Author Archives: Nancy Batenburg


Courtesy is a wonderful thing.
I was in doing some shopping the other day and for reasons known only to itself, the self-service kiosk didn’t like weighing my fruit and vegies and kept coming up with a message to get assistance – which the sweet young thing did cheerfully the first time, but by the seventh [...]

Ahhh, it has been a long time since updating any blog posts. I have had such a busy wedding season, and have met so many wonderful, wonderful people. It is so nice to meet with people with clear ideas of what they want for their wedding, but it is also nice when they can be [...]

Dreams and other profound thoughts!

I have a very good friend who is a textile artist of some repute in the USA – Jeanne Beck  – - and Jeanne is living her dream of creating art. There are times in a person’s life when they meet kindred spirits, and even though Jeanne and I have only met once in person, [...]


In a very philosophical mood, today I was reflecting on the value of friends. In the photo with this post, you will see some very special celebrant friends of mine – Marika McKenzie, me, Bilawara Lee and Yvonne Falckh. We met during our training to be come marriage celebrants, and have maintained a firm friendship [...]

Busy, Busy Time

With an influx of weddings happening at this time of year, it is so easy to get caught up in the excitement of being a celebrant, but what excitement for the bride and groom!
I recently performed the weddng of Max and Lydia, who have given me permission to share a little of their story. They [...]

Back to work!

I know, there are lots of people hard at work this week, with the holiday season already a distant memory. I have been fortunate to extend my holiday into this week, but looks like it is time to get back to work!
I met a couple yesterday who are already well into wedding preparations for their [...]

The start of the New Year

There is something wonderful about the start of a New Year. Excitement in the air, a fresh start, new potential directions. To me the brilliant Bougainvillea sums up the vibrant feeling of a New Year…
A friend of mine, Jeanne Raffer Beck,  writes that she has chosen a word to sum up what she hopes [...]


I love some of the traditions that marriage ceremonies have embedded within them.
How many people know that the word ‘bride’ originally comes from the olde English word that meant ‘cook’? The word ‘groom’ basically meant ‘male child’. Hence, bride and groom traditionally mean the male and his cook!! Oh dear, what would feminists do with [...]

Happy New Year!

Has this past year just flown for you too? I cannot believe that 2008 is in its last days, and 2009 is almost here. For those that are marrying in 2009, I bet the New Year heralds such excitement and energy, as wedding plans come together. On a reflective note, in amongst all that excitement, [...]