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ISSUE 2: DECEMBER 2018

One Year on From Marriage Equality

Styling Your Wedding Venue

Summer / Spring Wedding Tips


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A d ve r tisin g & Par tn e rships Nivelo Miller advertising@equallywed.com.au E d it or Kassidy Eberhart kassidy@equallywed.com.au A r t Dire c to r Kamini Mountford hello@blaskdesign.com D e s ign Blask Design Cover I mage Frank Farrugia Same Love Photography www.samelove.com.au E d it oria l Co n trib u to rs Kerrie Wood, Steve Miller, Joe Ball, Deb Saywell,

Welcome 5 Martin & Andrew

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Questions To Ask Your Venue

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Styling Your Wedding Venue

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Wedding Styles

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Summer / Spring Wedding Tips

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Wedding Registry

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Gift Ideas

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Stay Cool, Look Hot!

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Bronte Price, Sarah Kunst, Anne O’Brien.

Lardner Park

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Ph oto gra ph ic Co n tribu t ors

One Year On From Marriage Equality In Australia

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How Drag Changed My Life

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How To Make Your Wedding Eco Friendly

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Alastair & Cameron

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Signature Cocktails

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Power Of Attorney Vs. Guardianship

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Laughter & Love

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I Had To Come Out Too

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Angus Edwards, Simone Townsend, Prada Clutch,

Frank Farrugia (Samelove Photography), Yasmina Nadine (Yasmina Nadine Photography)

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WELCOME Our second edition of our magazine will be released on the eve of the first anniversary of the legislation passing, and will be a slimline digital version. The print industry is rapidly print magazine must also adapt for the future.

You don’t have to touch it to know Love is everywhere you go You don’t have to touch it to feel Love is every second we steal Love is love is nothing without you

marry in heartfelt ceremonies. That’s 5,000 mostly long

Love is love is everything you do

term couples, families and adopted rainbow families directly

Open up your eyes

affected and the earth hasn’t caved in. Imagine that!

And you will see

most about with the decades of struggle we have faced. These are traditions we may choose to include and often still mean a lot to us all and so deservedly we include them on our day. With traditions changing we are also paving the way for a new wedding industry, which is crafting an alternate path for generations to come. It’s the proudest day of our lives, so why not incorporate the things that we hold closest to our heart, celebrate what we want to honour and mark a day we have been waiting so long for.

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traditional vows that the LGBTI community knows more than

Love is love is everything to me

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‘Through sickness and health’. ’Till death do us part’ are

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One year on and we have seen over 5,000 LGBTI couples

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reducing and the world seeks instant access so, our lovely

And l leave you in the words of Culture Club ‘Love Is Love’

You don’t have to touch it to be Wrapped up in emotion like me Everyone must feel how I do, yeah Love is just to be close to you Love is love is nothing without you Love is love is everything you do Open up your eyes And you will see Love is love is everything to me

It’s our time, so celebrate it however you want, there are no rules. Well maybe a few you need to follow but the after

And you know that love is love

party is all yours. So talk, discuss and plan the day you

It’s written in black and blue

want, not what others expect.

And everything you say Must bring her closer, closer to you NI V E LO M I LLE R ­— FOUNDER


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Martin & Andrew 30 September 2018 Photography: Same Love Photography - Timo and Frank


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MARTIN & ANDREW 30th September 2018

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Andrew proposed to Martin at the rather famous proposal spot of Bow Bridge in Central Park, New York on their 9th anniversary together. Even though they were alone in a big city, when the question was popped they suddenly heard a scream of excitement from a random lady who was passing by and were lucky enough she started capturing this momentous occasion with her phone. Much like the proposal they held their wedding ceremony in a park here in Sydney, Mckell Park which has spectacular views over the harbour and well-appointed gardens. With such a beautiful backdrop photo’s ensued and the reception followed at Beta Bar in Sydney CBD where, the food was absolutely incredible and the staff were so warm and friendly. The wedding theme revolved around an elegant and classy Gatsby theme. There was a mixture of gold, black and florals in deep blues, purples, pinks with golden foliage. Just a few days’ shy of our 10th anniversary we are now legally married in the place we want to live the rest of our lives.


CEREMONY McKell Park, Darling Point RECEPTION Beta Bar, Sydney PHOTOGRAPHERS Same Love Photography Timo and Frank VIDEOGRAPHY Patrick Rose CREATIVE TEAM/PLANNER/DESIGNER Noel Nassar Events

CELEBRANT Gina Liano

CHANDELIERS Starlight Chandeliers CUTLERY/GOLD STANDS NPM Events EVENT RENTALS Harbourside Decorators LIGHTING QC Entertainment DANCEFLOOR Event Dance Floors CHAIRS White Label Hire SEATING/ARBOR/FURNISHING The Treasure Room MENUS/STATIONERY Edge House Design PRINTING Clever Fox Print

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FLOWERS Crazy About Flowers

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MC/ENTERTAINMENT Verushka Darling

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QUESTIONS TO ASK YOUR VENUE DATE AND VENUE is the venue available on my preferred date? how many can you accommodate seated or standing? what is the fee for hiring your venue? what is the deposit? are there other weddings held on the same day?

WHAT IS INCLUDED IN THE FEE? what does the rental fee include and not include?

is there a minimum or maximum rental time? what is the cancellation/refund policy?

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ACCOMMODATION & YOUR GUESTS

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how much is an additional hour?

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do you offer discounts for wedding guests to stay here? is there a curfew for music and when is that? do you have parking and how many spaces

VENDORS & STYLING can i use any vendor or must i use your preferred vendors? if it rains do you have a back-up plan? when can i begin setup on my wedding day? are there any restrictions on the space?

VENUE SPECIFICS do you have wifi, sound, AV system, DJ booth that i can use? can i BYO alcohol or catering? is there accessible toilets, a lift or wheelchair access? do you allow pets?

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do you have accommodation?


STYLING YOUR WEDDING VENUE THE STYLING OF YOUR WEDDING VENUE

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IMPRINTS YOUR PERSONAL VISION AND STYLE ON YOUR BIG DAY - HOWEVER THERE A FEW CONSIDERATIONS TO PAUSE AND REFLECT ON BEFORE LEAPING INTO THE ‘STYLING” PHASE OF ANY BIG DAY

Any small detail can throw off the whole look of the vision of your wedding and result in expensive and timeconsuming mistakes. So, at the very least it is a sound decision to take a “consult” with an experienced and professional wedding planner at the start of this important journey to your day.


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The very first thing that an experienced styling or planning service will discuss and advise you and your partner to consider is your budget for the big day. When meeting with the venues of choice across both the ceremony and reception spaces, remember that accessibility and distance can add not only hours to the setup of the day but also many financial and logistic aspects that you many not of considered. Remember all of this “styling” is also external to the other elements of the day e.g.: transport, photography, videography and the practical ‘on the day’ coordination processes across all suppliers and vendors. When viewing a venue ensure you ask what’s included in the hire and ask for this in flyer form so you have

easiest of wedding day aspects to handle also without

a copy of it when you leave the venue. The two most

guidance across planning, logistics, access, delivery

common options are:

and pack down – this requires some discussion and consideration to progress successfully on the day.

Venues that supply you with the basic facilities such as tables, chairs, table and stem ware, cutlery, linen, napery etc. plus any coordination aspects that the venue

that can reduce the level of external supplier and vendor engagement. However, if you choose the “blank canvas” option the planning timeline is often extended significantly (up to 12 months in some instances) and increases the number of suppliers and vendors required also to ensure every element is appropriately met.

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specifically will deliver for you.

Established venues have elements of choice in situ

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A “shell” or blank canvas is where you will have to bring

You also can expect this option to also increase your wedding budget - considerably.

everything in (and we mean everything) from tables,

While the blank canvas option allows you the most

chairs, linen, napery, floral decor, props and catering

flexibility in picking and choosing your vendors, it needs

plus all the on the day aspects across all spaces too.

to be considered within the context of your budget scope

It’s not at all unmanageable, but most certainly not the

and how much time both you and your partner have to devote to the logistic aspects of styling. An experienced stylist and planning service can help you avoid the time-consuming tasks related to cost quotes, contract negotiations, cost schedule payments and timeline delivery scheduled for set up and pack down on the big day across both the ceremony and reception spaces (and this is on top of the aesthetic of the styling of the day!). There are many different styles and looks to choose from when styling your wedding venue, and at LUXE – Unforgettable Events we would consider each one in context with you and your partner’s preferred vision and assist you to arrive at a unique and personalised agreement as to the look and style for your unforgettable day – in budget for your day.

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WEDDING STYLES

O NE O F T H E FI RST T H I NG S TO CO NS I D E R I S T H E T Y P E O F ST YLE YOU WO U LD LI K E TO I NCO R PO RATE WITHIN YO U R W E D D I NG . T H E R E A R E M AN Y TO CH O O S E FRO M A ND W E H AVE RO U ND E D U P S O M E O F T H E M OR E CO M M O N O NES TO CO NS I D ER .

R U ST I C aesthetics and simplicity of a country life style with organic elements such as timber and metals with unstructured bouquets and floral decors.

MODERN The modern wedding style can be thought of as the opposite design of the vintage style. This sleek look has an almost futuristic feel to it, including the most contemporary decor and a venue with modern architecture and geometric shapes. This style focuses on minimalism across all spaces on the day.

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A rustic look will combine the natural

CLAS S I C A classic look is elegant and traditional, and it’s always tasteful. A similar styling option that is popular amongst couples is vintage.

V I NTAG E Vintage design style, which incorporates antique buildings and decors so, your guests feel like they’re being transported back in time.

IMAGES Modern Minimalist – Watermans Room, 12 Micron, Barrangaroo Sydney, NSW Rustic – Oakdene Vineyards, Wallington, Vic


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RO M A NT I C

Formal weddings are just that - formal

The Romantic style wedding certainly

and usually black tie that sets the tone

seeks to create a “magical” day to

of the event across spaces, pace and

remember and usually incorporates

flow.

flowers and other foliage with a breathtaking lush design. When

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choosing this wedding style, you will

A casual wedding style is the perfect

feel like you’re stepping into a fairy

design for your day if you are free flow

tale as you enter the ceremony and

and do not have any convictions to

reception space.

structures to your big day – and wish to celebrate your love in a relaxed and

A RT D ECO

casual way. This wedding style is often

The art-deco wedding style is the

set on a beach or home front where

perfect choice for you if you love glitz

your guests can sit back and celebrate

and glam. This jazz-inspired design

the love between you and your soon-

utilises gold and glitter. The art-deco

to-be spouse with their shoes off style.

style can be thought of as a hybrid of

This design will the focus in on the

glam and vintage – think “Gatsby” and

couple rather than any aesthetic.

all things F. Scott Fitzgerald.


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G LA M A “glam” wedding style is great for lovers of metallic colours. If you envision your wedding to be full of sparkle and shine, this style is one to seriously consider. Chandeliers are a common focal point at weddings with this design and are often decorated with ornate floral arrangements. This wedding style is a win for those who would like a “Hollywood” vibe on their memorable day. It is or should be always an option to discuss “looks” from several different that speaks to your day – your way and for your wedding that will be totally unforgettable and forms a fusion that is

way to deliver your dream day with styling and planning that represents you, your partner and the personality of the day in an affordable way. If you would like to explore your options for styling and planning further we are happy to arrange a complimentary consult which will provide you with a detailed look at all that goes into the planning, design and delivery of your wedding day, your budget expectation and next steps in the styling and planning journey toward your biggest day.

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styles for a ‘unique’ design and styling


SUMMER / SPRING WEDDING TIPS SUM M ER IS PRIME TIME FOR WE DDIN GS, WIT H TH E W EAT H E R S O G O OD AND LONG DAYS WIT H BEAU T IF U L S U N S E TS. T H E S U N CA N B E HARSH HERE IN AUST RA L IA S O WE HAV E P U T TO G E T H E R S O M E T I P S T HAT WILL ASSIST YOU A N D YOU R GU ESTS IN KE E P I NG CO O L A ND STAYING COMFORTAB L E . PROVIDE H EAT RELIE F We all love the heat but we do need respite from it if a large portion of your wedding is during the daytime. There are a number of ways to provide this, which could include shaded structures S UM M E R

to small ice-cold towels that you can have pre-prepared sitting in an ice bucket. You could scatter ice buckets with bottles of water around the area and limit intoxication. Place those ice

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buckets also around the dance floor guests have to go on a mission to find

provide moisture where it is needed

to have your photos taken with a

water it can be annoying. Our final tip

most to assist with cooling.

nice pre-sunset sky that will provide a beautiful background and a more

on this point: don’t forget your vendors. to cold refreshments and keep them in a good mood. R E N T AI R-CON UNITS OR FA N S Check with your venue if they provide air-conditioning and if they don’t you can quite often rent portable air-con units or large fans from specialist businesses. If you are hiring items for your reception put this on the list! Think

IC E BLOC KS O R PO P S Consider serving ice blocks or ice pops

comfortable time to be posing with each other.

somewhere during the event. They are refreshing, everyone will appreciate

W EA R CO O L , B R EAT H A B LE AT TIR E

them and they are also easy to prepare

Chose attire which breathes and we

prior to the wedding. This is something

address the specific fabrics in an

you could delegate or make with a

article written by Shane Ave on page

bunch of friends if you wanted to DIY.

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You could also add frozen drinks or slushies to the drinks menu.

about the placement and test them out

B U Y S U NS CR E E N, B U G S P RAY A ND A LO E V E RA S P RAY

DON ’ T BEGI N YO U R O U T D O O R WE DDIN G AT M I D DAY

Those mega bottles of sunscreen you

right next to the celebrant or when you are delivering the toast. Plus, keep your

This is the time when the sun is at

them around the place perhaps next

DJ or band cool whilst they are playing

its strongest and your guests will

to the drinks and throw in a few aloe

because they are the ones who are out

quickly become uncomfortable in the

vera sprays in the ice buckets in case

there for several hours. Our tip, try and

sweltering sun. We suggest planning

anyone gets sunburn. You could even

hire those fans that blow mist as they

your ideal time for your dinner at

have water spray bottles available.

rotate. They move air around but also

sunset and work backwards. It’s best

beforehand. You don’t want a noisy fan

can purchase … buy a few of them. Put

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Set up an area where they have access

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Cover that dance floor or reception

going to be out in the sun think about

out foot pools but why not! Adding

area. It doubles as a sun shade and a

changing them so you and your guests

a small inflatable pool or four full of

plan B if the weather gets nasty.

don’t burn their bottoms. If you want

water (add some ice) and letting your

metal chairs get a marquee to cover

guests stick their feet into it whilst

them invest in chair covers or at least

drinking is a good idea. We often

cushions.

provide those clam shells you can buy for $14 at Bunnings full of water at

FLOWERS WI LT Q U IC KLY IN SUMMER HEAT If your flowers don’t have a water

our annual Xmas party so people can stand in the water and drink under some large Japanese umbrellas.

source they will quickly deteriorate.

CH A LK A RA I NB OW Ok, so this is not a summer wedding tip however we plan on chalking a rainbow across the driveway into the venue and it feels so fitting. Maybe you could include a rainbow crossing somewhere if the venue allows you to. You could even do it at the ceremony

Think of an alternative or have them

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where everyone crosses the rainbow

in water right up till the point you put

Heavy food and heat don’t mix. Talk

crossing as they enter and they take

them in your hair or put ice in the vase.

to your venue and see what options

their seat.

they have for summer or spring that T HONGS AND UMBRE L LAS Have a basket of thongs handy or ask your guests to bring their own and place them in the basket for the reception. Alternatively, provide a bunch of umbrellas for the guests which can provide shade during the ceremony.

are lighter. By doing so it will ensure everyone dances rather than sitting at their table feeling lethargic. Frozen cocktails that include mint and cucumber are popular and who would turn down an oyster platter or any type of canape for starters?

M A K E A STAT E M E NT W I T H YOU R W E D D I NG VOWS Make a statement, say something at the ceremony that’s personal and fitting to your wedding that emphasises the struggle and recognition that we have finally achieved.

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Bekki & Leanne

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National Park sitting with their feet in

the photographer, venue decoration

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a cool spring, Leanne slid a box over

and where were they going for their

to Bekki who almost instantly began

honeymoon. After meeting a couple

crying. They had both talked about

of photographers, Bekki and Leanne

the prospect of marriage but until that

found Yasmina and instantly loved her.

point it had never been more than

They thought her portfolio was great

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decided upon. All that was left was

a discussion. Almost instantly the

and open-minded. During the wedding

planning began with Bekki researching

planning process both were worried

different venue options, talking about

each time they talked to different

colour schemes, styles and most

vendors how they would react when

importantly, when the wedding would

explaining that it was a same-sex

actually take place!

wedding and no one at any point made them feel uncomfortable.

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On 24th August 2016 at Yosemite

The original plan was for October 2017 around the time of the school

The couple shopped for their wedding

holidays, which as a teacher, was very

outfits separately with their respective

important for Leanne. After much

parents, with only the wedding party

research, visiting venues and gathering

knowing what the other was wearing.

quotes they realised that an October

On the wedding day they dressed

wedding was breaking their budget.

separately, preparing to meet each

They asked their preferred venue about

other for the first time in the ceremony

a March date and the price was much

room. In a beautiful country house in a

more agreeable. So the date was set to

small town, the pianist played Canon

25th March 2017.

in D as one bride walked into the room after the other and surrounded by all the people they loved. Despite

Colours for the wedding were set:

the nerves from earlier that morning

oxford blue and canary yellow. With

the day went off without a hitch. The

this decision made, Leanne could shop

weather was beautiful with most of

for her dress and Bekki could find a

the guests in sunglasses and spending

suitable suit for her Man of Honour.

time outside enjoying the warmth of

The flowers were selected and food

sun and love.


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A Headlands Wedding Headlands Austinmer Beach is a stunning ocean front venue located on the picturesque south coast of New South Wales. Surrounded by beautiful beaches and parkland, our breathtaking views will create the perfect backdrop for your wedding, with an abundance of ceremony locations just a stone’s throw away from your reception space. After your reception, retreat to our luxury apartments with mesmerizing ocean views certain to make your stay as newlyweds truly unforgettable .

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WEDDING REGISTRY

WE DDING G I F TS A ND O U R

round it up you are surely covered.

GU IDE L INES O N W H AT TO S P E ND

Personally, we think that it’s worth

With peak wedding season around

placing at least $100 in the well for the

the corner and invitations arriving it’s

entire night if not more, depending on

lovely to be invited to a wedding but

your relationship and where the day is

it can also be a taxing time on the hip

held. You are better off throwing more

pocket.

in the well than left red-faced when a potential discussion evolves around the

More often than not same-sex couples

table about how much you put into the

will be living together for some

well.

therefore, they probably already have

CE LE B RAT E W I T H P R I D E

the home and kitchen appliances that

If the couple are very much out and

are so often purchased as wedding

proud we certainly suggest flights &

gifts.

accommodation to the next Mardi Gras, Midsumma or World Pride events? You

With that in mind, we are look at the

know they will have so much fun and

various types of wedding registries

it’s a mini honeymoon for them in a

that couples may chose for different

way.

scenarios and a guide to how much you would spend with each.

G I F T R EG I ST RY registries that have an array of gifts

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you can buy outright or contribute

A wishing well typically goes

towards a more expensive goal. This

towards a honeymoon, a new house

does allow the couple diversity on

(or apartment these days) or may

what they need and want for their next

just off-set their big day. Depending

stage in life. If the couple does provide

on how close you are to the couple

a link to a registry we would strongly

you should be looking to contribute

advise you do select from there as they

between $100 - $300.

have taken the time to work out what

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time prior to their wedding day and

they really need. It’s worth noting that weddings in capital cities typically cost couples

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between $120 - $170 per head,

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while regional areas it’s normally

Being connected to the community

around $70 - $90 a head.

we know that many of you like a good drop, so we are throwing this one into

If the couple getting married attended

our potential list. This can be achieved

your own wedding, you can always be

two ways, the couple could post a list

guided by the amount that they spent

out of what wines/champagnes they

on you.

would like to stock their cellar with or you could sign them up to a monthly

Whilst it is hard to estimate what a

subscription of wines that deliver to

wedding would cost if you take the

their door.

above guide to pricing and perhaps


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We have also seen couples utilise

may come down to your attendance is

art gallery or a trip to MONA.

a wishing well for an artwork fund,

the gift if flying to a rather expensive

which they then use to select some

place. If you want to contribute a

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art for their home. This becomes a

smaller amount it might be an idea to

• Gift a relaxing weekend away

constant reminder of their wedding day

discuss with other guests about all

gift from their friends.

chipping in for a larger gift as a group.

• Buy them a voucher to a restaurant

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EX PE RIENCES & M E M B E RS H I P S

• Buy them a Bunnings gift voucher if

We came across this recently on our

If you have no need for material

they are re-modelling their home

blog where Thai & Serafin requested no

possessions but are after some

• A voucher at a department store so

gifts but instead asked their guests to

experiences that you will remember

contribute to their wishing well which

forever then somewhere like Red

was donated to the Brain Foundation

Balloon may pop-up on your radar with

As a general guide if you are building a

in memory of Serafin’s late father.

various ideas from hot air ballooning

gift registry we recommend you build it

over the Barossa Valley to seaplane joy

around the $80 mark for everyone, so if

flights.

you have 50 people then a gift registry

complete with massages for a special meal

D ESTINATI ON W E DDIN GS When travelling to a destination

they can pick out what they want

of $4000 would be appropriate. Then

wedding travel costs and

A membership could really appeal to

two months prior to your wedding go

accommodation do play a part in the

some couples, if they love art they may

back and revisit it and add some more

amount given to the gift registry and it

appreciate a membership at their local

items if needed


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STAY COOL, LOOK HOT!

WHETHER YOU’RE GETTING MARRIED OR JUST A GUEST AT A WEDDING, YOU DESERVE TO LOOK YOUR BEST! DRESSES, TUXEDOS AND OTHER FORMAL WEAR CAN FEEL LUXURIOUS BUT SWEAT ISN’T SEXY. BEFORE CHOOSING YOUR STYLE FOR THIS SEASON’S SPECIAL EVENTS THINK ABOUT THE FABRIC FIRST.

BEST FABRICS FOR SUMMER

champagne bottles). Since linen

In fact, most fabric blends are summer

Suit styles and preferences can vary as

creases easily, it’s mostly used in less

wedding no-go’s. Due to their synthetic

much as the people wearing them but

formal weddings.

nature, they don’t usually excel at

one consideration remains the same: some fabrics are just better suited (pun intended) for summer than others.

Cotton is also a popular option for any type of summer attire, including wedding ensembles. Light and airy,

keeping you cool and dry. Any fabric that’s clingy, tight, or repels water will make you rethink your choices.

When it’s hot and humid, the type of

100% fine cotton is generally low

MIX AND MATCH

fabric you choose can ultimately affect

maintenance and budget-friendly.

Once you’ve settled on a fabric option

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start a wedding. Whether you’re going to an outdoor garden ceremony or just

As an added bonus wool, cotton, and linen are 100% natural and sustainable and look flattering on any body type.

walking from the car to the ballroom,

MATERIALS TO AVOID

the last thing you want is to suffer from

If linen or wool aren’t viable options

clothes made of stifling fabric.

then you should take care to avoid

Choose clothing made from 100% wool or linen to keep you light and cool. Wool might make you think of winter

some of the most heat-producing fabrics if you want to stay fresh and focused.

you need to turn that material into shapes and styles that flatter. Finding that perfect combination isn’t always easy, especially since there are dozens of ways to mix and match suit pieces. The classic three-piece suit remains a top choice consisting of a coordinating jacket, vest, and pants. Or you can pare down the options to just a jacket and pants - one less layer might leave

but this fibre has a naturally ability

One of the worst offenders is polyester

you cooler if the special date is during

to shed water. It also helps to pull

fabrics. While they’re often the

the peak of summer.

moisture and heat away from your skin

cheapest, they’re also water repellant.

to keep you cool and dry.

This means that instead of wicking

Linen is a super lightweight fabric that provides unmatched airflow and lets your body breathe. It’s less clingy than other materials and dries quickly should your clothing become wet (helpful if you plan on popping

moisture away from you polyester allows moisture to build, which can leave you feeling sticky, sweaty, and miserable. Beware the polyester/wool

If you’re wearing a long necktie it usually makes sense to wear a vest to keep your tie tucked into place. Bow ties can work with or without a vest or choose to go sans tie.

blends too - adding wool to the mix

Other accessories that can complete

doesn’t give you the same benefits as

your ensemble include silk pocket

100% wool.

squares, cummerbunds, cufflinks, tie


lapel pens. These items all give you limitless flexibility in customising your

Also, trending is the step outside the one-dimensional colour chart in favour of mixing bolder colors, textures and

you’re never stuck with the basic,

metallics are making their way down

masculine cuts of traditional weddings.

the aisle.

You can opt for curvier lines, tighter fits, shorter jackets, higher in-seams, and softer colors than what you’d find in an off-the-rack suit shop.

“We’ve seen such a shift in what summer wedding attire not only looks like but also how it makes the wearer feel.” says Deb Saywell, Founder and

LOOKING FOR A SUMMER SUIT?

Lead Designer of Shane Ave. We

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know that in order for us to offer true

Summer wedding trends are constantly

bespoke suits, we need to consider

in motion and Shane Ave strives

that no option is off the table and help

to stay on the cusp of styles their

each of our clients experience clothing

customers crave.

like never before.”

One of the most surprising trends seen

“What our clients want is the

is the shirtless vest with coordinated

opportunity to step into an environment

pants. It’s actually a genius idea for

that gives them the confidence to

summer because it eliminates one of

express what they want to wear on

- just professional, friendly advice that focuses on colour palettes, fabrics and your desired fit to make every wedding truly special.” “Our clients want to feel empowered when choosing their wedding attire.” Saywell observes: “The shopping experience for our LGBTIQ community is rife with challenges and fears that typical department stores just aren’t equipped to handle their needs and every newlywed deserves to feel special on their day.”

Contributor: Deb Saywell Founder, Shane Ave www.shaneave.com

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patterns. Stripes, plaids and even

or recourse. There is no right or wrong

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With bespoke suits keep in mind that

their wedding day with no judgement

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the most stifling layers of the suit.

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SWITCHBOARD The sleigh bells are ringing, the

important piece of the puzzle in our

partridge is in the pear tree and

lives we also know from listening to

Mariah is telling us again for the

LGBTIQA+ people that, there remains

20th year in a row that ‘all I want for

so much more to fight for and change

Christmas is you’.

– in both the personal realm and in

For many in the LGBTIQA+

broader society.

communities, the very thought of the

Whether it is Christmas Day,

festive season sends a shiver down

Hanukkah or Pancha Ganapati, all

our spines – not just because of the

these December days of observance

expense and the carols but also

rooted are in religion and historically,

because we are queer. Christmas is

many of these religions have rejected

sold to us as a time to reconnect with

us. Like queer weddings, many in

our (for want of a better term) family of

our communities are reclaiming and

origin yet for many of us this is deeply

‘queering’ these festive holidays. An

complicated. Too many LGBTIQA+

example of this is Melbourne’s 2018

people remain unwelcome within our

Carols by Queerlight held at St Kilda

families of origin for reasons out of

Town Hall on Saturday December 15.

our control including: rejection of our

However, even with these emerging

partners and/or kids; not wanting to

events and the growth in inclusive

see our transitioned bodies; or being

faith-based congregations, it doesn’t

asked to use pronouns and/or names

mean that everything is now hunky

they don’t accept. Some of us just

dory. I don’t need to tell you that, dear

don’t want to go to another family

reader.

shindig to sit with family who voted ‘no’ or hear discriminatory opinions voiced as casual conversation.

At Switchboard we know all about the loneliness of the holiday season. After all many of us experience these

At Switchboard Victoria we listen

feelings ourselves. Switchboard has

to our communities tell their stories

over 160 volunteers and a small team

every day. We know that many people

of staff who all identify as part of the

feel silenced by the recent Marriage

LGBTIQA+ communities. From our

Equality win, not empowered. They

own lives and the work we do, we

feel that they are no longer able to talk

know how important it is to talk to

about rights or discrimination because

and connect with others who share

they have ‘gotten what we wanted, we

and understand what we are going

won’. Whilst marriage equality was an

through.


This ‘festive’ season, we recommend

• If you are travelling at this time,

Perhaps you can be there for people –

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you actively prepare for how this

check out what is now on offer

be one of the five friends who will pick

time of the year impacts on you. Ask

in the city/town you grew up in –

up the phone. Think broadly of those

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yourself: what am I going to do to look

you might be surprised.

in your life who have struggled this

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year or might be struggling now. Go

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after myself ? Here are some tips. • Make a ‘festive season’ plan,

• Think of the things that make you happy and put them into

whether you are staying in or

your plan. Create a list of songs

going out lots.

and dance around the house, have

• Create a list of people you can call and text to connect with wherever you are. Aim for five

some long baths, go to the gym (or get a visitor pass for a local gym if you are travelling).

old school and send them a card in the mail or invite them along to events you are going to. Finally this festive season you might also consider becoming a regular financial donor to Switchboard Victoria. Support us to support those queers who are doing it tough.

people and add Switchboard/Qlife

If you love this time of year, and I know

Whatever this time of year means to

to the list – there you go, that’s

many of you do, have fun! Perhaps

you, let’s stay connected. Remember if

one!

between decorating the tree, going to

you need help reach out and if you are

multiple work Christmas parties and

doing well we encourage you to give

drinking egg nog, you might consider

back.

• Arrange to go to a queer event just before and just after the festive season.

giving back to those in our LGBTIQA+ communities who find this time of year uncomfortable (at best ) and at worst unbearable.

Happy holidays everyone and all the best if you are getting married over the festive season!


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ONE YEAR ON FROM MARRIAGE EQUALITY IN AUSTRALIA

MANY OF US CAN REMEMBER THE EUPHORIA OF 15 NOVEMBER 2017, THE DAY THE AUSTRALIAN BUREAU OF STATISTICS RELEASED THE RESULTS OF THE “YES” VOTE ON MARRIAGE EQUALITY. I RECALL I WAS IN A MASSIVE CROWD OUTSIDE THE STATE LIBRARY IN SWANSTON STREET IN MELBOURNE,

respect from hospitals and other health

announced, the mood swung several

service providers that straight couples

times from positive and hopeful

have always received – and, yes, I have

to concerned and depressed, and

heard some horror stories. I’ve seen the

discussions wavered from the joy and

bravery of numerous LGBTI couples from

thrill of “it” finally being all ok and

countries where marriage equality is

marriage being legal for all people over

far from being legal, couples who have

the age of 18 in Australia, to “if we lose,

travelled to Australia to get married just

what will be the next steps?”. I won’t

to commit to each other in a formal way,

go over the flood of high emotions that

even though that marriage won’t be

followed the announcement, but they will

recognized back home. In some of these

forever be remembered by many of us.

countries, “homosexuality” is punishable

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Well, more than 5000 LGBTI couples have got married. As a gay marriage

by death, but these couples push forward because they just know it’s the right thing for them to do.

celebrant who’s taken more than 60

I’ve been surprised by the number of

LGBTI wedding bookings in that time,

LGBTI couples who have been deeply

it’s been wonderful to see a great range

closeted and, yet, wish to get married.

of couples come forward to be joined

Usually, these marriage ceremonies

together. Many have been together

occur within their home with only their

for decades. For lots of them, getting

two witnesses and me present (or

married has been about reaffirming that

perhaps a handful of friends). They’re

and ensuring they both have the legal

very short ceremonies but are full of as

rights afforded them by marriage that

much love as many of the longer and

straight couples have always enjoyed.

more complex ceremonies. There are no

For others, where one party has been

photos posted to social media; there is

seriously ill, it’s been an opportunity

no public indication that the marriage

to stitch up the legal rights that come

has taken place; and the couples are firm

with marriage but also to get the same

about need for secrecy, for the sake of


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And, of course, I’ve been the celebrant

has now made it optional for the

memberships, their church membership

at some big gay weddings. There’ve

gender of a person to be included on

or their blood family’s cohesion. And,

been rainbow sashes and arches,

their birth certificate. The gay panic

in lots of these ceremonies, there’s not

rainbow cakes, rainbow tablecloths for

defence remains law in SA – work still

a member of their blood family to be

the signing table and rainbow coloured

needs to be done on that. Trans people

seen.

balloons on the dance-floor. And those

are now more easily able to amend

touches have put people in a great

their gender on birth certificates

mood for a wonderful celebration of

although some states and territories

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still require trans people to undergo

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But they’ve been the exception rather

gender reassignment surgery first.

than the rule.

And, in Victoria, married trans people

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Other LGBTI couples have had a focus on the celebration associated with their marriage, preferring to spend their limited funds on lovely food and fabulous beverages for their guests rather than on the trimmings often

On a more serious side, of course,

associated with straight weddings. So,

marriage equality was only ever one

they may invite 40 or 50 guests to a

more step in the fight for genuine

small venue not typically associated

equality for LGBTI people.

with the wedding industry, often on a weekday, and there’s not a table of 10 with an alternate-drop menu in sight! The MO is casual, standup, mingling, grazing table, informal party. The word “reception” isn’t uttered. And whilst there may be a rainbow or two in full view, people are there because they know the couple deeply rather than because they are friends of the parents who happen to be paying for the party.

no longer need to get a divorce in order to change their gender on their birth certificate. Non-binary people can now register a non-specific sex on various legal documents, but intersex people

Since marriage equality became a

continue to face medical interventions

reality in Australia in December 2017,

in their early years.

it is now legal for LGBTI couples to adopt children in all states and territories, including the Northern Territory. Discrimination on the basis of sexuality or gender identification is

There is still much more work to be done, particularly to ensure the rights of bisexual, trans and intersex people. The fight continues.

outlawed in every jurisdiction, apart from in religious schools which still

Contributor:

retain the right to refuse students and

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teachers on those bases. Tasmania

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I have been self-employed as a

the ability it gives me to perform all

the Sydney gay scene but this was only

professional drag queen for eleven

the female songs that I absolutely love,

the beginning for this songstress.

years now, giving me the freedom to be myself. Drag is a creative outlet where

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been doing drag for eleven years now

Drag has opened many doors for

I not only get to sing live & entertain

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me, having the pleasure of meeting

people but I get to wear fabulous

those life-changing moments that you

celebrities like American singer

costumes, big hair & killer heels. It’s

least expect but was obviously meant

Glenn Fry from the rock band The

what every gay boy wishes for! Drag

to occur as it felt so right.

Eagles. When Glenn travelled to

has also given me the freedom to

Australia, he would request me as

travel.

As a young & naive musical theatre

his entertainment & host for the night

student, I was told that drag was the

when he was chilling with his band &

The greatest joy that drag gives me

dog-end of the industry & to avoid

crew in-between shows. Then there’s

is the satisfaction of helping people

it if I wanted to be taken seriously

Australian journalist & television

forget their worries while they are

as a theatre performer. Drag queens

personality Chris Bath. Chris & I had

being entertained by me. When I go out

on the scene told me that I could not

the pleasure of working together on

on stage it’s my mission to help people

live solely from working in drag &

The Sydney Markets Fresh Awards.

have fun. When you attend one of my

that I would need a second job doing

shows you can expect to be uplifted &

something more ‘normal’ to make a

It was at this event that I really

living & survive.

connected with her and discussed my

your sides will ache from the laughing.

regional tour & Chris eagerly invited me

Contributor:

Now I’m not one to take no for an

onto her ABC Radio evenings program.

Prada Clutch

answer & if you say I can’t do it, then

It was during this interview that we

Sydney Drag Queens

I will work harder to make it happen.

discussed how drag changed my life

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And this is what I did ten years ago

& allowed me to help communicate a

when I gave birth to my alter ego;

message of acceptance to the young

The Six-Foot Something Songstress,

people of regional NSW.

Prada Clutch. It was at this moment I


HOW TO MAKE YOUR WEDDING ECO FRIENDLY THINKING OF WAYS TO MAKE YOUR WEDDING ECO-FRIENDLY? IT IS EASIER THAN YOU THINK. MANY PEOPLE ARE LEANING TOWARDS STAYING AS GREEN AS THEY CAN, AND THEY DON’T NEED TO DRESS THE WEDDING PARTY IN BIODEGRADABLE CLOTHING TO DO IT. CHECK

RECEPTION VENUE

invitations are kept as mementos.

The ultimate way to cut down on

Check out printing on recycled or

energy usage is by having an outdoor

plantable paper where the infused

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venue for your ceremony, reception,

seeds can sprout in a garden, or even

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or both. But if the season of your

in a landfill if the invitation is thrown

wedding date requires you to be

away. For those technically switched-

indoors, you still have less impact on

on, consider creating a wedding

the Earth by having your ceremony

website or utilise a free online

and reception in one place (that’s

wedding planner.

less traveling for the guest and less pollution). Encourage your guests to car-pool, another great opportunity for those from out-of-town to get to know the others at their table.

FLOWERS If you are keen for flowers at your wedding, opt for in season flowers which means they spend less time in the fridge, and therefore use less

STATIONERY

electricity. Wild flowers can add a

If you can’t resist beautiful hand-

personal touch to your style. If you’re

lettered stationery for your wedding

not big on florals, you could make

invitations, consider going paperless

a bouquet from brooches, recycled

for your “Save the Date” notifications.

paper flowers or even succulents.

Once the official invitation arrives, this

Potted plants are a cool option for

typically gets tossed in the bin, while

centre pieces and favours, as your


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decorations, tree leaves for the table

You may decide to frame particular

them as a memory of the fun they

decorations and bio-degradable

items as a memory, use chalk boards

had at your celebration.

tableware including bamboo plates

instead of printing, re-purpose and

are all eco-friendly solutions. If you

place them in the kitchen or garden

would like confetti thrown, rose

or insert them into your wedding

petals and gum tree leaves are great

album if you have one.

ATTIRE Re-wear, hire, purchase vintage or borrow your wedding clothing to save $$$ and help with the staying eco-friendly. Those in your wedding party could wear something they already own or could borrow with just a few guidelines from the couple including colour or length. If you are set on purchasing your wedding clothes new, check out sustainable

substitutes. The options are endless with what you can recycle and use as decorations, even see what your guests might be able to lend you for the day. Try to avoid items that are only a “one time use” and are harmful to the environment like balloons and

decorations. Vintage furniture, mix and match china, mason jars for drinks, recycled cardboard

everything already) ask your guests to donate to your honeymoon fund or your favourite charity. Having eco-friendly wedding is

afterwards.

simple. Just a few small changes can make for a greener wedding

SIGNAGE

Everyone can be creative with

If you don’t need gifts (and have

plastic tableware that’s discarded

fabrics like cotton, silk or hemp.

DECORATIONS

GIFTS

Whether it be the seating plan, the timeline or the Mrs & Mrs signs that hang off the wedding party table, think about what they are printed on and how you could re-use them later.

and there can be a sense of accomplishment knowing that your celebrations have made a difference.

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SIGNATURE COCKTAILS

COCKTAILS ARE FABULOUS. Nothing says a wedding more than enjoying a fantastic drink or two celebrating the love and union of two great friends. And nothing else says ‘fabulous drinks’ like cocktails!

assortment of alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks at their wedding. Some may even decide on a dry wedding, either for religious purposes, because the couple don’t drink much (or at all) themselves or they have that family member who turns into a nightmare when they get a few drinks into them. Nevertheless, a cocktail or two is a fantastic way to get your celebration under way and ensure your guests have a great time. Even mocktails can set the tone of the celebration.

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Most people will offer guests an

of your wedding and reception. If at a beach or outdoor setting, jugs of cocktails are an easy and great way to start the celebration. They can be easily poured out to your guests, are more costeffective but also easier for the bar staff to make and serve. If at a restaurant or a bar, you can go all out and opt for more ornate cocktails that are made to order. These usually take longer to make that other drinks so take that into consideration when planning your day.


Cocktails can be made to team with the

SOME COCKTAIL SUGGESTIONS:

theme of your wedding via a particular

• A classic Bellini – made with peach

colour, or even a country e.g. Japan: a

nectar and champagne or sparkling

fruity cocktail made with yuzu juice;

wine. It was invented at the famous

Italy: a spritz cocktail (prosecco or

Harry’s bar in Venice. Simple,

other sparkling wine with a fruit or bitter liqueur base - Aperol spritz are

elegant, and screams class. • A Spritz cocktail – generally a

hot right now); Brazil: Caipirinhas,

sparkling wine mixed with a fruity

Mojitos or anything with white rum

or bitter liqueur. Aperol spritz,

and fresh fruit juice. If having a beach

Elderflower cordial and prosecco.

wedding, try serving Piña Coladas. If

• A classic champagne cocktail or any

serve a rum and hot chocolate, or even mulled wine if it is cold enough.

other variation on it. • A refreshing gin or vodka-based cocktail - cucumber and tonic, raspberry and lemon, apple and

Consider when to serve your chosen

elderflower • S angria – white (sparkling wine sangria in a jug is a refreshing and

the ceremony, some wait until the

tasty way to start your festivities.

reception begins. It all depends on your ideas and how you want your special day structured.

• M argherita – classic lemon or strawberry or even watermelon • D aiquiris – watermelon, lychee,

Consider the cost of cocktails into

strawberry, passionfruit. They can

your budget as they are usually more

be made in big batches to be poured

expensive per drink than a glass of wine. Remember most cocktails have

when ready to serve • M ocktails – try some classic fruit

a higher volume of alcohol per drink

blends and experiment with coconut

than other drinks, so you don’t want

juice, fresh herbs and juices and

everyone sloshed before the meal

sparkling water.

service. I would avoid the following: Negroni Manhattan or a Dry Martini as

In any event, cocktails are a fun way

they are mostly pure alcohol with very

to start any party and everyone loves

little or no mixer of any kind in them.

to hold a classic cocktail glass in their hand. They are a sure way to facilitate conversation between your guests and get the event underway in style. Cheers! Contributor: Steve Miller Fine Wine and Dining Ambassador

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some serve the first drink right after

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IT’S NOT NICE TO THINK ABOUT OR AN EASY CONVERSATION TO HAVE BUT IT’S SOMETHING WE ALL NEED TO BE PREPARED FOR. WHO IS GOING TO LOOK AFTER YOUR AFFAIRS WHEN YOU AREN’T ABLE TO AND WHAT SHOULD YOU PUT IN PLACE TO MAKE YOUR LOVED ONES’ LIVES EASIER IN THE EVENT THAT SOMETHING SHOULD HAPPEN TO YOU?

for your Power of Attorney, you

SO, WHAT IS AN ENDURING

is more likely that you or someone you

would be better off arranging an

GUARDIAN?

love may suffer periods of deteriorating

Enduring Power of Attorney.

The law also provides a way for you

Enduring Power of Attorney - this

to appoint someone to make lifestyle

Fortunately, the law provides ways

is where a ’Principal’ appoints an

decisions for you when you have lost

for you to make provisions to manage

’Attorney’ to manage their

the ability to make these for yourself –

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your finances and lifestyle; this is done

financial affairs. If you own

this is known as an Enduring Guardian.

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by arranging a Power of Attorney and

property, you can register an

An Enduring Guardian can help decide

Enduring Guardianship. These two

Enduring Power of Attorney

where you should live, what type of

documents are very important estate

with the Land Registry Services

personal services, medical and dental

planning tools.

which will allow the ’Attorney’ to

treatment you would like to receive

sell your property if applicable.

or not receive. When establishing an

The important point is that an

Enduring Guardian, you can tailor the

Enduring Power of Attorney

limit of the powers as you see fit.

THERE ARE TWO TYPES OF POWER OF ATTORNEY: 1.

2.

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We are living longer and as a result it

continues to operate when you

General Power of Attorney – this

have lost the ability to manage

involves a person referred to

your financial affairs.

as the ‘Principal’ appointing another person to handle their financial affairs, referred to as the ’Attorney’. This type of Power of Attorney is usually limited to a certain period of time, e.g. if you go on a holiday or are unable to manage your own affairs due to a health condition. If you don’t have a specific timeframe requirement

An Enduring Guardian can only exercise their appointment when you have lost the ability to make lifestyle decisions yourself. The appointment

For obvious reasons whom you appoint

of an Enduring Power of Attorney

as your Attorney has to be absolutely

and Enduring Guardian is only valid

trustworthy. You can specify when the

while the Principal is alive and those

’Attorney’s’ appointment commences,

documents cease to operate on the

what powers the ’Attorney’ has and

death of the Principal.

providing that you have capacity, you can revoke the Attorney’s appointment at anytime.


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VS.

G UA R D I A N S H I P

WHAT HAPPENS IF YOU DO NOTHING? If you don’t have a plan in place you or your partner

or partner of the Principal. In one example, we have

will need to make an application to the Guardianship

seen a legal officer of the tribunal appointed as a

Tribunal which can be expensive and time

Guardian, which is not ideal.

consuming. Unfortunately, you don’t always end up with your preferred Guardian when the court is left

It’s important for couples and families to talk about

to decide who should manage your affairs.

what this means for you and how you can be best prepared in the event that life takes an unexpected

Whomever makes the application with the

turn. If in doubt, contact your solicitor to book

Guardianship Tribunal, will often determine who is

in some time to sit down and chat about your

selected as your Guardian. This may not always be

individual situation and what steps you need to take.

the person that you would have otherwise selected.

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LAUGHTER & LOVE After being together for almost 9

The couple shared special moments

years, Ellie and Latoya were finally

with family and friends during the

married on 11th August this year.

ceremony. They had a ring warming

Parliament House in Canberra, rallied with their allies, stood together for the announcements of results—and then partied in the street! Whilst Ellie and Latoya were overjoyed with the result, it took a while to sink in. Latoya says, “It took

during our ceremony where our rings, tied to a piece of timber, were passed through our guests to be warmed and blessed. The couple’s six children played a big part in the wedding—and also provided most of the entertainment during the ceremony!

until February 14, 2018 to realise we

Ellie and Latoya created a “blending”

could actually marry, so we did!”

painting where they and each of

They planned their perfect wedding day in only 6 months, with all of the pieces of their perfect day falling into place. “Our venue, celebrant,

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wanted. It was everything we envisioned and more.” said Latoya. They were married by the sea, at

their children used a different colour to produce a blended piece of art. The idea behind this was that each individual colour is beautiful but when placed together they create something magical. Once the colours had blended, they can never be separated. Ellie says, “As our family is finally legally one, we will forever be intertwined.”

Latoya’s late father’s favourite place near Mollymook, NSW. The couple was happy to have their ceremony

While it was only a small wedding,

with their friends and family in a

it was evident the couple were

place where they have created so

surrounded by love and support.

many memories. Ellie and Latoya

Latoya says, “We had never actually

made almost all of the decorations

kissed in front of our family and

and signs themselves. Each held a

friends until our wedding day. Ellie

unique bouquet of flowers too, with

and I cried a lot, but we laughed

the rest of the wedding party holding

even more. It was a day that we had

combined bouquets. Latoya held a

waited for since we fell in love.”

bunch of white lilies in memory of her nanna, and Ellie held red roses in memory of her late mother.

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AT THE AGE OF FORTY YEARS I HAD TO MAKE A DECISION, WHICH FORCED ME TO REVERSE THE WHOLE DIRECTION OF MY LIFE. When I was eighteen years old

tears). I could not face most members

meant for them to be trans. My essay

I entered an Australian religious

of my family, some of whom were

was printed in their newsletter and I

teaching Order. This was my own

convinced I had had a breakdown and

was presented with a small trophy as

freely chosen decision with no

would return to religious life. I knew

a reminder of my contribution to the

encouragement from parents or other

otherwise. From living a very structured

Elaine Barrie group.

significant people. I was fulfilling my

life I now had no purpose, nothing that

dream and I intended to live this life

would offer me a meaningful existence.

until my death.

I had no friends as I had forfeited them

I held several senior positions in the Order and other members who were seeking change held me in high regard as I was viewed as a potential change

when I was eighteen years old. I had no shared interests with other people, no avenues of communication. I was desperately lonely.

agent. I forfeited life in a community

I studied and became a registered

where I enjoyed companionship,

psychologist partly because I thought

security of lifelong employment and all

that I could work at least part time if

health and welfare needs met… But I

health and age brought me to another

simply closed the door and left.

fork in the road. For a major essay I

My decision to return to the lay state was made rather quickly, but not without serious consideration and advice. My decision meant that I had

chose the topic of sexual differences,

by now. I received only $500.00 as

Communication with a gay group led

severance pay.

me to a connection with Elaine Barrie,

this demanding work. I was in deep depression (manifested especially in

I watched The Danish Girl, which depicted the person who had the first surgical change which resulted in their death. I marvelled to hear her say to her partner: “What have I done to deserve such love?”.

community. I worked again in a

where I could make personal contact.

teach, but I had no energy to undertake

education.

meted out to members of the LGBTIQ

have ended up in a psychiatric ward

with no future. All I could do was

of seniors for the purpose of their

eye-opener and education for me.

searched for a Melbourne group

the Order I now felt like an outsider

1992 and saw it again with a group

people. This proved to be a marvellous

I not taken this step I would probably

‘burnt out’. Having left the security of

at the movie The Crying Game in

As a Catholic I abhor the treatment

To get first-hand experience I

this time but that’s exactly what I was:

identity has continued. I shed tears

with special interest in transgender

much to lose. I now believe that had

We didn’t use the phrase ‘burnt out’ at

My interest in sexual and gender

a cis gender male who identified as a female person. She was the coordinator of a trans group that met

Catholic parish now wearing my psychologist hat as well as several other hats. The priest and I were adamant in our love and respect for anyone whom the church considered an outsider. Our motto was ‘Come as You are’ and parishioners followed our lead.

regularly in Elwood. I visited this group

Eventually I found equilibrium and have

on several occasions and enjoyed

now found contentment in my journey. I

entering their world and they appeared

can lift my head up high.

to be comfortable chatting with me. I listened to their stories and what it

Contributor: Anne O’Brien


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