Factors to Consider When Planning an Outdoor Wedding Ceremony in Sydney

When planning your dream wedding day, an outdoor ceremony is an increasingly popular option. A little planning will ensure that your day runs seamlessly. Consider the following facts when planning your wedding ceremony in an outdoor setting: 


Although you do not need permission to simply take wedding photographs in a public outdoor area, most councils require a permit for holding a wedding. This includes weddings held at the beach!

The City of Sydney requires a Park / Open Spaces Wedding Ceremony Application to be lodged a minimum of four weeks before the ceremony. A representative will be in touch with you within 10 working days of you lodging the form.

Contact the Council in the local area of your chosen venue for more information.


Consider the typical type of weather at the time of year that you have scheduled your ceremony.Plan accordingly! Always consider the chance of rain, and have an alternative venue available. Ensure that there is shade and shelter near your venue – just in case!


Make sure that you guests know what clothes and shoes are best suited to your ceremony and reception location! Consider your own shoes and your guest’s attire when outdoors – particularly for a garden or beach wedding. It is advisable to let guests know the location of your wedding on the invitation.

The Ceremony

Philip Holland Marriage Celebrant Sydney provides a unique, fun and romantic ceremony for your wedding. With a fantastic people oriented celebrant such as Philip, the day will be one of many pleasant memories.

The Sound System

When organising an outdoor wedding ensure that the sound from your sound system will travel to guests situated furthest from the bride and groom. Take into account factors such as the level of noise at the location – the sound of the sea, for instance. Wattage also needs to be significantly higher at outdoor events as there are no walls to contain the sound.

Philip Holland is a Sydney marriage celebrant who specializes in unique, loving and memorable wedding ceremonies in the Sydney, Hunter Valley and the Blue Mountains area. Philip is a very caring and experienced celebrant with a way with words. Contact Philip today.

Classic vs Modern Brides: What Type of Bride Are You?

Do you love all things classic? Or do you like everything to be up to the minute? When deciding which type of wedding theme you would like on your big day there are many terrific options for both types of brides! As a wedding celebrant in the Sydney area, Philip Holland has performed many stunning weddings of both themes

Wedding Dresses

Both modern and classic wedding gowns can have trains, lace, or be strapless. The gowns for both styles may be simple or detailed. Choosing your wedding dress is so romantic, fun and exciting!


Designs are romantic and can be full lace, off the shoulder, full billowing skirt, vintage inspired, country style or v neck. There can be an abundance of lace, satin or both. The classic style wedding gown is elegant, tasteful and beautiful.


Fitted designs, fishtail style, tulle skirts, backless, mermaid style, and pastels and other shades are popular in many of the stunning contemporary gown styles right now. Modern designs are often figure hugging but can be more a casual, flowing beachy style as well.

Wedding Invitations

Invitations set the mood for the day – yours as well as the guests!


Traditional, and generally white and silver or white and gold, the classic style wedding invitation isstill very popular. Quality paper is used withelegant writing in a script style. Classic wedding invitations are quiteformal, often engraved and have a very classy look and feel.


Modern style wedding invites come in bright colours, and different shapes and designs. They are great for a more casual wedding, a theme or a beach wedding. More vibrant than the classic style they really stand out.

The Ceremony

As a popular and experiencedSydney marriage celebrant Philip Hollandperforms both classic and modern ceremonies at any location that you choose including the Hunter Valley, Blue Mountains and surrounds. It is your day and the ceremony will be in keeping with your style.


Ceremonies in churches and gardens are very popular in classic style weddings.


Simple, detailed, informal, beach-style, and beach style, as well as church weddings, are some of the choices that modern brides select.

Floral Arrangements

Always consult with your florist and go with what you love!


Lots of romantic soft pastels, pinks, and whites are used in a classic wedding theme, sometimes with another colour thrown in such as a bright pink or a red.


Modern floral arrangements can be anything from elegant to trendy. Standout bright blooms, and one off never seen before bouquets are popular. Interesting colours, shapes, accessories, and ribbons can be added for a contemporary unique look.

With these factors taken into consideration, have you decided what type of bride you are?  For an amazing wedding ceremony, whether classic or modern, contact Philip Holland Marriage Celebrant Sydney.

What to Look for When Selecting the Perfect Spring Wedding Venue in the Hunter Valley

Spring is a popular time of year for weddings with not too hot or cold conditions, lush greenery and blooming flowers. Choosing a venue can be a tough decision but with many beautiful locations around the Hunter Valley, you’re never short of options.

The Hunter Valley is one of Australia’s major wine regions, known for its stunning wineries and vineyards with the added extra of breathtaking views. Many wineries come with the option of either indoor or outdoor location, or even both! You can choose to have the ceremony outside amongst the backdrop of rolling hills and grapevines and the reception inside and it’s this versatility makes choosing a winery in the Hunter Valley a great venue option.

If you decide to go with an outdoor wedding, there are some important factors to consider. Does the location come with access to facilities like bathrooms and toilets? Is it easy to get to and from with the bride and guests in heels and dresses? What about parking and wedding car access? It is not uncommon for couples to choose and book a location, only to find out later that the limo doesn’t have adequate access.

For indoor locations, make sure the venue is big enough to accommodate your guests. Also, keep in mind that guests attending the wedding who have come from interstate or overseas may wish to book accommodation at the venue so check the availability. To ensure the day runs smoothly, it’s also a good idea to check that there are rooms for the bridal party to get ready before the ceremony and change afterward if need be. Always read reviews and be thorough with your research before making your booking.

For the best Civil Marriage Celebrant in Sydney, contact Philip Holland today!

Five Factors to Consider When Selecting a Civil Marriage Celebrant in Sydney

When selecting a Civil Marriage Celebrant for your special day, it’s important to ensure your celebrant is the right fit for your unique and special love, to help bring together your perfect and unforgettable wedding ceremony. Here are 5 factors to consider when selecting your Celebrant.

  1. Flexibility

Your special day should be as individual as you are and a good Marriage Celebrant should be flexible, willing to listen to your requests and open to personalizing your ceremony the way you would like it. Choosing a Civil Celebrant gives you the freedom to be creative as they are not heavily focused on the religious aspects of the union, yet still allow you to add those touches if you wish.

  1. Personality

Choosing a Celebrant is, more often than not, determined by how well you get along and interact. When your personalities mesh, working together to create your dream day becomes a breeze!

  1. Dress Code

Always make sure you find out what your celebrant plans to wear on your wedding day! A good Civil Celebrant will ensure their outfit ties in perfectly with your theme so that everything looks seamless.

  1. Vows

An experienced Civil Celebrant such as Philip Holland will take the time to get to know you so that you can work together to create touching and unique vows that truly reflect your special love story. Your celebrant should listen to your input as well as assist you to create the perfect vows.

  1. Get In Early

Don’t leave booking your Civil Celebrant to the last minute, many Celebrants are booked up in advance so make sure you get in early to ensure your Celebrant is available on your special day.

If you would like to speak to Philip Holland about his quality Civil Celebrant service based in Sydney, feel free to visit our contact page and get in touch today!