The registry office makes a comeback after 'Sex and the City'

Perhaps a church is not for you. Have you considered a registry office wedding? These days, it’s not unusual for couples to opt for a civil marriage ceremony with statistics showing that more than two marriages in three in New South Wales are civil marriages. So if you’re considering this option, here are the details that will help you get the ball rolling. Start your journey A registry office wedding can be special, personal and elegant while also being an ideal option for couples looking for something simple and intimate. The New South Wales Registry is the largest provider of civil ceremonies in the state and is accustomed to catering to a diverse range of backgrounds. It also brings with it the experience gained in guiding couples through their civil ceremonies since as early as 1856. Registry office marriages are conducted in three locations — Sydney, Parramatta and Newcastle — with couples being offered a wide variety of options from historic wedding venues via a partnership with Sydney Living Museums to a range of venues in Illawarra. There is also the option to marry at a variety of beautiful city locations, picturesque garden settings, chic inner-city venues or even a charming old courthouse. Registry ceremonies are both professional and personal so your day will be exactly as you would like it to be. How do I take the first step? The New South Wales Registry looks after all legal requirements, from ceremony to certificate and will also cater to weekday weddings — as well as weekend weddings — if that is your preference. Contact the New South Wales Registry to discuss your wedding with one of the marriage officers.

The restaurant that hosts your wedding and reception

This happy couple — one from Sydney, one from Melbourne — wed with Balmoral’s beautiful beach as their backdrop. Couple: Senem & Craig Location: Oliverto Ristorante & Bar, Sydney Craig and Senem met in Koh Samui, Thailand, on the 26th of December, 2011. On their last day together in Thailand they made arrangements to see each other back home in Australia. Three weeks later, Craig made the first trip to see Senem in Melbourne. After that, there were many trips back and forth, and after a year of long-distance love, Craig proposed. “It was the most beautiful proposal a girl could ever ask for,” explains Senem. “He had candles all around the house with gorgeous roses and champagne on the table. I had no idea he was about to propose. Craig led me to the balcony and there, spelt out with candles were the words ‘Marry Me’. He went down on his knees and I accepted immediately!” After 12 months of planning, Senem and Craig wed at the Balmoral Beach rotunda looking out over picturesque Balmoral Beach. The couple opted for a rustic theme and Senem wore an elegant dress from Ronald Joyce in Melbourne. Her groom wore a Steel Blue Hugo Boss suit as Senem was adamant black would be too harsh for a beach wedding. The reception was held at Oliveto Ristorante & Bar where the happy couple’s 96 guests joined the newlyweds. “It went by so quickly! I had the best time of my life and wish I could re-live the whole day again. I was super nervous before the ceremony but after that was over we both had the time of our lives. I think it was the best wedding I’ve ever been to." Bride's Advice: “Get ready as early as possible as every bride ends up running behind schedule. My hair and makeup artist was about 45-minutes late! That put me way behind schedule and added to the nerves. So ensure you account for any mishaps. When you’re ready earlier, you have more time for photos too.”

From Reception Venues     Discover Ceremony Flowers

Corina & Neil

High school sweethearts years later tying the knot; this wedding was so full of love and emotion. Ceremony and Reception were held at the amzing Orara Valley Estate, NSW.

Every part of your sensational and glorious wedding is magical, right from the moment that you walk down the aisle, to the moment that you both drive off into the sunset on your sweet honeymoon way... However, a major part of the whole planning has to be the wedding reception. It's a huge part of the day and the wedding reception needs to be precision planned to make sure it's on cue in every way, shape and form! Yet what is the wedding reception etiquette? There's so many things that you need to organize and the wedding reception (or even the wedding receptions – some of you may feel the need for a couple), is looming and you need to be writing out the wedding reception invites – and fast!

The Wedding Reception

Do I Have To Invite Everyone To The Ceremony And The Wedding Reception?
It's becoming more and more fashionable, particularly where ceremony venues are limited in space, to have intimate family members only to the official tying of the knot and then your other friends and more distant family members to the wedding reception only. The only time it becomes unacceptable is an invite to the ceremony and not to the wedding reception.

We're Both From Different Countries: What Is The Invitation Etiquette For The Wedding Receptions When You're Having Two
It's becoming more common as days go by for the necessity for two wedding receptions. It may be clear that certain people won't be able to attend the ceremony alongside the wedding reception, yet they'll be available for the wedding reception that's not on the actual day that you get married. However, if they are close family members or friends, you will want to invite them anyhow to exhibit that they are a well respected member of your entourage of life!

Do I Wear My Wedding Gown To Both Of The Wedding Receptions?
Generally, you wouldn't wear your gown for the wedding reception that you'll be attending for those who couldn't make the wedding day itself. However, it's not a hard and fast rule! Wearing your wedding dress for your second wedding reception is not such an unusual idea!

Do We Have To Leave The Wedding Reception By Midnight?
Some couples love to stay at the wedding reception right until the end. They want to party the night away with their friends and family and spend the wedding reception enjoying themselves, to the full potential. No one is going to throw you out of the wedding reception; you may want to stay there until you see the sun rise up the following morning! One of the most important things about the wedding reception is to enjoy it. It's that one and only day of your life that you'll never experience again.

The wedding reception is a big part of that and is there to be loved and appreciated.