Category Archives: Charis’ Blog

Why are wedding traditionally dresses white?

The white wedding dress is related to Queen Victoria, who married Prince Albert in 1840. Prior to this, wedding dresses were not white, in fact they were red. At the time, white was know to be a colour of mourning and was frowned upon to wear at a wedding. Queen Victoria made her own fashion statement with a white lace dress and the trend took off a few years later. In the 19th century White was known to be the colour of purity and virginity and this is why the trend took off. In fact, in 1849,

Hot tips for a winter wedding in Melbourne.

Right now we are smack bang in the middle of winter, well actually the height of winter is over and we are creeping towards spring. I often get asked what I think about a winter wedding? The truth is, I love the idea. I am Canadian after all. First of all, if you decide to get married near the snow, you are in for a treat and your photos will be amazing. It is a myth that you need a bright sunny day to get beautiful photos. Beautiful photos happen when you engage a fabulous photographer and the

Who is Charis White Celebrant?

My name is Charis White.I am a celebrant, a wife, a mother and an artist. I also love Gin and Tonics, my dog Betty White and my husband (of course). I love being social and can often be found planning a get together with friends. My journey as a celebrant started nine years ago when I had just given birth our first child. When I planned my wedding, I loved the process and wanted to get involved in the Wedding industry. Since I was staying at home with my son, I decided it was a great time to go

Celebrant Melbourne | Charis White | Sara and Lee | Same-sex Wedding | Hellenic Republic

Sara and Lee are two beautiful souls.They had a big glorious commitment ceremony in Sydney four years ago. In their eyes, this was their wedding. However, Sara’s family wanted them to get married for legal reasons. As a result, they embarked on an elaborate plan which involved a going away dinner. Lee has to move overseas for her job and this was a great excuse to get all their family together for a going away dinner. So the plan was made. Hellenic republic was the chosen restaurant and Lee and

Confetti at weddings!

It is true that apart from marrying a couple, the confetti is my next favourite element of a wedding. Why you ask? Because it is AWESOME!!When else is it socially acceptable to throw things at your friends? At a wedding of course! It all started with pelting newlyweds with uncooked starchy vegetables. This was meant to shower the couple with prosperity, fertility and good fortune. Oats, grains and dried corn were also used before rice became all time favourite. Back in the 1980’s people were

Is an on the day coordinator necessary to have at my wedding?

Of course budget plays a big role in any party. Weddings are expensive, so you need to decide on what elements are important to you and what you are willing to part ways with? Some elements, in my eyes, are a must. Such as: a photographer, celebrant and of course a venue. Once you have sat down and done a budget, then find the essential suppliers and see what kind of room there is left in your budget. If your budget allows, an on the day coordinator will take the stress out of any situation.

Is it ok not to invite children to our wedding?

It is your wedding and this is a personal choice of the bride and groom. Some people feel as though children at a wedding, means the adults cannot enjoy themselves. As a mother of two children, it is a novelty to have a night out. So I would welcome this decision if I was invited to an adults only wedding. I personally would not be offended at all. If you decide not to have children at your wedding, you must let your guests know their children are not invited, in a polite way. Perhaps, write

Is it important to have wedding suppliers who know each other?

It is your wedding and you can have any suppliers you want. There are thousands of photographers, venues, florists, bands, hair and make-up stylists and videographers out there. Decide on the style you are going for, do an Instagram session, find a few suppliers you like and get in touch. I believe that suppliers who know each other and have worked together before create a better wedding day. It is like a well choreographed dance. The photographer will not get in the videographers way and vice

How far in advance should we book our celebrant?

Without a celebrant, your wedding is simply a very expensive party!If you are going to be married in Australia, the most important thing to know about is the Notice of Intended Marriage. This needs to be lodged with your celebrant at least 30 days prior to the wedding and no longer than 18 months in advance of your wedding date. Once you have decided on your wedding date, lock in your celebrant. There are three suppliers that go hand in hand. The venue, the celebrant and your photographer. These

A celebrant’s guide to writing awesome wedding Vows!

This part of the wedding is very daunting for most couples. Not only are you standing in front of your closest friends and family, but you also have to pour your heart out to the one you love. Here are a few tips from me:1.) Keep it short and simple. You already have the legals wedding vows to include: “I call upon the people here present to witness that I, AB/CD, take you, CD/AB, to be my lawful wedded wife/husband/partner.” After those words are spoken you can choose to say anything. Some