lovers meeting back in 2010 - Both on holidays in Bali at the time - staying at the same resort and Ash told me Andy swam into her pool. They were on respective girls and boys trips but once they locked eyes on each other I suppose you could say the rest is history. 

When Andy decided to propose to Ash he wanted the moment to be very special - with two attempts and burn't fingers from lighting 200 candles on Wategos Beach one evening - he surprised her and many onlookers who at this point were the amazed at his gallant efforts. Ash of course said YES!

So it was their dream to come back to Wategos and recreate that magic. Although the weather gods had other plans it didn't deter these two from making the most of every moment and not letting a little shower of rain bother them - Only to be rewarded with a beautiful rainbow at the end of their ceremony.

Ash wrote to me and said;

Hi Michelle

The day was amazing! Everything that I ever wanted. 

The ceremony was my favourite part of the day, however it went so fast.

I wanted it to just keep going :) Much love Ash and Andy xx

The incredible TEAM on the day

Photographer                     Yellowbull Wedding photography

Venue                                      Wategos Beach and Secret Garden

Styling & Management    Byron Bay Weddings

Catering                                 Fig Tree Restaurant                            

Furniture Hire                      The Wedding Shed

Flowers Crowns                   Flowers at the Farm  (girls made own bouquets)

Music                                       North Coast Entertainment (Josh Boots)

Hair/Makeup                         Alex Ousten

Transport                               Magic Bus and Kombis - Coast 58                                   


Verandahs Byron Bay Wedding
Byron Bay Florist
Mother and baby at wedding
Verandahs Byron Bay
Wedding gown
Proud parents
Bridesmaids
Wedding Vows
Verandahs Wedding Byron Bay
A mother's role in the wedding ceremony
Making it all official - the kiss
Confetti throw down the aisle
Elegantly Frosted Cake Designer
Kristy and James married at last
The first dance
And they lived happily ever after - Kristy and James

Kristy and James - Verandahs Wedding

In 2009 Kristy met James thanks to his cousin Amy's introduction. After a few social events, they had their first official date in April 2010.   

Kristy told me;

"I loved that James lived in the moment and was passionate about enjoying and experiencing every minute."

In the Summer of 2010 they spent 4 incredible days together at Glastonbury and  knew they were falling in love. And with the arrival of their beautiful new baby only months before the wedding day these two were so relaxed and present and really enjoyed every moment at Verandahs, Byron Bay.  

Styled and Managed by Byron Wedding Vine -  the day flowed flawlessly.

Kristy and James wrote;

"Hi Michelle,

You really have an amazing gift of making ceremonies intimate, warm and heartfelt. Thanks so much for the well wishes. Married life is amazing ..

Big hugs, Kristy & James xx"

The incredible TEAM on the day

Photographer                      Blue Tulip Imaging

Venue                                      Verandahs    

Styling & Management     Byron Wedding Vine

Catering                                  Forage and Graze                               

Furniture Hire                       Frank and Joy   

Flowers                                   Bower Botanicals

Cake                                         Elegantly Frosted

Music                                        Renee Simone

Hair                                           Urban Earth Hair

Make up                                   Ashley Moir



Kate and Daniel
Kate and Daniel's wedding
Kate and Daniel's wedding
Kate and Daniel's wedding The Farm
Kate and Daniel's wedding
Kate and Daniel's wedding
'The Kiss' - Kate and Daniel's wedding
Michelle Shannon Celebrant Kate and Daniel's wedding
Kate and Daniel's wedding
Kate and Daniel's wedding
Kate and Daniel's wedding
Byron Bay Cake Boutique
Kate and Daniel's wedding
Kate and Daniel
Kate and Daniel's wedding
And they lived happily ever after - Kate and Daniel

Kate and Daniel's beautiful Wedding at The Farm - Byron Bay

Kate and Daniel's love story began when she moved from the North side of Sydney to the South - Little did she realise that moving closer to her friends would mean meeting the man of her dreams in the first week.  Their wedding ceremony was set amongst the macadamia orchard at The Farm - the very place that last Christmas Daniel surprised Kate with his proposal.  70 friends and family joined them to celebrate and enjoy the deliciousness served up by Three Blue Ducks.  Kate looked stunning in her Moira Hughes gown and Daniel's 3 gorgeous boys, Lachlan, Nicholas and Brandon joined in the fun.  They both spoke so beautifully about the other and Daniel told me;

"Marriage means the strongest possible bond that two people can have and that we are never far from each other’s thoughts and considerations. Kate and I will share a lifelong commitment together and I feel such gratitude for having found my soul mate "The One"- someone to snuggle up to and eat junk food in front of the teli with and I feel so lucky to have this incredible women with whom to build family memories with for the rest of my life."

The incredible TEAM on the day

Photographer                       Lucas and Co Photography

Venue & Catering                The Farm Byron Bay - Three Blue Ducks           

Flowers                                    Flowers at the Farm

Cake                                          Byron Bay Cake Boutique

Gown                                        Moira Hughes Couture

Testimonial from Kate & Daniel;

Hi Michelle

A very big THANK YOU for doing such a wonderful job on our special day! 

Your mix of warmth, humour and professionalism created the perfect tone for what was a truly magical day. We could not have hoped or wished for anything more. 

And our guests loved your style and many commented on your expert 

delivery of our ceremony, especially your quick wit when the flock of cockatoos unexpectedly flew overhead!

We wish you all the very best, and we too also hope that our paths 

cross again one day.  Love Kate and Daniel  xxx

Beck and Lindsay's beautiful wedding day
Beck and Lindsay's Byron Bay Wedding
Beck and her two beautiful sisters
Beck's proud dad walking her down the aisle
Beck and Lindsays Wedding ceremony
Lindsay was a little emotional 'happy tears'
The ring exchange Beck and Lindsay
'The Kiss' - Lindsay and Beck
Michelle Shannon Celebrant with Beck and Lindsay
The bridal team
Wedding Cake for Beck and Lindsay
Made with Love Bridal gown
Byron Bay Weddings Styling and Management
Beck's gorgeous bouquet
Tipi setting for dining and dancing
And they lived happily ever after - Beck and Lindsay

Beck and Lindsay's Gorgeous Verandahs Wedding

"Marriage means we can show the world and everyone we love

just how much we love and care about each other."  Beck & Lindsay

Seven years ago Beck and Lindsay met through mutual friends. Lindsay said he thought Beck was the most beautiful girl he had ever seen and when they started to chat everything just felt natural and fun.  They soon found that they had the same sense of humour and could talk for hours enjoying each other's company.  They fell deeply in love and have since experienced countless wonderful memories together.

Byron Bay was the perfect choice for a getaway with friends and family and in a very loving, emotional and happy wedding ceremony these two lovers made it all official. Set on the grounds of  Verandahs  the sun shone and guests were treated to the delights and delicious food catered by Fig Tree Restaurant.

Beck looked incredible in her gorgeous Made with Love gown and her 2nd change of the day included a full skirt also by MWLB and top by Grace Loves Lace.

All of the divine photos by Josie - @Josephineleephotography

The incredible TEAM on the day

Photographer                      Josephine Lee Photography

Venue & Catering                 Fig Tree Restaurant           

Management                        Byron Bay Weddings

Styling                                     The Wedding Shed  

Flowers                                   Florals and Co

Tipi                                            Sperry Tents          

Cake                                          Byron Bay Cake Boutique

Gown                                        Made with Love Bridal and Grace loves lace last top

Claire and Aaron's wedding day
Claire and Aaron's bridal team
Claire's bouquet by Bramble Haus
Claire's bridesmaids reaction when they see her
Claire's lovely mum and dad
Guests arrival at Fig Tree
Claire's excitement at seeing her groom
Claire and Aaron sharing an intimate moment
Claire and Aaron's wedding day
Unplugged ceremony
Claire and Aaron's Fig Tree Wedding
Claire and Aaron and Michelle Shannon
Claire and Aaron's wedding party
Claire and Aaron's Wedding day
Claire and Aaron's Cheese Cake
Claire and Aaron's wedding day

Claire and Aaron's Amazing Fig Tree Wedding

This wedding was so much FUN... Six years ago Claire was sent on a two week Temp work assignment and crossed paths with Aaron.  Claire said Aaron's sense of humour drew her in and still to this day he can give her a stitch from laughing so much.  And that is exactly what we did - there were tears of happiness and fun and laughter and I just knew that the celebrations ahead were going to be magical. Managed and styled beautifully by Byron Bay Weddings and the Wed Shed the Fig Tree Restaurant once again proved why it is one of Byron Bay's most popular venues.  Claire and Aaron wrote to me and said;

"Hi Michelle!

We are still buzzing from an amazing few weeks :) It was such a magical day, thank you for making our ceremony absolutely perfect. I just don't feel that words can do it justice though! Thank you so, so much again - 

It was my favourite part of the whole day, you told our story perfectly and all our guests said how beautiful it was. I want to do it all again!

Lots of love, Claire & Aaron xx"

The incredible TEAM on the day

Photographer                      Blue Tulip Imaging

Venue & Catering                 Fig Tree Restaurant           

Management                        Byron Bay Weddings

Styling                                     The Wedding Shed  

Flowers                                   Bramble Haus

Hair and Makeup                Clare Hair Byron

Transport                               Magic Bus Byron Bay

Cake                                         Cheese Please Byron Bay

Gown                                       Sarah Seven

Beach Wedding
Karen and Andy's Beach wedding
Karen and Andy's beach wedding
Elopement Byron Bay
Karen and Andy's Elopment
Married - Karen and Andy
Karen and Andy's Elopement Byron Bay
Family elopement Byron Bay
Alstonville Flowers wedding bouquet
Family Elopement Broken Head
Fig Tree Restaurant Catering
Karen and Andy's Byron Bay Elopement

Karen and Andy's Broken Head Beach Wedding

If you are looking for an amazing location for a wedding or elopement then Byron Bay really is the destination.  When Karen and Andy (both originally from the UK) wanted to bring their nearest and dearest to a very special place for their wedding day they knew that Byron was it.  Managed and styled by Byron Bay Weddings the beach looked incredible with the bright blue skies working their magic. Sharing the day with their two young son's and close family they enjoyed the delicious food by Fig Tree Restaurant back at their reception and accommodation at Barefoot at Broken - where they stayed and relaxed for the week.

Karen and Andy initially met back in 2006  at work and later connected in 2010 as they worked closer on different projects and their love for one another grew from there.  They both told me;

"Marriage for us is about our ongoing commitment of our love, relationship 

and friendship together and we look forward to the years ahead 

as husband, wife and family."

For more of these stunning photos by Fig Tree Wedding Photographers head to my

Facebook page for the full story.

The incredible TEAM on the day

Photographer                      Fig Tree Wedding Photography (Camilla)

Venue Ceremony                Broken Head Beach and Reception Barefoot at Broken

Catering                                  Fig Tree Restaurant

Management                        Byron Bay Weddings

Styling                                     The Wedding Shed  

Flowers                                    Alstonville Florist

Make up and hair                Jo Mills

Alice and Joel's stunning Byron Bay wedding
Joel and his friends at Verandahs pre wedding
Alice in her gorgeous Made with Love Bridal gown
Alice and her lovely parents
Alice and Joel's secret promise to each other
Alice and Joel having some fun during the ceremony
Alice and Joel's Verandahs Wedding
Alice and Joel - Married
Alice and Joel's wedding day
Champagne Tower for Alice and Joel
Family hug - Alice and Joel's wedding day
Smoke bomb - Alice and Joel's wedding
Smoke bomb - Alice and Joel's wedding
Alice and Joel's wedding day
Alice and Joel's wedding
Alice and Joel's wedding at Harvest Cafe

Alice and Joel's Byron Bay Elopement

This epic love story began 10 years early when Joel spotted this cute surfer girl named Alice at the Beaumaris Lifesaving club.  They spent Summers hanging out on the beach  together - especially loving their trips down to Portsea over the years, in the ocean, jet skiing, surfing, drinking and having fun at the pub and at friend’s holiday houses.  Joel wrote to me about his love for Alice and said;

"I love how determined Alice is, achieving anything she sets her mind too.

Including becoming a doctor! I love how organised Alice is. 

She writes lists of all her lists.I love how terrible she is at singing. 

I love how excited she gets with Christmas and birthdays. She just makes up for how much of a Grinch I am.. and I love how Alice really believes it when she says she's going to stop eating chocolate...but more than anything today

 I'm just so proud to be able to call her my wife."

You only have to be with them for a moment to think that maybe these two just met, but there is nothing but love and pure happiness around them and this is the kind of friendship that really makes for a lifetime partnership.

For more of these stunning photos by Kait Barker head to my

Facebook page for the full story.

The incredible TEAM on the day

Photographer                      Kait Barker Photography

Venue Ceremony                Verandahs

Venue Reception                 Harvest Cafe

Flowers                                   The French Petal

Gown                                       Made With Love Bridal

Videographer                      Joel Tronoff


Angie and Morgan's wedding
Angie and Morgan
Angie and Morgan's wedding day
Angie and Morgan's Elements Wedding
Marquee at Elements resort
Angie and her dad walking the aisle
Angie and Morgan's Elements Wedding
Flowers by The French Petal for Angie
Angie and Morgan's Wedding day
The first dance - Angie and Morgan
And they lived happily ever after - Morgan and Angie
Angie and Morgan with Celebrant Michelle

Angie and Morgan's Stunning Elements Wedding

 'Bright . Happy . Fun' - just a few words to describe the feeling I had the moment I arrived at Elements Resort for Angie and Morgan's wedding. Apart from being one of the most spectacular days we have had in Byron this year the outstanding styling and floral's will stay with me forever.  Over 200 guests joined Angie and Morgan for a fun filled day - their friends Clint and Jos created their love story tale and we blended their words into the ceremony with their vows, rings, family values and more.   Angie and Morgan wrote to me after the ceremony and said;

"Hi Michelle!

Thank you so much for everything! We thought you were absolutely incredible and our guests all agreed! We wanted a fun and relaxed day and you set the intent for that for us from the very beginning. And we’re so grateful for all the pre-wedding info you gave us as it allowed us to have the confidence to write our own vows, which is one of the most special things we’ll take away from all of this.

Thanks again - Angie and Morgan xxxx "

For more of these stunning photos by The Robertsons head to my 

Facebook page for the full story.

The incredible TEAM on the day

Photographer                      The Robertsons

Venue                                      Elements Resort Byron Bay

Marquees                              Sperry Tents Australia

Styling                                      Frank and Joy

Flowers                                    The French Petal

Hair                                            Emily K Hair                

Gown                                        Rhonda Hemmingway Couture

Stationary                               Fox and Fallow

Videographers                       La Luna Cinema

Music                                         The Baker Boys

                      

         

Abby and Nick
Abby in her Grace Loves Lace Gown
Abby and Nick at Fig Tree Restaurant
Abby and Nick's Wedding Day
Abby, Nick and Michelle Shannon
Abby and her beautiful bridesmaids
Nick and his groomsment
Fig Tree Restaurant
Hansel and Gretel Cake Designer
Abby in her divine Grace Loves Lace Gown
Bouquet by Flowers at the Farm
Abby and Nick

Abby and Nick's gorgeous Fig Tree Wedding

 Abby and Nick started out as friends 17 years ago  before becoming an official couple for the last 10. Softly spoken and love so deep for one another it was hard to take my eye's off them as they embraced during their ceremony.  Abby told me;

"We both understand the importance in taking time for one another and, the importance in keeping a good friendship. Marriage to me is knowing I have found someone I trust, someone who makes me happier than I could imagine and knowing I have found someone that I want to be with and love forever."

Both originally from Narrabri they celebrated at the Fig Tree Restaurant with over 100 guests.  Abby looked incredible in her Grace Loves Lace Gown along side her very hip new hubby Nick.

The incredible TEAM on the day

Photographer                      She Takes Pictures He Takes Film

Venue                                       Fig Tree Restaurant   

Cake                                          Hansel and Gretel Cakes

Management/bkg                Byron Bay Wedding

Styling                                       The Wedding Shed

Flowers                                     Flowers at the Farm

Hair and makeup                  Spicy Melons

Gown                                         Grace Loves Lace

                      

         

Alyssa and Luke's Osteria Wedding
Osteria Weddings
Osteria Weddings
Osteria Weddings
Alyssa and her bridesmaids
Alyssa and Luke's Osteria Wedding
Alyssa and Luke
Wedding Ring Blessing
Alyssa and Luke's wedding
Michelle Shannon Celebrant
Alyssa and Luke
And they lived happily ever after

Alyssa and Luke's beautiful Osteria Wedding

 Oh wow.. when I met Alyssa and Luke I would swear they had just began dating. They have this way of looking at one another and just knowing what the other is thinking.  They are both bright, happy, generous, kind and fun and have been building on their love story for over 8 years.  They chose beautiful Osteria at Casuarina for their wedding day and during the week in the lead up rain filled the skies - but full sunshine graced the day and Alyssa looked stunning in her gorgeous wedding gown - her amazing smile beaming as she walked the aisle to one very happy and handsome groom.

Luke wrote about their first few dates and told me;

"One of many things I liked was Alyssa's pure enthusiasm and ability to notice all the great things in life which she retains today. Moreover, when we first started dating I remember at the end of every date Alyssa would ask  me -

 'So, I will see you tomorrow night?' 

At the end of each date I was nervously hoping that 

she would say it each time,  and she did."

The incredible TEAM on the day

Photographer                        Fig Tree Wedding Photography

Venue                                        Osteria

Cake                                           Two Little Bakers

Management/bkg                 Osteria Weddings

Flowers                                      Pollen Weddings

Hair and makeup                  Lara Quinn Makeup

                      

         

Katie and Steve Fig Tree Wedding
Katie and Steve's wedding
Fig Tree Wedding
Katie and Steve's Wedding
The look of love
Katie and Steve
Katie and Steve
Katie and Steve's Fig Tree Wedding
Katie and Steve
Katie and Steve
Fig Tree Wedding
And they lived happily ever after

Katie and Steve's Fig Tree Wedding

 Steve the handsome carpenter fell in love with Katie the beautiful Naturopath back in 2011 when they both met at the Blues Festival - Steve loves to surf, skate and have a beer with the boys at the club and Katie loves yoga, farmers markets, whole food cooking, natural medicine and her friends and they both told me they both adore their mum's and can't wait to have kids of their own.. I believe they make the perfect couple. I loved that they embraced every moment of being together - during their ceremony at Fig Tree and throughout the day as if no one was watching.

Steve wrote and said;

"I adore how loving and caring Katie is with everyone, totally selfless, she’ll go out of her way to help anyone. I love how crazy we are together in our own world

and how beautiful she is. I knew after a couple months of dating Katie that she was the one and I didn’t want to live a day without her."

The incredible TEAM on the day

Photographer                     Kate Nutt

Cake                                        Byron Bay Cake Boutique

Gown                                      Grace Loves Lace

Management/bkg              Byron Bay Weddings

 Styling                                    The Wedding Shed

Flowers                                   Michelle Baird Flowers

Venue                                       Fig Tree Restaurant

         

Lisa and Paul Byron View Farm
Family Lisa Eat World
Byron View Farm
That moment - Lisa and Paul's wedding ceremony
Van Middleton Photography
Lisa and Paul's Byron View Farm Wedding
The Wedding Shed for Lisa and Paul's wedding
Byron View Farm Wedding
Lisa and Paul's Wedding day
Lisa and Paul's Wedding Cake
Michelle Shannon and Lisa Holmen
And they lived happily ever after

Lisa and Paul's Byron View Farm Wedding

during Cyclone Debbie

Many months go into the planning of the perfect wedding day.  I met with Lisa and chatted quite a few times about enjoying the beauty of Byron for her wedding to Paul - but one thing we didn't plan on was Cyclone Debbie.  Paul and Lisa embraced the day, their family and friends were supportive and ready to celebrate no matter what.  And with the team from Byron Bay Weddings making sure everyone was happy the wedding went without a hitch (except the rain of course) - Lisa looked gorgeous in her Anna Campbell gown teamed with beautiful bouquet by Estelle.

Paul wrote to me about Lisa and said:

"Lisa cares so much about the people in her life. She always puts other people first and would do anything for her friends and family. But most of all it is the small things: Over time I have come to love Lisa more and more as I have seen the 1000’s of small things that go into making her the person that she is 

and I love her for loving me."

The incredible TEAM on the day


Photographer                    Van Middleton

Cake                                         Rebellyous Cakes

Gown                                        Anna Campbell

Management/bkg               Byron Bay Weddings

 Styling                                     The Wedding Shed

Flowers                                     The French Petal

Venue                                        Byron View Farm

         

Emma and Nathan - Horizon Wedding
Grace Loves Lace Gown
Horizons Byron Bay
The French Petal Florist
Emma and Nathan's wedding
Emma and Nathan's wedding day
Emma and Nathan's Horizon Wedding
Michelle Shannon Celebrant
Bridal Team at Horizons
Emma and Nathan's Byron Bay Wedding
Emma and Nathan's Byron Bay Wedding
And they lived happily ever after

Emma and Nathan's gorgeous Byron Bay Wedding

Emma and Nathan first bumped into each other one evening in a nightclub at the end of November 2013 - they chatted briefly and then two weeks later ran into each other again on a Santa Claus pub crawl and their love story began from there.

Emma wrote to me and said:

"One of my favourite memories together was the first time we came to Byron Bay. 

It was the first ‘holiday’ we had been on as a couple, I remember being so excited! That is one of the reasons that we chose to get married in Byron Bay, 


Emma looked amazing in her Grace Loves Lace gown. They celebrated with over 

70 friends and family with their ceremony at Horizons and later their reception 

at Beach Restaurant.  All the gorgeous photos by Fig Tree Pictures


The incredible TEAM on the day

Photographer                    Fig Tree Pictures

Videography                          Anchored Cinema

Cake                                         Byron Bay Cake Boutique

Gown                                        Grace Loves Lace

Management/bkg                Byron Bay Weddings

 Styling                                     The Wedding Shed

Flowers                                     The French Petal

Venue for Reception           Beach

Venue for Ceremony            Horizon     

Kombi                                       Mirror image weddings                   

Coco and Confetti Stylist and Florist
Michelle Shannon Marriage Celebrant
Coco and Confetti Stylist and Florist
Lidqvist Ink Stationary and Caligraphy
Rachel Bainbridge Plates
Songbird Silk and Lindqvist Ink
Colourful Romantic dining
I Heart Cakes Designer
Total Romance
Romantic Wedding Stylist
Beautiful Romantic styled wedding
And they lived happily ever after

Beautiful Indie Styled Wedding Shoot - 

now featured on Burnetts Board


I have always been a huge fan of colour in weddings. It's breath-taking, memorable and simply beautiful. Set amongst the black volcanic rocks at Fingal Head Lighthouse - Amazing stylist and Florist Coco & Confetti alongside Photographer Kylie Maree from Just For Love Photography & Film bought an incredible team together to create this magical, romantic photo shoot now featured on

Burnett's Boards .

The incredible TEAM on the day

Videography                 Anchored Cinema

Cake                                I heart cakes by Casey

Gown                              Begitta - Bridal & Couture

Paper goods                 Lindqvist Ink

Hair and Mup              The Beauty Lineup

Plates                             Rachel Bainbridge Art

Headpiece                    Komorebi Handmade

Silk Ribbon                  Songbird Silk

Tie and suspenders   Wood&Beau

Models Wes Ford and Zoe Carstairs

Me and my beautiful gal
my beautiful mum
mother and daughter
Grandmother
Jess and her grandmother
Hugs for mums
hand fasting ceremony
signing the register
Light a candle in rememberance
Alicia's beautiful mum
Family wedding
Emmy and her mum walk the aisle

To all the beautiful mum's out there... Happy Mothers Day

I remember being an excited 18 year old dying to move to the city away from the small country town of Mullumbimby.  Big dreams I had (just like Iggy Azalea who grew up in the same town) - It wasn't until I came across the daily chores of paying my own bills, doing my own cooking, washing my own clothes and more that I came to realise that every time mum said something it was usually right!  All of those words of wisdom came flooding back to me as I ruined my new pink sweater when I washed it with the black clothes.  How the sun would always come up the next day even when I felt like I was at my lowest - there she was to  pick me up  - even over the phone from far away (sometimes continents) and told me to keep on going, keep adventuring and enjoying this life.  This year is a very special year, not that it is unlike any other year but this year has probably been the hardest I have had to watch my mum fight cancer out of the 14 + that she has been fighting it.  She is a tough one, who isn't going to give up and shows us each day how we should enjoy every moment.

And now being a mum myself I understand that on your wedding day it is so important to thank your beautiful mum for all she has done (and is no doubt still doing).  And your step-mum or grandmother as they no doubt have also played a part in your life.  I am a mum to one, a stepmother to three. And I hope that I nurture and guide my little one and family to enjoy the same kind of life I have been blessed to live.

In each of my wedding ceremonies I encourage lots of family love (dad's too) and something as simple as a few words, walking you down the aisle and giving you away, an extra hug, being able to say a few words during the ceremony or even signing all the official documents can be a few of the things mum will never forget.

And if your your mum in now in spirit - light a candle - take a moment - carry her in a picture on your bouquet but never forget that she loves you.


Happy mother's day to all the mum's, grandmothers and step-mum's out there...  xx  #mumsaregreat #happymothersday

Byron Bay Surf Club Wedding
Aisle walk with mum and dad
Anneka and Kent's Surf Club Wedding
The kiss Anneka and Kent make it official
Michelle Shannon Celebrant
Byron Bay Cake Boutique
Surf Club celebrations Byron Bay Wedding
Chris Hemsworth, Anneka and Kent's wedding

Anneka and Kent were married at Byron Bay's beautiful Surf Club

They both met 5 years ago through work and started out having lunches together, river runs and hanging out on the weekends before they were an official couple.

Now residing in beautiful WA - family and friends travelled from New Zealand, Australia and the UK to enjoy the best of what Byron has to offer.

Including being lucky enough to run into actor Chris Hemsworth at The Pass beach while having their wedding photos taken by the fabulous Ben from  Blue Tulip Imaging.

The Surf Club really is one of the best locations overlooking Main Beach at Byron Bay and caters easily for large wedding groups . 

 They both wrote to me and said;​

Hi Michelle,

"We would just like to say thank you soooooo much for making our ceremony personal,

loving and enjoyable for us and our lovely guests. All our friends and guests commented 

on how lovely you are. Thank you again for making our special day the best day ever xoxo "

The Team for the day

Photographer Ben Blue Tulip Imaging

Music Josh Boots - 

Catering and Management by Equality Catering Co

Flowers by  Flowers by Julia Rose

Cake by Byron Bay Cake Boutique

Verandahs Wedding
Julie and Michelle Shannon
Verandahs Coorabell Wedding
Bridal party for Julie and Neil
Married at Verandahs Julie and Neil
Rebellyous Cakes
Ready to celebrate at Verandahs Coorabel
Michelle Shannon Marriage Celebrant

Neil and Julie were married at beautiful Verandahs

I thought I would let Neil and Julie's testimonial speak for this incredible wedding.

Hi all,  Julie and I wanted to pen you all an email to express our thanks for what we can only describe as our perfect day. From the very outset of the process when Julie and I commenced working out what our wedding day would encompass all of you have been so amazing, with your input, recommendations, suggestions, and working with us to make sure our day was perfect.

We had a few changes along the way…and that was never a problem to be changed or altered…nothing seemed to be an problem……

Well, we reckon our day was perfect……it was what we envisaged, how we imagined it would look, feel and the atmosphere. Our dads were looking down on us, as the rain held off until the very end….

We have so many memories of the day, for me…it was seeing my beautiful Julie walk up the aisle….took my breath away…

Both Julie and I think that everyone involved in our wedding were totally professional, dedicated, human ( they thought of the little things) and exceeded our expectations. So, from our hearts, we thank you all for working together to ensure our special day was special…….

If any of you have any potential clients who may need a reference or some clarity about the wedding planning/process etc, we are happy to give these people an honest and open reference. We look forward to catching up with all, when we are next in Bryon, and remain keeping in touch. Love Mr & Mrs A…..

Photographer Studio Blue Tulip - Florist The French Petal

Cake Rebellyous Cakes  - Music Josh Boots - Management Byron Bay Weddings

Catering Fig Tree Restaurant

Beach Cafe Wedding - Jenn and Jason and family
Jenn and Jason and their 4 gorgeous kids
#sandceremony with the kids
#michelleshannon #celebrant with Jenn and Jason
Cutting the cake was also a family affair
#married Jennifer and Jason ready to celebrate
Flowers by The French Petal - Jenn and Jason

Jennifer and Jason married at Beach Restaurant - Byron Bay

When Jenn and Jason contacted me from the USA they knew they were about to move back to Australia and start their new life together with Jason's 4 amazing children. The children have grown to love Jennifer so much that when I pronounced them husband and wife not only did Jenn and Jason kiss but the whole family embraced with happiness - It's days like these that make my heart melt. 

Jenn has only recently told me that they are pregnant with their first child together - what an amazing family this will be.



Friends and family from the USA and Australia joined them in Byron Bay.

We had rain and some sunshine but decided to go inside for the ceremony 

at Beach Byron Bay before the celebrations began. With the ocean on our doorstep and plenty of love the day flowed beautifully.

Estelle from The French Petal created the floral arrangements, bouquets and flower-crowns.

Kate Nutt captured the love

Let Them Eat Cake made a gorgeous cake

This is one of those love stories that will stay with me forever..

Horizon Wedding Anna getting ready
That beautiful moment between Father and Daughter
The look of Love - Anna and Greg at Horizon
Anna and Greg seal their love at Horizon
Beautiful Bouquet by Passion at Flowers
Anna and Greg - married at Horizon
Cake by Byron Bay Cake Boutique

Greg and Anna - Married at Horizon - Byron Bay

I fell in love with these two amazing people who met by chance and who were so honest with their goals, desires and love of life. Both interested in scuba diving Byron offered the perfect location to celebrate their marriage at Horizon, Byron Bay - Anna's family travelled from Japan and seeing her lovely father so honoured and humble in his actions made my heart swell with pride. You only have to see the the way they look at each other to know this union is a 'forever love' -

Anna wrote to me and said; 

"To me marriage is about support, bringing out the best in each other and to be there when we go through tough times. It is about having someone to share life's trivial day-to-day happenings, both good and bad. It brings two families together, and what’s more, it is opening a new chapter in our lives to build a family of our own. I feel like everything in my life has led me to this point."


Greg shared similar sentiments about his love for Anna: He wrote:

 "Marriage is an adventure. The combination of finding the one in this world who shares our dreams, encourages each other to chase them, picks the other up off the ground when we fall and cheers them on when we rise. I always knew what I wanted in life in terms of a loving wife, a family and a partner to run though life with. Since meeting Anna, and for the first time in my life, I can actually visualise in my mind what it will look and feel like."

Gorgeous photos by Sunlit Studios​

Managed by Byron Bay Weddings​

Flowers by [email protected]

Cake by Byron Bay Cake Boutique​

Makeup/hair The Luxe Beauty Co​

Gown Mia Solano

Styling The Wedding Shed 

Jess and Dwayne
Aboriginal Welcome to Country - Jess and Dwayne
Jess and Dwayne - Byron View Farm
Jess and Dwayne and family
Bouquet by Poppy and Fern
Jess and Dwayne married at Byron View Farm
Fig Tree Restaurant Catering

Jess and Dwayne's  Beautiful Byron View Farm Wedding

Jess and Dwayne first met through mutual friends in Byron Bay back in 2009. 

In the years that have followed they have grown together, created many incredible memories and enjoyed becoming a little family, with their boys Tristan and Noah.

We had a shower of rain that swept over Byron but that didn't change the vibe of the day - We began the ceremony at Byron View Farm with a beautiful Aboriginal welcome to country and followed with a personal and fun love story that also included both boys.  Jess wrote to me and said;

"I knew I loved Dwayne within the first few months of dating, when I couldn’t stop thinking about him, he had me hooked. I was a single mother at the time and he took on me and my one year old son. He showed us both love, strength, support and I felt like the luckiest girl in the world."

These beautiful photos were taken by Ash from Stories by Ash

Delta Kay and her cousin opened the ceremony.

Byron Bay Weddings managed the day beautifully. 

Along with the Wedding shed for styling.

Catering Fig Tree Restaurant & Rooms

Flowers by Poppy and Fern

Hair and Makeup Ava Belle

Music by Renee Simone

Married by Me

Georgina and Dave
Georgina and Dave at Byron View Farm
Georgina and Dave and their 3 children
Byron View Farm outdoor dining

Georgina and Dave's Byron View Farm Wedding

Georgina and Dave met at work in 2007 - Georgina told me that Dave was a little bit cheeky and quite charming and use to follow her around the store.. Dave said he fell for Georgina's beautiful smile, cute and bubbly outlook on life.

And there was plenty to smile about as they celebrated what has been an incredible decade together - including the arrival of 3 amazing kids.

It was a gorgeous day at Byronviewfarm - guests arrived by the magicbus and dined throughout sunset and under the stars - catered by Fig Tree Restaurant & Rooms

Georgina looked beautiful in her @luvLuv Bridal & Formal gown / Hair and Make up and also photography by Lady Bella - Studio & Salon

Flowers by Alstonville Florist

Married by me Byron Bay Wedding Celebrant Michelle Shannon celebrant

Newrybar Downs Wedding - Matt and Lara
Florals by Beauitflora
Matt and Lara say 'I do' at Newrybar Downs
Totally feeling the love

Matt and Lara - Married at Newrybar Down

I first met beautiful Lara when she worked at Witchery in Byron - she was always happy and bright and my Witchery wardrobe seemed to continually grow - when Matt asked her to marry him she told me that I was the first person she thought of.. 

I have to say I feel pretty humbled by that..

They decided to marry on the date that they first met the 21st of February . Bridesmaid Amy encouraged Lara to join their group at the Taste Festival in Tassie and Lara sat with Matt enjoying the delights of the festival - they got along great from the very beginning, Lara was certainly taken by Matt's English accent and blue eyes and they laughed when they told me they both got pooped on by a bird and thought that was a sign of good luck - That was back in 2008 and today they celebrate their 1st anniversary - I couldn't be happier for the two of them.

They choose one of Newrybar's most beautiful properties Newrybar Downs for their morning ceremony and later celebrated with a lunch reception at 

Harvest Newrybar.

Beautiflora designed a divine white bouquet for Lara and the day flowed seamlessly with happy tears from all of us. In the past couple of years these two have built a new and very popular business called ST. AGNI in the Industrial Estate and create some of the most beautiful leather shoes and bags and more I have ever seen.

(check it out next time you are in Byron)

Their day was captured perfectly by photographer Kate Holmes Photographer

Byron Bay Weddings - Lauren and Hamish
Florals by Poppy and Fern
Fig Tree Wedding Byron Bay
Fig Tree Restaurant and Room

Lauren and Hamish Fig Tree Restaurant Wedding

Lauren and Hamish initially met at a friends demolition party back in 2011. 

Now both living in Los Angeles they decided to bring their family and friends to Byron Bay to celebrate their marriage at Fig Tree Restaurant & Rooms. They had a stunning afternoon and followed their wedding ceremony with Italian style outdoor dining. On meeting Lauren, 

Hamish told me; "When I first saw Lauren I thought she is just beautiful.. I have to talk to her, after chatting for a while we instantly clicked. She had a great sense of humour, was very easy to talk to and we had a lot in common. Since then we’ve had so many fun times that I’ll remember for the rest of my life" 

And Lauren said; "We fell in love fairly early on, it was always just easy, from the start it was clear that we had the same interests, ambitions and sense of adventure. We seamlessly fit in with each other’s friends and family which is really important for me." 

Their beautiful floral bouquets, arbour and arrangements by Poppy and Fern Lauren's gown by Bo & Luca All the amazing photos by 

Figtree Wedding Photography Managed by Byron Bay Weddings Styled by 

The Wedding Shed Married by Byron Bay Wedding Celebrant Michelle Shannon

Emily and Tom's Fig Tree Wedding
Emily and Tom's Byron Bay Wedding
Emily and Tom's Byron Bay Wedding
Emily and Tom's Byron Bay Wedding

Emily and Tom's beautiful Fig Tree Restaurant Wedding

Emily and Tom met through their mutual friend Tim at a fancy dress party 5 years ago. From the moment they started to talk they got along great and a week later went on their first official date and have been together ever since.

They celebrated their love with 100 guests at Fig Tree Restaurant & Rooms - Emily looked stunning in her beautiful gown by Louise Alvarez Couture and floral crown - Tom's smile says it all as he proudly told me;

"We had been dating for a few months and I realised she was not like anyone else. 

I knew Em was such a special person and realised I was falling in love with her!

I had definitely found a keeper!!"


Fig Tree set up a delicious Mexican banquet for the guests to enjoy while the champagne and beers flowed..

The day captured beautifully by Ann-Louise at  Possum Creek Studios

Music by String and Bow

Flowers by Alstonville Florist

Hair and Makeup Bangalow Belles

Transport Byron Bay Luxe Limousines

Cake Flourish Lane

Celebrant Byron Bay Wedding Celebrant Michelle Shannon

Love Stories - Wedding Guidance and Information

More than just a Blog


Courtney and Luke recently married at Forget Me Not Weddings

October 2016

These two were just made for one another.

Courtney and Luke grew up in this beautiful region and surrounded themselves with all the people they love and cherish the most at the beautiful @Forget Me Not Weddings .

They were set up on a blind date by Luke's Aunty Louise 6 years earlier and from that very first date they have been inseparable ever since.

Both wrote touching vows which had us all holding our breath as they emotionally spoke of their love and promises to one another.

And Luke cheekily wrote;


"There is so much to love about Courtney - she is beautiful, loving and caring, and I love her gorgeous smile it always makes me happy. and I really love that she makes my lunch each day."


Destined for an incredible life ahead the day was captured beautifully by Suze Down Bangalow Road

Hair and Make up Rachael Harris and Thewholesomehairspa by Jacinta Parker

Married by me Byron Bay Wedding Celebrant Michelle Shannon

Cake by Let Them Eat Cake

Caterers Stock Pot Kitchen

Flowers Blue Dandelion

Management Stitch In Time - Event Planning & Styling

Film Mad Rose Films

Wedding Vows

How to Write Wedding Vows + examples

December 2016

Hi, I'm Michelle, I live in beautiful Byron Bay and have been a celebrant now for almost 9 years. 

In that time I have married almost 700 couples and the one questions I get asked more than anything is; 'How do I write personal vows'.

I realise it's never easy and often quite daunting for most people to even put pen to paper or should I say hand to electronic device. Thank goodness for the internet and to those who share the love in the cyber world that give many of us inspiration.  And these days we are all so 'busy' and it isn't always easy to find the time to sit quietly and just reflect for a moment on what you might like to say.

But just remember, this is one of the biggest milestones in your life. Most vows will take you all of 30 seconds to a minute to say to each other.. YES, that's right, only 30 seconds or more...

and you will never have that moment back again - So make it count.

And try not to make it too hard for yourself, if you can find just 10- 20 minutes to go somewhere quiet on your own (if that is possible) and pour a glass of wine/ beer or a cup of tea or coffee and answer maybe just a few of these easy questions to follow you might just find that the creative juices start to flow...      So start here and jot down a few notes.....

1. What is it that you love about the other

2. When did you know you were in love

3. What are the 1-5 things you don't say often enough to each other (positive things) (Recently I had a groom say that his fiancé is beautiful inside and out and that by doing this exercise he had realised he didn't tell her that often enough)

4. This is your one chance to also have some fun and be yourself - so don't forget to put that part of 'you' into your vows.

5. What is one of your favourite memories together

6. What will change or stay the same once you are married that you are looking forward to.

Hopefully you might come up with a few lines to get you started.

As your celebrant I can also help you fill in the blanks and make it flow a little easier. I always put examples you might like into your ceremony.

But out of all of my lovely couples who give writing their own vows a go I rarely have to change more than a word or two.   Good luck and give it a go....

Personal Vow Examples

Below are 10 examples of vows that just a few of my many couples have expressed to one another.. I hope that you find a little hope, inspiration and love to kick start your own.

Number 1.

I promise to adore you, care for you, protect and believe in you, I will appreciate you and help you reach your goals in life.

You are beautiful, I love your kind heart, your will to help people, your support and belief in me, and your funny faults that I would love to disclose today but thought better of it.

I take you as my wife and best friend, my lover, pain in the ass and the person to grow old and travel through life with. I Love you.

Number 2.

I promise to treasure you and to challenge you.

To continue to travel, love, laugh and dream big as nothing is out of reach when I’m with you.

I love waking up every day to that perfect permanent smile and hope that your smile is because of me, as mine is for you.

I take comfort in your kind eyes knowing no matter where we have been or where

we are yet to go being beside you is where I will always call home.

I will love you today, tomorrow and always.

Number 3.

I promise to love you, cherish you and be there for you in good times and in bad for as long as we live. I promise to buy you cheeseburgers after big nights out, frozen cokes in the summer and a new perfume every time I get back from a trip.

I promise to give you everything I have as a person and to this marriage.

You are my best friend, my favourite person to do everything with and my favourite person to do nothing with.

Every love story is beautiful but ours is my favourite. I love you.

Number 4. (for those with children)

(name) I am proud to be standing here as your partner as (mother/father) to our children and as your wife/husband.

The love I have for you is evident in all that we are; we are strong; we are happy;

we are giving and we are friends.

I promise to keep nurturing this love.

I promise to strive in being the best (wife/husband) I can be, to support you to shine in all that you are and do.

I look forward to continuing our path in life, to growing together, laughing together, crying together and just being us.

You have so many qualities that I admire, our family is blessed to have you as its rock.

You are a hard working, loving and loyal father/mother.

You always make me feel loved, safe and beautiful

You are perfectly mine and I am perfectly yours -I love you

Number 5.

(Name), words will never be enough to express how grateful I am and how lucky

I feel to have met you. You have filled my life with so much love and happiness, and have truly made my fairy tale dream a reality.

The strength that you carry, the passion you display and the warmth of your heart, are just few of many reasons why I love you so much.

Thank you for being my best friend, for listening to my thoughts and for being my source of encouragement, comfort, and strength.

Today I promise to always love you and standby you.

I promise to lift you up when you are feeling down, and lift you up even higher when you are on top of the world.

I promise to continue building more dreams with you, and work alongside with you to see those dreams through.

(Name), today I give you my heart and vow to you I will cherish our love, and I will devote my life to you and our family. I love you with all my heart.

Number 6.

You are an incredible man/woman, with the kindest heart of anyone I know.

I have seen the best and the worst of you, as you have of me.

Today in front of the people we love, I am committing to you. I give you my heart, my trust, my love and my promise we will walk hand in hand, wherever life takes us.

I offer you my solemn vow, to be your partner, to share in your dreams and adventures and to always do everything I can to make them come true. To learn and grow old with you.

I promise to support you, be kind, be patient, loving, forgiving and always put us first.

To be your person as you are mine and to believe in you when you struggle to believe in yourself.

I promise to laugh with you in good times and struggle alongside you in bad times.

To only organise you when you ask me to and to remind you of things I know you will forget.

To be your comfort, your sanctuary, your home and for as long as we both shall live to be your family.

You are my always, my forever, my one true love.

Number 7.

Today I marry my best friend

(name) my love, my light, my King/queen

You are the magic of my days. You are my constant

I give you my hand and my heart

As a sanctuary of warmth and peace

And pledge my love, devotion, faith and honour

As I join my life to yours

I vow above all else to live in truth with you

To communicate fully and fearlessly,

To value our differences as much as our common ground

I vow to fiercely love you in all your forms, now and forever

I vow to never forget that this is a once in a lifetime love

And to always know in the deepest part of my soul that no matter what challenges might carry us apart, we will always find our way back to each other

I see these vows not as promises but as privileges: I get to laugh with you and cry with you; care for you and share with you. I get to build with you and live with you; run with you and walk with you, hand in hand, wherever our journey leads us, living, learning, and loving

This is my sacred vow to you, my equal in all things.

Number 8.

Thank you for bringing so much happiness into my life, you truly are my best friend.

I promise to always love you, care for you and be your number 1 supporter and your biggest fan.

I promise to challenge you, encourage you and always be by your side.

I promise I will try to get better at putting my clothes away and helping with the vacuuming every now and then.

I promise that our Sunday mornings will always be spent watching the Simpsons together after a long week. I promise to always to go to bed on a good note and always say goodnight in our own special way every single night, no matter how upset I may be at you.

I promise to always look after our family and home while you are away living your dream.

I promise to be as good a mother to our future children as you will be a father.

I promise to always tease you, have fun with you and make sure you always remain the same honest, humble, caring, funny and modest boy I fell in love with.

Number 9.

(name) from the moment I met you I knew there was something special about you.

There hasn’t been a moment since that day in (location) that I haven’t felt loved and supported and I am constantly amazed by how thoughtful you are.

I love how you always see the best in me, even at my worst. You listen to every single worry that goes through my mind without judgment and one by one put them into perspective.

You’ve taught me what it means to truly love someone.

(name), I love you, with everything I have.

Words will never be enough to show the love I have for you.

Thank you for accepting and loving me as I am.

I promise to always laugh at your jokes, even when no one else does,

I promise to keep dancing and having fun with you.

I promise to continue to love you unconditionally under any circumstances,

happy or sad, easy or difficult.

I am forever changed because of who you are, what you’ve meant to me and how you’ve helped me grow. I look forward to all the adventures we have ahead..

I promise you this from my heart, for all the days of my life.

Number 10.

When we are together, experiences are richer, challenges appear achievable

and opportunities seem endless.

You are absolutely beautiful and I can’t help but love you.

I am so grateful to have you in my life and beyond proud to be with you here today.

I promise to be there for you always, to support you through the difficult time and dance with you in the good times.

I love you (name) today, tomorrow and always.

Legal Vows Required to be included in Australian Wedding Ceremonies

'The Declaration of Intent'

The following words will need to be included in every Australian wedding ceremony -to make your marriage legal. They are not your personal vows but can be added to your personal vows or exchanged before or after your vows. You may just wish to state these simple, legal vows and add nothing more - the choice is yours.

(See below)

An Exchange of Vows – Declaration or Intent

The minimum requirement, under section 45 (2) of The Marriage Act, is that each party to the marriage must say to the other the following statement or words to that effect:

“I call upon the persons here present to witness that I, e.g. John (or Jane), take the, e.g. Jane (or John) to be my lawful wedded wife (or husband or spouse)"

You may leave out lawful or wedded but not both; you must use one of these words.

I hope this gives you a little inspiration to get started and 'Happy Writing' - Michelle

Who walks you down the aisle

Who should walk you down the aisle? 

December 2016

Every couple that I work with have a different idea of who they would like to walk them down the aisle and how they would like to walk down the aisle.

For a civil ceremony the choice is yours and you don't have to be given away by anyone - really for most of us we have lived together, travelled together, bought houses, even had children so we had our parents blessings long ago.  Here are a few examples.


1. I still believe for a little tradition it is lovely to give dad the honour of walking you to your groom.


2. I also believe that mother's are equally in this world and also deserve the honour. 

So you can have mum and dad or even just mum.


3. Grandparents - I have seen some lovely grandparents take part in their grand children's weddings and it is a lot of fun and a little teary (I can't help it sometimes :)


4. Some couples have have not been lucky enough to have their parents attend and will ask a brother / sister/ or family member to do the honour.


5. You can walk solely by yourself - maybe even meet each other half way.  That is what life is all about anyway.  It doesn't mean you take away the honour of mentioning your parents within the ceremony for their love and support.


6. Have your children walk you down the aisle  - many couples already have children.


7.  You could meet your guests and have a pre-ceremony cocktail and then start - this may make you feel more relaxed and ready to keep the celebrations going.


8. Maybe just the two of you would like to enter together  - start as a couple in love and walk back down the aisle as husband and wife.


9. Step-parents - so many couples have grown up with very loving and supportive step-parents - you can choose to walk with both biological and step-parents or either..


Remember the day is yours and you should feel proud and honoured to be who you are and share the day with those who love and support you.  

Michelle Shannon - Author - Celebrant