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The words and lyrics of wedding songs:
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John Denver wedding songFor You: sung by John Denver

Just to look in your eyes again  
Just to lay in your arms  
Just to be the first one 
always there for you  
Just to live in your laughter  
Just to sing in your heart  
Just to be every one of your dreams come true  

Just to sit by your window  
Just to touch in the night  
Just to offer a prayer each day for you  
Just to long for your kisses  
Just to dream of your sighs  
Just to know that I'd give my life, for you 

Rules for singing together at weddingsFor you, all the rest of my life 
For you, all the best of my life  
For you alone -Only for you.  
Just to wake up each morning  
Just to you by my side  
Just to know that you're never really far away  
Just to reason for living  
Just to say "I adore"  
Just to know that you are here in my heart to stay 

For you all the rest of my life  
For you all the best of my life  
For you alone - 
Only for you (Music on the Piano)
Just the words of a love song  
Just the beat of my heart  
Just the pledge of my life My love, for you.

Annie's Song sung by John Denver

You fill up my senses  
Like a night in a forest  
Like the mountains in Springtime
Like a walk in the rain  
Like a storm in the desert  
Like a sleepy blue ocean  
You fill up my senses  
Come fill me again.

Come, let me love you  
Let me give my life to you  
Let me drown in your laughter  
Let me die in your arms  
Let me lay down beside you  
Let me always be with you  
Come let me love you  
Come love me again.

Singers at marriage ceremony(HUM)

Let me give my life to you
Come let me love you
Come love me again
You fill up my senses
Like a night in a forest
Like a mountain in Springtime
Like a walk in the rain
Like a storm in the desert
Like a sleepy blue ocean
You fill up my senses
Come fill me again.

Can't Help Falling in Love sung by Elvis Presley

Wise men say only fools rush in/
But I can't help falling in love with you.
Shall I stay?
Would it be a sin?
If I can't help falling in love with you.
Like a river flows surely to the sea
Darling so it goes
Some things are meant to be.
Take my hand Take my whole life too
For I can't help falling in love with you
Like a river flows surely to the sea
Darling so it goes
Some things are meant to be.
Take my hand tale my whole life too
For I can't help falling in love with you
For I can't help falling in love with you. 

Love Me Tender sung by Elvis Presley

Love me tender Love me sweet Never let me go. You have made my life complete And I love you so. love me tender Love me true All my dreams fulfil For my darling I love you And I always will. Love me tender Love me long Take me to your heart For it's there that I belong And we'll never part. love me tender Love me true All my dreams fulfil For my darling I love you And I always will. Love me tender Love me dear Tell me you are mine. I'll be yours through all the years Till the end of time. Love me Tender Love me true All my dreams fulifil. For my Darling I love you And I always will. 

Love Me That's All I Ask Of You (Phantom of the Opera)

(Him) No more talk of darkness, 
Forget these wide eyed fears, 
I'm here, nothing can harm you, 
My words will warm and calm you 
Let me be your freedom 
Let daylight dry your tears 
I'm here with you beside you
To guard you and to guide you

(Her) Say your love every waking moment 
Turn my head with talk of summertime
Say you'll live with me love here now and always 
Promise me that all you say is true 
That's all I ask of you.

Let me be your shelter Let me be your light You're safe no one will find you Your fears are far behind you.

All I want is freedom A world with no more night And you always beside me To hold me and to hide me

(Him) Then say you'll share with me One love one lifetime Let me lead you from your solitude Say you need me with you here beside you Anywhere you go let me go too Christine, (love me) that's all I ask of you.

(Her) Say you'll share with me Say the word and I will follow you. Share each day with me, each night each morning Say you love me

(Him) Love, I do

(Together) Love me that's all I ask of you (Together) Anywhere you go Let me go too Love me, that's all I ask of you.

A love until the end of time Placido Domingo and Maureen McGovern

I love you with a love that knows no one but you
A love I never thought I'd find

A love that comes just once and never comes again
A love until the end of time.

I give you all the love I have in me to give

If I could only make you mine
I love you with a love I've never known before
A love until the end of time.

I can't believe you were meant for me

You're everything I wanted you to be

I always knew someday That I would find

A love like ours until the end of time

I love you with a heart
That knows no other love
A love I can't believe is mine
Now that I've found you
I will never let you go
A love until the end of time

I can't believe that you are meant for me.

You're everything I wanted you to be

I always knew someday that I would find
A love until the end of time.

Marry Me sung by Neil Diamond 

Say that you'll marry me 
Sometimes carry me 
And I will be there for evermore 
For you.

And if you marry me I will give everything And I will do anything that you need me to

You' ll know by the love in my eyes And the beat of my heart I'll be there

You'll know Cause you'll never be lonely again Anytime anywhere.

This I promise if you marry me

Promise you'll stay with me We'll make some memories And maybe a dream or two will come true. Who knows?

This I can say for sure All that I have is yours. You'll never wonder where I stand. It shows

You'll know by the love in my eyes and the beat of my heart I'll be there.

You'll know Cause you'll never be lonely again Anytime, anywhere

All I have promised you I will be If you will only say you'll marry me. I won't ever forget these words and I 'll love you for all I'm worth

If you say you will marry me Won't you marry me, Marry me. 

The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face - Nana Mouskouri

The first time ever I say your face I felt the sun rose in your eyes and the moon and stars were the gifts you gave to the dark and empty and skies my love To the dark and empty skies The first time ever I kissed your lips I felt the earth move in my hand Like the trembling heart of a captive beard that was there at my command, my lover, that was there at my command The first time ever I held you near, and felt your heart beat close to mine I knew our joy would fill the air And last till the end of time, my love, and last till the end of time The first time ever I saw your face.

 

Honey Hush - Fats Walker

OH how I love you, Honey hush, You lovely cheeks make roses blush Your lips are divine They taste just like wine They seem to whisper of love OH how I love you, Honey Hush My heart is giving me the rush I'm dreaming my dreams I'm scheming my schemes Please tell me yes, my turtle dove Your eyes shine like stars up above Making me know, that I'm in love Oh, my sweet don't do this to me Don't do this to me Tell me you be, always with me Oh How I love you Honey Hush My heart is singing like a thrush I'm saving my dimes I hear wedding chimes My sweet my lovely honey hush

(Repeat from before)

Your eyes shine like stars up above Making me know, That I'm in love Oh, My sweet don't do this to me Tell me you'll be always with me OH How I love you Honey Hush My Heart is singing like a thrush I'm saving my dimes I hear wedding chimes My sweet my lovely honey hush

Always - Willie Nelson

I'll be loving you always - With a love that's true, always, - When the things you've planned - Need a helping hand - I will understand, always, always, Days may not fair, always - That's when I'll be there, - Not for just a day - Not for just a year - But always - Not for just a year - But always.

Ave Maria - Charles Gounod

Ave Maria, gratia plena, Dominus tecum, Benedicta tu in mulieribus, Et benedictis fructus ventris tui, Jesus.

Sancta Maria, Mater Dei,

Ora Pro Nobis peccatoribus Nunc et in hora mortis nostrae.

AMEN. 

Be My Love - David Gray

Be my love For no one else can end this yearning This need that you and you alone create Just fill my arms The way you fill my dreams The dreams that you inspire With every sweet desire Be my love.

And with your kisses set me burning One kiss is all I need To seal my fate And hand in hand We'll find love's promised land There'll be no one but you for me. Eternally, if you will be my love.

Be my love For no one else can end this yearning This need that you and you alone create Just fill my arms The way you fill my dreams The dreams that you inspire With every sweet desire Be my love And with your kisses set me burning One kiss is all I need To seal my fate And hand in hand We'll find love's promised land There'll be no one but you for me. Eternally, if you will be my love.

The Rose Bette Midler

Some say love it is a river That drowns the tender need Some say love it is a razor that leaves your soul to bleed Some say love it is a hunger an endless aching need I say love it is a flower and you its only seed.

It's the heart afraid of breaking that never learns to dance It's the dream afraid of waking that never takes the chance It's the one who won't be taken Who cannot seem to give And the soul afraid of dying that never learns to live.

When the night has been too lonely And the road has been too long And you think that love is only For the lucky and the strong Just remember in the winter Far beneath the bitter snows Lies the seed that with the sun's love In the Spring Becomes the rose.

  

Endless Love Diana Ross/Lionel Ritchie

My Love, there's only you in my life, The only thing that's bright, My first love, you're every breath that I take You're every step I make, And I, I want to share all my love With you No one else will do And your eyes, they tell me how much you care Oh, yes, you will always be , My endless love.

Two heart, two hearts that beat as one, Our lives have just begun, For ever I'll hold you close in my arms I can't resist your charm My love I'll be a fool for you I'm sure You know I don't mind Oh you know I don't mind You mean the world to me I know I found in you My endless love.

I'll be that fool for you I'm sure, you know I don't mind You know I don't mind and You You'll be the only one Cos no one can deny This love I have inside I'll give it all to you, My love, My Endless Love.

The Power of Love - Jennifer Rush

The Whisper in the morning Of lovers ......? All rolling by like thunder now As I look in your eyes I'll hold on to your body And feel each move you make Your voice is warm and tender I love that I could not forsake

Because I'm your lady And you are my man Whenever you reach for me I'll do all that I can Even though there may be times It seems I'm far away But never wonder where I am Cause I am always By your side Cause I am your lady And you are my man Whenever you reach for me I'll do all that I can We're heading for something Somewhere I've never been Sometimes I am frightened by the ........ of love And the power of love

The sound of your heart beating Maybe .... The feeling that I can't go on is light years away Cause I'm your lady And you are my man Whenever you reach for me I'm gonna do all that I can We're heading for something Somewhere I've never been Sometimes I am frightened by the

The power of love The power of love. 


 

So I have composed my personal scale of fees below to illustrate how there is a mountain of difference between a "nothing" wedding and Best Practice, which takes much more time plus the provision of PA and music equipment - quite often with a celebrant's assistant.

What makes on celebrant different to another?
Their attitude, their personality, their training, their experience, their ability to craft the vows and shape the ceremony to match the style of the client, their creative writing ability, their intuition in including stories and humour, their public speaking ability (including diction, use of microphone and tone of voice), and their skill in organising everything and everybody into an inclusive coherent and participating unity - with the personal touch.

Basic Legal Wedding                                       $500 ($500 Minimum)
(Office hours, celebrant chooses time and place, bride and groom + 2 witnesses only)

Basic Legal wedding + 10
(Office hours, celebrant chooses time and place, bride and groom + 3-10 guests)
add $50                                                            $500 ($500 Minimum)

Wedding - add $50                                           $500 ($500 Minimum)
(as above, but more substantial ceremony, time and place by agreement))

Wedding over 50 people - add $50                  $550
(as above, but over 50 people, pa system required by law)

Wedding 50+ people, PA & Music system          $575
(as above, but with planned recorded music - this frequently means an assistant)

Wedding at night or at weekends
(as above, but nights and weekends +$75)            $650

Wedding and on-site rehearsal add $100          $750

Wedding (recommended normal) (full consultation) + $200     $950 - $1000
(Recommended includes all the above - and -
supply of resources,
planning meeting,
dialoguing by email and phone calls re ceremony content,
live or recorded music, poetry, readers, choreography,
personal story
(time consuming), detailed rehearsal,
full and total assistance in all matters pertaining to the ceremony.
You are commissioning the celebrant to do their superb and brilliant best.

Travel, and sometimes accommodation is required, outside a 15k radius of the celebrants home.

Except for exceptional circumstances, the only wedding with which a good celebrant feels comfortable is one where he/she has the financial freedom to co-create and deliver the best ceremony possible.

What you need to know about Marriage Celebrant charges and fees

You need to know that the government has appointed a great number of celebrants. They vary greatly in standards and in level of training. We strongly advise you not to choose a celebrant on price.

The International College of Celebrancy wishes to make it perfectly clear that it is not, and never has been, in favour of any suggestion of fixed fees for civil ceremonies - as some celebrants put a lot more time and energy into the task than others.

We believe the only fair way to pay a celebrant is by an hourly rate set by the individual celebrant based on his / her qualifications and experience. We acknowledge, however, that clients demand a fee quotation - the above scale may help there.

My observation is that celebrants trained by questionable instructors, and furthermore, who make no effort to improve by further study or mentoring, usually cater for the lwo cost end of the market.

Fees may also be assessed on the 3-5 Diamond celebrant standard.

My observation, in 2017, is that one needs to pay of $800- $1200 for a wedding of substance, content and elegance.


A Note on Civil (Humanist) Funeral Celebrants: Costs and Fees (2017)

Celebrants trained by questionable instructors and who make no effort to improve by further study or mentoring, are very cheap and ought to be - say $20 per hour - or less.

Celebrants who have a competent level of skill and experience, seem to charge $60-$80 per hour. College Diploma graduates or equivalent ought to be able to charge $85- $190 per hour. When all is said and done, a celebrant should be paid for what they do, and how they do it.

My observation in 2017 is that one needs to pay $1000-$2500 for a funeral, depending on the size of the funeral (responsibility factor), time and work required, and level of responsibility.

I must say there are some excellent celebrants who accept the Funeral Directors' fixed fee of $590 in Victoria (much less in other states and coutnries. By "fixed" I mean that, if a celebrant charges more than that, they are unlikely to get any work. I went on an hourly rate in 1997 and have NEVER been asked to officiate at a Funeral by a Funeral Director in the time since.

Advice to clients: Generally, listen to, then ignore, the Funeral Director. Tell your funeral celebrant what you require, demand the time you know you need, and deal directly with them over the fee.

Please note that we believe that Funeral Celebrants who observe the College Standards are notoriously underpaid, given the intense nature of the work, the skill required, the time spent, the spasmodic nature of the work, and the out-of-hours-time required. The preparation of a professional funeral involves more In person time than anyone else involved. In States other than Victoria the fee paid by Funeral Directors is outrageously low.

Ball park figure: $1000-$2500 for a properly prepared funeral, depending on size, time, work required, and level of responsibility.

© Dally Messenger III - 2018