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​Love is in the air, just in time for spring

Publication date: Monday, 14 August 2017

Love is in the air – just in time for the newly released Commemorative Marriage Certificates issued this week by the NSW Registry of Births Deaths & Marriages. 

From today all couples can celebrate their special day with the new certificates which includes a special commemorative certificate for the Chinese culture featuring the character for Love in either simplified or traditional Chinese.

"The range of 10 bright new designs, released in time for the spring season, are perfect to remember your special day, whether recently, or celebrating an anniversary," Registrar Amanda Ianna said.

And there is no more popular time for a spring wedding than Saturday, 9 September - the ninth day of the ninth month.

Ms Ianna explained that sequence dates were popular for ceremonies, especially on a weekend (and in this season). "For couples with a Chinese cultural background the number nine represents completeness, longevity and eternity. The world famous Forbidden City in Beijing is a 'representative palace of Nine'," Ms Ianna said.

Thirty-nine couples are planning to say "I do" on 9 September in the Registry's Chippendale and Parramatta locations. Such a busy weekend means the Registry is totally booked out so it's lucky it now has access to a stunning new wine bar for weddings located a stone's throw away from the Chippendale Registry.

"Bathed in natural light, and featuring spacious and well-appointed surrounds the Handpicked Cellar Door is the perfect venue to celebrate your special day with family and friends," Ms Ianna said.

"After the ceremony the wedding party and guests can relax with a cheese platter and some sparkling wine and more. Surprisingly stylish and convenient, it costs only $120 extra to book this venue when you lodge your Notice of Intended Marriage with the Registry."

The new Commemorative Marriage Certificates replace the current range introduced a decade ago. Celebrants can order online on behalf of their clients while the general public will be able to order online at www.bdm.nsw.gov.au  or at a NSW Registry Office (Chippendale or Parramatta) or via Service NSW.

To find out more, visit the Registry website at www.bdm.nsw.gov.