Celebrating National Celebrants Day!

Celebrating National Celebrants Day!

We celebrated National Celebrant’s Day in the Newcastle are with a fancy breakfast with guest speakers and networking, prizes and lots of fun! It was a great chance to catch up and celebrate our work and passion for what we do after such a hard year.

In this episode, I catch up with a few of my Celebrant friends for a chat and we give advice for couples for their big day! Thanks Fiona, Rhonda and Jeremy- you guys rock!

Today, Tomorrow and Always

Today, Tomorrow and Always

In this episode, we chat with Allison Ockenden from Today, Tomorrow and Always. Allison is a DNA artisan and creates jewellery, wedding rings, memorial objects… and so much more!

Today Tomorrow & Always was officially launched on September 18, 2018 by accredited artisan and mother of four, Allison Ockenden. After experiencing the loss of her fiancé, Allison founded Today Tomorrow & Always in his honour – letting him live on in her heart and hands as she crafts each precious and entirely unique keepsake.

Motivated by her four beautiful children (and one furbaby), Today Tomorrow & Always was created with the vision of helping others celebrate life, love and loss. Cherishing births, relationships and marriages as well as commemorating the life of lost loved ones by creating memories you can hold and admire. ​

Allison’s goal is to create a priceless mementos to represent any memory you have from times throughout your life, because life holds so many precious moments that deserve to be re lived again and again.

Visit their website at https://www.todaytomorrowalways.com.au/
Check them out on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/TodayTomorrowAlwaysDNA or join their group at  https://www.facebook.com/groups/417292008813147/?ref=share
Here they are on Insta: https://www.facebook.com/groups/417292008813147/?ref=share

Want to buy Margie’s book or meet her at an event? Details to come!

Speeches. The Scariest Part of a Wedding?

Speeches. The Scariest Part of a Wedding?

In this episode, we explore something that scares a lot of people- Public Speaking! Speeches are a part of most wedding receptions, but they can seem pretty scary! They don’t have to be.

Host of the Wedding Wombat, Celebrant and MC, Margie gives some easy to follow tips to make wedding speeches a breeze!

Margie is an award winning Celebrant, MC and Speaker and loves her role, being passionate about celebrating love in meaningful, memorable and magical ways! Contact Margie directly on phone- 0424041212, email – margie@metamorphis.com.au or via Messenger through her facebook page www.facebook.com/MetamorphisCeremonies. Metamorphis Ceremonies can also be found on Instagram at www.instagram.com/metamorphis_ceremonies/

Margie McCumstie from Metamorphis Ceremonies hosts The Wedding Wombat

Do We Need A Rehearsal?

Wedding Rehearsals. Are they really necessary?

Well, yes. And no.

In this episode of The Wedding Wombat, we look at rehearsals and help couples work out if they need one or not.

Looking for a unique celebrant who will help you feel relaxed and comfortable so you can enjoy your special day?

Contact Margie from Metamorphis Ceremonies today.
Phone: 0424041212
Web: http://www.metamorphis.com.au
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/MetamorphisCeremonies
Instagram: http://www.instagram.com/metamorphis_ceremonies/
Email: margie@metamorphis.com.au

Smash the Patriarchy!

In this episode of The Wedding Wombat, we look at traditions in the lead up to a wedding and whether we need to consider their patriarchal influences. Keep, embrace, question or smash the patriarchy? Your choice- but whatever you choose, this is an important conversation to have and consider.

We mostly focus on heterosexual couples in this episode as same-sex couples already navigate these questions to suit them already, whilst straight couples have tradition and expectation to potentially rebel against or adjust to be real for them!

As always, we love your feedback and reviews. Share this podcast so we can help as many couples planning their big day!

Margie from Metamorphis Ceremonies can be contacted on 0424041212 or email margie@metamorphis.com.au.

Taste Me with a Gem on the Coast

Taste Me with a Gem on the Coast

In this episode, we chat with Gillian Hollingsworth from Taste Me Creative Catering and reveal a gem on the Central Coast. The Wedding Wombat loves discovering special services and venues- especially if they aren’t as well known. Gillian does all the catering and functions at The Lakes Surf Lifesaving Club in Budgewoi and rarely does any advertising because it is a special place shared by word of mouth. Well, the secret is out today on The Wedding Wombat!

Here’s how you can get in touch with Gillian:

Phone:  0413 151 000

Web: https://tasteme.com.au/
Email: info@tasteme.com.au
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TasteMeCreativeCatering

Lakes Surf Life Saving Club Functions
Located at  Budgewoi Road, Budgewoi
Web: https://www.thelakesslsc.com.au/function-room
Email: yum@mastercatering.net.au

We also mentioned:

Christian’s Patisserie
Located at 17 Thornton Ave Newcastle, NSW
Web: https://christianspatisserie.com.au/
Phone: (02) 4967 3446

Shane’s Seafood
Located at 8/17 Laycock St, Carey Bay, NSW
Web: https://www.shanesseafood.com.au/
Phone: (02) 4950 4973

Pukara Oils
Web: https://www.pukaraestate.com.au/

To change or not change?

In this episode, we explore the issues surrounding whether you should change or not change your surname. I share an insightful article by Soraya Kishtwari that she wrote for HuffPost. The original article can be read here- https://www.huffpost.com/entry/getting-married-bride-changing-name_n_5f457611c5b64f17e13562a0?fbclid=IwAR2Wh3IlWD96HcwCfcxkkMIbsz0jaG3OO727J2_5BjTY6ios8gYxxB63Sfc and I share TWO Top Fives this episode- the Top 5 Reasons TO change your name and the Top 5 Reasons NOT to change your name. The Wedding Wombat was always designed to challenge stereotypes and question traditions and this episode does just that!

If you are planning your wedding, feel free to contact me to be your Celebrant, MC or just for some advice or support- I’m here for you!
Call Margie on 0424 041212.
Email margie@metamorphis.com.au
Visit http://www.metamorphis.com.au or http://www.facebook.com/MetamorphisCeremonies

Ingrid Galloway, Kahyangan

Kahyangan is Heaven for Couples

Ingrid Galloway has been working in the Spa industry since 1999, mainly in 5 star hotels in Sydney, Australia and for her private clients. Her various roles have included spa therapist, manager, trainer and business owner. She loves what she does and often her past clients have praised her for giving them “the best treatment ever”, even though they have experienced many treatments from around the world.

Because of her passion in serving couples, she also became a Relationship Coach in 2009. She now helps stressed and busy women (and couples) to enhance their intimacy, and to look after themselves better. She has a holistic approach and healing touch in looking after her clients. She is also a very good listener, and recommends what clients need in order to maintain their well-being, that makes them receive more than they expect.

Visit: https://www.kahyangan.com.au/ or 

Phone: 0413161616

Email: ingridgalloway@kahyangan.com.au

First Bridal Fair Since Covid 19- Everyone Likes Choice

First Bridal Fair Since Covid 19- Everyone Likes Choice

In this episode of the Wedding Wombat, we chat with Caroline Long, the Senior Sales & Function Coordinator for Hunter Valley Gardens, Mercure Resort Hunter Valley Gardens and Harrigan’s Hunter Valley! Caroline is also organising the Hunter Valley Gardens Bridal Fair on Sunday 23rd, August 2020 from 10am- 2pm. This will be one of the FIRST Bridal Fairs since Covid-19 reared its ugly head and a chance for couples to come meet the region’s finest wedding vendors!

Wedding Fairs are all about choice and for the first time ever, this fair is being held simultaneously across the three venues. Each have their own unique feel and attributes and are worth checking out.

Listen in for more information and a great chat with the lovely Caroline. Come to the Wedding Fair and make sure to say hi! I’ll be meeting couples in the Shiraz room at the Mercure.

Here’s all the details:

Wedding Fair 2020

23 August, 2020

Boasting three incredible wedding venues and the Hunter’s best wedding suppliers this is a day not to be missed!

Combining resources for the first time, Hunter Valley Gardens, Mercure Resort Hunter Valley Gardens and Harrigan’s Hunter Valley will be presenting a wedding fair like no other. Showcasing a combined total of 8 ceremony locations, 6 reception venues and endless photography options this will be a day not to be missed.

Plus, we will have an extensive selection of hand picked wedding suppliers that will show you the perfect options for your special day.

Special Offer

Book a reception at one of our three stunning locations at the Wedding Fair to receive a free ceremony valued up to $850.

Or book a ceremony on the day and receive a free round of sparkling wine for your guests.

This offer is only valid if you book on the day of the Wedding Fair. Deposit must be paid within 14 days. Minimum 60 guests for reception. T&C’s apply.

Lucky Door Prizes!

Hunter Valley Gardens, offers an array of photography options amongst our ten internationally themed display Gardens and we will be giving away three photography packages worth $450 as lucky door prizes.

Included with each package is a buggy to assist you with reaching each and every corner of our oasis, ensuring you capture an array of stunning images.*

Three individual prize draws will take place at 1.30pm. One draw at each of our three wedding venues on display.

Tickets are $5 online or $10 at the door.

Contact Caroline for more info & visit the websites-

2090 Broke Road, Pokolbin NSW 2320
T +61 02 4998 2000
E-mail : sales@mrhvg.com.au
Website: www.huntervalleygardens.com.au
Website: www.mercurehuntervalley.com.au
Website: www.harrigansirishpub.com.au

Raunchy or Vanilla… you choose.

In this episode of The Wedding Wombat, we explore another fun idea for a hen’s party- an exploration of sex toys and body care products with the girls at a Pure Romance party with Jessica. Jessie is a fun, understanding woman who puts everyone at ease and helps women feel open to discuss and explore their sexuality and sensuality in a safe space. Jessie loves running parties for Hen’s parties as they are always full of giggles and the bride walks away with lots of goodies to spice up their soon-to-be newly married life!

Here’s how you can contact Jessica:

Phone: 0413633612

Request to join her private Facebook group at https://www.facebook.com/groups/2003926893043413/ Please note this group is for women only. Let her know you heard about it through this podcast.