• Christina Mackay

Life's Rituals

Life’s Little Rituals….

Can turn an ordinary day into an extraordinary day.

Running a little behind schedule with my April Blog so this will morph into May as well, here we go!!!

I’m talking about my Love Notes Ceremonies for Wedding Couples who want a smaller ceremony but still want it to be deeply significant. And because I am not registered to officiate Registry Ceremonies this is where the Love Notes Ceremony fits perfectly for couples, who want something more than the Set Registry script, to celebrate their special day.

A Love Notes Ceremony is suited for couples that prefer to have a smaller more relaxed wedding. The ceremony is often officiated with just the couple and 2 witnesses but sometimes up to 20 family and friends attend. One of the benefits of this kind of ceremony is flexibility with your location and venue, as there are no limitations. It usually takes around 10-15 minutes, but that doesn’t mean that it’s not special and meaningful.

As mentioned in my September Blog 2021, you can be even more creative with your location because its small right… so use your imagination, on top of a mountain, at a breakfast wedding, by the lake, on a rooftop, your fave restaurant, or outside your favourite architectural building, which means you can use the existing backdrop to frame your wedding and save on flowers and extras. And of course, you have to adorn yourself with finery, it doesn't have to be a gown or tuxedo but dressing up makes your special day memorable.

It also means you can spend more on other things that maybe important to you. Like flowers, food, or bridal wear and you can engage a really good videographer and photographer.

Over the last two years, it has been a popular choice for many of the couples I have married as the Covid limit on numbers has meant the cancellation of weddings and own some instances numerous times.

So, what does A Love Notes Ceremony Include?

It usually begins with a Welcome and can include all or none of the below:

  • Acknowledge family and friends that have traveled from afar

  • Acknowledge family and friends that cannot attend

  • Acknowledge any family that have passed away and have played a significant role in your lives

We then move on to your story which is a brief outline of how you met and what you like about each other. Usually 3 paragraphs max.

We then come to the significant part of the Ceremony, the Manifestation.

Which can include:

  • What Marriage means to you

  • Declaration of Intent - the “I do” part of the ceremony

  • Your Vows - A Legal Requirement

  • The Ring Exchange

  • Pronouncement

  • The Kiss

  • Sign the Register, Also legally required with two witnesses

I then make an announcement which can be followed by a recession or a toast to the newly weds.

And this is where I bow out and the MC takes over. The Ceremony can include a poem, a song, or a reading.

Here are some images of the Love Notes Ceremonies I have officiated over the last two years to give you an idea of the scope this type of ceremony offers.

Non marriage ceremonys on Auckland
Markus and Arnaud's Civil Union at their beachfront house
Wedding celebrations on New Zealand
Here i am baby Signed sealed delivered I'm yours

Wedding ceremonys on Auckland
Michelle and Carey celebrate their Love Notes ceremony at the Winter Gardens - May 2021

Registry Ceremonies on Auckland
Toss and Sereana tie the knot with a Love Notes Ceremony on the deck of their Waiheke bach 2021

If this sounds like your kind of Wedding ceremony then I’d love to chat...

Christina Mackay.


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